Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing

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87
very good
1,338 Ratings
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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration w/ Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Stone Brewing Company, and Victory Brewing Company, who each brewed a version at their own breweries.

Brewed with Parsley, Sage, Estate Rosemary & Thyme. Checkout the video for more: http://vimeo.com/11419846

Added by Todd on 05-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,338
Reviews:
550
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
110
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of sphmiel
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Interesting take on the style, with a unique combination of herbs. Likely a good to accompany food, like lamb or turkey, less impressive to drink without.

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Photo of c00ller
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickCT
2.61/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tracker83
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cih26d
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a frosty orange-yellow, with a medium-thin white head. Head retention is fairly strong, with a good amount of lacing left behind. Smell is of lemon, sage, rosemary, and a bit of spicy Belgian yeast. Very herbal. The flavor profile is more rosemary, parsley, sage, and a twinge of lemon at the end. Again, very herbal. It tastes like you're walking through the herb aisle of a garden center. Feel is medium bodied. Overall, a pleasant beer that certainly has a striking aroma and flavor profile. If you're not into herbs though, avoid it. A bit polarizing as far as taste and mouth feel go.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of puck1225
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft into a pint glass. A clear golden yellow with decent lacing. Very lemony taste and smell. Some other citrus flavor and some pepper. There is a distinct hoppy bitterness, not a mellow saison!

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Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage, 12 oz. bottle poured into tulip.

A- Golden color, semi-hazy. Half inch white head needs some swirling to keep alive.

S- The savories come out first. Rosemary, sage, thyme. Some citrus. Also some spice coming from the yeast.

T- Mild toasty malt. Backed by herby savory flavor. Herbs cover up any yeast or hop flavor.

M- Fairly light. There is a dryness and lingering herbal flavor.

O- You don't see too many savory beers. This one is different, but would probably pair well with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of brocktune
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of colts9016
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass at 50 degree. The beer presents with a persistent eggshell color that is foamy and cream. The color of the beer is medium goldenrod color with some amber hues. The beer has a lot of carbonation bubbles and is slightly cloudy.

A ripe fruity nose yeast, toasted malt, lemon oranges. a subtle sweetness, floral, and perfume,

A ripe sweet fruit, lemons, oranges, toasted malt, perfume floral, grassy, grapefruit,

The mouthfeel is slightly tannic, and lingering with a medium light body.

Overall a pretty good offering from stone brewing. wonderful flavors and easy to drink.

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Photo of Mgcarney
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RancidAggro
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at PreFunk. Pours out a nice clear golden with soft creamy head, lazy carbonation. Slightly oily, creamy mouth feel, yeasty, grassy aroma and taste. Mild spice on the back on the finish leaves some tang lingering.

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Photo of MispeledStalion
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gemini6
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of therubicon
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma and taste are funky, almost Brett-like. Strong herbal notes from the parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Cracker malts, fleshy fruit and citrusy hops round it out. Good, off-kilter Saison.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have had this beer a couple of different times previously but never taken the time to do a solid review. So here goes. This highly carbonated beverage generates two fingers of fluffy white head with a regular pour. The body is a hazy golden wheat in color. Head has decent retention and leaves scattered lace as it slowly fades. The nose is flowery and bright and includes tones of orange peel sweet yeast and soft fruit. The best way for me to describe the flavor of this beer is very much like drinking a liquid flower. It is soft and smooth yet full of flowery floral notes in the flavor. Almost like a very good artisian bath soap but in a good way. There are no offputting flavors here. I can see why some may be a little put off by this beer but I find nothing unattractive or harsh about it anyway. Overall this is a solid beer but probably not one that I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of tedho21
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mschrei
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I told my brother about this beer he said he didn't want to drink anything that had more seasoning than his meal. I disagree, and I think a saison is a great beer to try that with. I drank most of the six pack from the bottle, but poured one into a larger wine glass for review purposes. Bottled 2/18/16. Vibrant gold, light lacing sustained by a moderate carb. For smell, taste, flavor, feel: Zesty. Fruity. Citrusy. Juicy. The saison qualities are subtle behind the overpowering additives. Interesting, but below some others I've tried like this (Hey Citrus, for example).

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 02/18/16. 2016 vintage. My first time trying this three way collaboration effort between Dogfish Head, Victory, and Stone. "A farmhouse style ale brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, & lemon thyme".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a crisp golden orange-yellow body; lots of sediment floating in the beer. Conjures only about a finger of soapy foamy white head, surprisingly enough. Some thin bubbly lacing. Looks good for the style.

S - Aroma is fairly typical of the style, kind of light and subdued. Not the herb / spice rack bomb I was expecting at all - the spices seem to come off as very muted, in fact. Grassy notes of lemon thyme seem to come through the most, with a bit of sage peeking through. Spritzy saison yeast content, notes of white pepper and clove. It's not bad, but I wouldn't know spices went into this without being told.

T - Taste is the same: a solid saison, but doesn't have any particular herb / spice rack blast like I was expecting. No overt or obvious notes of parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme. Herbal content comes mainly in the form of bitter / fruity / citrusy hop content. Lightly bitter, piney, resinous. Dry & bready from the malt and saison yeast. Notes of white pepper and clove again. Dry.

M - Smooth, crisp, spritzy. Easy-drinking stuff, medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Dry & bitter hop finish.

Overall, a fairly average saison offering. Not bad, but not particularly interesting either. The aforementioned spices didn't stand out to me nor did they amplify the beer. A decent offering, but nothing special. Would perhaps be interested to see what past vintages of this are like.

Stone Saison Du Buff -----4/5.

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Photo of jack-ruby
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,338 ratings.
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