Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing

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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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:

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Nice saison-y billowy white head and aggressive lacing all over. The head is wanting to stick around forever. The beer is a clear honey color with lots of rising bubbles.

S- Oh. My. God. It smells like a spice rack! Very odd for a beer to say the least. The rosemary and sage are very very strong. Some how the spices dont drown out the actual beer. Theres lemony hops, some slight funk and sourness. The spices are really really dominant though.

T- SUUUPPPPERRR spicy and herbal. Bitey, very herbal and chai tea like. A crack of pepper and a bite of sourness finish it out. I think the spices carry this beer away but it is really unique.

M- Light, prickly, crackly and drying. Very crisp despite all the insane herbs and spices.

D- Not as drinkable as a normal saison. But still good.

This beer is wildly herbal and spicy. It is very out of the ordinary and crazy. But if it werent then these guys wouldnt be doing their job.

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Photo of riored4v
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/28/10

Poured into a tulip. Straw colored body, semi-hazy with a white head.

Smell was VERY unique. The herbs are very present upfront. Some faint belgian estery/yeasty aromas. Very "light" smelling. Herbal aroma is very strong but there does seem to be some slight peppery notes in it as well.

Taste... again, VERY unique. Some nice rosemary, sage and thyme notes. Has a nice lemony taste. Very mild estery and belgian-type flavors. Very refreshing and crisp. Some peppery notes along with a mild maltiness.

Mouthfeel was light body, medium carb and a very dry and crisp finish.

Drinkability was good. The unique flavors might put some off, and does limit it a little, but still great.

Extremely unique saison. The herbs are very present and pleasant and blend together great to make a very enjoyable/refreshing saison.

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Photo of ebby82
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma- Sage, Rosemary, and hops. The spices are extremely prevalent in the smell. It smells like no other beer I've ever encountered. It smells a little like an herb garden. There's also what seems to be a faint lemon like scent behind the herbs.

Color- a golden, honey like color. Very little head.

Taste- The first thing you notice about the taste is the rosemary and sage. Apparently parsley and thyme are also in here, but they seem to be overpowered. There is a mild spiciness first from the rosemary and secondarily from the hops. The bitterness is definitely evident, but it still has a mild sweetness to it.

Overall: This is a unique interesting tasting beer, but I don't think I could drink many of them. The ABV is reasonable, but the herbal taste can be a little overpowering. I enjoy this beer, I would drink it again, and I wish that I could try the versions from each of the other breweries.

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Photo of xcrunner78
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: pours a plae golden color with a good head that dissipates quickly. Head settles with constant carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

S: oooh...a lot of herbs. Clove, sage, parsely, rosemary, thyme, and a spicy hopness.

T: very herbal spicemess. Good mouthful of spices mix well together. A spicy hopness at the tip of the tongue, finishes dry and the evaporation releases the spices at the back of the palate.

M: excellent bite to the tongue. No coating of the mouth. Feel the spiciness at the back of the nose.

D: very good brew. Great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a stemmed glass

The color is hazy golden-yellow color with two fingers of creamy white head. I think it looks rather appetizing.

The smell is a really nice light fruit flavor with some apple and a nice sweet malt flavor. It is a well managed complex flavor.

The taste is a nice smooth flavorful fruit experience, There was at first a little apple skin and a bit of citrus hop that was bitter but wonderfully flavorful. Some nice granny smith apple and grapefruit took at bit of a bit into my taste buds and let me sink into a great beer.

The feel of this beer was very crisp and refreshing. Some nice smooth feel makes this beer a very drinkable offering and a really great collaboration beer. One of my favs.

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Photo of snpub540
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow hue. White head leaves very clingy lacing. Pretty much a sheet of white lace al the way down.

Smell is dominated by herbal notes, with sage being the strongest note. Verybspicy characteristics.

Taste is a blend of straw, yeast, and those nice herbal flavors. Rosemary and parsley are what I can detect the most.

Mouthfeel is OK. Not my favorite of the Stone colabs. Just very herbal. Its a very creative attempt but not something I'd pay for again.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a very clear golden yellow with a huge pillowy white head that sticks around for a long time and leaves massive amounts of residual lacing.
S. The rosemary is jumping out of the glass. The thyme also makes a strong showing. Other than the herbs, there is some spice with a little malt sweetness.
T. The herbs meld together nicely to create the more traditional saison peppery/spiciness. The grassy/herbal elements of a saison are also apparent. The barnyard/fuck characteristics are missing. The hops come in on the tail end. The rosemary is evident for some time in the aftertaste.
M. Medium bodied with a slightly slick/oily characteristic. A mild level of carbonation.
D. I could smell this beer all day, but ultimately I'd only be willing to drink a couple before moving on.

Overall, the beer is missing the complexity that I expect out of a saison. It is even more disappointing when the nose seemed to suggest such a wonderful bouquet.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- An ever so slightly hazy yellow/ orange colored liquid with a thin but creamy white head. There are numerous streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. Pretty nice.

S- Thyme, rosemary, sage, chamomile, and mint. Pretty unique for the style. Kind of reminds me of a Three Floyds Rabbid Rabbit.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma with an emphasis on the minty flavors and cooling effect. Unique and pretty refreshing.

M- Clean and smooth with some lasting flavors and a cooling effect.

D- After awhile the seasonings did become a bit overbearing. When all is said and done, this is a nice take on the style and my first three brewers collaboration beer.

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Photo of ebin6
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't have my beer journal handy, so this won't be a full-scale review. I love the style, and this is by far the most interesting take on a saison that I've come across. The nose and taste were most similar to Moonlight's Artemis. Artemis was a hop-less beer, whereas this was not. However, the extreme floral and earthy taste which dominated Moonlight was just right in Du Buff.

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Photo of Murchmac
1.86/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I hate to rate this beer so low but this is the crowning achievement in the awful stone collaborations. The last two collaborations I refer to as the kitchen spices series.

This beer pours a nice golden yellow with bubbles of carbonation and a 1 finger foam head.

Smells like a good saison at first and then it turns into a pizza or those combo pizza chips they used to sell.

At first interesting and great saison taste, then the herbs kick in. Every other sip is horrible. Then eventually, they all are. Were they trying to brew grass?

1st they brew a pepper ipa? then a spice rack saison? Whats next in the grab a random ingredient from the kitchen a brew a beer collaboration.

That being said, I will always support stone and its their choice to keep brewing whatever the hell they want. Ill probably buy it anyway.

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Photo of beertunes
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a bright, clear yellow with just a bit of chill haze. The beer had under an inch of nice white head that had decent retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma has a bold herb and lemon scent (maybe this would be a good marinade for chicken breasts?), with the expected spicy yeast scents buried in the background. On the tongue all that herbiness combines into a slightly unpleasant mess. The yeast flavors I'd been hoping for just barely showed up at the back of the tongue.

The body was average for the style, light and crisp. Drinkability was a little on the hard side, I wouldn't have a second 12oz bottle in a row, and I suspect that a pint would be hard to get through. Overall, I'm not too impressed with this beer, but it's probably worth a shot.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy golden-yellow color with two fingers of creamy white head. I think it looks rather appetizing.

Smell: very hoppy. Hops are quite funky and a little citrusy; the aroma reminds me of green vegetation. Mixed in with that is a little bit of black pepper and a touch of malt aroma. Interesting.

Taste: big helping of funky hop flavor; this definitely lives up to its aroma. Bitterness is moderate, but lower than I would have guessed based on the quantity of hop flavor. Sour, grassy saison character is plentiful here as well. Pretty good, but the overall onslaught is a little rough.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a tendency towards silky creaminess already; on top of that is a nice level of carbonation which makes the experience extremely creamy and enjoyable.

Drinkability: as I said before, there's a fair bit to enjoy in this beer; however, the overall experience is a bit rough. Drinkable, but really sessionable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my La Fin du Monde chalice, beautiful slightly hazed bright sunshine golden hue with a bright 3-4 finger stretch of head. Lacing is fine and evenly scattered between sips, nice stuff. Aroma has a bright herbal garden nose, the rosemary additiones stand out but I don't think I could pick out the others individually very pleasant. There's also a pleasant lemon/lime tone to the nos. Flavor is harsh with herbal spices, the underlyng saison is hard to determine because the untraditional brewing additions create a blanket of bitterness I'm guessing the thyme did this. It overpowers chicken when fresh and overused. Mouthfeel is medium bodied not boozey just a cast of bittering herbs sticks to the palate like Tom's organic toothpaste. Drinkability isn't what I was expecting herbal Saisons don't work to well, checkout reviews from Great Lakes version last spring.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cool into a pint glass, Saison du Buff is a pale golden yellow color with good clarity and thick white head.

The aroma is what really stands out about this beer. It has a wonderfully floral/herbaceous quality that is surprisingly pleasant.

Flavor is impressive too. Ales brewed with herbs can really be hit or miss but this one is a winner. Nice spicy quality that is fitting for a saison. The herbal aspect is well-judged but the rosemary seems to be the one that stands out the most but that's not really surprising.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-carbonated.

The only place this beer is not scoring well would be drinkability. It's more of a novelty beer and not something I would have often. That being said, it's still a tasty brew and worth a try.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, and there's also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is herbs, citrus (grapefruit, lemon peel), and peppery spice. The herbal flavors in this brew overpower the citrusy and grassy hops flavors, but that's not a bad thing in this case. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a good overall brew, the mix of herbs used in it work great. I've had mixed experiences with beers brewed with herbs, but luckily this one turned out good.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems like these collaborations are the only Stone beers I buy anymore and maybe there is a reason for that. Bright golden yellow with a yeasty smell to it like a saison should. I like dteh flavor even if it was very heavy on the thyme. It almost seemed like it had some hops going on but that may have been the herbs. Overall, a good saison.

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Photo of charlzm
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed May 15th, 2010 at The Daily Pint, Santa Monica, CA.

Clear medium golden/amber with a one-finger white head amde of exceptionally fine bubbles.

Aromatic: spicy, powdery and sweet bordering on syrupy. Notes of fruit as well: apricots and citrus.

Flavor is light verging on thin. Nearly evaporative with a mildly bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Lightly spicy, but not the melange of spices I was expecting based on the ingredients.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, watery.

After the outta-the-ballpark aroma, I was let down by the flavor. Not terrible, but doesn't live up to its promise.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden-orange color. Light slightly rocky white head quickly turns to a heavy film with some big clusters of bubbles.

Smell: Has a spicy aroma of oranges, with hints of yeast, salt, and herbs coming through.

Taste: An even blend of noticably hoppy citrus and yeast. Sweet at the start and through the finish, but there's this arresting bitterness in the aftertaste, like burnt spices. With more sips, the sharp bitter aftertaste shifts towards just being astringent, and you can taste the herbs (sage, rosemary, and thyme per the bottle) throughout. It is hard to pinpoint any one standing out... they all tend to pop out from time to time. Eventually you get a bit of lingering salt flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with minimal viscosity. Mostly smooth, with just a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: The flavor is a bit tough here, and while the ABV isn't very high it feels like there is a lot for some reason.

Interesting, but what the heck? This is pretty off the wall; seems that they were stretching to figure out what to do here. You know these guys can do better - sometimes it is best to stick to what you already do well.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden yellow body with a huge fluffy white head.

Wow, what a glorious aroma! Like sticking your nose in a bed of mixed herbs. Lavender seems to pop a bit brighter than the other aromas, but you can distinguish Parsley, Sage and Thyme too.

Mmmm...herbal, spicy goodness. Yeah, all four spices are individually detectable here as well, along with a little lemon, and a crisply hoppy finish.

All these spices on the label had me worried, but the flavors have been blended to near perfection. A must try for Saison heads like me!

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Photo of Bobikel
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden straw color with a maelsrom of bubbles racing upwards (and that's without tubulation sites on my standard tumbler). Amazing head that won't quit. Smells of honey, white pepper, grassy hops, and just a touch of biscuit. Also a little bit of yeastiness. First sip is very earthy and herbish across the palate. The herbs seem to be just about perfectly balanced with a nice hop bitterness across the back of the swallow. Not really something I could drink more than one of, but interesting enough that I'll probably have another one at some point. Despite the nucleation occuring in the glass the mouthfeel is quite light and smooth. A little creamy.
Overall a solid beer, and the sort of thing to excite lovers of the extreme. For me however it looses a couple of point for being just a bit to much across the herbs. If I weren't told this was a saison I probably never would have guessed it myself. I could see making a delicious lamb stew out of this ale...

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Picked this up a few weeks ago and am finally able to get to try this. Pours a hazy straw color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger and a half of head is achieved which dissipates relatively slowly, leaving great looking lacing.

Smell - Wow! I was surprised by the nose. Loads of citrus up front (un-ripened grapefruit) followed by some slight hoppy tones and barnyard funk. Lots of spices/herbs are prevalent after a few more whiffs which include sage and parsley.

Taste - Not what I was expecting from the nose. An immediate hoppy sensation but it is followed by some odd herbal taste. The sage comes through way too much in my opinion and is quite off putting to be perfectly honest. As I type, I took a sip about a minute ago and I still have the lingering flavor of the sage and other heavy herbs lingering on my palate. I'm not so sure about this collaboration...

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, yet creamy. Low carbonation overall.

Drinkability - One of the rare beers in my opinion that tastes nothing like the nose. The nose came across as amazing, but the taste itself is extremely off putting. I have one more left and will probably give it as an someone I don't like, heh.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usually not a fan of the collabs, but for $3 I thought this was worth a shot (a lot better price point than other collab offerings).

Appearance- Nice, rich golden. An inch of soapy, slightly yellowed head. Dissipates pretty quickly. No real lacing.

Smell- Herbal, grassy-type hops. A little peppery, with some lemon rind as well. It's quite herbal. Possibly real herb, as opposed to herb-smelling hops. Actually quite nice.

Taste- It's got a nice hoppy, herbal thing. But then it gets very green, bitter, and the herbs get strange. Sage, too much sage. A little grainy as well. There's a weird savoriness in the middle that is quite off-putting. It has a little sweet, but it's very grassy and bitter. Citric finish is very nice.

Mouthfeel- I can't get over the savoriness in the middle. It gets weird and heavy. The carbonation comes through on a springy finish. Not sure the richness is really a mouthfeel issue, but my mouth responds like there's something heavy in it.

Drinkability- One and done. The herbs are getting to me.

Another beer that is more interesting than good. I think this beer had a chance until they bombarded with herbs. The nose is fantastic however. Unfortunately, it does not translate well. I love the smell of a juicy steak, but I don't want to drink one.

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Photo of Wildman
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear straw color and formed a foamy snow white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, malt, biscuits, citrus and pepper. The flavor was of hops, pepper and flowers. The body is medium light and the the finish slightly bitter.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at a local BevMo. Poured from the bottle into my snifter glass.

A - A hazy light orange with one finger width of soft pillow head. There is very nice lacing on my glass.

S - Smells of black pepper and spices, light citrus (lemons maybe) and a little bit of belgian malt.

T - Very similar to the nose. The pepper and spices are the main theme of this beer. But the citrus and malts complement it quite nicely. Pepper lingers as the aftertaste.

M - Creamy with medium carbonation. There is a bit of prickliness left on my tongue.

D - I'm not big into the whole spice thing in beer usually, but it works quite nicely for this beer.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Light golden with a white head, great carbonation.

S-Strong herbal smell. I can't pick apart the herbs.

T-Herbal across the palate after awhile all the different herbs come through.

M-Light mouthfeel,highly carbonated. Coats your tongue with herbal-e-ness. Dry, herbal, bitter aftertaste

D-Flavorful and refreshing. Big flavor, different herbs come through on the end of the palate.

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