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Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing

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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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

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Photo of match1112
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy yellow-orange in appearance. thin white head clears quickly leaving very little sign of there being any to begin with. smells like chicken stock, which I like. lots of herbs like rosemary, sage, parsley and thyme with some lemon rind in there also. taste is kinda chicken stockish, but better. the herbs and citrus blend well to make for a tasty treat. mouthfeel seems kinda creamy and buttery. carbonation is present on the tongue, unlike in the appearance. a little dry on the finish but not too much. overall this was rather tasty and didn't last long, so i must of really liked it.

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Photo of IllNate
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with ample white head and great retention. Big aroma with herbs very forward, sage, thyme, rosemary and something I can't put my finger on (after reading bottle more closely parsley). Fruity esters also dominate with lemon-orange. Taste follows with strong herbal qualities, sage and rosemarry. Fruity esters here as well with lemon-orang tang. Slightly spicy and sour as well. Mouthfeel is well balance with bitterness and a bit of sour. Overall a great beer, although not your traditional saison.

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Photo of tony223366
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Well the beer looks impeccable. 3+ fingers of white fluffy, cloudy head. Nice lacing and pretty good retention. The beer itself is a golden honey color with good clarity. There's a little cloudiness in this beer but if you ask me it makes it look better. The carbonation has nice action, keeping this beer dynamic looking.

S: Whoa, big aromas. Basically all of the herbs are what I get the most. Parsley and Rosemary certainly. Sage big time. I'm not 100% sure what Thyme smells like but I'm sure it's here. Some funkiness in a musty, yeasty way. Some fruity notes as well, like a belgian fruitiness.

T: Wow, they weren't kidding about the herbs in this beer. It very much reminds me of the gruit beer I had not that long ago. Wow. So much herbs. It's so... savory I guess you would say? Sage is all kinds of present and rosemary hits me in waves. There is some grainy maltiness that meets a very dry finish. There is some fruitiness... pear? It's tough to tell. There's just a bit of stale, must too. Very interesting but not something I would want all the time (or maybe again?)

M: Medium to thin body with some prickly carbonation. I do wish there was more scrubbing bubbles to rinse my palate after each sip.

O: Wow, this is an interesting beer. Not even remotely refreshing. I wonder what the experts would pair this with? Maybe a rotisserie chicken? How about a strawberry, rhubarb & rosemary Popsicle? Maybe if you held the sugar at bay. Either way this is a savory beer that needs something savory.

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Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a large egg shell white head, looks great.

Aromas very grassy and herbal, with some hard candy notes. Really digging the smell on this one.

Taste is herbal and grassy just like the nose. Definitely floral, withe the rosemary being very distince, Beer then settles into some hard candy sweetness, with some dry white wine notes. Comes off a bit one demensional with the spice flavors, but it's still tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full with good carbonation.

Overall, a unique and tasty take on the style. As I mentioned, a bit one demensional, but still good.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip. No bottle or freshness dating visible, aside from the label illustration on the neck which says “Stone Collaborations 2012,” but I picked this up just a few days after it came into my local shop, so it’s about as fresh as it’s going to get. Yay!

Appearance (3.5): The head peaks at about two fingers of fine, off-white foam that bubbles down slowly. The body is a bright straw-golden color, and evenly cloudy and hazy but not opaque. There’s actually some decent lacing here, leaving a few webs on the sides as it goes down.

Smell (4.0): Rosemary and sage come out first, almost evenly balanced, and it’s a very nice effect; the thyme becomes quite a bit more pronounced, kind of an earthy, grassy-sweet character that is a great complement to the earthy, fruity yeast character. Peppery, but lightly so, and the parsley meshes well with the thyme. The fruit character is mostly pear, and mildly sweet.

Taste (3.5): Quick, mild flash of white pepper to start, but it quickly moves into some almost vegetal bitterness and the parsley is very prominent. It mellows out if you let it linger, moving into some mild earthiness as the rosemary becomes more clear in the finish. The malt character is very dry and crackery, relatively pronounced without being sweet on one end of the spectrum or starchy on the other. The fruity pear character is very understated but helps flesh it out a bit. A little sage hanging back there . . . really evens out as it warms, and the bitterness becomes herbal and evenly distributed. Really like the components, but it doesn’t quite meld as well as I’d like.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Smooth with a lush carbonation that tingles briefly before foaming up, with a dry body that is about medium-weight. Slightly oily . . . this is a really nice feel, actually.

Overall (4.0): Definitely enjoyed this beer, and I really appreciate what these three breweries have done. It’s not a perfect saison, but it’s good and it’s innovative. I really enjoyed the different components, but at least on the palate it didn’t mesh perfectly—in the end it had a little too much herbal-medicinal bitterness on the finish that I think could have gone in a different direction if done a little differently. Now I just need to try the red wine barrel aged version . . .

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Photo of warnerry
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden brown with one and a half fingers of white head. Head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Incredibly herbal aroma, not surprising considering the ingredients. Definitely pick up some sage and rosemary, not so much of the other herbs. Does have some funky earthy Belgian yeast.

T - Taste has a faint sweetness to it before the herbs completely take over. Quite a bit of earthy bitterness. I'm enjoying this more than I anticipated, but it is still a bit of an odd brew that becomes harder to drink when you get past the first few ounces.

M - Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with persistent earthy bitterness.

O - Interesting take on the style, but not something I would want very often. May be a good one to pair with food.

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Photo of mschind
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale gold with a slight haze. Fizzy cap rather than a head but there is a little clinging to the glass.

S- My first reaction was WT...? Then I saw the bit about parsley sage rosemary and thyme and it all made sense. The sage and rosemary dominate with thyme in the background. The parsely, if it is there at all is in the taste but more like celery.

T- In addition to the herbal notes, there is a citrus bitterness that is clean and refreshing and even some tart hops.

M- Medium to light body, a bit under carbonated for a Saison.

O- This is an interesting beer. Not a classic Belgian Saison, I'm missing the yeast and some of the phenols and esters but the herbal stuff is aromatic and tasty.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale honey gold in color with a humble half-inch of white head. Cloudy and very still. 3.0

Sweet herbal nose with elements of rosemary and thyme swell. Sage and parsley are more subtle, but it's all there. Pale grains and saison yeast round out the nose. Lovely. 4.0

Dry and very herbal. Tastes mostly of thyme and sage with a hint of rosemary. Lemon, peppermint, and pale malts. Crisp with a very clean, green finish that showcases some sharp floral and citrusy hops. A swell of boozy warmth picks up from the mid-palate onward. 4.0

A bit biting with alcohol, but pretty well-rounded. Moderately bitter with some spicy carbonation to boot. The body is almost milky with texture from suspended yeast. Decently drinkable despite the strength. 3.5

The last of the pack to be tried. Enjoyed this one as much as Dogfish Head's, if not more. 4.0

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Photo of davey101
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The final piece to the puzzle. 2012 vintage into a DFH signature glass.

A - Cloudy dark amber body, almost a burnt orange color. Pour produces a slight one finger bone white head which dissipates into a splotchy soapy cap with thin edging. Moderate lacing and retention. Looks good, and pretty spot on from my description of the other two versions.

S - A stone beer with no hop presence? Who knew! Aroma is big on the spice. Coriander and lemon grass mostly, with just a touch of herbs on the finish. Lemons, hay, and crackery malts round out the rest of the aroma.

T - Nice balance between the spices and the crackery malts and lemon/grass element of the saison. There is just enough coriander spice here, with some black pepper and an herbal finish. Somewhat bitter and acidic on the end. Mouth feel is spritzy and medium to light bodied. Real nice carbonation, but the alcohol does have some presence. Why is the abv bumped up from the other two versions?

O - I think I prefer the DFH version, but its hard to say as there has been a few months between trying each version. The stone version has a slightly harsh flavor on the end, and the abv bump is kind of odd. Different yeast maybe? Either its a solid beer with a well integrated herb presence. An enjoyable experience/collaboration for sure.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a small thin patch, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of herbs in the nose with rosemary and sage. Additionally there are moderate aromas of lemon citrus. There is a very light amount funky yeast in the smell also.

T: Like the smell, there are a lot of complex herbaceous flavors in this beer with the rosemary and sage dominating with some lighter notes of parsley and time. There is a light amount of peppery & funky yeast flavors as well. Quite interesting. Light lemon/citrus notes.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: Very interesting and enjoyable - not something that you would drink like a session beer but the herbal notes are very tasty. The smell of this beer is probably the most enjoyable part as the smell is quite inviting.

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Photo of stumac
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty sure this is the Stone version. Drinking it straight outta the bottle at the pool! Aromas of pine, floral hops, sweetness. Tastes of definite rosemary, subtle honey, nice pale malts, hoppy hoppy. Smooth as eggs. Perfect balance of carbonation. I dig these three breweries and I dig this collab.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden yellow with a soft, white head that has decent retention

S - very herbal - rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage; faint, funky yeast

T - rosemanry, parsley, sage, thyme, funky yeast, faint malt, some underlying fruit

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated, some alcohol

This is solid. A great saison with an intense herbal aroma and flavor. The herbs remind me of my grandmother's kitchen. Overall, this is a great, drinkable beer. The only downside is that the herbs become intense after a bottle or two. It's worth splitting them up.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

slightly hazy yellow-orange, 2 fingers white foamy head.
smells of lemonpeel, pepper, bready yeast, coriander.
a bitterness that's much like swallowing pine cones, much more earthy than the other 2 versions of this.. and still my favorite of the three. it's exactly how i remember it last time (2010?).. which is ridiculous, because i've had hundreds of different beers since then. a very unique taste mixed with a medium body, nice creamy feel hits your lips but still so bitter and refreshing at the same time that you can't help but want more and more of this. an excellent saison series, and the best of the best right here.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love it when breweries work together. Another colab. from Stone is a welcome sight. Saison Du Buuf pours a nice clear gold. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers worth of white head. Head settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left in its wake.

The smell is very herbaceous. Strong sage notes dominate upfront. Rosemary coming in strong as well. Some lightish parsley and thyme notes present as well. Some light malt notes peak through behind the herbs.

The taste is no less herbaceous. Rosemary strikes first. Sage plays a strong backing note. The thyme and parsley are much more pronounced on the palate. Some light malt notes present beneath the herbs. Malt offers light touch of caramel sweetness. Rounding things out is light bit of chalky yeast notes. The long lingering finish offers more of an herbal punch.

Saison Du Buff has a nice lightish body. A fair amount of carbonation present as well.

I am not quite sure what to make of this beer. It's the most unique tasting saison I have had to date. The herbs dominate this beer from beginning to end. The alcohol is well masked. This beer doesn't come close to drinking as strong as it is. I can say with confidence that this beer would pair well with poultry, or work wonders in a marinade/brine. Props to three great breweries for creating an interesting beer.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New 2012 batch, poured into Allagash tulip.

Pours a brilliant clear gold almost like a pils, but with a finger of head and oily lacing that sticks around.

Nose is dominated by parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, which can all be picked out but also blend well with the light citrus & clove of the yeast. Floral & spicy hops bring it all together.

Pilsner malt sweetness is cut with clove, the mix of spices, and some significant spicy and floral hops linger with rustic/musty yeast character and some lemon citrus. Finishes moderately dry with a juniper-like bite. Alcohol comes out slightly as it warms but doesn't distract at all.

Mouthfeel is substantial for a saison, slightly slick and oily but with enough carbonation to keep it from being cloying.

Definitely one of the more memorable takes on the saison. Usually not a huge fan of spiced beers but these add more to the great aroma rather than dominating the taste. Feels like a real collaboration with each adding something that adds up to greatness.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright golden, quite clear, with a two finger crisp white head

S: Very, very powerful smell. Tons of spice notes, the rosemary being the most distinguishable. Also has a little bit of fruitiness to it as well as some dirt.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. I also got sort of a vick's chloroseptic sort of taste, but lots of bitter earthiness mainly.

M: Very tingly and carbonated, medium body. Very dry.

Overall this is one of the better saisons I've had and maybe the best American one

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Photo of scvance
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a hazy light yellow/gold color with a thick long lasting head, awesome lacing. The aroma is very intriguing, strong herbal notes of rosemary and thyme along with other earthy and fruity notes, light citrus. Taste is equally as intriguing. All of the herbal flavor comes through right up front with more notes of pine and very slight citrus flavor. There is a lingering sweetness, as well as a slight hop bitterness, very well balanced, clearly the herbs are the star of this beer. Medium carbonation and medium body with good mouthfeel. This really is a good beer, however it's just so different. I don't know if I'm ready to commit to have this on multiple occasions, but it's definitely worth picking up just for the experience. The BUFF trio really are trying to push the envelope as far as developing new beer trends, and this is an excellent example.

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

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-yeasty, earthy, rosemary, sage

T-herbs are forward and persistent admixed with earthy malt and bitter hops

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation,

O-interesting, but wouldn't want to drink alot due to the overpowering herbs

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Photo of gtermi
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice clear golden body with a thick white head that quickly fades. The head does leave a tiny bit of lace on the side of the glass too.

S: The first thing that sticks out to me is the rosemary and sage. It also has a nice sweet smell that mixes well with the spices and herbs.

T: This sort of tastes like a pasta in my mouth.. very delicious though and this beer really works. As the beer lingers, it becomes very mild, but stays on my pallet for a long time.

M: The beer is very smooth and has a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat. The only think I dont really care about is the oily feeling this beer has given my mouth.

O: This is a very nice beer with a lot of character and flavor. It for sure a good collaboration and I cant wait to try the other takes on this beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured all three "BUFF" beers in line.
Stone: Poured from bottle into glass. Slight hazey golden, with foam that is gone quick. Lots of carbonation. Really herbal and citrus hop aromas. You really smell all the herbs in this one. Taste is typical saison funk, but herbal and very citrus hop flavors. Its easy drinker and pretty tastey. Not amazing but not bad.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into a generic tulip glass]

I: Yet another cheap bottle I picked up along with my main purchase of Stone's "16th Anniversary IPA". Stone collaborations have been hit or miss in the past, but for around $2.00 nothing much is ever lost. The bottle says that it's "herbaceously outrageous", so I'm assuming this maybe very floral. I'm not the biggest fan of the floral element in certain beer styles, but a Saison will probably suffice.

B: [7.7% ABV. 12 Fl. OZ. 2012 Release] The bottles not much to look at, but it pretty much follows the subtlety of previous collabs. This is probably one of the best set of breweries to do a collab with stone. Dogfish and victory both have great reputations.

A: Transparent/slightly hazy golden body with a very nice fluffy white head(slow/moderate dissipation), and good lacing.

S: No particular dominate smell. Hints of pine, grass, earth, floral, sage, and various fruits(lemon most familiar).

T: They weren't kidding on the bottle when they said it's, "herbaceously outrageous". A floral bomb of grass, earth, lemon throughout, sage, and other spices that linger well into the back on your tongue all complimented by sweet yeast(taste Belgian?). Also that funk that you may get with some other saisons is present. The taste can only be summed up as interesting.

M: sweet/slight dry/crisp finish, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and light apparent alcohol.

O: This was an interesting brew.... you could even say unique, but is it for the better? Well all I can say is that I'm conflicted. I don't think I was satisfied, but I encourage these sort of experimental beers. It was truly worth the price if anything. So with that said, I would recommend for the experience, but wouldn't continue to buy. Savor Great Beer!

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Photo of jrenihan
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle.

Cloudy golden colour. Moderately sized white head. Fades to a film fairly quickly. Good lacing.

Herbs and spices stand out strongly. Sage, white pepper, others. Lemon and other light fruits. A bit floral.

Taste is strongly herbal. Sage, rosemary, thyme. Almost peppermint. Some lemon and yeast below. Herbal taste is too much for me.

Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall, not bad. Some good qualities but the herbal focus is not my thing.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head that fades to a collar and small pool in a duvel tulip
S: smells of pale malt, fruity esters, and all sorts of herbs with some spicy yeast aroma
T: nice pale malt flavor, a bit of fruitiness, spice from the yeast, sage and many other herbs, maybe some basil. swallow brings another nice herbal kick with a bit of fruitiness and some yeastyness. not a lot of bitterness
M: moderate with soft carbonation and it leaves the palate a bit wet
O: a pretty tasty beer. it has good flavors and nice complexity but isn't quite to style.

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Photo of Braseltonage
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Beligan tulip.

A: Nice straw golden color. While hazy, clearer than expected. Very little head on this particular pour. Slightly clingy lacing however.
S: A few Belgian esters on the nose. A hint of banana-like fruitiness. A peppery note as well. Herbaceousness is present, although particulars don't stand out (parsley, sage, etc.) Smells of a nice farmhouse/saison.
T: An almost tripel-ish grainy sweetness right up front. Familiar Belgian template through most of the sip, but abruptly followed by the herbal punch. Again, can't pick out the particular herbs, but definitely a drying, bittering finish. Not a bright, fresh herbs in a sauce type of herb feel, or even a dry-hop type of flavor and aroma. If you didn't tell me it was an herbed beer, I'd probably just think it had some stronger bittering hop additions.
M: Mouthfeel seems appropriate for the style and ABV, nice a drinkable.
O: Interesting, but not necessarily over the top as one might expect from three particularly talented breweries. A really nice domestic saison in my opinion and while the herbs definitely have a presence, it kind of leaves you wanting just a little more. A fine beer none the less.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had the DFH and Victory versions of the Saison du Buff. I've been looking to complete the triple, and I happened to see this final one on the beer menu at RFD in Washington D.C.

The beer was served in a tulip and served with grace by my knowledgable server.

The coloring was a very light yellow with about three fingers of light foam. This foam retained very well and leaves some decent lacing.

I immediately smelled sage and rosemary before I brought the glass to my nose. These are two of my favorite spices (I'm a fresh spice slut).

I get a lot of rosemary in my first taste. You can pull out the sage by working the liquid over in your mouth. Overall there is some decent balance. The surprise is that I don't get any of the expected sour/horse blanket presence that is typical to the saison style.

This is a challenging beer to drink based on the complexity. This is probably the most challeging to drink light beer I've ever had.

I think this is a pretty good spice beer, but out of the three Saison du Buffs... I like the the DFH the best.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.
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