Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,339 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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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:
1,339
Reviews:
550
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
110
For Trade:
2
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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Photo of doughanson78
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light yellow straw color. Very clear. Two finger fluffy bright white head with amazing retention and lacing.

S: Very yeasty with a slight funk and a touch of a marijuana aroma. Light fruity hops, apples and oranges. As it warms a lot more herbs come through, including sage and rosemary. Very complex and inviting aroma.

T: A light fruit upfront. The herbs and spices come through big. Huge amounts of sage. Rosemary, thyme, and cloves. Some peppery spiciness. A light bitterness. Touches of funk. Again very complex. A bit much on the herbs.

M: Light bodied. Medium high carbonation. Very crisp. Super dry finish.

O: An awesome Saison. Only flaw is the sage dominates a tad to much. This is a must try Saison IMO.

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

Had this out of it's 12oz. bottle. I saw that Stone and others collaborated to brew a saison, I had to give this a try...How can Stone make a saison that is not over-hopped? Well you just add herbs obviously.
A:Nice golden body, poured with a quickly dissipating head
S: very grassy, perfumy, and slightly funky-like grandma.
T: Bitter and saison-y all at the same time. I am very confused, and I like it. This is not a traditional saison, but the practices in making the beer are non-traditional to begin with so... the use of herbs replacing the hops, just like in the old days, but this is intensly different than I thought it might have been back in the good ol' days. but nice all at the same time.
M: Dry, good metabolized nmalt profile.
O: Again, this is not a standard saison, but it is a good beer. Draw the line where you will. I like the beer, therefore I will give it a good score, but it is definetly one-off of a true saison.

Sage rocks. I almost want to have this with cast ironed-skilleted pork chops with apples and sage.

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Photo of buzzardman
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've now had a few different saison beers and I can see why they almost went extinct in the beer world. The taste of these beers is not something I look for in a beer at all. I'm also just not a fan of spices of any kind in beer, leave that to chefs and bakers. this beer was interesting to try but I would never buy it again. they only reason I tried it was because it's a colab between the bigger micro breweries.

the taste is heavy on rosemary and maybe some other spices which give it an almost food flavor not fun to drink. it poured a nice golden yellow color with a decent two finger head. it held carbonation well and felt dry to the mouth.

i love tgat brewers are experimenting with beers but this should not be sold to the public. it should just be made available as an experimental beer maybe at the breweries themselves. I think I'm done with saison beer in general.

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3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pure golden yellow, with a creamy two fingers of head leaving thick curtains in its wake. Wow, the nose hits you straight away with its bouqet garni - strong coriander seed right away, wild fennel (strong licorice scent that you would smell when hiking in the bay area) along with a wet earthiness as well, nothing like i have spelled before - very intriguing though not necessarily what i want from a beer. Also there is a layered hint of belgian yeast spice as well. The mouth brings all the herbs together which is impressive to taste all the flavors thats its made with though to me thats not a good thing as im not the biggest herb fan in the world. Coriander sings first, with sage coming in right behind it holding till the end - with a wisp of rosemary showing itself in the middle. The finish is good and refreshing and somewhat cleans up the herbage on the finish. A well made beer though not my taste whatsoever.

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

This is the collaboration between Stone, Victory, and Dogfish. Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland.
Abundant head. Nice crisp taste. Flavorful. Complete.
Mouthfeel very clean. The perfect beer to quench in the hotel room after a day of wine tasting.
Note: to the purists who don't like reviews that don't live up to their standards, stuff it. :)

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

Found on close out at Market of Choice (hahahaha!!!) bought just because of the amazing breweries listed. Was slightly worried about ingredients though...

Poured a decent straw hue, average head fades into really nice lace. Good carbonation.

Smells brilliantly of herbs, hops, and faintly of citrus, malts, and hops. Inviting aromas, just mostly overshadowed by the herbaceous notes. Not too much saison aromatics though...

Flavors focus on the herbs with a definite presence of EACH of the herbs (which is nice!) You can actually taste thyme, rosemary, and sage... though you have to really imagine the parsley... but it's there too. Citrus and hops frame everything nicely. A little funky heft there from the saison yeast.

Medium weight, well integrated alcohol, nice balance. Medium length finish with nice grip, and wonderful nuance.

Overall a great beer with an amazing list of odd ingredients which seem to work very well together. I loved it and am looking forward to this and further releases.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,339 ratings.
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