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:

Added by Todd on 05-05-2010

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Photo of dlmccabe1
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with slight cloudiness and a nice foamy head that sticks around. Strong citrus aromas share the nose with the smell of bread biscuit.

This is a bold and flavorful saison. There is complex spiciness and intricate flavors, although no distinct or dominant single herbal flavor. There is nice subtlety to this beer. It's dry with a slightly bitter finish, has nice citrus and Belgian undertones.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. A huge fluffy head tops a pretty, slightly opaque golden body, leaving some heavy lacing on the glass. Nice, tight carbonation continues to well up from the bottom of the glass for the duration.
Aroma is heavy on herbal notes, with some spicy, piney hops nicely accenting the fragrant Belgian yeast. The culinary herbs are somewhat indistinct from one another on the nose, instead coming together to form an almost menthol-like quality. Palate is a little delicate up front, lots of culinary herbs (the sage is dominant) and a light honey sweetness. These yield to the same herby, menthol quality before the swallow, along an assertive piney hop character. Finish is a good blend of the honey sweetness of the malt and the earthy herbs. A lingering bitterness, more from the herbs than the hops, lasts long after the swallow.
Body is nicely carbonated, but not overly bubbly, and not velvety like a true Belgian saison. Finish is nice and dry, why is quite true to style. While an interesting experiment, I think this beer suffers a little from too many flavors jockeying for position. Nonetheless, try it if you see it, it's worth the experience.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous golden yellow with a marshmallow fluff head; white and soapy and stalwart. The aroma is everything you'd hope for, a roast chicken without the chicken: parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, with more than a little grapefruit for good measure, a whopping quenelle of mango sorbet, and some crackers in the background. Super-focused citric-herbal flavor without a tremendous amount of nuance, but what's there is delightful: tangerine and grapefruit laden with holy basil and kaffir lime, purple sage and lemon thyme, round and meandering yet somehow snappy and focused. Deliriously tasty - a wonderful beer in spite of its soapy overtones.

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Photo of jsanford
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, pale gold with a huge white head that recedes to a thin ring.
S - Getting lots of lemons and herbs from this, obviously parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Actually, it's hard to make out any individual herbs in the nose, so let's just call it "herbal". Still, very interesting and unique.
T - More lemons and herbs. The herbs do an amazing job of showing themselves at different times as the beer warms. At fist I get mostly rosemary, sticky and resinous. Then it's the thyme, followed with the sage and then the parsley. So amazing, this is a very interesting beer!
M - Very crisp and dry, with a medium-light body and high carbonation. Very refreshing, an it pairs so well with foods.
D - Very drinkable, this should be available in 6-packs all year long. One of the most unique and amazing beers I've ever had, major props to all three brewers!

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Photo of nrbw23
2.54/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

- Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a huge, soapy white head. Head has descent retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is herbal, yeasty and a hint of bread dough.

T- Taste is yeasty funk, herbal and a bit of pepper. Quite a bit of herbs almost over kill.

M- Light in body and good amount of carbonation.

D- Pretty interesting ingredients listed on the bottle for sure. Just think they go better on food rather than beer. Found this one on the harder side to drink. Just didn't have the beer taste that I really enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ramseye4
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up, looked intriguing. I love victory, and Stone and DFH had never disappointed me. So lets see how this goes.
A=Pours a medium gold color, completely opaque despite the light color, monster head, great lacing.
S=Massive spice hits up front, with some lemon zest, the rosemary and thyme definitely make an appearance, some lemon and malt thrown in for kicks.
T=Spice, spice, and more spice. Not your run of the mill beer. Not quite as involved as the aroma. Some bitterness hits in the aftertaste. The Scarborough Fair elements pop up, but don't mesh quite as well as I hoped. The taste is a bit disappointing, but its not bad by any means. It just seems a bit haphazard.
M=too much carbonation, nearly overwhelms the taste. Good bitterness and aftertaste though.
D= Great. I could down this all night.

A very intriguing beer, but I feel like it fails to meet the intended goal, it seems a bit messy but overall its not bad. Still, I walk away a bit disappointed.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

98th review
Bottle to pint

App- The same color as Victory but with a nicer 1 finger head and the lacing was much better.

Smell- The stone doesnt have the big in your face spiciness to it but still very nice.

Taste- More of a parsely than a mix of all the spices but very good all the same.

Mouth- Same as victory I reviewed

Drink- The 2nd of 3rd in the vertical. So far 1 of 2.

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Photo of Prospero
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a saison it was extremely clear and light in color, no cloudiness and closer to a yellowish orange than a deep orange. Large white foamy head and beautiful lacing. Golden color, light crisp, very drinkable flavor. The nose is a strong citrusy and sage like hop aroma but without the strong bitterness hops in the taste. A unique spin on a saison style that is light and refreshing. Would definitely buy a 6-pack of this if they had it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale white gold with a big chunky weiss head that craters and leaves lumps of whipped cream head clinging to the side of the glass. Deep leafy herbs and waxy yeast on the nose. Lemon zest, hay, unripe pears up front, warming herbal notes, some yeasty banana chips in the middle, and white pepper and cardamon pods to end. Dry finish, fruity linger. Prickly, crisp, light to medium, with a slight burn.

Amazingly complex. A real foodie saison. Worthwhile.

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Photo of MowryJC
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at Green House Tavern. Drank with the other two SdB, Dogfish Head and Victory, in one session for comparison.

A - Hazy grapefruit with a moderate 1 1/2 finger head that settles into a fluffy head that is maintained well with a rising chain of carbonation throughout the drinking. Leaves a lacing that starts out strong and moves into a spottiness.

S - The best of the three, there's a even balance of herbs with a nice backing of grapefruit citrus and mint, with a light funk behind it.

T - Pepper and Lemon on the front moving into some Belgian yeastiness, with a little sourness as the beer warms up. The malt and hops balance is nice as well, the citrus hops work better with the herbs than I thought.

M - Nice scrubbing mouthfeel full of carbonation, with a dry crisp finish.

D - The most drinkable of the three, this beer is enjoyable enough to try again.

Personally I thought this collaboration was nice in theory, but fell short in execution. Stone, however, brought on a beer I'd try multiple times.

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Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted side by bide with the Victory version.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a huge fluffy white head that shows excellent retention and lacing. Much better looking than the Victory.

The aroma is more balanced than the Victory as the rosemary and thyme are present but integrated with a hefty yeast profile in the nose. Grassy and maybe some citrus hops as well.

The taste is very similar to the aroma though I do think the herbs are more dominant than in the nose. The initial taste has the thyme and white pepper mixing with a slightly tart lemony hop presence and a hint of funk.

The mouthfeel is dry and tart with a bunch of spices and herbs tingling the palate.

It's a very herb-forward saison but seems more well integrated and balanced than the Victory. Very fresh and clean.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a monstrous, frothy head. It takes a little while to calm down, retaining well and leaving lacing draped all around the glass.

Plenty of citrusy hops with pleasant spice dotting the scents. Rosemary and pine are evident with a little toasted grain.

Begins slightly sweet with grassy hops and lemon zest. Notes of spice are plentiful but not overpowering. Rosemary and other herbal flavors mix in towards the middle. Fruit sweetness with apricot and lemon balance the spice. Finishes somewhat dry with a faint touch of alcohol.

Lighter medium body, dry, and a little bitter feel. Drinks pretty nicely, alcohol is masked well enough, although it was a bit sweet overall for me.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. I drank the DFH version a few nights ago and now I'm drinking the Victory and Stone side-by-side.

4.5 A: Nearly clear medium yellow color. Like the DFH version, this one gives a hell of a lot of head. Fortunately, it looks great with super dense white froth. Unfortunately, it takes forever to subside and getting a full glass took a while. Still pretty though.

3.5 S: Easily the worst of the three versions. This smells like the DFH one tastes. It was a minty vegetal/herbal flavor reminiscent of the time I used yerba mate in a pale ale. This doesn't have the lemon zestiness the other two half. Not horrible, but the aromas don't mesh well like the other two.

2.5 T: The taste is a bit of a disappointment after the appearance and nose. The herbalness that made the nose so nice works again in the taste. A general vegetal herbalness exists, but not as strong as either of the other versions. Still has some of the yerba mate component though. About as sweet as the Victory version, which works better than the DFH and a bit of lemon with a touch of pear fruitiness. Alcohol is hidden as in the Victory version. Grassy hops. Not bad, but not great, but at least better than the DFH and about on par with Stone.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. No problems, but could be creamier.

3.0 D: None of the versions are that good, but I think I'd probably pick this one. It has the best overall traits, though a bit more carbonation is needed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of lemon and spices along with Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a minty burst of spices followed by some lemon flavor. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style even though it seems a lot like a Witbier, if you're into the spicy flavor this is a good beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow appearance. Slightly hazy, with a billowy white head.

Wow. Amazing aroma. Like my mother's herb garden was dumped into this. I was hit mostly the with aromas of mint tea (although I'm not sure that was an actual ingredient), and lemongrass and sunflowers.

Although is tasted great, I felt that the aroma was a bit more complex the flavor profile. I did taste lemon, sage, and faint rosemary. The overall herbiness from the nose came through on the tongue, just less so than the aroma.

Finishes short and dry. Highly carbonated with a crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability is great given this brew's experimental nature. Really liking this style lately. Definitely give this one a shot if you can find it.

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Photo of DmanGTR
1.97/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Review from notes

Poured a hazy incandescent gold with a fluffy white head that lasted the entire time. But the smell, oh my god, what happened to this beer??? Sure, there's parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme in it. It's an awesome combination on chicken or in Scarborough Fair, but this is awful. It smells like someone took a spice bag, added some herbs to it, and boiled it in a pilsner. Then threw brettanomyces in there and let it ferment a couple months. Spice tea gone bad. Ugh this is unbearable. Sorry Stone, Victory, and DFH. I love you guys but this was the worst beer I've ever had from any of you.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a Stone Shaker Pint.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of carbonation bubbles racing go the top. A persistent thin white head hangs on for the duration. Aroma is very herbal, and the taste follows suit. This is a unique Saison. I would typically associate these flavors with cooked meat, but they work very well in this beer. Body is light, very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an extremely nice thick two finger white head.

Has a fairly unique smell of almost sage, pine, and citrus. At first the taste was of a Hefe with lots of hops but as it warms up a slight sourness appears and the malt comes out a bit more.

It is a pretty good beer and while Im not that rounded with Saisons is seems like a pretty unique brew!

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Photo of Tifore
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a bright light gold color. Yellow and slightly orange hue. Awesome color, clear with maybe a slight haze, not much though. Couldn't pour all 12 ounces because the head that developed was HUGE! 4 fingers at least of light fluffy lacing. Its a beautiful thing.

S - Smells of my garden in the fall. Rosemary and sage followed by some mint. I get a hint of tarragon and some sweetness, maybe basil. I don't smell the parsley but theres a definte herb-y nose.

T - On first sip I get a blast of sharp bitterness. Just real pungent. That quickly fades and brings on the herb tones. All the herbs from the nose come into my palette. I enjoy it but that front blast is really intense.

M - Mouthfeel is light and slightly oily. Flavors hang around for a while. Almost a flavor of dirt that sticks with you. A great light bubbly beer.

D - A very drinkable beer. I enjoyed it and in the next few days will be trying the Victory and Dogfish versions.

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Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light yellow with 1-finger head. Decent head retention, leaving a thin sheen of foam. Thick bands of lace on the backside of the glass.

Slightly stronger nose than the Victory version. Herbs and herbs define things here. Also getting definite pineapple citrus as the glass warms.

Very smooth hit. Herbal feel kicks in fast, with a nice tangy finish from that pineapple citrus touch. Less peppery than the Victory. S Smoother in the finish, but there's a touch of alcohol right at the end.

Feel is creamy and very malty. Matches the flavors well.

The citrus touch makes this stand out against the Vic. Both are very nice, but this one gets the nod by a hair.

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Photo of Lucklys
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured as much of the 12oz bottle as I could into my snifter before the head completely overtook the glass. The liquid can best be described as a hearty clouded goldenrod flitting with sunflower highlights, which made it very cheerful to look at by color alone, but add an awe-inspiring 4-finger thick creamy head on top and, ladies and gentlemen, you have yourself a craft beer. The head had great retention and lasted until I reached the bottom of my glass, leaving thick, spotty, medium-bubbled lacing that refused to let go without being dirty.

No sooner had I put my nose to the glass when summer seemed to erupt out of the top of the beer. It was an explosion of lemon zest, light pine, rosemary, hints of thyme, cloves, light yeast, and an over-exuberant grassy sage that stole the show. I wasn't sure if I was smelling an herbal potpourri or a beer! Despite the myriad of aromas swirling around under the top heavy sage, it had an airy feel to it and became intoxicating after a few sniffs. It reminded me of the beginning of summer, when obligations and worries are finally melted away by the sun and grass, when there doesn't have to be a care in the world. It was so refreshing before I had even tasted it and I still would have been happy without a sip. Though that definitely enhanced everything.

I was caught completely off-guard by the spiciness that blasted through my mouth coupled with a medium bitterness that quickly bit my tongue before being washed over with the other flavors. Once again, the earthy sage steam-rolled everything else into near submission, but a floral lavender, light lemon, rosemary, thyme and grassy cloves eventually reared their heads as I swallowed. I think the only part I didn't really enjoy was when I could still taste the oily sage sitting on the back of my tongue 5 minutes after each drink - it was reminiscent of what I can only imagine licking a sage plant would be like. Holding a light to medium body with moderate carbonation, this Saison was way thicker in texture than it was in scent, which further encouraged my surprise at the anomaly of it all.

This beer is definitely a sipper, not one to be gulped or tossed back. If you're going to try this beer, you need to really put your heart into it, you need to let yourself be taken over by the aromas and quality of the seasonings. At the same time, don't take this craft brew too seriously, it is the epitome of summer, after all. I would recommend pairing this with grilled chicken, maybe with a lemon marinade to further enhance the lemon hiding in the beer, and don't forget the herbs.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, yellow-gold color. Huge head of bubbly foam, but sticks around spectacularly and shows some gorgeous lacing.

Herbal nose with rosemary and basil taking off. Ginger and lychee nuts come to mind as well. I like it, extremely unique. Maintains enough grainy malt and hoppiness to stay true to saisonic roots.

Whoa, this is extreme brewing! Herbs galore, reminds me of the 13th Century Gruit Bier. Hops define a difference as it is very bracing on the palate, minty even. High carbonation, grainy malts and heavy hop load makes it a complex sipper that makes you think. Not sure I would want to drink this all the time, but it sure is a helluva ride while it lasts. Like drinking Granny Dewey's herb garden, fun, fun, fun!

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Photo of SudburyWineBeer
4.74/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great beer~

love the smell, natural herbs was a twist but enjoyable,

head was great foamy with a eggshell color fizzy.

taste was amazing I've never been so delighted to drink the rest of a beer at a tasting before!

get one if you can find it! we still have some in the store

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Photo of asabreed
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow with a huge billowing head, shrinking into dense popping bubbles, leaving some nice clump-rings of lacing on the bulbous part of the glass.

Smell: This has a crazily wide array of things going on, which I love: licorice, black pepper, lemon peel, sage, thyme, yeast, earthy funk with mild barnyard, cinnamon, sweat sock, tropic fruit esters, candied almonds, sour lemon candy, melted starburst, and a lot of other herbs and fruit esters. Bright, complex, and awesomely balanced. A pretty singular aroma overall.

Taste: More bitter than I thought it would be at first, but when it finally warms up it has an extremely nice herbal character, unsurprisingly, to it. There seems to be a lot of thyme going on especially, with a nice balance of malty estery sweetness and lingering bitter grapefruit. Along with that are somehow some tropical fruit esters along with candied lemon rind on the back end. Finally comes the lingering, spicy, herbal finish with a good wavering balance that also includes nice estery sweetness and fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderate creaminess and a nice full burst of carbonation from the middle to the back end.

Drinkability: I was pretty surprised and enthralled by this brew. I wasn't anticipating that it would be a mess, but with so much going on, I also didn't think it would come together this well. Sessionable, complex, delicious, and a fantastic experiment overall. I can't wait to try more if they all keep it up.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Finally getting to this one. My first of the collab. I've got the DFH one I'll try later. 12oz bottle poured into a goblet-style glass. Pours a dark urine gold, cloudy. A large 3-finger off-white head caps it off. Great retention; tons of lace left behind. The nose is absolutely bursting with fresh herbs and fleshy hops! Piney sage, grassy hops, lemon, etc. This is one of the more potent noses on a beer I've ever experienced.

The mouth is bubbly and spritzy as expected for the style. Crisp finish. The herbs used come forward much more pronounced in the nose than in the flavor, which is nice. I get an herb-y aftertaste, but the typical saison flavor is still there, unmasked. Definitely earthy and full of freshness. This isn't an everyday beer for me. I'm glad I tried it. I appreciate its uniqueness, but I'm done with this one...until the DFH version later that is.

*Note: This beer gave me a violent case of the hiccups. Crazy hiccups. I can't stop. Seriously. Old wives' tales are no match for these hiccups.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 66.2% out of 100 with 1,339 ratings
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