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 zoolzoo
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy, golden blonde, bubbly. Rocky white head, excellent retention.

S: Wow, incredibly herbal upon swirling. Fresh cut grass, parsley, and citrus rinds. Yeast is overwhelmed by these characteristics but I don't mind...interesting to say the least. Downright incredible aroma to say the most.

T: Follows the nose with herbal qualities, and the citrus rind in the nose reveals itself as fat juicy hops. I love how herbal and spicy this is! Once again...grass, parsley, and now rosemary/thyme. Textbook yeasty characteristics are now present along with some delicate honey drizzled malt sweetness. A somewhat different approach compared to saisons I've had, an experiment gone right maybe?

M: Light and bubbly, as it should be. Refreshing..

D: A flat out 5.0 drinkability. Complex and flavorful, yet refreshing and quaffable. Alcohol is not apparent.

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Photo of beerhan
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

yeah this beer is magic. It goes down so smooth and is quite deliciousl It tastes like tree sap, honey, lemon, and chewed bubble gum with a mouth feel of tingly butterflies. Smells very citrusy with no hops really present. An amazing session beer if it wasnt five dollars a bottle. I would never buy it myself but nonetheless delicious.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Saison du BUFF

Appearance- very hazy golden, lively white head that dissipates quickly.4

Smell- hops - green buds to the max 5

Taste- wow. Delicious. Sweet and citrusy but with huge hop and wheat finish.complex Balanced. spicy nutmeg 5

Mouf- easy 3

Drinkable - oh so drinkability 4

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a MJ, The Beer Hunter, tasting glass.

Pours a pale golden hue with a thick white fluffy head. The head stands up over time and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

Aromas of lemon (thyme?), rosemary, and yeast. Not as in your face with the herbs as I was expecting.

Has that saison peppery bite, with lemon and rosemary undertones. Again, not as over the top with the herbs as I was expecting. The herbs are in a very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is thin, but not watery. A very dry beer, as it should be. Leaves a little "pucker" effect at the end of the taste.

Drinkability is high. I think I could drink this all night and not get palate fatigue from the herbs. Done very nicely. Worth replicating at home, since I have a nice supply of fresh rosemary in the garden.

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Photo of Stone4Life
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter class, only because i particularly enjoy aromas.

A: Beautiful golden honey color with about a 3 quarters inch of beautiful bright white head. Just an outstanding beer to look at.

S: Cant say a single bad thing about the smell of this beer. The fresh herbs(sage,parsley,rosemary,thyme) hit you in the face immediately at first smell. After a quick swirl and a second analysis the light but beautiful and fruitful hop smells came to the nose as well

T: At first I thought the smell was a front and was expecting much less from the taste of the beer. But being as stone is, the taste came through with lots of character and the fresh herbs are expressed beautifully

D: For a 6.8% beer this is extremely drinkable. Goes down as easy as a good pilsner or a kolsch. Would have def grabbed a second if i had another one available:(

Overall everything i expected from a collaboration of brewers of this caliber. Highly recommend it to everyone. the smell alone is worth buying this beer.

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Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to agree with the reviewers that rate this a high tart beer. For those that missed this well I understand if a style is misinterpeted, I thought this beer was a amazing product of the style.

A great colabertaion for a very misunderstood style. Horseblanket funk that rules try it you will see what I mean.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one and a half fingers worth of bright white dense, creamy head, hazy lemongrass color, active bubbling, great retention and lacing. just beautiful.

s- wow, peppery saison meets hops and floral and herbal ipa, slight rosemary and thyme. smells great, like being out in my herb garden.

t- ohh man, here we go.. peppery, hoppy, parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, wow. i can actually pull out all the herbs here. so herbal, but the rosemary sticks out a bit above the rest. sweet grapefruit juice and rind round it out. this is killer.

m- medium bodied.

d- so great, i was blown away by this. i wish all saisons were this tasty, this is truly a one of a kind beer that i really hope that they will brew again. really wonderful.

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Photo of gr8scott88
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow, large head

S - This is a beer with a whole lot of herb. Got a lot of the thyme and rosemary with hints of basil and others.

T - The word that first comes to mind is "interesting". Definitely a unique taste, very fresh, and strangely appealing. This brew easily acts as a thirst quencher. The herbs come out strong with a few hints of citrus.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Definitely pleasant all around. Texture complimented by the head.

D - Definitely a great experience. Not something to be over consumed, but as a drink alone its a great overall taste and texture, and refreshing on top of that.

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

I love this beer - I can taste all three breweries: The big hops of Stone, the precise and clean malt of Victory, and the wild, anarchic flavor of Dogfish Head. This is a very good beer.

Pours clear golden with a huge fluffy head. The aroma is sharp and strong, with musky lemon, pine resin, and rosemary. The flavor is lemony, with rosemary, rose, pine, mint, lavender, vanilla, with a pleasant piny bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth.

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

From notes 08/25/10. Served in an oversized wine glass.

A- Deep yellow. 1 1/2 fingers of small bubble, foamy head. Hazy, lots of sediment, really bubbly.

S- Herbal, sweet, sage, rosemary, thyme, flowery.

T/M- Tingly, creamy, light, mildly bitter, tastes like summer.

D- Amazing. Unlike any saison I've ever had. Find two and save one for later.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this version of SDB after waiting a long time to get ahold of this second brewing from Stone. Nice looking beer - golden color, crystal clear, and with a good head. Even after 20 minutes some head remains. Smell is bright with the spices and a good dose of lemon. Taste is enjoyable - very refreshing - in addition to the expected Saison flavor the hops come through a bit more in this version that Victory or DFH. Well done!

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Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to pull a few strings to get this one...

Pours a golden yellow with a centimeter of fluffy white lace.

There are loads of spice and citrusy lemon in the nose.

Whoa on the spice! After pulling out some rosemary and thyme I could really spot the spices in the taste. These are subtle but coupled with yeast this makes for a spicy saison. There is a bunch lemon zest and this really brings and American feel to this.

Mouthfeel has quite a bit of carbonation and this finishes bone dry.

A very nice saison from these guys.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: amberish cloudy mess.

smell: very herbaceous, had to indivdually indentify

taste: liek it smells, very herby, not very traditional but I really liked it. great with some roasted poultry. nice and hoppy flavor too.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: loved this beer depsite the low rankings so far. it's not on style, but its a great change of pace. I think we should rate this beer for the enjoyment instead of saying it's not a saison.

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Photo of photomike
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very lightly hazed, very pale orange-gold with an unfortunately short soft-white head that leaves nice streaks of lacing down the sides of my tulip.

Smell is fantastic, bursting with herbs. Lightly sweet, the rosemary, sage and thyme are all individually discernable. Somehow, the beer doesn't really smell very savory. Somewhat peppery and yeasty. Really nice.

Taste follows suit. All of the herbs show up in perfect balance, and the malt provides a sort of tangerine sweetness that makes for a really drinkable, really delicious package. Very slightly bitter finish.

The carbonation is fine and effervescent. Remarkably clean finish. Light-bodied.

This is an incredibly drinkable brew. The herbs are really well balanced, and the overall package is nearly ideal.

As a big fan of both the Stone/Nogne O/JP holiday beer and the Maui/Schmidt/Stone collaboration, it speaks volumes that this is perhaps my favorite beer from the collaboration series Stone is putting out. I had low expectations for this brew, and it far exceeded them. Though I drank it on its own, this strikes me as a perfect food beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to errantnight for this one!

Pours an effervescent bronze with a finger of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Lemony with white pepper & orange peel

T: Follows the nose, also some breadyness & candi sugar, apple peels & general spiceyness up front. Fruittyness & lemons dominate as this warms, along with white pepper & orange peel. This reminds me as much of a wit as a saison, so I will deduct half a point for that. I am picking up more the advertised spices once way warm. Finishes with apple peel, lemony & herbal hops & a lovely spiceyness & just a bit of grapefruit at the apex

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, very nice balance

Superb drinkabilty I could stay on this all night!

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Photo of scottyshades
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a transparent, barely hazy straw color with a fluffy, rocky head.

S: Rosemary, light bubblegum, thyme, sage, coriander or clove. Nice and spicy with a wheaty malt flavor. Really refreshing and light.

T: So refreshing, flavorful, and just awesome. Lots of spices work together with a nice tartness, sweetness, and bitterness.

MF/D: Carbonation is pretty awesome for the light body. Drinkability is amazing...this is one of the most sessionable beers I've found.

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Photo of dzni
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden, nice head
N - Cucumber, basil, peaches, grapefruit - fairly complex, very interesting
T - More herby basil flavor, citrus, with crisp/refreshing flavor, nice hops balancing it out
M - Medium bodied, slightly hoppy
D - Very drinkable with alcohol at a reasonable % and quite interesting

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Photo of Prospero
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Phyl21ca
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dark golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of primarily sage with a sweet malt base with candy-like feature which surprisingly works well together. Taste is also a very unique mix between a sweet malt base with candy and soap notes and a distinctive sage finish with other spices also coming through. Body is quite light for style but seems perfect in this case as it makes this a very refreshing drink. A lot better then I had anticipated and something I would seek again for sure.

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Photo of 2ndloveofmylife
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love trying great beer from great breweries. Especially when they come together and creating something special for us all to enjoy.
I feel like I can taste each brewery contribution in this beer. From Victory's golden monkey, and Dogfish Heads midas touch, to Stones your not worthy bitterness from some great hoppedness. perfect for this summer. If you can get some I highly recommend it.

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Photo of atr2605
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy straw color with a white head with excellent retention
S-citrus, parlsey and rosemary really come through. Smells awesome
T-citrus bitterness up front from the hops, blends with the spices creating a bright citrus and earthy flavor, finishes slightly sweet
M-medium bodied
O-I loiked this better than the DFH version. spices came through more and had a great balance. really enjoyable

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine"

--Simon and Garfunkel

Summer sunflower gold with a wonderful looking crown of alabaster cream that almost reached four fingers on the pour. Persistence, a firm creaminess during melting, and stickiness are strong suits. What more is there to ask of beer foam?

The first whiff delivered a blast of tropical fruity hops. The second revealed the herbal quality that was expected given the ingredients. The aroma is extremely enjoyable (and interesting) because both characteristics play off one another in complementary fashion.

Stone Saion du BUFF is better beer than expected because of a surprisingly prominent hoppiness. If the four herbs had the run of the joint, this delicious and complex saison would have tasted more like a gruit. Thankfully, the BUFF brothers weren't about to let that happen.

Barley malt doesn't make much of an impact on the flavor front. In addition, it's hard to say what sort of yeast was used since there are so many flavors flying around. A trip to spice rack before cracking the cap didn't help that much, at least in terms of picking out the individual contributions from parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Fresh herbs would have been great, if they had been available.

So what we have here is an American hop tasty saison/farmhouse ale with a juuust right amount of herbal-earthy zestiness. This is one of those ales that should be released in bombers, because each mouthful brings something new and different to the palate. Twelve ounces are gone in a heartbeat.

The mouthfeel is quality through and through, which is no surprise given the brewery of origin. It has exactly the right amount of heft and hang-on for the style/ABV, and the carbonation is faultless.

Saison du BUFF is interesting beer. It's also delicious and drinkable, especially given the rather unconventional ingredients. Here's hoping the Dogfish Head and Victory versions are at least this good. There's no reason to think they won't be.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Are you going to Scarborough Faire?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine," - Simon and Garfunkel

12 oz. bottle, procured at the BevMo in Cypress,

A: Pours a clear dark yellow with a fluffy white head, solid retention.

S: Sage for weeks - not days, forest, a beautiful herbal smell. I'm in Heaven right now.

T: It's all about the herbs here. The rosemary really comes out and complements the sage which is as with the nose the major factor. Malt is relatively light but lends balance to the great flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, dry, elegant.

D: This is really good stuff. It's extremely herbal, but I like that so it worked nicely for me. Begs to be with food. I'm excited to hold on to my other bottle for a few months and see what happens to it.

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Photo of SenorBeaver
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Looks great and golden like a heffiweisen.. but without the funky aftertaste.

Instead of a citrus, it is an herbal beer tasting of rosemary.

Smells great.

Taste good... would be great with a salmon cooked on a cedar plank.

Would limit to a couple of pints at most.

Fantastic collaboration.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden-orange color with a very large, slowly dissipating off-white head that leaves lots of thick lace around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Slight biscuity malt aromas with a wealth of hop smells. Strong floral and grassy nose with a touch of earthiness. There's also a nice peach smell that comes through. Interesting spices. This is possibly the best smelling beer I have had.

Taste: Peachy flavor up front, backed up by a nice grassy bitterness. The finish reveals more peaches and a satisfying earthiness. There is a noticeable hop aftertaste in the back of the throat, but it isn't very strong. The spices are also apparent throughout the drink. Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, but still damn good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of carbonation, though it isn't too sharp on the tongue. The finish starts off a bit watery, but dries out.

Drinkability: This is a superb beer and probably the best Saison I have had. I hesitated a little to buy this beer at first, but I am very glad I ended up purchasing it. If you haven't already tried this beer, you definitely should- strongly recommended!

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,337 ratings.
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