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 goatgoat
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip.
Clear lemon yellow with bright honey tones. Moderate amount of white frothy head. Sheets of lace. Aroma starts bready and peppery when cold. Orchard fruits, lots of pear and green banana. As it warms more herbal characters come out, one being a strong sage. Taste is complex, peppery, herbal. Finish is moderately bitter and nicely dry. Body is light but the carbonation fills the mouth creating a thicker sensation.

Really interesting. Definitely something I need to be in the mood for, but I was and it was great.

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Photo of DIM
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly cloudy golden color. It poured with a thick, sticky, and stiffly creamy white head.

s: Interesting! I have to admit that I thought the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme was just a silly gimmick. Okay, so it is a bit gimmicky, but it smells pretty damn good. This is a pretty hoppy saison and that works well with the spices. I wouldn't say that I could pick out any specific spice though. Overall this earthy and musty with a fresh, prickly element. Absolutely unique.

t: Tastes as good as it smells. There are three components at work here and they blend together almost seamlessly. This is spicy, bitter, and earthy all at once. The combination tastes grassy and vaguely garlicy. There might be a rosemary tickle at the very end. Unique and difficult to describe.

m: Full bodied for a saison with gentle carbonation.

d: Its been a long time since a beer caught me completely off guard. What an outstanding collaboration!

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a darker golden color with 2 fingers of white head.

Smell - a citrus smell with a background of hops

Taste - a bitter overlay throughout the whole drinking process with some citrus undertones. the citrus is very unique and unlike anything i've ever had. It is mighty tastey.

Mouthfeel - the bitter makes me have a dry mouth after i drink it. I have had bitter fruity beer that leaves me refreshed but this one makes me a little thirsty. but the citrus is refreshing, too bad the bitter qualities last longer than the citrus ones.

Drinkability - Despite the bitterness i am very intrigued with the citrus taste and want more of it.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a honey gold with a disappointing, thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is herbal and pungent with a modest honey sweetness. It smells quite interesting and is definitely the most herb-forward of the three. The taste is a blast of freshly cut, spicy herbs, sweet clover honey, and a touch of yeast. It's a very drinkable beer and more bitter/dry than expected. You definitely get the intimate herbal experience that you're expecting with this beer (over the others). It's definitely the best of the three and worth trying.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 2/17/16 into a snifter at fridge temp.

Look: slightly hazy yellowish orange with a small white ring of foam.

Smell: aroma explodes out of the glass—lemon, thyme, clove, banana.

Taste: a similar assault on the senses. Lots of standard farmhouse notes, but hoppier, and substantially more awesome.

Feel: medium, juicy.

Overall: this is another of those slightly odd Stone (and, in this case, DFH/Victory) beers that turns off a lot of people, but that I really dig.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Grey Sail pint.

Appearance- Hazy orange/gold with no head, but some moderate lacing.

Smell- Orange/lemon, pepper, rosemerry, yeasty, peach, nectarine. Super fruity.

Taste- Spicey. Pepper, Rosemerry, orange rind, peaches. Mild booze detected. Very fruity and floral.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, refreshing, smooth. Perfectly carbonated.

Overall- I like this one a lot. Nice and refreshing. Would be perfect on a summer day.

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Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a small bright white head with HUGE bubbles. Very high carbonation, a golden color with amber highlights. Fairly clear with just a tiny bit of haze.

S - Beautiful Belgian yeast scents are the backbone of the scent, with fruity notes. The parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme lay heavily on top of the aroma. Honestly, I'm not sure which one is most dominant, but it smells out of this world and just a tad farmhousey. WOW.

T - Holy crap... who knew that these classic spices could work so well with the farmhouse aspects of a saison. Malty, farmhousey, and a GIANT spicy flavor. Some citrus notes on the background getting a small sweet cherry flavor as well. This is absolutely amazing. Not for everyone, definitely. But, for those who enjoy the style - you HAVE TO try this!

M - The high carbonation is perfect for the style.

D - Because of the extreme spice notes it has to be drank a bit slow. But overall - I am blown away.

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

A- Light golden body slightly hazed with a bit of yeast particulate. Hge white head and a nice stream of carbonation bubbles.

A- Spiciness, ginger? Yeasty spicy aroma. Lemon funk.

T- Wow. Sage flavor, less ginger than I smelled. Very similar to the aroma. Herbal flavors. Light pale malt flavor. Finishes a bit bitter on the tongue, with a light funk, and pepper.

M- Smooth medium body. Very refreshing carbonation.

D- Not what I expected at all, better! The aroma and flavor are so complex, but incredibly refreshing. I just hope I can hunt down another bottle. This is the first beer to really excite me in a while.

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

One of the most complex and interesting saisons I have ever had. Poured light bright adn full of life. Nice head decent lacing and just pretty. Made with herbs and they were very present in the aroma along with lemon zest and slight funk. Very fresh and lively both in aroma and in taste. All the Herbs are present in the taste as well as the lemon, zesty yeast flavors, grass and some earth. Again, this is a lively beer in every way and it's having a party in my mouth. I was told that I was dirnking the 2nd to last one in London, so after I finished I had the (what was said to be) the last bottle. I would drink mor eif I could find more. Really a beautiful beer.

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Photo of mschrei
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I told my brother about this beer he said he didn't want to drink anything that had more seasoning than his meal. I disagree, and I think a saison is a great beer to try that with. I drank most of the six pack from the bottle, but poured one into a larger wine glass for review purposes. Bottled 2/18/16. Vibrant gold, light lacing sustained by a moderate carb. For smell, taste, flavor, feel: Zesty. Fruity. Citrusy. Juicy. The saison qualities are subtle behind the overpowering additives. Interesting, but below some others I've tried like this (Hey Citrus, for example).

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce lithographed brown bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden hue with a solid finger of white foam that shows excellent retentive ability, lingering forever and leaving behind some thick legs of lace on the walls of the glass as it drains.

The nose is bright with loads of citric, floral and fruity notes. Hops are evident in the citrusy aroma, while the Saison yeast's slightly pungent, estery and spicy character mingles well. Very enticing, to put it lightly.

Medium-bodied and quite light in mouthfeel, though not over-carbonated. Malt sweetness is evident though largely serves as a baseboard for the mass of flavors layered on top of it. Fruity, floral, spicy, citrusy, and herbaceous, it's difficult to ascertain the source for the amalgamation of flavors that make themselves patently known. Some of the mild spice and citrusy notes are fairly easy to pinpoint as being imparted by the hops and the yeast, but the combination of herbs at play in the beer throws everything else up in the air -- but it does it so very well, and the mix is absolutely delightful. Things become very dry toward the back, carrying through into the finish with lingering notes of lemon and lemon rind.

Wonderfully complex and superbly drinkable, with the bone-dry finish practically screaming for more. I had no real idea what to expect going into this beer; being brewed by some of the biggest names in American craft brewing, it seemed like it could go one of two ways: overly-hyped, too commercial and overall lackluster, or spectacularly brilliant, and it seems that these guys pulled it off and created a well-crafted and amazingly delicious brew.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Norfawkers
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's unique, I'll put it that way. Either you're going to love this one or hate it.

Appearance: Much like the fizzy yellow beers that the bottle's script seeks to put down; light straw-like with little head

Smell: Herbal spices...smells a lot like focaccia bread

Taste: Very herbal with noticable rosemary and basil

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth

Drinkability: Unique sipping beer; falvorful and garden-like...don't let the appearance fool you

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Photo of pastradul
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a bottle, poured into my Vertical Epic.

Pours a nice bright gold. With a nice dense white head on it.

Smell is like i dropped a spice rack and all the bottles broke open! Wow, there is a lot of stuff going on in this beer. All of the herbs plus that great Stone hop smell!

This reminds me a bit of the Vertical epic 07, which is mt favorite of the series I have had so far! Bright yeast spice followed by a rush of the different herbs. With a nice hop finish!

this is a great drinking beer. i went through the glass before i even new it. This would go great with food!

Going to pick up some bottle and let these bad boys age some!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Against natural lighting the color appeared a bright lemon, with a slight peppery, misty haze. The capping was foamy and rocky in structure with a very well lasting retention rate leaving small speckled dashes for a lacing. Visible effervesce was composed of a dozen or so steady jet streams of micro-bubble, closely spaced and rapidly moving. Overall a very good visual appeal.

S: Bright oranges and tangerines exist on the nose along with some tropical fruitiness of mangos. Light herbal notes and pine are detected in small complimenting quantities.

T: Sweet grains and dry wheat provide a nice backing for some tart oranges that mingle nicely together on the opening along with hints of coriander. The middle of the palate finds a nice tartness of dry tangerines, herbal notes and spicy citric elements. Dry, tart and crisp in character this finishes up with some spicy hop notes along with dry lemon peels and a slight peppery touch. A nice drinking saison that comes close or matches that of Fantomes examples, but then again would you expect anything less when these three giants come together?

M: Crisp mouthful with a bubbly nature gives this some texture. A dry lemony hop finish with a little warmth ensures on the swallow.

D: Very enjoyable, tart, crisp and vanishes off the tongue quickly with very good results. A surefire summer time quencher that comes highly recommended per style. Case worthy.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - this poured a light but hazy orange in color with a wonderful white head that seemed almost weightless.

Smell - The farmhouse funk is in full force here and fights for the head of the line with these wicked, resiny hops. The massive grapefruit in particular is going all out to take over this aroma but the funk ain't no punk. This is a bit Fishy as well - think hoppy sweaty feet.

Taste - The funky malt takes a slight step back allowing the big grapefruit and apricot to run a Victory lap. The combination though reminds me of Mary Jane, so if you enjoy getting Stoned this may be the ale for you.

Mouthfeel - This is almost medium-bodied with tight, professional carbonation and a sturdy bitterness throughout.

Drinkability - This is a one-off beer and you'll most likely never get a chance to taste anything like it again to get it while you can.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Asked the server ''What's that bottle there?'' thinking it was probably some Molson Clear or something. Pleasantly surprised. First time experiencing anything Victory.

A- Well the bottle talks condescendingly about fizzy yellow beer and this actually kind of looks like fizzy yellow beer. A bit more yellow than golden with a thin white head that does last. Later pour offered a 2 inch head.

S- The mix of spices smell like mint to me. The barmaid and my girlfriend keep telling me to smell how good it smells. I agree but think it's a pretty standard saison smell. Definitely good but nothing too special apart from the mint.

T- Wow, ok, this is where it really happens. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, it's all here. Awesome really. This tastes new, different, and I love this feeling. As advertised. A classic saison with just the right amount of spices. It's possible to not like this because the spices are quite present, but I find it's just right.

M- Full mouthfeel. Crisp, smooth, airy. Not amazing but I think it's pretty close to perfect.

D- Super. Of course the different herbs may make drinking more than a couple a little tiring (the sage after-taste really stands out), but it's a great drink. Satisfying, refreshing, interesting, tasty.

Really really like this. Beautiful but discrete bottle with a beautiful beer inside. Really happy I wasn't disappointed. Makes me want to try and brew something similar. Would buy this again and would love to try to try more beers with these type of herbs added. Thanks and kudos to all 3 breweries.

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Photo of hdofu
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Are you brewing of Scarborough Fair?, parsley sage rosemary and thyme. Who would think of something this out there? Probably Sam Cologne, none the less it is quite refreshing. It pours pale with a thick foamy head. Smells like ground up herbs. Tastes quite strongly of mint and hops. I have never encountered anything else like it that is beer. feels sudsy and bubbly to the tongue. Very Very drinkable, I hope dogfish and stone get together again at some point, preferably on a russian imperial stout

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Wine Seller in Williamsburg, was surprised to see they had quite a few in stock.

Pours a hazy yellow with a one finger white head that leaves a little lacing.

Nose is very aromatic, some sweet Belgian yeast, rosemary, sage & thyme.

Taste is much like the nose, complex with the sweet belgian yeast, rosemary, thyme, some pepper and a some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry with carbonation on the low side.

This is a very nice siason, very flavorful with a nice nose. While these collaborations are a little pricey, this one is worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of Phelps
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Four Peaks in Tempe. psyched they finally put on some decent guest beers.

Looks: a deep, clear tangerine topped by a sticky, frothy white head with tightly packed bubbles that hangs around for quite a while. As it does recede, lace clings to the walls in great webbed sheets.

Smells: like a spice rack. Coriander, thyme, rosemary, cinnamon, cloves and a subtle backbone of grainy pale malt.

Tastes: wheaty, nice and sweet. Coriander, cloves, clementines, cinnamon, basil, white pepper. Spicy and complex, with a slightly drying finish. I like this immensely.

Feels: expansive. A light, effervescent carbonation bubbles it the mouth. Medium-bodied.

Drinks: like a salad. It was light, crisp, refreshing, and would be the perfect pre-dinner beverage. I found this incredibly easy-drinking, though the subtleties of flavor are diminished when paired with food. Best to enjoy this one all on its own.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. Pours a perfectly clear light straw yellow colour with a huge crackling head of white bubbles, that dip in the centre, but stay attached around the edges of the glass forming a thick and convoluted lacing. No visible carbonation, which is odd, but it looks intriguing from the start.

Oh my goodness. Nose is a huge melange of hoppy herbal characters. Smells like a good bunch of Nelson Sauvin, with slightly earth Belgian yeast underneath. If I had to pinpoint the exact herbs, I'd say rosemary and oregano, even though I know it's more of a Scarborough Fair mix. Actually, I think the parsley comes through somewhat as well. In any case, it's an insanely fragrant nose, if only because the herbs are in such prominence.

Wow again on the palate. You know, I really can't tell if this is really, really good or really, really bad. The herbs are again in prominence, but they really feel well integrated into the beer. No, there is not a lot of saison funk, but the herbs do add an organic quality which fits well with the base beer and the spicy notes from the saison yeast.

It tastes somewhat spicy, fresh and fragrant with herbs, with a lingering, earthy bitterness. It's absolutely fascinating, and for all that it falls way out of line for a traditional saison, it keeps a saison-like refreshing bitey palate.

You know, I'm going to go with "really, really good". This is what brewing in America is about: reinventing styles, experimenting, screwing around, but still coming up with something refreshing, tasty and drinkable, and something unique, unexpected and fascinating.

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Photo of ccrida
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pricey 12 oz. bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Saison Du BUFF is a clear gold with a big, fluffy white head. It's funny that the label specifically makes fun of fizzy yellow beer, when that exactly what this is, at least in appearance. Of course, it is in no other way similar to macro lager. The head is better anyways, rucky on the settle, leaving chucks of foamy lace.

Smell is great, a really nice sweet herbal quality, tons of sage, some rosemary. Tough to find any ester under all that, but it's really nice, perfume like...can't get enough honestly.

Taste is not as sweet as I though it might be from the nose. Definitely herbal, but their integrated enough that I can't really discern them individually, which I appreciate. There some pepperiness that I assume is from the yeast, which is welcome saison character. I'm surprised how much I like this - it sounded like a kitchen sink brew, but they pulled it off well - less is more with herbs, and the obvious freshness of them helps as well.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is very good. Tasty yet quenching, light and smooth. Too bad it's a one off that's overpriced or I'd enjoy these throughout the summer....

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Photo of bluetravlr
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mineral rich piss yellow coloration. Decent head and lacing. Head soon becomes weak. Very small film covers the glass. Decent amount of bubbles rise from the bottom.

S: Lots of HERBS. Mostly rosemary. However, all these S&G herbs are noticeable. Baked bread is very obvious in the nose as well as a tangerine citrus.

T: First off . . . great saison. The base for this beer is spot on. The herbal elements only increase this beers character! The rosemary may overtake the other herbs. . . .but for this beer it works. There is a subtle sweetness of coriander and spice that is quickly overtaken by these herbs. Yet this is not a spiced ale! Rosemary, coriander and herbs followed by a subtle sweet malt, finished with a slightly bitter finish define this collaboration.

M: Medium to slightly heavy body. Good carbonation for the style. Herby finish that lingers.

D: Drinkable. Strong in the herby flavor. One will do ya.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright copper and great white head, good lacing.

S: Wow, so unique. So many fresh herbs and spices: thyme, parsley, rosemary, also minor notes of citrus and cloves.

T: Tastes just as the nose would lead you to believe. First the herbs hit you all at once, major notes or parsley and rosemary. The citrus plays a major role and enhances the herbs. It has a nice little peppery-hop finish. It's a one of a kind, and so enjoyable.

M: Medium to light body, but very smooth. It's a "meal in a glass" kind of beer due to the flavor, but not mouthfeel.

D: It's solid. Would be great to have with a meal for sure. On its own, can only drink maybe one or two. Great beer, under the right conditions. Definitely try it.

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