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Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing

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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
Reviews:
550
Ratings:
1,334
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.04%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
108
For Trade:
2
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Photo of kalosjakar
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden, slightly orange hued, very light bubbly head.

Aroma: bready, lemon, yeast, herbal and slightly floral aromatics.

Taste: medium mouthfeel, dry, bit of spiciness, lemon zest, faint bitter finish, interesting and pleasant mix of tastes.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage: Poured into a small glass: color is straw gold, head is bright white and presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring.

Smell is big a herbal burst, mainly thyme, rosemary, subtle grass/earthy notes and dry yeast phenols.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a big floral/herbal burst at first then nice malt and dry yeast flavors

Mouthfeel is good, solid saison presentation, sharp/crisp/dry.

Overall, this is a unique saison, heavily herbal notes from the additions and a nice dry finish.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw with little head, which is dissapoining for a saison. Aroma has lots of thyme / herbal notes with a little bit of lemon. Unexpected but not bad. Taste is the same, but the herbal taste wasn't for me. There is some heat from the sage, more of that spicey thyme and lemon. It maybe was just a tad too much on the herbal spice. And there isn't much of a saison base, it's really just a spiced pale ale. Feel is normal.

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Photo of Jacob_Hargis
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up the new release of the collaborative series Dogfishead/Victory/Stone six pack. Poured into a vintage German Holsten stemmed tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a bubbly head and plenty of carbonation bubbles on the bottom of the glass. Initial aroma brings a herbaceous nose, with an undertone of citrus--Lemon and Sage. As it rolls off the palate, slight biscuit sweetness followed by a nip of bitterness from the Citra and Centennial hops. Definitively getting sage and rosemary tones on the initial sip. As it warms, more flavors seem to slowly come out. Spicey Belgian yeast and light dusts of pepper on the tounge. Patchy lacing quickly faces, leaving a thin layer of carbonated head around the edges of the glass. The overall mouth feel is crisp, clean, and light. Yet so much subtle flavor! There's a lot to like about this beer, specifically the herbs used and the fact that it was a collaborative beer with three of the top breweries in the country. In all its uniqueness this beer has a lot of complexity and can easily be enjoyed on any occasion.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and fluffish head that dissipates quickly but leaves a ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a pale gold color that doesn't look too bad but certainly isn't worth talking about. At best, it's okay.

The smell is good. It's hoppier than other saisons but it's still pretty good. There's a strong dry pine note with a nice earthiness to it. There is also a nice light, earthy grapefruit note underneath the dry-hopping. Mixing with all of this is a bready yeast note with a little bit of tartness to it. The other spices and herbs get lost a little bit in the smell but buoy the earthy herbal note.

The taste is good. It's very hoppy with a mix of pine and citrus hop notes. The yeast note is bready but fairly faint and quickly overwhelmed by the other notes. The herbal notes are a bit weaker in the taste than in the smell. It's more closer to your average saison with a slight flowery herbal note.

The feel is good. It has a medium bodied with some biting carbonation that gives the beer a lighter feeling that it normally would. It also has a nice dry finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer that might not be the best saison but still a very good one given how hoppy it is. Go for it.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Clear gold body with an ever-so-slight haze. Fizzy heads fades quickly and leaves little lacing.
S - Powerful nose, herbs, spices and hops. Peppery yeast and some light lemon maybe.
T - Almost overwhelming. Sage and rosemary balanced by some light sweetness and then cutoff by the hop bitterness.
M - Moves well over the palate, but lingers well after. Would have liked the carb a little higher.
O - An excellent flavorful saison, not a light thirst quencher, more of a sipper.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap

S: Fairly clean yeast imparts some light spiciness along with the parsley, sage, rosemary, and lemon thyme. Some citrus notes from the citra hops as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some spicy yeasty notes and goes into the herbs and citrus notes. Sage and rosemary particularly stand out. Finishes with lingering herbal notes and some light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid saison that definitely focuses on the herbal additions. This version is very similar to the DFH version that I've also had. Just need the Victory version for the trifecta (seen it around a while ago, but didn't pick it up) so hopefully they put that out again sometime soon. A good summer drinker

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Photo of Jeffwise
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Perfect blend of spice and lemon. Don't drink it if u don't enjoy the spiced saison style beer because there is plenty of spice and herb to go around. But it's followed with intense lemon in taste and feel. The beer is awesome... I'm extremely surprised the rating isn't a 90

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/18/16.

Pale gold in color and clear with a frothy, white head. The aroma really "pops" on this, with huge notes of fresh herbs. You definitely get lemon citrus fruit in there and banana as it starts to warm. Again, you get more of the herbs in the flavor than anything else. There's some light malt providing the base for the hops and herbs. Lively carbonation keeps it effervescent and wanting to come back for more. It finishes extremely dry and clean with a little peppery spice to it.

I think this could be a very polarizing beer. I love it but I could see people being turned off by it. The herbal and floral notes are really strong, borderline excessive, but I am ok with that. It would make a great beer to pair with lighter foods like fish or poultry. The bottle notes say it's a candidate for cellaring, so I'm going to toss a bottle from the 6-pack in the basement for a year or so and see what happens.

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Photo of BB1313
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage. This year it's 6.8% abv. Bottled on 2/18/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; eggshell white head that fades leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of spices. The parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are front and center. There's a nice amount of citrus as well. Some malts to round things out. The flavors are full of those same spices. Lots of lemon zest too. Solid malt backbone. Slightly earthy. Subtle bitterness due to the hops, but the hops are an afterthought. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's also slightly spicy with a touch of black pepper. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Not too spritzy. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid saison and is somewhat unique for the style. I can finally say I've had all 3 from the respective brewers.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/18/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big lemon, lime, apple, pear, rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and compelxity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and light-moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, apple, pear, rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, apple, pear, peppercorn, spices, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness/yeast spiciness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and fairly sticky/grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced saison style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 ivehadthatbrew
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look (3.75): A slight hazy golden colored brew with a condensed looking white head. The bubbles are extremely clingy in this guy when swirling.

Smell (4.25): You can pick up bubble gum, bananas and estery aromas right off the bat. After a moment you start picking up the rosemary and you get a minty sort of floral aroma in the background.

Taste (3.25): Not as exciting as the smell. Starts off vanilla and banana like, but not big on either of those. It then turns floral and minty like with spice on the back end. Not as big on those flavors as I hoped...

Mouthfeel (3.5): Light to medium bodied for me. You get sort of a mint aftertaste going on in your mouth. It's a little dry.

Overall (3.75): The aroma alone carries this brew for me. I was hoping for more out of a brew done by some of my favorite breweries. It does say on the bottle it's a candidate for aging though. Hmmm...

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Photo of irrevjim
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

'i loved your version of scarborough fair (canticle)' ... 'oh you mean the one with the shopping list' - from flight of the conchordes
look; sickly pale, cloudy, chunky, nice 2" head that stays for a while and leaves heavy lacing and a coating of head on top.
smell; yeasty, rosemary, lemongrass, sage, very savory herbal
taste; parsley sage rosemary and thyme, ... ok i can really taste all of these, rosemary dominates but definitely sage, thyme, parsley, as well as white pepper. again very yeasty, hints of wheat
feel; crisp, carbonated, light
overall; i say it feels crisp and light but without the carbonation it might feel like watered down basting for a turkey, heavy spices are delicious but border on too much, I would love if they canned this and i could make a beercan chicken with it, yummy, but perfection would be if they could make the herbs just a tiny bit more subtle

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Photo of CHickman
2.67/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

May 2012 review: Pours cloudy yellow gold color with a 2 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving nice spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of herbs up front, like a spice rack; after a few more sniffs I could make out thyme, rosemary, mint, parsley, allspice or cumin and other floral herbs and spices. There was some elements of biscuit, yeast and bread, but the herbs dominated the nose and made the whole smelling experience off – it does not smell like beer at all.

Tastes like a Belgian initially, with thyme, rosemary, pepper, coriander, parsley, light floral hops, yeast, grass, hay, straw, toasted grains and vegetables; like the nose, the herbs seem over the top and were too much for my liking – this tasted better than it smelled, but it was too spicy and herbal to be refreshing.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with very light carbonation, a light/medium body, and a semi-dry earthy herbal finish that was spicy and trailed off with a very complicated mix of herbs and spices.

An interesting experiment, but not what I expected and another beer I’m glad I tried but I would not try again unless it was a food pairing designed to compliment this beer. Each sip had sensory distortion as the aroma coming up through my tulip glass just blasted me with herbs and kept the overall experience out of synch. Gotta support the cause and the craft beer movement, but these misses are like collateral damage in the war to keep the beer machine flowing. One and done on this collaboration.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a mountainous, thick white head.

S: Aromas of funky, spicy yeast, minerals, crackers, biscuits, grass, straw, hay, lemon, thyme, sage, rosemary, and parsley fill the nose.

T: Strong notes of thyme, sage, rosemary, and parsley are present up front, chased by flavors of lemon, grass, straw, hay, lime zest, white pepper, biscuit, crackers, minerals, honey, bitter orange, and oaky, lactic funk. The finish is slick, spicy, and somewhat bitter with herb and citrus flavors underscored by pepper, biscuit, and yeast funk.

M: Surprisingly slight and airy in body, but it does thicken a bit once it settles in the mouth. Initially, this ale is somewhat dry, but quickly turns slick. Carbonation is incredibly active and intense. Alcohol is well masked, but overall it feels unfocused. Difficult to drink.

O: An interesting saison, but it could have been better. The flavors do not separate enough, and in terms of texture, this beer falls apart in the mouth. For me, it was somewhat difficult to drink. I'm glad I tried it, but it is still a missed opportunity.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This came with the Stone bottlecap.

A careful pour yields a big white two fingers of head. Sediment and a lot of bubble action going on in the straight yellow body. The head retains very well.

Yeast, wheat, grass and a mild funk reminiscent of lemons and sour apples.

Yeast, wheat and bitter grass starts it off. A little sour apple and lemon chime in. Finishes off with a gardeny spice character with a hint of pine. Parsley and thyme are definitely apparent at the end.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. It washes down rather clean. There is no real bite from the carbonation. Dry finish.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark gold with a massive 2 inch white head that fades to a film on top and leaves thick rings of lace on the drink down.

Smell is of bready malt, faint banana and only a hint of the spices listed on the label.

Taste is bready malt, faint herbal spices and a hint of fruity sweetness (banana and apricot).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

The sweetness and hint of spices blend well together to create a refreshing farmhouse ale.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.75 - great looking beer, nice clear golden color w thick white 2 finger head, leaves excellent sheet of lacing on the glass

S - 4.25 - smells like earthy, funky, bananas, orange, grass, bubble gum flavoring, definitely some wheat and berries too

T - 4.25 - tastes more hoppy than it smells, with significant Bitterness, especially for A Saison, wheat, grass, banana, orange zest

M - 4.25 - medium-heavy carbonation, bitterness from the hops, leaves a bitter/wheaty aftertaste, alcohol well hidden

O - 4.25 - good beer, I'm not sure about how it measures up to other sAisons, but I Like to see Breweries collaborating on beer

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Photo of leaddog
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.

Interesting quote on cap of bottle - " In the beer world..Stone's creations are famous..The San Diego Tribune."

Appearance- Pours a pale amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- sage, thyme, hint of rosemary, belgian yeast, clove

Taste- Hit right away with the herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary) and follows with a touch of the belgian yeast and clove. Herbs come into play once again and finishes dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- A unique Saison that uses various herbs. This is not for everyone, but I enjoyed the variety of flavours.

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Photo of oN3xM
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A malt beverage brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

A - A hazy golden body with a bubbly white head that dissipates within a few seconds. The lacing on the glass leaves a sticky white bubble layer that glimmers while you're drinking.

S - Lots of citrusy lemon notes, sweet honey, some clove, and an underlying citra hop body.

T - Tastes like it smells but there's a ton of other flavors from the herbs listed above. Some orange citrus at the back along with the bitterness from the hops. On the front there's a strong cinnamon clove presence.

M - A thin body rests on your tongue that goes down smoothly. Not a ton of carbonation.

O - I wouldn't buy this again. It's not a bad beer, but I wanted to say that up front. I hold all three breweries, Dogfish Head, Stone, and Victory, in high regards, so I guess my expectations were set higher than what I experienced.

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Photo of JeffH
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three style pushing breweries creating an American Saison- sounds good! The aroma is a herb bomb with big rosemary and thyme notes. The taste brings a nice saison spice along with big herbal flavor. At the end there is a warming from the alcohol and some dark fruit. Overall, not a beer I would drink everyday, but a great example of what all three of these breweries are all about.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is great. Lacing is good. Citrus farmhouse aroma with some peppery spice. Great hoppy farmhouse edge. Strong citrus. Peppery at the end - maybe some rosemary. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Wish this beer came around more often than it does. This is rated from the 2016 version.

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Photo of joesmithrealname
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Come.
On.

I've never had a better Siason, much less a better beer.

This had so much flavor, and tasted so much like a juice, that I was a bit shocked when the Saison kick would show up at the finish.

I know it's $65 a case of 12oz bottles, but, I's savor this for as long as possible.

Great collab!

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Photo of TOOSE
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks good with a bright golden color, big, fluffy head and good lacing. Smell of hoppy citrus and lots of herbs also. A little herb, spice, hop bite on the tongue too which was nice and a dry finish. Very smooth I enjoyed this beer and would definitely have this again.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,334 ratings.
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