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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Stone's Saison Du BUFF for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I've had Dogfish Head's version of this beer and I'm interested to see how Stones version compares, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice clean look to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a hazy darker orange color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light with a little over two and a half fingers worth of fluffy and creamy slightly off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Saison, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium amount of sweetness with the saison yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a typical saison aroma with some banana and bubble gum like aroma coming through and the spices seem to blend in with the herbs making for a very zesty herbal aroma with the rosemary sticking out the most and some dill and parsley in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart some sweet malt, a little pale malt and fruity aromas with stonefruits seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, it's pretty much what I would expect from the style and the herbs are highlighted nicely.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the saison yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts all the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but it's a little lighter on the bubblegum with more banana and estery yeast flavors coming through. Up next comes the herbs which imparts big mix of herbal and spicy flavors with no single aspects sticking out on it's own. Up next comes the malts which impart all the aspects that they did in the aroma and it's followed by the hops which impart a generic hop flavor with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness and it had saison yeast and herbal aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it lives up to it's description.

M- A little smooth, very crisp, a little prickly, a little dry on the finish, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and nice example of the style, I like it a little more than the Dogfish Head version since this one seems to be more balanced and it also has better drinkability, I could drink two of these, but that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer is the balance, no single aspect got to be too overpowering. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there's not a single aspect that sticks out as not being as good as the others. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for something with a lot of herbal flavors and I would recommend it to someone looking for the same. All in all I liked this beer and I thought stone did a good job at keeping things on the balanced side and liked that. It's not a favorite Stone beer, but it's my favorite version of the beer without having the victory one and it's above average for the style. Nice jog guys, this a tasty and unique saison, keep it up.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The final piece to the puzzle. 2012 vintage into a DFH signature glass.

A - Cloudy dark amber body, almost a burnt orange color. Pour produces a slight one finger bone white head which dissipates into a splotchy soapy cap with thin edging. Moderate lacing and retention. Looks good, and pretty spot on from my description of the other two versions.

S - A stone beer with no hop presence? Who knew! Aroma is big on the spice. Coriander and lemon grass mostly, with just a touch of herbs on the finish. Lemons, hay, and crackery malts round out the rest of the aroma.

T - Nice balance between the spices and the crackery malts and lemon/grass element of the saison. There is just enough coriander spice here, with some black pepper and an herbal finish. Somewhat bitter and acidic on the end. Mouth feel is spritzy and medium to light bodied. Real nice carbonation, but the alcohol does have some presence. Why is the abv bumped up from the other two versions?

O - I think I prefer the DFH version, but its hard to say as there has been a few months between trying each version. The stone version has a slightly harsh flavor on the end, and the abv bump is kind of odd. Different yeast maybe? Either its a solid beer with a well integrated herb presence. An enjoyable experience/collaboration for sure.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,338 ratings.
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