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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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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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,342 ratings
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