Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing

very good
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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Duhast500
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a stemmed glass

The color is hazy golden-yellow color with two fingers of creamy white head. I think it looks rather appetizing.

The smell is a really nice light fruit flavor with some apple and a nice sweet malt flavor. It is a well managed complex flavor.

The taste is a nice smooth flavorful fruit experience, There was at first a little apple skin and a bit of citrus hop that was bitter but wonderfully flavorful. Some nice granny smith apple and grapefruit took at bit of a bit into my taste buds and let me sink into a great beer.

The feel of this beer was very crisp and refreshing. Some nice smooth feel makes this beer a very drinkable offering and a really great collaboration beer. One of my favs.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice and clean golden color with a solid head that lasts.

S: Sweet, rosemary and hop, with a prevalent sage finish.

T: Strong immediate hop, followed by sweet rosemary and sage, subtle hint of ginger too. Absolutely delicious!

M: Low carbonation that goes down all too smooth.

D: Drinks like silk; real smooth. Love it!

Does it get much better than a collaboration between 3 of the better breweries around - Dogfish, Stone and Victory ??? I think not.

Balanced perfectly - one of the better brews i've had in a while - no exaggeration. Do yourself a favor and try one of these or six (if you're fortunate to find any at all).

Keep up the good work fellas !!!

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Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head that fades to a collar and small pool in a duvel tulip
S: smells of pale malt, fruity esters, and all sorts of herbs with some spicy yeast aroma
T: nice pale malt flavor, a bit of fruitiness, spice from the yeast, sage and many other herbs, maybe some basil. swallow brings another nice herbal kick with a bit of fruitiness and some yeastyness. not a lot of bitterness
M: moderate with soft carbonation and it leaves the palate a bit wet
O: a pretty tasty beer. it has good flavors and nice complexity but isn't quite to style.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 12 Jan 2012. Served in the (512) One snifter.

Big lacy off white head. Well carbonated. Cloudy dark gold in color. Aroma is herbal, like a Simon and Garfunkel song, but with yeast and mint. Starts quite herbal, rosemary and sage are dominant. Somewhat sweet and fairly yeasty. Medium fizzy body, warming ethanol. Herbs linger in the finish and aftertaste. Somewhat drying towards the end.

Interesting take on the style but this wouldn't be an everyday saison for me.

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Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of brocktune
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of katan
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Golden in color. Very strong head formation, lots of frothy white head. Well retained - sticks around big time. Very bubbly, lots of carbonation. Not much for yeast suspension - a surprise for this style.

S - The scent screams saison. Huge amounts of wild yeast, spicy notes - earthy - lots of white pepper. Incredibly strong belgian yeast smell.

T - Starts off with a huge amount of white pepper - the belgian yeast is back again. Backed up with a good amount of pilsner malts - grainy, but yet sweet. Mid-stream pulls in more hopping, but only a light amount of noble hops. Finishes with a strong yeast spice.

M - Moderate bodied beer, but a strong carbonation profile. Stings the tongue nicely. Finishes very clean.

D - Very drinkable, almost deceivingly so saison. Not filling, and all the carbonation surprisingly doesn't make it filling. ABV is strong - but it is not noticeable.

I don't know how these three breweries were ableto work together, with that much talent in the room. I have to say they were successful in bringing the best of each of them into one very tasty saison.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beagle75
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with over two fingers of off-white foam that diminishes to a persistent pad rising up one side of the glass. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Lemony sage dominates the smell, not leaving much room for anything else, other than a medicinal edge of menthol.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright under-ripe stone fruit and zest of Eureka lemon. Pale malt is light and delicate, while aromatic herbs and hops add a savory vegetal contrast. Acidity is restrained, integrated with other flavors very well. Drying cracker develops in the middle as herbs gently fade further into the background. The finish is mildly bitter, clean, and peppery, with no suggestion of other typical Belgian yeast flavors detected.

M: Medium viscosity, silky smooth on the palate to the point of being titillating, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The first sip of this beer is a doozy--the smell does it no favors--but if the drinker can allow their palate to acclimate, then it may become a thoroughly different and enjoyable take on the saison style. Aside from the unconventional qualities developed by the herbal amendments, this beer is remarkably clean--so much so that one would not immediately believe that Belgian yeast was responsible for its fermentation. I liked this beer much more one year on than when it was young. Better late than never, if it took that long to become acclimated to (or accepting of.)

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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

Photo of shivtim
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy straw colored, with heavy visible carbonation. Huge fluffy white head.
Nose is yeasty, sweet, and herb-filled. You can make out the rosemary, but it's mostly just smells "green" or like plants. Slight spicy hints, like white pepper.

Taste is too heavy on the herbs - it smacks you up front with strong sage and rosemary. Pizza-esque. Some lingering hops, maybe? No real saison qualities.

Decent mouthfeel and drinkability. Interesting beer, but it doesn't quite come together. Too much of a mish-mash of spices.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Wildman
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear straw color and formed a foamy snow white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, malt, biscuits, citrus and pepper. The flavor was of hops, pepper and flowers. The body is medium light and the the finish slightly bitter.

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Photo of Vivs85
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an extremely nice thick two finger white head.

Has a fairly unique smell of almost sage, pine, and citrus. At first the taste was of a Hefe with lots of hops but as it warms up a slight sourness appears and the malt comes out a bit more.

It is a pretty good beer and while Im not that rounded with Saisons is seems like a pretty unique brew!

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of TheHopsman
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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