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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Photo of MisledTitan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Nice saison-y billowy white head and aggressive lacing all over. The head is wanting to stick around forever. The beer is a clear honey color with lots of rising bubbles.

S- Oh. My. God. It smells like a spice rack! Very odd for a beer to say the least. The rosemary and sage are very very strong. Some how the spices dont drown out the actual beer. Theres lemony hops, some slight funk and sourness. The spices are really really dominant though.

T- SUUUPPPPERRR spicy and herbal. Bitey, very herbal and chai tea like. A crack of pepper and a bite of sourness finish it out. I think the spices carry this beer away but it is really unique.

M- Light, prickly, crackly and drying. Very crisp despite all the insane herbs and spices.

D- Not as drinkable as a normal saison. But still good.

This beer is wildly herbal and spicy. It is very out of the ordinary and crazy. But if it werent then these guys wouldnt be doing their job.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- from the notes
12 ounce bottles
A - hazy orange with a big foamy head.
S - smells like fresh pizza herbs.
T - fantastic spices that just pop in tune with some hops.
M - light and fizzy.
D - very drinkable.

My wife calls this one a pizza beer.
Hey, pizza in a bottle, why not?

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Photo of Sazz9
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of shivtim
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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 Vivs85
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of soupyman10
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this cause I'm a huge fan of all three breweries. This was quite a tasty beer, a unique Saison and one of the better collaborative brews that Stone's put out. It was a light yellow color with a big bubbled head that dissolved quickly - looked like it had some fizz to it. Flavor was nice and fruity, dominated by big herbal flavors of rosemary and possibly other. Not surprisingly there's a bit of Stone hoppiness, orange, some yeast and wheat in there. A very light and fizzy brew, sort of a combo between an imperial pilsener and a saison. Tasty and unique, with the herbs in there.

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Photo of Prospero
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a saison it was extremely clear and light in color, no cloudiness and closer to a yellowish orange than a deep orange. Large white foamy head and beautiful lacing. Golden color, light crisp, very drinkable flavor. The nose is a strong citrusy and sage like hop aroma but without the strong bitterness hops in the taste. A unique spin on a saison style that is light and refreshing. Would definitely buy a 6-pack of this if they had it.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KAP1356
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy, yelloish, straw color. A HUGE billowing white head forms and takes a bit to recede. Very inviting appearance

S - Very herbal aroma with the notables present; parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. There also seems to be some pepper and coriander as well. Theres some slight citrus notes that add a nice fruityness to the nose; tangerine and grapefruit seem to be the most noticeable.

T - Extremely strong herbal punch right in the front. The same herbs that came through in the nose make an appearance as well as some ginger. The citrus notes come through in the palate too. The taste just seems a bit strong and there doesn't seem to be much about this, i.e. lack of yeast, that reminds me of a saison.

M - Quite carbonated (HUGE hiss when I popped the cap). Very stingy, prickly sensation due to the carbonation which does not ease the drinking of this one.

D - Although it is a great idea, I don't feel that it really came together as nicely as Stone may have expected it to in this brew. I probably couldn't drink too many of these as the herb punch was a bit too much.

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Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is based on a comparison of the three.

Pours golden with the most head of the three. A bit murkier than the others. Smells strongly of Rosemary actually. And thyme. More balanced than the others. A bit overfly carbonated but definitely the best of the three

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Photo of Honeybourne
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 2-11-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a cloudy lemon color with 2 fingers of foam, good head retention. Carbonation was present

S - Citrus, bready, some malt back bone with decent hop aroma

T/M - Medium to lighter bodied, a touch gritty but smoothed over pretty quick

D - Very easy drinker could have this again. A really well put together collaboration brew.

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Photo of number1bum
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a good two inches of off-white head. Keeps a full and pretty thick lace, with a nice ring of stick too.

Smell is very herbal as you would expect, making the real challenge to try to dissect the herbs into their component parts. The rosemary is probably the strongest, followed by the thyme. The parsley is the one that would seemingly be easiest to get lost, but it lends a grassiness to the aroma. There's also some pepper to this nose and some zesty, subtly sweet lemon.

Taste is also very herbal but also sweeter than the nose. The herbs all do their thing - no reason to repeat there, it's pretty much the same as the nose - but there is more sweetness which becomes a bit cloying. It's sticky sweet, with a citrus flavor to it, as well as some peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body but feels even heavier. The feel is off on this one in my opinion, much too creamy and full-feeling and ending up cloying in the finish.

Super herbal saisons, or any styles really, are always very hit (ie Rabbid Rabbit) or miss (ie Great Lakes Grassroots) with me. Surprisingly this one is neither. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. It falls pretty much in the middle. It's pretty good, although not something I would drink with any regularity. An interesting beer.

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Photo of spw109
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Harrison8
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a frosty orange-yellow, with a medium-thin white head. Head retention is fairly strong, with a good amount of lacing left behind. Smell is of lemon, sage, rosemary, and a bit of spicy Belgian yeast. Very herbal. The flavor profile is more rosemary, parsley, sage, and a twinge of lemon at the end. Again, very herbal. It tastes like you're walking through the herb aisle of a garden center. Feel is medium bodied. Overall, a pleasant beer that certainly has a striking aroma and flavor profile. If you're not into herbs though, avoid it. A bit polarizing as far as taste and mouth feel go.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Duhast500
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
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 +12.4%
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 Ajlvt
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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 dansmcd
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MammothTarantula
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,342 ratings
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