Saison Du BUFF | Stone Brewing

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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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:
549
Ratings:
1,328
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.04%
 
 
Wants:
51
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107
For Trade:
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Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw witha light haze, big bubbly head, good retention, light lace.

S: Very floral, plenty of citrus rind, herbal, pineapple, mango, hints of phenolic spicing.

T: Grapefruit rind, pine, pappaya, wheaty biscuit, herbal, solid bitterness, subtle alcohol.

M: Moderate body is very crisp with only hints of acidity.

D: A good drinker and well-crafted. Plenty of depth, but nothing is the least bit overwhelming. It doesn't come off as a kitchen sink brew either, it works.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight sage nose. Flavor is sour citrus with a lingering sour/herb finish. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. Pours a perfectly clear light straw yellow colour with a huge crackling head of white bubbles, that dip in the centre, but stay attached around the edges of the glass forming a thick and convoluted lacing. No visible carbonation, which is odd, but it looks intriguing from the start.

Oh my goodness. Nose is a huge melange of hoppy herbal characters. Smells like a good bunch of Nelson Sauvin, with slightly earth Belgian yeast underneath. If I had to pinpoint the exact herbs, I'd say rosemary and oregano, even though I know it's more of a Scarborough Fair mix. Actually, I think the parsley comes through somewhat as well. In any case, it's an insanely fragrant nose, if only because the herbs are in such prominence.

Wow again on the palate. You know, I really can't tell if this is really, really good or really, really bad. The herbs are again in prominence, but they really feel well integrated into the beer. No, there is not a lot of saison funk, but the herbs do add an organic quality which fits well with the base beer and the spicy notes from the saison yeast.

It tastes somewhat spicy, fresh and fragrant with herbs, with a lingering, earthy bitterness. It's absolutely fascinating, and for all that it falls way out of line for a traditional saison, it keeps a saison-like refreshing bitey palate.

You know, I'm going to go with "really, really good". This is what brewing in America is about: reinventing styles, experimenting, screwing around, but still coming up with something refreshing, tasty and drinkable, and something unique, unexpected and fascinating.

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Photo of PEIhop
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an unexpectedly hazy, cloudy golden straw color. There is ample carbonation and an extremely frothy head that quickly disappears.

S - Lemon dominates the aroma with an herbal backing (cant decipher the herbs)

T - Taste mirrors the smell. Lemony-citrus notes explode, but quickly leave allowing a grassy earthiness to finish the taste.

M - Medium-bodied. The carbonation is very nice as it gently pierces your tongue.

D - Very nice interpretation of a Saison. Very glad I got to try this collaboration between three amazing craft breweries. However, the intensity of the lemon notes and its one dimensionality have me longing for a Belgian saison/farmhouse....Fantome..mmm.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a straw yellow color with excellent carbonation leaving a big fluffy white head

S: Parsely, sage, lemon

T: Nice crisp feel upfront with lemon, grass, parsley and sage. Did not detect thyme until midway to the end

M: Crisp, light hops and grains, light on booze.

D: Good

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Against natural lighting the color appeared a bright lemon, with a slight peppery, misty haze. The capping was foamy and rocky in structure with a very well lasting retention rate leaving small speckled dashes for a lacing. Visible effervesce was composed of a dozen or so steady jet streams of micro-bubble, closely spaced and rapidly moving. Overall a very good visual appeal.

S: Bright oranges and tangerines exist on the nose along with some tropical fruitiness of mangos. Light herbal notes and pine are detected in small complimenting quantities.

T: Sweet grains and dry wheat provide a nice backing for some tart oranges that mingle nicely together on the opening along with hints of coriander. The middle of the palate finds a nice tartness of dry tangerines, herbal notes and spicy citric elements. Dry, tart and crisp in character this finishes up with some spicy hop notes along with dry lemon peels and a slight peppery touch. A nice drinking saison that comes close or matches that of Fantomes examples, but then again would you expect anything less when these three giants come together?

M: Crisp mouthful with a bubbly nature gives this some texture. A dry lemony hop finish with a little warmth ensures on the swallow.

D: Very enjoyable, tart, crisp and vanishes off the tongue quickly with very good results. A surefire summer time quencher that comes highly recommended per style. Case worthy.

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Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy almost clear straw color with a fluffy 2 finger head that take forever to fade away resulting in heavy lacing down the glass.

S - Picking up on some herbal notes but really only getting thyme. Getting some citrus in the background. Really interesting

T - Nothing particular herbally jumps out at me but I know I'm drinking a liquid pantry? Refreshing hoppyness finishing with that that nice bready yeast taste. Very light funk.

M - Great carbonation that fits this beer really well.

D - Really nice, though it still feels like a gimicky saison. Would I drink it again? Sure. This beer has alot going for it, definately unique and worth checking out.

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

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a swirling sea of microbubbles and a creamy light tan head that last
S- The perfumy yeast aroma of saisons has a green hop snap with notes of mint and thyme and a very faint herbal parsley quality. There is a rubber balloon note to the finish of the hops. T- The yeasty saison flavor has a slight sweetness with a faint bread quality and a big pungent hop kick in the finish with grapefruit zest qualities that grow as the beer opens up.
M-There is a medium mouthfeel with a tight light fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The nice saison with strong American hops has an interesting herbal twist with mint and rosemary that is not over the top but.... interesting.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap, multiple times, at T. Brendan O'Reilly's.

A: Served in a tumbler, the saison has a golden glow, bright with no traces of sediment, haze or imperfection (except for a stream of dense bubbles). Atop the wonder is a white head, thicker earlier in the night, that laced in layers as I made my way through each glass.

S: A complex saison that throws everything and the kitchen sink at you? I love it! Sage, with a minty pepper aroma, is strong, as is a piney hop presence. A bit of sharp anise, a further aroma twist finishes things off. By the third pint, a bit of nose fatigue sets in.

T: Fresh off the tap, the piney hops strike first. Their resiny flavor is sharp before being absorbed into the spice profile. The peppery sage is up first, and really it dominates throughout. Further spices follow the sage, with rosemary and anise standing out. The spices are, well, spicy, adding a sharp bite to the saison that leads into a long, drawn out finish.

M: The mouthfeel is lively to say the least. The heavy spice profile, from sweet to peppery, along with the oily hops, are a nice package.

D: The booziness isn't very strong, hidden well behind the wall of flavor. I am very impressed with the reckless abandon of the ale.

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Photo of beertunes
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a bright, clear yellow with just a bit of chill haze. The beer had under an inch of nice white head that had decent retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma has a bold herb and lemon scent (maybe this would be a good marinade for chicken breasts?), with the expected spicy yeast scents buried in the background. On the tongue all that herbiness combines into a slightly unpleasant mess. The yeast flavors I'd been hoping for just barely showed up at the back of the tongue.

The body was average for the style, light and crisp. Drinkability was a little on the hard side, I wouldn't have a second 12oz bottle in a row, and I suspect that a pint would be hard to get through. Overall, I'm not too impressed with this beer, but it's probably worth a shot.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A continual stream of bubbles rises from the bottom of this hazy gold pour to refresh the cream colored lacy 3” foam collar that takes 4 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size.

S: Fruit, faint smoke, and a very vague hint of pork blend with over ripe fruit. Traces of herbs and spice.

T: Fruit and spice, peach, citrus join the added spices to give the beer a savory aspect and it finishes with a mild dry spice astringency. The malt is moderate while the fruit and spice flavors are moderate to moderately high. There is a moderate to moderately high hop accent that comes out after the first fruit and then hangs on through the finish.

F: The texture really makes this beer. It is very creamy and airy with medium high carbonation and a medium light body.

O: An interesting and very refreshing beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, and there's also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is herbs, citrus (grapefruit, lemon peel), and peppery spice. The herbal flavors in this brew overpower the citrusy and grassy hops flavors, but that's not a bad thing in this case. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a good overall brew, the mix of herbs used in it work great. I've had mixed experiences with beers brewed with herbs, but luckily this one turned out good.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, bright white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of spices, malt, and citrus. An unusual aroma.

T: Tasted of malt, orange peel, spices, and even a slightly grassy tinge. Not your typical saison, but very tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation here with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This one won't appeal to everyone, but I think it's a drinkable beer.

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Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a dense white cap, about a half inch after the pour. Clumpy lacing, good head retention. Citrus and fruit aroma, lots of oranges and grapefruit, pineapple, powdery, peppery, a little bready with mild cloves and alcohol. The flavour is cleaner than the aroma, but a little less intriguing for it. The same character is present - citrus and tropical fruit, crackery malt, light spiciness - just a little more subdued. Lingering fruit. Mild warmth as it goes down. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry, a little creamy, nice texture overall. I liked this quite a bit. I'll probably (hopefully) grab a couple more before they're gone.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Philly Beer Week release party with all 3 brewers in attendence...

Pours a hazy yellow straw color with active carbonation but little head and lacing. First scent brings medicinal herbs and lemon... almost like a cough drop... some pepper and yeast on the rear end. Taste brings more of the medicinal herb notes backed with a more pronounced lemon, yeast and pepper notes. Medium bodied, low carbonation, dry and lingering taste. Decent to try, but not my bag of chips.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow/golden rod color that produced a good white head with some good retention. Left tons of lacing behind.

(S)- Wow, big burst of resin-like pine and rosemary with a twist of lemon and biscuit. Very different, but interesting. All that rosemary creates a very festive character.

(T)- Same as the smell. A huge pine needle and rosemary profile with a twist of lemon.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Has a very sharp bite to it with such a strong pine & rosemary character to it. It does grow on me the more I have of it.

(D)- An interesting take on the style with the addition of all the spices. Reminds me more of an IPA than a Saison however. Still, its good, but not really fitting the style in my opinion. Yes it has the spice, but not the funk or bigger fruits.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a single yesterday. Quite surprised to see this in DC for all of $5.

Golden orange with a dense white head with exceptional retention and nice lacing. The nose is dominated by the rosemary up front, with the thyme following and the sage right behind. A moderate tropical fruit character is present, is it hops? As it warms up, some ripe citrus character grows, more like a tangerine. All the adjuncts just whelm the saison yeast and the delicate spiciness one expects from the style. A touch grassy and vegetal? Still, this is interesting.

The palate opens with a blend of rosemary and thyme with a mild hop bitterness. A flavor akin to wet grass takes over, a little unpleasant even, this really is an herb bomb. For the profile, they could have used practically any other yeast, the saison character is just whelmed here. Sweetness is (thankfully) low, there's a little honey present. Somewhere in there, there's some ripe orange. Drying and bitter on the finish, there's a fair hop character too. Carbonation is high, making this crisp on the palate. Despite the flavors, this is just a touch watery too. Very herbal. Interesting, unique, but not something I'm interested in revisiting. My 12oz bottle did not prove to be a bother at all.

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Photo of Brad007
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light-gold color with a large, fluffy head into my pint glass. Great presentation for what it is. Certainly looks the part of a saison.

Aroma is full of herbs with a strong amount of sage followed by rosemary and parsley. Certainly fits the description and a very interesting way to brew a saison. There's also the subtle spice from the yeast to add to it.

Taste is full of lemon/citrus, sage and parsley upfront. Very interesting combination and literally puts the herb and spice into a belgian style. Easy to drink and a good dose of hops upfront that are just right.

Mouthfeel is a bath of lingering herbs, citrus and spice from the yeast. Somewhat dry but not overly complex.

An excellent collaboration beer between all three breweries. It showcases the strengths of each brewery and I believe it's the first time I've seen a DFH/Stone collaboration as well. Both breweries are known for pushing the limits of beer and combined with Victory, certainly push the saison style to something with more character.

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Photo of mltobin
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle picked up in Westchester NY.

Appearance is a light gold, with a white head, fairly frothy. It has a nose which contains yeast, sugar, hay, sage and other herbs. Taking a sip of this saison and I taste rustic style bread, citrus and some soap. It has a mouthfeel which is medium, rather dry in the finish. A fairly sweet aspect to the finish as well. All in all, a solid saison, which I am happy to see has hit the shelves again.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.12/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. First of all no way is this a saison. Its more like a terrible collaboration where each brewery took one of their beers and they just mixed them together....Gold with a light tan head, nothing in appearance of note...This goes downhill in the aroma, super herbal, horrendous spice, almost smells like a cactus or aloe lotion. Taste sucks equally, all oily sticky aloe cactus. Might was well cut open a cactus and suck it. Feel is ok, but if you can drink a whole bottle of this sober, you're quite a person.

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Photo of claspada
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a copper yellow with just a touch of haze. Above average amount of bubbles rising to the top.

Smells like a "spicy" saison, which is good or bad depending on your tastes. Spices, herbs, malts and slight yeast notes.

This is really different, but almost in a good way. Starts out like a traditional saison,then it's followed by an aftertaste of a bouquet of herbs. Crazy herby tastes finish the beer but not like you would expect; it def still tastes like a saison. The PERFECT accompaniment to drink/enjoy with food. Traditional Dogfishhead lack of carbonation; also due to the higher ABV for the style.
While I really enjoyed this and all it's interesting and different tastes, 12oz is just enough for me. Could never have more than one, but it is good enough that you need a whole 12 oz to completely enjoy/appreciated this beer. Good collaboration, but let's not start mass producing this gents...

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, happily cheaper than the previous Stone collaboration, only $4 or so this time. As usual Stone found kick-ass partners, in this case Victory and Dogfish Head.

The beer is hazy and deep golden-orange colored, thin foam that laces in sheets, lots of small nano-floaties. On first whiff this doesn't seem like a saison, it seems more IPA-ish. Loads of citrus, oranges and guava, also some herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme). I'd almost think there's honey in there too, it's got that sweet aroma like Barbar or Hopslam.

The beer tastes good but nowhere near as good as the nose. The spices come through pretty strong, especially in the aftertaste. But beneath that is a nice IPA flavor that reminds me a little of Alpine Duet. That's high praise, if only there was a little less herb in there.

Maybe my favorite collaboration yet, looking forward to the next one. Stone keeps pushing boundaries, sometimes it works and sometimes it's weird.

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden straw yellow with a big fluffy white cap, characteristic of a Saison. Retention is good and a lot of lace sticks to the glass.

S- Lots of rosemary and thyme up front. Some malt backbone but this one is pretty one dimensional, herbs and spice. Parsley is pretty big.

T- More balanced than the nose. Pretty much the big spice bomb mentioned above with a decent amount of light malt and some spicy hops. Citrus does a good job rounding it all off. The estery Saison yeast notes are also in the backdrop.

MF- Light body with carbonation on the smooth, lower end. More toward the watery end of this. Slightly bitter.

DB- Yes this is sort of unbalanced. Yes it tastes like a spice rack. That is the point of the beer... With that in mind, I judge it to be that way and it does a pretty good job. It isn't offensive. The rosemary and thyme notes are fulfilling and fresh.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my DFH goblet. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a half inch, loose, off-white head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Head eventually settles into a skim, with a dense dollop in the middle and slashes of lacing revealed during the tasting. Huge sage presence (reminiscent of the Russian Sage growing in my garden), as well as rosemary and a suggestion of citrus. Taste follows nose - extremely herbal and slightly bitter and acidic. Mouthfeel is light and lively with an acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands - finish is semi-dry. An interesting beer, but herbal qualities are a bit overpowering. A six ounce pour was more than sufficient. This beer is best split amongst two or three in my opinion.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wisy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with large amounts of herbs - rosemary and sage mostly with slight hints of star anise. Also present are large amounts of herbal hops and lighter amounts of floral and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sharp herbal notes - almost all rosemary with softer secondary notes. Midway through the sip hop flavors come into play - solid amounts of herbal flavors with hints of pine. The herbs and hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this saison was heavy on the herbs but somehow the light malt profile made it work. Worth a shot.

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Saison Du BUFF from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,328 ratings.
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