Saison Du BUFF | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Plans call for Saison du BUFF to be a 6% alc/vol Saison brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. This beer will be brewed three times, once at each brewery using the same recipe.

Added by SaCkErZ9 on 08-05-2010

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Photo of nobledust
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of desint
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zkoehn
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmg480
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Holderness
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Filtered pale golden body with a two-finger white head produced with moderate pour. Very good retention and lacing
S -- Crisp, mild yet nuanced aromas of lemongrass, lemon balm, tomatillo, candied orange, thyme, and soap
T -- The soapiness continues on the flavor profile, along with parsley, lemon pith, fruity yeast esters, faint grassy hops, and sage
F -- Fairly full bodied for a saison, thanks to the higher than average ABV. Nice flavor balances throughout with a smooth, semi-dry finish.
O -- Cool collaboration concept. Not the best saison I've had, but the herbs that are used make for some very interesting flavors and aromas


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Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: June 4, 2017... OCCASION: Cavs/Warriors Game Two... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde tulip... an insane, swirling storm of bubbles set astir within a golden glass... the snow white head stands prominently, a symmetrical three fingers of sponge that tables into a mesa--this beer looks ready to drink... first whiff is strong herbs: rosemary and thyme are most notable... honey, vanilla, parsley, yeasts, and some earthy malts make for a promising experience... halfway through the glass, a clean drain--balanced, active and extremely drinkable at 6.8% ABV... the Scarborough Fair foursome makes this a festival of flavor, with secondary funk and soft medicinal undertones actually compliment the honeyed sweetness... a beer that could easily lose its four-pack in a sitting, as with the unique aromas and flavors ot usually associated with a saison, much less a beer in general...could these three brewers create something less?

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Photo of golf4collet
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Shade1951
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one is not for me. While I really enjoy herbs in cooking, they just don't work for me in beer. This one smells vaguely of Italian spices - oregano maybe? It's not unpleasant, but I find it off-putting in beer. It looks just like a regular beer, pale yellow, but with very little head. Nothing special to look at.

The taste does, as expected, follow the nose. Earthy Italian spices. It's interesting - it's not horrible - and obviously some folks like it. The feel is moderate carbonation and on the watery side.

Oregano-like aftertaste lingers. I expect I'll finish this one, but I have no desire to buy one again.

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Photo of DMcGirr
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marzen_Fan
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ahommell
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emeyer
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear golden color with a white head. Smells of herbs, some spices, and yeast. Tastes of fresh herbs, and lots of banana esters. Has a light but creamy body with medium-high carbonation. A really great saison, however I wish I got it fresher in order to experience more of the herbiness to it.

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Photo of JeffRoKY
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BoozerBrad
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Allurex
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/22/2019 - poured into a teku)

L: crystal-clear, yellow-gold liquid... tall stand of loose, spongy white foam, slow recede... a few thin scabs of lace... head should hold better, liquid seems bit too filtered

S: the spices from the yeast seem to jump out first and strongest... the herb spices must have faded quick or long before - I had this on tap at the Rehoboth pub 2 weeks ago and the spices were very present... ok, the rosemary is slowly peeking out... overall saison aromas are nicely expressed nonetheless; inviting

T: first sip, the sage jumps out immediately, with a wallop of bubblegum phenols in the finish... the aftertaste (after first sip) is mostly mellow clove and a bit of toasty malt, later sips leave a subtle black pepper note... the thyme must be in the background at this point, and overall, as with the smell, the spicy yeast and cookie dough-like malt is way forward... malty, dessert-like spice

F: nearly bone-dry finish, flare of restrained spicy heat at the end... delicate warmth builds over time... the flow is soft and foamy, which gives a bit of fur to its light, attenuated body

O: fresh is best with this if you desire the most vibrant, dynamic, earthy display of the spices - though they do settle into a nice background shade after 3 months it seems, but it does perhaps expose how American of a saison this tastes... I'll certainly have this again for its herbal notes, malt bone, and dryness

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Photo of Gemini6
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donspublic
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into wine glass, nice 1 finger head, soso retention, minimal lacing. Clear amberish golden in the glass. Rosemary, thyme and sage on the nose, little farmhouse yeast character sneaking thru. Taste is initially some grainy malt, followed swiftly by the major three fighting for dominance. Rosemary wins on my palate, the sage and thyme tie for second. On the tail end the parsley comes across with a more grassy hop character. This beer isn't about the yeast, it is about the herbs and they shine thru. Smart to put this in a saison, as the dry finishes has this drinking more like a champagne. As a matter of fact, it reminds me of drinking champagne with a stalk of rosemary in it (which I have done, don't knock it til you try it). Great beer, grabbed it as a single, probably going to see if I can track down a 4 pack of this. I had this with a meal I cooked, and picked up a loaf of rosemary sourdough, my son commented that the beer tasted like the bread.

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Photo of robebo44
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrancisM12
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a herb garden. Flavors are milder than expected. It borders on being a little soapy tasting but hop undertone and nice malt backbone stand it up.

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Photo of EMV
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. Thin white head. Scant lacing.

S: Smells like an herb garden. Rosemary and thyme.

T/F: Sweet light malts set the plate... lots of herbal character. Sage and thyme... definite rosemary. Parsley and grass. Not a lot of yeast character for a saison... more herb garden. Minimal hop bitterness at the finish. Very savory... finish is a mix of savory and sweet.

O: An interesting savory saison. Lots going on... very herbal... just as advertised. Not one I'd want a steady diet of, but interesting to see what 3 stellar breweries can come up with when they put their heads together.

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