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 burnstar
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice pale gold with a medium head. Good retention and lacing on the surface. Great herbal aroma, which of course you'd expect. But perhaps surprisingly, it doesn't feel out of place in a beer. Taste is... interesting. The malt is there in the background but the goal here is to provide a clean canvas for the herbs to dance around. They surprisingly work ok. They blend together and aren't exactly distinguishable. The effect isn't unlike hops, there's a bitterness and it shares some of its herbalness with some hops, but its noticeably different than any hops you've tasted. Like some very herbal alien hops. It's a cool experiment and I do like it, but I can't imagine drinking more than one of these and very rarely. This would score low on the old Drinkability metric, for me. Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Worth a try.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Eureka !
We have found the cure for dependency on hops... and to a tune that every Baby Boomer grew up with.
A well-conceived experiment that could become an historic saison. This style encourages invention, particularly its spicing.
Here is what Saison Du Buff does to my buds: it creates a wonderful tension between making the glands salivate (mostly the yeast working with the malts) and drying my tongue (obviously, parsly, sage, rosemary and thyme... and some hops.)

Best of all, this Saison goes great with Uncle Bob's World-Famous Ratatouille... the ultimate test of a saison... in my kitchen.
The best way to improve a saison with destiny?
Offer it all the time.

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Photo of travelguy
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean golden, with a nice white head and little lace.

Aroma: Spices, and a lovely garden of herbal infusions. Very nice and unique bouquet here.

Taste: Spicy yeast up front, with tons of floral and herbal notes along for the ride. The mix of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme is a clever and tasty complement to the yeasty, pungent saison here. A note of bitterness finishes off the ride here. Glad to have tried this one from three master craft breweries.

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Photo of Bwbrev
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12oz (355 ml) bottle into a Weissbier glass; no production date evident.
A: Appeared hazy at first, but basically a clear, dark golden color; very exuberant effervescence at first, leaving small off white head leaving little lacing.
S: Vegetable and spice notes with a healthy dose of yeastiness.
T: Parsley and rosemary come through the most with only mild bitterness at the end.
M: Medium bodied, solid carbonation up front.
O: This was really different in a good way. I have tried some of the Scottish Ales made with unusual ingredients, but most fall short. I took the extra step of sharing this with my wife and adult children; all of us enjoyed it and see serving it with meals. I hope the three breweries contemplate making this on an ongoing basis.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 2/22/17, so 4 1/2 months old here.

hazy yellow body, small white head that maintains leaving okay lacing.

sage and thyme come through pretty strong on the nose.

on the taste, rosemary comes through at the beginning and the more bitter herbs on the finish.

medium on the mouth, bitter on the finish.

overall, once in a while this would be okay, but i found the spices a bit strong for this palate. i've had the Victory version of this that had a lot more age on it, and preferred that.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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