Saison Du BUFF | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF
BA SCORE
65%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 1,655 Ratings
Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,062
Reviews:
459
Ratings:
1,655
Liked:
1,075
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
14.63%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
245
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,655 |  Reviews: 459
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light coloured with some retained head, and leaving a lace trail. Aroma is very good, the sage leads the nose, and there is White pepper and a blend of other spices and nices. Medium mouthfeel, its a palate tingler, but it goes down well, leading to...good drinkability. A new age saison, I may have liked this version the best.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed by flashlight after power was knocked out but tropical storm Beryl.

A: large three finger head on a slightly hazy golden body with crimson hues.

S: lots of tropical fruits including pineapple grapefruit and lemon custard. On the sweet side instead of musty. Light on the yeast presence.

T: lots of tropical fruit, black pepper zest and herbal spice. Little yeast involvement.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Moister finish than most in the genre

Overall: perfect degree of sweetness. Varies from yeasty and stronger herbal presence of other of this style. Very drinkable.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not the best collaborative effort of these brewers. i thought sure, a simon and garfunkel beer (made of course with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme), but this one is off. pours a clear golden color, too clear for a saison right? small white head. smells is not nearly as herbaceous as i thought it might be, with only really the rosemary appearing aromatically. all yeast in the nose. flavor the only herb i can taste is the sage, and its kind of funky in here. combined with the others and this unpleasant yeast, i dont care for this much. feel is okay, lighter but too lightly carbonated. i appreciate the attempt to do something new, but this isnt very good at all.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a golden yellow color with a thin white head on top. The retention and lacing were very minimal. The smell of the beer is herbal, the aromas that come off of it the most of probably the sage, thyme and rosemary. The taste has the same herbal elements that the smell does but it doesn't last as long. The flavors kind of die off in this one in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a good brew, I feel the Victory version was a lot more flavorful. I would like to get the Stone version to try that sometime. Regardless it's a decent beer and worth trying.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy light yellow in color with a finger high bright white head. A light to medium amount of carbonation of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose smells like a fresh herb garden with aromas of parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by a balanced set of herbal flavors along with some hints of peppers and yeast in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and has a slight amount of dryness.
D: Despite all of the herbal flavors, the beer is actually quite drinkable. I would definitely try this again because it is very unique.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

With the clanging of the head from Dogfish Head, Stone and Victory- its quite clear with the first sip that the character, spirit and imagination of Dogfish Head takes center stage with this clever saison that employs spices that are typically reserved for pot roasts and pork loin.

Yet in a slim Belgian-esque taste, the spices project with such sprucy desertion that the saison beneath is hard to find. The rosemary, thyme and parsley lights the palate up like a Christmas tree. Despite its hazy golden appearance and creamy eggshell foam that seem to carry the classic farmhouse ale appearance, its nose and early palate is all about the herb.

Its partly creamy, partly zesty carbonation gives slight rise to underlying sweet maltiness of honey and light bread but as those bubbles begin to pop, the middle enlivens the spices and allow them to pull ahead of the balance with little challenge from underlying pear, apple and grape esters.

Finishing creamy-dry, the beer's relative medium body is slow to relax and is content to retain low levels of malt sweetness and firm textures to linger on the palate. This buffers the effect of its sprucy perfume and might be somewhat of its saving grace.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, from the cellar room at the Liquor Mart in Glendale, Colorado.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few minor instances of streaky sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds off.

It smells of pungent Irish stew spices - yup, rosemary and earthy thyme, with a lesser funky sage element, one which segues easily enough into the inherent yeastiness, all lording over a sturdy enough grainy, slightly bready pale malt. The taste is less spice-oriented - more blended, the proclaimed herbs acting like they've been simmering for the better part of the day, rather than just recently added - which allows the gritty, grainy, and not all that sweet pale Belgian-esque malt to safely come out of hiding.

The carbonation is dense in its softly supportive frothiness, the body an engaging medium weight, and smooth, in that Belgian spice and up-ticked alcohol sense - so, not really. It finishes off-dry, the malt not letting the lingering stew spices out and about without at least a modicum of supervision.

I've got the feeling that this is an aged bottle, and for how long, I do not know - stated solely because of the timeliness of my encountering it. The spices are not only St. Patrick's Day-friendly, but (Canadian) Thanksgiving as well, so this is a seasonal offering, in a manner of speaking. At any rate, nice to finally have gotten the chance to hit this particular DFH collaboration.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Bottled 2012.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head, quite thin, without any cream and of poor (~30 second retention). Colour is a clear yellow. Appears overcarbonated. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lemon peel, spices, honey, fresh clean barley, and sugary clean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lemon peel and spices over top a clean malted barley foundation. The spices are interesting and somewhat subtle. Not a full-bodied or well rounded beer by any means. Hints of straw. Simple and somewhat bland, but enjoyable for what it is. No real layering. No yeast or alcohol come through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thin. A bit watery. A bit undercarbonated.

Dr: It's alright for what it is, but I wouldn't get it again. Somewhat drinkable but unremarkable. A bland saison. Dull and boring.

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a very modest cap that leaves a few squiggles behind

Smell: Very herbacious, with sage and rosemary dominant; pithy as well, with a spicy character

Taste: Bread, lemon and spices, up front, with the sage and rosemary assertive; by mid-palate, the pithy hops add another dimension; after the swallow, the pith and the herbs and spicy yeast all blend together to make for a layered finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Overall: Having been so disappointed with the Stone version a few years ago, I was delighted with the brew that Dogfish has put together here; the spices blend together nicely rather than dominate and the mouthfeel is light - just perfect for these warming days

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a good foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spices including spices with solid rustic malt backbone and some nice fruity floral ester. Taste is a great complex mix between some rustic malt with some great notes of sage with nice floral undertones. Thyme and parsley are harder to detect then the other ingredient. Body is full with good carbonation. Solid offering that I would love to have regular access to.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 6/10/2014. Pours fairly hazy deep golden color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spicing, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/herbal spice flavors on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spicing, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent herbal spiced saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spicing, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 65% out of 100 with 1,655 ratings
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