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 kylehay2004
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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 Ralphs66
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a wine glass. This version of du buff befuddles me a bit. Same nose of hops and spice is evident but I guess the spice is a bit too dominant at this point.

Taste is spicy and citric yet with a limited yeast presence. Sweet and wheaty in texture and with a bit of coarse bread.

Sweet lemon bread on the finish, decent feel and finish.

Nice, but certainly not up to the standard of a classic saison.

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Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of CHickman
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy yellow gold color with a 2 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving nice spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of herbs up front, like a spice rack; after a few more sniffs I could make out thyme, rosemary, mint, parsley, allspice or cumin and other floral herbs and spices. There was some elements of biscuit, yeast and bread, but the herbs dominated the nose and made the whole smelling experience off – it does not smell like beer at all.

Tastes like a Belgian initially, with thyme, rosemary, pepper, coriander, parsley, light floral hops, yeast, grass, hay, straw, toasted grains and vegetables; like the nose, the herbs seem over the top and were too much for my liking – this tasted better than it smelled, but it was too spicy and herbal to be refreshing.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with very light carbonation, a light/medium body, and a semi-dry earthy herbal finish that was spicy and trailed off with a very complicated mix of herbs and spices.

An interesting experiment, but not what I expected and another beer I’m glad I tried but I would not try again unless it was a food pairing designed to compliment this beer. Each sip had sensory distortion as the aroma coming up through my tulip glass just blasted me with herbs and kept the overall experience out of synch. Gotta support the cause and the craft beer movement, but these misses are like collateral damage in the war to keep the beer machine flowing. One and done on this collaboration.

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

A - this collab pours a super pale yellow and wells up over two fingers of rocky billowt pure white head fed by huge amounts of carbonation

S - funky and spicy up front, distinct wheat aroma. can definitely pick out the sage and rosemary, but the thyme and especially the thyme I can't discern

T - spices come through big, really big in the flavor, some pleasant candied sugar sweetness which is then immediately balanced by a light hop profile

M&D - smooth and sharp all at once, great flavor amalgam, spices are not for the uninitiated

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Photo of therope
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of SickNukes
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of TwinLightTap
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of BrownNut
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pillowy white head that holds out for quite a while, basic gold beer color.

S - A bit of saisony sweetness with hints of pizza herbs. Smells more like basil than parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme. Also a little mild armpit.

T - Tastes like it smells, with a little more of a salty quality. The balance between the classic saison sweetness and the savory herbs is well struck. It's not that it's necessarily a taste I want, but those two tastes come together at perfectly equivalent levels on the head of a pin, so it seems expertly done.

M - Light-medium, not much to say.

O - As with a number of Dogfish beers, it's interesting but I'm glad I only bought one in a pick-a-six instead of a whole fourpack. I don't really want another. With that said, this might pair nicely with Thanksgiving dinner. I think it would complement turkey and dressing, though I'm not sure I want it to pair quite as directly as it would.

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Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of mwrecording
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of robcalex
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Robert63
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of songoose
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of EnjoiThePureTrip
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of mdcrouser
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a pretty standard saison - a cloudy golden glow with a thin layer of white head.

The herbs are punchy - the sage and thyme both stand out to me. Beneath, there's some farminess and floral hops - in combination, it's like standing in a meadow, soaking it in. The saison portion is great, while the herbs are a bit much, giving me some pause before drinking.

The herbs are pressing - not to the point of dislike, but to really challenge the pallete with something wholly unique. Like rolling around in an herb garden, with the saison pushing through after the initial herbs. Balances out pretty well though.

Light and popping on the tongue, closing pretty well.

Definitely unique, but with an odd attraction to it. Enjoyable, but only in limited doses.

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Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kevgod
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,643 ratings.
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