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 NoLeafClover44
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into DFH signature glass. 6.8% ABV this time around.

A - Pours a hazy straw color. I am used to huge pillows of head in saisons, and this one left very little. It did leave a nice lacing.

S - The aroma is a pleasant blend of herbs, lemon peel, and some Brett. It is sweet and funky, neither of which is bad in this case.

T - The flavor begins with some tart lemon zest, spice, and sugary sweet malt. There is a definite herbal character to this beer on the finish, but the overriding theme is sweet. There is a trace amount of funk, but not nearly enough.

M - Nicely carbonated and a crisp, light feel. Very refreshing.

O - I had the Victory version last year, and was very impressed. This one came up a bit short with too much emphasis on sweetness and not enough on the belgian yeasts that define the style. There is almost no funky Brett to be had here. I am happy I tried it, but I probably won't get it again.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WankelEngine
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a light, slightly hazy golden-straw color. There is a nice, bubbly white head with poor retention, quickly fading to nothing but a ring of bubbles and very light lacing.

S: I can smell most of the spices right off the bat. Parsley, rosemary, thyme, and sage are all present and accounted for. This is some mild yeast and caramel malt behind the spices.

T: Again, the spices dominate the flavor. A nice Belgian yeast flavor helps expand what tastes like an Italian kitchen. There is also the presence of some citrus flavors. Orange and grapefruit develop near the end of the sip. The finish has all the herbs with the addition of some bitter pine.

M: Light in body and with light, fizzy carbonation.

O: Interesting take on a saison. Easily the most "Italian" beer I've ever had.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice.

A: Clear golden, rocky, bubbly white head has great retention. Foamy clumps of lacing cling to the glass here and there.

S: Sweet malty scent, chalky yeast with a mild spicy component, and garden herbs.

T: Sweet malt taste and some exotic spicy yeast flavors open. Garden herb tastes of rosemary and thyme build in intensity toward the middle and linger throughout. Chalky yeast flavors and fading herbs ride it out in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, highly effervescent with a sharp, scrubbing carbonation.

O: Not bad. It would be a good food beer, seems tailor-made to go with herb encrusted chicken.

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Photo of Maseitz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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 BeerzMcKenzie
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this a few time previously and now it's time for a review.

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a lightly hazed yellow color with less than a fingers worth of white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

The nose starts off with those fruity, banana esters that we find in most saisons. But this one is different. The unique spices used are definitely showing here in the nose. Rosemary and sage being the most popular.

The taste begins with that sweet, Belgian influenced yeasty malt taste followed by some fruity esters resembling bananas and clove. The booze was balance and tamed for sure. The robust spices added a unique flavor to this beer that seems odd when heard but actually tastes pretty nice. A good "food beer".

The mouthfeel is crisp and has ample carbonation for sure. A bit dry in the finish after the wave of flavors strikes the palate.

Overall, a nice spin on a farmhouse ale. The spices added really make this one special.

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Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2012C. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Pale straw yellow, very slightly hazy, with one finger of thin bubbly white head.

S - Bready malts, clove and citrus up front followed by thyme and sage. Not getting the rosemary specifically. The herbs start as the background aroma but become very dominant after they are initially detected.

T - Saison flavour profile up front that are well balanced by the herb additions. Bready/grainy malt, lemon and clove up front. The sage and thyme enter as secondary flavours and become especially noticeable in the finish.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Auracom
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

DFH bottling, purchased from Marion Street. 4-5 oz. poured into a Bruery tulip on April 3rd, 2012.

A - Typical visuals for the style - medium gold coloring with one finger of an eggshell head. Pretty poor retention, reduces down to groups of bubbles within a minute or so. Okay lacing.

S - Fairly strong hops, more on the east-coast vein. Herbaciousness, herbs, light sweet fruit, parsley, and rosemary. Not sure how much Thyme or Sage I'm pulling out. There is the slightest malt near the backend, more bready than sweet.

T - More of the same. Hops meld with banana, more of those four spices, and breadyness.

M - Light-medium body, good carbonation, short finish of spices and malt grains.

D - Not bad, one of the better collabs I've had in quite some time. I would revisit this one without a second thought.

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Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Kirby
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of EZE123
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Edgewater
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2012, poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Very herbal, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, floral notes, some citrus/lemon zest, hint of funk.

T- Again herbal and floral flavors stand out, lemon zest and light funk in the finish, bready malt backbone.

S- Smooth, medium body.

O- A good Saison worth picking up. I had the Stone version back in 2010 and have to say my opinion of this beer really hasn't changed, just as good a I remember.

When I had the Stone version it was my first Saison and one of the first 50 reviews I had done. It is cool to see how my reviews have evolved in almost two years.

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Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of rydev24
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BoringBunny
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Pjev11
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pale gold with some carbonation visible and about half an inch of white head. You can smell the spices claimed on the bottle. Too carbonated in the mouth. You can definitely taste the spices but its not all that pleasant.

I'm not too impressed with this offering from DFH and I'm not surprised about that. A couple of years back DFH was routinely putting out high quality, tasty and innovative brews but it's almost like they are trying too hard nowadays. This one feels too gimicky w the parsley sage rosemary and thyme and it fails in execution. I'm not even sure this should be called a saison. I'm glad I tasted it but also glad I only purchased one and will not be buying more in the future.

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Photo of C63AMG
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of harris4
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mothman
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a half finger of white head. Color is a slight hazed (mostly clear) golden yellow.

Aroma: A ton of spice. Lots of herbal flavors. It must be the rosemary. Bready malts and honey. Earthy hops. Some citrus fruit.

Taste: Same as the nose, but more spice. Tons of spices. Floral and herbal. Its like I am eating a flower. Bready and grassy. Very malty.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and smooth. Medium bodied with a bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a lot of herbal flavors.

Overall, if you like herbal and floral flavors this beer will be for you. It is all right. Not very saison like. Not funky at all. More like a golden ale with a lot of spices. It's okay.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a faded gold color, and initially has a high, effervescent head as well, which recedes to about 1/4 in. Still a decent amount of carbonation. Aroma - picking up a sharp herbal character from the thyme/rosemary/sage/parsley that was added. Has a bit of a smoked beer hint to it as well. I also notice the farmhouse yeast in there. Flavor - as others have said, just what the description says - imagine a Belgian pale, with added herbs and a bit of farmhouse funk. (not too much of the latter though). The mouthfeel/body is typical for a Saison. Overall, I did not expect much out of this, as I tend not to care for the really 'out there' beer ingredients, but in this case, it is very interesting that all of the elements in this mesh nicely. Good to drink by itself, and I bet this would pair well with mild hors d'oeuvres when entertaining. Now I'm curious about what the Victory and Stone versions are like...

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Photo of DonFrap
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,673 ratings