Saison Du BUFF | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF
Very Good
1,672 Ratings
Saison Du BUFFSaison Du BUFF

Brewed by:
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,672 |  Reviews: 465
Photo of droomyster
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours (into a flute) a clear bright gold with champagne-like carbonation rocketing to up through the ale. Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme indeed! The aromas are herbal and leafily bitter, but not overbearing in the least. The taste is consistent with the aromas, and are very well blended and delicate in their presentation. An exceptionally fine beer whose unusual flavors don't beat you over the head.

 405 characters

Photo of Kinsman
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into chalice

"Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme." -Simon and Garfunkel We've all heard of pairing food with beer but this may be the first time I've ever paired beer with music.

A light straw colored mostly clear body with just the slightest haze. Topped off by a massive foamy white head that lingers around for quite a while.

Aroma is very upfront with the herbs and spices. Parsley and thyme are most noticeable.

The taste is just about what I expected, with the herbs dominating the palate. This would pair well with many Italian sauces featuring these herbs. However, besides a slight hint of the malt and some peppery flavors, the beer is too one-sided.

Mouthfeel is light and rather crisp.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer. The guys at Stone, Dogfish, and Victory certainly got very creative with their brewing, but I wouldn't say they struck gold with this one. It's good, but nothing I would want to drink on a regular basis.

 1,011 characters

Photo of silentjay
2.42/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

had this on tap when Stone first released it. didnt enjoy it so much, but decided to give the DFH bottle version a try.

pours a slightly hazy straw color with a huge, soapy almost white head that sticks around forever and leaves tons of lacing.

aroma is mostly herbs, with rosemary being the strongest for me. some yeasty aromas and a hint of bread dough. too much herbs.

flavor starts off with some yeasty funk and a bit of pepper and lemon, but is quickly overtaken by the herbs which become way too much in the same fashion that many fruit beers rely too much on the fruits. herbs stick on the tongue way too long and strong and have me reaching for my water to cleanse the palate for the next sip. It starts off tasty, but quickly goes downhill.

velvety smooth with a good amount of carbonation. hindered by herbal aftertaste that tingles the tongue unpleasantly.

has a decent saison start promising to be a refreshing and tasty beer, but the flavors pull way too far away from that to make drinking this a struggle. probably my last attempt to enjoy this beer. Its just not for me.

 1,092 characters

Photo of nova009
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- pours a pale golden yellow, a big fluffy white head appears and stays around barely losing any retention, the sticky head retains well against the glass

S- citrus, definitely some floral notes, very herby with the basil and rosemary coming through

T- very soft citrus flavors, almost a buttery smooth flavor mixed in, slightly hoppy, subtle herb notes are apparent as the beer warms, very interesting

M- medium body, nice balance of carbonation, very smooth and buttery, refreshing, overall very nice mouthfeel

D- very nice beer, the herb flavors aren't as pronounced as i would have liked but it is still very solid, i think i like this one better than the stone version

 713 characters

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

Poured a golden slightly hazy color with an average head. The smell was very herbal, almost at first like Basil, but no Basil here. It is rosemary and sage? The taste is very herbal as well, getting sort of a shock of rosemary on the first sip, but once the tongue gets used to it, the flavors meld together really well. Very, very tasty and so different. Great imagination ehre. Mouthfeel was good, and drinkabliity I tought is very good. So tasty and great smelling!

 468 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a somewhat hazy light gold color with a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention is very good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is citrusy hops (orange peel, tropical fruit), herbs, and some yeast. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy hops (orange and lemon peel), herbs, and a bit of grassy hops and tropical fruit. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and quite enjoyable to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, I might have to drink a bottle of the Stone version next to see how it compares to this one (although the Stone version isn't as fresh as the DFH one).

 737 characters

Photo of rtepiak
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a citrusy saison with a synthetic nose quality of citronella. i say synthetic because its backed with a body of something thin of pure lemon and heavy herbal. a heavy punch herbal that leaves the hops in a lemon oil resin. definitely getting the parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme. it doesn't have a blend of anything of appetite inducing. the hop malt seems to flop a bit and it seems to be more so a hop herb beer. the fresher the better as i would fear it going sweet.

 471 characters

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a head so massive, that I couldn't pour the whole bottle in. The head dissipates very slowly (it actually seems that it doesn't dissipate), and leaves behind thick lacing when it finally does. This looks good, but there's a bit too much head.

Smell: Citrus and peaches, with yeast. Of course, there are notes of the added rosemary, sage, and thyme which really shine through.

Taste: Begins with a strong apple flavor and a peach note, finishing with stronger peach, along with hints of the added spices and a bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light body with light carbonation and a very refreshing, slightly dry, finish.

Drinkability: Very good, and possibly my favorite of the Saison Du BUFF series. This one has the most flavor among them. Definitely a brew to seek out.

 872 characters

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

Bottle purchased at a local bottle shop poured into my DFH signature glass. I wasn't a big fan of the Stone version so I'm hoping DFH did a better job.

Beer is yellow and has a subtle haze to it. Forms a big white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Mild breadiness and mild spice. Smells quite good.

Beer is quite bitter, its got some strong rosemary and thyme flavors in the forward palate but not much else. Its mildly sweet and finishes slightly dry. I do like this better than the Stone version, now I guess I need to go get the Victory version. A very good beer, I still am unsure if this is a saison though.

 714 characters

Photo of wahhmaster
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a translucent pale golden color with a TON of carbonation bubbles. Has a large, foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves copious lacing.

Smell: Has a bracing citrus smell backed by intense herbal notes (I'm assuming the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme indicated on the label).

Taste: Starts with a grassy, hoppy bitterness up front (reminds me of Cascade hops but not sure if that's what it is). Develops into a yeasty, citrusy flavor with strong herbal backing. Quite complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp and refreshing but seems to be lacking a little body.

Drinkability: An excellent saison even if it isn't exactly to style. I'll be really interested to see if the Victory and Stone versions match up (I guess they should, theoretically, since it's the same recipe).

 861 characters

Photo of dzni
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden appearance with a substantial, foamy head
S - Some notes of orange and floral, the herbs, particularly sage and basil, come through as it warms.
T - I get some soft orange or orange blossom when I drink this, which very, very vaguely reminds me of an orange soda with the carbonation. Some light hops, but I get no real sense of the herbs that are in this.
M - Nice carbonation and hops, this is kind of light to medium bodied, with a nice, soft feel to it.
D - This is a nice beer, has some good flavor, but the flavors aren't really as pronounced as they are in the Stone and Victory versions of this beer, at least in my opinion.

Poured into tulip glass.

 675 characters

Photo of dasenebler
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fluffy two-finger head atop a clear gold body. The lacing is good, retention is decent.

The aroma is interesting. Subtle herbal notes combine with citrusy hops to create something I've never quite experienced before.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, but with a solid hop bitterness. I feel like I can really taste the parsley and sage, not so much the other spices. These herbs influence the hop character, making for a piney, woody and herbal flavor profile. Malts provide a cracker-like backbone. Surprisingly clean with a tangy, semi-dry finish. Mouthfeel was light, with soft and lively carbonation.

This is a very interesting and worthy Saison that is definitely not to-style.

 700 characters

Photo of jfdean
4.67/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to shamefully admit the Stone release of du Buff passed me by with out my knowledge. But seeing this beer in the local beer store caused me to be filled with joy and great expectations.

The beer pours an idyllic pale golden color with a white head and beautiful carbonation. Upon bringing this beer close to your nose you are presented with a potent aroma that is more associated with a roast turkey than a beer. Intrigued, I took a sip, the traditional Belgian sour is there in a crisp clean way but masked behind the array of herbs. The rosemary, and thyme I find are most prevalent and serve to brilliantly complement the the slight malt character. The end result is a Saison that is not only unique, bit highly enjoyable. While Stone snuck by, Dogfish was discovered in a happy coincidence, Victory will be hunted down.

 832 characters

Photo of crossovert
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a nice clear gold with a bright white head that billows high. As it recedes it leaves some pretty nice lacing.

I really liek the smell. It is herbal, yeasty and hoppy. It jsut smells liek freshness, the rosemary, sage, thyme, and parsley are all noticeable, the hops are bright and citrussy, and the yeast is nice and spicy.

The taste isn't as good but it is interesting. The yeast is the driving flavor with plenty of spice. The parsley is the most prominent herb in the flavor. The thyme and the sage also are there but much less. There is a slight bit of hop bitterness but not so much hoppy flavor.

Overall it is an interesting brew, but it gets tiring after a little while, at least it was only a one off.

 737 characters

Photo of jslot38
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle to pint glass. 2nd of the 3 in the series.

Appearance: Cloudy and hazy yellow. Looks similar to a hefeweizen. Thin top covering layer of pure white.

Smell: Clean crisp smell. Bit of yeast, some faint fruit. Parsley in the background.

Taste: Very crisp up front. Strong flavors of parsley and other herbs. Faint vegetative flavor. Hops are earthy and hard to distinguish between the spices. Yeast is present but also hard to detect.

Mouthfeel: Astringent and harsh up front. Fades to a moderate carbonation level.

Drinkability: The stone beer is a bit smoother, and has more complexity. The spices are more in the background and after taste. In the DFH version the spices are too up front and dominate the charateristics of the beer. Its tough to remember that this is a saison.

 795 characters

Photo of sweemzander
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow goldenrod color that produced a huge fluffy white head with some awesome retention behind it with clumps of lacing all over.

(S)- A burst of lemon and rosemary spice with lots of pine and thyme in there; a spice cabinet in a bottle.

(T)- A fresh burst of lemon peel with a light piney rosemary combo in the middle. Finishes with more spicy lemon and light honey sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Has a much better balance of the spices than the Stone bottling; not as bitter or palate numbing in the spice category.

(D)- Still an interesting take on the style. Fresh, with that spice cabinet kick.

 691 characters

Photo of brianjay
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soft gold color, slight haze. Head is thick, crisp and bright white in appearance. It sticks quite a bit as time goes on.

Whoa: a lot of citrus on the nose! Coriander sneaks in through the back door.

The taste is full of fruit flavors: lemon, tangerine, mango: Dry finish and some spices (more of the coriander along with orange peel) on the tail end.

The body has a solid presence. You can feel the carbonation dancing on your tongue. Overall, very drinkable with some interesting flavors hiding throughout.

 520 characters

Photo of rootbeerman
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into duvel tulip, pours clear yellow with a finger and a half white head which fell slow and laces well.
S: very strong rosemary and sage, along with a bit of citrus and dry malt.
T: rosemary and sage are first noticed, then a lemon citrus and lightly sweet malt. herbal flavors linger long.
M: medium-high carbonation, slick and crisp.
D: much like stones, except price per bottle is much cheaper and would be cheaper to have a few.

 445 characters

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

Bought a bottle at Groton Market. Dogfish label. Served in red wine glass.

A - Pours a relatively clear straw yellow. Head forms nicely and retreats quickly, leaving behind spare lacing. Occasional small bubbles can be seen shooting up.

Ar - Aroma is delightfully flowery with a hint of lavender. Almost invokes the color purple.

T - Body is light and releases a fair amount of effervescence if swirled. Bouquet is herbal and some hints of candy are present along with a good hit of spice in the middle that I can't quite identify (if I had to pick from the ones listed on the bottle I'd prob pick sage). Finish is crisp and hop dryness stays appropriately. As the beer warms up, the herbal flavors and notes definitely take over and even release a strong grapefruit finish.

D - A good sippin beer for sure. After finishing one I definitely have a craving for another one to see if I could come across more flavors and smells. A six pack would be a good start for three friends and an even better start for two.

Overall a very enjoyable experience. Definitely worth checking out if you are new to Saisons (this is a good but different take) or if you are bored with the Saisons you've been drinking.

 1,204 characters

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Figured I'd review this one here as this is the DFH bottling of this beer that I'm drinking.

Pale golden color with mild white head that recedes to a lasting film on the surface of the beer. Aroma comes out only with warming, a bit of paler malt and then strong herbal notes, I'm getting more of the rosemary and thyme than anything. Tastes similar in that there are strong herbal notes on top of an otherwise unremarkable saison. Bitterness is high, but not necessarily due to hopping, which appears to be largely grassy and herbal as well. MF is slick, but could be creamier, as it stands the beer lies flat on the palate. Drinkability is ok, but the flavors in this one make it a tough drink. Definitely interesting, just not exactly the most enjoyable beer I've ever had.

 776 characters

Photo of pzrhsau
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: A honey yellow color. Bright with a good head.
S: Nice strong citrus scent with rosmary with parsley and other herbs. Really smells like something you could drink with some grilled fish.
T: Great bright and acidic flavor that has a real melange of herbs to give it a spice and a kick that almost finishes with a sweetness.
D/M: Light, crisp, and refreshing that tickles the tongue. Great beer for the season. I like the creativity.

 434 characters

Photo of hreb
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this single bottle yesterday at Jerry's Liquor Mart in Somerville. Refrigerated at served in a 0.4 L stange. I deliberately stirred up any yeast in the bottle (little if any) and poured it on top. Beer pours a pale golden yellow color with a respectable white head. Big, spicy aroma of yeasty esters with non-descript hoppy/herby flavors in there too.

Flavor is complex and runs over the palate satisfying all parts. After the assault of carbonation, there's a citrusy pale ale component, followed by another bright/acidic flavor which is definitely herbal but still doesn't taste specifically of parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme. The backbone of the beer does have a nice barley malt flavor to it, but the aftertaste is dry and not at all annoying. If I had to guess, I'd say the thyme flavor comes across as the hot variety, rather than the "roast chicken" variety, and the rosemary is really tempered, not at all overpowering as it typically can be. The rosemary beer flavor does actually remind me of CBC's Weekapaug Gruit from a few years back.

 1,057 characters

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.

Has a good looking 2-3F of foamy white head, over a chill-hazed golden body. Plenty of carbonation flowing up. Decent lacing.

Like an amazing golf shot, the aromas are uuuseful. Wow. Had sampled this on draft during its Philly Beer Week release event at Victory, and the aromas are no different - bursting with herbal goodness. Sage, parsley, and some mint in the back.

Analagous to the pucker of a good lambic, this one bites you sharply with freshly cut herbs - really cool. Hops are sharp and European. Plenty of lingering grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel is really nice - maybe a bit thin relative to others in the Saison world. Carbonation and flavors cut sharply, with a bone dry finish.

This one ranks high on the drinkability meter, although more than a few might cause some palate fatigue.

 834 characters

Photo of nas5755
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy golden orangery straw color

S- Extremely herbaceous, with rosemary and parsley coming through on the nose with a slight minty-grass base.

T- Again extremely herbaceous right off the bat. Very refreshing on the palate when it is the mouth. Parsley in the begining that fades into a sweet rosemary finish with lots of resins coating the mouth. I love resiny hops, but here it doesnt work to well with the effects coming from the herbs. The resins affects the mouthfeel score negatively even though the carbonation levels are nice and the finish is approaching the dry side.

Overall- this is a very interesting beer one that I am pleased to try. I will most likely have this again only to sample the differences of each breweries batch.

 745 characters

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from the foodery, sounded interesting...

Poured from the bottle into standard pint glass, slightly hazy gold with white head that laced lightly.

Smell is interesting, herbal, earthy. tough for me to pick out the specific herbs but interesting.

Taste is better as it warms, very atypical for the saison, a little to earthy/vegetal, but the herbs are interesting. A bit of spicy, yeasty flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is good, well balanced, flavors are a bit biting but carbonation is good.

Not quite drinkable enough for a saison, a bit too many odd flavors.

 569 characters

Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,672 ratings