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 Allurex
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/22/2019 - poured into a teku)

L: crystal-clear, yellow-gold liquid... tall stand of loose, spongy white foam, slow recede... a few thin scabs of lace... head should hold better, liquid seems bit too filtered

S: the spices from the yeast seem to jump out first and strongest... the herb spices must have faded quick or long before - I had this on tap at the Rehoboth pub 2 weeks ago and the spices were very present... ok, the rosemary is slowly peeking out... overall saison aromas are nicely expressed nonetheless; inviting

T: first sip, the sage jumps out immediately, with a wallop of bubblegum phenols in the finish... the aftertaste (after first sip) is mostly mellow clove and a bit of toasty malt, later sips leave a subtle black pepper note... the thyme must be in the background at this point, and overall, as with the smell, the spicy yeast and cookie dough-like malt is way forward... malty, dessert-like spice

F: nearly bone-dry finish, flare of restrained spicy heat at the end... delicate warmth builds over time... the flow is soft and foamy, which gives a bit of fur to its light, attenuated body

O: fresh is best with this if you desire the most vibrant, dynamic, earthy display of the spices - though they do settle into a nice background shade after 3 months it seems, but it does perhaps expose how American of a saison this tastes... I'll certainly have this again for its herbal notes, malt bone, and dryness

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Photo of Gemini6
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donspublic
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into wine glass, nice 1 finger head, soso retention, minimal lacing. Clear amberish golden in the glass. Rosemary, thyme and sage on the nose, little farmhouse yeast character sneaking thru. Taste is initially some grainy malt, followed swiftly by the major three fighting for dominance. Rosemary wins on my palate, the sage and thyme tie for second. On the tail end the parsley comes across with a more grassy hop character. This beer isn't about the yeast, it is about the herbs and they shine thru. Smart to put this in a saison, as the dry finishes has this drinking more like a champagne. As a matter of fact, it reminds me of drinking champagne with a stalk of rosemary in it (which I have done, don't knock it til you try it). Great beer, grabbed it as a single, probably going to see if I can track down a 4 pack of this. I had this with a meal I cooked, and picked up a loaf of rosemary sourdough, my son commented that the beer tasted like the bread.

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Photo of robebo44
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrancisM12
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a herb garden. Flavors are milder than expected. It borders on being a little soapy tasting but hop undertone and nice malt backbone stand it up.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. Thin white head. Scant lacing.

S: Smells like an herb garden. Rosemary and thyme.

T/F: Sweet light malts set the plate... lots of herbal character. Sage and thyme... definite rosemary. Parsley and grass. Not a lot of yeast character for a saison... more herb garden. Minimal hop bitterness at the finish. Very savory... finish is a mix of savory and sweet.

O: An interesting savory saison. Lots going on... very herbal... just as advertised. Not one I'd want a steady diet of, but interesting to see what 3 stellar breweries can come up with when they put their heads together.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - slightly light yellow with a big white lasting head
Smell - sweet yeast and spice
Taste - lots of spices like rosemary and thyme with the Evian yeast
Feel - medium light body with a medium tingly carb
Overall - great saison but could notch it down slightly on the spices

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Photo of JMills52
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BigSmooth12
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CreightonSM
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JPadilla
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagoish
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brob245
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saison Du Buff pours a golden color, with a small, barley lacing head. Big creamy aroma, lots of spice. Taste is also very creamy, lots of spice, lots of thyme and sage, mixes very well, with a slight bitter finish. Good body and feel. Overall, a pretty complex Saison, but great flavors.

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Photo of Wesmaze
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not overpowering with the spices, very smooth and tasty. It's almost surprising how good it is.

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Photo of Kurzman
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Bell's Hopslam Tulip. No bottling/freshness date.

L: Clear yellow, a touch lighter than your typical Saison. Nice big fluffy head, two fingers of off-white. Good lacing.

S: Very typical Saison aroma, very funky and fruity and spicy. Some herbs, mainly sage and rosemary, with touches of the parsley and thyme. Doesn't smell that inviting to be honest.

T: Okay, this might be an off putting analogy but this tastes like a cold carbonated alcoholic herbal tea. I think they hit the mark of what Dogfish/Victory/Stone wanted but not what consumers wanted. It's not a good Saison. Sure it pushes the boundaries of typical beer but it just doesn't taste good. It's not particularly bad and I will finish it but I will never drink it again, even if someone offered it up. It has no fruit taste or yeasty funk in the flavor.

F: Light, crisp. Semi-dry.

O: Not a fan.

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Photo of drews240
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to goblet; after a long day walking the Philadelphia zoo; listening to various versions of Scarborough Fair on YouTube as I imbibe.

LOOK: light yellow, healthy white creamy head.
AROMA: grassy, spicy, sage and rosemary are most pronounced of that famous quartet. Farmhouse ale type esters are mixed in, but not overpowering as they sometimes are. Pleasantly fragrant.
TASTE: esters, peach, apple; there is a tartness in the end that I don't love. Still a tasty beer.
FEEL: Creamy and somewhat light, but it builds on you and this needs to be a sipper or you'll get over powered.

Good Collaboration from three great breweries.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,642 ratings.
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