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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.

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Photo of magnj
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Found this by accident, didn't even really know it existed.

A - Mildly hazy orange/golden body which nearly glows on it's own. Light fluffy head drops quickly to a thin film, some carbonation apparent as expected.

S - Herbal and spicy aroma that is obviously both yeast and additive driven. Unique but not extreme, tasteful.

T - Heavily herbal and spiced up front, not hot spicy but spice spicy. After the initial flavor its rounds out briefly and the underlying brew peeks through. At the end the rosemary ( I think ) lingers and you can really tell this has spices in it. I can't decide if it's overly spiced or not because I feel like too little and you might not even know it was there, but as it stands the spices dominate and I don;t get much of a feel for the yeast they used or the malt characteristics.

M/D - Light body especially considering the ABV. Drinkability is ok for 1 glass but I couldn't see myself drinking more than that in a sitting. I enjoy it but it's more of a novelty for me. I really enjoy the Saison style and this just does not do it justice.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a very slight hazy lemon yellow body with a creamy antique white head. There are strands of tiny bubbles that trail to the surface.
S- The green minty rosemary and thyme aroma has a saison yeasty quality to follow. The herbs are bright but not overpowering and have hops aromas coming through them. There is a green lemon quality to the mix that might be hops or herbs or both.
T- The carbonic acid bite scrubs away much of the flavor with a slight herbal lemon note coming through then a hop bitterness in the finish that lingers.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a big scrubbing fizz in the texture.
D- This version has more aroma depth that the Stone version but to much fizz makes this taste more like a soda pop and it looses a lot of the flavor and character of a saison. The aroma is great but after a bit it starts to take on an aftershave quality.

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Photo of speter
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep gold with two-finger thick off-white head. Very little lacing.

S: Mainly Belgian yeast scent with thyme predominating in the nose. (Cue the "If I Had Thyme in a Bottle" music...)

T: This is amazing. I must admit, I was a bit scared to try this, as reports had indicated that the rosemary taste was in the front, and rosemary is a very dominating spice. Luckily, I didn't get that (the rosemary is present as a lingering taste in the far back aftertaste, but it's not bad). The sweetness and a bit of honey dominate the front, while the parsley dominates the center (as opposed to the nose, where the thyme was more up front). The finish is champagne-like in its dryness.

M: Full-bodied, but well carbonated, so it's quite refreshing.

D: I split a bottle over dinner, and I have doubts that this would be a good session beer, but for what it is, it's great.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- beers pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice bubbly slightly off-white head that settles to leave rings of lacing around the glass.

S- smell is mainly made up of the herb medly that goes into this beer. rosemary, thyme and parsley are most heavily present with a little bit of basil here and there.

T- the taste is similar to the nose with the majority of its character being from the herbs going into this beer. some malt presence pokes through but very slightly.

M/D- medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. good mouthfeel on this beer. it kind of reminds me of a gruet style beer with the intense herbal qualities. interesting beer but not my first choice for a saison.

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Photo of tapman
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pale straw color with a one finger head. Carbonated moderately, a slight haze makes objects viewable only at close range.

Wild, grassy herbs (and hops) and woody parsley. Some sweet wheat/clove esters combine with the spices to create a veritable flowery meadow in the nostrils.

Some medicinal phenols are apparent which may be natural yeast byproducts for the strain in this ale. Hop bitterness is strong and clean up front and sticky/dry in the finish. The herb flavors, if the oils didn't evaporate during the boil (if that is when they were added) may be covered up by the phenolic yeast character.

Lively and effervescent, dry in the finish.

The aroma is fantastic. Unique and one of a kind, the bouquet on this brew is phenomenal. The phenolic character is a little too much for my taste and I've had a lot of saisons that were a lot cleaner (saison dupont, Hennepin and something from Two Brothers off the top of my head). To band-aidy for me. Still, give this one a try just to support craft beer experimentation.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounced bottle into a large bowled wine glass.

A - Nice hazy golden color with a bubbly looking white head of foam.

S - Little bit of funk with a nice Belgian yeast smell. Those spices come through nicey over the yeast.

T - Wow, a ton going on here. Interestingly enough a tiny touch of candylike sweetness is present, but gives way to the spiciness and a tiny touch of grassiness. Finishes up nice and dry.

M - A nice spritzy feel which matches up to the flavors going on here nicely.

D - Hell yes. A very interesting brew. Amazing use of some unconventional ingredients producing a very interesting tasty brew.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Troegs Mad Elf tulip glass. Pours a clear appricot color, but becomes pretty hazy by the time it's fully poured into the glass. A frothy small white head forms with excelent retention, leaving creamy sticky lacing all around the glass.

Aroma is on the lighter side, but nice. A pretty typical good smelling saison. Some spices like rosemarry and sage. Zesty crisp citrus like aromas through-out. Picking up a maltiness too. No booze in the nose.

Flavor is very decent. I'd say overall I like this one better than the Stone version(haven't had the Victory one as of yet). A nice saison reseblance mixed with the spices. Medium body for a saison though, which is unique...malty too. Some crisp citrus fruits, and high carbonation. A very nice drinker...and a great summer beer! Booze isn't a factor. Another nice beer from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gold body with good head on top of an aroma comprised of citric sharpness along with soft fruit sweetness and some spices. Taste is more of the same as a light-to-medium body with some chewiness and smoothness passes the tongue. There is a balance of sweetness like caramel that balances with pear rind, apple, hint of grape and without the sour fruit edge it still has a crisp backbite thanks to carbonation and some spicy zip. Well-balanced and good flavoring, and while not a unique saison it is still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bubbled head that leaves spotty but chunky lace. Cloudy, straw color.

Lemon zest aroma with a generous dose of grains of paradise, nutmeg and oregano. Although the bottle says "parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme", I detect only a touch of rosemary and some thyme.

The flavor is very spicy--Italian style. Provides an interesting balance to a mild pale malt. Comes across as peppery, which lasts long past the swallow. The body is rich for the style.

A very interesting beer that doesn't have the sourness associated with the style. This might be its own style--I like the spices which are remind me of hops but are more biting without the bitterness.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head brewed version pours into my glass a hazy bright golden yellow with two fingers of bubbly white foam atop the brew. Plenty of active carbonation. Aroma brings crisp sun-dried grains with bold rosemary and spicy thyme. Sage and parsley meld in akin to an herb garden in summer. Spicy yeast backbone.

First sip brings very light, crisp grains upfront with a bold blast of herbs across the palate. Thyme and rosemary lead the way with a spicy lemon zestiness. Sage and parsley are there as well. Herbs are quite bold and biting on the palate here. Flows down with some earthy spiciness and a bit of a yeast kick.

Mouthfeel is light with fast moving carbonation. Overall, it seems the herbs are a bit more pronounced here. It's an interesting twist on a saison, but again not something I would be able to drink much of in a sitting.

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Photo of drtth
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed straw gold color with a 1 & ½" white fluffy head that recedes slowly, leaving a partial ring of foam sticking to the glass. Sipping leaves strands of lacing an a sheet of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Throughout the entire beer there is about 1/8" head on the beer and both small and large patches of foam cling to the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is soft and filled with grassy herbal character. The balance among the Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is such that the grassy part of the aroma is clearly present but is nicely intertwingled with the herbs that give it a slightly spicy, almost peppery character.

Taste: The flavors are grassy and herbal but there is also some lemon zest mixed in with the Rosemary and Thyme. The Sage is noticeable but subdued and seems more of an after-thought. There is not much bitterness. Some malt sweetness is present but only a trace.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and soft with gentle carbonation. The finish is medium long and ends with a citric lightly dry bitterness that just disappears.

Drinkability: I found this a reasonably drinkable beer and one I'd be happy to try again. That said it's not something I'd make a special effort to find. It is a pleasant, tasty saison.

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Photo of BigMike
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow color. Very hazy with tons of effervesence. A two finger head that's very fluffy and white in color.
Tons of fresh herbs on the nose. The thyme and sage really come through for me. Smells really nice.
Flavor is nearly identical to the nose. Tons and tons of fresh herbs. Tastes like an ipa with herbs more then a saison.
Clean mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation. Smooth finish with no bitterness.
Overall I was completely impressed with this beer. I would drink this constantly if this was a regular release. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of hansgruber
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in an Orval chalice

Golden yellow with light carbonation and a thin layer of foam and no lacing. The carbonation is consistent throughout.

Bubble gum fruit goes right into the herbs. Very nice and pleasant. Not sure if any herb sticks out but maybe the Rosemary. Wasn't feeling up to opening up the spice rack and distinguishing.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Starts with a fruitiness for a split second then flashes the herbs at you. The herbal additions are the most prominent part of the flavor. They certainly aren't overdone IMO. Just enough for you to notice and recognize.  As it warms the herbs are definitely showing more. 

Dry mouthfeel with a good enough amount of carbonation. Very drinkable. I enjoyed with some deep dish pizza. 
I was a bit apprehensive trying this but the brewers clearly know what they're doing. A very unique and good beer. I hope to grab a couple more to enjoy. 

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Photo of Stunner97
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer had nice golden yellow appearance with moderate white head off the pour. But by far the most impressive part of this beer was the nose. It was just so powerful and bright of the spice and herbs and of just an overall very nice smelling saison. Just a very unique and powerful nose. The taste was pretty good didnt quite live up the nose but still a nice tasting saison. Mouthfeel was decently carbonated but crisp. A nice saison but with all the unique spices and flavors going on not sure I would session this saison as a session but still definitely worth check out because are many of dogfish beers this is truly very unique and several of the people I tried it with liked it alot more then me.

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Photo of techcommdood
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recently my buddy John and I had the opportunity to stop at Moe's Tavern in Lee, MA for a very special treat: Saison du BUFF on tap! I have two bottles at home that I've been saving, and will eventually compare them against the kegged beer.

Appearance: Nice hazy straw color beer with frothy white head.

Smell: Quite a bit going on here. A tart spiciness that was peppered with herbs. Mainly sage and thyme coming through as far as the four herbs go. Some tacky sweet notes to the nose as well, like the faint aroma of honey that's been stirred into tea.

Taste: Wow! Even more going on here! Initial light sweetness breaks quickly to lemon zest, rosemary and yes, parsley (so the other two herbs come marching in). Nice back end herby notes, again with more tartness and now some bittering.

Mouthfeel: Thinner feel than it looks in the glass. Clean, somewhat dry finish. Very enjoyable.

Drinkability: This goes down like water on a hot day. The sweet-tartness up front combined with the clean bitter finish really lend this beer to be finished off quite quickly (as we discovered first hand).

Overall: I am exceptionally pleased with this beer, and can't wait to try it in bottle. Perhaps that will be on the menu this evening. If you see this beer, get it. It's limited, and is worth trying. And if you live within radius to Moe's, call to see if it's still on tap!

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Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale Yellow, slightly hazy with a nice white head on it. Lacing is good.

S: Nice and fragrant. Rosemary and thyme seem to be a bit stronger in this version of the brew. The sage is played down quite a bit. Perhaps a bit of citrus in the scent as well.

T: Tangy right up front. The spices are a little muddled in this it seems, though there is a very nice crispness to it. There is a good bite from the hops in the finish, as well a slightly funky, slightly earthy flavor.

M: Medium bodied, and very high carbonation. The carbonation is pretty intense are really makes your tongue dance.

D: Pretty good, but I think I like Stone's version a bit better. This version doesn't quite hit the spices the same way, however I think it is much closer to a Saison in flavor and style.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Breaking in my new DFH signature glass with this brew. It pours a golden color with a touch of haze. Good level of bubbles streaming from the etched logo. White head with excellent retention and lacing.

This version of SDB is much more restrained than the Stone version, both in the nose and taste. The herbs are present, but not overpowering. The nose has a touch more hops, but less strength overall. The flavor is cleaner with less herb character and a touch more malt. Like the Stone version, there isn't much yeast character to speak of. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with high carbonation.

Overall, this is much more drinkable than the stone version, but I was less impressed with this version. I'd reccomend it if you thought the Stone version was too herbal.

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Photo of droomyster
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of silentjay
2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

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Photo of nova009
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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).

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Photo of rtepiak
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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