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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

With the clanging of the head from Dogfish Head, Stone and Victory- its quite clear with the first sip that the character, spirit and imagination of Dogfish Head takes center stage with this clever saison that employs spices that are typically reserved for pot roasts and pork loin.

Yet in a slim Belgian-esque taste, the spices project with such sprucy desertion that the saison beneath is hard to find. The rosemary, thyme and parsley lights the palate up like a Christmas tree. Despite its hazy golden appearance and creamy eggshell foam that seem to carry the classic farmhouse ale appearance, its nose and early palate is all about the herb.

Its partly creamy, partly zesty carbonation gives slight rise to underlying sweet maltiness of honey and light bread but as those bubbles begin to pop, the middle enlivens the spices and allow them to pull ahead of the balance with little challenge from underlying pear, apple and grape esters.

Finishing creamy-dry, the beer's relative medium body is slow to relax and is content to retain low levels of malt sweetness and firm textures to linger on the palate. This buffers the effect of its sprucy perfume and might be somewhat of its saving grace.

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Photo of TheBeerSipper
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Appearance - Pours nice yellow haze with a half inch foamy head

Smell - You can smell the spices - Sage and Thyme stand out

Taste - The spices are tasty but not too strong. Goes down light and crisp.

Overall - Very enjoyable. It is on the top of the list of Saisons for me my friends.

Until Next Time

The Beer Sipper

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz to a snifter, bottled 6/10/14

Pours a pale gold with a finger of foam that has receded pretty quickly. Heavy carbonation stems from the center of the glass. High visibility, okay lacing

Smell's sort of like my spice rack. Lots of sage, rosemary, and pine. Behind all the herbs is a light note of grass and citrus- mostly lemon. Finishes with some pepper nuances, light touch of alcohol

Taste translates well, hits upfront with heavy herbs- rosemary, thyme, sage and pine. Lemon grass behind that which is very subtle, followed by a touch of Belgian funk. Finishes with a hint of alcohol

Feel is light, a little dry. Alcohol hidden, drinkable

Overall I'm really not crazy about it. Not fresh anyway. I had a bottle of Stone's version that had been aged about 15 months the other week I enjoyed a lot more. The herbal notes were quite faded, albeit still present. There's much stronger lemon and citrus tastes which really hijack the beer, and change it for the better IMO. If I see anymore of these around I'll snatch a couple to lay down for a year. I'd give it overall a 3.5 fresh and a 4 aged, so for the overall score I met in the middle

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

Pours hazy and yellow with a soft pastel lightness to the appearance. A fat white head of foam that never falls completely and leaves lots of bubbles in a layer on top. Nose is light sweet biscuit and a sugary smell form malt. Then some savory herbal from the herbs that have been added. The nose is open and airy and light. Some hop floral. Taste is excellent. It has a a delicate malt with a soft and silken body. A few bubbles and an overall creaminess. The malt is a sweeetned biscuit and the herbs are prominent. The sage stands out the most and I love sage. They tickle the palate and make you think of herbal teas. The malt sweetness stands side by side with the herbs so that they do not become too pungent or loud in the drink. There is a sweet bit of lemon peel that comes forward as this warms and again in the after taste. This beer has an all over dryness and finishes with a light bitterness in the flavor as much as in the mouthfeel. The sweet lemon resonates in the aftertaste with the herbs. I loved this and thought it was one of the most unique beers I have had in this style.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely hazy amber color. A solid finger of head, no lacing.

Smell is a little strange. There's a very herbal tea smell in this beer, nose dominated by thyme and sage. Parsley and rosemary take a backseat. And considering this is a collaboration between three breweries that work well with hops, it surprises me that there's no hop character in the smell.

No hop bitterness in the taste either. But the herbal tea-ness of it is very much there. It's intriguing to say the least. It's also quite tasty. Possibly the most unique tasting saison I've had.

Mouthfeel is a little on the syrupy side. Again, sort of like strong tea.

Overall, this is a unique beer from three great breweries. Would I have it again? Maybe, but I'm not running out the door in my boxer shorts to get more.

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Photo of plaid75
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured clear brassy hue with one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured heavy esters - white pepper, dandelion and ginger.

The taste was likewise super estery with an herbal hop finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a complex drinking experience.

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

A: Golden with a green tinge, little fine bubbled carbonation and a very light haze. Whopping huge rocky head of 4 fingers melts like snow, very slowly.

S: Lemon zest, green herbs like sage, tarragon, rosemary, mint and parsley. Belgian yeasts, all dance in a balanced fashion and are subtle and not overwhelming.

T: Wonderful balance of the herbs and Belgian yeasts. Getting again the sage, rosemary and parsley, and the bitterness of the thyme. Light sweet, light bitter, perfectly refreshing and light herbal beer.

M: Light body, medium low carbonation.

O: Excellent brew, it remains still one of my favourite saisons. I had the Stone version over a year and a half ago, and like this version equally. Drank July 30th, 2014 in Pensacola, FL.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a clearish straw color. There's a finger worth of white-colored head, with a fairly typical texture and okay retention. A soapy ring of lacing is left on the glass. There are no dregs in the bottom to obscure my bee

S: Very spicy...really spicy, actually. All four spices come through very well - in a way, I'm reminded of marinara sauce (sans tomato). My problem is that too much emphasis is placed on the spicing and too little is placed on the rusticness. Sure, I am getting touches of black pepper, but the yeast is really subdued. But considering my luck with 'Murican-brewed saisons, maybe that's a good thing?

T: Spicing hits the palate immediately. I really taste the sage most of all. The back end gradually trails into a gentle breadiness. If there's any problem here, it's not the lack of rustic qualities - it's the utter simplicity. There isn't much of anything beyond spices and breadiness.

M: This part was nailed well: it's soft and creamy, with a decently full body - and even better, a dry finish. Healthy carbonation probably plays a role in the latter, as the drinkable nature slows a bit after the fizz lets up. Still, it feels quite nice in the mouth.

O: This is a weird beer: it's no Dupont (that's for sure), but it still manages to carve out a niche for itself. Its intense, seemingly imbalanced spice quotient is what gives it its charm. Worth a try.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy golden yellow, small white head, minimal lacing

S - spices, dominant are thyme, sage, and parsley, can't really smell the rosemary, very herbal

T - at first it starts as if its going to be sweet, then the herbs kick in and really turn it to a more herbal and spicy taste. the thyme, sage, and parsley are dominating the taste. there's definitely some pepper in here as well.

M - light to medium bodied, very crisp, some carbonation

O - very unique, the spices really offset the sweetness nicely. very interesting for a saison but certainly enjoyable

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - hazy golden orange body. Initially cloudyness dominates but the haze soon dissipates revealing a much more transparent look. fingernail size head that doesn't stick around long

N - I can pick up the spices along with a subtle earthy hop aroma. Biscuity and bready malt as well

M - moderate carbonation with a dry finish

T - fruity esters, subtle complexity of spices with a sweet and dry malt finish

O - first saison I have tried. Very refreshing and easily drinkable. the spice additions added interesting complex flavors without being overwhelming. I would like to try stones rendition for comparison.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light gold color, with a hint of haze. Head was half a finger of nearly white foam, but it faded quickly and left scant lacing.

S: Citrus notes dominate. There's also a strong lactobacillus presence. Hops aromas contribute spicy and citrus aromas. The herbs are there, but rosemary is the only one I can clearly identify.

T: Malt flavors are fairly weak, biscuity, and fleeting. Tart, fruity esters dominate the middle, with some of the earthy funkiness I'd expect from a saison filling in the background. It's a little hoppier than most saisons, and the bitterness is strong in the finish. I detect the herbal contributions, but they're subtle enough not to become the focus.

M: Perfectly carbonated. Moist when it first hits the mount, but with a finish dry enough to make me long for the next sip.

O: Not my favorite saison, but an interesting and drinkable take on the style. Good enough that I'll look for the same beer from Stone, just to see how they compare.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.
Pours medium straw color with a good finger of head.
Aromas are mild, but very present with the herbs used in this beer.
Taste was an overwhelming herb hammer. Little saison character here, all herbs.
Mouthfeel was fine.
Overall, I get what these three were doing but the herbs were way too much for my palate.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Review
12 oz bottle poured into a pokal.

Yellow / straw with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Lemon, caramelized grains, rosemary, sage, thyme, and orange citrus.

Lemongrass, white grape, caramelized grains, and orange citrus. Rosemary, thyme, sage, pink peppercorn, and green florals. Finishes with a medium-light bitterness and notes of earthy, leafy hops and touches of onion.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry.

I still like this one. Good stuff!


2012 Review

A: Pours a slightly hazed straw color with 2 fingers of white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind thick clouds of webbed lacing. Low carbonation.

N: Huge herbal bouquet of sage, parsley, rosemary and thyme as advertised. Peppery yeast, lemon juice, bready grains and a subtle barnyard funk.

T: Sage, parsley, rosemary and thyme run throughout the flavor profile. The sage and rosemary seem to be more dominant. Upfront has drops of lemon juice. Mid-palate brings in some bread dough, dabs of caramel and some grassy hops. Finishes with a subtle barnyard funk, peppercorn and hay.

M: Light bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: The herbs are skillfully balanced and blend well with the crisp and refreshing Americanized Saison style underneath. I personally love these things was very happy to see them again after a 2 year hiatus.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A = A medium lemon yellow with a respectable foamy head and residual lacing on the glass. More reminiscent of a lager than an ale in appearance.
S = There is definitely a herb smell to the beer, predominately thyme in my opinion, then the malt sweetness hit you, then the hops.
T = As far as herbs, thyme first, then sage second. I could barely taste rosemary and obviously because of its "grassy" quality, the parsley was masked by everything else, Including the malts and hops.
M = Smooth in the mouth. Again, more of a smooth lager than an ale -- or a very light ale in mouthfeel.
O = Interesting as standalone drink. Pairing might be good with something uncomplicated or cheese, as you'd want to taste the herbal nuances in the beer. It is not something I'd run back to purchase, but as a novelty, it's definitely worth the experience!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting. The beer pours a hazy yellow with a light head. The smell was easily my favorite part of the beer. It feels like you are directly smelling parsley and thyme. Very big notes from the earthy herbs. The taste was a little lack-luster though with big herb tastes in the beginning but I felt the ending wasn't as good and the sour taste at the end, while enjoyable, didn't leave a great lingering taste. This was a nice beer to try and appreciate the inventive style of Dogfish, but I don't know if I need more than one.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 6, 2014.

The pour is pale yellow with a white fizzy head and busy carbonation. Good clarity.

It smells like I am standing by my herb garden during peak season. Rosemary and sage are the biggest herbal notes I pick up with the parsley and thyme a bit more reserved. Also some toasted malts but they are blown away by the herbs.

Light body.

The taste is full of herbal notes with a tart, almost sour bite at the finish.

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Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This saison appears to be a pale-golden color. As I first began to pour it into the glass I didn't think it would develop a sizable head; however I was quickly proven wrong, and greeted with a sudsy, bright white foam.

The smell is dominated by herbs. Sage is most prominent with the rosemary and thyme playing a supportive role. The parsley seems to lend a pleasant grassiness to the aroma. It is difficult to distinguish between hop and herb aromas - the beer smells green and fresh.

At the front of the mouth I'm greeted with a punch of juicy hop flavor. This seems to be a heavily hopped saison, especially when considering the breweries involved in its production. This herbaceous flavor is supported with a pleasant sugary malt sweetness that is very subdued. The finish is dry and bitter, revealing more lemony hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is incredibly light and effervescent. The tingling sensation of the beer on my palate helps to highlight the spicy and citrusy hop and herb characteristics.

Overall, a delicious brew that will certainly satisfy foody beer nerds. A bold yet sophisticated use of herbs helps to elevate this saison to the likes of a true culinary experience.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very unassuming label that has a nice color scheme and style in the DFH tradition. Label gives ABV info, web info, a bit of brewery info, states that beer is a collaboration between DFH, Victory, and Stone Brewing Company but brewed at DFH, has Stone, DFH, and Victory logos. Bottled 2012A18:20?

Appearance: An aggressive pour from 12oz glass into 16oz English Pint led to a 3 finger light airy white head resting atop a slightly hazy pale golden yellow beer. Head retention was 4min 50sec before fading to a thick coating and ring with very good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is very spicy with a herbal tone. Hints of thyme, sage, and a definite rosemary presence can be detected. Didn't really detect any parsley. Also has a slight citrus yeasty scent.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes very herbal and floral on the front end with the thyme, sage, and rosemary dominate. Has a bit of bitterness that comes through midpoint along with a citrus yeasty flavor. Herbal and floral tones dominate the back end and leave a slightly dry bitter aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium carbonation led to a medium bodied beer that was crisp and clean tasting as well as very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This was a very unique and enjoyable beer that allows the drinker to sample some obscure flavors in a beer. Very interesting and complex. Classified as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale @ 6.8%. Consumed 8/8/2013.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Bottled 2012 B: 09-23

A refreshing beer. Maybe not a session beer, but easily a great beer of which to have at least one on a hot day. I have now had all three versions of this beer, with the Victory and Stone versions coming in February and March of this year. This bottle was lost in my cellar, but is no worse for that time alone. Each brewery was supposed to use the same recipe but I want to say this DFH version is a little different and maybe the best version by a nose. Not sure if there are plans to brew this Saison again, but if I see it I will stock it.

A – Pours a pale orange color with a huge off-white dense (slightly rocky) head, which dissipates slowly to a constant layer. Some Belgian lacing.

S – Clean spiciness with some lemon. Can smell the rosemary and thyme faintly.

T – Crisp, clean, refreshing, faint sweetness, medium bitterness, slight tartness as well as some citrus (orange, lemon).

MF – Well carbonated, light to medium bodied, sharp to start, smoothing out in the finish. Hides ABV well.

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Photo of Moose90
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Bottled In 2012 B 10:51"

A – Pale golden yellow body. Nicely hazy with some faint floaties. Head is a thin white cap, leaving nice lacing behind. Bubbles can be seen rising quite rapidly.

A – Quite complex, yeasty and funky. Spicy and herbal. Very herbaceous, the sage is what I notice first, some thyme as well, while the parsley and rosemary is hard to detect. Lots going on here, get an orange and lemon bitter sweetness to it as well.

T – Starts as a typical Saison, then bam, hello herbs. Sage dominates, but rosemary becomes more detectable here. Lemon and thyme are pronounced and bitter as well. Light black pepper notes. Crazy.

M – Medium-Full body, quite smooth while remaining crisp and clean due to the proper carbonation levels. Very nice and refreshing.

D – Had no idea what to expect here. Blown away in a new way, who knew thyme, sage, rosemary and whatnot had a place in beer. This is very complex and there is a lot going on, it's hard to pick up on all of it at once. It does somehow remain quite balanced. This is an exciting beer to drink due to its pure uniqueness. Don't know that I could have more than one every once in a great while, but this is one crazy concoction of a beer. Somehow it just works!

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Photo of Kenzie
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance was beautiful: golden in color with a nice fluffy head. I was excited about this one, but shortly after disappointed.
I am not a fan of this saison. The use of rosemary, parsley, sage, and thyme all at once was too much at once and I was unable to distinguish each flavor. It left a horrible Listerine after taste after drinking.

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Photo of gpogo
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden body slightly hazed with a bit of yeast particulate. Hge white head and a nice stream of carbonation bubbles.

A- Spiciness, ginger? Yeasty spicy aroma. Lemon funk.

T- Wow. Sage flavor, less ginger than I smelled. Very similar to the aroma. Herbal flavors. Light pale malt flavor. Finishes a bit bitter on the tongue, with a light funk, and pepper.

M- Smooth medium body. Very refreshing carbonation.

D- Not what I expected at all, better! The aroma and flavor are so complex, but incredibly refreshing. I just hope I can hunt down another bottle. This is the first beer to really excite me in a while.

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Photo of Braz
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Tacoma Boys. Appearance is a hazy cloudy gold. White head that did not sustain very well. Aromatics are sweet and herby with hints of rosemary and sage. Flavors are also herby and slightly medicinal. Savory with a sort of savory vegetable aftertaste. Body is very smooth, drinkable and has a nice crispness. Overall this is good, different and quite herby for a saison but I appreciate the unique qualities.

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Photo of scootny
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A turgid golden amber that gives a nice head and has good retention. Lacing is quite nice, and the beer remains covered all the way down. The aroma has a sweet pale malt body and light notes of the herbs used, not as big as the Stone version. A whisper of alcohol and not much funk. Taste is sugar biscuit malty with the herb blend and hops melding into a lovely complex counter to the sweetness of the malt. There is a white grape fruitiness that is great. An alcohol edge flows into the hops and herbs with a touch of mint. Finish is mild and dry with an herbal flavor that leave the blend lightly lingering. Feel is velvety smooth with a lightly creamy carbonation. Easy drinking and just light enough to quaff a little too fast. A nice one and while similar to the Stone version I find this one to be a touch more subtle in its herbs and maybe a touch more alcoholic.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a golden yellow color with a thin white head on top. The retention and lacing were very minimal. The smell of the beer is herbal, the aromas that come off of it the most of probably the sage, thyme and rosemary. The taste has the same herbal elements that the smell does but it doesn't last as long. The flavors kind of die off in this one in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a good brew, I feel the Victory version was a lot more flavorful. I would like to get the Stone version to try that sometime. Regardless it's a decent beer and worth trying.

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Saison Du BUFF from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,590 ratings.
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