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RATINGS: 644   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Itís a saison of sorts; hellaciously herbaceous and hopefully contagious. This was not a ready made ale. But it is a ready made collaboration. Meaning Stone and Victory are 2 breweries that are exactly like Dogfish in that they do/brew exactly what they love and they do/brew it exactly like no other brewery out there. (Love - lots of it in this bottle)

-Samuel A Calagione

Ale brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

TheCorkStops' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Just released, Iíve been super anxious to crack a bottle of this Victory Brewing Company Saison du Buff. This beer was first released two years ago as a collaboration brew between Dogfish Head, Stone, and Victory Brewing. At the time, the beer was never released in Connecticut because of some awful hiccups in the distribution network. This year Victory Brewing did a batch of itís own, for release during itís normal distribution network. Just arrived this morning, I immediately set a bottle aside so that I could try one tonight. The Saison du Buff pours a bright golden yellow color with an egg-shell white foam. Thereís plenty of carbonation, but the foam never gets more than one finger thick. While the initial carbonation fades back, thereís a persistent thin film of foam throughout the entire glass of beer. There is also a ton of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass for the duration of my beer. On the nose, thereís very little hops, an unexpected surprise considering the three breweries involved in this collaboration. Thereís a very nice complex variety of spice on the nose, with just a touch of malts. On the palate, the Saison du Buff is relatively light-bodied, with plenty of spice, and a clean dry finish. Despite the name, I really didnít expect a very saison-esque brew. There have been dozens of American saisons that Iíve tried, always falling a bit short of the Belgian versions. By definition, a Saison should be relatively light and easy to drink. This Saison du Buff has been one of the two best American Saisons Iíve had to date, only competing with the Goose Island "Sofie". I like the Saison du Buff so much, that Iíve already emailed my salesman asking for another couple cases. At the very least, Iíll buy a whole case for myself! Victory Brewing Company/Dogfish/Stone Saison du Buff TCSH - 9.5/10 Aka - Absolutely delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (984) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2016
2016 bottling. Pours hazy straw-gold with a tight, 1-finger white head. Herbal aroma, mostly the sage, mixed with a lemon note from the thyme. Medium body with a light oily feel to it. Dry finish with a mild astringency. Lemon flavor up front, giving way to herbal and earthy notes that linger at the back. The sage becomes more prominent as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (2013) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Rating #1899. $2.40 bottle from Wine Warehouse. Iíve rated the Dogfish Head version, which got a 2.9 from me overall - letís see how this does. Pours slightly hazy golden with a small white head.Aroma of lemon, orange, heavy rosemary. Tasty slightly sweet lemongrass, rosemary, pepper. Fishes bitter. Looks like this one is slightly better than the Dogfish head version, at least according to my rating. Would have liked to sample these at the same time to truly compare.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (403) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2016
A fluffy white head with persistent lacing over a straw coloured body. A rich nose features spices, saison yeast, lemon and malt. This is a hybrid that works! Eucalyptus, nutmeg, cloves, lemon, pepper and orange rind hops come at you from all directions. Some sweet malt and saison yeast work with significant effervescence and a rich smooth body to add to the taste experience. A work of art.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (1303) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 7, 2016
Really good beer. Keeps the best parts of a saison and a hoppy beer and mixes them perfectly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alpha10 (600) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2016
2016/07/02 - Pours a hazy deep gold colour with a thick, foamy white head that slowly reduces and leaves moderate lace. Aroma is citrus (orange and lemon), hay, spices (sage, rosemary, clove) spicy/herbal hops and doughy yeast. Taste is lightly tart lemon/orange citrus, spices (sage, clove), dough, hay, herbal/mildly spicy hops and light caramel. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with lightly biting carbonation and a drying, mildly medical finish. Ok. Nothing exceptional. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemike (2871) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2016
3 of the great breweries in america get together to offer this diamond Clear golden with a fluffy white head. An amazing aroma of sage and oddly eucalyptus and sweet malt. Good creamy palate. Tastes of sage, thyme, and rosemary with a good caramel back bone. Delicious and outstanding

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (946) - - JUN 21, 2016
On tap 44 Stone Public House. Hazy yellow with white head. Aroma is lemon herbal and grassy. Flavor is rosemary thyme, slightly sour, hint of sweetness, fresh herbs and pepper, lemon citrus. Very pleasant herbal finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (3462) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2016
Bottle (2016 version). Gold with a white head. 3+ Aroma of oranges, pepper, light dough, herbs. You could believe the herbs are as listed but thy donít blast at you. -- A relief after the execrable Stone Saison. Medium bodied, carbonation not that high for a supposed saison. Hay and dough, some apricot, citrus, spices, herbs. Moderate bitterness at the less than dry finish. Not a great deal going on for 6.8%, but OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1384) - Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle into pint glass; clear (maybe tad haze) bright golden color with eggshell white head. Aroma notes of strong herbs (rosemary, sage, lemon zest), tad white pepper and juicy citrus hops. Taste adds bread, tad more black pepper, parsley, honey sweetness and citrus/pine bitterness. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp, lively with herbal citrus finish. Unique and refreshing brew, tad more bitter than average saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5588) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Straw color with a tall fluffy near white head. Lots of things going on in the aroma. Herbs of rosemary and sage, light yeast, clove honey, more floral to herbal scents, a bit of toasted biscuit, pepper, eucalyptus, menthol, and lemon. Iím not quite sold that it is a great aroma, but it is certainly complex. Quick sweet start. Pale malt and wheat jump in. Herbal hop and spicy yeast bound about with lavender, light licorice, white pepper, sweet sage and hint of citrus. Noticed the bottle indicated thyme, but I canít say I detected that. Very interesting and enjoyable.

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