Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz Bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow slightly orange color. Night white, long lasting head. Spicy with a slightly sweet (almost honey) undernote in the palate. Much less herbal and spicy than Victory and DFH’s. Slightly hoppier but overall well balanced. This is a bit more drinkable than the other two, especially if your not a huge Saison or herbal fan. Overall (A-)
Odland (137) - NORWAY - FEB 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Stone Brewery, Cali. Pours golden with a good head. Lots of spices in here. Sage, parley, lemon and rosemary. By far the best saison I have ever tasted. Must get a hold of the other two versions.
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
light orange pour with a thick white head. Aroma is, well, weird. kind of like a spice cabinet. taste is herbal in nature, but the finish is overwhelming. i would expect a collaboration between these 3 brewers to produce something amazing, but too many cooks can spoil the soup as evidenced by this
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2010 12 oz. bottle from BevMo Long Beach.
Aroma is very spicy and herbal. My first thought was opening up a spice drawer in the kitchen. Hops are also very present. Color is a gold yellow with a white foam head that quickly dissipates. Taste is very herbal upfront with a solid hop bitterness in the finish. The interplay of the spices and hops is very interesting. Solid body as well, feels like a mouthful. Overall a very unique and enjoyable brew. Very refreshing for the alcohol content, which is masked very well. Will definitely buy again.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
SD trip: Cask temperature, very hazy light orange with white head. Nose had cooking spices and banana over wheat and malts. Flavor was mostly similar whet malts with obvious rosemary and sage and some citrus fruit (hops?), a bit like roasted chicken (a beer can chicken with this might just work). I guess I expected much more out of a collaboration between these 3 brewers.
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12-oz bottle Wine Works, Springfield, OH - aroma: herb floral, pepper, lemon; appearance: clear, yellow color, large white head, lots of laces; flavor: salty, bitter, peppery, bitter; mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, dry finish, fizzy carbonation; Overall: wonderful herbal and spicy aromatic and flavored farmhouse ale with refreshingly dry finish.
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I bought 2 12oz Bottles of the Dogfish Head and Stone versions of the Saison du BUFF and drank them side by side on two separate occasions. This is my review after the second tasting.
More difficult pour than DFH version, although looks much better. Huge, bubbly and think head that leaves beautiful lacing down the glass. Way more hops in the smell, otherwise very similar. Full of Citrus and other herbs. Bam! Much more of a punch than DFH, finishes way more dry. I get the DFh taste after the hops. However, I think the alcohol is more present in this brew, DFH is better.
Final Verdict: While Victory looked and smelled better, I enjoyed the taste of DFH and while I would I would never turn either down, I would take DFH by a slim margin.
matalec1984 (115) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The final of the three that I tried and by far the "freshest".
Pour a light gold, with high carbonation and long lasting white head.
Aroma is is strong and bright, citrus and herbal notes dominate it, but a twang of that farmhouse yeast style is still apparent. I would say however that if I was blindfolded the aroma does not scream "saison" to me.
Flavor is strong, yeasty with a hint of pepper and citrus. The herbal notes really breakthrough later on. My biggest issue with the other two versions of this beer was the strength of the rosemary. This one seemed more balanced and each of the herbs played its role. This beer was also less dry than the others, which again does not scream :"saison", but I think it worked well with this beer.
Really enjoyed this one.
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
somewhat cloudy light orange/yellow, a very awesome and different smelling beer i get a little bit of grapefruit and cirtus and an amazing smell i would attribute to the mix of sage rosemary and thyme, unike anything else i have smelt before, thick white foamy head flavor starts sage like and middle tongue you get some hop bitterness along with the almost minty thyme flavor and finishes with a sweet saison wild yeast flavor good complexity and a flavor and aroma unlike any beer i have ever tried before I really have to give it to victory dogfish and stone, the ingredients are far fetched but it turned out awesome and very unique
porkdiggity (108) - Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice golden color, with a touch of haze. Very slight head. Aroma is quite herby, with a mint overtone. Flavor is much the same, though with a touch of hop bittering. Smooth mouthfeel, with a bit of oiliness. Overall I like this beer more than most saisons that I've had.
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