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RATINGS: 659   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Its 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (11460) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2016 i thought this would be a cool beer given these are three of the top american brewers by most rational standards, but i did not expect this. huge aroma of spices and grassy hops. sage and rosemary dominate with the others playing a minor role. more a spiced ale than a saison, really, but damn if it aint awesome. this will be the summer staple if i can find some more. Wow!"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2011
Common rating for all three versions of Saison Du BUFF.
In short: A surprisingly rustic Belgian blonde Saison with the flowery/herbal hops cranked up to 11.
How: Bottle 12oz. Side-by-side of all three versions of Saison Du BUFF
The look: Partly cloudy blonde body topped by a medium with good retention. Good lacings on the glass
In long (common to all three Saison Du BUFF): The aromatic nose has a lot of scented coutryside flowers, apricots-like citrusy hops and nice rustic yeast notes. This is really like sniffing countryside flowers in a barn. Taste has the same components (floral hops, rustic yeast) with the addition of rosemary, various herbs (thyme, etc.) and dry dead flowers. Also a nice tartness that makes the beer all the more refreshing. Mouthfeel is fluffy and a bit doughy. Finally an American Saison that gets the not-so-clean Belgium Saison mouthfeel right.
Stone Dogfish Head Victory Saison Du BUFF: All the of the above. The best one of the three versions. Fanstastic beer. Rating = 4.2
Victory Stone Dogfish Head Saison Du BUFF: Less rustic. Mouthfeel is less lively. Less true Belgian Saison mouthfeel. Less head retention. Very good but the least interesting of the three. Rating = 3.6
Dogfish Head Victory Stone Saison Du Buff: Very similar to Stone version except everything is a little toned down. Like the Stone version with 10% water. Excellent but I prefer the Stone version. Rating = 4.0
Conclusion: I was surprised at how different (and inferior) the Victory version was from the two other versions. It is supposed to be the same recipe. The Stone and Dogfish did taste very similar but the Stone came through brighter and fresher the the Dogfish even though it is the oldest of the three. Anyway I love rustic Saison yeast so I was very satisfied by all those three beers. I really try to appreciate the little things in life, yeast is bacteria, bacteria are pretty little.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (23604) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Bottle compared side to side with the Victory version. Clear yellow, large fluffy white head. Aroma of spice and white pepper. Taste is tangy, orange peel, coriander, coconut. Tastier and better looking than its Victory cousin.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2010
This beer is wonderful. I shared a bottle of this with my husband, BeerBaron617, last night, and it was almost divine. For the style, A+, for all of beer kind, A. Honestly, I dont know how you can get too much better than this. It was incredibly balanced and refreshing. Its a lovely apricot/peach yellow hue in the glass with a tight white head. Smells fruity of the previously mentioned fruits, as well as some light floral aromas - possibly orange blossom...lightly grassy/reedy, and overall refreshing to the nose. High carbonation when it hits the tongue, mild mouth feel, and quite refreshing - go on, take another sip, gulp it down for that matter, its delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2010
I am sharing this with my wife, and we both agree that this stuff is really really tasty! It pours a straw yellow, with a small head. It has a good amount of carbonation, but not too much. The aroma is of peaches, and apricot, with a hint mixed herbs. The flavor follows suit. Truly a thing of beauty! Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holy (837) - GERMANY - SEP 4, 2010
Recommended by Casey. Shared with Travlr in Baltimore. Mild coconut flavors with citrus overtones dominate. Semi cloudy pour with white head that sticks to the glass. Nice fresh flavor mixes pine and hops wrapped in a coconut blanket. Very unique and tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2010 On tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Bright, hazy yellow pour. Nose shows yeast, grassy hops, citrus, and lots of herbs. The herbs come through a bit strong on the taste. Perhaps because I tasted this next to the superior Stillwater Cellar Door, or because I paired the Dogfish Saison du Buff well with food the week before, but I just wasnt too into this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
pours a cloudy straw color, quite bubbly but not much head. Aroma is just crazy, all sorts of spices, hops, yeast and bread like some kind of vegetable sautee. Flavor is a bit more reasonable but less exciting, belgian yeast sticks out from some dry spicy bready malt. Weird beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2010
aroma herbal notes are off the charts, sage predominates but hops are not far behind. appearance is simple pils like gold with good carb and thin head. flavors herbal notes lend to spice like notes, peppery. good hops, more herbs, plant matter insanity! not sure where my breaking point is when this would become tiresome but it aint yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (3165) - New York, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Poured non totally transparent gold, Aroma is weird herbs (i guess the rosemary) and some hops. DIdnt totally work but I admire the effort.

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