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RATINGS: 472   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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The idea for this beer germinated way back in 2003 when the three guys (Sam from Dogfish, Greg from Stone and Bill from Victory) formed the BUFF alliance (Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor) - a noble endeavor with the goal to highlight the passion and camaraderie of the American craft brew movement.
So, BUFF didn’t really do anything (beyond talk a lot of talk) until 2010 when the three brewers finally got together to jointly brew at beer at the Stone Brewery. Saison du BUFF will first be brewed at Stone and then replicated at each of the other two breweries - same recipe, same ingredients, three different breweries throughout 2010.
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. The expected release dates for each brew are as follows:

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bellco33 (277) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 6, 2014
On tap in a pint glass: Pours hazy straw with a nice white head. Aroma of lots of spices, funk, lemon grass, and hay. Taste is very funky, the spices added to this brew really stand out. It’s a little medicinal on the back end. Light body, perfect carbonation, taste is just a bit strange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2077) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2014
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Collaborations are all the rage recently. It pours olive oil yellow with a white fizzy head, active carbonation, and good clarity. The aroma is herbal to the max with the sage and rosemary upstaging the thyme and parsley. Toasted malts. But those do have more pungent aromas so that makes sense. Light body. The taste is also very herbal and spice with a tart bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle from notes 10/11. Pours a clear golden color with a large fluffy white head. The aroma was all about the herbs; sage and rosemary kinda stood out for me, hints of citrus, with some pale malt and grass. The flavor is much the same as the nose. A dry grassy bitterness to the finish. I thought this may have been as good as, if not a little better than the other two, but not enough to justify the huge difference in price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (821) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Tap at brewery. Light golden pour with a white head. Spice, white pepper, floral. Spicy, medium body and slightly sweet. Easy to drink and refreshing on a warm day

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ROBC3366 (555) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Excellent summer beer, light , crisp and peppery saison. Goes nice with a hot day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (560) - - MAY 23, 2014
Transfered from BA review on 3-22-12 - Poured into pint glass Appearance – Pours a golden orange color with a small but thick white head. Through the orange color of the body tons of tiny bubbles can be seen raising up through the beer. The pure white head is quite persistent and lasts for quite some time. Once it eventually does fade it gives some rather nice lacing. Smell – The smell is heavy of wheat, lemon and yeast. There is a bit of pepper in the nose and a slight tart-sour apple aroma as well. Taste – The beginning of the taste is largely wheat and lemon up front. It has a little bit of sweetness in the taste as well; some orange tasting sweetness. More toward the middle the yeast and pepper really start working their way in. Then at the end a big burst of more “green” flavors come into the scene; very herby. Tastes of grass, rosemary, parsley and even a bit of pine are all quite strong. While pleasant when initially met, at the end of the taste, the flavors linger on the tongue well after the beer is gone from your mouth and leave a somewhat funky and unpleasant aftertaste in the mouth. Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is moderate to slightly above average in body with a medium level of carbonation. Its good for the wheaty style body. Overall – I really enjoyed the appearance and aroma of this beer. Both were very nice. The actual taste of the beer while it is in the mouth is quite nice, but the aftertaste really takes away from the overall greatness of the beer. It has interesting ingredients and good qualities with the exception of the aftertaste and is worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevencon (420) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottled in 2012. Hazy gold with strong fluffy white head. Aroma of grassy herbs and hints of Italian bread sticks bits of bubble gum esters. Doughy wheat bread and bubble gum taste with some green herbs. Good stuff and held up surprisingly well for the age. Good food beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2278) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2014
Thanks to spinrsx for this. Pours cloudy gold with a small white top. Aroma is fruity, yeast and light malts. Taste is again very fruity and dry yeast. Has some crystal malt in it and nice sweetness to round it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MercyDevice (345) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Very grassy/herbaceous taste, with spice notes and decent hop bite. Pours a hazy ornage/gold with a medium head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1107) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
12 oz bottle from Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, served in a branded snifter next to the Stone version. Pours hazy amber with a huge, fluffy off-white head that remains and laces well. The nose has big notes of grass, rosemary, sage, thyme, pepper, yeast and a touch of lemon. The flavour is mildly sweet with a spicy note that builds through the middle and takes over towards the end. The finish is long and peppery-spicy with a slight herbal quality. On the palate it is light-medium in body with a dryish texture and intense carbonation. Overall, this is a nice Saison with elegant herbal-spicy notes. Compared to the Stone version, it is maltier and slightly sweeter. Herbs are slightly less intense. I preferred the Stone version marginally, but both were well done. 2013-12-10

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