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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danfontaine (41) - - APR 27, 2016
Ar- hops and herbs dominate the nose, bright lemon and orange mix well with rosemary sage and a wispy floral component Ap- clear and golden with a big white head that lingers at the edges of the glass Fl- malt sweetness up front gives way to citrus notes, well balanced hop bitterness and a dry peppery finish. Hints of the herbs show up through Rosemary Mf- soft and coating, hint of alcohol, lacking a bit in carbonation, Ov- very nice beer. Wonderful nose, nice flavor, would love a bit more of the herbs and much more carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4022) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2016
On tap at PreFunk. Pours out a nice clear golden with soft creamy head, lazy carbonation. Slightly oily, creamy mouth feel, yeasty, grassy aroma and taste. Mild spice on the back on the finish leaves some tang lingering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
polo_marco (320) - milton, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2016
Very woody and herby in scent. Slightly foggy yellow color which is my favorite beer color for some weird reason. Starts off slightly malty then the rosemary and thyme come through beautifully with a Nice smooth spicy finish. Medium body with wonderful crisp carbonation that tingles throughout the whole profile. Love all 3 breweries great collaboration to push the boundaries of where beers can go. Nice work.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2016
12 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of yeast, herbs and some citrus. Taste is rosemary, sage, spicy and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3759) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, displaying a clear, golden hue, with a presentable layer of white, bubbly head foam, and spotty lacing. The nose was a touch of yeast that was quickly displaced by pronounced grass & greenery, herbs, resin, & spice. Piney rosemary, thyme, and lemongrass were keys, with only a hint of sage showing some herbal earthiness. Rather light bodied, with only moderate carbonation, the taste contributed some earthy & lingering bitterness. Basically, the whole essence of the style was blown out of the water by the Simon & Garfunkel theme, and would have appreciated a little more body and livelier effervescence as my initial review of the Stone rendition revealed. Must have been overwhelmed by the grouping of heavy hitters back then.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2016
Bottle, memory banks rate, thanks to jeevan. I think via San Diego Steve. Pours clear pale gold with a thin white head. Strong herbal aromas, parsley and rosemary stand out. Taste is bitter, very strong herbs, a bit too much for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (2630) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2016
Bottle. Slightly hazy, bright golden with a fluffy off-white head. Lacing is fairly thick. Aroma of citrus, herbs (I love rosemary), straw, Belgian yeast, and spice. Herbal, spicy, yeasty flavor; a little bitter. Medium bodied, smooth, a touch dry. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
Pours a bright golden yellow with fizzy head. Aromas of tropical fruits and some citrus peel. Funky orange/lemon peel flavors with a nice woody funk.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
damzz (466) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2016
Pours light lager light yellow with a big white head that laces. Nose from the bottle was kerosene (!). Yeah, I know but if this is what these herbals do, try again. Or, it’s a funky saison yeast. In any event, it was strange and the nose continued in the glass. Taste was attenuated saison with herbs. The beer is dry as a saison should be. The after taste is lingering bitterness. At the end of the drink, the nose filled the Weihenstephaner weiss glass - nice since most beers don’t. I got used to the nose. Must be the 6.8% ABV :>). Last year I brewed seven saisons with various spices and different yeasts and none of them had a nose approaching this. 12 oz bottle Brewed on 2/18/16 More cans!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Tap...spicy and dry with a earthy herbal presence this complex and funky elixir made me feel healthier just by drinking it. Great stuff.

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