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RATINGS: 544   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bjorninn (43) - - MAR 24, 2015
Flaska í saison smökkun 21. mars. Fölur, skýjađur. Sterk lykt af kryddjurtum, nánast einsog sjampó. Ekkert endilega fráhrindandi samt. Í bragđinu er slatti af grasi, góđ beiskja. Frekar hlutlaus miđađ viđ allt og allt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (1826) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle from Sendiks in Brookfield. Super pale yellow/orange with a foamy white head. Lotta lace, but it was foamy. Aroma has many tangy spices, including cardamon. Taste has sweet fruit, spices, some sage, some cardamon. Some biscuity malt, but tanginess from the spices trump all. Light to medium bodied and tangy. Finishes sweetly spicy with some length. 3 Shrug? Nice for a summer day, I’d wager. Interesting. 13.1

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Awktoberfest (336) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Very green tasting. As in not young but as in herbal. Which is probably the hoped for idea for this beer. Yet I did not like it so much. Would not be a beer you'd want more than 6 oz pet sitting of. I want to say the straight saison du buff of another version I had in the past was very good but I don't remember the greenery in that one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AbbeyRoade (455) - Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2015
A different Saison indeed. Very spicy and peppery with what might be confused for a good hopping profile as well. Not bitter. Finishes dry and mild. Not great but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Great mix of stone, victory, and dogfish head. Interesting mix that is well bodied and full of life. Good aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopbag (142) - - FEB 4, 2015
Pretty light gold with white head. Lemon citrus, biscuit, sweetness in back. The special herbs mainly show up in the finish and are fine. Pepper saison yeast. Fairly drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1001) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 28, 2015
straw yellow, hazy, 1cm eggshell head, medium-fine, moderate-fast rate of decay. Aroma is semi-seet lactic tartness, not exactly pleasant. herbs. Body is light-medium-light, oily-watery. moderate carbonation, slightly prickly. Flavor is also semi-sweet tart, herbal, slightly medicinal, slight bitterness to finish that lingers a little.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
teromous (119) - - JAN 18, 2015
Appearance: Light golden hazy body with a short fluffy white head. Some faint visible carbonation. The head doesn’t last long and leaves scant lacing.

Aroma: It has a very potent "Saison" characteristic on the nose. Strong sour aroma like rotting fruit, black pepper scent, pungent mildew. All the horrible scents that are expected in a great Sason. Horray!

Taste: I get a light wheat flavor with a bit of tangy bite. There is a spicy hop bitterness and I am distinctly picking up thyme and what tastes to me like oregano. Overall it is a light tasting beer that heavily showcases this spicy and even somewhat floral flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is a light beer that finishes halfway dry and leaves a coating of spicy bitterness on the mouth. It works out very nicely.

Overall: It is a very unique tasting beer that I probably wouldn’t drink more than one of, and it doesn’t currently leave me craving for another. However it is very well crafted and leaves enough room in the overall flavor that the spice in the beer doesn’t consume it entirely. I would not recommend it specifically to Saison drinkers, but rather to pale ale and IPA drinkers who are always searching for new hop flavors (specifically herbal ones). This actually does a fair job of scratching the itch for new hop flavors (even though it is predominantly flavored through cooking herbs). I would recommend it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjaxson (369) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Saison du BUFF doesn’t compare to anything I’ve had before. The nose is unique even if I can’t isolate any of the ingredients enough to go "fine use of parsley." That said, this is well worth trying because of the aroma, taste and finish--all very different. Glad I found a single of this on MKE Discount Liquor’s rare beer day in December 2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackflag321 (565) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Shared a bottle, pint glass. Cloudy pale straw-yellow. The spices are not what I would expect in a great beer . . . and this isn’t great. But the beer is good: an interesting experience.

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