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RATINGS: 489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4176) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Are we not counting the Victory and Stone versions of this as the same beer? Well, this time I got a lemony, herbal, cough drop, hoppy aroma. Clear, pale straw yellow with a floofy head. Good bottle, decent label. Lemony, meaty flavors - would pair well with Mediterranean/Moroccan food, like preserved lemons. Some mineral tones. Medium body, lemony herbal finish. ABC, Betton.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tryonqc (21) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
Fresh bottle picked up at the brewery. Very good saison. Nice herb aroma, medium dryness, light bitterness, refreshing, good carb. Would buy this collab again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 9, 2014
I really liked this. A nice light flavor that is both floral and herbal. It has a great zest to it. And cheap to be coming from these brewers, which makes it quite sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reberiii (329) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2014
I think parsley and sage first with this one. But it’s nice, even though the herbs confuse any hop flavor. It’s easy to drink even with its complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dr.Drei (22) - New York, USA - AUG 6, 2014
I poured this from a bottle into a tulip glass at home. Last week, I enjoyed it from the tap at Tap & Mallet when visiting a friend in Rochester, NY. The following is based on my experience at home with a bottled version. It pours clear. The head is not as robust as one finds in many saisons. That said, it seems well-carbonated. The aroma is not strong, with hints of citrus and phenols. The bitterness is light to medium, but there is a fruitiness to this beer that is characteristic of some hops as well as the saison yeast. The finish is not as dry as many saisons, having a sweeter aftertaste than many others. Overall, this is a very nice beer worthy of the attention of any fans of saisons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (495) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle. Murky dark yellow. Aroma is sweet spiced orange peel, fruity yeast, mint, and heavy thyme. The taste adds crisp sage with the rosemary coming in on the finish. The spices add a bitter bite that lingers on the tongue. I love the heavy fragrant spices mixed with the saison yeast notes. This is a great concept for a collab by three great breweries. High carb with a rich fragrant floral mouthfeel. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (2652) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at home. Pour is slightly hazy golden with a big white head and great lacing. Huge herbs in the aroma - thyme, lavender, rosemary - light touches of biscuit, grass, and coriander. Taste is big herbs, lavender, rosemary, basil, cereal graininess, lemon peels and white pepper with a light spice on the backend. Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Pretty good if you like spice/herb heavy saisons.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - JUL 29, 2014
Foamy head, pale yellow color. Spicy nose, perfumy with clear rosemary aroma. Light refreshing taste with tons of peppery spices. This is a well crafty beer and balanced but not really the type of beer I gravitate to.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (115) - - JUL 23, 2014
Pours a hazy light golden color minimal head and a little bit of lacing. Aroma is spices, maybe some coriander, those spices they tout on the bottle come through nicely (Rosemary, and thyme especially). Flavor is nice hop bitterness up front and an awesome finish with a lot of the rosemary finishing. Great collaboration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (951) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a transparent golden with a thin ring of cream colored head. Aroma of pepper, funk, and spices. Taste of thyme, some bitterness, lemon, and spices.

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