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RATINGS: 541   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 didnít 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (650) - Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Hazy yellow with white head. Aroma is lemon and grassy. Flavor is rosemary thyme, slightly sour, hint of sweetness, fresh herbs and pepper, lemon citrus. Very pleasant herbal finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndyW68 (1199) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Hazy gold pour with off white head. Aroma smells like my spice drawer. Taste follows nose Sith a bit of funk. Love the concept. Love the aroma. To my tongue, this flavour is not supposed to be liquid. Kind of tastes like someone took a decent saison and spilled an Italian blended spice packet in it. It just did not come together for me. Still a better than average option.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrinkinWell (343) - - NOV 1, 2014
Pours a clear gold, slightly hazy, thick white head. Lemon, honey, herbs. An acidic, herbal taste, lots of lemon zest and a touch of grapefruit. Decent saison.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle. Slightly hazy golden pour with a white head. Very herbal nose. Each herb really compliments the others. Wonderful blend of rosemary, thyme, sage, and parsley balanced with funky saison notes. Flavor is similar. Very drinkable. I really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1388) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2014
12 oz bottle, purchased because it wasnít too expensive and it said "saison" in the name. Pours hazy gold with creamy white head. Great lacing. Aroma: botanical -- sage, thyme, menthol throat lozenge, juniper berries. Really overpoweringly herbal. Taste: citrus, herbal, dry; less intense than nose. Short, dry, lightly bitter finish. Zesty. Lively carbonation, medium- body. Overall: Iím not big on overpoweringly herbal saisons, but this one grew on me some over ounces 4-8. Of course, after that it reasserted itself as overpoweringly herbal and unpleasant, but Iíll focus on the positive because thatís just the kind of guy I am.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4350) - Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2014
12oz bottle. Pale yellow color. Aroma of herbs. Sage, thyme, basil. Huge HERBAL character. Flavor of grains, bread, and herbs. Nothing like it! (4214)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (586) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Pours hazy deep gold with a thin white head, moderate retention, very fine cling lacing. Amazingly deep herbal aromas: rosemary, sage, thyme, parsley, with a gentle funky note as well as pine resin, and biscuit. Light body, velvety smooth. Mildly sweet with a mild bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steverus0 (222) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Great herbals that come through in this lovely, pleasant brew. Brilliant herbals on the nose after an opaque straw pour. This is an incredibly drinkable brew and a winning combo from the folks at Dogfish Head, Victory, and Stone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobaidan (523) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Pours yellow with a medium head. Aroma is mostly rosemary with a hint of spice. Flavor is herby and interesting. Finish is clean. Iím not sure I love this, but itís definitely different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2090) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
355 mL bottle. Hazy gold with a nice white head. Lots of herbs in the nose, with rosemary being the most dominant. A little malt sweetness underneath. The flavour is milder than I expected; the herbs are actually not too bold. In the flavour they blend together in a fairly balanced way. Need a little something here to balance the herbs though; some funk or something.

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