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RATINGS: 466   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4170) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
This one poured a hazy lighter yellow color with a white head. Spices are very dominant on the noes, lots of sage and rosemany, light yeast, and vanilla coming through too. Flavor was similar, a bit too much artificial spicing for my liking not enough naturla rustic flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle from craft. Big spicy aroma. Notes of lemon and rosemary are what stick out the most. I found it bitter, but refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5787) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a golden color with a large white head. A fruity peppery nose. A very good sweet flavor with white pepper, sage, apples, a little bit of pizza. Really interesting, some greens, floral, peppery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zickbeer_ye (237) - Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Smooth scents of herbs and wheat. Cloudy goden hue with little head. Belgian wheat flavor with spicy herb notes that blend well . Starts smooth and crisp on the palate ends a little tart and spicy. Overall pretty tasy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (861) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Aromas of pink grapefruit, cherry, strawberry, raisin, wild flowers, and perfume, with hints of herbs and bananas. Hazy peach with a somewhat retaining, white head. Spicy, fruity, dry, and savory. Light body, lively carbonation, and finishes with fruit and flowers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (1970) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden body with large fluffy head. Aroma is funky and spicy up front, distinct wheat aroma, with notes of sage and rosemary. In the taste the spices come through big time, some pleasant candied sugar sweetness which is then immediately balanced by a light hop profile. Very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westchesterco (823) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2013
toast, roasty, vanilla, earthy, golden, cloudy, frothy, medium sweetness, heavy cloying sweetness, full body, creamy, lively, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3018) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2013
From a 12 oz bottle shared with Ryan. Spicy aroma. Herbal favors with hoppy backbone. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (1455) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 9, 2013
Catching up on old ratings - 2010. Appears a bright slightly hazy golden yellow with a big off white head. Smell - subtle spice aroma, mint, light malt, fruit. Taste follows the smell with a crisp slightly dry aftertaste. Carbonation is a bit rough. Light body - not elegant by any means.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1358) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle->SA. Hazy gold with half inch foamy white head. Aroma is strong herbs, citrus, sage, dandelion, rosemary. Tart and dry palate. Tastes of lemon, sage and various herbs, pepper. Complex, but just too much like a liquid herb garden.

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