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RATINGS: 530   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luvystypotables (873) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Wonderful complex aroma of hops, citrus, spice and Belgian yeast. Pours an orange color with a lasting short white well laced head. Taste of spice, sage, thyme and Belgian yeast. Dry light bodied feel with a spice finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"i thought this would be a cool beer given these are three of the top american brewers by most rational standards, but i did not expect this. huge aroma of spices and grassy hops. sage and rosemary dominate with the others playing a minor role. more a spiced ale than a saison, really, but damn if it ain’t awesome. this will be the summer staple if i can find some more. Wow! DFH version high on carbonation, otherwise quite similar to the Stone version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1292) - Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Sampled from a bottle, this ale had a yellow gold pour with orange at the sides of the glass and gave a one finger white head that receded to a sticky ring with a thin cover with a few open areas and many little mounds from the streaming bubbles in the glass, there was some nice lacing on the glass, the nose had aromas of light pilsner malt and cracker, herb notes, faint grass in the background, some hints of earth, and citrus and lemon with a light powdered sugar sweetness, it had flavors of light pilsner malt, grass and citrus hops, light herbs in the flavor, a little sweetness, the finish had a lemon citrus with a faint bitterness and light malt and citrus following, the mouth feel was light and creamy, it had average carbonation, I thought the herbs were light in this drink, not over bearing at all, it was a nice mix of light beer and herbs with grass and citrus hops, the parsley and rosemary were more discernable than the other two herbs, and the herbs were pretty light in flavor, I thought this was a good mix of herbs and beer, this was a nice drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1003) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Pours golden with a white head. Yeast, spice, fruit and malt aroma. Yeast, parsley, sage and thyme are very predominant with fruit and malt flavors as well. Light body and average carbonation. Fruit and spice finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MisoW (2011) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle shared by Cuso, thanks. Pours golden color, white head. Aroma is sourish, bayleaf, dill, pepper. Taste is medium sour, medium sweet, dill, bayleaf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpatrick01 (6) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2014 does not count
Aroma is floral citrus, slight yeast. Average, continuously lasting head. Light watery somewhat slick mouthfeel. Taste is an herb, somewhat citrus initial flavor. Finish has a moderate bitter yeast finish and also a medium to long aftertaste. This is an easy drinking beer. I would recommend it especially to people new to the craft beer movement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (3428) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2014
Liquide doré bien pétillant avec une mousse plutôt petite qui laisse peu de traces. Un nez d’épices vertes et sèches avec de la coriandre et des fruits jaunes et blancs. Un goût dominant d’aromates, de terre et de citron. En bouche, un liquide au corps de moyenne densité à la texture huileuse et au pétillement vif. Une finale poivrée et acidulée. Intéressante mais, en ce qui me concerne, pas vraiment facile à boire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bwa5879 (758) - Portage, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Pale yellow very bubbly clear pour with an inch of bright white head on top. Aroma has powdery florals, saison yeast, deep buttery herbs, laundry starch, some citrus rind. Average carbonation, lighter slick mouthfeel, finish leaves the mouth slightly numb. Buttery golden Belgian flavor, astringent peppery yeast flavor. More like a Belgian golden ale than saison. Herbs are indistinct. Much better on draft, fresh from stones brewery but this bottle was bottled three months ago so maybe that’s the main difference.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jrwhitney6 (341) - - SEP 20, 2014
Very good saison. Pours a light, very slightly hazy, yellow with a lot of carbonation visible - and also with 2 fingers of foam that slowly recedes, but a thin layer remains throughout consumption. Very fruity nose - the sage is apparent. Taste is of some lemon and pepper - I usually find saisons "over-spiced" and this one has a great balance. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (5320) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 19, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 Bottle fromj tclockwork, many thanks. Golden color with medium white head. Dill, coriander, malt, spices in taste. Taste, malt, dill, caraway seeds, gerkins, coriander. Good.

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