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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2010
bottle. rosemary, herbal, lavender, mentolyptic, vapor rub aroma, light golden pour, very herbal flavor & aroma. Pretty good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2010
12oz bottle split with Ann. Foggy, practically opaque yellow-tan. Big, fluffy head laces the glass. Lemony herbal aroma. Quite odd and tangy. Great mouthfeel, doughy and effervescent. Similar in some ways to Sahtea, in the way the herbs are well integrated. One of the better US Saisons I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 7, 2010
THOUGHTS: Really close to the Stone version. I think this one was a little sweeter and the aroma was a little less intensely herbal, but I think there may have been a little more in the flavor. The hops seem a little more pronounced, too. Or maybe I was just a little mored accustomed to it. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an ever so slightly hazy, light to almost medium gold with fairly nice carbonation and a large, sudsy, ever so slightly off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had light to moderate light bread, cracker and pale malt; moderate lemony hops; lighter pine hops; light to moderate funky yeast; lighter dusty hops; and a pretty good amount of herbs, but less distinguishable than the stone version, although there was definitive rosemary at the end. The initial flavor was sweet, acidic and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet, rather to heavily bitter and moderate to rather acidic with a long duration. There was pale malt, white bread, lemon, mixed herbs a bit of funk and some piney hops. The slightly fuller than light body was rather dry with fizzy carbonation and a rather dry and slightly metallic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Very light gold color with a super thick bubbly head. Spicy aroma, with citrus in the front and a pretty good malt backing. Most of the aromas come through in the flavor, but with a touch of lemon zest in there. Has a medium body, but still a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Like it’s two brothers this is a thanksgiving beer. Thanksgiving you say? Yes, thanksgiving. You see thanksgiving is marked by giving thanks for all the great things in life and copious amounts of sage, just like thus beer. Unlike it’s two brothers this one is cloudy and has noticeable sediment. Did I mention the sage? I like it alright, but what the hell do I know about beer?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2010
12 oz. bottle, $3 @ Binny’s, Aug 2010. Pours a big head in my glass, with a nose of orange peel and thyme, Golden beer color beneath, just the slightest hint of haze, looking more like a kölsch. Foam stay nice and fluffy like a parfait top, supported by lots of bubble action. By now the smell has brought in the parsley and sage, but in pleasant proportions. Taste does not hide cheery beer taste behind a wall of spice. Rather, a familiar golden malt profile befitting the style, with a sprinkling of spices on top. Despite the spices being chosen just because of the Simon & Garfunkle song, they really work together well. Leaves a nice aftertaste of leaf herbs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2010
A bit of funk on the nose with the herbal coming through sweet, mostly candied sage and thyme. Light silky body yields to a dryer finish that makes each sip a quencher. The flavor reminds me of a good marzen/saison mix. There’s some biscuit here that’s balanced well with the herbs, which are surprisingly sedated. A refreshing peppery hint pops up in the aroma and the middle of tasting this. A nice specialty brew that may well be my favorite saison so far. A restrained hand lent well to this project. Nice job. Thanks Dogfish Head, Stone and Victory. 2010 12 oz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours a gold body with light suspended particles. A scant thin white head holds with poor retention. Cantaloupe, citrus, thyme, spiced with a spicy prickly background. Overtly spiced sage, citrus and very earth y. Good offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Murky pale yellow. Good lacing and mild head retention. Sharp citrusy hop nose. Lemon zest and leather and herbal. Nice citrus edge in the mouth. Sessionable quality. Pine and grapefruit. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Ok very important...this was GREAT on draft, but I figure that is about gone, so I’m rating this based on the bottle....way too much of the rosemary and sage...has the good basic saison character but the herbs dominate and make it not that good. On draft it has more fullness and sweetness that was delicious.

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