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RATINGS: 546   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bought this and a bottle of the Victory version at the same time but for some reason this one sat in my fridge for a few weeks. Superior appearance and body are the first impressions I have. They bottle conditioned this, whereas Victory did not. This was a clear mistake on Victory’s part. Straw color with lots of visible carbonation and a big, sustaining, frothy white head. Lots of crisp hops and fresh herbs in the aroma. The yeast also throws nice complimentary esters, though they aren’t easy to define. The flavor is dry and spicy with plenty of herbs, but more rounded and balanced than the aroma. The finish leans on bitterness, with the hops mixing with herbs to give a very spicy and earthy bitterness. Light bodied with high carbonation. Still dominated by spicing, but it’s a good mix and the bottle conditioning really helped this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
I really wasn’t sure about this one, given the non-traditional brewing adjuncts.... A 12 oz. bottle filled a goblet-shaped glass with a fantastic sparkling amber beer with a large bright white head that left excellent lacing. Not surprisingly, the aroma features, but is not dominated by the advertised parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme; hints of orange flower and honeysuckle also peak through. This is an outstanding light-to-medium bodied and refreshing drink that has some lively carbonation. The traditional Saison backbone melds nicely with the spice adjuncts, and I liked the the long-lasting dry hop finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2010
I bought 2 12oz Bottles of the Dogfishhead and Stone versions of the Saison du BUFF and drank them side by side on two separate occasions. This is my review after the second tasting. Very light pour with a small 1-2 finger head, minimal lacing, but a small film remains atop the beer as you drink. Much less head and much less lacing than the Stone version. Citrus right up front, with some other herbs. I think I’m getting some rosemary. Great smell. Herbal and hoppy taste, much more smooth than the Stone version on both occasions. IMO it tastes better than the Stone. Smooth and light on the palate, much less carbonated (less punch) than Stone Final Verdict: While Victory looked and smelled better, I enjoyed the taste of DFH and while I would I would never turn either down, I would take DFH by a slim margin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12951) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Pours slightly hazy gold with a 3 finger foamy white head. Aroma seems citrus and rosemary? Very strong herb/spice flavors. It has hot bits. Very refreshing. Sage makes it seem a bit funky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours bubbly yellow with a thick white head and a Simon & Garfunkle aroma. There is a peppery citrus flavor with lots of sage in the finish. Strange and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3018) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2010
From a bottle poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Nice light spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2010
12 oz Bottle @ Rehoboth Brewpub-Hazy yellow pour w/a moderate white head. Strong herbal aroma, they can call it what they want, but it smelled like Pot to me! Very similar to the Stone version, but I felt the herbal qualities were more like a pot flavor/smell than anything else. Pretty dry, this was ok, but nothing special. Long herbal finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at Marios Fuckin Party Hat Too Far tasting.
Slightly hazy lemon yellow with a good white head. Lovely lemony hop aroma with a hint of sage. Interesting stuff in the mouth. The herbs work well actually. I was expecting not to like this but I do. A really tasty and refreshing saison that is very true to style with a load extra of the usual spicy character. Much more delicate and balanced than I was expecting too. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Sampled next to the victory version. This one stood out with a strong lemon zest and parsley aroma with touches of thyme. Same hazy yellow color and pleasant easy drinking complex taste that layers bitter sweet and a suggest savoriness so well. Really enjoyed, must buy a bottle of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, golden colored body with a big, two finger-width, rocky, white head that collapses slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is a light-medium malt sweetness with some biscuit, spicy yeast, soft rosemary and sage spices, banana esters, florals and perfume, grassy citrus, and some herbal tea. Flavor is similar with more of a lemony grass sticking out. Lots of spicy yeast and herbal spice mix with some perfumey florals and a light honey. Some more lightly sweetened, biscuity malts before this finishes spicy, yeasty, lemon-grassy, and a bit minty. Completely dries with a touch of malt sweetness accompanying a lighter bitterness. Light, soft, smooth body with a higher, lively carbonation. Overall, a nice saison. Spicy, floral, and lemon-grassy with a light sweetness to balance. Drinks easily and cleanly. Solid.

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