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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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:


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Like itís 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 itís 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?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2988) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2010
12 oz. bottle, $3 @ Binnyís, 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 kŲlsch. 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.

3.1
   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. Thereís some biscuit here thatís 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.

3.5
   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.

3.8
   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.

2.8
   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 Iím 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALCOHOLNIZM (165) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2010 YOU WOULD THINK THAT WHEN THREE GREAT BREWERS COME TOGETHER THE BEER SHOULD BE MONUMENTAL, THE PUZZLING THING ABOUT THIS TO ME IS THE STYLE CHOICE. OF ALL THE STYLES OF BEER THEY CHOOSE SAISON ? WTF ? NOT MY FAVORITE STYLE. ANY HOW...THIS ONE POURS A PALE FOGGY YELLOW WITH A MINIMAL HEAD LOOKS LIKE AN AVERAGE BEER EXCEPT THE TEXTURE OF THE HEAD, WHICH HUGS THE WALLS OF THE GLASS INDICATING NICE LACING IN THE BREW. THE AROMA THIS BEER GIVES OF IS VERY UNIQUE AND PLEASANT IT SMELLS OF HERBAL SPICES AND PINEY SPRUCE. THE FLAVOR TICKLES THE TOUNGE WELL IT TASTES OF DRY BITTER HOPS BLENDED WELL WITH THYME AND A HINT OF LEMON, THIS BEER PAIRS AMAZINGLY WITH GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST AND GARDEN VEGETABLES. LIKE I SAID SAISON IS NOT MY FAVORITE STYLE, BUT THIS ONE IS MY FAVORITE.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5742) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Clean yellow pour with creamy white head and lace. Floral hops, zesty orange, and perfume. Perfume, Belgian yeast, dry bitter finish, hint of gas? Thin and fizzy odd beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6457) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Sampled on draft at the Rivertowne Pub this beer poured a yellow-golden color with a huge foamy white head that lingered and produced good lacing. The aroma was spicy, yeasty and citric with underlying oregano. The flavor was dry and spicy with notes of oregano, pepper, yeast and citrus. The finish was long and dry with notes of pepper, must and oregano. Medium body. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1859) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 15, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Tullyís in Wells, Maine. Pours a clear golden color with a foamy white head. Fairly strong herbal aroma, with a background scent of citrus hops. Light to medium bodied palate with a sharp crispness. Average carbonation. Somewhat fruit like flavor interspersed with all the herbs that are in this brew. Also, some very light pepper. Very interesting beer.


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