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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Decided to try this after a good experience with the Victory version - it looks pretty dang great, but the nose first hits you with overpowering sage - since the Stone version was pretty much ruined by this herb, this does not bode well for this beer - however, some of the malt and earthy yeast profile manages to push its way through, as well as a bit tangerine tanginess - flavor is dry and somewhat flinty - crackery malts - bitterness from the hops, and especially the herbs is rather high, a bit too much so - somewhat abrasive herbal profile that crushes the nuance the yeast provides that made the Victory version so good - better than the Stone version, but still kind of soapy - lingering soapy bitterness - not as bad as the Stone version, but nowhere near the balance and tastiness of the version Victory made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a lightly hazy soft orange with a giant fluffy white head. Aroma is much like the others of course, sweet honey, very perfumey and spicy, floral with a light citric hoppiness. Flavor is even sweeter with the honey and candied fruit notes. Again very spicy and floral essentially overwhelmingly so. Finishes smooth with a touch of bitterness, ginger a even a hint of metallic and grain. Medium sticky body and a super sharp carbonation. Not bad, not my favorite of the three, but fun to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (1993) - New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
A nice golden body with a quickly fading white head. Aroma had a nice herbal note to it along with a mild yeast presence. There was also a subtle almost honey-like sweetness to it, but only a light barnyard note. Flavor was well balanced, the herbal note was a little more mild then what i got from the aroma and the yeast was a little more noticeable. Malts were mainly light bread notes and some sweetness. Finish was smooth and light and the carbonation was modest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
natejgood (397) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Pours a clear white golden with an enormous white head. Smells fairly strongly of grass, rosemary and other herbs. The flavor is also fairly strong herbs. The rosemary may be the strongest, but it ’s hard to say. The flavor is interesting, but not great. The aroma is probably the best part of this beer. I imagine you might be able to pair this with some food and it would be pretty awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4146) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Pours a bright straw gold with one finger of sticky white head. Nose is very herbal and spicy with Rosemary at the forefront, lending a phenolic almost junipery character. Also getting a pronounced yeast presence in the aroma. Flavor is not so hot, yeasty with an herbal. Tastes like a bad fermentation. Astringent bitterness and warming alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1831) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 4, 2010
This was one of the most interesting beers ive ever had. Masterfully brewed, i could really taste the flavors of parsley and sage and as i thought it would be overwhelming it was subtle and provided a nice finish. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2010
20101003 Bottle from Honeygo. Golden, clear, lasting but smallish white suds. Aroma is citrusy with lots of lemongrass and lime, and some parsley but I don’t get much of the other herbs other than a hint of rosemary. Thinner bodied, encouraging eff, lots of big tropical and citrus hops and some lingering herbal notes. More of a Belgian IPA than a saison, I think, but it’s still pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle: Pours a clear pale golden with a pillowy froth of white head. Has a lightly sweet, biscuity floral grapefruity hoppy nose with a touch of lemongrass and sage. Starts with good fullness and soft lightly sweet biscuity malts with a smooth spice balance and fresh citrusy hop flavor before a smooth, bittersweet finish. This is the most drinkable and well-balanced of the three versions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1420) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Opaque, golden in the glass with a nice amount of crisp white lacing. Forward hops on the palate and the nose. The herbal mix is certainly there, too, but as a nice accent. The heft of the beer resides in slightly soapy, slightly piney, definitely bitter hops. Long, strong finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle poured a clear gold with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, sage, rosemary and spearam,int. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, lemon, light rosemary and a hint of sage with a crisp dry finish. Best of the 3 in my opinion.

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