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RATINGS: 550   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11751) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2010
bottle–pours an off white head with some lacing and hazy orange/gold color. Aroma is some earthy, medium malt. Taste is spice hops with some earthy notes, medium malt, yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11471) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a large, rocky and frothy white head, above average retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is moderate malt (straw, cereal, grain), average hops (floral, herbal), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of lemon zest, rosemary, thyme, black pepper, and barnyard. Flavor is moderate malt (straw, cereal, grain), average hops (floral, herbal), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of lemon zest, rosemary, thyme, black pepper, and barnyard. Medium-light body, light warmth, moderate carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and spicy finish. This beer has a good bit going on in the aroma, lending itself nicely to sit and sniff for a while prior to sampling. The spices work very well with the malt, yeast, and hops to create a pleasant experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Intense bouquet garni nose of all the herbs. Some sweet citrus notes, a little bit of dough and pepper. Hazy deep gold color with a long-lasting marshmallow head. Very herbal flavor, bitterness is pronounced, balance is towards herbs and hops, not much malt flavor. Big carbonic sting, this accentuates the herbs and bitterness, finish is slightly sweet orange pith, alcohol warmth is noticeable. Very interesting beer, the intense herb and bitterness might calm down after time, slightly sweet lemon/orange flavor brings some balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1749) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy yellow, with a white head. Aroma is spices, hops, grass, and malt. Flavor is spices, grass, hops, sugar, and yeast.

   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 (13209) - 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 (8280) - 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 (3022) - 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.

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