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RATINGS: 493   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3929) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 9/19/10

Aroma: The nose is lemony and herbal, with a few different spice notes, and a light fruitiness
Appearance: The pour is a mostly clear golden-orange color with a frothy, lacy white head
Flavor: The taste is big on spice, with some yeast/malt flavors as well as citrus and floral hops
Palate: The carbonation of this one is rather fizzy, it has a dry feel, and a medium body
Overall Impression: This is the first of the Saison Du Buff beers that I’ve gotten a chance to try, and I like it. It is some pretty good stuff. It’s overly fizzy to the point of actually taking away from the beer, but it is still quite nice despite that. I hope to get to try the other two, as I found this one to be pretty enjoyable. A nice combo offering from these 3 quality breweries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
(Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:Maniac) Floral herbal aroma with a light graininess. Slightly cloudy light straw golden well carbonated. Floral herbal flavor with a hint of grainy caramel behind. Finish is dry with some yeast phenolics coming through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2010
And this thus finishes the cycle. This is my final of the 3 saison du buff. This one pours a hazy golden color with a large foamy white head. I smell pine trees, bit of pepper, bit of mint, and some thyme. Taste is a bit sweet at first with the pine tree taste coming next. I finally taste a little mint and maybe a bit of pepper. This one doesn’t taste as spicy and peppery as the other two. I think i like this one the best due to this fact.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle sampled next to the other 2 BUFFs. pours similar to Stone’s, hazy golden big fluffy head. nose has honey, spices (all are there but rosemary seems the most noticible to me). flavors have sweet honey, spices, peppery yeast finish. this is a little more mellow and drinkable than Stone’s but still way too heavy on the spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2010
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is cloudy, dark urine with three fingers of fluffy white head; this brew also left a really nice show of lacing. Nose is hops, grass, lemons, yeast, and cellar; this is probably my favorite part of the beer. Taste is immediately sweet & bitter hops. Lemon, yeast, and grass (almost like a wit) then jump into the palate. This is finished by a very hoppy bitter finish that is infused with coriander. It is also a pretty highly carbonated beer with lots of little bubbles that tingle the tongue while sampling. This is a very strange brew which I am glad I got to try, but I am not crazy about it. I would enjoy this much more, but the finish kind of kills it for me with the bitter coriander/hop punch. All in all, still not a terrible brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2010
looks like cloudy golden apple juice with a large head fading to some generous lace. flavor is sharp with tropical fruits followed by a shot of alcohol. not very good at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2375) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Very large bright white head of fluffy bubbles and excellent carbonation. Leaves a thick sticky sheet of lacing and a rocky top. Citrusy aroma with some lemon, spices, fresh cut grass, some pineapple and a hint of cat urine. Color is a slightly hazy gold. Light and rather thin body with more fruit and plenty of zest. Pineapples and pears up front and a little bit of spice late swallow. Light alcohol presence. A pretty good and rather refreshing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Beautiful aroma of ginger and the spiciness of the herbs. Cola notes and light lemon. Flavors are wonderfully distinct, each herb leaves its own impression. Light yeast notes shine through as the beer warms. Always nice to experience unique beers that aren’t hop and malt bombs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - North courtesy of MaltDawg at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 09/18/2010. Clear golden body with a large frothy white head. Sweet spice, light rosemary and floral notes. Sweet rosemary and floral flavor with some spicy notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 8/3/8/3/15 - 3.7 Bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark on 08/26/2010. Somewhat hazy golden orange body with a medium fizzy white head. Big fruit and spice aroma, lots of citrus and rosemary. Big rosemary flavor, some citrus and lemon character with lots of fruit and spice. Medium body with high carbonation. 7/3/8/3/15 - 3.6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Nice clear light yellow color. Fizzy white foam rings the glass. Copious amounts of sticky lacing left behind. Very nice looking beer. Aroma is herbs & spices, with just a hint of yeasty funk but nothing overwhelming. Taste is much stronger - sage/thyme/rosemary herb flavors really come through. Maybe a bit too fizzy and overcarbonated, but still pleasant to drink. Tasty brew and something i’d most likely drink again.

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