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RATINGS: 471   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 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:

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Insanely aromatic, full of parsley and rosemary. The flavor is full of spices. It has an assertive punch of sharp rosemary accompanined by grass, citrus, yeast, and a slight funk. It has a sharp crisp finish. An interesting, unique brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours a classic hazy gold with a white head. Very herbal nose of noble hops, sage, rosemary and a fruity yeast character. Flavor has notes of pale grain, grass, hay, herbs, parsley, thyme, Only a light twinge of sweetness with plenty of noble hop bitterness. Pleasant without tasting too much like Thanksgiving stuffing (the herbs are subtle). Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1282) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2010
12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a somewhat hazy light gold color with a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention is very good, and thereís a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is citrusy hops (orange peel, tropical fruit), herbs, and some yeast. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy hops (orange and lemon peel), herbs, and a bit of grassy hops and tropical fruit. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, itís smooth and quite enjoyable to drink. I think itís a good overall brew, I might have to drink a bottle of the Stone version next to see how it compares to this one (although the Stone version isnít as fresh as the DFH one).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4315) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Pours pale gold into a tulip. Bright conglomerate white head with medium retention recedes leaving spot lacing to coat surface. Summer flower and spice with a hint of lemon aromas. Crisp with upfront sweet honey turning to rosemary in the lasting bitter saaz-like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 5, 2010
On tap at Dogfish Head, Falls Church. Hazy gold, white head. Aroma is super hoppy: white grapes and apricots. Flavor is hoppy grassy, light fruits, finishes with almost an oregano taste. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - SEP 5, 2010
Iím giving this beer a 3.7 because itís a well crafted brew, and deserves a good mark, but I did not enjoy this beer all that much, it just wasnít my thing. That being said, I went out and bought another one, because iím sure it will make a great marinade for a roast. Pours a off golden colour with a short lived head. The aroma reminds me of a properly seasoned roast cooking in the oven, it is a pungent aroma of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. The flavour starts out lemony, ends lemony, and all through out the middle is herbs. Think it would probably go along great with certain meals, like maybe some fried cod and chips or something, but by itself it was just too much of a departure from what I generally drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (785) - Queens, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle: pours clear golden amber with a white head, spicy and citrus aroma, the sage and rosemary dominate the spice flavors, very nice saison.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2010
When I opened it, wow was my first thought. Just a tremendous aroma of the spices but what really came to mind was rye bread. The pour was a yellowish with a big lacing frothy head. The taste was the spices and ultimately the rye bread. Great lingering after taste. I loved it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (961) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
On tap at city beer. Pours golden with slight orange. White head clings to the glass and collars the beer. Spices are overwhelming on the nose but blend nicely. Well rounded mouthfeel with yeast and coating. The thyme stands out from the other flavors and leaves a nice long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (1649) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2010
POurs clear gold with medium white head. Aroma is citrus, yeast, florals and spices. Taste is sweet and spicey on the the finish. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation makes this easy to drink. Solid.

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