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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle at Flying Saucer Raleigh. Pours a hazy gold with full head. Nose is strongly of basil and sage. Notes of rosemary/pine come out strongly as well. Very pleasant nose. Perhaps white pepper as well. On taste, full of herbal notes. I much prefer this one to the Stone version. Spicy and piny with a strong basil element. Finishes bone dry. Excellent saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
QuezXLV (398) - Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Golden cloudy color and a bog frothy head like the waves from the ocean. Aroma is floral and grassy. The carbonation is fizzy with a light-medium body. The taste is bitter and kind of sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3009) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Fireworks.
Aroma: All of the herbs come through a lot more than the Stone version, the sage and rosemary especially.
Appearance: It pours a pale yellow color with just a touch of green. It has a foamy, white head.
Taste: The flavor seems to match up with the nose. Expect lots of rosemary, sage, and thyme, with the parsley adding a nice "green" note to. The rosemary is the dominant flavor here, but you get a nice light citrus note as well. Overall it seems to work well. The hops aren’t as forward as they are with the Stone.
Palate: Light in body with softer than average carbonation leading to a vibrant, herbal finish.
Overall: More in your face than the Stone and that’s not surprising coming from the folks at DFH. Similar yet different enough to provide for a slightly different experience. Definitely tasty and worth getting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1137) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Pours a hazy straw color with thin white head. Aroma is very herbaceous with all notes of the herbs coming through with an emphasis on the rosemary. Strangely, it works very well, it lends to a bright, perfumey, aroma and taste. Clean and citrusy hops are showing through the herbs, light malt backbone to balance it out. All and all, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a crisp golden color with a whispy white head. Aroma is very fragrant and perfume-like - herbaceous, with lemon bitterness. Taste is lemon, herbs, some belgian spice and light bitterness. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10399) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Bottle. Poured clear yellow color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate herbs, citrus and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy spice sweet flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a friend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Surprise, this beer rules! Pours bright golden with generous white head. Nose shows some grassy hops, citrus, lemongrass, and a great blend of herbs that tastes like all and none of them. Bright and fun. I think I liked this particularly with the herbed baked chicken with which it was paired. I wish more American saisons would be a little more brave like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Pours a golden straw color with an average sized white head. As I lean my nose to the glass I am taken aback. Damn it’s exploding with herbs and spices, like everything in the spice cabinet was dropped in. This thing is loaded with parsley, oregano, sage, rosemary, lemon peel, citrus, and a few other spices I would probably recognize if I cooked. It kind of reminds me of pizza since the dominant aromas stem from parsley and oregano. This is one of those beers you are too busy smelling and forget to start sipping. As with the nose, the taste is also a compilation of the same spices and herbs. Additionally, heavy on the peppery yeast and lemon zest. For me, the spice party is a little overcrowded. The taste begins to remind me of vegetables. Thankfully, as you swallow the spiciness turns to a more hoppy bitter. This beer is very effervescent. The carbonation smacks your mouth around and disrupts some of the herbal tones. All and all, I enjoyed the uniqueness of this beer, definitely worth a try for its exciting on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHopster (784) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Bottle) SUDS club pick from Stoudtragious a/k/a Quez XVC, just in time for summer’s end. A weird kind of the saison with the herbs. Floral with hop aroma. Sour, hoppy and herbal flavors. Very unique and original, flavorful & well done. But, I wish these brewers put their combined efforts into an Oktoberfest release or Harvest Ale. Would a Christmas Stout be asking too much?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2010
The massive herbal notes of rosemary and tyme are very evident in this brew. Not all that good imo, but interesting. I do love collaborations, but this one seems to be a little dissappointing. Good, easy drinking, but just to hard on the rosemary...

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