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RATINGS: 575   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5784) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Clean yellow pour with creamy white head and lace. Floral hops, zesty orange, and perfume. Perfume, Belgian yeast, dry bitter finish, hint of gas? Thin and fizzy odd beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Sampled on draft at the Rivertowne Pub this beer poured a yellow-golden color with a huge foamy white head that lingered and produced good lacing. The aroma was spicy, yeasty and citric with underlying oregano. The flavor was dry and spicy with notes of oregano, pepper, yeast and citrus. The finish was long and dry with notes of pepper, must and oregano. Medium body. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1904) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 15, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Tully’s in Wells, Maine. Pours a clear golden color with a foamy white head. Fairly strong herbal aroma, with a background scent of citrus hops. Light to medium bodied palate with a sharp crispness. Average carbonation. Somewhat fruit like flavor interspersed with all the herbs that are in this brew. Also, some very light pepper. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is of lemon, citrus, coriander, and spices. The spices come out more on the flavor then the aroma. Decent blend with the lemon and yeast. Alcohol isn’t too prominent but still present. Overall pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2010
12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy pale golden body with an immense offwhite head that leaves some grainy lacing. Aroma is herbal, with sage and rosemary dominating. Medium body and carbonation with a distinct yeasty chalkiness. Taste is dry and herbal. Sage and rosemary again take the lead. Hint of green apple fruitiness and some grassy hops. Pretty decent saison but the herbs are a bit overwrought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours a bright golden color with a big white foamy head. Head stays throughout and lots of bubble stream up the center. Nose is peppery, spicy, leafy herbs. Palate is full and has a nice rich texture. Flavor is spicy with pepper up front, a light sweet note that is quickly overcome by the dry spiciness. Tongue is attacked and beaten with peppery dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (2122) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Hazy yellow with huge snowy white head. Aroma is perfumey and rosy with pear esters. Taste is gingery with lemon with green apple peel. Very interesting. $3/12oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Hmmm. Actually not bad, once you realize what you are drinking. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of huge spice notes, primarily rosemary and sage, along with some hoppy citrus. Some nice fruity yeast comes out as it warms up. Flavor is somewhat fruity cut with the bitterness of one of the spices, followed by the rest of the spices coming out. Wish I could be more specific, but I can’t really identify these spices for what they are, in a beer. Not bad, Now of course I have to try the other 2 from Stone and Victory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
12 oz bottle. Had on of the other Du Buffs and really did not like the spice concoction that they brewed, thought this would be better but its just not my cup-o-tea. Poured nice bronze color some head. Scents of parsley and sage. Taste is good at first but the finish and aftertaste just left a bad taste in my mouth. This was a strange brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2010
bottle. Pours cloudy gold with giant white head. Rosemary dominates the aroma, with some parsley and thyme notes. Flavor reveals an initial attack of the herbs, sharp and spicy, which gradually reduces to a doughy, bready flavor, although a residual flavor of the herbs in present on the finish. As the beer warms the dough aspect becomes more prominent, and I find it to be more prominent than the victory / stone releases.

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