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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2010
12 oz Bottle @ Rehoboth Brewpub-Hazy yellow pour w/a moderate white head. Strong herbal aroma, they can call it what they want, but it smelled like Pot to me! Very similar to the Stone version, but I felt the herbal qualities were more like a pot flavor/smell than anything else. Pretty dry, this was ok, but nothing special. Long herbal finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at Marios Fuckin Party Hat Too Far tasting.
Slightly hazy lemon yellow with a good white head. Lovely lemony hop aroma with a hint of sage. Interesting stuff in the mouth. The herbs work well actually. I was expecting not to like this but I do. A really tasty and refreshing saison that is very true to style with a load extra of the usual spicy character. Much more delicate and balanced than I was expecting too. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Sampled next to the victory version. This one stood out with a strong lemon zest and parsley aroma with touches of thyme. Same hazy yellow color and pleasant easy drinking complex taste that layers bitter sweet and a suggest savoriness so well. Really enjoyed, must buy a bottle of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, golden colored body with a big, two finger-width, rocky, white head that collapses slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is a light-medium malt sweetness with some biscuit, spicy yeast, soft rosemary and sage spices, banana esters, florals and perfume, grassy citrus, and some herbal tea. Flavor is similar with more of a lemony grass sticking out. Lots of spicy yeast and herbal spice mix with some perfumey florals and a light honey. Some more lightly sweetened, biscuity malts before this finishes spicy, yeasty, lemon-grassy, and a bit minty. Completely dries with a touch of malt sweetness accompanying a lighter bitterness. Light, soft, smooth body with a higher, lively carbonation. Overall, a nice saison. Spicy, floral, and lemon-grassy with a light sweetness to balance. Drinks easily and cleanly. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (486) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2010
An extremely fresh, tasty and refreshing beer. The aroma is very fresh, grassy full of herbs. The pour is pretty bland with some yeasty cloudiness and the flavors are herbacious, grassy, spicy and delicious. I could drink a whole lot of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monkeychugg55 (990) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Pours a cloudy yellow with small rapid bubbles flowing to a thick, foamy head. The aroma is banana, thyme, peppermint, and some light citrus. The flavor is nice. Clean start with sweet malt that fades into yeast, herbs, lemongrass, mint, and noble hop bitterness. Soft, frothy mouthfeel, with prickly carbonation. All in all; not your typical saison, but decent and satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
adnielsen (10308) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2011 Bottle @ home. Light yellow-orange body with a medium off-white head. Huge floral, lightly piney, slightly soapy hoppy, light belgian yeasty, lemon aroma. Floral, lemon, belgian yeasty flavor with a tangy, soapy finish. The first time I had this series, I really didn’t like the idea of over hopping a saison but it’s truly not as bad as I rated it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2896) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Pours out a cloudy straw.orange color with a nice two finger, slightly off white head. Aroma is of some nice spices, pine, parsley and slight citrus. Taste is spices similar to the aroma, some herbal notes, light malts, and some pepper. Solid version, but the spices don’t come thorough as much as in the Stone version. Still solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JDBaker11058 (1689) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Appearance: light cloudy gold with a one-finger white head that shrinks to a thick collar; lots of rich lacing. Aroma: like an herb garden; very fresh, earthy, spicy, with some cloves and pepper in there; like springtime. Taste: blast of herbs overpowers the tastebuds immediately; some smooth saison funk follows, then a moderate bitterness. Finish: lingering, slightly bitter and herbal; some yeasty crackers. Notes: Better sipped than gulped. Flavor very reminiscent of the BFM La Meule, but with that saison funk added to the mix. Another Dogfish Head beer I think is very interesting, but not awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5315) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Clear golden yellow coloured body with a dense soapy white head that leaves a fairly ugly lace and a trillion small bubbles rising from the bottom and sides of the glass. Aroma of hay, grass, caster sugar, coriander seed, white pepper and a touch of curacao. Medium-bodied; Very spicey flavour of herbs, grass, hay and a lot of yeast tucked in. Aftertaste is dry and herbal showing a lot of low a.a. hops as well. Overall, a nice saison and a pretty cool idea - on to hopefully sample the other two though. This was a good beer for the style and well worth sampling. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 04-October-2010, sampled in Newport News, Virginia on 13-October-2010.

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