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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (532) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Hazy rich honey color. Aroma is sweet, herbal with some mead. Taste is smooth, grassy, rosemary, vanilla. Creamy, lightly bitter finish. Unique flavor, pretty tarty. M.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrP00tz (17) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Pootz’s Log; Star Date: Beer 30. That was fun, Pootz is a fan of all things Star Trek. Pootz, however, is not a fan of this beer. First things first, Pootz had a hella-hard time picking which of the THREE identical beers he had purchased, and as is often the case, chosen to consume. Secondly, Pootz has always associated the word "buff" with things of "strength" and "mass". Buff men are men of strength and mas so it should follow that all things buff are of strength and mass. Oh how Pootz was (is) disappointed, for you see Pootz had expected a buff beer to be a beer of strength. Alcoholic strength! And as Pootz has previously mentioned, in previously recorded opinions of beers, he is a fan of alcohol. So once Pootz got past the fact that this beer contains a meager amount of alcohol he began to attempt to legitimately appreciate it for what it was and was met with a realization so crushing it was matched only by the revelation that said beer contained so little precious alcohol. That said beer was disappointing in every regard, alcohol content included.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottw86 (1139) - Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Poured a hazy yellow/orange with a large stable white head. Lots of vegetables in the aroma with lemon and grapefruit. Taste is quite grassy with lots of vegetables and hops. Finish has a very earthy hoppy thing going on. Different from the other two Saison du Buffs. This might be my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strap (520) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - OCT 7, 2010
pours golden with light head. can really taste the herbs in here, with the rosemary and thyme being particularly noticeable. slightly sweet. a bit citrusy and tangy. not bad for what i consider a novelty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a medium sized softly beiged white head. Sweet lemongrass, sage, zesty lemon peel on the nose. Medium bodied, big carbonation. Zesty and musky right away, bitter pithy lemon peel. Finishes with some tangy musk and a nice dry bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours golden with medium white head. Aroma is rosemary forward with notes of sage and sweet malty notes in the background. The spices are slightly muted in the flavor, which is sweet maltiness and finishes with notes of sage, rosemary, and thyme. Effervescent mouthfeel that finishes mostly clean, but leaves a slight spicy aftertaste. This one has been my least favorite of the three varieties, but not by much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5184) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Decided to try this after a good experience with the Victory version - it looks pretty dang great, but the nose first hits you with overpowering sage - since the Stone version was pretty much ruined by this herb, this does not bode well for this beer - however, some of the malt and earthy yeast profile manages to push its way through, as well as a bit tangerine tanginess - flavor is dry and somewhat flinty - crackery malts - bitterness from the hops, and especially the herbs is rather high, a bit too much so - somewhat abrasive herbal profile that crushes the nuance the yeast provides that made the Victory version so good - better than the Stone version, but still kind of soapy - lingering soapy bitterness - not as bad as the Stone version, but nowhere near the balance and tastiness of the version Victory made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a lightly hazy soft orange with a giant fluffy white head. Aroma is much like the others of course, sweet honey, very perfumey and spicy, floral with a light citric hoppiness. Flavor is even sweeter with the honey and candied fruit notes. Again very spicy and floral essentially overwhelmingly so. Finishes smooth with a touch of bitterness, ginger a even a hint of metallic and grain. Medium sticky body and a super sharp carbonation. Not bad, not my favorite of the three, but fun to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
A nice golden body with a quickly fading white head. Aroma had a nice herbal note to it along with a mild yeast presence. There was also a subtle almost honey-like sweetness to it, but only a light barnyard note. Flavor was well balanced, the herbal note was a little more mild then what i got from the aroma and the yeast was a little more noticeable. Malts were mainly light bread notes and some sweetness. Finish was smooth and light and the carbonation was modest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
natejgood (404) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Pours a clear white golden with an enormous white head. Smells fairly strongly of grass, rosemary and other herbs. The flavor is also fairly strong herbs. The rosemary may be the strongest, but it ’s hard to say. The flavor is interesting, but not great. The aroma is probably the best part of this beer. I imagine you might be able to pair this with some food and it would be pretty awesome.

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