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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3686) - 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...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamsonAle (13) - Novelty, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2010
Golden yellow color with a loud aroma much there as far as spices and hops go. Very light, for Dogfish, summery beer with a light white head. The garden spices are very noticeable and I donít say that in a bad way. Itís a unique and enjoyable summer brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (2394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2010
For whatever reason, collaboration brews tend to be gimmicky and by and large not worth the glass they are bottled in. Upon judging the pale orange color of this stuff and messy head of large bubbles, I figured I was pretty much right. The nose brought me around. The herbs used are actually surprising well blended w/ the hops (or perhaps they happen to smell surprisingly like hops when used in beer) w/ bright citrus hoppy notes delicately balanced w/ a minty herbal note. It sounds kind of strange. OK, it is kind of strange but itís good. The flavor though is kind of grassy, dry and overly bitter. Carbonation too is a bit vigorous and grainy feeling and hides what would otherwise be some really nice fruity tones from the yeast. The overall effect is a drinkable beer w/ a wonderful nose and disappointing flavor. I suppose collaboration is not all bad but this definitely proves it is not all good either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1318) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pale yellow pour with a clean, foamy white head. Aroma of soap, horseblanket, and clove. The flavor is surprisingly drinkable and not at all bitter yet there is a grassy flavor that adds some depth. I donít detect any of the parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme, however the combination may be what I detected as "clove" in the aroma and "grassy" in the flavor. Overall, this is a very nice effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2010
12 ounce bottle from the Orland Park, IL, Binnyís: It pours a clear yellow body with a creamy white head, provided slippery gobs of "lace." The aroma is like an herbal tea with a splash of honey in it. The flavor is well balanced between a pale malty sweetness, a light lemon tang, and an herbal bitterness. The finish leaves an earthy, herbal bitterness on the tongue. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7137) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Dogfish head bottle. Pours clear yellow gold with big white head. Nose of banana, lemon, sage and rosemary. Taste of rosemary, sage, spice, banana, clove and lemon zest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalsk (1017) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Pours a pale golden color with a thick white foam head. Has the traditionally aroma of lemon zest and funk, then toss in the aroma of rosemary, thyme, and other spices. Has a bitter, lemony citrus taste up front. Nice carbonation level. Dry citrus finish with heavy rosemary and thyme sprice notes throughout. Not sure if this beer is growing on me, or the fermentation process is just a bit different at the DFH brewery, but I will rate this a point or two higher than the Stone version. Still not a huge fan of the spices used.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (1794) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Tasted from bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours a clear pale golden color with a minimal white head that still displays good retention. Nose is Belgian yeast with some candi sugar and a strong herbal aroma as well. The flavor is more of the same with a good amount of sweetness and very strong green and herbal flavors. Body is medium with active carbonation and a long herbal finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (1191) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours a bubbly golden with an inch of foamy head. Aroma of dirt, herbs, and pine. Interesting flavor... herby, with a slight fruitiness in the middle, followed by a drying nuttiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of spices, yeast, sage, rosemary, thyme, herbs, light hops, light fruit, slight grass, and vegetable garden. Poured yellow/gold in color with a large, loose, slightly off-white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Slightly cloudy. Sparkling. Many small particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of herbs, yeast, spice, rosemary, thyme, sage, hops, slight fruit, and some grain. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Spice, herb, hops, yeast, rosemary, thyme, and sage finish is dry.

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