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RATINGS: 546   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 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maddog (478) - 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 (972) - 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 (10199) - 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 didnít like the idea of over hopping a saison but itís truly not as bad as I rated it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2832) - 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 donít 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 (1647) - 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 (5231) - 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 Normís in Vienna, Virginia on 04-October-2010, sampled in Newport News, Virginia on 13-October-2010.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2010
12 oz. bottle from The Lackman. Pours a cloudy golden color with a big, foamy eggshell white colored head. Aroma of herbal and floral hops, perfume, peppery spice, lemon citrus, yeast, and pineapple. Flavor of herbal hops, floral notes, honey, lemon citrus, clove, pepper, and ginger. Light-bodied, with high carbonation and a floral mouthfeel. I had this back-to-back with the Victory-produced Saison du BUFF and this was the lesser of the two. I also liked the Stone one more when I had it, though this is still really nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy light to medium yellow, unfiltered. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit), with notes of lavender, rosemary, scented soap, lemon zest. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Itís instantly obvious that this is the best of the three versions (although Iím not a fan of any of these brewers, as I find them to be kind of like the Olive Garden, Chiliís, and Cheesecake Factory of brewers...they offer better product than McDonaldís and please the masses but theyíre very cookie-cutter and commercial, focused on ingredient quantity over quality and being much more concerned with the business side than the craft/artistic side). Right out of the gate itís apparent that both the herbs and green hops were used more judiciously than the other two. The herbs are still overdone, mind you, but not as egregiously. And like Victoryís, itís not as sweet as Stoneís. Itís also the only one of the three thatís completely unfiltered (perhaps even bottle conditioned; as thereís a fair bit of sediment in the bottle). Ultimately this is just a bad recipe that no brewer could make something truly great from, but DFH clearly made lemonade out of lemons instead of just squashing the fruit in your face.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (573) - 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
Pootzís 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.

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