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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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:

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, - NOV 12, 2012
Light coloured with some retained head, and leaving a lace trail. Aroma is very good, the sage leads the nose, and there is White pepper and a blend of other spices and nices. Medium mouthfeel, its a palate tingler, but it goes down well, leading to...good drinkability. A new age saison, I may have liked this version the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5103) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body under a one inch frothy white head. The nose is very herbal and spicy with mostly sage and rosemary over a light pale malt base. Just a light hint of yeastiness. The flavor is an interesting mixture of kitchen spices, I get a fair amount of sage, thyme, and parsley. The dominant spice seems to change with each sip. Not sure Iím really 100% into this one, but it sure is interesting. Light malt and yeastiness later on towards the finish. Light bodied and soft with gentle carbonation. Interesting beer, I think Iíd give the other two versions a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (1580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Unique taste, and I canít separate the four spices...but the combination is tasty! Cloudy with solid body. Should be available again!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tonypreto (127) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a hazy yellow orange gold with almost no head. The no head is literally the only weak trait of this beer. It is well balanced and compkexed. Earthy and herby but yet light. Would suggest to anyone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigtaster (591) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Very cloudy yellow orange color,white frothy head. Sweet oranges, tangerine, lemon, wheat. Soft carbonation, sweet off the start with peach, banana, sage rally comes through, rosemary there also, little to no bitterness. This is very smooth, slightly sweet and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lemke10 (826) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2014
This pours a light, murky yellow color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is unique with hints of the sage and thyme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (2905) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle - Pours lightly hazy golden with a filmy white head. Nose is herbal--I donít know if I get parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme--more cardamom. It doesnít get into perfume territory, and the malt is dry and crackery. Taste is roughly the same, though there is a bit more sweetness and a bitter finish. Soft and fluffy in the mouth. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Handypaul (257) - - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a nice white somewhat lasting frothy head that leaves no lace. Aroma of fresh sage, lemon and parsley. Itís like drinking a fresh garden salad with overtones of malt. Quite different than the usual and nicely refreshing. A bit too much carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chucklemation (566) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Pours a yellow color with a foamy white head. Aroma is lemon and spices, such as Rosemary, thyme, and parsley. Flavor is the same. Comes off sweet and lightly bitter. Much better than I imagined. I enjoyed this very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
maley1 (807) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
Cloudy yellow pour with small white head. Aroma of citrus, pepper, herbal notes, hops. Taste of citrus, peppery dryness, herbal notes and hops. Light bodied, higher carbonation, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 6/10/2014. Pours fairly hazy deep golden color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spicing, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/herbal spice flavors on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, white grape, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, grass, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spicing, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent herbal spiced saison. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spicing, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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