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RATINGS: 577   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:

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
icky09 (14) - - JUN 5, 2012
On draught 10 oz pour, enjoyable and not overwhelming. Interesting aromas, I suspect from the sage, rosemary and thyme.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (5899) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle from Capones, Pours hazy golden with medium head. Flavors are a sweet and candy malt, banana bread, clove, lemon rind and other peppery saison spice. Some weird vegetable notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (3181) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2016
Sampled from tap at Stone Garden Berlin. Rather clear golden color with white head. Aroma is spicy yeast, dough, black pepper, and some bananas, lemongrass. Taste is spicy, doughy, herbal-earthy, and with a bit of a peppery-boozy finish. Oily mouthfeel. Classic American Saison, it’s quite good, albeit on the spicy side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (787) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2016
Sehr kräftig und fett ausdefiniertes Saison der modernen Machart. Wild aber doch irgendwie rund,obwohl auch viele scharfe Kanten voller Kräuter und Hopfenschärfe anwesend sind. 0,15l/2,90€ Fass. STONE BREWERY BERLIN.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4830) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Sonoma Cellars in Delavan, WI, sampled at cellar temp from a Unibroue glass. Big pop when the cap is lifted and foam fills the glass, receding ever-so-slowly and leaving thick chunks on the sides above a cloudy light gold body...herbal-spicy aroma is sweeter than I’d expect (well, maybe not from this brewery) and at first it’s sort of a morass of herbs, but eventually I can certainly pick out the sage and rosemary, and I think a sort of raisiny character as well...thankfully not quite as sweet on the tongue as the nose promised, with spices fairly well integrated into the pale malty body; little bitterness...body is just a bit on the thin/watery side, carbonation tingly and just enough. This is a bit too sweet for what (I think) it’s supposed to be, but it’s drinkable enough and better I think as it warms. I’d be interested to try the Victory and Stone versions, guess I’ll be on the lookout now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricks (991) - Delaware, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Appearance is decent.. golden almost neon yellow, nice foamy head. Nice aroma.. citrus, floral, spices, very summery. Taste is great.. this is the epitome of a great summer craft beer. Love it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chadski (77) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Kind've a weak pour but nice herbal, spicy aromas. Initial spiciness art first taste whichb then flattens out a bit too much. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (2376) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Bottle poured side by side with the other producers pour light gold with thin white head. Nose crystal malt, sage and thyme. Taste sweeter up front, less herbal than when fresh (4 year old) . Some sage and rosemary. Still a nice beer. Survived the best of the 3.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11609) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Sample at Daily Growler Powell. Hazy bright golden color with a medium thick fluffy white head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of citrus, yeast and spice. Medium body with flavors of herbal yeast, citrus, malt and hops. The finish is floral yeast and fruit. Above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfontana (722) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Greg & Jane’s Beer and Wine. Aroma is restrained fruity esters, Belgian yeast, mild bubblegum, mild citrus. Appearance is hazy yellow with attractive sparkle, finger-width fizzy white head with poor retention and no lacing. Taste is as aroma with a spicy pepperiness as well. Palate is medium bodied with thin texture and lively, stinging carbonation that overwhelms the taste experience (best to let it sit a bit); dry, crisp lightly bitter finish. Overall, this is OK but with the mega-cast of characters brewing this you’d expect an All Star.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
furthur (920) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 27, 2016
Bottle, medium amber, thin white head. Aroma malt, garbage, light fruit. Taste is malt, sprucy, minty hops, sage, . Palate is light, carbonation fairly bright.

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