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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:

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40836) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2012
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden yellow with a huge white head. Aroma is crisp hoppy, vegetable. Selery. Fruity, citric and light peachy. Crisp hoppy. Bitter and light yeasty into a medium dry finish. Overall fruity impression.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle at Alex. Hazy golden coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of spices and herbs with notes of celery and thyme. Fruity and perfumed flavour of spices and herbs with notes of rosemary and hops. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (23724) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2012
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Hazy golden, small head. Aroma of coriander and elderflower. Mid sweet with medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Some winegum and citrus. Mid bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a longlasting white head. Has a fruity spicy yeasty aroma with hints of citrus. Fruity spicy yeasty citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy citrus finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22400) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
2nd January 2011
Cloudy gold beer, thin white head. Complex array of fruits and herbs on the nose. Light and very dry palate. Sweet herbs and tart tangerine and orange. Minerals in the dry finish. Good stuff! DFH inventive as ever!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2010
bottle at musa ... light golden yellow ... thin white head ... soft light lemon ... light spice nose ... again little over fizz ... sweet lemon ... little hop .. little parsley ... light rosemary ... dont get thyme ... light dry linger

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21661) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Draft. Slightly hazy golden color, small fluffy white head, delicate lacing. Aroma of herbs, flowers, but also very slightly medicinal. Taste is white pepper and bitter, with some fruitiness in the middle. Didn’t try this one side by side with thr others, so its hard to compare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle from DeLaurenti in Pike Market, Seattle
Hazy deep blond color; medium sized head. Strong spicy aroma, rosemary and sage over the rest; surprisingly harmonious. Highly carbonated, spicy yeast presence, and strong herbal character too, rosemary and thyme; correct bitterness.
Undoubtedly well brewed, although I don’t share passion for this kind of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18714) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle in NYC. Pours hazy gold with a large, white foam head. Aroma holds lots of grass and herbs. Medium sweet flavour with good herbal bitterness of fresh grass, rosemary and thyme, some yeast, candi sugar, mild alcohol and lemon citrus. Medium to full in body with massaging, creamy carbonation. A bit of boozy warmth in the finish, with more herbal hops, toasted straw, mild bready sugars, some dry citrus. A very nice, strong saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
Bottleshare BBQ at Dave L’s, PA - 27/05/12. Clear pale gold with a creamy head. Sweet malt nose backed with herbs and citrus. Tastes follow nose with grain, earthy mild hops. Medium body quite high carbonation.

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