Dogfish Head / Victory / Stone Saison du BUFF

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RATINGS: 589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
beer-yum (1866) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2017
Funky floral aroma in a light gold pour. A surprisingly full sweet and spicy body is followed by a surprisingly zesty finish. A decidedly big beer - too big (for the style) maybe?

3.5
fidelis83 (2498) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2017
Hazy pale gold with a one finger bright white head and a high effervescence. Aroma is sage, rosemary, mint, thyme, cereal, a bit of bread, citrus, white peaches. Flavor is sweet pale caramel, wheat, toast, lots of rosemary, light sage, some thyme, hints of cereal, and some earthy and floral hops. Medium body, slightly syrupy, medium, sharp carbonation. Good stuff overall, I’d say it’s a solid Saison, with some odd, but bearable, kinda tasty spice additions.

3.1
jmohno (1652) - Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2017
Light gold almost lager like. Heady. Aroma is off beefjerky with saison barnyard leather and Bottled 6 mo ago. On sale for 5$ a 4 pack. Has some lemon and orange flavors with the herbal and beefjerky. Lot of citrus and saison spices and a bit of funk. Ill admit the herbs used sounded gross, its mainly in aroma it seems. Not bad for a style I dont go for but its off.

3.5
shobramberg (27) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 30, 2017
Saison du Buff pours a transparent cobalt yellow with a white, creamy head. Upfront aromatics include herbs and spices with sweeter, subtler melon notes at the end. It has a medium mouthfeel and semi-metallic lingering finish. The dry taste is reeled in by the herbs and spices. True to saison form, it’s a funky beer deserving of a pour whenever the collaboration comes about.

3.3
Dorkenstein (564) - - JUL 8, 2017
Barnyard funk aromas with orange zest and lemon lime too. Taste is similar to aromas with a touch of sweet malt.

4.5
balloonbuffoon (533) - - JUN 20, 2017
12floz single bottle, no freshness date present, paid about $3, and poured contents into a tulip glass. Body is yellow and sparkling that keeps a constant frothing head. Very nice aroma of lemon, herbs (rosemary and parsley most prominent), and mild cheesy funk. I really cannot think of anything to overly critique, other than it is just excellent. Yet it is not the ultimate ale. Light bodied considering the alcohol content, very versatile for whatever the moment. Herbs take center stage, which are properly supported by a grassy graininess. This beer pleases me.

4.1
vincentvega72 (854) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2017
Goudgeel, licht troebel bier met fijne witte schuimkraag. Kruidig aroma (salie, rozemarijn, lichte eucalyptus). Deze gedronken bij 30° en dan smaakt deze zeer verfrissend. Citrus, beetje menthol, en vooral rozemarijn verweven met een saison-smaak. Lange licht droge afdronk die goed blijft hangen. Doet mij wel ergens denken aan de Tre Fontane trappist. Mooi bier.

3.5
trapped (3484) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 4, 2017
Draught. Clear pale yellow with very small frothy white head, faint spicy aroma (sage), medium carbonation, malty taste with vanilla and sage, smooth body, medium malty finish. Nicely spicy saison.

4.3
Dacrza (1024) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2017
DATE: June 4, 2017... OCCASION: Cavs/Warriors Game Two... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde tulip... an insane, swirling storm of bubbles set astir within a golden glass... the snow white head stands prominently, a symmetrical three fingers of sponge that tables into a mesa--this beer looks ready to drink... first whiff is strong herbs: rosemary and thyme are most notable... honey, vanilla, parsley, yeasts, and some earthy malts make for a promising experience... halfway through the glass, a clean drain--balanced, active and extremely drinkable at 6.8% ABV... the Scarborough Fair foursome makes this a festival of flavor, with secondary funk and soft medicinal undertones actually compliment the honeyed sweetness... a beer that could easily lose its four-pack in a sitting, as with the unique aromas and flavors ot usually associated with a saison, much less a beer in general...could these three brewers create something less?

2.8
wombat23 (1665) - Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Clear straw, white head. Intense herbal aroma. Taste has very concentrated herbal flavors, with rosemary, thyme, sage and even parsley noticeable. There are some faint saison characteristics getting through, but the herb flavors are incredibly overpowering, and not necessarily in a good way.


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