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RATINGS: 593   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
vyvvy (6478) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2017
It pours clear golden with a white head. The aroma has all kind of spices and herbs, and there’s a bit of breadiness and a French Saison slant. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. This definitely have more spice/herb than saison, but it’s still pleasant. The spicing is savory and gentle and there is nice pale malt balancing and a touch of fruity bite on the finish. Pretty nice.

4
gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Bright yellow gold color. Small foamy white head. Big herbal nose. First sip has light grainy malt and herbs. Notes of rosemary, sage and thyme (in that order). Sorry parsley, didn’t pick you up. This is very refreshing and drinkable. Just the right amount of herbal influence creates a uniquely flavored Saison. Some tart yeastiness in finish provides a hint of funk. A nice effort from the BUFF boys!

3.8
ttoadee (1491) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2017
Clear medium gold pour, finger of pure white head . Nose is herbs and yeast. Middle is creamy malt, hints of rosemary, sage and fresh cut grass. Finish is bittersweet and even. Look forward to this with pork chops.

3.6
jsporrer (1028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, Rosemary, and Thyme... Brings back fond memories of Simon & Garfunkel. Pours a clear pale yellow with a thin white head, medium carbonation and some lacing. Pleasant flowery herbal aroma. Crisp, clean, and lightly tart. Nice full mouth feel. Smooth clean finish with a lightly sweet herbal aftertaste. Not harsh or bitter. The herbs are not too earthy but light and refreshing. Very enjoyable.

3.7
TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 19, 2017
First beer of the day on arrival at Stone Berlin. Pours cloudy Golden with a White head. Lovely herbal aroma and a fresh flavoured saison yeastiness. A bit of lemon and a bit of sweetness. Odd, inventive and quite good.

4
voyageurmike (437) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2016
Bottle from Liquor Barn, poured in sampler. Citrus and spice nose, orange yellow clear with big white head. Spicy hops taste and medium body. Bittersweet hops finish.

2.9
PhillyCraft (7230) - 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.

3.4
SinH4 (4796) - 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.

4.2
ALIBALI (2122) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2017 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. Again: 8/3/8/4/18 Parfüm, Kräuterhexe & The Mighty Wineyness. Feinkieferig und grünpfeffrig??? ..AND AGAIN : GROWLER POWER :) ...:8/3/8/4/18 Bretty, spicey und mit einer üppigen WhiteWineDryness, ink. LimettenRefreshung. Classic Stuff in Formvollendung, nicht mehr ??

3.4
muzzlehatch (4959) - 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.


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