RATINGS: 584   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 didnt 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4937) - 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 Id expect (well, maybe not from this brewery) and at first its 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) its supposed to be, but its drinkable enough and better I think as it warms. Id be interested to try the Victory and Stone versions, guess Ill be on the lookout now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bricks (1089) - 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 (122) - 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 (2577) - 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 (12565) - 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 (911) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Greg & Janes 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 youd expect an All Star.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
furthur (1110) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danfontaine (41) - - APR 27, 2016
Ar- hops and herbs dominate the nose, bright lemon and orange mix well with rosemary sage and a wispy floral component Ap- clear and golden with a big white head that lingers at the edges of the glass Fl- malt sweetness up front gives way to citrus notes, well balanced hop bitterness and a dry peppery finish. Hints of the herbs show up through Rosemary Mf- soft and coating, hint of alcohol, lacking a bit in carbonation, Ov- very nice beer. Wonderful nose, nice flavor, would love a bit more of the herbs and much more carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4693) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2016
On tap at PreFunk. Pours out a nice clear golden with soft creamy head, lazy carbonation. Slightly oily, creamy mouth feel, yeasty, grassy aroma and taste. Mild spice on the back on the finish leaves some tang lingering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
polo_marco (328) - milton, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2016
Very woody and herby in scent. Slightly foggy yellow color which is my favorite beer color for some weird reason. Starts off slightly malty then the rosemary and thyme come through beautifully with a Nice smooth spicy finish. Medium body with wonderful crisp carbonation that tingles throughout the whole profile. Love all 3 breweries great collaboration to push the boundaries of where beers can go. Nice work.

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