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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jflopsu (1527) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Pours a pale gold with a light white head. A sweet citrus, pine, wheat, yeast, and spices. A sweet citrus hop, fruit, and pine taste with heavy wheat, yeast and grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
commonmac (1177) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2016
12 oz bottle picked up at Elevated for March Madness consumption. Commonshawn and samadouche in the house. Much debate on which version we should rate but settled on this variety based on order of brewery collaborators and ABV. Light golden appearance with hints of orange. Good froth with quick dissipation. Aroma of herbs dominate the nose with an earthy/grassy quality. Taste has all the elements of a traditional saison with coriander and spices coming to the forefront. Little bit of citrus and grassy characteristic. Mouthfeel has a good tangy bite to it. Feels like a very professional effort. Kind of like they put too many herbs into the equation and the end result is strange. Ill probably rebuff the opportunity to try this more than once.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
commonshawn (1174) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2016
12oz bottle from elevated with commonmac during March madness. Dark gold with small white head. Weird smell of beef stick. Must be the herbs. Oily and bitter. Atypical beer herbs throughout. Felt like I was drinking a roast. Pretty bitter for a saison. Kinda weird. Didnt really like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Barreras (1685) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Pours a golden yellow color with a light lemon peel aroma. Taste is lightly grassy, with a sage aftertaste. Easy drinking and dry after the swallow. Some hay and citrus flavor throughout. A little underwhelming in complexity but refreshing nonetheless.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (4759) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2016
12 oz 2012 bottle served in a lager glass. Pours a yellow-gold color, lightly hazy, and with a huge creamy white head that goes over the top of the glass despite a rather gentle half-pour. Appears to have very fine, natural carbonation. Aroma: funky, yeasty, hoppy, grassy, herbal aroma. Taste is similar but even more herbal. with traces of the herb additives. Lightly tart; neither sweet nor bitter. O: very interesting and very herbal, but refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (5864) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2015
12 oz bottle at home. Hazy golden with big white head. Aroma herby, thyme, sage, some sweet pale malts and yeast. Taste is herby, thyme, rosemary, faint sage, light yeast and sweet malt. Odd but drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (4352) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden beer with a big white head on top. Aroma is very herbal, rosemary, bay leaf, coriander and sweet lemongrass. Some light peppery notes in there as well. Flavor is moderately sweet, well drinkable and again herbal. Loads of green herbs in the flavor, not overpowering but just suiting the beer quite nice. Well, quite heavily carbonated, very sparkling and very crisp. Aftertaste is sweet and medium short. Nice one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rjplumer (1047) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2015
A grass floral herb aroma. Has a fresh herbal garden sensation. Hazy yellow amber body. Silky white head is bountiful and thick. The suds cling to glass. Has a tart lemon garden taste. Like drinking an herbal garden. I do like but not crazy about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alassio (96) - USA - NOV 11, 2015
Had this on tap at a casual bar in Madison after getting a Rogue Dead Man that was flat and off. Asked for the Victory Saison as an alternate, and what a brillant storming success this beer is. Subtle hops layers but all this fruit and spice just delighting, up and down. A fresh, vibrant, taste bomb - - a full pint, and from beginning to end a joybunny. Really well conceived - - saisons can be lawnmower beers when done half-a@@ed, but this one hits top notes up and down. A really inspired, zoomy, fruity, hop-tinged, spicy pretty thing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skatanarchy (212) - - NOV 10, 2015
도그피쉬헤드-& - 세종 뒤 버프 6.8% ABV 세개 브루어리의 합작 겨울 시즈널 맥주. 이것이 맥주의 미래일까. 세이지의 강한 향과 맛, 파슬리의 씁쓸하고 비릿한 풀내가 가실무렵 로즈마리, 타임의 향이 비강을 세차게 돌며 잔을 기울이고 기울이는 사이 콧속 비강, 목구멍 깊은 곳 까지 숨쉴 때 마다 화한기운이 돌며 입안가득 민트, 허브계열의 아로마로 가득하다. 이 맥주는 거의 미각보다는 후각에 치우친 맥주라고 해도 될텐데, 언뜻봐서 미스매치일듯&# 과감히 사용하여 양조했다. 버프 얼라이언스는 Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor 의 약자로, 세 브루어리 오너들이 새로운 영역에 맥주를 개척하고자 하는 콜라보레이션 프로젝트이다.

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