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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
tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, displaying a clear, golden hue, with a presentable layer of white, bubbly head foam, and spotty lacing. The nose was a touch of yeast that was quickly displaced by pronounced grass & greenery, herbs, resin, & spice. Piney rosemary, thyme, and lemongrass were keys, with only a hint of sage showing some herbal earthiness. Rather light bodied, with only moderate carbonation, the taste contributed some earthy & lingering bitterness. Basically, the whole essence of the style was blown out of the water by the Simon & Garfunkel theme, and would have appreciated a little more body and livelier effervescence as my initial review of the Stone rendition revealed. Must have been overwhelmed by the grouping of heavy hitters back then.

3.4
allmyvinyl (10613) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2016
Bottle, memory banks rate, thanks to jeevan. I think via San Diego Steve. Pours clear pale gold with a thin white head. Strong herbal aromas, parsley and rosemary stand out. Taste is bitter, very strong herbs, a bit too much for me.

4.2
rougeau13 (3011) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2016
Bottle. Slightly hazy, bright golden with a fluffy off-white head. Lacing is fairly thick. Aroma of citrus, herbs (I love rosemary), straw, Belgian yeast, and spice. Herbal, spicy, yeasty flavor; a little bitter. Medium bodied, smooth, a touch dry. Very nice.

3.8
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
Pours a bright golden yellow with fizzy head. Aromas of tropical fruits and some citrus peel. Funky orange/lemon peel flavors with a nice woody funk.

2.4
damzz (500) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2016
Pours light lager light yellow with a big white head that laces. Nose from the bottle was kerosene (!). Yeah, I know but if this is what these herbals do, try again. Or, it’s a funky saison yeast. In any event, it was strange and the nose continued in the glass. Taste was attenuated saison with herbs. The beer is dry as a saison should be. The after taste is lingering bitterness. At the end of the drink, the nose filled the Weihenstephaner weiss glass - nice since most beers don’t. I got used to the nose. Must be the 6.8% ABV :>). Last year I brewed seven saisons with various spices and different yeasts and none of them had a nose approaching this. 12 oz bottle Brewed on 2/18/16 More cans!

4
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Tap...spicy and dry with a earthy herbal presence this complex and funky elixir made me feel healthier just by drinking it. Great stuff.

3.8
EvanFriend (592) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2016
I’m pretty sure this is what I’m drinking and not the other two; it clearly comes in a Stone bottle, but the bottle says Dogfish Head first, and all the other stuff matches up. Pretty good beer. Very herbal, some sharp but not overpowering hop bitterness, faint rosemary aftertaste. Not your everyday saison to be sure.

3.5
Nicki0329 (12) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2016
Saison brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Pours clear, mild aroma, dry with unique spicy, lingering flavor.

3.6
Larry_Duffman (535) - - MAR 23, 2016
I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours golden with a nice white head and lacing. The aroma was herbal, earthy, and citrus. The taste was lemon, coriander, herbs, and hops. There was nice carbonation. The subtle sweetness was balanced nicely with the bitterness. This was tasty and refreshing.

3.9
jflopsu (1614) - 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.


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