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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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3.8
blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2011
bottle, from Fratto, yellow colored pour with aroma of celery seed and italian herbs, flavor is much the same with an herbal , summer harvest taste

3.5
OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2011
From 11/21. @ Tylers apex. Good aroma. Sweet, spice. Citrus, orange, banana, little clove. Tad hazed golden orange color. Good head, spotty lace. Sweet flavor. Lite body, creamy mouthfeel, dry bitter finish. Good, though flavor seemed to dull as warmed. Looked good in glass.

3.2
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle from the internet. Golden yellow pour with a white head. Aroma is pepper, lemon, herbs, and thyme. Taste is zest, some herbal spiciness, and more lemon.

4
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2011
12oz bottle - thanks to Fratto. Glad to get the chance to taste this unique brew. A bit darker than the Victory version with lots more head retention. Aroma is much more herb forward, slight hoppiness. Slightly bitter and very spicy. I liked this only slightly less than Victory’s-not as clean in my opinion. Quite delicious and one of a kind.

3.2
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Pale golden yellow, small to medium sized white head, less than average retention, ok lacing.. Lemon, basil, thyme, sage, very very herbal, light rosemary... A little boozy up front for some reason, muddled herbal flavor, not as soupy as the victory version, some hops cut through.... Finishes very herbal, a light bit creamy, drinks almost medium full bodied...

4
MaBeer1972 (2064) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 14, 2011
A clear light yellow brew with a big fluffy merangue white head. Cirtus-herbal-balm aromas. Yankee Candle in there? The flavor is wonderfully complex layered lemon-herbal with light sweet pepper notes. Light lemony citrus too. Clean, ligh hoppy finish. Very intersting all around and enjoyable.

4.1
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2011
12oz bottle: Pours a slight hazy straw yellow/light orange color with a thick, long lasting white head. Tons of herbs in the nose with a bit of spice/dirt dryness, smells like a fresh herb garden! Medium, crisp body with balanced but apparent carbonation. Notes of citrus, herb, spice mid palate with a slightly dry dirty, spicy typical Saison bite on the finish. Overall, if you enjoy Saison’s and like something a bit different, spicy and may like herbal notes over hoppy floral ones, then try this beer! (A-)

3.7
osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a large fluffy white head. Aroma is spicy herbs with some grassy hints as well. Flavor is huge spices with the rosemary particularly strong with some hops at the finish. Seems to be numbing my tongue a bit, hopefully I’m not allergic to one of the ingredients haha.

4.2
williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2012 Very cloudy yellow, with excellent head and big lace. The nose is woody and herbal (is that the thyme?), and it dominates all other aromas, including the slightly smoky one. The taste is very woody and smoky as well, along with a touch of roasted malt. It’s very intense and tastes very creamy and fizzy. ***OF THE THREE SAISON DU BUFFs: this is the creamiest, the harshest and with the most intense flavors.

3.5
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
saisons are not my favorite style but how could I pass up any Dogfish Head brew? I’d be interested in trying all three of the du buff series side by side. This beer was good but nothing really jumped out and made my take notice.


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