RATINGS: 580   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2856) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2012
On tap at old toad rochester. Clear pale ambet with small head, little retention. Nose had light spice, pepper, and malt in nose. Taste is big spice, corriander, pepper, flowery hops dry on the finish. Crisp and enjoyable after an interesting day on the job.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (882) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (2459) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
voyageurmike (356) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (6760) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (4111) - Garching b. Mnchen, 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, its quite good, albeit on the spicy side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (1434) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2016
Sehr krftig und fett ausdefiniertes Saison der modernen Machart. Wild aber doch irgendwie rund,obwohl auch viele scharfe Kanten voller Kruter und Hopfenschrfe anwesend sind. 0,15l/2,90 Fass. STONE BREWERY BERLIN.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4921) - 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 (1074) - 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 (116) - 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 (2550) - 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.

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