RATINGS: 585   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 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
snownirvana (70) - - MAR 26, 2012
Chalice from bottle. A: Very fragrant, fruity, bready, yeasty, slight citrus, some hoppyness, some herbs- sage and rosemary. App: slightly hazy gold. 4 finger, frothy, crisp bubbly head that disperses at a medium rate. Levees a nice lace T: much more bitter than expected, not much on the front, some citrus notes on the back, lots of lemon. very lengthy aftertaste. P: mostly crisp, smooth on the back. Disappointing, not half as good as last year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopper8 (131) - Holland, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2017
I really enjoyed this mostly, the spices were really nice in the saison grain bill. It was cool to drink, but for whatever reason there was a metallic taste that I couldnt get over. Overall, Ill have to try this again to see if it was just the keg pour I had, but for now it the Metallic flavor dings what maybe is a really good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1768) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2017
Pours marvelously into a tulip, murky gold, resilient white head. Aroma is big, yeast, spice, coriander, banana, earthiness too. Medium-full bodied, creamy. Nice lemony zest, pepper, celery, Belgian galore. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (6317) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2017
It pours clear golden with a white head. The aroma has all kind of spices and herbs, and theres a bit of breadiness and a French Saison slant. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. This definitely have more spice/herb than saison, but its still pleasant. The spicing is savory and gentle and there is nice pale malt balancing and a touch of fruity bite on the finish. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (1832) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Bright yellow gold color. Small foamy white head. Big herbal nose. First sip has light grainy malt and herbs. Notes of rosemary, sage and thyme (in that order). Sorry parsley, didnt pick you up. This is very refreshing and drinkable. Just the right amount of herbal influence creates a uniquely flavored Saison. Some tart yeastiness in finish provides a hint of funk. A nice effort from the BUFF boys!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (1414) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2017
Clear medium gold pour, finger of pure white head . Nose is herbs and yeast. Middle is creamy malt, hints of rosemary, sage and fresh cut grass. Finish is bittersweet and even. Look forward to this with pork chops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (930) - 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 (2467) - 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 (362) - 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 (6898) - 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 (4437) - 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.

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