Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 695
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 151
Gots: 123 | FT: 15
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Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: daveytheformer on 09-04-2011

Ale brewed with Hobbs Family rose hips, peppercorns, and fresh orange peels. Dry-hopped in the barrel with Citra hops. Second fermentation in Pinot Noir barrels.
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Reviews: 191 | Hads: 695
Photo of James_Michaud91
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze/orange color, lightly cloudy. Smell is very complex and interesting: cheese rind, peppercorn, sweet malts and orange rind with more subtle background notes of rose and barnyard funk. Flavor is lightly tart, orangey/malty sweetness up front with a pithy/peppery dryness on the finish. Brett funk and rose notes again are background players but add wonderful complexity to the beer. Definitely drink this beer, it's really good and very fairly priced for the quality you receive. (484 characters)

Photo of renegadeburger
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was able to get this one in a beer trade glad I did as it did not disappoint

Favorite thing was the peppery saison quality I do love when you get the spice and clove like that

I wish this would be available around these parts it's a damn fine brew (250 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy amber body. Huge brett aroma. Strong red wine as well. Red wine is the first taste, as well. Sweet maltiness. Brett earthy finish. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. It's all brett and red wine, which taste great together. (263 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a clear honey gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Wonderful mix of sweet, sour, and funky here in turn. Light pears and candy sugar, lemony sourness with tart cherries, and barnyard aromas like musty hay and funk. Smells amazing.

T: Tart cherries and some sour fruit flavors up front with a little candy sugar sweetness before a big kick of musty hay and barnyard funk. The finish is lightly bitter and tart.

M: Light body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery but could use a little more carbonation.

O: A damn good beer, overall. One of the best saisons I've had, though held back slightly by appearance and body. (709 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange/amber with hints of gold. Head in bubbly and off white and faded quickly into faint wisps and a pencil thin collar. Aroma is heavy on the Brett funk, with grass, floral hops, and lightly bready malt sweetness. I also get some orange zest. Taste is again with the brett funk up front, some citrus zestiness, very faint watermelon and fairly floral. There's a nice deep oakiness that works behind everything; but holds it's own. Light body, tart and bright on the tongue. Bubbly med-high carbonation. (518 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice beer and quite complex. Love the brett, love the wind barell complexity, and like the spicing. The nose and taste are both complex and deep. My only qualm is with the finish, which has a lingering bitterness that cuts against the integrated harmony of the rest of the beer. Not a huge deal, but enough to keep me from elevating this beer into the heights of the pantheon. (379 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love buzz

A:dark apricot , 1 fingers width bright white head, decent retention, lots of lacing 4.25

S: tart, a bit of funk, saison yeast , red wine , awesome 4.5

T: tart, funky, vinous, oak 4.25

M/D: medium body, carbonation on the heavier end which is appropriate, drinkability is very good, surprised it's 8% 4.25

O: excellent 4.25 (338 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly clear red-tinted darker orange with dense but thin white head; Rorschach lacing. Smell: citrus peel, moldy overripe peaches, floral, musty, with grape skin and red wine vinegar notes. Taste: moderately acidic with big flavors... herbal and woody, bitter orange; beneath some sweet and sour fruit balance... unripe peach, melon note, sugared dried mango. Some snappy grain character quickly overwhelmed by red wine grapes and pepper. Interesting composition, with all of the components dialed up and dialed in. Really nice. (538 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Bottle from Tipples, corked and caged. Poured to my tulip hazy orange with lots of. Unless and a big creamy white to off white head. Huge Brett aroma, orange peels, lots of floral and peppery notes, barnyard funky and dry. Not a lot of wine on the nose. Flavor is sweet mango intermingled with rose hips, citrus, funk, and light peppery spice. Lightly tart from the Brett, full bodied with a vinous red wine heaviness, but strong carbonation. Wow. This might be the best Brett beer I've ever had. The big juiciness of the beer balances out the dry funky Brett outstandingly. (574 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a tulip.

Nice orange color with a slight pink tint. Fluffy, thick white head, nice retention.

Smell is mostly brett for me, old cheese and funk. A little vinous oak. Some peppercorn and floral notes, faint citrusy hops. A little berry if you really look for it.

Opens up more on the taste. Oak and bitter citrus followed by round vinous/vinegary character. Floral/perfumey notes. A little peppercorn on the finish followed by some earthy funk and bitter oak.

Light bodied and smooth, ends dry but lingers a bit.

Tasty, unique, and complex, another nice creation from Anchorage. (606 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

anchorage has to have one of the best beer portfolios out there. they are all so clever and well made, and so unique too. love buzz is a real treat for me. the peppercorns are there in the nose, and blend in seamlessly with the spice of the saison yeast in the taste. the orange peel does the same thing with the citra hops, marrying equally and synergistic to the max, with the orange adding some bitter just like the hops do, and the hops adding the citrus thing to the nose. the yeast complexion is amazing, mouthwatering, its dry but wet too, its bretty and funky and odd, but still farmy and familiar, like a nap in a hay loft. hard to tell if its the red wine barrel or the rose hip giving it a perfume floral thing before the finish, but the cherry notes of the wine barrel bring it back to earth. oak and funk, fruity and dry, its as complex as any beer out there, and just as well made too. i love all of the anchorage beers, but this one may well be my favorite. what an extraordinary specimen. Pinot noir barreling as obvious here as it is anywhere, and this ages with the best of them (1,096 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Nose: fruity almost strawberries, some pine in the fruit, lemony tartness
Pours hazy gold, under a finely bubbled 1” bone white rocky head that dissipates to a thick film.
Palate: rich and fruity, some grape, strawberry, touch of apricot, pint to mint, sweet lemony tart funk, citrusy, some orange peel, finishes dry with a long lingering hop accent.
Very effervescent, medium light body. (393 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

My second saison. Cork popped, and into the tulip it goes. Cellar temperature.

After the popped bottle smokes for a bit like some kind of potion, it fills up my tulip with a gorgeous sunset golden orange liquid and two fingers of close-knit white froth. Pretty pretty. 4.66.

As expected, it smells quite vinous (think green grapes/white wine). There's definitely a bright citrus component like lemon and grapefruit, and some funky tartness with an herbal, peppery flare. Maybe even some nutmeg, mace, or ginger? AND I get a little yeastiness. An awesome aroma, and one to contemplate. 4.59.

Somehow the flavor manages to include everything in the aroma, tying together the somewhat motley array of qualities into a magnificent harmony. Sour gapes and intense lemon are tamed by the caress of a terrifically sweet breadiness somewhere mid-palate, the two extremes countering, complementing, and accentuating each other like yin and yang. Some spiciness comes through in the finish, and... is that the rose hips? Whoa. 4.69.

The feel is fairly full, but the carbonation feels gentle. It flows across the palate without much incident or commotion.4.47.

Well, no surprise. As to be expected from Anchorage Brewing Company, the brewing recipe is incredibly fancy and uppity-sounding (I say, I do fancy an artisanal ale brewed with Hobbs family Rose hips and aged in French oak pinot noir barrels *snobbishly raises monocle*), and the beer tastes... refined, yes. But also just damn good, to put it simply. (1,505 characters)

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from 750ml fresh bottle.

A: Pours a nice amber glowing orange opaque liquid. Deep with nice lingering carbonation.

S: Tart citrus grapefruit. Biting but clean and very pleasant.

T: follows the smell really well. Sauvignon blanc character. Tart but not acidic in sour character. Very light pleasant with a lingering light lemon pez flavor.

M: Pleasant and very crushable. Start to finish pleasant. Not coating but full.

O: I've had this before and remember it being very pleasant. A good beer I'd say try and find fresh. I've had it sitting a couple of months on the shelf and it decayed quite a bit. A very nice saison with good character. (651 characters)

Photo of KevSal
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%

wow this bad boy is fantastic, batch 3. This gives hf a run for their saison money. if i had to guess this is what Ann probably taste like, damn near perfection. Everything comes up really well, pepper is real nice and not overly done. amazing beer, and much easier to get than hf wine barrelled saisons by a long shot. try this beer!!! (336 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml
$11.99
Sahara Mart East - Bloomington, IN

Batch#2/August 2012

Love Buzz is an apricot orange beauty. A touch of haze runs through the body but she absolutely glows. The dirty white, soapy head rises to a shallow one finger in height before falling to a skim coat with a dense ring of foam that leaves sticky lace decorating the glass after each drink.

Good Lord this beer smells amazing! I didn't expect this. Right up front is all Citra, a veritable fruit salad of tropical goodies. A touch of lactic sweetness flows through the back as well, which I always get from Citra. Bright rose hips and orange peel shine in the middle. Soft and subtle horsey brett bring up the rear. Soft oak, grape must, the list goes on and on. Faint malt sweetness in the form of cookie dough compliments every aspect perfectly. This is honestly one of the best smelling beers I have ever come across.

The flavor can't quite live up to the lofty expectations the nose has laid down but it's not far off either. The tropical fruit salad thrives. Mango and papaya, lactic sweet pineapple, orange peel, and zesty grape must are all standing at attention. Soft rose hips run through the middle while that horse funk, softly starts to pick up. Malt sweetness finishes things off with the fruitiness overriding it all. The depth is staggering.

The body has a moderate weight with snappy coronation that keeps the beer moving. While there's sweetness upfront, tannins from the barrel dry out my gums and the swallow. There's also a mild hop bitterness on the finish. This beer is amazingly drinkable.

Anchorage hit it out of the park with Love Buzz. The nose is flat out amazing! There is layer upon layer of delicious fruit, funk, barrel, rose hips, and more. It's an all around great beer. I need to find more bottles of this as soon as possible. If you find any of these bottles around buy them all. (1,887 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into HF Tulip. Not sure of the year bottled, but im assuming 2013.
Popped cork and brett funk filled the nose (and I opened this outside!)
Pours a nice golden color with a healthy froathy head. Really nice carbonation.
Aromas of brett funk, slight floral notes, and a tad of caramel or sweet notes maybe??
Taste is fruity brett funk with a definite floral punch...a nice sweet fruity caramel finish. The typical saison like flavors are somewhat muted but still know its a saison.
Its really dry...pretty much perfect. I mean this is an absolute perfect mouthfeel for me. Really nice carbonation, dry, but still chugable with a bitter kick to finish.
Overall, this is an amazing brew as you can expect from Gabe. Really freakin awesome! (756 characters)

Photo of Zach1251
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite a fairly underwhelming hue and carbonation, this is a well balanced sour ale. The nose is fine blend of barnyard funk and fresh hops - a little different than the usual saison. The wild yeast comes through again on back of the tongue and is joined by light fruit - raspberries perhaps? The finish is dry yet lingers. (324 characters)

Photo of WTKeene
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged bomber dated August 2012 Batch 2 into a snifter. Note: I'm reviewing the day after I opened the beer, was too busy drinking the beer yesterday to be able to write a review. The beer was sealed with the same cork it had originally.

Appearance: A hazy deep amber with a moderate head that doesn't stick around too long, and leaves a bit of lacing around after it's gone. A thin crown persists as the beer quickly disappears down my throat.

Smell: Reminds me of Le Terroir. The hop scent is definitely still there, although I'm sure more muted than if this were fresh. I get some floral character too, can't be sure if that's from the rose hips or the brett. A bit of tartness on the nose, but not too much.

Taste: Lovely! The hops still come through a bit, and add a hint of bitterness to the beer, and a nice citrus quality that pairs well with the tartness. This isn't a ridiculously sour beer, it's very moderate and eminently drinkable. There is a lot of depth here. Some vinous flavor comes through on the finish, as does a light bready malt. I'd love to try this fresh.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated (possibly less so because the beer was opened the day before), the beer dances across my palate as I drink it down.

Overall: I wish I could buy this stuff anywhere. Really a very very nice beer. Not much to complain about at all. Heck my roommate, who is not much of a beer guy, was disappointed to hear I wouldn't be able to get this again easily. (1,491 characters)

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated August 2012, Batch #2

- Pours a hazy bronze orange with a healthy inch of foam that dissipates quickly.

- Notes of fruit tart, floral saison, and bitter hops.

- A mild fruit tart fills the mouth and transitions into floral and spice notes. The finish is a little funky and the surprising hop bitterness lingers for a bit.

- Overall a solid beer. The fruit sour and floral saison characteristics add complexity to this beer, but also make it sort of muddled, especially with the bitter hopped finish. I would prefer a stronger sour fruit tartness profile. (572 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Date on bottle reads August 2012

Appearance: Pours with a light head of about a finger and a half. Orange color with accents of blood red. Light to average active carbonation active in glass while drinking. Some random lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Filled with sour grapes and a grassy, earthy aroma. Orange peel and some tropical fruits can be picked up as well. A solid hoppy backbone with accents of straw and pine as well. That dirt like earthy aroma keeps popping back up and adding some unique tones to this aroma.

Taste: Incredibly smooth front on this brew which I assume has mellowed from age. Earthy accents to this saison mix well with some sour grapes. The body and back end have developed into a funky tart flavor which is complex and interesting. The finish is like I said a lot of funk with some tropical tones still left from the Citra dry-hopping.

Mouthfeel: Excellent transitions of sweet to a dry finish. Palate is left dazzled with everything going on here.

Overall: There was one bottle of this left on the shelf and I may have to go back and get it. I would love to have tried this brew fresh as well too. Outstanding complexity and a truly interesting drinking experience. (1,220 characters)

Photo of iong516
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't praise this beer enough. My absolute favorite. Tastes as advertised, complexity comes in waves. Different aspects shine through as the beer warms or is swished in the mouth, or as the aftertaste is appreciated rolling the tongue between the gums and cheeks. I've shared every bottle I've had, and I inevitably wish I had opened and warmed another as the bottle nears its finish.

Cheers to Anchorage for doing everything right.

A: Cloudy orange leans towards pink (think pink grapefruit juice). Voluminous head if not poured carefully.

S: Citrus, rose, wine, floral hops

T: Wonderful complexity, ventures far from a typical saison. Follows smell with the addition of oak and light funk

M: Brilliant sediment, silky, bubbling

O: My not deliver if expecting normal saison qualities, but I'm in love (809 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle that I shared with my friend, Keelan. These Anchorage beers aren’t cheap but if the rest are like this one, I am up for moer. Orange-yellow color, small but visible head and a bit of lace. The nose is really incredible in how intriguing it is. I knew right away I liked it but I just have to keep inhaling away to try and figure out what I smell. This beer sets the standard for complex aromas. Its sort of perfume, candy, a touch of brett hiding in the back, slightly earthy, slight touch of alcohol. After reading the bottle it came to me. It's the rose hips. The taste is pretty damn crazy too, funky with sweet, sour, and bitter all in equal portions. Unique. Surprisingly pleasant. This one is fit for a very special occasion. (746 characters)

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 poured into a KtG tulip

A- pours with a orange/amber color with a slight red hue in the middle and a frothy thick head, good looking beer!

S- this is where the age makes its appearance as there is nothing but brett here; pineapple, hay/barnyard, nothing else..all brett

T-The brett obviously shines through first with some pineapple, hay, funk then there's a bit of a vinous tang, finishes floral and more brett; its been soo long since ive had it fresh that I do forget a bit what it was like, but I like how the brett has developed in this beer.

M- dry, crisp while still remaining some semblance of a body

O- Fantastic beer and age has really allowed the Brett to develop into something nice, but I think any further and the light wine notes that are still present may no longer linger. Drink Up! (813 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle in NY and was excited to try.
Pours a big head that lingers
Smells of light citrus (orange/lemon)
Taste has similar citrus with a tiny bit of the Noir bottles shining through.
Overall a beer you want on a summer evening and would buy again (260 characters)

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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.