Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

Educational use only; do not reuse.

202 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 202
Hads: 727
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 154
Gots: 132 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 202 | Hads: 727
Reviews by Neffbeer:
Photo of Neffbeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

A: Hazy golden orange with a great looking frothy head. The head retention and lacing are superb with peaks and clouds chunking on the sides of the glass and on top of the brew.

S: Zesty notes of citrus and brett greet the first whiff. The oak is lurking in the background along with some vinous red grapes. The brett becomes more pronounced as it warms with a healthy dose of leather and hay surfacing.

T: The citrus notes are very pronounced (hop forward) with an immense influence from brett to fill out the funk. Mid-palate it gets a bit jammy/oaked with the pinot barrels flexing their muscles. It concludes a touch on the bitter side with a hint of the booze coming out in the dry finish.

M: Light and bubbly.

O: Another great offering form Anchorage brewing. A bit outside the box but very well done.

 832 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchorage Brewing "Love Buzz Saison"
750 ml bottle, corked and caged
Batch #1, August 2011
$13.59 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD

Appearance: Hazy peach colored body beneath a creamy head of off-white foam. Very good head retention; very nice lacing.

Aroma: Bold aroma. Quite complex. Strawberry, cherry, pear, apple, grape, orange, pineapple and chalky citrus rind. Brettanomyces tang and fruitiness! Subtle spice almost like cedar. Floral. Hints of grassiness.

Taste: As expected, the flavor follows the aroma. It's surprisingly citrusy, displaying a note of lemon that I didn't pick up in the aroma. And there's a bit of spice to it that's particularly clear in the drying finish (coriander, perhaps a dash of pepper). The Brett is clearly present, but not overdone amidst so much citrus. It's well-rounded and balanced with fruit and Brett upfront, followed by a passing hit of sweetness that's then eclipsed by citrus, and then followed by drying notes of floral, chalk, oak, and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy and smooth. Velvety almost.

Overall: It's quite complex in its aroma, but it's not overly done in its flavor... there's a lot to deal with there to be sure, but it's still quite drinkable - there's nothing that holds it back. The bitterness is perfectly balanced alongside the spice/oak and citrus/floral notes, and that's the pivotal point here; everything else just spins around it.

Impressive. Unique. Well worth seeking out, especially for fans of the style.

 1,498 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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1, brewed in August 2011, according to the label.

Love Buzz comes out of the 750 mL bottle looking very sexy. A rocky, off-white 2-finger head sits atop a cloudy, golden-orange body. The head takes its damn time to recede, which is just fine by me. I cannot see any carbonation bubble activity through the cloudy body. The lacing left on the glass is clumpy and streaky.

The aroma of the Buzz comes out strong with funky, tart Brett. There is a sweet, bread-like smell that comes through with some force next. Sweet citrus aromas of fresh orange and lemon juice pop out of my pint glass. There are also some berry-like aromas, rasp and straw mainly. Deeper inhales reveal notes of the peppercorn which is contained within this saison. Just enough sweet balances the tart and spice to produce a very aromatic beer.

The taste is also a fine blend of sweet fruitiness and funky, tart Brettness. Fresh oranges, raspberry, and lemon-lime overlap beautifully with sour apple tartness. The finish contains a woody, dry finish, with a hint of pinot noir flavor from the French oak barrels in which the brew was aged. The Brett yeast strain is always present in the profile, but I do not think it ever overpowers. Very well done.

This beer contains an interesting and fresh dichotomy of a fairly full, syrupy feel on the tongue with an acidic, sour, biting feel on the sides of my palate. It plays very well on my mouth. The finish dries both of these characteristics off of my palate nicely with a dry, woody, red-wine like feel.

I am quite impressed with this take on a Saison. This is the second beer I've had from Anchorage Brewing Company that is brewed with Brett and aged in French oak wine barrels and they've both been phenomenal. These are very fresh, interesting flavors and I really appreciate them. Kudos, Anchorage!

 1,835 characters

Photo of MadScientist
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dimitrov
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of lateralundertow
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of marvin213
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light orange marmalade cropped with a white, creamy top, it looks damn delicious! Bubbles fizz up from the bottom of my Allagash signature as if it were Dom in a champagne flute.

I smell some bretty spice--maybe cloves, orange zest, and chrysanthemum. There's a bready, malt-like floral aroma to this unique saison. The nose ain't nearly as cool as the look, but it remains appealing....

Zingy carbonation tingles my cheeks as wild brett yeast plays like artisinal bread on my palate. I really struggle to get that Pinot noir influence, and that's a disappointment. There's some zestiness that's either fruit or Brett...or both. The more I sip, the more I conclude it's a Red & White wannabe. It's fizzier like a saison should be, but there's nowhere near the tasty spice of say a Saison du Buff. It feels better than it tastes, but both would benefit from a touch more spice and wine (or spicy wine).

Overall, it's an expensive ass beer--some $18.99 for the big corked/caged 750. It's cool, and I'm grateful it made it here from Alaska--picked it up from Tylers in Carboro--and I think I'd try it again...but I dont think I'd buy it again.

 1,145 characters

Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a murky light golden amber with a big fizzy, rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is brett some soft winey oak with some floral and fruity notes.

The flavor is sweet fruits, spices and wood with brett and some vinous alcohol. There's some acidic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some spritzy carbonation and is a little watery.

Overall, an interesting beer. I like what the brett and the barrel add to it.

 486 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 TimoP
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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 mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of aquazr1
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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 sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of doremite
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mix of yellow and moreso orange, ample head. Great heady bretty aroma. Substantial amount of citric spice note to it.

Dry lemon peel sourness, chunky brett goodness, bitter, just a ton of taste from a style that is usually more clean and refreshing, a nice change of pace. Hides the alcohol very well. Lots of citrus qualities to it. Plenty sour, super funky, maybe the most sour saison I've had, right up there with Craftsman's sour lavendar.

Everything is full here. . . the hops, the sour notes, the brett, the citrus, especially the funkiness.

Better than most Fantome beers.

 586 characters

Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mahak213
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Hill Farmstead Tulip-

Appearance- Hazy orange with a soapy white head that sticks around for a while. Nice lacing

Smell- Dry hopping from the barrel definitely comes through. Funky citrus and a mild vinous note.

Taste- Big grapefruit and citrus, which fade into a peppery funk. Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel- Light and refreshing, with a mild tartness.

Overall- Perfect beer for one of the first warm spring nights. Definitely look forward to trying more of Anchorage's beers, they nailed this one.

 531 characters

Photo of daveytheformer
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1 August 2011

Pours a golden orange with a huge fluffy off white head.

Smells like oak and lots of brett, the spice and fruit aroma blend together pretty nicely.

Tastes dry with a green grape like fruitiness. Peppercorn spice and lemon peel give way to a clean malty sweetness. The yeast certainly shines through in the flavor but not quite as much as the aroma or the label would lead you to believe. Not a negative thing just saying. Very flavorful with a light hoppiness rounding out the overall experience and a nice crisp bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall is really good beer I will fro sure be trying again soon.

 666 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a teku)

A- This beer pours a hazy deep dark orange body with a strong microcarbonation and a bubbly rocky beige head

S- The dry wine hints mix with brett's bright grapefruit pith and a blend of fruity floral with some saison yeast character finishing the aroma.

T- The grapefruit pith brett character balances with the bright red wine pinot noir barrels and a lemony hops flavor finishes. There is a hibiscus flower tartness and some rose hip flavors in the dry finish that linger.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz texture and no alcohol heat or astringency noticed.

O- The light beer has a full flavor and complexity that is unique and really works together. None of the flavors are out of balance and it makes this beer really drinkable.

 785 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.