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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

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505 Ratings
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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%


Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: daveytheformer on 09-04-2011)
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 05:40:13 | More by TCHopCraver
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joe1510

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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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!

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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.