Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company
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Reviews by aasher:
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
This bottle was sampled during the South Carolina tasting, It pours a nice cloudy dull Orange in color with a very soapy head that turned into a white lacing around my glass. It smells of fresh mangos and tangerines with little spice or wine influence but it smells spectacular. It instantly reminded me of Guava Grove. The flavors are somewhat chalky and very dry. I get some rose or hibiscus as well. The brett makes itself known. It drinks light, grainy, and dry. Overall its a solid saison and pretty good overall. It's a nice beer to share but I couldn't drink a whole one by myself.
09-24-2011 23:49:35 | More by aasher
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4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
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!
11-15-2011 05:40:13 | More by TCHopCraver
3.63/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
10-27-2011 21:30:25 | More by marvin213
4/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
02-10-2012 06:12:32 | More by Beaver13
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
09-27-2011 22:38:33 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.26/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-08-2013 23:50:41 | More by mahak213
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
09-04-2011 16:38:39 | More by daveytheformer
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
(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.
12-18-2012 22:01:46 | More by rhoadsrage
4.6/5 rDev +7.5%
Big thanks to DividedAvery for the great bottle.
750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a tulip.
A: Pours a golden pale orange with some yeasty hazy. Nice head on the pour with pretty good retention, especially for something barrel aged. Nice. Lacing.
S: Light floral and spicy nose from the rose hips and peppercorns. The citra is light and purfumy with a bit of the citrus pineapple aroma. Great yeasty easters and phenols. Everything is nicely in balance and I really like how the peppercorns and citra hops play off each other. Some brett like under tones... maybe from the barrels?
T/M: Great flavors going on. Nice saison yeastery esters and phenols with the citrus hop flavors and spices from the rose hips and peppercorns. Light grains and brett like characters. I'm guessing the brett like character is from the wine barrels, but that seems to be all that I'm getting from them. Body is medium or so with some light creaminess and great carbonation.
D: One of the best new beers I've had in a long time. Really diggin' this.
01-04-2012 05:25:58 | More by pwoods
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
Many thanks to Beenitty for the chance to taste this one. This dude always hooks me up with amazing beer! Popped and poured into my Boulevard stemware glass. Pours a murky orange color, frothy white head fills the glass, nice retention. Visible small bubble creep up the sides of the glass. Smell- Pinot Grapes, Orange peel, coriander, ginger, pineapple, tart bretty funk. This is a really complex aroma, a lot going on. Taste- on the first sip, as it hits the roof of my mouth, I get a funky blast of wet hay mingled with some sour orange/tropical fruit flavors. This is a very fruity and funky saison- the wine notes from the pinot are present as well. There is a cracked pepper note as well in there. This is a great saison. Incredibly unique and creative, the flavors are balanced and the brett delivers a nice funkiness as well. I'm super impressed with Anchorage Brewery, the last thing I had from them was Whiteout Wit, they really do brett beers well.
01-12-2012 23:35:13 | More by lnashsig
5/5 rDev +16.8%
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
08-27-2013 14:19:23 | More by iong516
4.66/5 rDev +8.9%
I believe this is the appropriate brew for my wife and I this Valentines Day. Serving in champagne glasses.
Pours a hazy golden amber with a delicate thin white crown atop in delicate fashion. Carbonation high.
Picking up on white grapefruit sour then onto a pink grapefruit sweet, hmmm, different. Also the brett barnyard funk is there and spice. Very pleasing overall.
Rush of sour on the tongue falling to a sweetness on the sides, then going to the back with bitter citrus and peppercorn. Amazing, just like it smells. The bitter and the brett really compliment each other. An astringent pungency of grape skin wine quality lingers at the end.
Dry, crisp and refreshing. Effervescence naturally scrubs the tongue clean.
I'm very impressed with this. Appears to me more of a sour than saison. I haven't had anything like this. My wife loved it also. At $15 it's more of a celebratory beer vs an occasional libation. Job well done--Fantastic beer! Thanks for something different.
02-15-2013 00:55:53 | More by joeseppy
4.08/5 rDev -4.7%
A: Pours a hazy golden color with a slight ruby tinge to it. Huge white foamy head forms on top with great retention, tons of thick, sticky lacing all around.
S: Nice and oaky with a little bit of brett, some musty/barnyard aroma, a little bit of grape/red wine, some light spice, mostly pepper. There is a slightly floral aspect to it.
T: More oak and brett, just the right amount, with just a hint of tartness. Very fruity, with some citrus and a little bit of darker fruit mixed in - the finish has more citrus. There is definitely a wine influence from the barrels.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, drinks very smooth and easy.
O: A very nice beer, my first from Anchorage. Look forward to trying to the other ones at some point. The only problem really is the price, a little steep, but somewhat understandable.
02-27-2012 03:32:12 | More by mdaschaf
4.6/5 rDev +7.5%
From the chilled bomber into the Sam Adams pint glass results in a slightly hazy orange body topped with a half inch tight fluffy head, some lacing is present, but just barely.
Aroma is pungent and decisive, grapefruit, lemons and floral notes upfront with a hint of wet hay and earth, the floral notes are rose, the brewer hit this one out of the park.
Taste is very sour at first then an astringent quality creeps in like sour grass or grapefruit rind, drying and puckering in a good way. The second sense is sweetness, light and balancing but that is fleeting. Under it all is an earthy wet hay decaying grass base that is fulfilling and satisfying. This is one complex and well made beer, as it warms it is like a chameleon changing notes and surprising the tongue.
Juicy and thirst quenching it is easy to throw down large gulps and the glass is empty before you know it.
Going back for more of this for sure. Bravo!
02-20-2013 07:44:18 | More by mudbug
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
All you need is love...
Batch #1, August 2011. Brought to just under room temp on the recommendation of a dear and trusted beer friend. Let's see how that goes...
Six twists of the cage (count 'em, always six!) and unscrewing the cork gives a nice blast of a "pop!" The pour offers a burnt peach meets bronze liquid, with a billowy, creamy, firm and thick white head that looks almost like ice cream and leaves big swaths of lace in its wake.
My nose is gobsmacked by grapefruit, grapefruit and more grapefruit. Flesh and peel. Of all the things this WAS brewed with, grapefruit isn't one of them. So it's the combination of rose hips, peppercorns, orange peel, Citra hops, Brettanomyces yeast and Pinor Noir barrels working very hard to achieve a very unified aroma. Further whiffs find the peppercorn, Citra and Pinot Noir aspects separating from the rest, and harmonizing with one another. Interesting...very interesting. (And truth be told, not that far away from the Bitter Monk smell.)
If you sat there and sniffed for hours like I did before tasting (okay, minutes, but many long minutes) the flavor almost doesn't seem like a surprise. But so what, it's no less impressive as a result. Big tart citrus fruits, lots of grapefruit certainly, white grape/white wine, white pepper, and there are the rose hips. What's nice and probably most unexpected is an almost glazed doughnut-like sweetness, giving excellent malty backup to what is a very complex but never confusing or messy beer.
I love that Anchorage's use of Brett, here and in Bitter Monk, is used tastefully and strategically. It doesn't color over every other aspect, like some other jolly brewer that loves to use it and only ends up with very "samey" tasting beers. Just sayin'.
Also love (there's that word again) that the feel is a bit rounder and creamier than most saisons, although still has the dryer, crisper edge typical of the style at the very same time. Citrus peel tang and tart is most prominent in the finish, with a sweet sugar glaze hovering just underneath the fruit.
Damn, this works so well, on so many levels. Between just this and Bitter Monk, I'm thinking Anchorage should win the award for best new brewer of 2011. No idea when they actually started up, but they've really got something to be proud of with their tiny handful of offerings. Hopefully they'll move into the stout/porter realm, would love to see what they can do on that side of the tracks.
12-06-2011 23:13:53 | More by Metalmonk
4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
Brett bomb with a good saison behind it. Good spices, fruity. Somewhat sweet in the finish. Only a little yeasty.Very generous head of foam. Very drinkable.Above average mouthfeel. A little funky aroma. Bottle from Bierkraft $21.46.Cork popped into the other side of a large room, suggesting above average carbonation.
11-13-2011 03:30:23 | More by Sammy
Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.