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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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194 Reviews
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Reviews: 194
Hads: 700
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 152
Gots: 124 | FT: 15
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.
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Reviews: 194 | Hads: 700
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 joeseppy
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

February 14 2015
After a few years this has very much the same flavour components as before but the creaminess adds such a succulent component I've had nothing like it. Yes, 5's around as no one, IMHO, can even match this. Let me know if I'm wrong. Best---bar none! (1,257 characters)

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

Pours a bright orange colour, hint of amber, lots of cloud. Head is jaundiced beige, nice and effervescent but pleasant uneven sinkage. Lace left is pretty damn fine. Looks... well, Gilbert? What do you think? Does it look perfect? No? Are you kidding me? Well, screw you Gilbert, you don't exist. I say it looks perfect.

Smell is funky and wonderful. So much lively, lovely funk smell that just speaks volumes of story to me. Notes of barnyard with lemon pith, livestock and fresh-cut grass, but an acidic note with citrus that cuts through, followed by a sweet-spicy note of cinnamon, vanilla, orange peel, and some cake batter malt. What do you think, Gilbert? What? You think it's a 3, tops? Well, you're wrong again. Not only are you wrong, but you don't exist and you slept with my wife, you prick.

Taste starts very sweet. Maybe a bit too sweet? Lots of malt to that with plenty of caramel and a big hit of vanilla. The wild yeast creeps up though, cleansing it, with some mild hints of lemon, passionfruit and guava, all with a nice vinegary edge that remains drinkable. Slightly savoury at the back, maybe biscuity? It's clean at the back, which is great, although the fruit notes are more subdued here. Still, crisp but with all the lovely flavours I want in a beer. Sweet, touch of tartness late-mid, then clean but plenty of flavour left over. Gilbert? Is this the best beer I've ever drunk? No, you're wrong. The clean finish is something I didn't expect, and it becomes that 'je ne sais quoi' that raises this delicious beer yet another level. It's just immaculate.

It's sharp on the front but then somehow levels out to a smooth texture. It has the effect of nudging you so you know you're drinking something with a power that's out of this world, but it doesn't overwhelm your mortal palate. Ideal.

This beer almost made me cry, it was that good. After 1200+ reviews this has become the beer I want to settle down with in the country and somehow engineer a mutant beer-human hybrid family with. Despite Gilbert yapping away in my ear about gastronomic subjugation or some shit, I can't give it anything besides a perfect score. (2,147 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Anchorage Brewing is the king of expensive, extravagant American beers; everything I’ve had from them has been superb and, most importantly, worth the cost. Here’s hoping their saison is in the same vein.

Batch #2, brewed in August 2012 (five months before the date of this tasting).

A: Pours foamy and thick, with a hazy, tawny gold body and a foamy off-white head. What’s left of the head after a few minutes appears soft and weightless, as if it could be easily blown away like soap foam. Abundant lacing.

S: Exceptionally fruity, this nose is absolutely bursting with the juicy aromas of fresh passion fruit and peach, with a supporting cast of grape, mango, and kiwi. Extraordinary. Underneath, the twang of yeasty funk is fully apparent, as well as a green, grassy scent and notes of wet cedar. Slight hop and spice tones show an herbal citrus – lemon mixed with sage, black pepper, and coriander – confirming that this is indeed one of the most complex and intriguing noses I’ve ever experienced on a beer. Bravo.

T: Opens with a rush of sour flavor, immediately bringing to mind lactic acid and lemon juice. A fruity sweetness rolls along with it, fulfilling the mango, passion fruit, and kiwi of the nose in a more subtle form; here, it has the more distinguished character of a semi-sweet Riesling. The natural, funky tastes of lime rind, rose water, barnyard brett, and fresh-cut grass swell toward the middle of the palate; a prickly hop bite of tangerine and green apple isn’t far behind. In all, a perfectly balanced sweet and sour palate that is an absolute pleasure to drink. Finishes with a wine barrel taste: light oak and sweet white grape.

M: There’s not a heavy texture in this beer at all; it’s as light and refreshing as a beer can be, with just the right amount of fizzy carbonation to keep it from being too weighty. Remarkably crisp: a little colder than cellar temperature is just right.

O: What can I say other than what I’ve already said: “incredible?” This is one of those beers you try once and think about for years afterward. It’s fresh fruit in the nose and sweet/sour heaven in the palate, a combination that I’ve never experienced before and I doubt I will ever find again. Truly one of the best beers I’ve ever had. (2,288 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Batch two.

A- pours a cloudy shade of orange with a two finger white head that quickly fades, leaving some pure white froth. A little cloudy from the bottle ferm, but still looks really nice

S- the smell is incredible and nuanced, with the rose hips and orange peel blending together perfectly to create a sweet, yet flowery, aroma that is balanced perfectly

T- it starts off a little sweet from the orange, then you get a nice smack of the rose before the finish, which gives off a slight vinous character along with the beautiful flavors from the rose and orange. It's not sour, and it's not overly tart, but everything meshes together so perfectly

M- medium bodied, on the thicker side. I'd prefer it to be a bit thinner, personally

O- out of the three Anchorage beers I've had, this is my favorite. The beer is more subtle than most barrel-aged beers, and isn't overly funky, and it's very approachable (969 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with 3 fingers of creamy head that dissipates slowly. Thick clouds of lacing line the glass. Moderate carbonation.

N: Lemony citrus, barnyard, toasted grains and subtle Pinot Noir characteristics with a splash of lactic acid. Boasts a beautiful bouquet of ginger, pepper, coriander, cinnamon and rose petal.

T: Lemon juice, lightly toasted grains, rose petal and subtle Pinot Noir characteristics upfront. This is followed by barnyard funk, coriander, light notes of doughy bread and some grassy Noble hops along with a subtle Brett sourness. Finishes with a punch of naked oak and Pinot Noir with a bouquet of peppercorn, hibiscus, earth, hay, ginger and cinnamon.

M: Light-medium bodied, smooth, bitter, crisp, clean and extremely dry.

O: Exceptional! Very refreshing and very dry. Healthy doses of crisp lemony citrus, barnyard and hay. The wine and oak only adds to its complexity. Not as sour as I was hoping which was probably for the best. Phenomenal all around. I will be picking up more for sure. (1,063 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange. Almost pumpkin color. Fluffy white head that recedes slowly leaving a sticky lacing. Bubbles rush from the bottom of the glass.

The smell is quite wonderful. Super citrusy hop aromas, pretty intense for a saison. There is a solid earthy bretty backbone though. A good amount of funk that balances and compliments the hop aroma. This beer has the spirit of homebrew, I can tell already.

Wow, this is one of the most unique beers I've had in a while. Nice funk and a touch of sourness complimented with piney citrus hops. Lots of hop flavor, but quite smooth bitterness. Ridiculously refreshing. Herbal floral and spicy notes, everything Belgian complimented with American hops. Bready malt backbone that adds a touch of sweetness. Though this is beer is practically as dry as it gets.

Velvety body with a nice burst of carbonation. Finishes super dry and some lingering funk and hops.

I am curious about how it might age. I'd like more funk, but the hop presence is perfect.

This beer is amazingly drinkable. I can't stop taking sips. The funk is quite present but not overwhelming. The hop presence is huge but not overly bitter.

My first beer from this brewery and I'm looking forward to many more. (1,235 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 lacqueredmouse
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The last of Anchorage's readily available brews for me to sample. I love their others to bits, and I have monumentally high expectations for this one.

Uncorks pleasantly, with a bright "thok" but without the resultant gush. Pours a bright orange hazed colour, witb a full and fine head of off-white, that eventually succumbs to froth and its own effervescent, and collapses, leaving a smudge of thick, chunky lace on the side of the glass. Looks really great.

Nose is just... oh, it's phenomenal. Here, the brett has free reign to take over and stamp itself over everything. It leaves funky acidity like appleskin, fragrant floral characters and a musty, but leavened and sophisticated character like an aged wine barrel. There's even the faint hint of that Cantillon-like plastic gueuze funk. It's an amazing nose, all the more for how restrained and integrated it is. Lovely stuff.

Taste is perfectly light and fragrant, while remaining amazingly clear and refreshing, and true to the roots of the style. Some mild peppery characters on the front get quickly whisked away, leaving a refreshing clarity for the middle. A really pleasant floral fragrance picks up towards the back, and manages to mask some of the phenolic harshness associated with the style—in fact, it feels like this never really comes through—there's only a peal of metal resonating on the finish.

Feel is lovely—I mean, just perfect for the style—smooth, liquid, with a perfect weight for the characters it presents. It's just gorgeous.

What a phenomenally good beer. Genuinely one of the best saisons I've ever had. It's as though it *gets* the style to which it owes its genesis just perfectly, but layers complexity and depth and excitment on that its original wouldn't have thought of.

Despite this, it stays true to its roots—it provides perhaps the new wave in saison awesomeness; the next generation of a phenomenal style. (1,917 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 barleywinefiend
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy golden orange with a 2 finger white head that fades slowly leaving a moderate amount of lacing

S: Immedite Brett here. A good dose of baby diaper coupled with smoe barf and branyard. The rose pedals, citrus fruit basket is very prominent

T: Where to start? Delicous. Immediate lemons and coriander, rose petal and subtle Brett notes start to appear upfront and early. This is followed by barnyard funk, more coriander, a little spice, light booze sting , wood, Earth and a dry grassy finish

M: Light-medium bodied, smooth, bitter, crisp, clean and extremely dry.

O: This beer was all over the place. The only think I missed was the Pinot. Maybe my palate was off today but I will re-visit and look for more Pinot. Excellent. (747 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #1 August 2011.

A little gushed from the pour, but otherwise real uniform head spreading bread and rose floral scent everywhere. Light orange amber body with some twenty four carat hues, rising carbonation although hard to see through slightly cloudy body. Looks just great.

Nose is just a flat out wonder of floral potpuri, but more so a distinct mix of hot brett and orange juice citrus. Bretty sour orange sense with minor funkiness. It smells flat out wonderful. Oranges dominate after some time.

Taste is magic. What is so surprising is the malt taste and texture that exists among all these great saison qualities. Hot brett but not overpowering, complements a juicy orange texture, prickly with pepper in the finish. Dried flowers and heat. Just unfrikking real. More orange and slight sweet malts come out with further sips downplaying the Bretty character. Texture is borderline creamy with a slight but not total teeth coating vinous feeling.

Overall this is just flat out fantastic. A home run. I can't say anymore the bottle was gone in less than ten minutes. (1,124 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep honey-gold with 1.5 fingers of thick white head.

Smell. Sweet and floral with fresh tangy oranges and tropical fruits along with some nice saison yeast. Smells absolutely amazing!!!!

Taste. Spicy saison yeast and fresh tangy oranges with a sweet floral quality (not sweet tasting overall, just sweet blossoms), and a little bitterness in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with lively medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Wow!! This one caught me by surprise. Very delicious and a smell that just blew me away. Highly recomended!!! (564 characters)

Photo of Rogorama
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love Buzz is hands down the best saison this guy's ever had. (not a big saison fan). Opened a bomber at a tasting (thanks jacoby). pours murky yellow with a little white head. The pinot noir is balanced perfectly with the rest of the flavors. Kudos to anchorage brewing for a great beer! (287 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in a teku glass.

Pour: Completely hazy deep orange with two fingers of very, very sticky off white head. Head sticks around for a long time, and leaves incredible lacing, This is what I want a saison to look like.

Smell: The nose bursts of grapefruit, pears, and a nice grape musk. Brett says hello with a clean funk. This beer smells incredible. I can't tell if it's a sour or a Brett forward saison.

Taste: Amazing juicy oranges right off the bat. Wow. Chardonnay barrels come through with a red grape muskiness and a nice oak. Barnyard funk comes along and mingles with the rest of the flavors.

Mouthfeel: A combination of juicy and dry. The beer toys with my desire to sip it and to drink it more quickly to compensate for its dryness.

Overall: This beer was incredibly unique in the pairing of sour and saison attributes. I would get this all the time if it was a little cheaper, and available. Awesome. (928 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint and a half bottle poured into snifter.

No freshness date

S: hops, brett, roses, wine, and malt

T: Herbal! Pinot Noir really came thrrough!! The piney notes from the hops really shone as well. The rose hips were at the finish just like the bottle suggested.

M: Okay, not the best not the worst.

Try this beer!! Buy it. Then buy more. This is my first saison, and I am going to have more. (397 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 BMan1113VR
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (Batch #1, August 2011). Basic review: Pours with a hazy, deepish gold body with a large and lasting, fluffy off-white head. Great lace. Aromas amazingly good! Right off the bat: fresh tangerine/grapefruit juice. Good acidity, a little funk, red wine, tropical fruit hop notes, CITRA! Smells a little bit like Le Terroir with the hop and funk note. Sweet, perfume, floral, estery. Light bready malt. Very fragrant, pineapple. Amazing! Flavors are funky as well, juicy, oak, barrel, red wine, fruit, a bit grassy. A touch grainy, bready and straw like. Surprisingly bitter (both hop and tannin). Nice tropical fruit, grassy hop notes, rich, delicate, lots of nice tropical brett C esters. Lingering, slightly acidic stonefruit. Blown away, this is OUTSTANDING! Lively, playful carbonation, lingering funk, nice tannin, lightly warming, creamy bubbles. Balanced and complex. This might be one of my new favorite breweries, and one of the top 5 beers I've had so far this year. (981 characters)

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a beautiful hazy orange color with some nice depth to it. Almost a burnt orange. There is a nice half inch head with medium sized bubbles and some smaller dense bubbles. It recedes slowly down to a mat.

S - Aroma is delicious. Flowery and earthy. Slight grain notes are present but more of nice fresh grassy hop nose is prevalent. There is some nice fruity aromas in there as well as some slight corn husk and some nice brett character.

T & M - Starts off with some nice grain bready notes followed by some nice flowery notes. Wow. This is very delicious. There is some nice apple notes as well as some slight vinous notes. A bit of woody aftertaste lingers after a sip. This brew is delicious. There is some nice funkiness to it and has a very dry and refreshing feeling. There is some nice hop bitterness throughout the middle and back end of the beer that gives it great balance. Some peppery spice notes are also present. This was very close to a 5 for me on taste.

O - This beer is great. I've been impressed with the 2 brews I've had from Anchorage so far. Very good body and nice individual flavors that work well together. (1,192 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Batch 1.

A: Pours a murky pumpkin color with a couple fingers of dense light tan head that took forever to fade into a lasting film that left complex streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Oh my God. Words cannot describe the bouquet of flavors that I’m smelling right now! The citra hops, orange peel, rose hips, brett, and chardonnay oak barrel have somehow come together to create quite possibly the greatest thing I’ve ever smelled. The nose is sweet, floral, and citrusy is a very unique way. I get strong notes of flowers, grapefruit and tangerines followed by characteristic scents of earthy brett. I’ve used these adjectives and nouns on many other beers, yet I’ve never smelled one quite like this.
T: The flavor follows the nose, and while very good it’s definitely not as mind blowing. The flavors are sharp and dry and definitely not as flowery or sweet as the nose. Dry oak, earth, and brett pretty much dominate, but the finish has lightly bitter notes of citrus rind. The aftertaste is again, citrusy, and vinous with white wine.
M: Ample bubbly carbonation with a very smooth yet desert dry mouthfeel over a medium body. Very refreshing.
O: First I had Bitter Monk and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Then I had Whiteout Wit and I thought it was one of the best witbiers I’ve ever had. Going into this beer I thought there is no way that a brewery could go three for three. I’d like to say that I was surprised but deep down I had a feeling this beer would also be amazing. Buy stock in this brewery, it’s my new favorite. (1,602 characters)

Photo of mudbug
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Second batch
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! (939 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 jsanford
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Stemmed Glass. Batch #1. August 2011

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a big creamy white head that settles to a dense cap and leaves lots of sticky, intricate lacing.
S - Big, tart and funky nose dominates by earthy Brettanomyces, rose water, tropical and citrusy hops, pepper, and red wine. Phenomenal.
T - Definitely in-line with the nose, peppery Saison base is enhanced nicely by more floral rose, citrus hops, oak, and red wine. Not as tart as I was perhaps expecting, but pleasantly earthy and bitter, with a long-lasting dry finish.
M - Crisp and dry, with a medium body and sharp, spritzy carbonation.
O - Another phenomenal Anchorage beer, I want everything from them! (703 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a dusty 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Glorious, stately, glowing Princeton orange liquid with a fat fist of papaya whip crenellations upstairs. Perpetual retention - ridiculously thick lacing.

Peppercorn and orange peels come through very strong in the nose melding perfectly with the CITRA hops. Floral hoppy notes emerge as well, though Vitamin C seems more pronounced than rose hips.

Rosewater, orange peels, tropical fruit, pink perppercorn, herbaceous/floral hops, and potent yeast notes lead the palate. The Brett. emerges more in the finish, contributing a lasting earthiness more than funk. A touch of aspirin in the aftertaste, though overall I wouldn't say it was medicinal.

Rich, full bodied, creamy, effervescent mouthfeel.

Really delicious and unique ale, one of the most creative domestic examples of the style, up there with Jolly Pumpkin's Baudelaire iO...wow. (922 characters)

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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.