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Love Buzz Saison | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

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Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by daveytheformer on 09-04-2011

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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, caged and corked bottle, part of a quartet of Anchorage Brewing's offerings to suddenly show up in limited quantities in Alberta last week.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some mountain valley stream vista lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of musty and slightly funky yeast/bacterial infection, mixed red and white grapes, rainbow peppercorns, grainy and bready pale malt, subtle oak, aged lemon rind, and earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, just a hint of biscuity caramel sweetness, a mildly cheesy Brett funk, old musty sweaters, some dry vanilla-tinged oakiness, under attenuated red wine, further lemony fruit tartness, and some now heady leafy, piney, and floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite low and thus it's hard to get a steady reading on the trusty ol' froth-o-meter, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, the funk and the hops both kind of inherently clumsy, it would appear. It finishes trending dry, in a particularly fruity manner, though fruit that is musty and old-seeming, in addition to crisp and fleshy.

Yeah, in my world, Brettanomyces would be one of the last things that would inspire any sort of 'love buzz', but to each their own, I suppose. With everything going on in this brew (the Brett, the red vinous barrel notes, the typically fearless Yankee hops), I pretty much forgot that it is a Saison, after all - however, with all the makeup having been applied here, it's kind of difficult to see this ol' girl for what she really is.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange. Minimal head. It's a super interesting beer with some honey like sweetness, surprised that a beer with "buzz" in it doesn't have honey in it. Getting some Welch's grape juice on the finish. This is a very interesting and complex beer that I enjoyed, but I can't say that any of the flavors were my favorite.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful ruby-orange with a foamy white head that dissipates into nothing.
S- Typical brettanomyces funk intermingled with pepper, citrus, flowers, and earthiness.
T- Citrusy and Floral in the beginning that gives way to the tart funk of the Brett. Ends with the dry fruitiness and oak of the Pinot noir barrel. Grape like aftertaste. Very good.
M- Starts off smooth but finishes dry. Medium-High carbonation.
D- Probably my favorite part of the beer is the finish. It has a wine like quality that really makes this a great beer. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at a tasting. Hazy orange, with a small white head. Smells of grapes, brett, vanilla and oak. Tastes like brett, slightly sour and of grapefruit and red wine. Dry, with a sour aftertaste.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and also has some dank notes. Taste starts tart, fruity, floral. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. Light, effervescent body. Really good one, bright, floral and tart.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden orange color with over two fingers of white foamy head. Smells of Brett funk, a bit of citrus fruit, light notes of pepper and flowers. The flavor has funk, tartness, some citrus sweetness, and a slight spice from the peppercorns. You also get a slight hint of the barrel as the beer warms. The feel is medium, well carbonated and crisp. This is an outstanding saison that I could drink over and over!

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

Gives you those yellow and orange colors, 3/4" white head, tart, bretty aroma that is nice, plenty of citrus going through this one.

Lots of lemon sourness, the brett is thick and chunky on the teeth, has a bitterness that while many would say is stylistically misplaced, I find to be a wonderful part of this beer. If sour and funk is what you want in a bretty saison, this is your place. Citra hops definitely bring the noise on this one. The peppercorn and orange with the brett in the mouthfeel make for a complex, enjoyable citrusy, bretty saison.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Cloudy orange-yellow with some nice lacing.

S: Really nice complex aroma of tropical fruits, barnyard funk, red wine, grassy hops.

T: Bright citrus and tropical fruits upfront, a nice barnyard and mildly tart brett character, a bit of oak and some mild hop flavors. There’s also an interesting tannic vinous character. Semidry throughout with some hop bitterness, floral and oak notes in the surprisingly fleeting finish.

F: The feel is really interesting on this one: creamy and dry/tannic at the same time. The creaminess is surprising given the brett fermentation, barrel aging and the simple fact that it’s a saison. Medium body with just a hint of warmth at the end reminding you of the abv. Incredibly drinkable overall.

O: Goddamn this was good. I’m a pretty big fan of saisons and this is the best new saison I’ve tried in a long time – lots of different flavors that individually shine and don’t overwhelm one another, unique mouthfeel and enticing aroma.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #4 May 2015 - poured slowly into a Belgian tulip glass

Pours a tangerine color with a white frothy head that dissipates moderately slow. Beautiful lacing is present all around the glass as I sip and a centimeter thin head stays around the sides of the glass throughout the entire experience.

Smells of brettanomyces, white peppercorns, tart fruit, rhubarb bitters. Very funky smelling from the Brett and a slight fruity hint. Very interesting nose.

Tastes initially is slightly piquant with a balance of fruit, funk, and bitterness. Definitely a bit young to be drinking this, but I had to try it. I would cellar another one for consumption at a much later date down the road.

Mouthfeel is super duper prickly with all kinds of spice on the palate. Hard to pick up exactly what kind of spices I'm getting but definitely crazy carbonation is front the yeast strain. Mellows out after a while and you can almost taste the Pinot grapes from the barrel aging when you lick your lips.

Overall a great brew that will only get better with age. Good flavor and spice for a farmhouse ale/saison and another winner for Anchorage Brewing Co. They always seem to produce some stellar brews and I always look forward to sampling them.


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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Second time having this, one of my favorites. 750 ml bottle poured into a red wine glass.
L: Orange-auburn with a thick fluffy head that leaves sporadic lacing.
S: citrus with some funk and floral tones
T: so much going on here but all of it in balance and nothing overpowering. Belgian yeast, touch of funk and tartness, and grapefruit rind.
M: very full for a light beer, lingering
O: quite a combo of flavors and smells, an enjoyable combination to the senses.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at The Beer Belly in Albany, NY.

This one pours a brilliant hazy orange-ish yellow, with a one inch fluffy head, and a good amount of lacing. The first pour was more yellow, but the second pour from the bomber seemed to include the yeast at the bottom, and it made the beer more opaque orange.

This smells like stone fruit, orange, oak, lemon, flowers, and spicing. Smells pretty wonderful.

As mentioned above, the two pours of this beer were fairly different experiences. The first pour, without the yeast, had a ton of oak and spicing, and a really healthy dose of earthy, slightly bitter barnyard Brett flavors. The Brett melded really well with the oak which melded really well with the hoppy bitterness- all in wonderful harmony. There's a lot of citrus too, from the Citra hops. However, the second pour really shifted the balance, a lot of the complexities went away, but the citrusy fruit flavor was much stronger, and featured a really strong earthy and sweet citrus flavor that dominated everything. This flavor was so strong I could have sworn there was fruit added- but there's not.

This is medium bodied, with a really crisp and lively mouthfeel, with a moderate, active level of carbonation.

Another exceptionally tasty beer from Anchorage. Gabe Fletcher really knows to flex his Brett muscles with the best of them.

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Photo of do_ob
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rustic red/orange in color. A bit cloudy. Wonderfully inviting aroma of characteristics that one wouldn't think would mesh well, but they do. Spicy funk, florals, sour grapes, citra hops, and pepper on the nose. The taste is on par with the nose, more or less. The presene of hops is much more pronounced on the aroma than on the taste. Sweet flowers, peppercorn, and huge grapes on the taste. I'm not doing it justice, but this one is actually pretty complex. I loved the addition of roses. Great beer.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from 750 ml cork and cage bottle. pours a hazy light gold color with nice white fluffy head. good retention. high carbonation. very brettish. not as good as the first time around. but still pretty good

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Photo of kemoarps
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #3/July 2014

A pale and opaque tangerine body with hints of a blush creeping up its neck. Nice foamy white head sits atop settling down and leaving its mark on the land around.

Nose is tart and funky and incredibly inviting. The wood and the pinot carry through, but then digging too deep I get an almost briney/dill type note that kind of throws it off for me. I think it's the vinegar-like tartness that is somehow reminding me of pickles.

Starts tart again and thankfully that evokation of dill pickles is but a distant memory. The tart start soon gives way to a soft invitation of rose hips and a cherry finish. Peppercorns and pith make their appearance in the final act. Tart start, bitter in the finish. Mellow and approachable though for both without being subdued. I think the pinot barrels contribute to this pervasive softness. Thanks pinot barrels!!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This features a ridiculously citrus-laden nose, both from the Citra hops and the ale esters. Wine barrel notes are subdued, but still there. What lets me down is how basic and weak the brett comes across - this aspect honestly seems half-assed. The flavor is less citrusy and a bit drier, with an oaky finish. I get a bit of brett at first, but it's a bit basic like I said. Sandwiched between the two notes are those citrus qualities I liked on the nose. For a brett-laden saison from a hyped brewery, this doesn't seem very rustic. Complexity is solid, but it doesn't seem intrinsically balanced. It is decently dry finishing with a strong presence on the palate, though not refreshing. Rather, it's gently warming. I'm disappointed in this one - there's too much wine barrel and not enough brett. Having said that, it should improve with age. I doubt I'll pay over $10 for another bottle of this to find out, though.

3.25/5: Not particularly feeling this love buzz

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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1, August 2011

Appearance: A frothy forward pour, with several inches of foam building on the cloudy amber liquid; solid retention and clumps of lacing linger

Smell: The Pinot Noir barrels, in their oak and cherry tone glory, dominate, with the funky Brett, the peppercorns and the orange peel all making a contribution; yeasty phenols and stone fruit elements can also be discerned

Taste: The first flavor that hits my palate is the leathery, funky Brett and that aspect, along with the stone fruit flavors, creates a backbone; the cherry tones from the Pinot Noir barrels arrive next adding a sweeter foil to the funk; after the swallow, the adjuncts break loose, with the peppercorns, the orange peel and what is left of the Citra hops, all making their presence known; on top of all that is going on, there is a creamy, vanilla character which I presume is coming from the oak barrels, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; creamy, with moderate carbonation (despite the huge pop when the cork was released

Overall: Anchorage beers made an appearance in North Carolina when the Shelton Brothers looked more favorably on our state; I am hoping they return as I have seen some inklings that the Sheltons have resumed at least some beer shipments to the Old North State

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One I've been looking for, and it did NOT disappoint.

Looks a hazy reddish orange with a fluffy white head and spotty lacing.

Smells absolutely delightful, with orange, tangerine, juicy tartness, funky brett presence, a little bit of black pepper, a light salinity.

Tastes a bit more bitter than expected, and I think this is a bit of a disappointment. There's still plenty of juicy citrus, black pepper and funk. Some light red fruits from the Pinot noir barrels, sweet ripe raspberries. It still tastes absolutely delicious, there's just a bit too much bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is great for the style, just a bit too astringent. Very dry, med, and plenty of carbonation.

Overall this is a very interesting and complex beer, and one that should definitely be sought out. Similar to saison brett, with added complexity from the barrel aging. I'm sure this one will age well, and that might cut the astringency a bit.

Very good beer; I hope I can get my hands on some more anchorage soon. If I see another bottle of this, I'll definitely pick it up. At the 12$ I spent on this bottle it was worth every penny.

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Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL cork-topped bottle served in a tulip glass. Beer pours hazy straw in color, and forms a very large white head. Strong Belgian ale aroma, floral, yeasty, and grassy, with a sweet hint of oak. Would you believe me, when I tell you, this is the best smelling saison I've ever had from a bottle? Flavor starts out clean, smooth, and creamy -- and then the tartness kicks in. In spite of the way sourness tends to dominate my palate, this beer has a lot going on. There's the obvious citrus oil flavor from the orange peels, which despite the aforementioned obviousness, is relatively subtle. There's also distinct pepperiness, apparently from actual peppercorns. Impressively, those flavors play off each other well. I imagine they were successfully mellowed out by multiple encounters with oak fermentation.

There are so many variables that went into this beer, as a brewer I can't imagine what went into developing the final formula. I love citra, but would not have picked them out of this beer. I imagine the aroma comes mostly from the rose hips (which I don't pick up with my tongue), and I guess a more traditionally floral hop would have overshadowed them.

The mouthfeel here is great as well. Relying on bottle carbonation on a beer which had already been fermented twice seems like a gamble, but it seems to have paid off.

Normally Brett-based beers are too sour for me, but this one is fantastically executed and has won my heart.

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

Look: a gorgeous beer, amber/golden, and a little murky in the way I like my saisons. And right out of the bottle, it is BUBBLY-icious.

Smell: the Brett and Pinot aging really shine on the nose - almost a champagne feel. Then you get the hops, and some herbal aromas. Outstanding.

Taste: Brett attack, just all sorts of funky - but some pepper, too, and the Pinot barrel, of course. A nice little hop wallop on the swallow. Simply delicious.

Feel: very dry, almost a bubbly character. I'm getting my Thurston Howell the III on.

Overall: 2nd beer I've had from Anchorage, this is truly outstanding. I really enjoy saisons in the summer, and this hits all the notes you expect from a saison at an exceptionally high level. Well done by the folks at Anchorage.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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