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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Reviews: 199
Hads: 716
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 154
Gots: 129 | FT: 17
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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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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 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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Photo of zac16125
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love buzz

A:dark apricot , 1 fingers width bright white head, decent retention, lots of lacing 4.25

S: tart, a bit of funk, saison yeast , red wine , awesome 4.5

T: tart, funky, vinous, oak 4.25

M/D: medium body, carbonation on the heavier end which is appropriate, drinkability is very good, surprised it's 8% 4.25

O: excellent 4.25

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Photo of babaracas
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly clear red-tinted darker orange with dense but thin white head; Rorschach lacing. Smell: citrus peel, moldy overripe peaches, floral, musty, with grape skin and red wine vinegar notes. Taste: moderately acidic with big flavors... herbal and woody, bitter orange; beneath some sweet and sour fruit balance... unripe peach, melon note, sugared dried mango. Some snappy grain character quickly overwhelmed by red wine grapes and pepper. Interesting composition, with all of the components dialed up and dialed in. Really nice.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Bottle from Tipples, corked and caged. Poured to my tulip hazy orange with lots of. Unless and a big creamy white to off white head. Huge Brett aroma, orange peels, lots of floral and peppery notes, barnyard funky and dry. Not a lot of wine on the nose. Flavor is sweet mango intermingled with rose hips, citrus, funk, and light peppery spice. Lightly tart from the Brett, full bodied with a vinous red wine heaviness, but strong carbonation. Wow. This might be the best Brett beer I've ever had. The big juiciness of the beer balances out the dry funky Brett outstandingly.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a tulip.

Nice orange color with a slight pink tint. Fluffy, thick white head, nice retention.

Smell is mostly brett for me, old cheese and funk. A little vinous oak. Some peppercorn and floral notes, faint citrusy hops. A little berry if you really look for it.

Opens up more on the taste. Oak and bitter citrus followed by round vinous/vinegary character. Floral/perfumey notes. A little peppercorn on the finish followed by some earthy funk and bitter oak.

Light bodied and smooth, ends dry but lingers a bit.

Tasty, unique, and complex, another nice creation from Anchorage.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from 750ml fresh bottle.

A: Pours a nice amber glowing orange opaque liquid. Deep with nice lingering carbonation.

S: Tart citrus grapefruit. Biting but clean and very pleasant.

T: follows the smell really well. Sauvignon blanc character. Tart but not acidic in sour character. Very light pleasant with a lingering light lemon pez flavor.

M: Pleasant and very crushable. Start to finish pleasant. Not coating but full.

O: I've had this before and remember it being very pleasant. A good beer I'd say try and find fresh. I've had it sitting a couple of months on the shelf and it decayed quite a bit. A very nice saison with good character.

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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!!!

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Photo of joe1510
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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