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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 139
Gots: 80 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: daveytheformer on 09-04-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sammy, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 1. August 2011.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly tart/sour and is of grain, spices, Brett, flowers, wood, and some mild wine aromas. Taste is of grain and Brett up front with flavors of spices, flowers, and wood coming through on the finish. There is a dry, tart, and slightly funky aftertaste as well. This beer has a nice crisp level of carbonation with a slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is quite a complex and tasty saison. The Brett presence really shines in the aroma and flavor but doesn't overwhelm the other ingredients.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.5%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Connecticut Avenue in DC. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a somewhat rusty light-brown color with a good off-white head and loads of lacing on the way down. Good retention before that. Thin ring of a collar as I finally finish my glass.

The nose brings forward loads of fruity Brett-induced funk. A bit of a tropical character is present plus some light red wine. The Brett takes the show. Faint tropical Citra notes there as well. The flavor isn't quite as integrated and is almost-completely dominated by the Brett. While the Brett character is quite nice, it's a bit one dimensional and I would have liked to get a bit more spice. As it warms further, some of the wine comes out, but still none of the other additions. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a very dry finish. Brett heavy. Good, but not fantastic.

Thorpe429, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

spycow, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

acurtis, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy reddish yellow in color and poured with a finger high off white head that never completely faded away and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose, along with some notes of sourness from the brettanomyces yeast.
T: Similar to the taste, there are flavors of tropical fruits and sourness along with notes of rose hips. Peppery spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and the smell and taste captivates your nostrils and taste buds.

metter98, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Texasfan549, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The complexity keeps building in these brett-infused base beers. This time Anchorage reaches for the seamless bridge between saison and wild yeast, but then layers on the character of rose hops and wine barrels. These guys have it figured out!

Its burnt orange appearance is laced with haze from yeast, hops, and wood tannin which brings out a dark honey-amber hue. The beer releases a creamy dense froth of medium stature which retains and laces the session very well.

Bright and zesty aromas of dried oranges, red grapefruit, dried lemons and limes, melon, apricot, mango, white grape, passion fruit and papaya all rise from the contibutions of yeast, hops, and wine barrels. Balanced with earthy complexities of fresh cracked white peppercorn, dried wood, vinous alcohols, and light horse hair- the aromas of the beer weave together seamlessly.

Flavors are pungent, raw, and acidic with the taste of tropical and citrus fruit that the nose unveiled. The dry acidic taste is matched with earthen wood, wine, pepper, and softer floral taste. There's just enough powdery sweetness to create a ripe and creamy taste to accompany the fruit and must. Finishing with citrusy bitterness, a slim taste of pine resin comes to life and dries the saison much like an IPA.

The magical textures of the beer might be its strongest suit: both creamy and powdery from the onset, the tartness of fruit morphs into full-blown acidity and invites the spicy tannin character to complement in the most pleasant way. Remaining powdery and smooth until the end, the beer continues to dry and become spicier all the while.

There's an element of class and sophistication associated with the beer, yet still making it look easy. The beer simply comes together in the most majestic and whimsical way. But its power and punch to the palate won't be ignored.

BEERchitect, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett is dominant with some notes of rustic malt and some citrus notes and some vinous notes as well. Taste is a complex mix between some Brett notes with a dry aftertaste mix in with citrusy hoppy notes and some vinous notes which work very well altogether. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Again lots of flavour that are very well balanced. My only complaint and it is a minor one ifs with the amount of Brett used in every of their beers they tend to have a similar taste profile.

Phyl21ca, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

kjkinsey, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

GRG1313, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Chris!

Pours a hazy orange color with some hints of red to it and a massive white head. Smells quite floral, likely from the rose hips, but it’s got a bit of a hibiscus character to it, too. The wine comes through and gives a bit of sweet grape must aroma. Mild spice notes are also present. The flavor is highly floral and "grapey". A bit sweeter than imagined, but a touch of lemon peel type tartness. There is some oak to it and a bit of spice flavor as well. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

womencantsail, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a decent looking golden color with some orange hues to it. The head was thick and white. The smell of the beer was a little earthy with some spicy notes. The taste of the beer had the typical spicy Saison notes with some light earthy undertones. The mouthfeel was the beer was well carbonated and medium bodied. Overall this beer wasn't bad, I enjoyed it and would probably drink it again.

Knapp85, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -6.5%

largadeer, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange, languid trails of rising carbonation. Lasting head of white soapy foam, drippy downward webs of lacing. Good retention, it lasts for the duration of the glass.

Grapefruit pith, white pepper, tangerine from the Citra, tart fruitiness, dry finish. Clover honey aftertaste, big sandalwood aroma, woody and spicy with a backing fruit bouquet. Nicely balanced tartness, mild bitterness underneath that lingers into the dry finish.

Despite the flowery romance novel BS on the label, the beer is in fact pretty decent.

emerge077, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a two-finger, long lasting, off-white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled spicy with some yeasty notes. Some caramel aromas with a touch of floral presence, too.

T - It tasted of citrus fruits and a spicy yeast bite. There was a nice caramel and grain backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really good saison. I am impressed with my first brew from Anchorage.

zeff80, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -6.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

SocalKicks, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchorage Brewing "Love Buzz Saison"
750 ml bottle, corked and caged
Batch #1, August 2011
$13.59 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD

Appearance: Hazy peach colored body beneath a creamy head of off-white foam. Very good head retention; very nice lacing.

Aroma: Bold aroma. Quite complex. Strawberry, cherry, pear, apple, grape, orange, pineapple and chalky citrus rind. Brettanomyces tang and fruitiness! Subtle spice almost like cedar. Floral. Hints of grassiness.

Taste: As expected, the flavor follows the aroma. It's surprisingly citrusy, displaying a note of lemon that I didn't pick up in the aroma. And there's a bit of spice to it that's particularly clear in the drying finish (coriander, perhaps a dash of pepper). The Brett is clearly present, but not overdone amidst so much citrus. It's well-rounded and balanced with fruit and Brett upfront, followed by a passing hit of sweetness that's then eclipsed by citrus, and then followed by drying notes of floral, chalk, oak, and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy and smooth. Velvety almost.

Overall: It's quite complex in its aroma, but it's not overly done in its flavor... there's a lot to deal with there to be sure, but it's still quite drinkable - there's nothing that holds it back. The bitterness is perfectly balanced alongside the spice/oak and citrus/floral notes, and that's the pivotal point here; everything else just spins around it.

Impressive. Unique. Well worth seeking out, especially for fans of the style.

NeroFiddled, Feb 16, 2012
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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.