Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 150
Gots: 120 | FT: 13
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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 Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.17/5  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.

Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber with a two finger fluffy white head. The head fades to a good size layer on top of the glass with some nice lacing.

Smell: This is a very earthy and herbal smelling beer. There is a sweetness and a slight sourness to the smell.

Taste: A lot like the smell. This is a very herbal saison, and you can definitely pick up the brett, it's almost slightly metallic. The beer isn't sour per say, but it's got mild funk to it. The finish is hoppy and quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good saison. Complex and easy to drink, I would definitely have another.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of glasses.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of frothy bright-white head. This maintains a rich and foamy look, soaping the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. Brett jumps right out in the aroma, mixing with spice and sweeter toasted grains. The barrel is definitely there, with that Pinot Noir adding a darker presence to this. I bit of light heat undercuts the flavors here.

The taste has a sweet grainy base to it, with spice, lemon zest, and must all mixed in. The barrel flavors come in off the edges and pull into the finish, leaving this dry and oaky with a good bit of lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; with a softer feeling carbonation in the mouth yet still lays a bit of a light crispness down on the tongue as well. This is pretty smooth overall for the size.

This was quite good. The Brett played a big part and worked well with the spiciness of that base Saison. That barrel flavor was only the icing on the cake. I think that the body on this really impressed me the most though, perfectly complimenting those flavors. This is another solid one from Anchorage.

Photo of Slatetank
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this bottle at Holy Hound in York, thanks to tenderbranson for sharing this w/ me. served chilled in a tulip glass.

The color is deep golden with peachy hue and thick cream cap which falls rapidly to a ring with good lacing and tight bead. The smell is very brett influenced right off with small amount of hop aroma with mild grapefruity tropical odor which is very fragrant with the yeast which adds a vinous note in the mix which is more white grape tang than juicy. The feel is lively and full with yeast and brett adding a dry almost mineral essence. The spiciness of hops is moderate with carbonation semi-high and subtle acidity of citrus with slightly dry finish.

The saison tastes nicely of brett and fruity with a subtle citrus tanginess and white grape tartness from the barrel with mild pepper and lemony hop qualities w/ slight cracker taste of malt in the finish. Overall a pretty top notch example of a brett saison with nice spice and hop flavor with the additon of a white wine elment from the barrel augmentation.

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label notes "with brettanomyces" and that the spices are rose hips, peppercorns, and orange peel. A real stew of flavors overlain with a rich, fruity tang of somethin' funky. I think it's a great example of loading up the Brett flavor without overdoing it. The pencil-shavings flavor of the pepper is a bit much in the aftertaste. It's also quite hoppy, (40 IBU) but again it's the aftertaste that shows the bitterness. Hops are in keeping with the style and there is so much going on it is just one more big flavor.

Sweet and sour, acidic, tangy, fruity. You can pile on the adjectives. Pineapple and herbal tea. Beautiful long-lasting head on a cloudy golden brew. Quite aromatic and spicy in the nose. Gets more bitter as you sip.

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Delerium Tremens snifter. Batch #1, August 2011.

A - Big white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Somewhat hazy golden body.

S - Pinot noir and oak a-plenty, peppery yeast, light medicinal and dusty brett notes, a bit of the dill flavor I get from certain oak-aged beers, citrus notes. It's quite similar to Bitter Monk in some ways, but with less complexity.

T - Taste is also quite nice, with juicy stone fruits, citrus, light vinous notes and spicy farmhouse yeast, and oaky vanilla. More smoothed out - less of the sharp oak and medicinal flavors.

M - Medium bodied, lightly sticky, with medium-low carbonation and surprisingly little dryness or tannic oak present. I didn't have an explosive bottle like some of the other reviewers noted. Well-hidden alcohol - would have guessed 6.5% or so.

D - A really nice Saison, but with less depth than Bitter Monk. Still it's ultimately a very enjoyable beer that I'd gladly drink again if it were a bit more affordable. These Anchorage beers have really developed a 'house' quality a la Jolly Pumpkin, even though I think Gabe is merely using a commercially available brett strain.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/28/11 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a dark hazy yellow color with some light lacing, two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, citrus hops, yeast, brett, some funk, apples, and floral hops. Very nice and loving the brett that comes through.

t - Tastes of brett, citrus hops, floral notes and hops, earthy notes, yeast, pepper, and spices. More floral notes that the nose and again, very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice saison from Anchorage; I really liked it. Some nice funk and brett especially in the nose, and floral hops in the taste. Would like to have it again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this beer is the #32 beer on the top Saison / Farmhouse ale list on beeradvocate and the #41 beer on the "Top Beers - New" list. A nice little saison for sure.

Beer served in a New Belgium globe glass. Beer is yellow with a great white head, nice retention, mildly hazy, some lacing on the glass, nice carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, tea-like spiciness, brett b.

Beer is light in body and effervescent on the palate, the overall beer is dry on the finish, heavily carbonated on the palate, nice spice profile and great yeast profile, the funk dominated the front half of the palate. I'd have this beer again, I really enjoyed it.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this one. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear orange with yellowish hints around the edges. A white finger of froth sits atop and slowly fades leaving an entire wall of webby lacing effect.

The smell of this brew is a little bretty with a dryness and spice about the nose that includes some herbal hops. A bit of rinds and the expected farmhouse quality from the yeast. There is a light grainy character like straw present with a contrasting floral to fruity component across the back.

The taste is herbal with hops that produces a modest bitterness. Some barrel dryness is present with a peppery spice accent towards the finish. Oak flavoring is present with a hint of caramel grain to toasty sweetness. Overall very individualized and decipherable flavors that mix together quite well to make an interesting flavor experience.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden for 8%. A little more bitter than I'd like but just because it wasn't what I expected doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. This concluded our mini tasting of 3 different Anchorge beers and I gotta say that across all 3 different offerings, these brews shared a vey familiar quality about them. I'm not sure if that is just the house character or if it's the repeated combination of Brett ad barrel aging across all 3. Regardless, they are worth checking out.

Photo of ShanePB
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with my girlfriend. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Hazy and cloudy orange/amber colored body with a fizzy, tight white head that has some quick dissipation. Hardly any lace at all, in fact nothing but a thin ring around the edges after a few sips. Some quick swirls bring it back to life but not for long. Seems the barrels have adversely affected this.

S: Lots of brett is up front, along with a nicely floral aroma. There's actually a good amount of hop aromas, sweet and light, white pepper, rose hips, and an astringent oak note. Nothing really in terms of the barrel flavor (Pinot Noir as it claims), though the wood itself certainly shows up. Not overly complex but okay.

T: A bit of a reversal, the dry red wine flavors start things off, mixed with a really gritty barnyard brett taste. No tartness or sweetness really, just lots of funk going on. The floral elements in the nose come back, more rose hips, pale citrus fruits, and a sharp peppery note. Complex enough to keep things interesting.

M: Highly active carbonation, fizzy yet crisp on the palate. For this style, I really like this feel. It's smooth too despite being very carbonated.

This is another nice beer from Anchorage but again, these (Philadelphia) prices just aren't worth it. That's not to say it's not a tasty beer because it is, but there's definitely more wallet-friendly options out there if you want a funky Saison. If I could find this a few bucks less each time, this would be one to cellar and revisit later for me.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears a hazy, golden orange color with over an inch of dense, white head. The aroma offers fruit, yeast, malt, floral notes. The flavor is interesting. Floral hops come through more in the flavor than the aroma. A bit thin in the body. Slightly sweet, with additional notes of rose hips. A pretty tasty saison.

Photo of tdm168
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle

A - bright orange with a soft, bubbly head that fades to a thin lacing

S - herbal, spicy, floral nose; surprisingly hoppy

T - oak, winey, a bit tart, orange peel, a mild pepperiness, floral, mild bitterness, buttery, alcohol

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This was amazing! It was complex and absolutely delicious. Rarely can I say this, but it was as if each sip had a new flavor. There were so many subtleties and nuances that I couldn't even wrap my palate around all of them. On top of all that, it was refreshing and very easy to drink. I can't say enough good things about this beer. It's definitely worth a try.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle into two tulip glasses with extra to spare in a regular glass.

Love Buzz looks lovely with a nice bright golden bordering on yellow hue when up to the light. Has a lemonade look to it except for the massive thick inch of ivory shaded foam on top leaving blotches.

Smell is pretty pungent and im hit with hops off the bat, probably citra as im getting mad tropics with mango. Farmhouse Belgian yeast with some hay and a spike of brett for good measure. Not overly bretted ala Bullfrog Undead Ed. A faint cracker like breadiness from the yeast.

Taste is great, not out of this world but in the right direction. Brett, citrus tastes, saison farm twang. As with the Bitter Monk, I only picked up a trace amount of the barrel type used. I get the faint oak but no pinot character.

Feel bordering on medium but is on the lighter side. This just goes down all to easy. The carb is pretty tight while not taking over the tounge, this beer is certainly alive. A nice bretty aftertaste that lingers a bit.

This is impressive, a bit less in boldness and taste than the Bitter Monk, but I found this to be the more drinkable one out of the two. A whole bottle was child's play. Now I just need somebody to get a taste of the new wit, cause I ain't buying that one.

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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.