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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 139
Gots: 82 | 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 TimoP
4/5  rDev -6.5%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

nathanjohnson, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

funkel81, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

wagenvolks, Feb 06, 2012
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 nickhiller
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

nickhiller, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of garrisonp
4/5  rDev -6.5%

garrisonp, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

waiting4lunch, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

pmarlowe, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of shanblur
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1 August 2011. Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip. A - Hazy orange with reddish highlights. Thick, frothy foam recedes relatively quickly to leave dense lacing. S - A blend of citrus and herbs and a nice floral component. Some of the brett is noticeable as well. Very complex. T - A peppery component up front, and citrus flavors throughout. Floral flavors come on last and it mixes with a somewhat bitter finish. Very nice mix of flavors. M - Medium body with a generous carbonation. They put a lot of love into this and it shows. Easily one of the best Saisons that I've had. Highly recommended.

shanblur, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

oline73, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pretty golden at the edges with an orange hue in the middle

S: Brett hits the nose and dominates completely with a strange diff hint of roses and pepper

T: Surprised  that how much i enjoyed this. Strange but really tasty, hints of rose buds, pepper and definitely brett. Easy on the taste buds.

M: Really light and dry but packs sensational mouthfeel from front to back. 

O: A really good beer that uses brett well in order to compliment the various spices in this saison farmhouse style beer.

PatrickSwayze, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of bfields4
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hazy body. Nice tight lacy off white head.

The citrus hops come through nicely in the aroma. Lemongrass sour apples from the Belgain yeast. A bit of orange tropical fruitiness. A bit of pepper and a touch of the oak.

Lemon twang fades quickly into a sweet tropical citrus a bit of the funk, but not much and very subtle notes of vanilla. There is a nice depth of flavors here. Get a bit of spiciness here and there as well. Very complex and enjoyable brew.

The body is light and full of carbonation. A good amount of complexity in the flavors. Anchorage is really hitting it out of the park. I can't wait to see more from these guys.

bfields4, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -6.5%

THECPJ, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch 1 aug 2011

pours cloudy golden orange with a big pillowy chunky off white head that had good retention and left rings of lacing down the glass

smell - while not that strong it is very intoxicating and i just could not get enough - fruity bready malt and oh that brett funk

taste was good but it did not live up to the nose - sweet bready fruit and the sour brett - it did have a bad metallic aftertaste on just a few sips which were cringe worthy

mouthfeel was a medium body with good carbonation - very smooth and creamy

overall - this beer just did not pop for me - the high price tag
and a few bad sips with off flavors did not help either

jsh420, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.75/5  rDev +11%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Soneast, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ROWDYMELT
4/5  rDev -6.5%

ROWDYMELT, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle. Batch #1 August/2011. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy dull gold with a massive 3+ finger white head. Settles, but stays puffy and thick. Cascading bubbles. Lots of fine lacing.

Aroma of white wine, floral garden perfume, musty funky brett. Pretty acidic. Dry earthy oak and vanilla. Tropical fruit citrus and sweetness immediately in the background.

Flavor is very much the same with sweetness and tart tang hitting you about the same time. Nicely balanced. Fruit flavors lean towards bitter citrus. Some wit-like spicy-ness, but pretty mild. A touch of funky earthiness in the flavor. Dry finish.

Medium bodied with medium-low soft natural carbonation. Fairly light and creamy.

brotherloco, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev -6.5%

cfh64, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev -6.5%

sjstraub, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Love Buzz is a glowing burnt gold. Cloudy, with a big pillowy white head, rocky, leaving chunks of foam.

Smell is complex, fruity, citrus and rose, a hint of cheesy brett.

Taste is similarly complex, quite a bit of depth. Vinous, a little funkiness, floral, bitter orange pith, and still a touch of caramel malt. Just a touch salty as well.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, medium light bodied, with a nice soft carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, it's very fun to parse, but one for thinking, not slugging down. I'm really liking this, although the rose it a bit much, it gives it a potpourii flavor that is a bit fatiguing.

ccrida, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

rab53, Jan 21, 2012
Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.