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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

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538 Ratings
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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 134
Gots: 79 | 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 pwoods
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DividedAvery for the great bottle.

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a golden pale orange with some yeasty hazy. Nice head on the pour with pretty good retention, especially for something barrel aged. Nice. Lacing.

S: Light floral and spicy nose from the rose hips and peppercorns. The citra is light and purfumy with a bit of the citrus pineapple aroma. Great yeasty easters and phenols. Everything is nicely in balance and I really like how the peppercorns and citra hops play off each other. Some brett like under tones... maybe from the barrels?

T/M: Great flavors going on. Nice saison yeastery esters and phenols with the citrus hop flavors and spices from the rose hips and peppercorns. Light grains and brett like characters. I'm guessing the brett like character is from the wine barrels, but that seems to be all that I'm getting from them. Body is medium or so with some light creaminess and great carbonation.

D: One of the best new beers I've had in a long time. Really diggin' this.

pwoods, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of gueuzer
4/5  rDev -6.5%

gueuzer, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

cyrusthepup, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -6.5%

DrBier, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange, light copper with a small fluffy white head with big tight bubbles trapped inside. Head fades to a ring of tiny tight bubbles.

S - Citra hops, juicy fruit bubblegum, some brett funk, light peppercorn and some oak and Pinot Noir, not sure I would have picked the last two up if not on the label. More citrus and white grape, vinous wine aromas.

T - Citrus, tropical fruits from the Citra, just enough Brett funk to provide a nice barnyard balance, floral with enough sweetness to balance the funk, lingering chalky rose hips in the finish with a touch of oak and pinot noir.

M - Medium body and slightly full for a saison, good carbonation.

D - Very impressed with both Anchorage beers I have had. Very complex with just the right amount of Brett.

brewcrew76, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

seeswo, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

nh2032, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of ElGallo
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ElGallo, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Mrpickles
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Mrpickles, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ThePorterSorter, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of pwoody11
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

pwoody11, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of DangerDawg
4/5  rDev -6.5%

DangerDawg, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pretty Things bowled glass a hazy light honey with a few fingers of puffy off-white head that settles to a wispy film and laces well.

Nose is gorgeous - floral with a citric apple bite, some caramel and other fruits; apricots perhaps?

A sip is smooth and dry with flavors more subdued than the nose; still, nice spice and delicate tartness, citrus and subtle funk. Good carbonation - crisp with a smooth medium to lighter body. A bit of the wine-like alcohol presents itself at the finish. Really a nice sipping saison. The nose is brilliant.

OldIronLungs, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of brokentee
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

brokentee, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

DaveJanssen, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Batch 1.

A: Pours a murky pumpkin color with a couple fingers of dense light tan head that took forever to fade into a lasting film that left complex streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Oh my God. Words cannot describe the bouquet of flavors that I’m smelling right now! The citra hops, orange peel, rose hips, brett, and chardonnay oak barrel have somehow come together to create quite possibly the greatest thing I’ve ever smelled. The nose is sweet, floral, and citrusy is a very unique way. I get strong notes of flowers, grapefruit and tangerines followed by characteristic scents of earthy brett. I’ve used these adjectives and nouns on many other beers, yet I’ve never smelled one quite like this.
T: The flavor follows the nose, and while very good it’s definitely not as mind blowing. The flavors are sharp and dry and definitely not as flowery or sweet as the nose. Dry oak, earth, and brett pretty much dominate, but the finish has lightly bitter notes of citrus rind. The aftertaste is again, citrusy, and vinous with white wine.
M: Ample bubbly carbonation with a very smooth yet desert dry mouthfeel over a medium body. Very refreshing.
O: First I had Bitter Monk and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Then I had Whiteout Wit and I thought it was one of the best witbiers I’ve ever had. Going into this beer I thought there is no way that a brewery could go three for three. I’d like to say that I was surprised but deep down I had a feeling this beer would also be amazing. Buy stock in this brewery, it’s my new favorite.

scottfrie, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Ultraman9000, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is golden with a nice full fluffy white head.

The aroma is full of sweet malt and green grape skin.

The taste is spicy and mildly tart. There is a nice minty finish. Unique and enjoyable.

The body is light to medium, with nice crisp carbonation.

Enjoyable. I like this one a lot, a little hoppier than I expected.

andrewinski1, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Andy and poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy golden straw color with about an inch of white head. Lots of cobweb lace.

The aroma has a nice floral aroma with some orange citrus hops in the background . Good funk with some buttery and cheese aromas. The pallet it a lot like the aroma. Good pallet with a little bit of a vegetable flavor with some lemon and citrus in the finish. Good funky finish with some white pepper.

Light feel with good carbonation. Really nice offering here. Glad to try this.

Bendurgin, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -6.5%

largadeer, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

BARFLYB, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

wdeck9, Dec 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

lpotter, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Satchboogie, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

GRG1313, Dec 17, 2011
Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.