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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 135
Gots: 89 | FT: 9
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 UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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 bentonquest
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

bentonquest, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bonbini26, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of egohepar
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was something special. When I opened it and poured it into a large snifter a pretty decent foam appeared, although it disappeared after not so long. It looked clear and amber, with some red in it. But it was only the first glass which was clear, the deeper I got into the bottle the more turbid the liquid became, because the yeast was in the bottom of the bottle. I smelled it and the aromas of rose hips and some funk revealed itself. The first sips were wonderful, the rose hips were really prominent and some nice, fruity sweetness was there too. In the end a nice, rather special, bitterness took hold. The beer continued in the same elegant fashion. It had juice-like qualities and some real freshness to it. The brett is there and provides dryness in the aftertaste and some subtle sourness, and also some funny flavors once in a while. The mouthfel was light and the beer was easy drinking. Drank a whole 750 ml for myself, never feeling it was too much. Overall, a beer different than the rest, it was more alive and kicking than most other Saisons.

egohepar, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of DaveHack
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

DaveHack, Mar 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

pirmannt1, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Sarlacc83, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

TheRuss9585, Mar 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

BeerNDoggerel, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with 3 fingers of creamy head that dissipates slowly. Thick clouds of lacing line the glass. Moderate carbonation.

N: Lemony citrus, barnyard, toasted grains and subtle Pinot Noir characteristics with a splash of lactic acid. Boasts a beautiful bouquet of ginger, pepper, coriander, cinnamon and rose petal.

T: Lemon juice, lightly toasted grains, rose petal and subtle Pinot Noir characteristics upfront. This is followed by barnyard funk, coriander, light notes of doughy bread and some grassy Noble hops along with a subtle Brett sourness. Finishes with a punch of naked oak and Pinot Noir with a bouquet of peppercorn, hibiscus, earth, hay, ginger and cinnamon.

M: Light-medium bodied, smooth, bitter, crisp, clean and extremely dry.

O: Exceptional! Very refreshing and very dry. Healthy doses of crisp lemony citrus, barnyard and hay. The wine and oak only adds to its complexity. Not as sour as I was hoping which was probably for the best. Phenomenal all around. I will be picking up more for sure.

justintcoons, Mar 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

popery, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

brandonasplundh, Mar 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

rydev24, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of HamGlade10
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

HamGlade10, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BierStein711
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint and a half bottle poured into snifter.

No freshness date

S: hops, brett, roses, wine, and malt

T: Herbal! Pinot Noir really came thrrough!! The piney notes from the hops really shone as well. The rose hips were at the finish just like the bottle suggested.

M: Okay, not the best not the worst.

Try this beer!! Buy it. Then buy more. This is my first saison, and I am going to have more.

BierStein711, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Ragu2387
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anchorage Brewing Company “Love Buzz” tasted on 3/1/2012 poured into Chimay Snifter
Saison with Brett aged in Pinot Noir barrels

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange. A one finger, off-white head forms, but quicky disperses leaving a little fine lacing. Looks super refreshing.

Nose: You get the Brett right off the front with a very inviting tart grape smell, probably helped out by the pinot noir barrels this is fermented in. Nice corriander, gruit, spice follows.

Mouth feel: Super crisp, tart finish from the brett just begs you to take another sip.

Taste: The saison comes through nicely. Some green apple, currents, tart cherries come through more as the beer finishes. Great balance between bitter and spice.

Overall: Very, very unique beer like all of Anchorage's beers. I wish it was summer so I could fully appreciate how refreshing this beer is

Ragu2387, Mar 02, 2012
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.

mdaschaf, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of cvm4
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden hazy color. It's darker than the usual saison. Has a nice white one finger head.

S - I'm detected some sour grapes or the tart of lemons.

T - You can really taste the pinot noir barrels it was aged in at first. Then, it's a lovely tartness with a sweet/dry finish.

M - Very refreshing. It's light on the palette but carbonated enough to coat the mouth.

O - I really like this beer, just not the price of it. It makes you sit back and take notice but it's also easy to drink. I think it's a perfect beer for those looking to taste a little "funk."

cvm4, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of dfernandez77
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Primary with Belgian yeast, barrel conditioned (French oak) with Brett, and bottle conditioned. Can't argue with that to start. Then the unique combination of spices compliments the fermentation process perfectly. Hobbs Family rose hips, peppercorns, and fresh orange peels. Dry-hopped in the barrel with Citra hops. Second fermentation in Pinot Noir barrels.


Slightly warm golden color. Some haze. Clean fine bubbled white head, leaves minimal lace.

Citrus tart like a Lemonhead candy. Dry funk from the Brett. Honey maltiness. Echo of vanilla and clean tannins from the oak.

Minor tart mouthgasm. Clean, bright, and peppery. Citrus and clean bittering. Brett is hard and dry just enough to compliment. Vinous character from the wine and tannins from the French oak barrels just punch it up. Super good new world Saison.

medium light, dry and astringent. Finishes with bitterness, Citra lemon zest all over it. Hop oils and Brett dryness linger for a long time. Super appealing classic Saison mouth.

One of the best Saisons I have ever had. The best new world (non-Belgian) Saison I have had for sure. All of the best characters you want from a classic, with creative spicing and fermentation process that only improves a beer well done. Damn good!

Got to work a trade for more of these...

dfernandez77, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one for my birthday. Get it? Love Buzz...Mebuzzard...ok ok

Looks great. A bit darker than most saisons. A dull gold, clear. Big foamy white head, rocky in places. Nice lacing. Yum!

Spicy and fruity aroma. Flowers. Light caramel and sweet toasted biscuit. It'll clear your nose, that's fer shizzle.

At first sip, the pinot noir comes out. Dark fruit and a bit velvety. Spice comes in to wipe that out and introduce the floral. Roses and green stem. Quickly, though. The spice has the overall word. Some clove and coriander. The pinot comes back, but the malt halts its return. Light sweet caramel atop a toasted biscuit.

This is a nice saison, even thought it's a bit different.

Mebuzzard, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of dbmernin83
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

dbmernin83, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev -6.3%

InebriatedJoker, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of schwaeh
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sent by scotchboy.

A: Orangey pumpin color, real hazy. Big Loose white head. Sticky lace.

S: A good amount of funky barrel, and brett; The aroma is very Jolly Pumkinesque. Dry red wine hints around giving way to the straw, hay, and funky earth. Some citrus, cherry, and strawberry come through.

T: Good stuff in layers. Wine comes out here a lot more. Musty damp hay and earth with a nice dryness. Brett blends great and doesnt overpower or make the pinot barrels dry this too much. Dull fruit flavors brighten it up and help add complexity. Coriander spiciness is used moderately.

M: very active carbonation dances on the tongue. This is a dry beer.

O: I cant get enough of this style, especially when the brewer adds plenty of interesting things to it. This is easily on par with most of Jolly Pumpkins beers. Really cool beer that i'd been wanting to try.

schwaeh, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -6.3%

DSlim71, Feb 16, 2012
Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.