Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 137
Gots: 98 | FT: 11
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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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

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 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."

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.

Fantastic!

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

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

Flavor:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Overall:
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...

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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 hippityhops85
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into an Allagash footed cervoise.

Pours a cloudy tangerine/umber with a huge rocky offwhite head.

Nose has lots of black pepper, citrus, slight mustiness, little horse blanket, tangerines, and sour apples

Taste follows suit with the black pepper, slight citrus, bretty funk. It also has a slight dry white wine characteristic to it. Nicely balanced with no single flavor playing the major roll here. Extremely dry.

The mouth feel has lots of lively carbonation along with a good medium body that is not overpowering.

Really an excellent Saison and worth seeking out although dropping $17 for a bottle of this seems a tad unreasonable. Recommended.

Photo of July2Nov
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearnce: golden orange with a good frothy white head.
Smell: fruity...like sour apples.
Taste & Mouthfeel: light & refreshing with a slight tart bent. Getting some orange peel flavors from it. Very sour, but very good.
Overall: too bad this is a limited release :(

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.