Love Buzz Saison | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by daveytheformer on 09-04-2011

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Reviews: 208 | Ratings: 750
Photo of jrenihan
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2, August 2012.

Beer is a caramel-orange colour, with a moderate to large-sized white head. Slightly cloudy. Head fades fairly quickly, leaving a film. A fair amount of lace.

Wow, the smell is enormous and captivating. Huge vinous nose, very fruity, blackberry, cherry, mango and apricot, all melded together with a liberal dose of funky brett notes. Some oak. The wine barrel influence is dramatic and nice. Really a stand-out aroma.

Taste also contains big vinous fruit notes. Blackberry, cherry, red grape, mango, passionfruit and orange. Brett is fairly prominent, and the flavour is quite funky and dry. Not really sour in any meaningful way, just funky. Oak is pretty strong in the aftertaste. Black pepper is there as well.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Smooth. Juicy.

Overall, terrific. Rich and enveloping and unique. A very tasty beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL into tulip. Batch #2 / August 2012.

A: slightly copper in hue. definitely darker than your typical saison, which I would imagine is due to the barrel aging. a bit cloudy, especially after the first pour. head is bright white and fluffy. retention is average. lacing is delicate and persistent.

S: the first thing to jump out at me are the hops. very powerful, citrus and rather inviting. plays nicely with subtle woody undertones and an equally subtle barnyard aroma. very unique aroma, however not getting anything that is particular saison-like.

T: here is where the barnyard brett distinctiveness really makes its presence known. the funk isn't quite acidic, just dries out the body enough to make this highly drinkable and refreshing. the floral nature of the rose hips and the citra hops add complexity to the body. similar to the nose, a lot going on, but still good flavor.

M: this is my main complaint, carb is a bit too low, even with the bottle conditioning. medium on the verge of full body.

D: read the comments above, certainly different than your typical saison, but the complexities make for a very unique brew. certainly a costly bottle of beer, but it was fun drinking it.

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Photo of mahak213
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Hill Farmstead Tulip-

Appearance- Hazy orange with a soapy white head that sticks around for a while. Nice lacing

Smell- Dry hopping from the barrel definitely comes through. Funky citrus and a mild vinous note.

Taste- Big grapefruit and citrus, which fade into a peppery funk. Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel- Light and refreshing, with a mild tartness.

Overall- Perfect beer for one of the first warm spring nights. Definitely look forward to trying more of Anchorage's beers, they nailed this one.

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Photo of daledeee
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark gold with off white head and lacing.

Nose is a little funky. At first it was a little pond water but it cleared up.

Taste is pretty tart. When I first sipped this I thought it might be a sour beer in disguise but it kind of mellowed out after a few sips. Plenty of fruit tartness and good hop finish. I am not a wine drinker but this definitely has a little grape thrown in.

Strong carbonation.

Overall, this is a very satisfying beer. It seems to get better as I drink it.

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Photo of harrymel
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Batch #2, August 2012

Apricot ale with a sheet of loose knit light foam. Smells of elderflower initially, pepper, lemon, seltzer, some grain and some clay; just a touch of musty trub. Lightly tart, quite bitter, medicinal, some bitter orange peel, a little bit of tart and the aftertaste is really grassy and filthy to me. Medium bodied on full with low carb and dry finish. A little too bitter and overly mutilated by the Brett for me. Nose is really satisfying, but the flavor doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750 mL bottle into a brandy-style snifter glass.

Appearance - a hazy-golden color with a tinge of pinkish-orange hue. Fairly subtle head--not much buildup followed by quick dissipation to a thin line of head. Lacing is pronounced, but not sticky and doesn't linger

Smell - Overtones of floral, tart, hint of sweet. Definitive yeasty backbone throughout. Elements of wet straw funk as well.

Taste - Outstanding balance of tart and funk. Hints of fresh red plum, some citrus zest and barnyard is very subdued but noticeable. Sour hints are present, but not full-on mouth puckering by any means. Some spicy notes as well.

Mouthfeel - Delicate but bright on the palate with pleasant carbonation. Allows for the presence of multiple complex flavors to exist together without being overpowered by each other.

Overall an excellent take on saison. While not really a sour beer, the Brett gives it some of those distinct sour characteristics without overwhelming the palate. I might recommend this as a way for those who don't "get" sours to try so they can taste and understand some the components of that type of beer. But ultimately, this is a saison, and a delicious one.

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Photo of tdm168
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orangey amber in color. Maybe just a slight hint of pink. Forms a moderate sized white head that reduces fairly quickly. Some light lacing

S: Bright, fresh, and fragrant. Lemon, pineapple, and a fairly aggressive yeasty funkiness .

T: Taste is more of the same. Bright and fresh. Lemon, lighter citrus. Slight tart twang, which I find to be more characteristic of the rose hips than anything else. Moderately funky. Light sweetness.

M: Light-medium bodied. Good carbonation. Bright with a moderate tartness. Light bitterness.

O: A nice beer. Light and fresh, this one would be better during the warmer months, but still a very nice beer.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of foam with a fairly vigorous pour. Not a lot of head for a Saison, especially for an Anchorage brew. Retention is average.

S: Strong earthy aroma with some musty brettanomyces funk and a fruity/citrus tartness. Definitely some spicy French Oak influence and a hint of red wine, but I don't specifically detect Pinot Noir. Quite complex.

T: Wow - I get a lot of juicy Pinot Noir sweetness here. I wasn't expecting that after the aroma, but it's quite pleasant. A nice tartness quickly comes in to keep the beer dry despite the juiciness. Musty Brett is definitely here as well. I get a bit of spiciness, but I think it's more from the French Oak than it is from the Saison yeast.

M: Medium thickness with medium to strong carbonation.

O: I really like what the oak and Pinot Noir do to this beer, but I think it overwhelms the beer a bit, especially with the Brett funk. I could use a bit more traditional Saison flavors in this one, but it's quite nice nonetheless. Well above average.

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Photo of tut2528
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orange with slight tints of brown to make it almost rusty looking. the poor created a very nice, thick and foamy 2 fingers worth of head formation with nice lacing. highly carbonated

S: wow that pinot noir barrel is simply awesome! funk, sour in the form of tart cherries and lemon zest, orange peel, and a very subtle spice in the background.

T: again, I pick up on the pinot noir barrels as a dominating player. but there is also a big peppery spices, nice big Brett funkiness, some tart fruits and a nice subtle lemon sourness. a dry finish

M: lighter side of medium bodied, leaves a nice mixture of flavors on the palate that include the spices, Brett and oak characters.

O: this was my first offering by Anchorage, and I must say that I'm pretty impressed with this brew. drinkability is rather high, complexity is nice and the balance is great.

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Photo of mudbug
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Second batch
From the chilled bomber into the Sam Adams pint glass results in a slightly hazy orange body topped with a half inch tight fluffy head, some lacing is present, but just barely.
Aroma is pungent and decisive, grapefruit, lemons and floral notes upfront with a hint of wet hay and earth, the floral notes are rose, the brewer hit this one out of the park.
Taste is very sour at first then an astringent quality creeps in like sour grass or grapefruit rind, drying and puckering in a good way. The second sense is sweetness, light and balancing but that is fleeting. Under it all is an earthy wet hay decaying grass base that is fulfilling and satisfying. This is one complex and well made beer, as it warms it is like a chameleon changing notes and surprising the tongue.
Juicy and thirst quenching it is easy to throw down large gulps and the glass is empty before you know it.
Going back for more of this for sure. Bravo!

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Photo of joeseppy
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I believe this is the appropriate brew for my wife and I this Valentines Day. Serving in champagne glasses.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a delicate thin white crown atop in delicate fashion. Carbonation high.

Picking up on white grapefruit sour then onto a pink grapefruit sweet, hmmm, different. Also the brett barnyard funk is there and spice. Very pleasing overall.

Rush of sour on the tongue falling to a sweetness on the sides, then going to the back with bitter citrus and peppercorn. Amazing, just like it smells. The bitter and the brett really compliment each other. An astringent pungency of grape skin wine quality lingers at the end.

Dry, crisp and refreshing. Effervescence naturally scrubs the tongue clean.

I'm very impressed with this. Appears to me more of a sour than saison. I haven't had anything like this. My wife loved it also. At $15 it's more of a celebratory beer vs an occasional libation. Job well done--Fantastic beer! Thanks for something different.

February 14 2015
After a few years this has very much the same flavour components as before but the creaminess adds such a succulent component I've had nothing like it. Yes, 5's around as no one, IMHO, can even match this. Let me know if I'm wrong. Best---bar none!

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Photo of Rogorama
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love Buzz is hands down the best saison this guy's ever had. (not a big saison fan). Opened a bomber at a tasting (thanks jacoby). pours murky yellow with a little white head. The pinot noir is balanced perfectly with the rest of the flavors. Kudos to anchorage brewing for a great beer!

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Photo of Rutager
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep honey-gold with 1.5 fingers of thick white head.

Smell. Sweet and floral with fresh tangy oranges and tropical fruits along with some nice saison yeast. Smells absolutely amazing!!!!

Taste. Spicy saison yeast and fresh tangy oranges with a sweet floral quality (not sweet tasting overall, just sweet blossoms), and a little bitterness in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with lively medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Wow!! This one caught me by surprise. Very delicious and a smell that just blew me away. Highly recomended!!!

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Ommegang Oversized Wine glass

A: Orangey Yellow honey colored with a heavy white to tan head that is as fluffy as you can get. It is somewhat translucent without much cloudiness and looks really clean.

S: You definitely smell the barnyard saison smell but it is subtile not super powerful there is some hop smell but not much. You can smell a little bit of citrus too but there isn't a whole lot here but better then average for sure

T: It is not quite what I was expecting its got that farmhouse taste that is very well complemented by the brett funk that is there to taste but not overpowering (this would be a great intro to brett as it is well done but not overwhelming to the inexperienced palate). It has some citrus orange like flavors in there too that add to the flavor. Lastly, the french pino barrels even everything out and adds that white wine champagne notes throughout. This is a really well crafted taste

M: Smooth, thin, and really oily that slides down the throat super easily it is almost juicy. The brett and the pino barrels add a crispiness to the feel which is made even better by the carbonation that is nice and bubbly. Finally there is a peppery taste/feel in the finish that really makes the crispness last

O: I was really impressed by this beer, I had heard good things but wow this is really up there with the best I've ever had. The flavor is traditional saison with lots of depth and added flavors and feel that all complement each other well. I really can't say enough about how well crafted this is buy it if you see it worth every drop Anchorage is really moving up the charts with each beer i try in my book .

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Photo of grittybrews
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, cloudy orange with two fingers of quick-fading white head. Aroma of orange, tropical fruit, and some light pepper.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Big citrus up front with orange peel and apricot. Biscuity malt backbone with hints of vanilla, red wine, and some tart lemon. Dry finish that's quite bitter with spice and grass.

Pretty darn tasty and complex. I think their Galaxy White IPA is still my favorite but this one came close to topping it.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Anchorage Brewing is the king of expensive, extravagant American beers; everything I’ve had from them has been superb and, most importantly, worth the cost. Here’s hoping their saison is in the same vein.

Batch #2, brewed in August 2012 (five months before the date of this tasting).

A: Pours foamy and thick, with a hazy, tawny gold body and a foamy off-white head. What’s left of the head after a few minutes appears soft and weightless, as if it could be easily blown away like soap foam. Abundant lacing.

S: Exceptionally fruity, this nose is absolutely bursting with the juicy aromas of fresh passion fruit and peach, with a supporting cast of grape, mango, and kiwi. Extraordinary. Underneath, the twang of yeasty funk is fully apparent, as well as a green, grassy scent and notes of wet cedar. Slight hop and spice tones show an herbal citrus – lemon mixed with sage, black pepper, and coriander – confirming that this is indeed one of the most complex and intriguing noses I’ve ever experienced on a beer. Bravo.

T: Opens with a rush of sour flavor, immediately bringing to mind lactic acid and lemon juice. A fruity sweetness rolls along with it, fulfilling the mango, passion fruit, and kiwi of the nose in a more subtle form; here, it has the more distinguished character of a semi-sweet Riesling. The natural, funky tastes of lime rind, rose water, barnyard brett, and fresh-cut grass swell toward the middle of the palate; a prickly hop bite of tangerine and green apple isn’t far behind. In all, a perfectly balanced sweet and sour palate that is an absolute pleasure to drink. Finishes with a wine barrel taste: light oak and sweet white grape.

M: There’s not a heavy texture in this beer at all; it’s as light and refreshing as a beer can be, with just the right amount of fizzy carbonation to keep it from being too weighty. Remarkably crisp: a little colder than cellar temperature is just right.

O: What can I say other than what I’ve already said: “incredible?” This is one of those beers you try once and think about for years afterward. It’s fresh fruit in the nose and sweet/sour heaven in the palate, a combination that I’ve never experienced before and I doubt I will ever find again. Truly one of the best beers I’ve ever had.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy orangy-copper with a thin, quickly dissapating head of white. A partial skim coat with some tattered lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off a blend of flowers, citrus and Brett. Flower petals, orange zest, dried and musty pineapple, dusty boards, and grapeskins. Hints of oak and candied fruit follow through.

Light bodied with a crispish and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Apple and grapeskins with vineous oak, an earthy dryness, and cut grass start the palate. Undertones of citrus zest, wine-soaked oak, and wet hay follow through.

Finishes bone-dry with a mild bitterness, oaky tannins, and a lingering vineousity.

Great beer but it could benefit from a much higher carbonation level to release all it's glory.
Quite complex.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2 - August 2012. Bottle to tulip.

A - Slightly hazy medium orange colour. Translucent. One finger of white head.

S - A great mix of citrus, tropical fruit and sour/tartness from the brett. The background adds oak, spice, grape and a touch of caramel malt sweetness.

T - The citrus and tropical fruit aromas in the nose don't translate as expected in to the palate, but they are still lightly present. There is a big oak profile up front with a moderate sour/tartness from the wild yeast that doesn't overpower the beer but adds another dimension to it. Some peppery spice, clove, Belgian yeast esters and a touch of red wine are also present.

M - Light to medium body. Dry. Slightly sticky. Light carbonation.

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Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2 August/2012

Pours a cloudy orange with a large, fluffy, chunky head on top that eventually settles down to a lumpy covering. The aroma is fantastic...citrus peel and soft floral notes upfront, peppery spice, juicy and slightly grassy hops, yeast esters, and a lovely pale malt base. Juicy citrus and tart fruit sticks to the tip of the tongue and stays there. Here is where the Brett reveals itself, but it's not super funky. Lingering peppery bitterness, drying wood, flower petals, and earth. Some wine-like tannins perhaps, but the Pinot doesn't really come through in any significant way. Very dry and quite tart, yet soft and fluffy in the mouth. With the rose hips, peppercorns, orange peels, dry hopping, barrel aging, and wild yeast, this could be a total mess in other hands. This guy obviously knows what he's doing. Good stuff...

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from a friend back east.

A - Murky apricot, light near white head, some cling lace.

S - Tart, funky, malt takes the back seat.

T - Very tart and refreshing. Lip smacking flavor. Malt and hops play second fiddle to the funk and tart. It's very nice.

M - Medium body, nice carb and balance.

D - I would session this in a second!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for the share! Thanks elliot.

reviewed from notes taken 01/01/13.

Appearance: hazy golden apricot / almost an orangish bodied beer with 1 finger of white head.

Smell: This beer orange hop bomb! Floral, fruity, earthy, citrusy.

Taste: Oranges, wheat, black pepper, mild bitterness, mild tartness. A hint of oak, earhtiness, and red wine. A floral tea flavor seems to come out in the middle of the beer. A nice spicy herbal bite to this beer as well. There is so much going on in this beer is redicoulous. Hard to get all the neuances from the beer.

Mouthfeel: light almost medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Lively carbonation and this beer is so damn drinkable! Fresh, brilliant, and bright feel to this beer.

Overall: The beer is so awesome! What a complex saison! The citra hops are amplified by the orange peel and love that about this beer. Geez its that frickn good. This would be my second Anchorage beer and they just make beers with crazy complexity, and just are killing it with their brews!

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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.