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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 137
Gots: 87 | 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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Ryan1423, Nov 26, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Delerium Tremens snifter. Batch #1, August 2011.

A - Big white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Somewhat hazy golden body.

S - Pinot noir and oak a-plenty, peppery yeast, light medicinal and dusty brett notes, a bit of the dill flavor I get from certain oak-aged beers, citrus notes. It's quite similar to Bitter Monk in some ways, but with less complexity.

T - Taste is also quite nice, with juicy stone fruits, citrus, light vinous notes and spicy farmhouse yeast, and oaky vanilla. More smoothed out - less of the sharp oak and medicinal flavors.

M - Medium bodied, lightly sticky, with medium-low carbonation and surprisingly little dryness or tannic oak present. I didn't have an explosive bottle like some of the other reviewers noted. Well-hidden alcohol - would have guessed 6.5% or so.

D - A really nice Saison, but with less depth than Bitter Monk. Still it's ultimately a very enjoyable beer that I'd gladly drink again if it were a bit more affordable. These Anchorage beers have really developed a 'house' quality a la Jolly Pumpkin, even though I think Gabe is merely using a commercially available brett strain.

MasterSki, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

mrpibb1206, Nov 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

MarkVegas, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

jh1982, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Patrickbrusil, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

rmalinowski4, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of sk8man121
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle ($12.99 at RSVP in Portland, ME) poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an orange-marmalade like color with tangerine highlights. Massive 3-finger head shows nice retention and leaves a great deal of sexy lacing on the glass.

S: Brett, raspberry, Belgian yeast and white pepper. A veritable bouquet of scents, with quite a bit of rose coming through in the nose.

T: Huge, metallic brett dominates the flavor, with a somewhat sweet fruity/peppery center. Sweetness turns bitter quite quickly, giving this a rather astringent finish. Shows very few barrel characteristics.

M: Medium-high carbonation. Mouthfeel is spot on, with the barrel making things feel a bit drying at the end (in a good way).

O: There's no doubt that this is an absolute brett bomb, but the beer behind it stands up fairly well. Not sour really at all, just metallic from the brett. I wanted to like the taste of this a lot more than I did, to be honest, but the gorgeous scent alone is worth the price of admission.

sk8man121, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Shaggy9356, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Lantern, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

cmrillo, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

LSUPT, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1, brewed in August 2011, according to the label.

Love Buzz comes out of the 750 mL bottle looking very sexy. A rocky, off-white 2-finger head sits atop a cloudy, golden-orange body. The head takes its damn time to recede, which is just fine by me. I cannot see any carbonation bubble activity through the cloudy body. The lacing left on the glass is clumpy and streaky.

The aroma of the Buzz comes out strong with funky, tart Brett. There is a sweet, bread-like smell that comes through with some force next. Sweet citrus aromas of fresh orange and lemon juice pop out of my pint glass. There are also some berry-like aromas, rasp and straw mainly. Deeper inhales reveal notes of the peppercorn which is contained within this saison. Just enough sweet balances the tart and spice to produce a very aromatic beer.

The taste is also a fine blend of sweet fruitiness and funky, tart Brettness. Fresh oranges, raspberry, and lemon-lime overlap beautifully with sour apple tartness. The finish contains a woody, dry finish, with a hint of pinot noir flavor from the French oak barrels in which the brew was aged. The Brett yeast strain is always present in the profile, but I do not think it ever overpowers. Very well done.

This beer contains an interesting and fresh dichotomy of a fairly full, syrupy feel on the tongue with an acidic, sour, biting feel on the sides of my palate. It plays very well on my mouth. The finish dries both of these characteristics off of my palate nicely with a dry, woody, red-wine like feel.

I am quite impressed with this take on a Saison. This is the second beer I've had from Anchorage Brewing Company that is brewed with Brett and aged in French oak wine barrels and they've both been phenomenal. These are very fresh, interesting flavors and I really appreciate them. Kudos, Anchorage!

TCHopCraver, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

whartontallboy, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a hazy orange amber color. It has a fluffy 2-figner white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind a nice bit of scattered lace on the glass.

S - The nose has some nice floral and earthy aromas to it. There is some nice fruitiness like green apple, pear, and white grapes. There are also some notes of oak, spice, and mild hop presence. Some nice brett character is also here.

T - The taste starts off with some bread-like and caramel malt flavor. There is a nice earthy flavor and some mild hop bitterness. The fruit flavors present in the nose area all here in the flavor. There is some spice and a really nice brett presence. The finish leaves some lingering light fruit tartness, brett, and mild hop flavor. The alcohol is hidden really well here too.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. There is some tingling from the spice and some dryness on the back end. There is some earthiness and a mild hop bitterness. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth quality to it.

O - This has really good drinkability. It goes down easy and the flavor is really nice. I could drink this all night. Overall, I think this is a really good beer, and a really good representation of the style. I recommend trying this one out. I would definitely buy this one again.

JizackFH, Nov 14, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brett bomb with a good saison behind it. Good spices, fruity. Somewhat sweet in the finish. Only a little yeasty.Very generous head of foam. Very drinkable.Above average mouthfeel. A little funky aroma. Bottle from Bierkraft $21.46.Cork popped into the other side of a large room, suggesting above average carbonation.

Sammy, Nov 13, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I thought this was overpriced I bought it for the novelty of having a beer from Alaska. It turned out it was almost worth the cost.

Poured a 2 1/2" off-white head with a lasting merengue. Hazy raw sienna yellow colored body. Smells a little like pickle juice at first but there some malt too. Taste happily was only a touch sour and has more malt than the smell hinted as well as raisin from the grape brewing and some mild but quality hops. Finish is pretty long and yes bretty.

MoreThanWine, Nov 12, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich bretty saison full of vinous notes.

Presentation: 750 ml brown, caged and corked bottle. Screen printed label with the image of a fleshy rose with the details of the brew and face of the brewer. Side paragraph offers a description of the brew, and serving indications, back narrative exposed intent, and background. Notes 40 IBUS, bottling Batch #1 August 2011, and 8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A -Hazy deep gold pour, towering frothy head, nice retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Rich nose with plenty of funky brett, yeasty earthy notes, peppery… Vinous hint.

T - The flavor starts to reveal all the complex structure… Starts rather compact but as it lingers after the distinct funky and earthy touch there is a complex floral hint with an oaked vinous vanilla touch under the breathy barnyard.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a long dry and funky finish.

O - Very nice quaff, complex and rather memorable.

Notes: Again, a bit pricey but for what it is, but for what it does, this feels worth it. Nice quality and complexity. Glad to see these brews around.

Daniellobo, Nov 12, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Bier:Thirty over the weekend... Poured into my Cigar City snifter... great head and lacing... the brew is hazed orange.

Nose is definitely "American" saison.. fruity and slightly phenolic.. and bits of brett.. some white peppercorns and clove... lesser apricot and white peach and maybe even some red plum.

Flavor is big and fruity... pear and lesser peach... plum and some white grape. drying woodiness mid palate.. light brett funk.. brett funk dries it out up front and only shows again on the finish.. vinous and inviting.. dry and some how still very fruity... sorta tannic with warmth.. spiciness blooms with warmth.. cardamom and light clove.. citrus hops play long with the yeasty notes on the finish... dry and fruity.

Medium body... nice carbonation.. nicely done for sure.

3.5/4/4/4/4 .. but I should probably mark down the aroma and flavor... This is not a "real" saison by any stretch. Okay for American.... but still just a nice play from an emerging brewery.

JohnGalt1, Nov 08, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip

A: Hazy & opaque orange/amber body under 3/4" of off-white head. Almost no lacing.

S: Bready, bretty (see what I did there?), yeasty, fruity, oak, mild spice...smells wonderful

T: Oak, brett, white wine, citrus fruits. Pretty dry, but not overly so.

M: Very easy drinker here. Not very viscous, light to medium bodied with very fine carbonation.

O: Hands down one of my favorite saisons. While it's not like a Fantome, the sour elements play with the malts just right. Awesome.

mrand01, Nov 08, 2011
Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.