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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 138
Gots: 96 | 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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The last of Anchorage's readily available brews for me to sample. I love their others to bits, and I have monumentally high expectations for this one.

Uncorks pleasantly, with a bright "thok" but without the resultant gush. Pours a bright orange hazed colour, witb a full and fine head of off-white, that eventually succumbs to froth and its own effervescent, and collapses, leaving a smudge of thick, chunky lace on the side of the glass. Looks really great.

Nose is just... oh, it's phenomenal. Here, the brett has free reign to take over and stamp itself over everything. It leaves funky acidity like appleskin, fragrant floral characters and a musty, but leavened and sophisticated character like an aged wine barrel. There's even the faint hint of that Cantillon-like plastic gueuze funk. It's an amazing nose, all the more for how restrained and integrated it is. Lovely stuff.

Taste is perfectly light and fragrant, while remaining amazingly clear and refreshing, and true to the roots of the style. Some mild peppery characters on the front get quickly whisked away, leaving a refreshing clarity for the middle. A really pleasant floral fragrance picks up towards the back, and manages to mask some of the phenolic harshness associated with the style—in fact, it feels like this never really comes through—there's only a peal of metal resonating on the finish.

Feel is lovely—I mean, just perfect for the style—smooth, liquid, with a perfect weight for the characters it presents. It's just gorgeous.

What a phenomenally good beer. Genuinely one of the best saisons I've ever had. It's as though it *gets* the style to which it owes its genesis just perfectly, but layers complexity and depth and excitment on that its original wouldn't have thought of.

Despite this, it stays true to its roots—it provides perhaps the new wave in saison awesomeness; the next generation of a phenomenal style.

Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of ROWDYMELT
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of brotherloco
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle. Batch #1 August/2011. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy dull gold with a massive 3+ finger white head. Settles, but stays puffy and thick. Cascading bubbles. Lots of fine lacing.

Aroma of white wine, floral garden perfume, musty funky brett. Pretty acidic. Dry earthy oak and vanilla. Tropical fruit citrus and sweetness immediately in the background.

Flavor is very much the same with sweetness and tart tang hitting you about the same time. Nicely balanced. Fruit flavors lean towards bitter citrus. Some wit-like spicy-ness, but pretty mild. A touch of funky earthiness in the flavor. Dry finish.

Medium bodied with medium-low soft natural carbonation. Fairly light and creamy.

Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Love Buzz is a glowing burnt gold. Cloudy, with a big pillowy white head, rocky, leaving chunks of foam.

Smell is complex, fruity, citrus and rose, a hint of cheesy brett.

Taste is similarly complex, quite a bit of depth. Vinous, a little funkiness, floral, bitter orange pith, and still a touch of caramel malt. Just a touch salty as well.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, medium light bodied, with a nice soft carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, it's very fun to parse, but one for thinking, not slugging down. I'm really liking this, although the rose it a bit much, it gives it a potpourii flavor that is a bit fatiguing.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this one. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear orange with yellowish hints around the edges. A white finger of froth sits atop and slowly fades leaving an entire wall of webby lacing effect.

The smell of this brew is a little bretty with a dryness and spice about the nose that includes some herbal hops. A bit of rinds and the expected farmhouse quality from the yeast. There is a light grainy character like straw present with a contrasting floral to fruity component across the back.

The taste is herbal with hops that produces a modest bitterness. Some barrel dryness is present with a peppery spice accent towards the finish. Oak flavoring is present with a hint of caramel grain to toasty sweetness. Overall very individualized and decipherable flavors that mix together quite well to make an interesting flavor experience.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden for 8%. A little more bitter than I'd like but just because it wasn't what I expected doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. This concluded our mini tasting of 3 different Anchorge beers and I gotta say that across all 3 different offerings, these brews shared a vey familiar quality about them. I'm not sure if that is just the house character or if it's the repeated combination of Brett ad barrel aging across all 3. Regardless, they are worth checking out.

Photo of Steggun
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of thepeter
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange rust color with a decent head that lasted the hole way and left lovely lacing all the way down the glass.
S - BRETT!!! but not all brett, lots of sour funk reminiscent of a light gueuze, Floural hints all over the place and orange oil. It is fantastic
T - More brett than anything else but not to say there is not a small floural hint with orange zest and funk in the backround. A decent ammount of Earth in the back-end lending it to classic Saison flavors. NOT as wonderful as the aroma but that just means great as opposed to AMAZING!
M - light bodied with soft but effervescent carbonation. A bit harsh to begin with but mellows quickly.
O - A wonderful beer that I wish I could have way more often. I will get this any time I can (which is rarely).

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of lnashsig
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Beenitty for the chance to taste this one. This dude always hooks me up with amazing beer! Popped and poured into my Boulevard stemware glass. Pours a murky orange color, frothy white head fills the glass, nice retention. Visible small bubble creep up the sides of the glass. Smell- Pinot Grapes, Orange peel, coriander, ginger, pineapple, tart bretty funk. This is a really complex aroma, a lot going on. Taste- on the first sip, as it hits the roof of my mouth, I get a funky blast of wet hay mingled with some sour orange/tropical fruit flavors. This is a very fruity and funky saison- the wine notes from the pinot are present as well. There is a cracked pepper note as well in there. This is a great saison. Incredibly unique and creative, the flavors are balanced and the brett delivers a nice funkiness as well. I'm super impressed with Anchorage Brewery, the last thing I had from them was Whiteout Wit, they really do brett beers well.

Photo of jdmandel
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of mcgwire756
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Chris!

Pours a hazy orange color with some hints of red to it and a massive white head. Smells quite floral, likely from the rose hips, but it’s got a bit of a hibiscus character to it, too. The wine comes through and gives a bit of sweet grape must aroma. Mild spice notes are also present. The flavor is highly floral and "grapey". A bit sweeter than imagined, but a touch of lemon peel type tartness. There is some oak to it and a bit of spice flavor as well. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Photo of pwoods
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of gueuzer
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of cyrusthepup
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ElGallo
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Mrpickles
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.