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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 131
Gots: 108 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: daveytheformer on 09-04-2011

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.
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle courtesy of EBF 2012. Poured into a Southampton oversize snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy white head with good retention. Beer is cloudy orange peach. Lace is thick and frothy with good cling. Nice.

Nose is peach and spices. Peppercorn, citrus, and cobweb. Really sweet. Aromatic too.

Spicy start. Sweet, citrus, peach, grapefruit. Cane sugar. Yeasty with big bold spices. Coriander, peppercorn, and more citrus. Good balance.

Light bodied, ample carbonation. Prickly in the mouth but soft, smooth going down. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. Appropriate.

8% is too high to be sessionable but this beer goes down super easy and is very enjoyable. Spicy, sweet, with a light, refreshing feel. Really good.

Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a murky light golden amber with a big fizzy, rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is brett some soft winey oak with some floral and fruity notes.

The flavor is sweet fruits, spices and wood with brett and some vinous alcohol. There's some acidic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some spritzy carbonation and is a little watery.

Overall, an interesting beer. I like what the brett and the barrel add to it.

Photo of augustgarage
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a dusty 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Glorious, stately, glowing Princeton orange liquid with a fat fist of papaya whip crenellations upstairs. Perpetual retention - ridiculously thick lacing.

Peppercorn and orange peels come through very strong in the nose melding perfectly with the CITRA hops. Floral hoppy notes emerge as well, though Vitamin C seems more pronounced than rose hips.

Rosewater, orange peels, tropical fruit, pink perppercorn, herbaceous/floral hops, and potent yeast notes lead the palate. The Brett. emerges more in the finish, contributing a lasting earthiness more than funk. A touch of aspirin in the aftertaste, though overall I wouldn't say it was medicinal.

Rich, full bodied, creamy, effervescent mouthfeel.

Really delicious and unique ale, one of the most creative domestic examples of the style, up there with Jolly Pumpkin's Baudelaire iO...wow.

Photo of jsanford
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Stemmed Glass. Batch #1. August 2011

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a big creamy white head that settles to a dense cap and leaves lots of sticky, intricate lacing.
S - Big, tart and funky nose dominates by earthy Brettanomyces, rose water, tropical and citrusy hops, pepper, and red wine. Phenomenal.
T - Definitely in-line with the nose, peppery Saison base is enhanced nicely by more floral rose, citrus hops, oak, and red wine. Not as tart as I was perhaps expecting, but pleasantly earthy and bitter, with a long-lasting dry finish.
M - Crisp and dry, with a medium body and sharp, spritzy carbonation.
O - Another phenomenal Anchorage beer, I want everything from them!

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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods South Las Vegas, 750ml into a tulip. Batch 1 from August 2011.

Poured orange with some browner highlights, huge white head leaving behind dense and sticky lacework and rocky retention. Nose is tart and funky, brett is quite prominent. Has quite a bit of that Jolly Pumpkin-esque sour nose where the sourness can be anticipated from the aroma. Rich vinous/barrel notes, lemons, green apple. Taste doesn't really provide the sourness I anticipated, but still offers sweet lemons, more brett, fantastic citrus/fruity notes (great hop profile here). A touch of green olive and oak. Good effervescence on the palte, more of a sweeter saison and doesn't really have that tart/puckering sensation that I had predicted based on the nose. Delicious and severly drinkable, alcohol is nowhere to be found. I would readily revisit this, great stuff.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a decent looking golden color with some orange hues to it. The head was thick and white. The smell of the beer was a little earthy with some spicy notes. The taste of the beer had the typical spicy Saison notes with some light earthy undertones. The mouthfeel was the beer was well carbonated and medium bodied. Overall this beer wasn't bad, I enjoyed it and would probably drink it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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

Batch #1 August 2011. Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip. A - Hazy orange with reddish highlights. Thick, frothy foam recedes relatively quickly to leave dense lacing. S - A blend of citrus and herbs and a nice floral component. Some of the brett is noticeable as well. Very complex. T - A peppery component up front, and citrus flavors throughout. Floral flavors come on last and it mixes with a somewhat bitter finish. Very nice mix of flavors. M - Medium body with a generous carbonation. They put a lot of love into this and it shows. Easily one of the best Saisons that I've had. Highly recommended.

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber with a two finger fluffy white head. The head fades to a good size layer on top of the glass with some nice lacing.

Smell: This is a very earthy and herbal smelling beer. There is a sweetness and a slight sourness to the smell.

Taste: A lot like the smell. This is a very herbal saison, and you can definitely pick up the brett, it's almost slightly metallic. The beer isn't sour per say, but it's got mild funk to it. The finish is hoppy and quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good saison. Complex and easy to drink, I would definitely have another.

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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of glasses.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of frothy bright-white head. This maintains a rich and foamy look, soaping the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. Brett jumps right out in the aroma, mixing with spice and sweeter toasted grains. The barrel is definitely there, with that Pinot Noir adding a darker presence to this. I bit of light heat undercuts the flavors here.

The taste has a sweet grainy base to it, with spice, lemon zest, and must all mixed in. The barrel flavors come in off the edges and pull into the finish, leaving this dry and oaky with a good bit of lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; with a softer feeling carbonation in the mouth yet still lays a bit of a light crispness down on the tongue as well. This is pretty smooth overall for the size.

This was quite good. The Brett played a big part and worked well with the spiciness of that base Saison. That barrel flavor was only the icing on the cake. I think that the body on this really impressed me the most though, perfectly complimenting those flavors. This is another solid one from Anchorage.

Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pretty golden at the edges with an orange hue in the middle

S: Brett hits the nose and dominates completely with a strange diff hint of roses and pepper

T: Surprised  that how much i enjoyed this. Strange but really tasty, hints of rose buds, pepper and definitely brett. Easy on the taste buds.

M: Really light and dry but packs sensational mouthfeel from front to back. 

O: A really good beer that uses brett well in order to compliment the various spices in this saison farmhouse style beer.

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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hazy body. Nice tight lacy off white head.

The citrus hops come through nicely in the aroma. Lemongrass sour apples from the Belgain yeast. A bit of orange tropical fruitiness. A bit of pepper and a touch of the oak.

Lemon twang fades quickly into a sweet tropical citrus a bit of the funk, but not much and very subtle notes of vanilla. There is a nice depth of flavors here. Get a bit of spiciness here and there as well. Very complex and enjoyable brew.

The body is light and full of carbonation. A good amount of complexity in the flavors. Anchorage is really hitting it out of the park. I can't wait to see more from these guys.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.