Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
Poured into a tulip
A: Hazy golden orange with a great looking frothy head. The head retention and lacing are superb with peaks and clouds chunking on the sides of the glass and on top of the brew.
S: Zesty notes of citrus and brett greet the first whiff. The oak is lurking in the background along with some vinous red grapes. The brett becomes more pronounced as it warms with a healthy dose of leather and hay surfacing.
T: The citrus notes are very pronounced (hop forward) with an immense influence from brett to fill out the funk. Mid-palate it gets a bit jammy/oaked with the pinot barrels flexing their muscles. It concludes a touch on the bitter side with a hint of the booze coming out in the dry finish.
M: Light and bubbly.
O: Another great offering form Anchorage brewing. A bit outside the box but very well done.
10-14-2011 21:18:09 | More by Neffbeer
4.03/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours a golden light brown color, a bit hazy, with a huge meriangue off white head that slowly settles into a chunky ass cap with nice sticky lacing on the glass.
The aroma is of funky brett and drying oak. Green apple skins, white grapes and lemon bring the tart as well as the woody oak. Some vanilla in the nose. Some spicy phenols from the yeast.
The taste is not as tart as the nose. The malt brings a light breadiness and some light caramel. The oak comes through next and brings some vanilla flavor. Some light green apple and lemon tartness as well as an orangy citrus. There is also a subtle white grape flavor. The beer ends with a noticable bitterness from the hops or perhaps the rose hips. It is a bit chalky and asprin like. Probably would have preferred more of a grassy noble hop flavor.
Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Drinks fairly light but is weighed down by the hoppy bitter finish. Good balance on the palate.
A very flavorful saison with good complexity.
10-14-2011 03:23:30 | More by Gmann
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
Caramel body, white head reduced to a filmy cover on the beer.
Bretty lemony pineapple aroma. Estery saison yeast.
Goat cheese and saison combine in the flavor. Noticeable bitterness from the hops. Lemony cheesy bitter finish. Caramel backbone and slightly vinous.
10-13-2011 15:08:01 | More by BearsOnAcid
4.83/5 rDev +12.9%
Pours a slightly hazy orange. Almost pumpkin color. Fluffy white head that recedes slowly leaving a sticky lacing. Bubbles rush from the bottom of the glass.
The smell is quite wonderful. Super citrusy hop aromas, pretty intense for a saison. There is a solid earthy bretty backbone though. A good amount of funk that balances and compliments the hop aroma. This beer has the spirit of homebrew, I can tell already.
Wow, this is one of the most unique beers I've had in a while. Nice funk and a touch of sourness complimented with piney citrus hops. Lots of hop flavor, but quite smooth bitterness. Ridiculously refreshing. Herbal floral and spicy notes, everything Belgian complimented with American hops. Bready malt backbone that adds a touch of sweetness. Though this is beer is practically as dry as it gets.
Velvety body with a nice burst of carbonation. Finishes super dry and some lingering funk and hops.
I am curious about how it might age. I'd like more funk, but the hop presence is perfect.
This beer is amazingly drinkable. I can't stop taking sips. The funk is quite present but not overwhelming. The hop presence is huge but not overly bitter.
My first beer from this brewery and I'm looking forward to many more.
10-12-2011 23:16:20 | More by sjccmd
4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy light orange with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange, spices, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, orange grape, dark fruit, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I am not usually a huge fan of the Saison style in general, but the addition of dark fruit in this one really won my heart. The component definitely added to the depth of the brew and blended quite well with the spices typically found in the style. A definite must try if you get the opportunity!
10-11-2011 17:39:30 | More by thagr81us
4.25/5 rDev -0.7%
A: The beer is cloudy reddish yellow in color and poured with a finger high off white head that never completely faded away and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose, along with some notes of sourness from the brettanomyces yeast.
T: Similar to the taste, there are flavors of tropical fruits and sourness along with notes of rose hips. Peppery spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and the smell and taste captivates your nostrils and taste buds.
10-09-2011 02:55:11 | More by metter98
3.78/5 rDev -11.7%
A: nice cork pop. Big, fluffy head, slightly yellow color. Beer is golden straw.
S: Very nice tropical fruit aromas, mango and pineapple. A bit of hay, but pretty restrained on the brett aromas.
T: Classic saison base, with a little lemon and just hints of the tropical fruit from the nose. Finishes with a distinct earthy flavor. Warming up brings out a bit of pinot barrel, but pretty mild
M: Very dry, quite astringent. Fairly high bitterness in the finish.
O: Don't drink this too cold. To be honest, I was pretty meh about it when it just same out of the refrigerator. However, at nearly room temperature, it develops a little more body and sweetness that balances it out.
10-06-2011 02:44:32 | More by kscaldef
4/5 rDev -6.5%
October 5, 2011.
Pours a rusty copper, like a dulled penny, with a massive three finger, frothy white head. Not the prettiest color, but a nice head and solid retention.
I'm fairly taken with the nose. Some limey citrus, tropical fruit, rose water, and bubblegum. The spiciness is floral, but subtle enough not to distract.
Rose/potpourri and faint citrus, orange, classic brett, soft and briefly sour on the front of the palate. Then: a punchy hit of pepper and subdued citrus bitterness mid and late palate. Lightly vinous. Fairly well integrated. Not a whole lot to fault.
Medium, medium-light bodied with medium carbonation.
A solid saison. A little too rosy on the nose as it warms, but the flavor profile is varied, interesting, and decently integrated.
10-06-2011 00:02:28 | More by Verecund
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
At the time of this review, this beer is the #32 beer on the top Saison / Farmhouse ale list on beeradvocate and the #41 beer on the "Top Beers - New" list. A nice little saison for sure.
Beer served in a New Belgium globe glass. Beer is yellow with a great white head, nice retention, mildly hazy, some lacing on the glass, nice carbonation.
Aroma is sweet, tea-like spiciness, brett b.
Beer is light in body and effervescent on the palate, the overall beer is dry on the finish, heavily carbonated on the palate, nice spice profile and great yeast profile, the funk dominated the front half of the palate. I'd have this beer again, I really enjoyed it.
10-02-2011 13:20:33 | More by drabmuh
3.8/5 rDev -11.2%
Bottle picked up at Connecticut Avenue in DC. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a somewhat rusty light-brown color with a good off-white head and loads of lacing on the way down. Good retention before that. Thin ring of a collar as I finally finish my glass.
The nose brings forward loads of fruity Brett-induced funk. A bit of a tropical character is present plus some light red wine. The Brett takes the show. Faint tropical Citra notes there as well. The flavor isn't quite as integrated and is almost-completely dominated by the Brett. While the Brett character is quite nice, it's a bit one dimensional and I would have liked to get a bit more spice. As it warms further, some of the wine comes out, but still none of the other additions. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a very dry finish. Brett heavy. Good, but not fantastic.
10-01-2011 23:29:34 | More by Thorpe429
4.45/5 rDev +4%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of rocky, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.
S: A surprisingly sweet smell (almost like bubblegum), with a lot of fruit, malt, spices and a vinous quality.
T: Tasted of fruit (orange), spices (cloves), malt, and that vinous quality. There was a tinge of that barnyard funk, but it wasn't as omnipresent as with other saisons. A vibrant, complex and tasty beer.
M: A well-carobonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.
O: Not quite a classic saison, but definitely well made and flavorful.
10-01-2011 18:08:43 | More by avalon07
4.72/5 rDev +10.3%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #1 August 2011.
A little gushed from the pour, but otherwise real uniform head spreading bread and rose floral scent everywhere. Light orange amber body with some twenty four carat hues, rising carbonation although hard to see through slightly cloudy body. Looks just great.
Nose is just a flat out wonder of floral potpuri, but more so a distinct mix of hot brett and orange juice citrus. Bretty sour orange sense with minor funkiness. It smells flat out wonderful. Oranges dominate after some time.
Taste is magic. What is so surprising is the malt taste and texture that exists among all these great saison qualities. Hot brett but not overpowering, complements a juicy orange texture, prickly with pepper in the finish. Dried flowers and heat. Just unfrikking real. More orange and slight sweet malts come out with further sips downplaying the Bretty character. Texture is borderline creamy with a slight but not total teeth coating vinous feeling.
Overall this is just flat out fantastic. A home run. I can't say anymore the bottle was gone in less than ten minutes.
09-30-2011 23:24:42 | More by smakawhat
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from the bottle a cloudy apricot color with a finger of creamy off-white head. A nice amount of sticky lacing left behind.
Subtle aroma of lemon zest, tropical fruit, yeast, white wine, cloves and a hint of funk.
The taste is a touch on the tart side with tropical fruit, lemon, yeast, cloves, caramel malts and a twist of black pepper.
Thinner bodied and dry with a sharp carbonation.
I love it! Yet another top notch beer from the folks at Anchorage Brewing.
09-30-2011 21:21:58 | More by Monkeyknife
4.45/5 rDev +4%
Let me preface this review by saying the last offering I tried from Anchorage blew my mind so this review will be made with a high degree of scrutiny.
A: Pours a hazy dense looking pond water yellow amber color and is topped with a pancake batter off white foam. Quite good head retention and good lacing. So far so good.
S: The aroma is both spicy (brett) and vinuous. Pinot noir really presents it's self on the nose as well as some citrus and cardamom like notes.
T: Highly complex, this beer has a lot going on. Slightly tart grapes merge into a flowery spicy assemblage of flavors. Brett spice introduces itself but does not overwhelm everything else (which can easily happen). It's really a feat to combine so many flavors and not wind up with a muddy beer. This one finishes extremely balanced between sweet and dry.
M: Round on the palate with enough carbonation, spice and tang to keep an even keel.
O: Once again a very successful beer from Anchorage Brewing. I cant say it's the best beer of it's style with so many other worthy Saisons out there, but it's damned good. Beautifully balanced and deeply flavored, this beer is among the best. Drink it fresh if possible.
09-29-2011 22:47:40 | More by flannelman808
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
A mix of yellow and moreso orange, ample head. Great heady bretty aroma. Substantial amount of citric spice note to it.
Dry lemon peel sourness, chunky brett goodness, bitter, just a ton of taste from a style that is usually more clean and refreshing, a nice change of pace. Hides the alcohol very well. Lots of citrus qualities to it. Plenty sour, super funky, maybe the most sour saison I've had, right up there with Craftsman's sour lavendar.
Everything is full here. . . the hops, the sour notes, the brett, the citrus, especially the funkiness.
Better than most Fantome beers.
09-27-2011 22:38:33 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
At Max's today.
The beer pours the color of unfiltered apple juie with good head retention and nice lacing. The nose is classic saison, but with something of a sandlewood, lavendar aroma as well. Otherwise, I get light clove, some sour funk and white pepper, with considerable underlying spice. The beer smells as if it will be pretty dry for the sytle, something that is confirmed with the first sip. The beer has good complexity, and there's considerable underlying funk (very little sour here) that adds another interesting element to the flavor profile. There is some nice bitterness in the finish, and I assume there's a goodly dose of hops in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, dry, funky bitter finish. Alcohol is very nicely integrated into the flavort profile, with no noticeable heat on the finish.
Very interesting beer... this is the sort of thing I could see Fantome making (which is high praise in my book).
09-27-2011 22:18:35 | More by John_M
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a two-finger, long lasting, off-white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace.
S - It smelled spicy with some yeasty notes. Some caramel aromas with a touch of floral presence, too.
T - It tasted of citrus fruits and a spicy yeast bite. There was a nice caramel and grain backbone.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is a really good saison. I am impressed with my first brew from Anchorage.
09-27-2011 19:29:50 | More by zeff80
4.28/5 rDev 0%
25.4oz bottle poured into a Bruery Snifter glass.
A - Pours a dark hazy orange with a two finger light tan head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.
S - Farmhouse funk, fruit.
T - Yeast, funk, and some old fruit.
D - Higher carbonation, average body, Tart.
O - Saison - as it should be.
09-27-2011 06:04:08 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.93/5 rDev -8.2%
Label notes "with brettanomyces" and that the spices are rose hips, peppercorns, and orange peel. A real stew of flavors overlain with a rich, fruity tang of somethin' funky. I think it's a great example of loading up the Brett flavor without overdoing it. The pencil-shavings flavor of the pepper is a bit much in the aftertaste. It's also quite hoppy, (40 IBU) but again it's the aftertaste that shows the bitterness. Hops are in keeping with the style and there is so much going on it is just one more big flavor.
Sweet and sour, acidic, tangy, fruity. You can pile on the adjectives. Pineapple and herbal tea. Beautiful long-lasting head on a cloudy golden brew. Quite aromatic and spicy in the nose. Gets more bitter as you sip.
09-25-2011 04:18:48 | More by mactrail
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
This bottle was sampled during the South Carolina tasting, It pours a nice cloudy dull Orange in color with a very soapy head that turned into a white lacing around my glass. It smells of fresh mangos and tangerines with little spice or wine influence but it smells spectacular. It instantly reminded me of Guava Grove. The flavors are somewhat chalky and very dry. I get some rose or hibiscus as well. The brett makes itself known. It drinks light, grainy, and dry. Overall its a solid saison and pretty good overall. It's a nice beer to share but I couldn't drink a whole one by myself.
09-24-2011 23:49:35 | More by aasher
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
Bought at Beaumont Market in Portland, Oregon for $12. Split the 75cl bottle into a pair of Duvel tulips and shared with TulipSnifter.
A: Pulpy guava, huge voluminous soapy white head, copious clumps of lacing. 5/5
S: The citra is instantly at the forefront. Bright citrus aromatics are really strong and welcome notes. Closer examination reveals some coriander and black pepper. The citra makes for a less than traditional saison but it's still very nice. 4/5
T: Again with the citra. Oranges greet the taste buds at the forefront, followed by grapefruit juice mid-way through the gulp, and a long lingering pithy bitterness mixed with biting brett at the end. This actually reminds me a lot of the Bitter Monk except it's not quite as juicy or bitter. It might have been fermented with saison yeast (the first time) but it shares far more similarities to the other beers in the Anchorage lineup than to any saison I've had to date. That said, it's still a remarkable beer. 4/5
M: Nice creamy body with brisk carbonation. Finish could be a touch dryer. 4/5
O: Anchorage Brewing, how I love thee. Winners popping up every time so far. I prefer to think of this as Bitter Monk Lite. It's not really a saison by the everyday definition but neither is the Monk a DIPA by the usual definition. A very good beer, but I'd take Bitter Monk instead next time. 4/5
09-24-2011 04:57:40 | More by hopsbreath
4.63/5 rDev +8.2%
Bottle (Batch #1, August 2011). Basic review: Pours with a hazy, deepish gold body with a large and lasting, fluffy off-white head. Great lace. Aromas amazingly good! Right off the bat: fresh tangerine/grapefruit juice. Good acidity, a little funk, red wine, tropical fruit hop notes, CITRA! Smells a little bit like Le Terroir with the hop and funk note. Sweet, perfume, floral, estery. Light bready malt. Very fragrant, pineapple. Amazing! Flavors are funky as well, juicy, oak, barrel, red wine, fruit, a bit grassy. A touch grainy, bready and straw like. Surprisingly bitter (both hop and tannin). Nice tropical fruit, grassy hop notes, rich, delicate, lots of nice tropical brett C esters. Lingering, slightly acidic stonefruit. Blown away, this is OUTSTANDING! Lively, playful carbonation, lingering funk, nice tannin, lightly warming, creamy bubbles. Balanced and complex. This might be one of my new favorite breweries, and one of the top 5 beers I've had so far this year.
09-23-2011 23:31:54 | More by BMan1113VR
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
Batch 1 August 2011
Pours a golden orange with a huge fluffy off white head.
Smells like oak and lots of brett, the spice and fruit aroma blend together pretty nicely.
Tastes dry with a green grape like fruitiness. Peppercorn spice and lemon peel give way to a clean malty sweetness. The yeast certainly shines through in the flavor but not quite as much as the aroma or the label would lead you to believe. Not a negative thing just saying. Very flavorful with a light hoppiness rounding out the overall experience and a nice crisp bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.
Overall is really good beer I will fro sure be trying again soon.
09-04-2011 16:38:39 | More by daveytheformer
Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.