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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 139
Gots: 113 | FT: 13
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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Ratings: 667 | Reviews: 191
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one for my birthday. Get it? Love Buzz...Mebuzzard...ok ok

Looks great. A bit darker than most saisons. A dull gold, clear. Big foamy white head, rocky in places. Nice lacing. Yum!

Spicy and fruity aroma. Flowers. Light caramel and sweet toasted biscuit. It'll clear your nose, that's fer shizzle.

At first sip, the pinot noir comes out. Dark fruit and a bit velvety. Spice comes in to wipe that out and introduce the floral. Roses and green stem. Quickly, though. The spice has the overall word. Some clove and coriander. The pinot comes back, but the malt halts its return. Light sweet caramel atop a toasted biscuit.

This is a nice saison, even thought it's a bit different.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of schwaeh
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sent by scotchboy.

A: Orangey pumpin color, real hazy. Big Loose white head. Sticky lace.

S: A good amount of funky barrel, and brett; The aroma is very Jolly Pumkinesque. Dry red wine hints around giving way to the straw, hay, and funky earth. Some citrus, cherry, and strawberry come through.

T: Good stuff in layers. Wine comes out here a lot more. Musty damp hay and earth with a nice dryness. Brett blends great and doesnt overpower or make the pinot barrels dry this too much. Dull fruit flavors brighten it up and help add complexity. Coriander spiciness is used moderately.

M: very active carbonation dances on the tongue. This is a dry beer.

O: I cant get enough of this style, especially when the brewer adds plenty of interesting things to it. This is easily on par with most of Jolly Pumpkins beers. Really cool beer that i'd been wanting to try.

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchorage Brewing "Love Buzz Saison"
750 ml bottle, corked and caged
Batch #1, August 2011
$13.59 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD

Appearance: Hazy peach colored body beneath a creamy head of off-white foam. Very good head retention; very nice lacing.

Aroma: Bold aroma. Quite complex. Strawberry, cherry, pear, apple, grape, orange, pineapple and chalky citrus rind. Brettanomyces tang and fruitiness! Subtle spice almost like cedar. Floral. Hints of grassiness.

Taste: As expected, the flavor follows the aroma. It's surprisingly citrusy, displaying a note of lemon that I didn't pick up in the aroma. And there's a bit of spice to it that's particularly clear in the drying finish (coriander, perhaps a dash of pepper). The Brett is clearly present, but not overdone amidst so much citrus. It's well-rounded and balanced with fruit and Brett upfront, followed by a passing hit of sweetness that's then eclipsed by citrus, and then followed by drying notes of floral, chalk, oak, and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy and smooth. Velvety almost.

Overall: It's quite complex in its aroma, but it's not overly done in its flavor... there's a lot to deal with there to be sure, but it's still quite drinkable - there's nothing that holds it back. The bitterness is perfectly balanced alongside the spice/oak and citrus/floral notes, and that's the pivotal point here; everything else just spins around it.

Impressive. Unique. Well worth seeking out, especially for fans of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into an Allagash footed cervoise.

Pours a cloudy tangerine/umber with a huge rocky offwhite head.

Nose has lots of black pepper, citrus, slight mustiness, little horse blanket, tangerines, and sour apples

Taste follows suit with the black pepper, slight citrus, bretty funk. It also has a slight dry white wine characteristic to it. Nicely balanced with no single flavor playing the major roll here. Extremely dry.

The mouth feel has lots of lively carbonation along with a good medium body that is not overpowering.

Really an excellent Saison and worth seeking out although dropping $17 for a bottle of this seems a tad unreasonable. Recommended.

Photo of July2Nov
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearnce: golden orange with a good frothy white head.
Smell: fruity...like sour apples.
Taste & Mouthfeel: light & refreshing with a slight tart bent. Getting some orange peel flavors from it. Very sour, but very good.
Overall: too bad this is a limited release :(

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of pixieskid
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second Anchorage offering, digging this one, for sure.

Pours a beautiful orange hue with a 3 finger white head, solid lacing and staying power.

Nose; wow! Tons of floral notes and white wine.
Taste; citrus, herbal, earthy, Chardonnay, oak, it's all in there with a nice balance. Finish is dry with a solid earthy bitterness (obviously the Brett).
Mouthfeel is a bit thin/watery, which is really the only thing I can "complain" about.

Nice beer, glad I picked it up; don't let the "high" price tag put you off...

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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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.

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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.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
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