Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 137
Gots: 98 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden-straw body with a huge, fluffy off-white head. It leaves nice, wispy lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: I'm guessing this was aged in red wine barrels of some kind, as the nose suggests a dark grape aroma along with mild notes of oak, pepper, and lots of yeasty mustiness. Some citrus (lemon). Reminds me of the previous beer in the series (Bitter Monk), but dumbed down in aroma.

T: Very solid flavor here: citrus (lemon, stone fruit), a touch of red wine barrel, pepper, and (too much) yeast.

M: Lively, active carbonation. Medium-bodied with a clean finish. The carbonation in the finish interferes with my ability to detect any dryness or astringency.

O: This is a pretty good saison, but even independent of price, I've had better ones. Factor in price and this drops a notch lower in desirability. I was much more impressed by Bitter Monk.

Photo of isitsavage
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #1 August, 2011.

Poured into a tulip, hazy orange with a large pillow of white head, big bubbles, about 4 fingers, fades very slowly (though a small head remains) with nice soapy lacing.

Smell is very funky and sour, like a good cheese. Spices and sweet orange that combine to smell like Christmas, like that potpourri your Mom puts out. I feel like I might be imagining some oak quality, if it's there it is faint.

Probably one of the more sour tasting saisons that I've had, which I like. Funk and orange citrus dominate the palate, peppery spice balances, a touch of sweet and lightly hopped.

Medium mouthfeel, but perhaps a touch too watery and flat, smooth and drinkable, alcohol is present.

Pretty decent overall.

Photo of marvin213
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light orange marmalade cropped with a white, creamy top, it looks damn delicious! Bubbles fizz up from the bottom of my Allagash signature as if it were Dom in a champagne flute.

I smell some bretty spice--maybe cloves, orange zest, and chrysanthemum. There's a bready, malt-like floral aroma to this unique saison. The nose ain't nearly as cool as the look, but it remains appealing....

Zingy carbonation tingles my cheeks as wild brett yeast plays like artisinal bread on my palate. I really struggle to get that Pinot noir influence, and that's a disappointment. There's some zestiness that's either fruit or Brett...or both. The more I sip, the more I conclude it's a Red & White wannabe. It's fizzier like a saison should be, but there's nowhere near the tasty spice of say a Saison du Buff. It feels better than it tastes, but both would benefit from a touch more spice and wine (or spicy wine).

Overall, it's an expensive ass beer--some $18.99 for the big corked/caged 750. It's cool, and I'm grateful it made it here from Alaska--picked it up from Tylers in Carboro--and I think I'd try it again...but I dont think I'd buy it again.

Photo of hippityhops85
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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

Poured chilled into a tulip.

Pours a nice hazy bronze color with an inch and a half of light airy head that quickly recedes with little lacing.

Aromas of sour grapes, pears, citrus and spice.

Very complex flavors follow through from the aromas with some others in there I couldn't quite place.

Mouthfeel is crisp and tart with moderate carbonation.

Take one part IPA, one part saison and one part sour and here you go. Definitely an interesting and complex beer. Would like to try again after some aging.

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

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy light amber with a one finger white head with good retention that leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is some brett funk, a lot of grape and red wine, black pepper, and some apple. The initial taste is sweet with apple and apricot, then some red wine and barrel comes through with a peppery note, some brett, and some yeastiness. The finish is moderately dry. Medium body. Medium-high carbonation. An enjoyable saison. I would have preferred it to be slightly drier overall. It doesn't quite reach the height of their Bitter Monk, but still a good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.