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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

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202 Reviews
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Reviews: 202
Hads: 727
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 154
Gots: 132 | FT: 18
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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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a nice orange hue that is gently hazy with two fingers of ample, pure white head that lingers beautifully and leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass
S: definitely a bit of spice here like peppercorns but actually not too extreme, a nice sweetness and possibly a bit of grapefruit hop aroma
T: begins with a bit of sweetness and hops then moves purposefully over to the spiciness, leaves a lingering taste of spices on the palate
M: medium carbonation tingle then leaves a bit of a dry bit somewhat bitter taste on the palate
O: a nice brew, interesting because it is sweetened up in the beginning and not extreme on the spices but overall nice, still think henepin beats this one out

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of sk8man121
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle ($12.99 at RSVP in Portland, ME) poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an orange-marmalade like color with tangerine highlights. Massive 3-finger head shows nice retention and leaves a great deal of sexy lacing on the glass.

S: Brett, raspberry, Belgian yeast and white pepper. A veritable bouquet of scents, with quite a bit of rose coming through in the nose.

T: Huge, metallic brett dominates the flavor, with a somewhat sweet fruity/peppery center. Sweetness turns bitter quite quickly, giving this a rather astringent finish. Shows very few barrel characteristics.

M: Medium-high carbonation. Mouthfeel is spot on, with the barrel making things feel a bit drying at the end (in a good way).

O: There's no doubt that this is an absolute brett bomb, but the beer behind it stands up fairly well. Not sour really at all, just metallic from the brett. I wanted to like the taste of this a lot more than I did, to be honest, but the gorgeous scent alone is worth the price of admission.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Bier:Thirty over the weekend... Poured into my Cigar City snifter... great head and lacing... the brew is hazed orange.

Nose is definitely "American" saison.. fruity and slightly phenolic.. and bits of brett.. some white peppercorns and clove... lesser apricot and white peach and maybe even some red plum.

Flavor is big and fruity... pear and lesser peach... plum and some white grape. drying woodiness mid palate.. light brett funk.. brett funk dries it out up front and only shows again on the finish.. vinous and inviting.. dry and some how still very fruity... sorta tannic with warmth.. spiciness blooms with warmth.. cardamom and light clove.. citrus hops play long with the yeasty notes on the finish... dry and fruity.

Medium body... nice carbonation.. nicely done for sure.

3.5/4/4/4/4 .. but I should probably mark down the aroma and flavor... This is not a "real" saison by any stretch. Okay for American.... but still just a nice play from an emerging brewery.

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden / copper color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sour, sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of hop, hint of alcohol, and a hint of floral. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sour, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of hop, and a hint of floral flavors. On the wide scale of Saison flavors, this is very far from the floral/yeast/spice range. The sour dominates both aroma and body. This is more close to a Lambic, than most other Saisons I have tried.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1 08/2011 corked caged 750ml bottle

A- pours a slight hazed amber/ yellow color with some golden highlights a nice white head,collar,lacing

S- was great with chardonnay,oak,brett,pepper and spice a sour lemon grass and earth smell, citra hops

T- citra hops and buttery,oak white wine with brett and funk hops linger in each sip

M-lively carbonation with a crisp pure hop presence that is balanced with a sour brett and buttery oak wine taste

O- a great barrel aged saison a little pricey but worth a try

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from a friend back east.

A - Murky apricot, light near white head, some cling lace.

S - Tart, funky, malt takes the back seat.

T - Very tart and refreshing. Lip smacking flavor. Malt and hops play second fiddle to the funk and tart. It's very nice.

M - Medium body, nice carb and balance.

D - I would session this in a second!

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Photo of Bendurgin
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Andy and poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy golden straw color with about an inch of white head. Lots of cobweb lace.

The aroma has a nice floral aroma with some orange citrus hops in the background . Good funk with some buttery and cheese aromas. The pallet it a lot like the aroma. Good pallet with a little bit of a vegetable flavor with some lemon and citrus in the finish. Good funky finish with some white pepper.

Light feel with good carbonation. Really nice offering here. Glad to try this.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is golden with a nice full fluffy white head.

The aroma is full of sweet malt and green grape skin.

The taste is spicy and mildly tart. There is a nice minty finish. Unique and enjoyable.

The body is light to medium, with nice crisp carbonation.

Enjoyable. I like this one a lot, a little hoppier than I expected.

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Photo of Verecund
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mverity
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange/amber with hints of gold. Head in bubbly and off white and faded quickly into faint wisps and a pencil thin collar. Aroma is heavy on the Brett funk, with grass, floral hops, and lightly bready malt sweetness. I also get some orange zest. Taste is again with the brett funk up front, some citrus zestiness, very faint watermelon and fairly floral. There's a nice deep oakiness that works behind everything; but holds it's own. Light body, tart and bright on the tongue. Bubbly med-high carbonation.

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Photo of schwaeh
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of DCon
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $15. Poured from the caged&corked Purple/Red bottle w/ a rose on the front into a 16oz Tulip Glass. Has BATCH #1, AUGUST/2011 on the back in red.

Aroma- Has an unusually strong strawberry candy aroma in here! Dominates the nose but still has a good citrus aroma finished by a bit of a sour note. Light-Medium hops are in the aroma as well.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that lasts for good time and stays frothy. Has tons of ingredient in the cloud that is present and has a dark orange colored body. Leaves tons of lace afterwards.

Flavor- The flavor starts strongly with citrus but then has way too much hop! There is no sour tastes in here but there is a ton of malt that I noticed. Medium bitterness level which is a bit high as well. Not a problem, just a different kind of Saison.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, and leaves tons of hop on the palate.

Overall Impression- You could definitely hint at the Pinot Noir barrels that were used in this process but only in the nose. Had a ton of hop character for a Saison. Would love to enjoy this one again! Very interesting.

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Photo of cvm4
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden hazy color. It's darker than the usual saison. Has a nice white one finger head.

S - I'm detected some sour grapes or the tart of lemons.

T - You can really taste the pinot noir barrels it was aged in at first. Then, it's a lovely tartness with a sweet/dry finish.

M - Very refreshing. It's light on the palette but carbonated enough to coat the mouth.

O - I really like this beer, just not the price of it. It makes you sit back and take notice but it's also easy to drink. I think it's a perfect beer for those looking to taste a little "funk."

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Photo of ccrida
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of daledeee
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark gold with off white head and lacing.

Nose is a little funky. At first it was a little pond water but it cleared up.

Taste is pretty tart. When I first sipped this I thought it might be a sour beer in disguise but it kind of mellowed out after a few sips. Plenty of fruit tartness and good hop finish. I am not a wine drinker but this definitely has a little grape thrown in.

Strong carbonation.

Overall, this is a very satisfying beer. It seems to get better as I drink it.

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

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.

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Photo of bmwats
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Golden orange-ish hue. Pours a finger and a half, bubbly, white head. Settles fairly quickly. Rising effervescence throughout. Slight lacing mostly retreats back into the body.

S: Wheat and prominent amounts of raspberry.

T: Tastes like is smells... light wheaty grains and bitter fermented raspberry.

M: Light body, biting bitterness. Very acidic. Something of a carbonated feel to it. Kind of stale carboardy finish that hangs on the palate.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, decent head, but no real lacing. Nose is wheaty, and grainy, and fruity. Light and wheaty with lots of fermented raspberry. Bitter and acidic with something of an off-putting final step. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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

750mL into a Hennepin glass. Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy golden orange w/ a creamy, fluffy white head, effervescent carb, perfect lacing.

Aroma is umistakeable bretty funk up front, tart and dry - rose petals evident.

Taste is suprisingly light and airy. Tart, dry, a little oaky, then sharply bitter on the finish. There's a fruity roundness to the body, maybe from the pinot barrels, and the distinct acidity of orange peel.

Mouthfeel is sharp and a little prickly from the vigorous carb, which works with this flavor profile.

Overall this is a complex, interesting saison to pick apart. Enjoyed it. Not an everyday beer though.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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).

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.