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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 666
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of redblacks75
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of srhoadsy
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
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 kscaldef
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

- Saison brewed with spices. Aged in French Oak pinot noir barrels. #09515.

A: Dense cadmium orange pour has a healthy 2 finger+ head that was rocky with an oatmeal sheen to it that was steady on the hold. Carbonation is fair, spacious with a rather quick pace. Thick clumpy foam lace adheres to the vessel walls.

S: Barnyard funk is evident from the brettanomyces. Hay with some sour fruitiness (cherries) along with indications of wet oak wood.

T: Sour fruitiness on the flavor, cherries, grapes, some wet hay and barnyard muskiness. Oaky barrel notes and wine notes chime through. Tart, nice flavor with some dry spicing on the close. Dry Briary, rosewood and dry grains rounds things out.

M: frothy and creamy textured, dry and tart, could of used some more carbonation zip to sharpen it up a bit.

O: Overall nice dry tart barnyard funk and graininess. Dry spicing, smooth flavor that is polished and easy on the down, worthy of a try.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Photo of PG2G
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of jsh420
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch 1 aug 2011

pours cloudy golden orange with a big pillowy chunky off white head that had good retention and left rings of lacing down the glass

smell - while not that strong it is very intoxicating and i just could not get enough - fruity bready malt and oh that brett funk

taste was good but it did not live up to the nose - sweet bready fruit and the sour brett - it did have a bad metallic aftertaste on just a few sips which were cringe worthy

mouthfeel was a medium body with good carbonation - very smooth and creamy

overall - this beer just did not pop for me - the high price tag
and a few bad sips with off flavors did not help either

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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I thought this was overpriced I bought it for the novelty of having a beer from Alaska. It turned out it was almost worth the cost.

Poured a 2 1/2" off-white head with a lasting merengue. Hazy raw sienna yellow colored body. Smells a little like pickle juice at first but there some malt too. Taste happily was only a touch sour and has more malt than the smell hinted as well as raisin from the grape brewing and some mild but quality hops. Finish is pretty long and yes bretty.

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3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overwhelmingly fruity in the nose, Love Buzz begins with a massive bouquet of grapefruit and just a touch of tart funk as if anticipating to bite into the melon itself. The smell of citrus is delightfully simple and dominating. Immediately puckering on the palate, citrus and tartness follow. A bit peppery indeed but lacking the "caramel beauty" promised on the bottle. Simple, tart and perhaps better paired than alone, Love Buzz neither impresses nor disappoints. A solid offering but, overall, not memorable.

Photo of ShanePB
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with my girlfriend. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Hazy and cloudy orange/amber colored body with a fizzy, tight white head that has some quick dissipation. Hardly any lace at all, in fact nothing but a thin ring around the edges after a few sips. Some quick swirls bring it back to life but not for long. Seems the barrels have adversely affected this.

S: Lots of brett is up front, along with a nicely floral aroma. There's actually a good amount of hop aromas, sweet and light, white pepper, rose hips, and an astringent oak note. Nothing really in terms of the barrel flavor (Pinot Noir as it claims), though the wood itself certainly shows up. Not overly complex but okay.

T: A bit of a reversal, the dry red wine flavors start things off, mixed with a really gritty barnyard brett taste. No tartness or sweetness really, just lots of funk going on. The floral elements in the nose come back, more rose hips, pale citrus fruits, and a sharp peppery note. Complex enough to keep things interesting.

M: Highly active carbonation, fizzy yet crisp on the palate. For this style, I really like this feel. It's smooth too despite being very carbonated.

This is another nice beer from Anchorage but again, these (Philadelphia) prices just aren't worth it. That's not to say it's not a tasty beer because it is, but there's definitely more wallet-friendly options out there if you want a funky Saison. If I could find this a few bucks less each time, this would be one to cellar and revisit later for me.

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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
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

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 sk8man121
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
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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3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
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