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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 126
Gots: 71 | FT: 7
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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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 18:39:55 | More by ShanePB
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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 00:17:20 | More by sk8man121
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3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 04:18:48 | More by mactrail
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 00:02:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
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3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 23:53:31 | More by DCon
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New York

3.95/5  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

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 23:13:48 | More by BigPlay1824
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3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 06:19:41 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.98/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 13:31:06 | More by Tone
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 06:12:32 | More by Beaver13
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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.