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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 700
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 152
Gots: 124 | FT: 15
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 oline73
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber with a two finger fluffy white head. The head fades to a good size layer on top of the glass with some nice lacing.

Smell: This is a very earthy and herbal smelling beer. There is a sweetness and a slight sourness to the smell.

Taste: A lot like the smell. This is a very herbal saison, and you can definitely pick up the brett, it's almost slightly metallic. The beer isn't sour per say, but it's got mild funk to it. The finish is hoppy and quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good saison. Complex and easy to drink, I would definitely have another. (708 characters)

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated August 2012, Batch #2

- Pours a hazy bronze orange with a healthy inch of foam that dissipates quickly.

- Notes of fruit tart, floral saison, and bitter hops.

- A mild fruit tart fills the mouth and transitions into floral and spice notes. The finish is a little funky and the surprising hop bitterness lingers for a bit.

- Overall a solid beer. The fruit sour and floral saison characteristics add complexity to this beer, but also make it sort of muddled, especially with the bitter hopped finish. I would prefer a stronger sour fruit tartness profile. (572 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1, August 2011.

Pours a completely opaque, dark golden orange color with a frothy, pillowy 2.5 finger white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Streaks and splotches of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly funky aroma with lots of barn/farmhouse character along with some prominent brett and zesty spice. There's also some sweet fruit notes but the barrel presence is subtle. Musty bretty funk compliments the saison yeast nicely. Hints of eatery fruits and bready yeast along with some pepper and coriander. I'm picking up a vinous presence that compliments the eatery fruit presence. Subtle earthy oak with hints of cherry, strawberries, grape and other dark fruit. Very complex nose but could use a bit more barrel in the nose.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a slight creamy texture that is countered by the funky/sour character. Lots of musty funk/dry brett flavor that melds with the saison/farmhouse yeast pretty well. Slightly puckering but more dry and funky than tart. Much more so than I expected resulting in a dryness that is exaggerated by the berrel notes. Dry toasted oak with a faint vinous red wine character that gives off hints of grape, strawberry and other dark fruits. Pretty complex but the funk/brett donates slightly overpowering the eatery fruit notes and Pinot noir elements. Pretty good with a well masked ABV but could use bit more balance. I'm glad I got to try this one and am looking forward to sampling more from this brewery. (1,525 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of foam with a fairly vigorous pour. Not a lot of head for a Saison, especially for an Anchorage brew. Retention is average.

S: Strong earthy aroma with some musty brettanomyces funk and a fruity/citrus tartness. Definitely some spicy French Oak influence and a hint of red wine, but I don't specifically detect Pinot Noir. Quite complex.

T: Wow - I get a lot of juicy Pinot Noir sweetness here. I wasn't expecting that after the aroma, but it's quite pleasant. A nice tartness quickly comes in to keep the beer dry despite the juiciness. Musty Brett is definitely here as well. I get a bit of spiciness, but I think it's more from the French Oak than it is from the Saison yeast.

M: Medium thickness with medium to strong carbonation.

O: I really like what the oak and Pinot Noir do to this beer, but I think it overwhelms the beer a bit, especially with the Brett funk. I could use a bit more traditional Saison flavors in this one, but it's quite nice nonetheless. Well above average. (1,063 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brett bomb with a good saison behind it. Good spices, fruity. Somewhat sweet in the finish. Only a little yeasty.Very generous head of foam. Very drinkable.Above average mouthfeel. A little funky aroma. Bottle from Bierkraft $21.46.Cork popped into the other side of a large room, suggesting above average carbonation. (318 characters)

Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL cork-topped bottle served in a tulip glass. Beer pours hazy straw in color, and forms a very large white head. Strong Belgian ale aroma, floral, yeasty, and grassy, with a sweet hint of oak. Would you believe me, when I tell you, this is the best smelling saison I've ever had from a bottle? Flavor starts out clean, smooth, and creamy -- and then the tartness kicks in. In spite of the way sourness tends to dominate my palate, this beer has a lot going on. There's the obvious citrus oil flavor from the orange peels, which despite the aforementioned obviousness, is relatively subtle. There's also distinct pepperiness, apparently from actual peppercorns. Impressively, those flavors play off each other well. I imagine they were successfully mellowed out by multiple encounters with oak fermentation.

There are so many variables that went into this beer, as a brewer I can't imagine what went into developing the final formula. I love citra, but would not have picked them out of this beer. I imagine the aroma comes mostly from the rose hips (which I don't pick up with my tongue), and I guess a more traditionally floral hop would have overshadowed them.

The mouthfeel here is great as well. Relying on bottle carbonation on a beer which had already been fermented twice seems like a gamble, but it seems to have paid off.

Normally Brett-based beers are too sour for me, but this one is fantastically executed and has won my heart. (1,458 characters)

Photo of Neffbeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

A: Hazy golden orange with a great looking frothy head. The head retention and lacing are superb with peaks and clouds chunking on the sides of the glass and on top of the brew.

S: Zesty notes of citrus and brett greet the first whiff. The oak is lurking in the background along with some vinous red grapes. The brett becomes more pronounced as it warms with a healthy dose of leather and hay surfacing.

T: The citrus notes are very pronounced (hop forward) with an immense influence from brett to fill out the funk. Mid-palate it gets a bit jammy/oaked with the pinot barrels flexing their muscles. It concludes a touch on the bitter side with a hint of the booze coming out in the dry finish.

M: Light and bubbly.

O: Another great offering form Anchorage brewing. A bit outside the box but very well done. (832 characters)

Photo of Cavery
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch 1 8/11 purchased at the Bruery Provisions. Really happy to see more Anchorage brewing around! Always happy to give more Alaskan beers a swirl.

A: Faint amber honey body with cobweb lacing grabbing the glass. Lots of reds, oranges, and golden yellows flash in the glass. There's definitely a likeness to fish scales, makes me think of a lumbering fat fish like a carp. If you like amber earth tones, then this is a looker for you.

S: Bright edible flowers that go heavily into a sugar plum note that makes me excited. Late earthy presence of a barnyard brett that fuses with sweet florals. There's an almost berry like brightness to the smells of plant bulbs. It comes off very light, which makes me think there's either rose hips and or pedals in this beer.

T: Sweet rosewater and blueberry flavor crashes into a wall of bitter barnyard funk. A linger of peppery essence cackles like a low fire in the back of my tongue. This is really well layered with different flavors. Lots of complexity, but the brett is very young. The transition from the floral sweetness into the mild funk is a great one, and the really elegant presence of peppery essence.

M: Light medium feels with a favoritism towards the light side. The beer doesn't come off watery, and there's an almost plant oil like viscosity to the overall feel. It's somewhere between a light syrup and some sort of vegetal oil, but it only coats mildly. It's hard to even notice the glazing unless you really think about it, the beer comes off very elegant due to this.

O: I think this is a really fantastic beer to be putting out as a batch 1 line from a new brewery. I understand that Gabe has been at it for a while (formerly @ midnight sun), however -- I think this will be a beer people will be looking for in a few years. I'd grab some batch 1 of this bad boy and revisit it at some tastings. I most certainly will grab a couple bottles, I think this one will blossom with an elegant floral sweetness like I've never had in a beer. This is like Saison Brett with plums/hibiscus. Really very good. (2,070 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with an etched on label into a tulip glass.

Medium to aggressive pour yields about a 50/50 beer to head ratio. The beer is a hazy burnt orange with bright orange highlights, while the head is shock white and slowly dissapating. Lots of patchy lacing as it dissapates. Some very spicy clove and banana notes float up on the nose, reminding one of a garden. The brett yeast is easily detectable and Belgian in nature. Peppercorns provide the spicy part of the nose, while the rose and orange peels provide the sweet and flowery aromas. Very balanced in smell, enticing.

Sweet but white wine-like up front, a hint of vanilla from the french oak. Vanilla is heavy in the lingering aftertaste, very sweet. But before that is a medley of tastes and spices, including more silky smooth vanilla. The peppercorn provides a spicy element that prickles briefly, then is gone. The flowery taste from the rose gives a silky mouthfeel as well, making for an interesting smoothness. Bitterness and dryness of orange rind is present as well, contributing to balance. Notes of clove float through, a result of the brettanomyces yeast strain, adding to the spicy feel. Finally, a short-lived blast of citrusy hops finishes this one off, leaving nothing behind but a sizable linger of vanilla and banana, a somewhat weird combination that almost becomes overwhelming.

This is a really interesting and unique beer for sure. Glad to try it after really enjoying their Belgian IPA. Can't say that I loved this one, but I didn't hate it either. There should be no doubt, it is a quality beer, and about as complex as it gets, but some of the flavors don't seem to work to me. Worth the 15 or so dollars though as there is a lot to enjoy in here. (1,756 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/28/11 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a dark hazy yellow color with some light lacing, two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, citrus hops, yeast, brett, some funk, apples, and floral hops. Very nice and loving the brett that comes through.

t - Tastes of brett, citrus hops, floral notes and hops, earthy notes, yeast, pepper, and spices. More floral notes that the nose and again, very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice saison from Anchorage; I really liked it. Some nice funk and brett especially in the nose, and floral hops in the taste. Would like to have it again. (711 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orangey amber in color. Maybe just a slight hint of pink. Forms a moderate sized white head that reduces fairly quickly. Some light lacing

S: Bright, fresh, and fragrant. Lemon, pineapple, and a fairly aggressive yeasty funkiness .

T: Taste is more of the same. Bright and fresh. Lemon, lighter citrus. Slight tart twang, which I find to be more characteristic of the rose hips than anything else. Moderately funky. Light sweetness.

M: Light-medium bodied. Good carbonation. Bright with a moderate tartness. Light bitterness.

O: A nice beer. Light and fresh, this one would be better during the warmer months, but still a very nice beer. (646 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy light orange with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange, spices, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, orange grape, dark fruit, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I am not usually a huge fan of the Saison style in general, but the addition of dark fruit in this one really won my heart. The component definitely added to the depth of the brew and blended quite well with the spices typically found in the style. A definite must try if you get the opportunity! (809 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 1. August 2011.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly tart/sour and is of grain, spices, Brett, flowers, wood, and some mild wine aromas. Taste is of grain and Brett up front with flavors of spices, flowers, and wood coming through on the finish. There is a dry, tart, and slightly funky aftertaste as well. This beer has a nice crisp level of carbonation with a slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is quite a complex and tasty saison. The Brett presence really shines in the aroma and flavor but doesn't overwhelm the other ingredients. (708 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the May 2012 iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Opaque gold with a white head. Peachy aromas, tart summer fruit, apricots, funky with a bitter finish, light peppercorns, musty/oaky, white grapes, green hops, dry brett, lots of complexity. (257 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Delerium Tremens snifter. Batch #1, August 2011.

A - Big white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Somewhat hazy golden body.

S - Pinot noir and oak a-plenty, peppery yeast, light medicinal and dusty brett notes, a bit of the dill flavor I get from certain oak-aged beers, citrus notes. It's quite similar to Bitter Monk in some ways, but with less complexity.

T - Taste is also quite nice, with juicy stone fruits, citrus, light vinous notes and spicy farmhouse yeast, and oaky vanilla. More smoothed out - less of the sharp oak and medicinal flavors.

M - Medium bodied, lightly sticky, with medium-low carbonation and surprisingly little dryness or tannic oak present. I didn't have an explosive bottle like some of the other reviewers noted. Well-hidden alcohol - would have guessed 6.5% or so.

D - A really nice Saison, but with less depth than Bitter Monk. Still it's ultimately a very enjoyable beer that I'd gladly drink again if it were a bit more affordable. These Anchorage beers have really developed a 'house' quality a la Jolly Pumpkin, even though I think Gabe is merely using a commercially available brett strain. (1,221 characters)

Photo of kjyost
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1 (Aug, 2011) Corked & caged 750 mL bottle acquired at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN. Poured at 4C into a flute (later pours were warmer).

Pours a hazy amber with a ton of fluffy white head that laces wonderfully. All sorts of great aromas on the nose, including fruity brett, Mountain Dew, pepper. The body is dry and filled with brett character. More pepper and fruity notes along with a vinous quality. As time passes it is detracted by the building bitterness and a building yeast character. Regardless, an enjoyable beer. A fine beer to enjoy while watching the All-Star game. (596 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle. Batch #1 August/2011. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy dull gold with a massive 3+ finger white head. Settles, but stays puffy and thick. Cascading bubbles. Lots of fine lacing.

Aroma of white wine, floral garden perfume, musty funky brett. Pretty acidic. Dry earthy oak and vanilla. Tropical fruit citrus and sweetness immediately in the background.

Flavor is very much the same with sweetness and tart tang hitting you about the same time. Nicely balanced. Fruit flavors lean towards bitter citrus. Some wit-like spicy-ness, but pretty mild. A touch of funky earthiness in the flavor. Dry finish.

Medium bodied with medium-low soft natural carbonation. Fairly light and creamy. (701 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears a hazy, golden orange color with over an inch of dense, white head. The aroma offers fruit, yeast, malt, floral notes. The flavor is interesting. Floral hops come through more in the flavor than the aroma. A bit thin in the body. Slightly sweet, with additional notes of rose hips. A pretty tasty saison. (321 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange marmalade color with a large foamy white head with very nice retention and lacing. Smells like grapefruit, oranges, citrus zest, Brett, pepper, yeast, and spices.

Lightly sweet flavor, with grapefruit, oranges, citrus zest, pepper, Brett, yeast, spices, and oak. The pepper taste is the balance for the sweetness, which is not overpowering. As the beer warms, I can taste the Pinot Noir.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation. Easy to drink, and the alcohol is well disguised. This is a very nice Saison. (537 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a tulip.

Nice orange color with a slight pink tint. Fluffy, thick white head, nice retention.

Smell is mostly brett for me, old cheese and funk. A little vinous oak. Some peppercorn and floral notes, faint citrusy hops. A little berry if you really look for it.

Opens up more on the taste. Oak and bitter citrus followed by round vinous/vinegary character. Floral/perfumey notes. A little peppercorn on the finish followed by some earthy funk and bitter oak.

Light bodied and smooth, ends dry but lingers a bit.

Tasty, unique, and complex, another nice creation from Anchorage. (606 characters)

Photo of impending
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


750ml into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed amber orange, towering yellowish off white head recedes slow, froth clumps on the uneven surface as a rough landscape from a great height, excellent lacing.

Wonderful aroma with hop floral and citrus fully rivaling the brett for attention. Superb depth, refreshing.

The hops and brett again tangle in the taste with the hops getting the upper hand. More earth than funk. The dry aftertaste begins peppery then trails off with the flavor of brett and the bittering of the hops, nicely melded. Hops are on the high side for a saison. Thin to medium bodied lively mouthfeel.

Batch 1 08/11
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett is dominant with some notes of rustic malt and some citrus notes and some vinous notes as well. Taste is a complex mix between some Brett notes with a dry aftertaste mix in with citrusy hoppy notes and some vinous notes which work very well altogether. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Again lots of flavour that are very well balanced. My only complaint and it is a minor one ifs with the amount of Brett used in every of their beers they tend to have a similar taste profile. (637 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A little haze on a golden apricot body. Creamy off-white foam pours tall and then hangs around with ok retention and lace.

S - Great nose. Fruity for a saison. Green apple, hay, papaya, golden raisin, white grape, and a light earthiness.

T - Tart papaya, lime, green mango, pineapple rind, plantain, and lemon zest. Sour hay backend. Fantastic complexity.

M - Nice carbonation on a medium/light frame with a pleasant dry/sour finish.

O - This is the third Archorage beer I've ever had, and I'd buy any of them again in a heart beat. Another excellent job pushing the boundaries of contemporary brewing. (610 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not too long ago, I fell in love with Saison-Brett. While in my local beer store, I see this new arrival. Saison brewed with Brett, aged in French Oak. Yes please!

Pours a very hazy orange color, with a pinkish hue. Bright white head, 2 fingers, with lots of lace.

Light fruity yeast aroma, plenty of funk, a slight breadiness, and some crisp woody notes. Nice spiciness, and a great floral, herbal nose.

Taste is fruity and hugely funky. Lightly floral, with a nice bit of wood and faint wine. Finishes with a brett twang and a big herbal, spicy note.

Medium bodied and fairly creamy. A more effervescent feel would be wonderful. Still nice though.

Very pleased with this. I don't have access to Boulevard, but I'm going to enjoy having easy access to this! (767 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml. bottle.

Appearance: A mountainous head above a very hazy, lush peach colored body. The (not too) massive head sits quite a while and even drapes over the edge of the rim. Awesome to look at.

Smell: Fruity berries, jam, brett is sweet with only light tartness, spices, airy and strawberries.

Taste: Tangy, tart fruit, not too sweet, peppery around the edges, flower petals, rose water and dry, white grapes.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, real smooth with an underlying bitterness and a solid yet refreshing body.

Overall: Found the flavor a bit tamer than the aroma. Sealed it and finished it the next day and found it had actually improved. A hit regardless. (686 characters)

Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.