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Love Buzz Saison - Anchorage Brewing Company

Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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Photo of mdaschaf


4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a slight ruby tinge to it. Huge white foamy head forms on top with great retention, tons of thick, sticky lacing all around.

S: Nice and oaky with a little bit of brett, some musty/barnyard aroma, a little bit of grape/red wine, some light spice, mostly pepper. There is a slightly floral aspect to it.

T: More oak and brett, just the right amount, with just a hint of tartness. Very fruity, with some citrus and a little bit of darker fruit mixed in - the finish has more citrus. There is definitely a wine influence from the barrels.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, drinks very smooth and easy.

O: A very nice beer, my first from Anchorage. Look forward to trying to the other ones at some point. The only problem really is the price, a little steep, but somewhat understandable.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 03:32:12 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 23:43:32 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of deschutes_fan


4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:27:27 | More by deschutes_fan
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 17:39:30 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Neffbeer


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 21:18:09 | More by Neffbeer
Photo of Cavery


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 02:53:17 | More by Cavery
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 20:46:59 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 03:30:23 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 03:40:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of illidurit


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 20:58:15 | More by illidurit
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 00:18:19 | More by kjyost
Photo of Florida9


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 23:48:19 | More by Florida9
Photo of impending


4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 05:23:18 | More by impending
Photo of MasterSki


4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 05:47:58 | More by MasterSki
Photo of hardy008


4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 02:40:53 | More by hardy008
Photo of brotherloco


4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 23:17:19 | More by brotherloco
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 02:17:03 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 11:23:43 | More by papat444
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 08:17:01 | More by vfgccp
Photo of RuckusDu


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Good - The smell on this thing is crazy good. Sweet citrus - mostly grapefruit. Also some floral earthy notes. Taste has more hops than I have had in most saisons but still well balanced. Again there is a grapefruit flavor but now mixed with some lime. A lot going on here but the alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is good. The hops are a bit harsh and remain in the mouth for a while. Carbonation is right where it should be at a above average level.

The Average - Poured a white two finger head with minimal lacing. Body is unfiltered and is a dark wheaty color with some orange.

The Judgment - Very pleasant with a balance between hops, sour, and saison. The strong hops flavor is interesting in this saison and maybe if they were not as harsh this would be an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 17:54:28 | More by RuckusDu
Photo of BARFLYB


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle into two tulip glasses with extra to spare in a regular glass.

Love Buzz looks lovely with a nice bright golden bordering on yellow hue when up to the light. Has a lemonade look to it except for the massive thick inch of ivory shaded foam on top leaving blotches.

Smell is pretty pungent and im hit with hops off the bat, probably citra as im getting mad tropics with mango. Farmhouse Belgian yeast with some hay and a spike of brett for good measure. Not overly bretted ala Bullfrog Undead Ed. A faint cracker like breadiness from the yeast.

Taste is great, not out of this world but in the right direction. Brett, citrus tastes, saison farm twang. As with the Bitter Monk, I only picked up a trace amount of the barrel type used. I get the faint oak but no pinot character.

Feel bordering on medium but is on the lighter side. This just goes down all to easy. The carb is pretty tight while not taking over the tounge, this beer is certainly alive. A nice bretty aftertaste that lingers a bit.

This is impressive, a bit less in boldness and taste than the Bitter Monk, but I found this to be the more drinkable one out of the two. A whole bottle was child's play. Now I just need somebody to get a taste of the new wit, cause I ain't buying that one.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 00:13:26 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of pixieskid


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second Anchorage offering, digging this one, for sure.

Pours a beautiful orange hue with a 3 finger white head, solid lacing and staying power.

Nose; wow! Tons of floral notes and white wine.
Taste; citrus, herbal, earthy, Chardonnay, oak, it's all in there with a nice balance. Finish is dry with a solid earthy bitterness (obviously the Brett).
Mouthfeel is a bit thin/watery, which is really the only thing I can "complain" about.

Nice beer, glad I picked it up; don't let the "high" price tag put you off...

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:24:44 | More by pixieskid
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one for my birthday. Get it? Love Buzz...Mebuzzard...ok ok

Looks great. A bit darker than most saisons. A dull gold, clear. Big foamy white head, rocky in places. Nice lacing. Yum!

Spicy and fruity aroma. Flowers. Light caramel and sweet toasted biscuit. It'll clear your nose, that's fer shizzle.

At first sip, the pinot noir comes out. Dark fruit and a bit velvety. Spice comes in to wipe that out and introduce the floral. Roses and green stem. Quickly, though. The spice has the overall word. Some clove and coriander. The pinot comes back, but the malt halts its return. Light sweet caramel atop a toasted biscuit.

This is a nice saison, even thought it's a bit different.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 05:43:04 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of dfernandez77


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Primary with Belgian yeast, barrel conditioned (French oak) with Brett, and bottle conditioned. Can't argue with that to start. Then the unique combination of spices compliments the fermentation process perfectly. Hobbs Family rose hips, peppercorns, and fresh orange peels. Dry-hopped in the barrel with Citra hops. Second fermentation in Pinot Noir barrels.


Slightly warm golden color. Some haze. Clean fine bubbled white head, leaves minimal lace.

Citrus tart like a Lemonhead candy. Dry funk from the Brett. Honey maltiness. Echo of vanilla and clean tannins from the oak.

Minor tart mouthgasm. Clean, bright, and peppery. Citrus and clean bittering. Brett is hard and dry just enough to compliment. Vinous character from the wine and tannins from the French oak barrels just punch it up. Super good new world Saison.

medium light, dry and astringent. Finishes with bitterness, Citra lemon zest all over it. Hop oils and Brett dryness linger for a long time. Super appealing classic Saison mouth.

One of the best Saisons I have ever had. The best new world (non-Belgian) Saison I have had for sure. All of the best characters you want from a classic, with creative spicing and fermentation process that only improves a beer well done. Damn good!

Got to work a trade for more of these...

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:12:25 | More by dfernandez77
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Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 20:14:30 | More by Phyl21ca
Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.