Love Buzz Saison
Anchorage Brewing Company

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Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
Ranked #101
Ranked #2,004
4.25 | pDev: 9.65%
Feb 24, 2022
Sep 04, 2011
Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison
Notes: 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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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
375 ml cork and cage.
Pours a bright essentially clear orange to copper colour with scant bubbly white head.
Funky aroma up front with a melange of fruitiness - citrus, stone fruit, apple and a bit of a vinegar note. Peppery.
Taste follows with an acetic tartness - pepper, vinous with flavours of citrus, peach and a hit of funkiness - there is a distinct yeasty character and a decent whack of finishing bitterness.
Crisp sharp medium mouthfeel with that tart acetic vinous finish - muted but present carbonation.
Not always a big sour fan but this acetic tartness works for me.
Feb 24, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Aug 14, 2021
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Anchorage Brewing 'Love Buzz' @ 8.0% , served from a corked/caged 375 ml bottle
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a copper in the glass with a small off-white dissipating head leaving a lace ring along the tulip
S-French oak Pinot Noir barrel aging , the last pour really released some funk
T-brett start , Pinot Noir swallow
MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-good saison
prost LampertLand
Jul 12, 2021
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Reviewed by DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Fantastic saison. So glad I picked it up at the store on a whim the other day. Pours a dark orange, very little head. Smells a bit of vinegar and red wine. Taste is very tart, Pinot noir grape, some cinnamon for some reason. Love the blend of saison taste with red wine. Could have this once a week.
Jul 10, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2021
Rated: 4.96 by Cashbail from New Hampshire

Aug 01, 2020
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
From the corked caged bottle sampled on July 3, 2020.

An attractive pour with its reddish-amber but little to no head. Good clarity.

The nose sensation is good with a brief biscuit note and then a bigger cherry or fruit sensation.

Light to medium body.

The flavor is at first sweet and then quite tart with cherry or something. Really tart. It overtake the other sensations and ends on the dry side.
Jul 04, 2020
Rated: 4.11 by smithj4 from New York

Mar 28, 2020
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12.7oz bottle corked and caged - batch #6. Opened 3-14-20.
1/4" white head fades to a ring and island of foam. Golden-amber colored saison, fairly opaque. Patchy lacing.
Vinous aroma, diesel fuel and a light barnyard funk. Floral. Tree fruit and grape must. Wine aroma blossoms midway through.
Light red wine / muted grape juice flavor followed by an earthy/herbal/leafy aged hop flavor. Peppery spice. Really enjoying the low key hop bitterness here mixed with the wine and spice flavors. Some tea-like qualities linger. Concord grape soda but dry.
Bright entry, low carbonation. Medium persistent hop bitterness and also tannic bitterness linger long in the dry finish.
Outstanding. Very unique in the flavor and aroma.
Mar 14, 2020
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Rated by Barettes from Washington

1.95/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Whatever this was supposed to be, it was done in by nail polish remover flavor
Mar 07, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by minterro from California

Mar 01, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by cmrncrzy10 from Ohio

Feb 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
As I opened the cork, there was surprisingly no popping sound. It poured a clear amber color with no head, just some thin ring lace that quickly dissipated.

The aroma opens with funky and tart notes of Brett. Fruity aromas of peaches, tangerines, apples and lime, as well as oaky and vinous notes of grapes. There is an appealing floral aroma redolent of fresh roses throughout.

Complex tastes that open with funky and tart flavors of sour orange, tangerine and lime. Oaky and vinous with flavors of grape that are akin to a dry and acidic wine. Yet, despite the tartness, there is some bready malt and stone and orchard fruit sweetness in the middle palate. Moderate peppery yeasty spices are accompanied by a light earthy hops bitterness. The finish is very dry, cider like and almost lip puckering.

Medium bodied with a semi crisp mouthfeel owing to the tartness and zesty fruits. However, the carbonation is quite gentle, perhaps indicating flatness as evidenced by the lack of pop in the cork.

Complex, dynamic and interesting. It feels like a wine lover’s beer, yet has many other elements such as sweetness and bitterness. As mentioned, the beer felt a tad flat, affecting mouthfeel and head presence and retention. However, overall this was quite tasty.
Feb 10, 2020
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Reviewed by henrikb from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a (very good looking) bottle into a snifter (would do a tulip but dont have one atm).

Look: Not much head. Deep amber in color. Some light carbonation visible upon pouring. When moving around in the glass, there is a little bit of lacing, but it goes away quickly. Not really any haze to speak of.

Smell: Strong, and very good smelling beer. Strong fruity, sweet smell, kind of like apples. Also has a bitter hop smell.

Taste: Sweet with fruity aroma with moderate bitterness, and they play quite nicely together. Some earthiness to it as well.

Feel: Moderate to light mouthfeel, with small carbonation bubbles.

Overall: Very tasty beer, nicely balanced, not too sweet, not too bitter.
Feb 01, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

Dec 27, 2019
Rated: 4 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Aug 26, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Aug 07, 2019
Rated: 4.51 by khmel from Ukraine

Jul 29, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by Diura from New York

Jul 12, 2019
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.42/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Batch #05, Nov 2016. Purchased on 4/20/19 at Trio in OBX for $16.99. Corked and caged. Poured into a white wine glass. 2.5 years old.

This beer was “triple-fermented.” In my opinion Anchorage spent way too much time and effort making a very average beer. The brewery should not advertise the Brett because its barely there. Disappointed in this beer that is very wine like. 3.25

A – I got a little “pop” when opening this one. Pours a cloudy brownish orange (might call it amber). Clarity improved on third pour after the beer warmed up. Almost flat. 4.0

S – Aromas of funk, lactic, sour cherry (faint), citrus rind and a hint of white wine. Very vinous. 3.75

T – Tart, faint fruit sweetness, earthiness, some bitterness – primarily in the finish. 3.25

MF – Medium light body with a semi-dry finish. Smooth but coating with zero carbonation feel. Lasting tartness on the palate. 3.25
Apr 23, 2019
Rated: 3.86 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Apr 03, 2019
Rated: 4 by Griphon from Florida

Feb 22, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by TheGent from New Jersey

Feb 08, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Feb 02, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by Mattias from Sweden

Jan 19, 2019
Rated: 4.38 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Jan 01, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2018
Rated: 4.36 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2018
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled November 2016, so 2 years old.

A slightly watery dull orange body. Small white head is replenished by tiny streams of carbonation. Little in the way of lacing.

A wine & fruit aroma. Very mild spice hit.

Sour. Some apple, citrus, and whole fruit flavors. Quite bitter. Earthy, and mildly funky. There is a lot going on here. (definitely going to be a sipper) I'm not getting the flavors of the peppercorn or rose hips, though as it warms, the feel of the rose comes into play.

Mouth is between medium and full. Finish is quite bitter, with a more of a winy taste to it as it warms.

Overall, an interesting and complex drink. Glad to have tried it. Wishing I had someone to share it with, as 750ml is a bit much for me. It's also hard to find the base Saison in this drink. My first beer from Anchorage Brewing.
Nov 04, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by Stignacious from New York

Aug 19, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by Nicholas_JD_11 from Canada (ON)

Jul 23, 2018
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Reviewed by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A- Pours an amber color that is ever so slightly hazed. The head is white, with wee tight bubbles that resembles the foam that collects on the side of a pond edge that has ever so disturbed current. The head doesn't really amount to anything, even with a hard pour, and really ever only becomes a ring around the top of the brew itself. The lacing however, is more impressive, with an even covering over the inside of my glass of small y-shaped ridges for the most part. Carbonation appears to be meek, with only very tiny columns rising in a subdued fashion.

S- Huge spiciness, in terms of fresh cut rose floralness, blended with big time tart raspberry/blackberry notes. I'm even getting some hints in the background of 60% dark chocolate....some milky sweetness alongside bittering cocoa nibs. This evolves as it gets air and I dare say that I detect A&W cream soda in the body of the aroma....very nice indeed! The finish is a blend of subtle wine barrel, yeasty funk, and vanilla smoothness. All over the board and I love it!

T- Whoa, is this tart/sour! The initial flavors are a mix of completely unripe raspberry, fermented Japanese plum, green apple, and uncooked cranberry! Once one gets past this and has another sip, there are underlying tones of oaked red wine, rose petals. As it warms and the palate becomes accustomed, all of the flavors become more melded and mellow, with the rose becoming more predominant and slightly bitter on the finish. After the swallow, I sense a slightly salted caramel finish....slightly boozy as well.

M/O- Medium bodied at best and the carbonation is severely first I thought it was my bottle but then discovered I'm not the only one who has had this experience....still it's probably a little flat-ish for my liking. The alcohol is reasonably hidden, however there are little spikes on the palate that remind me of the percentage that it is. This hit me a little hard at first, but shows nice balance and complexity and as I adjusted, it reminded me of a weaker version of a Belgian Sour, which isn't on my 'to do' list....however, I think I could enjoy this from time to time!
Jun 15, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by ivyman from Massachusetts

Apr 04, 2018
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A - No pop whatsoever when the cork was pulled. No carbonation and no lacing. Color is clear with a copper red colored pour.

S - Tart and spicy barnyard funk, a little spearmint on the nose.

T - Funky red wine skin, some peppery spice, tart fruitiness, and some oak.

M - Medium body with silky texture and very dry on the back of the tongue while the rest of the mouth salivates.

O - This bottle was totally flat. 'Will revisit this review with another bottle. Disappointing.
Feb 05, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by Beerhemoth from Illinois

Feb 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

1.28/5  rDev -69.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1
Hazy burnt amber with a mild off-white head settling to a thin film leaving bumpy lace.

Smell is overly floral and herbal, like a puree of rose and lavender. Smells like my grandmas soap.

A distinct taste of red licorice is pummeled by an overabundance of vegetal flowers. This is seriously like biting into an insanely compacted and bitter bushel of flowers and soap. The aftertaste is fucking despicable and makes you instantly regret life.

How the fuck can people rate this so high!? This is an absolutely disgusting abomination that resembles nothing close to any style of beer whatsoever!
Dec 29, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by DoubleDaisyCutter from District of Columbia

Dec 19, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

Dec 09, 2017
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Reviewed by braker649er from Washington

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
First off, the bottle is beautiful, and the ingredients are really intriguing. Rose hips and peppercorns and Citra hops in a saison. Really intriguing. Overall, I felt the sour brett had a stronger effect than I anticipated. I was thinking "hmm, this is more straight sour and less of what I look for in saison." And I definitely picked up on the rose hips ... though I don't know that I'm a fan of this flavor's odd form of sweetness. The color was pretty and the flavors unusual. This one might come down to personal tastes, and it wasn't my personal favorite, though I still felt it was worth a try.
Nov 13, 2017
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