Love Buzz Saison | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.47/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griphon
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheGent
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ppavlick
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hozersr
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeWard
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 or 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, and 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.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nicholas_JD_11
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisCage
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!

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
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.

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Photo of Beerhemoth
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
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!

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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of braker649er
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.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this was bottled December 2015. orange color. there is something in the smell that I cannot identify but I do not like. taste is a little sweet, bitter, but there is something smoky in the finish that i do not like. kind of like stale cigarettes. I do not pick up on the brett. I like the mouth feel. nice carbonation. I will admit that the flavor is complex. I loved the description and ingredients that went into it, but i just don't like the final product. I typically love aging in wine barrels, but something about this did not hit the mark. I am disappointed ed in this.

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Photo of CunningLinguist
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of macrosmatic
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

A: Mildly hazy, rich gold in color. A finger’s worth of white head fades to foam, and has average visible carbonation.

S: Light tartness, grassy and barnyard and Brett musk. Some vinous character and oak woody dryness. Some juicy tart lemony citric acid. Yeasty with some biscuit malts as well.

T: Citric tartness, lemons, and yeasty barnyard with some mustiness. Wine barrels with enough oak and inherent tannins to really dry everything out. The Brettanomyces shows up then – farmhouse, horse blanket, and a touch of pineapple. Not particularly funky, but lends a very nice complexity. Grassy hay, light black pepper. Musty with lemons and orange rind hop bitterness with dry wine tannins in the hang.

M: A medium to light body for style, with a good amount of carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence is well-hidden.

O: Really, really enjoyable. Nicely complex and yet easily drinkable. The Brett may have really come out with another six months or so in the bottle. It does need to warm up a few degrees from refrigerator temperature for sure. I think I need to find myself another couple bottles of this one. Nicely done.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep gold with a slight reddish hue topped by a dense two finger off white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of spicy yeast, slight tartness, and some nice barnyard funk. Slight grape skin as well.
T: Taste is slightly tart with the wine barrel leading the way. There is also some nice peppery spice and some citrus notes along with some nice barnyard funk notes. Swallow is another shot of tartness, spices, some funky oak and a little more wine influence.
M: This beer has a medium mouthfeel with carbonation that is just slightly prickly along with a drying finish. It tastes dry on the palate as well so the amount of residual sugar on this one is very low.
O: Overall this is a really great beer with some nice complexity and flavors. It's well balanced as well and the flavors play together well which makes this one a pleasure to drink. Very nice with some age on it and I'm sure these drink pretty well when fresh. Worth a try if you're into the style and don't mind them a little tart.

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