Love Buzz Saison | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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.

Added by daveytheformer on 09-04-2011

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Reviews: 218 | Ratings: 787
Reviews by WTKeene:
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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged bomber dated August 2012 Batch 2 into a snifter. Note: I'm reviewing the day after I opened the beer, was too busy drinking the beer yesterday to be able to write a review. The beer was sealed with the same cork it had originally.

Appearance: A hazy deep amber with a moderate head that doesn't stick around too long, and leaves a bit of lacing around after it's gone. A thin crown persists as the beer quickly disappears down my throat.

Smell: Reminds me of Le Terroir. The hop scent is definitely still there, although I'm sure more muted than if this were fresh. I get some floral character too, can't be sure if that's from the rose hips or the brett. A bit of tartness on the nose, but not too much.

Taste: Lovely! The hops still come through a bit, and add a hint of bitterness to the beer, and a nice citrus quality that pairs well with the tartness. This isn't a ridiculously sour beer, it's very moderate and eminently drinkable. There is a lot of depth here. Some vinous flavor comes through on the finish, as does a light bready malt. I'd love to try this fresh.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated (possibly less so because the beer was opened the day before), the beer dances across my palate as I drink it down.

Overall: I wish I could buy this stuff anywhere. Really a very very nice beer. Not much to complain about at all. Heck my roommate, who is not much of a beer guy, was disappointed to hear I wouldn't be able to get this again easily.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchorage Brewing "Love Buzz Saison"
750 ml bottle, corked and caged
Batch #1, August 2011
$13.59 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD

Appearance: Hazy peach colored body beneath a creamy head of off-white foam. Very good head retention; very nice lacing.

Aroma: Bold aroma. Quite complex. Strawberry, cherry, pear, apple, grape, orange, pineapple and chalky citrus rind. Brettanomyces tang and fruitiness! Subtle spice almost like cedar. Floral. Hints of grassiness.

Taste: As expected, the flavor follows the aroma. It's surprisingly citrusy, displaying a note of lemon that I didn't pick up in the aroma. And there's a bit of spice to it that's particularly clear in the drying finish (coriander, perhaps a dash of pepper). The Brett is clearly present, but not overdone amidst so much citrus. It's well-rounded and balanced with fruit and Brett upfront, followed by a passing hit of sweetness that's then eclipsed by citrus, and then followed by drying notes of floral, chalk, oak, and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy and smooth. Velvety almost.

Overall: It's quite complex in its aroma, but it's not overly done in its flavor... there's a lot to deal with there to be sure, but it's still quite drinkable - there's nothing that holds it back. The bitterness is perfectly balanced alongside the spice/oak and citrus/floral notes, and that's the pivotal point here; everything else just spins around it.

Impressive. Unique. Well worth seeking out, especially for fans of the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

anchorage has to have one of the best beer portfolios out there. they are all so clever and well made, and so unique too. love buzz is a real treat for me. the peppercorns are there in the nose, and blend in seamlessly with the spice of the saison yeast in the taste. the orange peel does the same thing with the citra hops, marrying equally and synergistic to the max, with the orange adding some bitter just like the hops do, and the hops adding the citrus thing to the nose. the yeast complexion is amazing, mouthwatering, its dry but wet too, its bretty and funky and odd, but still farmy and familiar, like a nap in a hay loft. hard to tell if its the red wine barrel or the rose hip giving it a perfume floral thing before the finish, but the cherry notes of the wine barrel bring it back to earth. oak and funk, fruity and dry, its as complex as any beer out there, and just as well made too. i love all of the anchorage beers, but this one may well be my favorite. what an extraordinary specimen. Pinot noir barreling as obvious here as it is anywhere, and this ages with the best of them

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Photo of DanGeo
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1, brewed in August 2011, according to the label.

Love Buzz comes out of the 750 mL bottle looking very sexy. A rocky, off-white 2-finger head sits atop a cloudy, golden-orange body. The head takes its damn time to recede, which is just fine by me. I cannot see any carbonation bubble activity through the cloudy body. The lacing left on the glass is clumpy and streaky.

The aroma of the Buzz comes out strong with funky, tart Brett. There is a sweet, bread-like smell that comes through with some force next. Sweet citrus aromas of fresh orange and lemon juice pop out of my pint glass. There are also some berry-like aromas, rasp and straw mainly. Deeper inhales reveal notes of the peppercorn which is contained within this saison. Just enough sweet balances the tart and spice to produce a very aromatic beer.

The taste is also a fine blend of sweet fruitiness and funky, tart Brettness. Fresh oranges, raspberry, and lemon-lime overlap beautifully with sour apple tartness. The finish contains a woody, dry finish, with a hint of pinot noir flavor from the French oak barrels in which the brew was aged. The Brett yeast strain is always present in the profile, but I do not think it ever overpowers. Very well done.

This beer contains an interesting and fresh dichotomy of a fairly full, syrupy feel on the tongue with an acidic, sour, biting feel on the sides of my palate. It plays very well on my mouth. The finish dries both of these characteristics off of my palate nicely with a dry, woody, red-wine like feel.

I am quite impressed with this take on a Saison. This is the second beer I've had from Anchorage Brewing Company that is brewed with Brett and aged in French oak wine barrels and they've both been phenomenal. These are very fresh, interesting flavors and I really appreciate them. Kudos, Anchorage!

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Photo of MadScientist
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful ruby-orange with a foamy white head that dissipates into nothing.
S- Typical brettanomyces funk intermingled with pepper, citrus, flowers, and earthiness.
T- Citrusy and Floral in the beginning that gives way to the tart funk of the Brett. Ends with the dry fruitiness and oak of the Pinot noir barrel. Grape like aftertaste. Very good.
M- Starts off smooth but finishes dry. Medium-High carbonation.
D- Probably my favorite part of the beer is the finish. It has a wine like quality that really makes this a great beer. Highly recommend.

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Photo of dimitrov
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of lateralundertow
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of marvin213
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light orange marmalade cropped with a white, creamy top, it looks damn delicious! Bubbles fizz up from the bottom of my Allagash signature as if it were Dom in a champagne flute.

I smell some bretty spice--maybe cloves, orange zest, and chrysanthemum. There's a bready, malt-like floral aroma to this unique saison. The nose ain't nearly as cool as the look, but it remains appealing....

Zingy carbonation tingles my cheeks as wild brett yeast plays like artisinal bread on my palate. I really struggle to get that Pinot noir influence, and that's a disappointment. There's some zestiness that's either fruit or Brett...or both. The more I sip, the more I conclude it's a Red & White wannabe. It's fizzier like a saison should be, but there's nowhere near the tasty spice of say a Saison du Buff. It feels better than it tastes, but both would benefit from a touch more spice and wine (or spicy wine).

Overall, it's an expensive ass beer--some $18.99 for the big corked/caged 750. It's cool, and I'm grateful it made it here from Alaska--picked it up from Tylers in Carboro--and I think I'd try it again...but I dont think I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was able to get this one in a beer trade glad I did as it did not disappoint

Favorite thing was the peppery saison quality I do love when you get the spice and clove like that

I wish this would be available around these parts it's a damn fine brew

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mverity
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange/amber with hints of gold. Head in bubbly and off white and faded quickly into faint wisps and a pencil thin collar. Aroma is heavy on the Brett funk, with grass, floral hops, and lightly bready malt sweetness. I also get some orange zest. Taste is again with the brett funk up front, some citrus zestiness, very faint watermelon and fairly floral. There's a nice deep oakiness that works behind everything; but holds it's own. Light body, tart and bright on the tongue. Bubbly med-high carbonation.

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Photo of Dbrulet
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of aquazr1
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Jammyman
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Meyers1023
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden orange color with over two fingers of white foamy head. Smells of Brett funk, a bit of citrus fruit, light notes of pepper and flowers. The flavor has funk, tartness, some citrus sweetness, and a slight spice from the peppercorns. You also get a slight hint of the barrel as the beer warms. The feel is medium, well carbonated and crisp. This is an outstanding saison that I could drink over and over!

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at a tasting. Hazy orange, with a small white head. Smells of grapes, brett, vanilla and oak. Tastes like brett, slightly sour and of grapefruit and red wine. Dry, with a sour aftertaste.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Nose: fruity almost strawberries, some pine in the fruit, lemony tartness
Pours hazy gold, under a finely bubbled 1” bone white rocky head that dissipates to a thick film.
Palate: rich and fruity, some grape, strawberry, touch of apricot, pint to mint, sweet lemony tart funk, citrusy, some orange peel, finishes dry with a long lingering hop accent.
Very effervescent, medium light body.

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Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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