Love Buzz Saison | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

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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.

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Photo of shleepy
2.73/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle into snifter glasses.

A: Amber color, medium head. A little darker, perhaps, than most saisons.

S: Grassy hops, dill.

T: Weird herbal taste. Quite bitter in the middle and finish. Honestly, not nearly as good as Anchorage's other stuff.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

O: Unpleasant and overly herbal.

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Photo of RickS95
2.78/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

It's an attractive shade of pale orange, but nothing earth shattering. The head is white, but fleeting. There's a bit of lace, but again, nothing to write home about.

This thing pops in the nose. Candied sugar, Brett yeast and bitter orange peel dominate. All three flavors are distinct, but overpowered by the orange peel.

Wow, extreme bitterness from the orange peel just overwhelms everything else. The candied sugar shows up first, but is put to shame by a piney IPA taste. As the beer works it's way back, the orange peel destroys any remaining taste buds. I was feeling a bit sleepy, but this literally opened my eyes with the punch it provides.

I expected a nice, soft saison with a bit of sweetness and some tangy tartness for balance. Not in this beer. It's sweet for a split second, then tangy for another split second, then nothing but tart bitterness. My throut literally hurts after a handful of sips. This is a serious wake up call.

I have a bomber of this and I have no idea how I'm going to finish. It's completely obnoxious. I'm hoping the relatively high ABV will dull my senses soon.

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Photo of claspada
3.13/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-yellow hazy color with an enormous frothy white head that leaves decent lacing as it recedes.

Aromas are very yeasty with a touch of brett and some ever-emerging oak notes. Oak and spicy/peppery yeast continues to dominate as it opens up. No hop characteristics which is dissapointing considering the Citra additions.

The tastes follow the nose with spicy, peppery yeast flavors that dominate the overall flavor profile with lots of tannic oakiness. Some odd medicinal notes emerge as it warms.

The mouthfeell is medium bodied with higher aggressive carbonation. Finish is super super dry and oaky due to the wine barrel aging and above average carbonation levels.

Overall this was a huge miss for me, flavor profile was all phenolic yeast and drying oak. Too much oak even for me and I love oak. I would have liked more of a fruity red wine presence and less of an oaky tannic assault. With how expensize these offering are from this brewery I am going to be much more cautious moving forward giving I only semi-enjoyed 1 of the 3 I have sampled so far.

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Photo of craytonic
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden-yellow hazy pour with an enormous white head

Smell: Very yeasty with a touch of brett and some other odd notes

Taste: Yeast dominates with touches of citrus, vanilla and some medicinal notes

Mouthfeel: Agressive carbonation

Overall: Not impressed with this one at all, the yeast dominates everything and it is otherwise very one dimensional.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This features a ridiculously citrus-laden nose, both from the Citra hops and the ale esters. Wine barrel notes are subdued, but still there. What lets me down is how basic and weak the brett comes across - this aspect honestly seems half-assed. The flavor is less citrusy and a bit drier, with an oaky finish. I get a bit of brett at first, but it's a bit basic like I said. Sandwiched between the two notes are those citrus qualities I liked on the nose. For a brett-laden saison from a hyped brewery, this doesn't seem very rustic. Complexity is solid, but it doesn't seem intrinsically balanced. It is decently dry finishing with a strong presence on the palate, though not refreshing. Rather, it's gently warming. I'm disappointed in this one - there's too much wine barrel and not enough brett. Having said that, it should improve with age. I doubt I'll pay over $10 for another bottle of this to find out, though.

3.25/5: Not particularly feeling this love buzz

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Photo of harrymel
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Batch #2, August 2012

Apricot ale with a sheet of loose knit light foam. Smells of elderflower initially, pepper, lemon, seltzer, some grain and some clay; just a touch of musty trub. Lightly tart, quite bitter, medicinal, some bitter orange peel, a little bit of tart and the aftertaste is really grassy and filthy to me. Medium bodied on full with low carb and dry finish. A little too bitter and overly mutilated by the Brett for me. Nose is really satisfying, but the flavor doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, $13. 750mL brown glass cork and caged bottle. Batch #1, Aug 2011.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with 1.5 inches of white fluffy head. Nose is full of bretty funk. Sour lemon rind and woody cut-board, sawdust funk. Palate is dominated by brett. Lemon rind, cut boards, saw dust, lime zest and earth funk. A little touch of malt comes through. I don't get any rose hips, no citra hops, maybe a suggestion of orange peel and as it warms I get a little red wine influence.

Notes: Well, just like the Bitter Monk, this beer just tastes like brett. Sure it's not as bitter, not as citrus-y as Bitter Monk. But it just tastes like brett. The beer is gone. The label sounds like a great beer, but I don't see much of it in the beer.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Edit: Let it breath. Left half the bottle in my fridge overnight & today it's much more bearable. The fruit on the nose is a little jucier, the brett a little downplayed, with more savory funk.

Taste is much the same as it was, though less rose & more of an orange character. Nice & acidy. Aerosol. Still yeasty, still a bit lacking.


Batch 1 bottle. Tight cork & a strong pop, but no gushing. Tulip. Orange/amber body. Stiff peaks. Incessantly frothy.

So perfumey. Just like kissing grandma, Rose, saline, mulch, apples, cheese rind, herbs. Adhesive, rubbing alcohol, yeast. Noxious. I sort of like it, but it's too strong & blunt, & interferes with what I could be tasting.

Big yeasty. Some orange. Something tropical. Some Band-Aid. Wood pulp. Faint, rindy bitterness. Soft, but spritzy carbonation. I liked this better fresh. The Brett ate up a lot of the wine. Though it still manages to retain some body.

One word: Potpourri.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden-straw body with a huge, fluffy off-white head. It leaves nice, wispy lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: I'm guessing this was aged in red wine barrels of some kind, as the nose suggests a dark grape aroma along with mild notes of oak, pepper, and lots of yeasty mustiness. Some citrus (lemon). Reminds me of the previous beer in the series (Bitter Monk), but dumbed down in aroma.

T: Very solid flavor here: citrus (lemon, stone fruit), a touch of red wine barrel, pepper, and (too much) yeast.

M: Lively, active carbonation. Medium-bodied with a clean finish. The carbonation in the finish interferes with my ability to detect any dryness or astringency.

O: This is a pretty good saison, but even independent of price, I've had better ones. Factor in price and this drops a notch lower in desirability. I was much more impressed by Bitter Monk.

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Photo of isitsavage
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #1 August, 2011.

Poured into a tulip, hazy orange with a large pillow of white head, big bubbles, about 4 fingers, fades very slowly (though a small head remains) with nice soapy lacing.

Smell is very funky and sour, like a good cheese. Spices and sweet orange that combine to smell like Christmas, like that potpourri your Mom puts out. I feel like I might be imagining some oak quality, if it's there it is faint.

Probably one of the more sour tasting saisons that I've had, which I like. Funk and orange citrus dominate the palate, peppery spice balances, a touch of sweet and lightly hopped.

Medium mouthfeel, but perhaps a touch too watery and flat, smooth and drinkable, alcohol is present.

Pretty decent overall.

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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 REDAMI
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L-Pale orange pour with thin off-white head.

S-Orange, pine, brett funk, slight woody notes.

T-Brett, orange peel, pepper, piney resin, woodiness in the finish.

F-Light with crisp carbonation. Very dry mouthfeel overall.

No significant malt flavors, but the orange peel and citra hops cut through a lot of the notes. More a bretty IPA than Saison.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy light amber with a one finger white head with good retention that leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is some brett funk, a lot of grape and red wine, black pepper, and some apple. The initial taste is sweet with apple and apricot, then some red wine and barrel comes through with a peppery note, some brett, and some yeastiness. The finish is moderately dry. Medium body. Medium-high carbonation. An enjoyable saison. I would have preferred it to be slightly drier overall. It doesn't quite reach the height of their Bitter Monk, but still a good beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a decent looking golden color with some orange hues to it. The head was thick and white. The smell of the beer was a little earthy with some spicy notes. The taste of the beer had the typical spicy Saison notes with some light earthy undertones. The mouthfeel was the beer was well carbonated and medium bodied. Overall this beer wasn't bad, I enjoyed it and would probably drink it again.

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Photo of hippityhops85
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into an Allagash footed cervoise.

Pours a cloudy tangerine/umber with a huge rocky offwhite head.

Nose has lots of black pepper, citrus, slight mustiness, little horse blanket, tangerines, and sour apples

Taste follows suit with the black pepper, slight citrus, bretty funk. It also has a slight dry white wine characteristic to it. Nicely balanced with no single flavor playing the major roll here. Extremely dry.

The mouth feel has lots of lively carbonation along with a good medium body that is not overpowering.

Really an excellent Saison and worth seeking out although dropping $17 for a bottle of this seems a tad unreasonable. Recommended.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a tulip.

Pours a nice hazy bronze color with an inch and a half of light airy head that quickly recedes with little lacing.

Aromas of sour grapes, pears, citrus and spice.

Very complex flavors follow through from the aromas with some others in there I couldn't quite place.

Mouthfeel is crisp and tart with moderate carbonation.

Take one part IPA, one part saison and one part sour and here you go. Definitely an interesting and complex beer. Would like to try again after some aging.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice cork pop. Big, fluffy head, slightly yellow color. Beer is golden straw.

S: Very nice tropical fruit aromas, mango and pineapple. A bit of hay, but pretty restrained on the brett aromas.

T: Classic saison base, with a little lemon and just hints of the tropical fruit from the nose. Finishes with a distinct earthy flavor. Warming up brings out a bit of pinot barrel, but pretty mild

M: Very dry, quite astringent. Fairly high bitterness in the finish.

O: Don't drink this too cold. To be honest, I was pretty meh about it when it just same out of the refrigerator. However, at nearly room temperature, it develops a little more body and sweetness that balances it out.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, caged and corked bottle, part of a quartet of Anchorage Brewing's offerings to suddenly show up in limited quantities in Alberta last week.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some mountain valley stream vista lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of musty and slightly funky yeast/bacterial infection, mixed red and white grapes, rainbow peppercorns, grainy and bready pale malt, subtle oak, aged lemon rind, and earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, just a hint of biscuity caramel sweetness, a mildly cheesy Brett funk, old musty sweaters, some dry vanilla-tinged oakiness, under attenuated red wine, further lemony fruit tartness, and some now heady leafy, piney, and floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite low and thus it's hard to get a steady reading on the trusty ol' froth-o-meter, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, the funk and the hops both kind of inherently clumsy, it would appear. It finishes trending dry, in a particularly fruity manner, though fruit that is musty and old-seeming, in addition to crisp and fleshy.

Yeah, in my world, Brettanomyces would be one of the last things that would inspire any sort of 'love buzz', but to each their own, I suppose. With everything going on in this brew (the Brett, the red vinous barrel notes, the typically fearless Yankee hops), I pretty much forgot that it is a Saison, after all - however, with all the makeup having been applied here, it's kind of difficult to see this ol' girl for what she really is.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- Saison brewed with spices. Aged in French Oak pinot noir barrels. #09515.

A: Dense cadmium orange pour has a healthy 2 finger+ head that was rocky with an oatmeal sheen to it that was steady on the hold. Carbonation is fair, spacious with a rather quick pace. Thick clumpy foam lace adheres to the vessel walls.

S: Barnyard funk is evident from the brettanomyces. Hay with some sour fruitiness (cherries) along with indications of wet oak wood.

T: Sour fruitiness on the flavor, cherries, grapes, some wet hay and barnyard muskiness. Oaky barrel notes and wine notes chime through. Tart, nice flavor with some dry spicing on the close. Dry Briary, rosewood and dry grains rounds things out.

M: frothy and creamy textured, dry and tart, could of used some more carbonation zip to sharpen it up a bit.

O: Overall nice dry tart barnyard funk and graininess. Dry spicing, smooth flavor that is polished and easy on the down, worthy of a try.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Connecticut Avenue in DC. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a somewhat rusty light-brown color with a good off-white head and loads of lacing on the way down. Good retention before that. Thin ring of a collar as I finally finish my glass.

The nose brings forward loads of fruity Brett-induced funk. A bit of a tropical character is present plus some light red wine. The Brett takes the show. Faint tropical Citra notes there as well. The flavor isn't quite as integrated and is almost-completely dominated by the Brett. While the Brett character is quite nice, it's a bit one dimensional and I would have liked to get a bit more spice. As it warms further, some of the wine comes out, but still none of the other additions. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a very dry finish. Brett heavy. Good, but not fantastic.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pretty golden at the edges with an orange hue in the middle

S: Brett hits the nose and dominates completely with a strange diff hint of roses and pepper

T: Surprised  that how much i enjoyed this. Strange but really tasty, hints of rose buds, pepper and definitely brett. Easy on the taste buds.

M: Really light and dry but packs sensational mouthfeel from front to back. 

O: A really good beer that uses brett well in order to compliment the various spices in this saison farmhouse style beer.

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Photo of jsh420
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch 1 aug 2011

pours cloudy golden orange with a big pillowy chunky off white head that had good retention and left rings of lacing down the glass

smell - while not that strong it is very intoxicating and i just could not get enough - fruity bready malt and oh that brett funk

taste was good but it did not live up to the nose - sweet bready fruit and the sour brett - it did have a bad metallic aftertaste on just a few sips which were cringe worthy

mouthfeel was a medium body with good carbonation - very smooth and creamy

overall - this beer just did not pop for me - the high price tag
and a few bad sips with off flavors did not help either

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I thought this was overpriced I bought it for the novelty of having a beer from Alaska. It turned out it was almost worth the cost.

Poured a 2 1/2" off-white head with a lasting merengue. Hazy raw sienna yellow colored body. Smells a little like pickle juice at first but there some malt too. Taste happily was only a touch sour and has more malt than the smell hinted as well as raisin from the grape brewing and some mild but quality hops. Finish is pretty long and yes bretty.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overwhelmingly fruity in the nose, Love Buzz begins with a massive bouquet of grapefruit and just a touch of tart funk as if anticipating to bite into the melon itself. The smell of citrus is delightfully simple and dominating. Immediately puckering on the palate, citrus and tartness follow. A bit peppery indeed but lacking the "caramel beauty" promised on the bottle. Simple, tart and perhaps better paired than alone, Love Buzz neither impresses nor disappoints. A solid offering but, overall, not memorable.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with my girlfriend. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Hazy and cloudy orange/amber colored body with a fizzy, tight white head that has some quick dissipation. Hardly any lace at all, in fact nothing but a thin ring around the edges after a few sips. Some quick swirls bring it back to life but not for long. Seems the barrels have adversely affected this.

S: Lots of brett is up front, along with a nicely floral aroma. There's actually a good amount of hop aromas, sweet and light, white pepper, rose hips, and an astringent oak note. Nothing really in terms of the barrel flavor (Pinot Noir as it claims), though the wood itself certainly shows up. Not overly complex but okay.

T: A bit of a reversal, the dry red wine flavors start things off, mixed with a really gritty barnyard brett taste. No tartness or sweetness really, just lots of funk going on. The floral elements in the nose come back, more rose hips, pale citrus fruits, and a sharp peppery note. Complex enough to keep things interesting.

M: Highly active carbonation, fizzy yet crisp on the palate. For this style, I really like this feel. It's smooth too despite being very carbonated.

This is another nice beer from Anchorage but again, these (Philadelphia) prices just aren't worth it. That's not to say it's not a tasty beer because it is, but there's definitely more wallet-friendly options out there if you want a funky Saison. If I could find this a few bucks less each time, this would be one to cellar and revisit later for me.

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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
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