Love Buzz Saison | Anchorage Brewing Company

220 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 220 | Ratings: 797
Photo of jfitzbrew
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The first time I had this it blew me away. Wasn't rating when I first had this. This is still a fantastic beer but there was a strange phenol and ethyl acetate character in this bottle. Maybe it was just an off batch. Because of that, I will revisit with more details next time I come across this.

 298 characters

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.

 399 characters

Photo of brother_rebus
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was good. Funk came through. Florals did as well. Nice mellow tartness. Would have liked it more had the phenol tadte not been so prevelant. Tasty but not sure i' imbibe again

 180 characters

Photo of patre_tim
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden with a super fast flood of carbonation, including bubbles on the inside of the glass. Topped with 4 fingers of yellowish head.

Smells of Brett, pineapple, grapefruit pith, lemon, Belgian phenols and candy sugar.

Lightly sweet with Brett all the way. I get jam, hints of lemon jelly and a pithy bitterness. Slight tartness as well.

Medium body, high to little carbonation as it fades fast, a light syrup quality, light crispness, and a light tannic finish.

Got this one in Santa Rosa, CA just over a week ago. Drank at Sainte Hippolyte, Quebec, north of Montreal Sept 27th, 2016. Really well done brew. I'd heard it was good and didn't know what to expect, but really appreciate the Brett and overall uniqueness of the brew.

 741 characters

Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange tinted straw with with a fat finger of yellow-tinted white head. Oaky saison aroma. Light tasting with a definite red wine tinge and touch of wood notes. Slightly sweet mid palate, with a fairly dry, metallic aftertaste. Pretty solid.

 244 characters

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

really beautiful looking beer, notes of tart apple, lemon, grass, oak, grape, zesty citrus, light spice, subtle funk ... its a really complex and delicate beer, pretty impressive. mouthfeel seems appropriate for the style light/medium body, super easy drinking and not a hint of booze.

 285 characters

Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big sour guy but always willing to try some funky/sour/farmhouse type beers in the summer once I get burnt out on IPAs.
This beer was complex and interesting but also easy drinking and refreshing. The funkiness from the Brett was just enough for me and the wine barrel added a nice crisp taste on the end. A very enjoyable beer.

 335 characters

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch #4, bottled in 12/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, peppercorn, apricot, pineapple, melon, red wine, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, herbal, floral, toasted oak, bread, light caramel/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spices, wine barrel, and light-moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, peppercorn, apricot, pineapple, melon, red wine, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, herbal, floral, toasted oak, bread, light caramel/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Large amount of peppery yeast/tannic oak spiciness and moderate tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, peppercorn, apricot, pineapple, melon, red wine, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, herbal, floral, toasted oak, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spices, wine barrel, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Good dryness from tart/spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, acidic/tannic/sticky, and lightly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Brett saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spices, wine barrel, and light-moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,986 characters

Photo of Gus_13
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange with a bit of haze. Small head that dissipated to a cape and ring around the glass. Citrusy like oak notes in the nose with a touch of sweetness and pepper spice. Lightly tart on the palate with dry finish. Really interesting notes of light brett and an herbal earthy note. Really refreshing and easy drinking for 8%.

 335 characters

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.

 1,677 characters

Photo of Sheppard
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange. Minimal head. It's a super interesting beer with some honey like sweetness, surprised that a beer with "buzz" in it doesn't have honey in it. Getting some Welch's grape juice on the finish. This is a very interesting and complex beer that I enjoyed, but I can't say that any of the flavors were my favorite.

 328 characters

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

Sweet rose hips, oak tannin, white wine, white pepper, earthy, Brett, balanced, citrus

Anchorage is so great with their Saison style and Brett beers.

 150 characters

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.

 560 characters

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.

 195 characters

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and also has some dank notes. Taste starts tart, fruity, floral. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. Light, effervescent body. Really good one, bright, floral and tart.

 234 characters

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!

 417 characters

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

Gives you those yellow and orange colors, 3/4" white head, tart, bretty aroma that is nice, plenty of citrus going through this one.

Lots of lemon sourness, the brett is thick and chunky on the teeth, has a bitterness that while many would say is stylistically misplaced, I find to be a wonderful part of this beer. If sour and funk is what you want in a bretty saison, this is your place. Citra hops definitely bring the noise on this one. The peppercorn and orange with the brett in the mouthfeel make for a complex, enjoyable citrusy, bretty saison.

 558 characters

Photo of thepenguin
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Cloudy orange-yellow with some nice lacing.

S: Really nice complex aroma of tropical fruits, barnyard funk, red wine, grassy hops.

T: Bright citrus and tropical fruits upfront, a nice barnyard and mildly tart brett character, a bit of oak and some mild hop flavors. There’s also an interesting tannic vinous character. Semidry throughout with some hop bitterness, floral and oak notes in the surprisingly fleeting finish.

F: The feel is really interesting on this one: creamy and dry/tannic at the same time. The creaminess is surprising given the brett fermentation, barrel aging and the simple fact that it’s a saison. Medium body with just a hint of warmth at the end reminding you of the abv. Incredibly drinkable overall.

O: Goddamn this was good. I’m a pretty big fan of saisons and this is the best new saison I’ve tried in a long time – lots of different flavors that individually shine and don’t overwhelm one another, unique mouthfeel and enticing aroma.

 984 characters

Photo of Budinetz
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #4 May 2015 - poured slowly into a Belgian tulip glass

Pours a tangerine color with a white frothy head that dissipates moderately slow. Beautiful lacing is present all around the glass as I sip and a centimeter thin head stays around the sides of the glass throughout the entire experience.

Smells of brettanomyces, white peppercorns, tart fruit, rhubarb bitters. Very funky smelling from the Brett and a slight fruity hint. Very interesting nose.

Tastes initially is slightly piquant with a balance of fruit, funk, and bitterness. Definitely a bit young to be drinking this, but I had to try it. I would cellar another one for consumption at a much later date down the road.

Mouthfeel is super duper prickly with all kinds of spice on the palate. Hard to pick up exactly what kind of spices I'm getting but definitely crazy carbonation is front the yeast strain. Mellows out after a while and you can almost taste the Pinot grapes from the barrel aging when you lick your lips.

Overall a great brew that will only get better with age. Good flavor and spice for a farmhouse ale/saison and another winner for Anchorage Brewing Co. They always seem to produce some stellar brews and I always look forward to sampling them.


 1,242 characters

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Second time having this, one of my favorites. 750 ml bottle poured into a red wine glass.
L: Orange-auburn with a thick fluffy head that leaves sporadic lacing.
S: citrus with some funk and floral tones
T: so much going on here but all of it in balance and nothing overpowering. Belgian yeast, touch of funk and tartness, and grapefruit rind.
M: very full for a light beer, lingering
O: quite a combo of flavors and smells, an enjoyable combination to the senses.

 465 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at The Beer Belly in Albany, NY.

This one pours a brilliant hazy orange-ish yellow, with a one inch fluffy head, and a good amount of lacing. The first pour was more yellow, but the second pour from the bomber seemed to include the yeast at the bottom, and it made the beer more opaque orange.

This smells like stone fruit, orange, oak, lemon, flowers, and spicing. Smells pretty wonderful.

As mentioned above, the two pours of this beer were fairly different experiences. The first pour, without the yeast, had a ton of oak and spicing, and a really healthy dose of earthy, slightly bitter barnyard Brett flavors. The Brett melded really well with the oak which melded really well with the hoppy bitterness- all in wonderful harmony. There's a lot of citrus too, from the Citra hops. However, the second pour really shifted the balance, a lot of the complexities went away, but the citrusy fruit flavor was much stronger, and featured a really strong earthy and sweet citrus flavor that dominated everything. This flavor was so strong I could have sworn there was fruit added- but there's not.

This is medium bodied, with a really crisp and lively mouthfeel, with a moderate, active level of carbonation.

Another exceptionally tasty beer from Anchorage. Gabe Fletcher really knows to flex his Brett muscles with the best of them.

 1,352 characters

Photo of do_ob
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rustic red/orange in color. A bit cloudy. Wonderfully inviting aroma of characteristics that one wouldn't think would mesh well, but they do. Spicy funk, florals, sour grapes, citra hops, and pepper on the nose. The taste is on par with the nose, more or less. The presene of hops is much more pronounced on the aroma than on the taste. Sweet flowers, peppercorn, and huge grapes on the taste. I'm not doing it justice, but this one is actually pretty complex. I loved the addition of roses. Great beer.

 503 characters

Photo of ryanhooks81
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from 750 ml cork and cage bottle. pours a hazy light gold color with nice white fluffy head. good retention. high carbonation. very brettish. not as good as the first time around. but still pretty good

 208 characters

Photo of kemoarps
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #3/July 2014

A pale and opaque tangerine body with hints of a blush creeping up its neck. Nice foamy white head sits atop settling down and leaving its mark on the land around.

Nose is tart and funky and incredibly inviting. The wood and the pinot carry through, but then digging too deep I get an almost briney/dill type note that kind of throws it off for me. I think it's the vinegar-like tartness that is somehow reminding me of pickles.

Starts tart again and thankfully that evokation of dill pickles is but a distant memory. The tart start soon gives way to a soft invitation of rose hips and a cherry finish. Peppercorns and pith make their appearance in the final act. Tart start, bitter in the finish. Mellow and approachable though for both without being subdued. I think the pinot barrels contribute to this pervasive softness. Thanks pinot barrels!!

 870 characters

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

 969 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 797 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.