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Love Buzz Saison | Anchorage Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
anchoragebrewingcompany.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#825
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
808
pDev:
9.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
159
Gots:
137
Trade:
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Ratings: 808 |  Reviews: 226
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brett bomb with a good saison behind it. Good spices, fruity. Somewhat sweet in the finish. Only a little yeasty.Very generous head of foam. Very drinkable.Above average mouthfeel. A little funky aroma. Bottle from Bierkraft $21.46.Cork popped into the other side of a large room, suggesting above average carbonation.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 1. August 2011.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly tart/sour and is of grain, spices, Brett, flowers, wood, and some mild wine aromas. Taste is of grain and Brett up front with flavors of spices, flowers, and wood coming through on the finish. There is a dry, tart, and slightly funky aftertaste as well. This beer has a nice crisp level of carbonation with a slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is quite a complex and tasty saison. The Brett presence really shines in the aroma and flavor but doesn't overwhelm the other ingredients.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy reddish yellow in color and poured with a finger high off white head that never completely faded away and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose, along with some notes of sourness from the brettanomyces yeast.
T: Similar to the taste, there are flavors of tropical fruits and sourness along with notes of rose hips. Peppery spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and the smell and taste captivates your nostrils and taste buds.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The complexity keeps building in these brett-infused base beers. This time Anchorage reaches for the seamless bridge between saison and wild yeast, but then layers on the character of rose hops and wine barrels. These guys have it figured out!

Its burnt orange appearance is laced with haze from yeast, hops, and wood tannin which brings out a dark honey-amber hue. The beer releases a creamy dense froth of medium stature which retains and laces the session very well.

Bright and zesty aromas of dried oranges, red grapefruit, dried lemons and limes, melon, apricot, mango, white grape, passion fruit and papaya all rise from the contibutions of yeast, hops, and wine barrels. Balanced with earthy complexities of fresh cracked white peppercorn, dried wood, vinous alcohols, and light horse hair- the aromas of the beer weave together seamlessly.

Flavors are pungent, raw, and acidic with the taste of tropical and citrus fruit that the nose unveiled. The dry acidic taste is matched with earthen wood, wine, pepper, and softer floral taste. There's just enough powdery sweetness to create a ripe and creamy taste to accompany the fruit and must. Finishing with citrusy bitterness, a slim taste of pine resin comes to life and dries the saison much like an IPA.

The magical textures of the beer might be its strongest suit: both creamy and powdery from the onset, the tartness of fruit morphs into full-blown acidity and invites the spicy tannin character to complement in the most pleasant way. Remaining powdery and smooth until the end, the beer continues to dry and become spicier all the while.

There's an element of class and sophistication associated with the beer, yet still making it look easy. The beer simply comes together in the most majestic and whimsical way. But its power and punch to the palate won't be ignored.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
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 emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange, languid trails of rising carbonation. Lasting head of white soapy foam, drippy downward webs of lacing. Good retention, it lasts for the duration of the glass.

Grapefruit pith, white pepper, tangerine from the Citra, tart fruitiness, dry finish. Clover honey aftertaste, big sandalwood aroma, woody and spicy with a backing fruit bouquet. Nicely balanced tartness, mild bitterness underneath that lingers into the dry finish.

Despite the flowery romance novel BS on the label, the beer is in fact pretty decent.

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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1, August 2011

Appearance: A frothy forward pour, with several inches of foam building on the cloudy amber liquid; solid retention and clumps of lacing linger

Smell: The Pinot Noir barrels, in their oak and cherry tone glory, dominate, with the funky Brett, the peppercorns and the orange peel all making a contribution; yeasty phenols and stone fruit elements can also be discerned

Taste: The first flavor that hits my palate is the leathery, funky Brett and that aspect, along with the stone fruit flavors, creates a backbone; the cherry tones from the Pinot Noir barrels arrive next adding a sweeter foil to the funk; after the swallow, the adjuncts break loose, with the peppercorns, the orange peel and what is left of the Citra hops, all making their presence known; on top of all that is going on, there is a creamy, vanilla character which I presume is coming from the oak barrels, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; creamy, with moderate carbonation (despite the huge pop when the cork was released

Overall: Anchorage beers made an appearance in North Carolina when the Shelton Brothers looked more favorably on our state; I am hoping they return as I have seen some inklings that the Sheltons have resumed at least some beer shipments to the Old North State

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber with a two finger fluffy white head. The head fades to a good size layer on top of the glass with some nice lacing.

Smell: This is a very earthy and herbal smelling beer. There is a sweetness and a slight sourness to the smell.

Taste: A lot like the smell. This is a very herbal saison, and you can definitely pick up the brett, it's almost slightly metallic. The beer isn't sour per say, but it's got mild funk to it. The finish is hoppy and quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good saison. Complex and easy to drink, I would definitely have another.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett is dominant with some notes of rustic malt and some citrus notes and some vinous notes as well. Taste is a complex mix between some Brett notes with a dry aftertaste mix in with citrusy hoppy notes and some vinous notes which work very well altogether. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Again lots of flavour that are very well balanced. My only complaint and it is a minor one ifs with the amount of Brett used in every of their beers they tend to have a similar taste profile.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a two-finger, long lasting, off-white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled spicy with some yeasty notes. Some caramel aromas with a touch of floral presence, too.

T - It tasted of citrus fruits and a spicy yeast bite. There was a nice caramel and grain backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really good saison. I am impressed with my first brew from Anchorage.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
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