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
Ratings:
802
Reviews:
222
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
137
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12
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Ratings: 802 |  Reviews: 222
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.

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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.

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Photo of shelby415
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goalie35
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BEER88
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sludgegnome
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of halo913
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMZB
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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%.

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Photo of lochraneg
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of ScottyTheBeerGuy
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jmg480
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dsshuck
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerermy
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 jack-ruby
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 802 ratings.
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