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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:
809
pDev:
9.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
159
Gots:
137
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 809 |  Reviews: 226
Photo of zeledonia
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, bottled August 2011. Big thanks to match1112 for the bottle. I regret passing this up when it was on shelves here, and I was thrilled to get a bottle in a BIF. Tasted 12 April 2013.

Pours a cloudy medium orange. Huge billowing fluffy dense white head, that slowly relaxes, leaving gobs of foam and lacing all over the glass, and ends as a thick cap. Wow.

Smell is fantastic. Funky, with a delicate grape aroma, and floral notes spread throughout. This right here is why I love brett-fermented saisons. The gentle funk plays perfectly on the structure of the rest of the beer. I keep going back for more, and I just want to drink it in.

Taste is probably the low point. It's actually pretty good, but it's the sidekick to the amazing smell. Moderately funky, fruity, slightly sweet before turning tart. An amalgam of flavors, all quite nice. Relaxes into a soft bitterness before fading out.

Feel is stellar. Medium-bodied, but with loads of small-bubble fluffy carbonation, mouth-filling and vibrant, spreading the flavors around and making them dance.

This is up there with Boulevard's Saison Brett among my top saisons ever. I'm blown away, and I really hope they make this again. If only the taste had a little more to it...

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Photo of Giantspace
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Invictus
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of RickS95
2.78/5  rDev -34.7%
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 Davit
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jrenihan
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2, August 2012.

Beer is a caramel-orange colour, with a moderate to large-sized white head. Slightly cloudy. Head fades fairly quickly, leaving a film. A fair amount of lace.

Wow, the smell is enormous and captivating. Huge vinous nose, very fruity, blackberry, cherry, mango and apricot, all melded together with a liberal dose of funky brett notes. Some oak. The wine barrel influence is dramatic and nice. Really a stand-out aroma.

Taste also contains big vinous fruit notes. Blackberry, cherry, red grape, mango, passionfruit and orange. Brett is fairly prominent, and the flavour is quite funky and dry. Not really sour in any meaningful way, just funky. Oak is pretty strong in the aftertaste. Black pepper is there as well.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Smooth. Juicy.

Overall, terrific. Rich and enveloping and unique. A very tasty beer.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Jimmys
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL into tulip. Batch #2 / August 2012.

A: slightly copper in hue. definitely darker than your typical saison, which I would imagine is due to the barrel aging. a bit cloudy, especially after the first pour. head is bright white and fluffy. retention is average. lacing is delicate and persistent.

S: the first thing to jump out at me are the hops. very powerful, citrus and rather inviting. plays nicely with subtle woody undertones and an equally subtle barnyard aroma. very unique aroma, however not getting anything that is particular saison-like.

T: here is where the barnyard brett distinctiveness really makes its presence known. the funk isn't quite acidic, just dries out the body enough to make this highly drinkable and refreshing. the floral nature of the rose hips and the citra hops add complexity to the body. similar to the nose, a lot going on, but still good flavor.

M: this is my main complaint, carb is a bit too low, even with the bottle conditioning. medium on the verge of full body.

D: read the comments above, certainly different than your typical saison, but the complexities make for a very unique brew. certainly a costly bottle of beer, but it was fun drinking it.

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Photo of blindpiggie
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of bstyle
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mahak213
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Hill Farmstead Tulip-

Appearance- Hazy orange with a soapy white head that sticks around for a while. Nice lacing

Smell- Dry hopping from the barrel definitely comes through. Funky citrus and a mild vinous note.

Taste- Big grapefruit and citrus, which fade into a peppery funk. Finishes slightly bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel- Light and refreshing, with a mild tartness.

Overall- Perfect beer for one of the first warm spring nights. Definitely look forward to trying more of Anchorage's beers, they nailed this one.

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Photo of daledeee
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark gold with off white head and lacing.

Nose is a little funky. At first it was a little pond water but it cleared up.

Taste is pretty tart. When I first sipped this I thought it might be a sour beer in disguise but it kind of mellowed out after a few sips. Plenty of fruit tartness and good hop finish. I am not a wine drinker but this definitely has a little grape thrown in.

Strong carbonation.

Overall, this is a very satisfying beer. It seems to get better as I drink it.

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Photo of Jayhoop
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Tmolaskey
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of theGlasstronaut
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of harrymel
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
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 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 Flashyspoons
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 809 ratings
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