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:
799
Reviews:
220
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
137
For Trade:
12
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of foam with a fairly vigorous pour. Not a lot of head for a Saison, especially for an Anchorage brew. Retention is average.

S: Strong earthy aroma with some musty brettanomyces funk and a fruity/citrus tartness. Definitely some spicy French Oak influence and a hint of red wine, but I don't specifically detect Pinot Noir. Quite complex.

T: Wow - I get a lot of juicy Pinot Noir sweetness here. I wasn't expecting that after the aroma, but it's quite pleasant. A nice tartness quickly comes in to keep the beer dry despite the juiciness. Musty Brett is definitely here as well. I get a bit of spiciness, but I think it's more from the French Oak than it is from the Saison yeast.

M: Medium thickness with medium to strong carbonation.

O: I really like what the oak and Pinot Noir do to this beer, but I think it overwhelms the beer a bit, especially with the Brett funk. I could use a bit more traditional Saison flavors in this one, but it's quite nice nonetheless. Well above average.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tut2528
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orange with slight tints of brown to make it almost rusty looking. the poor created a very nice, thick and foamy 2 fingers worth of head formation with nice lacing. highly carbonated

S: wow that pinot noir barrel is simply awesome! funk, sour in the form of tart cherries and lemon zest, orange peel, and a very subtle spice in the background.

T: again, I pick up on the pinot noir barrels as a dominating player. but there is also a big peppery spices, nice big Brett funkiness, some tart fruits and a nice subtle lemon sourness. a dry finish

M: lighter side of medium bodied, leaves a nice mixture of flavors on the palate that include the spices, Brett and oak characters.

O: this was my first offering by Anchorage, and I must say that I'm pretty impressed with this brew. drinkability is rather high, complexity is nice and the balance is great.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of mudbug
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Second batch
From the chilled bomber into the Sam Adams pint glass results in a slightly hazy orange body topped with a half inch tight fluffy head, some lacing is present, but just barely.
Aroma is pungent and decisive, grapefruit, lemons and floral notes upfront with a hint of wet hay and earth, the floral notes are rose, the brewer hit this one out of the park.
Taste is very sour at first then an astringent quality creeps in like sour grass or grapefruit rind, drying and puckering in a good way. The second sense is sweetness, light and balancing but that is fleeting. Under it all is an earthy wet hay decaying grass base that is fulfilling and satisfying. This is one complex and well made beer, as it warms it is like a chameleon changing notes and surprising the tongue.
Juicy and thirst quenching it is easy to throw down large gulps and the glass is empty before you know it.
Going back for more of this for sure. Bravo!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of joeseppy
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I believe this is the appropriate brew for my wife and I this Valentines Day. Serving in champagne glasses.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a delicate thin white crown atop in delicate fashion. Carbonation high.

Picking up on white grapefruit sour then onto a pink grapefruit sweet, hmmm, different. Also the brett barnyard funk is there and spice. Very pleasing overall.

Rush of sour on the tongue falling to a sweetness on the sides, then going to the back with bitter citrus and peppercorn. Amazing, just like it smells. The bitter and the brett really compliment each other. An astringent pungency of grape skin wine quality lingers at the end.

Dry, crisp and refreshing. Effervescence naturally scrubs the tongue clean.

I'm very impressed with this. Appears to me more of a sour than saison. I haven't had anything like this. My wife loved it also. At $15 it's more of a celebratory beer vs an occasional libation. Job well done--Fantastic beer! Thanks for something different.

February 14 2015
After a few years this has very much the same flavour components as before but the creaminess adds such a succulent component I've had nothing like it. Yes, 5's around as no one, IMHO, can even match this. Let me know if I'm wrong. Best---bar none!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Rogorama
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love Buzz is hands down the best saison this guy's ever had. (not a big saison fan). Opened a bomber at a tasting (thanks jacoby). pours murky yellow with a little white head. The pinot noir is balanced perfectly with the rest of the flavors. Kudos to anchorage brewing for a great beer!

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Rutager
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep honey-gold with 1.5 fingers of thick white head.

Smell. Sweet and floral with fresh tangy oranges and tropical fruits along with some nice saison yeast. Smells absolutely amazing!!!!

Taste. Spicy saison yeast and fresh tangy oranges with a sweet floral quality (not sweet tasting overall, just sweet blossoms), and a little bitterness in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with lively medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Wow!! This one caught me by surprise. Very delicious and a smell that just blew me away. Highly recomended!!!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Ommegang Oversized Wine glass

A: Orangey Yellow honey colored with a heavy white to tan head that is as fluffy as you can get. It is somewhat translucent without much cloudiness and looks really clean.

S: You definitely smell the barnyard saison smell but it is subtile not super powerful there is some hop smell but not much. You can smell a little bit of citrus too but there isn't a whole lot here but better then average for sure

T: It is not quite what I was expecting its got that farmhouse taste that is very well complemented by the brett funk that is there to taste but not overpowering (this would be a great intro to brett as it is well done but not overwhelming to the inexperienced palate). It has some citrus orange like flavors in there too that add to the flavor. Lastly, the french pino barrels even everything out and adds that white wine champagne notes throughout. This is a really well crafted taste

M: Smooth, thin, and really oily that slides down the throat super easily it is almost juicy. The brett and the pino barrels add a crispiness to the feel which is made even better by the carbonation that is nice and bubbly. Finally there is a peppery taste/feel in the finish that really makes the crispness last

O: I was really impressed by this beer, I had heard good things but wow this is really up there with the best I've ever had. The flavor is traditional saison with lots of depth and added flavors and feel that all complement each other well. I really can't say enough about how well crafted this is buy it if you see it worth every drop Anchorage is really moving up the charts with each beer i try in my book .

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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 799 ratings.
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