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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
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4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750 mL bottle into a brandy-style snifter glass.

Appearance - a hazy-golden color with a tinge of pinkish-orange hue. Fairly subtle head--not much buildup followed by quick dissipation to a thin line of head. Lacing is pronounced, but not sticky and doesn't linger

Smell - Overtones of floral, tart, hint of sweet. Definitive yeasty backbone throughout. Elements of wet straw funk as well.

Taste - Outstanding balance of tart and funk. Hints of fresh red plum, some citrus zest and barnyard is very subdued but noticeable. Sour hints are present, but not full-on mouth puckering by any means. Some spicy notes as well.

Mouthfeel - Delicate but bright on the palate with pleasant carbonation. Allows for the presence of multiple complex flavors to exist together without being overpowered by each other.

Overall an excellent take on saison. While not really a sour beer, the Brett gives it some of those distinct sour characteristics without overwhelming the palate. I might recommend this as a way for those who don't "get" sours to try so they can taste and understand some the components of that type of beer. But ultimately, this is a saison, and a delicious one.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of tdm168
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle

A - bright orange with a soft, bubbly head that fades to a thin lacing

S - herbal, spicy, floral nose; surprisingly hoppy

T - oak, winey, a bit tart, orange peel, a mild pepperiness, floral, mild bitterness, buttery, alcohol

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This was amazing! It was complex and absolutely delicious. Rarely can I say this, but it was as if each sip had a new flavor. There were so many subtleties and nuances that I couldn't even wrap my palate around all of them. On top of all that, it was refreshing and very easy to drink. I can't say enough good things about this beer. It's definitely worth a try.

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4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orangey amber in color. Maybe just a slight hint of pink. Forms a moderate sized white head that reduces fairly quickly. Some light lacing

S: Bright, fresh, and fragrant. Lemon, pineapple, and a fairly aggressive yeasty funkiness .

T: Taste is more of the same. Bright and fresh. Lemon, lighter citrus. Slight tart twang, which I find to be more characteristic of the rose hips than anything else. Moderately funky. Light sweetness.

M: Light-medium bodied. Good carbonation. Bright with a moderate tartness. Light bitterness.

O: A nice beer. Light and fresh, this one would be better during the warmer months, but still a very nice beer.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.09/5  rDev -4%
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 +5.6%
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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4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
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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5/5  rDev +17.4%
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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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 808 ratings
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