Love Buzz Saison | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Hazy amber body. Huge brett aroma. Strong red wine as well. Nice barrel character with some oak and vanilla. Red wine is the first taste, as well. Sweet maltiness. Brett earthy finish softened by oak. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. It’s all brett and red wine, which taste great together.

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Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange tinted straw with with a fat finger of yellow-tinted white head. Oaky saison aroma. Light tasting with a definite red wine tinge and touch of wood notes. Slightly sweet mid palate, with a fairly dry, metallic aftertaste. Pretty solid.

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Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label notes "with brettanomyces" and that the spices are rose hips, peppercorns, and orange peel. A real stew of flavors overlain with a rich, fruity tang of somethin' funky. I think it's a great example of loading up the Brett flavor without overdoing it. The pencil-shavings flavor of the pepper is a bit much in the aftertaste. It's also quite hoppy, (40 IBU) but again it's the aftertaste that shows the bitterness. Hops are in keeping with the style and there is so much going on it is just one more big flavor.

Sweet and sour, acidic, tangy, fruity. You can pile on the adjectives. Pineapple and herbal tea. Beautiful long-lasting head on a cloudy golden brew. Quite aromatic and spicy in the nose. Gets more bitter as you sip.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a nice orange hue that is gently hazy with two fingers of ample, pure white head that lingers beautifully and leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass
S: definitely a bit of spice here like peppercorns but actually not too extreme, a nice sweetness and possibly a bit of grapefruit hop aroma
T: begins with a bit of sweetness and hops then moves purposefully over to the spiciness, leaves a lingering taste of spices on the palate
M: medium carbonation tingle then leaves a bit of a dry bit somewhat bitter taste on the palate
O: a nice brew, interesting because it is sweetened up in the beginning and not extreme on the spices but overall nice, still think henepin beats this one out

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle courtesy of EBF 2012. Poured into a Southampton oversize snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy white head with good retention. Beer is cloudy orange peach. Lace is thick and frothy with good cling. Nice.

Nose is peach and spices. Peppercorn, citrus, and cobweb. Really sweet. Aromatic too.

Spicy start. Sweet, citrus, peach, grapefruit. Cane sugar. Yeasty with big bold spices. Coriander, peppercorn, and more citrus. Good balance.

Light bodied, ample carbonation. Prickly in the mouth but soft, smooth going down. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. Appropriate.

8% is too high to be sessionable but this beer goes down super easy and is very enjoyable. Spicy, sweet, with a light, refreshing feel. Really good.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle ($12.99 at RSVP in Portland, ME) poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an orange-marmalade like color with tangerine highlights. Massive 3-finger head shows nice retention and leaves a great deal of sexy lacing on the glass.

S: Brett, raspberry, Belgian yeast and white pepper. A veritable bouquet of scents, with quite a bit of rose coming through in the nose.

T: Huge, metallic brett dominates the flavor, with a somewhat sweet fruity/peppery center. Sweetness turns bitter quite quickly, giving this a rather astringent finish. Shows very few barrel characteristics.

M: Medium-high carbonation. Mouthfeel is spot on, with the barrel making things feel a bit drying at the end (in a good way).

O: There's no doubt that this is an absolute brett bomb, but the beer behind it stands up fairly well. Not sour really at all, just metallic from the brett. I wanted to like the taste of this a lot more than I did, to be honest, but the gorgeous scent alone is worth the price of admission.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Bier:Thirty over the weekend... Poured into my Cigar City snifter... great head and lacing... the brew is hazed orange.

Nose is definitely "American" saison.. fruity and slightly phenolic.. and bits of brett.. some white peppercorns and clove... lesser apricot and white peach and maybe even some red plum.

Flavor is big and fruity... pear and lesser peach... plum and some white grape. drying woodiness mid palate.. light brett funk.. brett funk dries it out up front and only shows again on the finish.. vinous and inviting.. dry and some how still very fruity... sorta tannic with warmth.. spiciness blooms with warmth.. cardamom and light clove.. citrus hops play long with the yeasty notes on the finish... dry and fruity.

Medium body... nice carbonation.. nicely done for sure.

3.5/4/4/4/4 .. but I should probably mark down the aroma and flavor... This is not a "real" saison by any stretch. Okay for American.... but still just a nice play from an emerging brewery.

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden / copper color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sour, sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of hop, hint of alcohol, and a hint of floral. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sour, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of hop, and a hint of floral flavors. On the wide scale of Saison flavors, this is very far from the floral/yeast/spice range. The sour dominates both aroma and body. This is more close to a Lambic, than most other Saisons I have tried.

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

Batch #1 08/2011 corked caged 750ml bottle

A- pours a slight hazed amber/ yellow color with some golden highlights a nice white head,collar,lacing

S- was great with chardonnay,oak,brett,pepper and spice a sour lemon grass and earth smell, citra hops

T- citra hops and buttery,oak white wine with brett and funk hops linger in each sip

M-lively carbonation with a crisp pure hop presence that is balanced with a sour brett and buttery oak wine taste

O- a great barrel aged saison a little pricey but worth a try

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

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this one. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear orange with yellowish hints around the edges. A white finger of froth sits atop and slowly fades leaving an entire wall of webby lacing effect.

The smell of this brew is a little bretty with a dryness and spice about the nose that includes some herbal hops. A bit of rinds and the expected farmhouse quality from the yeast. There is a light grainy character like straw present with a contrasting floral to fruity component across the back.

The taste is herbal with hops that produces a modest bitterness. Some barrel dryness is present with a peppery spice accent towards the finish. Oak flavoring is present with a hint of caramel grain to toasty sweetness. Overall very individualized and decipherable flavors that mix together quite well to make an interesting flavor experience.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden for 8%. A little more bitter than I'd like but just because it wasn't what I expected doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. This concluded our mini tasting of 3 different Anchorge beers and I gotta say that across all 3 different offerings, these brews shared a vey familiar quality about them. I'm not sure if that is just the house character or if it's the repeated combination of Brett ad barrel aging across all 3. Regardless, they are worth checking out.

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

A gift from a friend back east.

A - Murky apricot, light near white head, some cling lace.

S - Tart, funky, malt takes the back seat.

T - Very tart and refreshing. Lip smacking flavor. Malt and hops play second fiddle to the funk and tart. It's very nice.

M - Medium body, nice carb and balance.

D - I would session this in a second!

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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 Bendurgin
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Andy and poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy golden straw color with about an inch of white head. Lots of cobweb lace.

The aroma has a nice floral aroma with some orange citrus hops in the background . Good funk with some buttery and cheese aromas. The pallet it a lot like the aroma. Good pallet with a little bit of a vegetable flavor with some lemon and citrus in the finish. Good funky finish with some white pepper.

Light feel with good carbonation. Really nice offering here. Glad to try this.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is golden with a nice full fluffy white head.

The aroma is full of sweet malt and green grape skin.

The taste is spicy and mildly tart. There is a nice minty finish. Unique and enjoyable.

The body is light to medium, with nice crisp carbonation.

Enjoyable. I like this one a lot, a little hoppier than I expected.

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

October 5, 2011.

Pours a rusty copper, like a dulled penny, with a massive three finger, frothy white head. Not the prettiest color, but a nice head and solid retention.

I'm fairly taken with the nose. Some limey citrus, tropical fruit, rose water, and bubblegum. The spiciness is floral, but subtle enough not to distract.

Rose/potpourri and faint citrus, orange, classic brett, soft and briefly sour on the front of the palate. Then: a punchy hit of pepper and subdued citrus bitterness mid and late palate. Lightly vinous. Fairly well integrated. Not a whole lot to fault.

Medium, medium-light bodied with medium carbonation.

A solid saison. A little too rosy on the nose as it warms, but the flavor profile is varied, interesting, and decently integrated.

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Photo of mverity
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange/amber with hints of gold. Head in bubbly and off white and faded quickly into faint wisps and a pencil thin collar. Aroma is heavy on the Brett funk, with grass, floral hops, and lightly bready malt sweetness. I also get some orange zest. Taste is again with the brett funk up front, some citrus zestiness, very faint watermelon and fairly floral. There's a nice deep oakiness that works behind everything; but holds it's own. Light body, tart and bright on the tongue. Bubbly med-high carbonation.

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Photo of schwaeh
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sent by scotchboy.

A: Orangey pumpin color, real hazy. Big Loose white head. Sticky lace.

S: A good amount of funky barrel, and brett; The aroma is very Jolly Pumkinesque. Dry red wine hints around giving way to the straw, hay, and funky earth. Some citrus, cherry, and strawberry come through.

T: Good stuff in layers. Wine comes out here a lot more. Musty damp hay and earth with a nice dryness. Brett blends great and doesnt overpower or make the pinot barrels dry this too much. Dull fruit flavors brighten it up and help add complexity. Coriander spiciness is used moderately.

M: very active carbonation dances on the tongue. This is a dry beer.

O: I cant get enough of this style, especially when the brewer adds plenty of interesting things to it. This is easily on par with most of Jolly Pumpkins beers. Really cool beer that i'd been wanting to try.

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Photo of DCon
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $15. Poured from the caged&corked Purple/Red bottle w/ a rose on the front into a 16oz Tulip Glass. Has BATCH #1, AUGUST/2011 on the back in red.

Aroma- Has an unusually strong strawberry candy aroma in here! Dominates the nose but still has a good citrus aroma finished by a bit of a sour note. Light-Medium hops are in the aroma as well.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that lasts for good time and stays frothy. Has tons of ingredient in the cloud that is present and has a dark orange colored body. Leaves tons of lace afterwards.

Flavor- The flavor starts strongly with citrus but then has way too much hop! There is no sour tastes in here but there is a ton of malt that I noticed. Medium bitterness level which is a bit high as well. Not a problem, just a different kind of Saison.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, and leaves tons of hop on the palate.

Overall Impression- You could definitely hint at the Pinot Noir barrels that were used in this process but only in the nose. Had a ton of hop character for a Saison. Would love to enjoy this one again! Very interesting.

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Photo of cvm4
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden hazy color. It's darker than the usual saison. Has a nice white one finger head.

S - I'm detected some sour grapes or the tart of lemons.

T - You can really taste the pinot noir barrels it was aged in at first. Then, it's a lovely tartness with a sweet/dry finish.

M - Very refreshing. It's light on the palette but carbonated enough to coat the mouth.

O - I really like this beer, just not the price of it. It makes you sit back and take notice but it's also easy to drink. I think it's a perfect beer for those looking to taste a little "funk."

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Photo of ccrida
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Love Buzz is a glowing burnt gold. Cloudy, with a big pillowy white head, rocky, leaving chunks of foam.

Smell is complex, fruity, citrus and rose, a hint of cheesy brett.

Taste is similarly complex, quite a bit of depth. Vinous, a little funkiness, floral, bitter orange pith, and still a touch of caramel malt. Just a touch salty as well.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, medium light bodied, with a nice soft carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, it's very fun to parse, but one for thinking, not slugging down. I'm really liking this, although the rose it a bit much, it gives it a potpourii flavor that is a bit fatiguing.

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Photo of daledeee
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a murky light golden amber with a big fizzy, rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is brett some soft winey oak with some floral and fruity notes.

The flavor is sweet fruits, spices and wood with brett and some vinous alcohol. There's some acidic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some spritzy carbonation and is a little watery.

Overall, an interesting beer. I like what the brett and the barrel add to it.

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Photo of Gmann
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden light brown color, a bit hazy, with a huge meriangue off white head that slowly settles into a chunky ass cap with nice sticky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of funky brett and drying oak. Green apple skins, white grapes and lemon bring the tart as well as the woody oak. Some vanilla in the nose. Some spicy phenols from the yeast.

The taste is not as tart as the nose. The malt brings a light breadiness and some light caramel. The oak comes through next and brings some vanilla flavor. Some light green apple and lemon tartness as well as an orangy citrus. There is also a subtle white grape flavor. The beer ends with a noticable bitterness from the hops or perhaps the rose hips. It is a bit chalky and asprin like. Probably would have preferred more of a grassy noble hop flavor.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Drinks fairly light but is weighed down by the hoppy bitter finish. Good balance on the palate.

A very flavorful saison with good complexity.

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Photo of bmwats
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Golden orange-ish hue. Pours a finger and a half, bubbly, white head. Settles fairly quickly. Rising effervescence throughout. Slight lacing mostly retreats back into the body.

S: Wheat and prominent amounts of raspberry.

T: Tastes like is smells... light wheaty grains and bitter fermented raspberry.

M: Light body, biting bitterness. Very acidic. Something of a carbonated feel to it. Kind of stale carboardy finish that hangs on the palate.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, decent head, but no real lacing. Nose is wheaty, and grainy, and fruity. Light and wheaty with lots of fermented raspberry. Bitter and acidic with something of an off-putting final step. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a Hennepin glass. Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy golden orange w/ a creamy, fluffy white head, effervescent carb, perfect lacing.

Aroma is umistakeable bretty funk up front, tart and dry - rose petals evident.

Taste is suprisingly light and airy. Tart, dry, a little oaky, then sharply bitter on the finish. There's a fruity roundness to the body, maybe from the pinot barrels, and the distinct acidity of orange peel.

Mouthfeel is sharp and a little prickly from the vigorous carb, which works with this flavor profile.

Overall this is a complex, interesting saison to pick apart. Enjoyed it. Not an everyday beer though.

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