Love Buzz Saison | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Love Buzz SaisonLove Buzz Saison

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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 brother_rebus
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was good. Funk came through. Florals did as well. Nice mellow tartness. Would have liked it more had the phenol tadte not been so prevelant. Tasty but not sure i' imbibe again

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of glasses.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of frothy bright-white head. This maintains a rich and foamy look, soaping the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. Brett jumps right out in the aroma, mixing with spice and sweeter toasted grains. The barrel is definitely there, with that Pinot Noir adding a darker presence to this. I bit of light heat undercuts the flavors here.

The taste has a sweet grainy base to it, with spice, lemon zest, and must all mixed in. The barrel flavors come in off the edges and pull into the finish, leaving this dry and oaky with a good bit of lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; with a softer feeling carbonation in the mouth yet still lays a bit of a light crispness down on the tongue as well. This is pretty smooth overall for the size.

This was quite good. The Brett played a big part and worked well with the spiciness of that base Saison. That barrel flavor was only the icing on the cake. I think that the body on this really impressed me the most though, perfectly complimenting those flavors. This is another solid one from Anchorage.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caramel body, white head reduced to a filmy cover on the beer.

Bretty lemony pineapple aroma. Estery saison yeast.

Goat cheese and saison combine in the flavor. Noticeable bitterness from the hops. Lemony cheesy bitter finish. Caramel backbone and slightly vinous.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Max's today.

The beer pours the color of unfiltered apple juie with good head retention and nice lacing. The nose is classic saison, but with something of a sandlewood, lavendar aroma as well. Otherwise, I get light clove, some sour funk and white pepper, with considerable underlying spice. The beer smells as if it will be pretty dry for the sytle, something that is confirmed with the first sip. The beer has good complexity, and there's considerable underlying funk (very little sour here) that adds another interesting element to the flavor profile. There is some nice bitterness in the finish, and I assume there's a goodly dose of hops in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, dry, funky bitter finish. Alcohol is very nicely integrated into the flavort profile, with no noticeable heat on the finish.

Very interesting beer... this is the sort of thing I could see Fantome making (which is high praise in my book).

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Beaumont Market in Portland, Oregon for $12. Split the 75cl bottle into a pair of Duvel tulips and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: Pulpy guava, huge voluminous soapy white head, copious clumps of lacing. 5/5

S: The citra is instantly at the forefront. Bright citrus aromatics are really strong and welcome notes. Closer examination reveals some coriander and black pepper. The citra makes for a less than traditional saison but it's still very nice. 4/5

T: Again with the citra. Oranges greet the taste buds at the forefront, followed by grapefruit juice mid-way through the gulp, and a long lingering pithy bitterness mixed with biting brett at the end. This actually reminds me a lot of the Bitter Monk except it's not quite as juicy or bitter. It might have been fermented with saison yeast (the first time) but it shares far more similarities to the other beers in the Anchorage lineup than to any saison I've had to date. That said, it's still a remarkable beer. 4/5

M: Nice creamy body with brisk carbonation. Finish could be a touch dryer. 4/5

O: Anchorage Brewing, how I love thee. Winners popping up every time so far. I prefer to think of this as Bitter Monk Lite. It's not really a saison by the everyday definition but neither is the Monk a DIPA by the usual definition. A very good beer, but I'd take Bitter Monk instead next time. 4/5

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a slight ruby tinge to it. Huge white foamy head forms on top with great retention, tons of thick, sticky lacing all around.

S: Nice and oaky with a little bit of brett, some musty/barnyard aroma, a little bit of grape/red wine, some light spice, mostly pepper. There is a slightly floral aspect to it.

T: More oak and brett, just the right amount, with just a hint of tartness. Very fruity, with some citrus and a little bit of darker fruit mixed in - the finish has more citrus. There is definitely a wine influence from the barrels.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, drinks very smooth and easy.

O: A very nice beer, my first from Anchorage. Look forward to trying to the other ones at some point. The only problem really is the price, a little steep, but somewhat understandable.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber with a two finger fluffy white head. The head fades to a good size layer on top of the glass with some nice lacing.

Smell: This is a very earthy and herbal smelling beer. There is a sweetness and a slight sourness to the smell.

Taste: A lot like the smell. This is a very herbal saison, and you can definitely pick up the brett, it's almost slightly metallic. The beer isn't sour per say, but it's got mild funk to it. The finish is hoppy and quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good saison. Complex and easy to drink, I would definitely have another.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated August 2012, Batch #2

- Pours a hazy bronze orange with a healthy inch of foam that dissipates quickly.

- Notes of fruit tart, floral saison, and bitter hops.

- A mild fruit tart fills the mouth and transitions into floral and spice notes. The finish is a little funky and the surprising hop bitterness lingers for a bit.

- Overall a solid beer. The fruit sour and floral saison characteristics add complexity to this beer, but also make it sort of muddled, especially with the bitter hopped finish. I would prefer a stronger sour fruit tartness profile.

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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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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1, August 2011.

Pours a completely opaque, dark golden orange color with a frothy, pillowy 2.5 finger white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Streaks and splotches of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly funky aroma with lots of barn/farmhouse character along with some prominent brett and zesty spice. There's also some sweet fruit notes but the barrel presence is subtle. Musty bretty funk compliments the saison yeast nicely. Hints of eatery fruits and bready yeast along with some pepper and coriander. I'm picking up a vinous presence that compliments the eatery fruit presence. Subtle earthy oak with hints of cherry, strawberries, grape and other dark fruit. Very complex nose but could use a bit more barrel in the nose.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a slight creamy texture that is countered by the funky/sour character. Lots of musty funk/dry brett flavor that melds with the saison/farmhouse yeast pretty well. Slightly puckering but more dry and funky than tart. Much more so than I expected resulting in a dryness that is exaggerated by the berrel notes. Dry toasted oak with a faint vinous red wine character that gives off hints of grape, strawberry and other dark fruits. Pretty complex but the funk/brett donates slightly overpowering the eatery fruit notes and Pinot noir elements. Pretty good with a well masked ABV but could use bit more balance. I'm glad I got to try this one and am looking forward to sampling more from this brewery.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #4 May 2015 - poured slowly into a Belgian tulip glass

Pours a tangerine color with a white frothy head that dissipates moderately slow. Beautiful lacing is present all around the glass as I sip and a centimeter thin head stays around the sides of the glass throughout the entire experience.

Smells of brettanomyces, white peppercorns, tart fruit, rhubarb bitters. Very funky smelling from the Brett and a slight fruity hint. Very interesting nose.

Tastes initially is slightly piquant with a balance of fruit, funk, and bitterness. Definitely a bit young to be drinking this, but I had to try it. I would cellar another one for consumption at a much later date down the road.

Mouthfeel is super duper prickly with all kinds of spice on the palate. Hard to pick up exactly what kind of spices I'm getting but definitely crazy carbonation is front the yeast strain. Mellows out after a while and you can almost taste the Pinot grapes from the barrel aging when you lick your lips.

Overall a great brew that will only get better with age. Good flavor and spice for a farmhouse ale/saison and another winner for Anchorage Brewing Co. They always seem to produce some stellar brews and I always look forward to sampling them.


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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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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brett bomb with a good saison behind it. Good spices, fruity. Somewhat sweet in the finish. Only a little yeasty.Very generous head of foam. Very drinkable.Above average mouthfeel. A little funky aroma. Bottle from Bierkraft $21.46.Cork popped into the other side of a large room, suggesting above average carbonation.

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Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL cork-topped bottle served in a tulip glass. Beer pours hazy straw in color, and forms a very large white head. Strong Belgian ale aroma, floral, yeasty, and grassy, with a sweet hint of oak. Would you believe me, when I tell you, this is the best smelling saison I've ever had from a bottle? Flavor starts out clean, smooth, and creamy -- and then the tartness kicks in. In spite of the way sourness tends to dominate my palate, this beer has a lot going on. There's the obvious citrus oil flavor from the orange peels, which despite the aforementioned obviousness, is relatively subtle. There's also distinct pepperiness, apparently from actual peppercorns. Impressively, those flavors play off each other well. I imagine they were successfully mellowed out by multiple encounters with oak fermentation.

There are so many variables that went into this beer, as a brewer I can't imagine what went into developing the final formula. I love citra, but would not have picked them out of this beer. I imagine the aroma comes mostly from the rose hips (which I don't pick up with my tongue), and I guess a more traditionally floral hop would have overshadowed them.

The mouthfeel here is great as well. Relying on bottle carbonation on a beer which had already been fermented twice seems like a gamble, but it seems to have paid off.

Normally Brett-based beers are too sour for me, but this one is fantastically executed and has won my heart.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and also has some dank notes. Taste starts tart, fruity, floral. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. Light, effervescent body. Really good one, bright, floral and tart.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

A: Hazy golden orange with a great looking frothy head. The head retention and lacing are superb with peaks and clouds chunking on the sides of the glass and on top of the brew.

S: Zesty notes of citrus and brett greet the first whiff. The oak is lurking in the background along with some vinous red grapes. The brett becomes more pronounced as it warms with a healthy dose of leather and hay surfacing.

T: The citrus notes are very pronounced (hop forward) with an immense influence from brett to fill out the funk. Mid-palate it gets a bit jammy/oaked with the pinot barrels flexing their muscles. It concludes a touch on the bitter side with a hint of the booze coming out in the dry finish.

M: Light and bubbly.

O: Another great offering form Anchorage brewing. A bit outside the box but very well done.

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Photo of Cavery
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch 1 8/11 purchased at the Bruery Provisions. Really happy to see more Anchorage brewing around! Always happy to give more Alaskan beers a swirl.

A: Faint amber honey body with cobweb lacing grabbing the glass. Lots of reds, oranges, and golden yellows flash in the glass. There's definitely a likeness to fish scales, makes me think of a lumbering fat fish like a carp. If you like amber earth tones, then this is a looker for you.

S: Bright edible flowers that go heavily into a sugar plum note that makes me excited. Late earthy presence of a barnyard brett that fuses with sweet florals. There's an almost berry like brightness to the smells of plant bulbs. It comes off very light, which makes me think there's either rose hips and or pedals in this beer.

T: Sweet rosewater and blueberry flavor crashes into a wall of bitter barnyard funk. A linger of peppery essence cackles like a low fire in the back of my tongue. This is really well layered with different flavors. Lots of complexity, but the brett is very young. The transition from the floral sweetness into the mild funk is a great one, and the really elegant presence of peppery essence.

M: Light medium feels with a favoritism towards the light side. The beer doesn't come off watery, and there's an almost plant oil like viscosity to the overall feel. It's somewhere between a light syrup and some sort of vegetal oil, but it only coats mildly. It's hard to even notice the glazing unless you really think about it, the beer comes off very elegant due to this.

O: I think this is a really fantastic beer to be putting out as a batch 1 line from a new brewery. I understand that Gabe has been at it for a while (formerly @ midnight sun), however -- I think this will be a beer people will be looking for in a few years. I'd grab some batch 1 of this bad boy and revisit it at some tastings. I most certainly will grab a couple bottles, I think this one will blossom with an elegant floral sweetness like I've never had in a beer. This is like Saison Brett with plums/hibiscus. Really very good.

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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 Rschis16
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with an etched on label into a tulip glass.

Medium to aggressive pour yields about a 50/50 beer to head ratio. The beer is a hazy burnt orange with bright orange highlights, while the head is shock white and slowly dissapating. Lots of patchy lacing as it dissapates. Some very spicy clove and banana notes float up on the nose, reminding one of a garden. The brett yeast is easily detectable and Belgian in nature. Peppercorns provide the spicy part of the nose, while the rose and orange peels provide the sweet and flowery aromas. Very balanced in smell, enticing.

Sweet but white wine-like up front, a hint of vanilla from the french oak. Vanilla is heavy in the lingering aftertaste, very sweet. But before that is a medley of tastes and spices, including more silky smooth vanilla. The peppercorn provides a spicy element that prickles briefly, then is gone. The flowery taste from the rose gives a silky mouthfeel as well, making for an interesting smoothness. Bitterness and dryness of orange rind is present as well, contributing to balance. Notes of clove float through, a result of the brettanomyces yeast strain, adding to the spicy feel. Finally, a short-lived blast of citrusy hops finishes this one off, leaving nothing behind but a sizable linger of vanilla and banana, a somewhat weird combination that almost becomes overwhelming.

This is a really interesting and unique beer for sure. Glad to try it after really enjoying their Belgian IPA. Can't say that I loved this one, but I didn't hate it either. There should be no doubt, it is a quality beer, and about as complex as it gets, but some of the flavors don't seem to work to me. Worth the 15 or so dollars though as there is a lot to enjoy in here.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/28/11 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a dark hazy yellow color with some light lacing, two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, citrus hops, yeast, brett, some funk, apples, and floral hops. Very nice and loving the brett that comes through.

t - Tastes of brett, citrus hops, floral notes and hops, earthy notes, yeast, pepper, and spices. More floral notes that the nose and again, very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice saison from Anchorage; I really liked it. Some nice funk and brett especially in the nose, and floral hops in the taste. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of Florida9
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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 thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy light orange with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange, spices, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, orange grape, dark fruit, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I am not usually a huge fan of the Saison style in general, but the addition of dark fruit in this one really won my heart. The component definitely added to the depth of the brew and blended quite well with the spices typically found in the style. A definite must try if you get the opportunity!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 1. August 2011.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly tart/sour and is of grain, spices, Brett, flowers, wood, and some mild wine aromas. Taste is of grain and Brett up front with flavors of spices, flowers, and wood coming through on the finish. There is a dry, tart, and slightly funky aftertaste as well. This beer has a nice crisp level of carbonation with a slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is quite a complex and tasty saison. The Brett presence really shines in the aroma and flavor but doesn't overwhelm the other ingredients.

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Photo of illidurit
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the May 2012 iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Opaque gold with a white head. Peachy aromas, tart summer fruit, apricots, funky with a bitter finish, light peppercorns, musty/oaky, white grapes, green hops, dry brett, lots of complexity.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #3/July 2014

A pale and opaque tangerine body with hints of a blush creeping up its neck. Nice foamy white head sits atop settling down and leaving its mark on the land around.

Nose is tart and funky and incredibly inviting. The wood and the pinot carry through, but then digging too deep I get an almost briney/dill type note that kind of throws it off for me. I think it's the vinegar-like tartness that is somehow reminding me of pickles.

Starts tart again and thankfully that evokation of dill pickles is but a distant memory. The tart start soon gives way to a soft invitation of rose hips and a cherry finish. Peppercorns and pith make their appearance in the final act. Tart start, bitter in the finish. Mellow and approachable though for both without being subdued. I think the pinot barrels contribute to this pervasive softness. Thanks pinot barrels!!

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Love Buzz Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
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