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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Ale brewed with 100% Nelson Sauvin Hops. Fermented in Oak Tanks.
Saison brewed and dry hopped with 100% Nelson Sauvin Hops. Fermented in oak foudres with Brettanomyces. Bottle conditioned for natural carbonation.
As we bumble along through this crazy maze of life, it's a wonder the plaes we can uncover inspiration. The Nelson Sauvin muse came knocking on my soul-searching door recently, bringing with it the nonchalant, cool factor that it embodies.
Its character carries with it such organic wisdom and ease of being. Although Nelson shoulders a polarizing personality, with it's overwhelming juicy bouquet and spouts of spicy black pepper, it embraces all that it is, and hums a little mantra reminding us that what other people think of us, is really none of our concern. This beauty of a hop is not here to stir up trouble. Nelson plays nicely with the fruity saison yeast, and has a nice light-hearted banter with it buddy, Brett.
This botanical hop goodness is her to shine it's tangering, gooseberry zest, explore the boundaries of wine meets beer, and see where the relationship goes. This hop soul is simply here to let his own unique character settle in for itself, offering us the space to sit back, enjoy a taste and do the same.

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4.3
czar (9503) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2017
bottle shared by eric, thanks man! pours unclear glowing light gold with a small but reviving off-white head offering good retention and lacing. yuzu fragrant lemons, white pepper, some exotic peppercorns as well, low fi sayswoan as per its generating esters, low acidity - complex-not-only-brett flora; white wine, cumin, spices, soft tannins, foeder/tank woodsiness. bright carbonation, light body, dry and tart woodsy-citrusy finish. very solid.

3.9
ctipping (2252) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2017
750 mL bottle. Hazy pale yellow body with a big white head. Smells of white grape, doughy malt, earthy brett, and some yeasty funk. All of it has a lemony acidic tinge. Tastes more clearly of the Nelson hops. Tropical fruit, lime, grassy hop flavors. Tart lemon and lime. Malt builds and then quickly dies off as earthy brett bitterness builds. Medium light. Pleasant, tart saison. Aggressively hopped, which I don't think is a real attribute, but it's not bad here.

2.8
Ernest (7862) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2017
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy light to medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (kiwi, grass), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of lemon/lime juice, oak, sour apple, band-aid. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, moderately to heavily astringent.

Once again Anchorage makes another sour, lemony, Bretty, oaky beer...this is more sour than most, in fact, and seems intentionally inoculated with bacteria. Absolutely positively a full-on American Sour Ale, not a saison. Very astringent and watery mouthfeel. A very disappointing beer from a brewery that once seemed to show real potential.

This and The Nectar are strong evidence for my theory from years ago that Anchorage is suffering from Jolly Pumpkin Syndrome (which is maybe more accurately Fantome Syndrome, but they're one and the same in concept). Everything is getting more and more sour and stark and samey over time, almost as if bacteria and Brett are out of control in the brewhouse. Back in 2011, when I first tried Love Buzz, I thought it was a very good rendition, and that this brewery had genuine promise. But these latest two beers have been easily the worst I've had. And they keep making basically the same beer the same way (albeit at different strengths) over and over. I know, I know, if I don't like this niche I should shut up and spend my time with breweries with greater breadth and variety, or ones that absolutely nail whatever niche they are in. And of course I do, but I still held out hope this place might eventually turn things around, or at least release a beer that wasn't "fermented in oak tanks with Brett". I guess I can give up at this point.

4.3
jackl (8446) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Keg @ ChurchKey. Hazy light gold with a prominent, frothy head. Bright bretty nose. Meyer lemon accents. White grape jelly. Some cobweb and dried manure. Drinks wonderfully dry. expressive yeast with some interesting fruity / floral hop accents. Moderately bitter. Somewhat woody. Soft on the palate. Sort of chalky. Great.

3.9
marcus (10753) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 16, 2017
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours hazy gold with a thick attractive white head and a sourish floral aroma. There is a hearty pale malt flavor with a moderately sour brett influence. Nice sort of bitter oak finish.

4.1
bhensonb (15852) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 16, 2017
750 c&c from Bine & Vine. Pours translucent light gold with a white head. Nice moderate Brett aroma with some white berry. Med body or a bit better. Flavor is very Brett earthy with more citrus than berry. Fairly dry. Some pleasing oak astringency helps there. Brett stands in for hop in my opinion. It's super delicious.

3.3
Sammy (12846) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2017
Freshly bought bottle, moderated nelson taste and brett significiant still. Overall, OK drinker but not their best.

2.9
PhillyBeer2112 (2903) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2017
This one just didn't do it for me, though it had potential. i like the bretty nose, very barnyard mixed with some floral hop. But the hop flavors were a bit brash, clashing with what seemed like an ok beer. Bitterness a bit strong, even as I let it come to room temp there still wasn't enough to balance out. So a bit too much hop, and not very good hop flavors either. Weird clash between barnyard and bitter herbs. Nice golden yellow color, slight hazy, firm even white head.

3.5
Lubiere (14192) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2017 A lightly hazed pale blonde ale with a very thin off white head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with light pineapple notes, light honey, light pine needles. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with light resinous floral hops, grapefruit pulp, light Brett, very nice and smooth. On tap at Churchkey, DC.

3.9
solidfunk (9444) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2017
Very nice stuff. Light citrus and some light bretta dust with an aroma like powdered rocket candy pills. Orange pour with good head. Tabgy finish. Tap at Sovereign.


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