The first time I got an anise note was with a westy 12 in Belgium.... I havent had a beer with that note since. Its kinda what got me into homebrewing, I wanted to know how they got that flavor with out using star anise. Turns out it was the Westmalle yeast at decently high temperatures.
The past week I read Farmhouse Ales by Phil Markowski.... the Biere De Garde section mention a Liquorice note multiple times, and that flavor coming from the French Strisselspalt hops.
I found a little more when I searched not sure if they are true.
Ella hops can give Liquorice notes in higher quantities.
Has anyone had any experience with Liquorice notes?