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The Tide And Its Takers - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 70
Gots: 88 | FT: 11
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Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

Aged in French Chardonnay Barrels w/ Brett
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Ratings: 466 | Reviews: 144
Photo of Joey2timer
2.15/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

Dirty Brett flavor. Tastes like poop

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It smells like blueberries and raspberries. The taste is a very complex mix of bitter and sour berries, fruit, and citrus. It's kind of dry, however very good, Anchorage killed it again.

Photo of Quetzolcotl
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This is a full frontal brett assault beer. You will get lots of brett in the aroma and the flavor and almost no character of the base beer. No nice estery fruit notes from the Tripel, no bready crackery malt aroma, no spiciness. All brett! If you love that - great! If you want to taste the base beer look elsewhere - this beer could have been any style and no one would know the difference.

Photo of Suds
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light and slightly hazy gold. His white head. The smell is of Brett and malt...a little alcohol and esters. Apricot and underripe peach fruit flavors are underneath. Semi dry, fruit flavor is fresh and full. Spicy. Underlying belgian flavor....this is a solid brew.

Photo of Tilly
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light peach, hazy with no head with a small rim of tiny bubbles on the side.
Huge fruit aroma. Smells like a sour. Yeast.
Taste like a sour. Huge citrus fruit. Mostly lemon !
Sour feel. Dry to the taste. Lasting fruity hops.
Belgium Triple? Lambec perhaps?
Either way, refreshing.

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Earthy Brett, pineapple, honey, tripel yeast, light bitterness, white wine, orange

Photo of RickS95
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There's nothing Earth-shattering about the look. It's an attractive faded peach color, almost a milky gold like a wit. It's quite hazy. There's no head. There is a small film of white bubbles but nothing to constitute a head. A swirl livens the bubbles, but it dies quickly and leaves barely enough to call it lacing.

The nose is genius. Loads of yummy fruit come wafting from the snifter...orange, pineapple, and that crazy, funky Brett yeast. Just an amazing scent.

Sadly, the taste doesn't match the expectation. It's all hops and yeast. With the exception of orange rind and some yeasty pepper spice, ere's little else.

You expect a bit of sweetness from the way it smells bit you never get it. Extremely tart and mouth puckering, like a kriek. Not so much bitter as it is tart. A little heat from the high alcohol and the spicy yeast. Not an easy drinker.

Overall, it's very disappointing from the initial characteristics. Another swing and a miss from this brewer. I try to like them but I just don't.

Photo of FFreak
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from the bottle line at Hill Farmstead for around $12. Poured into teku glasses and shared. A hazy dull yellow with a persistent tight white head of fine bubbles. Aroma is at first funky and barnyard followed by lemon, yeast and reminds you of a nice Napa chardonnay. Taste is delicious with light citrus, buttery white wine, tropical fruits and yeasty bread. Mouth is medium body, medium-high carbonation, and well-hidden ABV. Overall, this is a fantastic bretted triple....a very unique and pleasant beer.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 into a stemmed tulip.
Pours a clear medium straw color with one finger of head.
Aromas are twangy brett funk with wine quite present.
Taste is very much in line with aromas. Good brett flavor, tart and lots of oak and chardonnay.
Finishes dry and clean.
Overall, this beer is very flavorful. It's complex and it's quenching. I love brett's and I loved this beer.

Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peach, pear, sweat, lemon, and brett in aroma.

Flavor is moderately lemony, with sweet pear esters, and a light musty funk. The brett is fairly restrained, allowing the Belgian esters to shine.

Photo of meisterbrau1
1.28/5  rDev -69.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I tried this beer because I love tripels. The only thing I liked about this beer was the look. Disappointing.

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Back label says Batch #4 July/2014.

A- Pours a dark blonde color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large side patch of bubbly surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small, thin streaks behind.

S- Moderate amount of clean Brett funk with the Chardonnay barrel really showing itself and lending a slightly tart citrus quality to the aroma.

T- Tangy Brett character with some fruity esters. The Chardonnay barrel imparts big notes of white wine as well as peach, melon and pear. Moderate acidity accompanies the light tartness. Very drinkable for the ABV.

M- Sharp and bright with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- While I sometimes don't like the way a Chardonnay barrel transforms a beer, this one is quite enjoyable due to the nice Brett tones. It's not the best use of Brett I've seen in an Anchorage beer, but overall it's a well done Tripel.

Photo of Modernrickk
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The bar has been set for Bretted out tripels.. This beer is amazing .

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage poured from bottle into tulip glass

Appearance: hazy, pale, golden color. Minimal foam, but a lot of lacing.

Smell: major Brett presence, sour acidity, wet horse blanket, white grapes, fruity esthers

Taste: pretty much follows the nose. Funky Brett, vinous white grapes, mild sourness, tart finish. I've never had this fresh so no comparison, but I imagine with almost three years of aging the Brett has taken over much more than fresh. The Brett overpowers the base tripel beer here so that it takes a back stage. Hard to pinpoint the tripel flavors, feels like a generic golden ale. There is a barrel presence of white wine, Chardonnay, and a slight oak flavor.

Feel: Drinks surprisingly smooth, nice mouth feel. A lot of Brett forward beers are over carbonated and biting. This has a dry, crisp, clean finish.

Overall: I think this has aged a little too long. Quite a mellow beer dominated by Brett with white wine and a basic tripel following it in a very back seat role. I don't get a lot of bold, flavorful, complexity I was hoping for. Feels fairly muted.

Photo of spoony
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (Batch #4, July 2014) into a teku glass.

A-The beer is light-honey colored with a fair amount of particulate visible in the murky liquid. The head is about a finger tall to start and drops to a cap pretty quickly. The foam is eggshell in color and leaves a bit of lacing as I drink. Floaters are sometimes a turnoff for me, but the beer looks like a tripel.

S-The aroma opens with a big hit of fruity, brett funk. The funk gives way to a nice mixture of white wine, oak, tart white grape, lime, pineapple, and floral flavors. There is a bit of bread and dough too. It smells like a tripel, but with a nice twist of tartness and fruit. Inviting.

T-The taste is similar, but dough and bread are move prevalent and there is a bit of honey sweetness. The vinous flavors remain strong though, and there is just a bit of lime citrus flavor, as well as some peach and oak. The finish is floral and almost herbal with a bit of pepper spice.

M-The body is medium in heft with a smooth but persistent carbonation. It fits the beer very well.

O-This is a great beer. I love tripels, but I usually prefer more traditional examples of the style, e.g., Karmeliet, than modern, funky barrel-aged brews. This beer may change my opinion. The flavors here are complex, subtle, and manage to work well with each other to provide a nice overall package. The mouthfeel is nearly perfect for the beer too. This would work well with food.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of Anchorage Brewing Company's The Tide And It's Takers in a recent trade, thanks Dan! This will be my first beer from Anchorage Brewing Company and a Tripel with brett aged in wine barrels sounds pretty interesting to me, so lets see how it goes. Bottled in November 2012 Batch #2. Poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The bottle looks pretty nice, it's got a nice artsy scene of some rough seas on it and it's got lots of good information on it, I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a nice slightly pale yellow color that took on more darker yellow and golden color when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sticky, spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I liked the color and the lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that's almost bordering on being highly sweet and it's followed by a great fruity aroma being the first to show up and it's a mixture of lemon pear, banana, pineapple and citrus rind like aromas and it leads right into some wine barrels that impart a light wine like aroma with a noticeable oak aroma coming through. Up next comes the yeast which is a little Belgian yeast like, but it's the brett that seems to show up the most and it imparts some nice funky barnyard aromas. Towards the end comes some sweet malts and a little more Belgian yeast that gives a little bit of Tripel like aroma towards the end. This beer had a great aroma, I liked the complexity, how much the brett showed up and the fruity aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with the sweet malts being the first to show up and they lead right into some of those nice wine barrel aspects that I got in the aroma and it seems to show up just enough. Up next comes the yeast with brett still sticking out the most, but the Belgian yeast is still noticeable and gives this beer just enough Tripel Like flavors, but the brett offers some additional complexity with some some typical funky brett flavors. Up next comes a little bit of bitterness followed by an earthy flavor that must be from the hops and it's followed by all those great fruity aspects that I got in the aroma with the pineapple and citrus fruits seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium tartness that lingers a little into the aftertaste with some great fruity and funky brett flavors. This was a great tasting beer, I thought all the different flavors never clashed and they came together for a very tasty beer.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, refreshing, clean, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel, I really liked how refreshing it was.

Overall I thought this was a great beer and I thought it was a great example of a barrel aged brett beer, it's for sure not a true example of a Tripel, but there's just enough tripel aspects coming through to let me know that this is what this beer started as, but over a year and half it's became a pretty unique beer. This beer had great drinkability, it was smooth, clean, fairly crisp, refreshing, not filling and the taste did a great job at holding my attention, I don't think I would have any problem drinking a bottle by myself, it would make for a great beer to enjoy on the porch on a warmer summer day. What I like the most about this beer was the taste, aroma and drinkability, all three of those aspects seemed to be the highlights of this beer for me. What I liked the least about this beer is nothing, but I'm not a fan of not being able to purchase it in Michigan. I would for sure buy this beer if I ever saw it, I would love to try it fresh and I would also cellar some since it seems to hold up well with age. I would recommend this to anyone who likes brett beers, it may not be a big hit to most Tripel fans, but if you like them funky then you should like this beer. All in all I was impressed with this beer and I'm pretty happy I decided to trade for this one, it's for sure a beer worth seeking out. This beer made for a great first impression for Anchorage Brewing Company and I would really like to try more of their beers. So far this is my favorite funky Tripel, I like it more than Vivant's Tripel aged for a year. This is just a great beer and I'm glad I had the chance to try it. I don't normally pair beer with things besides food, but I decided to listen to the 36 crazy fists album this beer was named after and it made for a nice pairing. Great job guys, you can be for sure I'll be seeking out more you your brews, keep up the great work.

Photo of MarcWP
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 2012 poured into Three Floyds Teku.

Appearance is hazy,light golden with a medium small soapy white head that settles down to thin froth layer. Expected more carbonation with the brett and sugars that you'd think supposedly would be in this given its a tripel.

On the nose you get huge brett esters followed by a fruity, sweet malt base. Not particularly a tripel nose on this. More in tune with a belgian pale or blond mixed with a bit of saison. The aroma is quite wonderful nonetheless. Pineapple, sweet lemon, grass, white grape almost winey, apple, Chinese pear, yellow nectarine, and a very welcome blueberry. Wow, great nose on this. The year and a half in the cellar has treated this good from what I can tell so far.

Yeah, the brettanomyces has done work, this sucker is pretty damn dry! A big funk comes in on the palate which was not present on the nose. Also not as fruity and you still get some of the hops in the form of bitterness. Getting plenty of pear, apple peel, lemon zest, heavy old room musk, fresh cut grass, more of that white grape character from the nose, some oak tannins, and subtle old herb nuance. Also has a brine like characteristic.

Mouthfeel is light medium. Sports fluffy, mid to high level carbonation, and finishes dry making it a super drinkable 9% abv brew. For what the beer offers in other terms, the mouthfeel is an awesome component of the end result.

Anchorage brewing has a winner here. I'm actually not the biggest fan of tripels so I'm glad this isn't heavy on the characteristics of that style. Very much an American wild interpretation and drinks more like an Orval, saison, fruity blond mix. So smooth and easy drinking, a bomber of this can go down so easy and get you on a high horse buzz if you don't watch it. Crushable tenish range abv tripel mockery all up in this bad boy...

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

brilliantly conceived collaboration from anchorage and dogfish head, given generously to me by a new friend. sorachi ace hopped triple in chardonnay barrels with brett, how perfect. the pour is hazy yellow, pale without much luster but a masive fizzy white head that hangs on for quite some time. the nose is really oaky and acidic from the wine, and a year has helped the brett do its magic, lots of funk here. the sorachi hops arent as prominent as i would like them to be, but i get the lemon without the bitter. taste is more balanced, but the wine still makes a big impact. wheat malt and maybe oats, this is the best of all three fermentation worlds, complexity is ripe. distinctly belgina in nature, but nuanced in a remarkable way. the hops finish beautifully with the brett, and while i have to imagine they have faded some, the balance found here is divine. finish is long too, zesty, funky, and memorable. beautiful carbonation and a lightness rare for its abv. i could drink this everyday, its like nothing else, a gorgeous combination of flavors and techniques here, a real work of craftsmanship.

Photo of mjstacker
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I read a few other reviews that claimed the smell was amazing, I do have a bit of a cold but i'm not getting much nose here. Maybe a bit of citrus, certainly nice but not particularly discernible, i'd say that other Tripel's (CBC Tripel Threat or GF Green Bullet) have a more discernible nose (just sayin').

The appearance is great very cloudy and light, farmhouse esq.

I typically care little for the "mouthfeel" category but i do think the super carbonation coming from this beer is fantastic.

The taste and my overall impression are that this is a great beer, though not indicative of the style. It reminds my of a slightly sour, kind-of-boozy farmhouse. But honestly, that's right up my alley so I think it's great.

If I hadn't paid $17 for this bomber, I might be more apt to drink it regularly. I guess it's not a regular brew anyway. Anchorage to New Hampshire is quite a trip, i wonder what it tasted like a year ago?

Photo of harrymel
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1: Oct 2011

Pours light grain yellow with brilliant clarity and a solid quilt of bone whites. Smells really nice with lemons, pineapple, grain, clay, a little green olive juice. Flavor doesn't disappoint - nice bitterness, some grass, some almost teatree oil and leather with a bit of metal. Thin bodied with hi carb and a wet finish. Nice beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a hazed light gold color with a fluffy white head. Decent lace and retention.

Nose is badass! Tart wine, leathery brett and belgian yeast...awesome stuff.

Taste is not a letdown after the excellent nose - glad to come across something like this every once in a while that you have never heard of and dont have any expectations. The brett is bold yet soft...melds with the malt so seamlessly. The wood and wine tartness is a perfect compliment to the tripel. The base beer tastes like it is pretty damn good in its own right - light grassy bitterness and delicate yeast is a perfect combination. Great beer. Buy it if you see it!

Photo of Etan
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml.

A: Pours a bright brass-tinged gold with a spongy white head.

S: Earthy and pineapple notes from the brett, dry vinous tannins and chardonnay, some light notes of clove and angel's cake from the base tripel.

T: Moderate tannic tartness, slightly harsh, bitter oak, peppery esters, guava, green grape, mild sweet pale malt, heavy chardonnay, breath of booze.

M: Medium-bodied with mildly frothy carbonation. Very oaky, tannic feel.

O: Definitely doesn't go light on the wine barrel presence, which obscures the base beer and the brett profile a bit. Perhaps it would benefit from less time in the barrel or a more seasoned barrel.

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice; Batch #1 bottled 10/2011. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange zest, pear, peach, pineapple, apple, pepper, clove, white wine, oak, herbal, floral, funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, peach, pineapple, apple, clove, pepper, oak, white wine, floral, herbal, grass, funk, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pineapple, peach, pepper, clove, oak, white wine, floral, herbal, grass, funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors with well balanced wine barrel presence; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian Tripel with Brett. Big complexity and balance of all flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

The only thing missing from this maelstrom is a kraken. Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy sunset auburn-brass topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, grapefruit zest, light lime zest, a hint of tart Chardonnay grapes, a touch of mild biscuit, and a stiff breeze of earthy Brett. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more of that tart Chardonnay character. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I can't say this resembles a traditional tripel all that closely, but the bright citrus, tart wine, and earthy Brett all combine together into a very tasty melange. Screw style guidelines, this stuff is damn good.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a mini snifter. November 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Beginning of the bottle is clear yellow orange. The end is quite hazy and murky. Small white head.

Smell - Brett, but nothing over the top. Some earthy notes. Citrus. Some hops and esters. Sharp white wine adds to the acidity.

Taste - Tough to discern a tripel in here, but that might be a good thing considering American breweries' track record with tripels. Esters are strong. Pale malt. Spicy. More white wine than the nose, but a bit less brett. Bright citrusy flavors.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Brett hasn't completely taken over, but it's got a touch of tang to it.

Overall - I bet if you took the brett out of this, it would be another mediocre American tripel. Brett helps this out a lot.

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The Tide And Its Takers from Anchorage Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.