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The Tide And Its Takers - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 68
Gots: 75 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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: 446 | Reviews: 138
Reviews by flannelman808:
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4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First batch 2012 (doubtfully the last)

A: Hazy milky straw in color with about a half inch of cinnamon latte like foam which has good retention.

S: Apricot, tart green grape, Crab apple lemon bar On a window sill over looking a grassy field (faint).  Cardamom and earthy spice shows as this warms up.

T:  More bitter than expected here but in a very clean dry feeling sort of way.  In a way this stuff hits like soda water.  The oak is present but makes a better window than a door (white oak sawdust?). This is really the post modern beer which perhaps began with Westmalle and then Unibroue.  Like Rothko of brewing this beer plays with the perfectly complex simple... Or the idea of honing in on tight areas. Pimp.

A Utopian marriage of flavor though one struggles to name more than a few of them.  Here's an idea and a painting.

  A house sits:  Tippy toed, and defensively stilted amongst sun bleached, oak driftwood  lined, and beachgrass peppered dunes.
Atlantic ocean floor sands, loosing their war of land to sea life and salt water.     Atop a flowery, herbaceous, and mostly purple garden;  stone fruit trees grow while a soft breeze speaks it's surroundings through windows agape.

M:  rich frothy Mad Dog like carbonation with a tingling finish.

O:  underwhelmed and then stunned to some degree.  What's the story with this beer?  Every Anchorage beer I've had to date has treated Brett like Gordon Ramsey or Tom Colicchio treat Risotto... To near perfection.  

This beer is great because it does the same thing but in a totally different way.  It's perhaps the perfect funk beer.  Herbal , spicy, fruity, earthy and let very little defines itself (making the whole greater than the parts). This is no different but it's done very differently from love buzz and bittemonk. I get the feeling this is what de proef initially intended on with it's wild beers. Though this works like high art.

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The aroma is brett and soft oak with some sweet malts and a little Belgian yeast.

The flavor is sweet fruity malts with oak and brett and some musty yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK beer - probably my least favorite by them. I like the brett, but it's a bit sweet and I don't think it plays well the the Belgian yeast.

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Bottle (2011)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
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Slightly hazed golden yellow with a quickly forming near-white persistent head that leaves sheets and dots of lace down the glass.

The aroma is Brett-forward, along with notes of green apple, oak, black pepper, and earth. Terrific.

The flavor follows similarly, with the funky Brett leading the way, along with oak, green apple, pepper, and white grape.No alcohol presence.

Medium to full bodied with high carbonation. Near perfect for the style and a joy to drink.

This reminds me a lot of Bitter Monk by Anchorage--good thing, because I love both beers.

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Got lucky and happened to roll into Craft on a Wednesday when this had just came in. Poured the usual hazy gold with lots of brett to it, chunky white head. Even though this was 'lots' it seemed lesser when compared w/ the saison, dipa and the witbier.

Belgian yeast thankfully restrained to only the best qualities, which is not a face bracing amount of clove, instead light citrus and chardonnay barrel noise.

Taste as usual hides a high abv, thought the bretty and tart notes were on the lower side for an Anchorage release. Far better than your average belgian trippel for my palate, but the price point on these are always going to be somewhat prohibitive from becoming a regular part of any lineup.

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batch 1, October 2011 bottle date

Pours a bright orange-yellow with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that remain as a thin cap even 6 hours after the initial pour (I slowly worked my way through the whole bottle in an evening.

The smell is brett funk up front lots of hay and oak with a medicinal, herbal quality to it, very "musty basement" in overall aroma. Some bright citrus notes behind that. Smells slightly lactic sour but not overwhelmingly so.

The taste is wonderfully balanced. The brett is definitely the star of the show but it is not overpowering. It is slightly bitter, with some bright citrus to balance it out, just a touch sour.

Mouthfeel is just right, light without being spritzy. The 9% is well hidden, it drinks much more like a 5% gueuze than a tripel.

Overall this is a great beer. If I had to find a fault with it, it would be that from memory I can't really tell the difference between this and the anchorage wit that I had a while back. There is nothing in this beer that screams tripel to me. With that said, if you like brettanomyces, this is like a nice complex gueuze, only not as sour.

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The Tide And Its Takers from Anchorage Brewing Company
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