The Tide And Its Takers - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 479
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 71
Gots: 93 | FT: 11
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Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

Aged in French Chardonnay Barrels w/ Brett
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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 9,0% ABV
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Batch 1
Bottled in: October 2011

Appearance: Moderately cloudy, light golden body, topped by a large fluffy white head that displays good retention and leaves some sticky patches of lacing on its way down.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells quite good. The initial nose is very earthy, with a distinct brett note. As the beer warms, the nose opens up, with golden fruit, sweet malt, lemon peel, musk, light barnyard, white wine, oak and dry grass all noted.

Taste: The flavour is not as interesting as the nose and the wine barrel is notably absent. Notes include: Sweet malt, apples, pears, an earthy character, light barnyard and some dry hay.
The finish is quite dry and ever so slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very high level of carbonation. The carbonation feels very Belgian, but is a little too much for me.

Overall: The Tide and its Takers is a solid beer, but is just not interesting enough. With the barrel aging and the brett, I expected the beer to be much fuller in terms of both complexity and power. (1,106 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of Blissfullbrew
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

Pours hazy burnt orange with fading lacy white foam. The initial smell is that of bubble gum and champagne. The flavor is easy, with a hint of orange and alcohol. There is a spicy note on the back of the throat after the second sip. Very good flavor quality and overall example of an American triple. The chardoannay shines through fairly well but does not take away from the essence of the brett within. There is no cloying after-bite in this brew. Definitely will be drinking this one again. (508 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (707 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eh? Had high hopes, kinda dashed. Looks ok a first pour, clear, translucent, golden, two finger white head, medium white bubbles. Sadly the apperance is not as it should be. The "head" is not rocky as a triple's should be. Very light citrus, phenolic hint, some remaining belgian esters. A hint of funk and barn but just a hint. The flavor brings the party. Initially light, tart and funky. Followed by a lemon lift, and some distinct sweet vanilla, oak and light spice. The marriage between the oak and beer is the best part of this ale. Full rounded and silky feel, dry oh yes very dry. But alas I will not be buying this again, it was a great journy just not the best beer. (676 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled into a tulip.

Pours a nice hazy blonde color with an inch of airy white head that quickly recedes with light surface layer and moderate lacing.

Flavor and aroma are all about the brett. Sour grapes with a hint of spice.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a medium dry finish.

Overall a nicely balanced beer. Nothing wrong, but nothing stands out either. Ultimately it is exactly what it is. A blonde tripel that highlights the brett. (470 characters)

Photo of shleepy
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle (bought at K&L in Redwood City, most likely) into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, pale orange color. Huge, fluffy head.

S: A lot of oak and brett funk that combine for a nice, spicy effect.

T: I'm not sure if my flu is affecting my judgement, but I seem to be detecting some hot alcohol as the initial sensation... It's that, or just some bitter hops. Either way, there's a bit of a bitter beginning. Then, it mellows out into a pleasantly wild mix of of oak + brett funk + maybe a bit of that chardonnay flavor or a general vinousness + bitter hops.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Pretty high drinkability.

O: An interesting take on a bretty tripel. (669 characters)

Photo of yankeepride
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one took me from eager anticipation to fear to delight in a matter of moments. The description on the bottle made it sound amazing, and the pour to a tulip only got me more fired up with such a strong golden color. However, when I raised the glass to my nose, I smelled ... chicken coop? It was a smell I hadn't really gotten that strong since my childhood on a farm, and I have to admit it was not a good memory. I was curious if it was a bad bottle, but order was soon restored when I tasted it. There were those familiar Belgian yeast notes, but in a faded, distant kind of way. They quickly gave way to the brett, but again not in as strong a way as in other wild-style ales. There was such a collaborative effort between the flavors, and it made for a fairly unique taste experience. Really enjoyed this, and would certainly buy it again. (848 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a big white head. Aromas of straw and grass with a definite oak and white wine note. There’s a mild fruity tartness to the nose and just a hint of funk. The flavor has a surprising touch of bitterness, but perhaps it’s just tannins/astringency? White wine, light fruits, and a subtle lactic tartness to go along with the bready malt flavor and soft sweetness. Good, but Love Buzz is still my favorite thus far from this brewery. (458 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with some honey highlights. The pure white head is dense and short, leaves a short wall of lacing and settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is sweet and tart. Big tart apple and lemon aroma. Quite funky and tart from the brett and oak. Lots of apple cider characteristics. The brett dominates the aroma.

The taste is sweet and tart. The malt is bready and sweet with some honey notes. Not much flavor from the traditional belgian yeast. Big tart notes from the brett. Noticable oak flavors as well. Definitely funky and sour but its kept in check.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Starts off with a general sweetness but then the brett turns its sour and quite dry, astringent.

I would like to see more of a belgian flavor to this beer. This could have been any pale ale with brett added to it.

Flavorful brett brew (858 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Batch 1.

A: Pours a murky straw yellow body with rocky off-white head. Good lacing.

S: Lemon, vanilla, soft oak notes (French oak?), mild brett (hay, minerals).

T: I don't pick up much in the way of tripel qualities; this doesn't have the phenolic pepper or broad swatches of fruity esters you'd get from, say, La Fin du Monde. The flavor is tightly concentrated around lemon and vanilla with a touch of pear. They're still nice, just not that developed. The aftertaste is minerally.

M: Effervescent but creamy. It finishes very smooth. Great mouthfeel.

O: I'm happy to have tried it, but it's not something I'll pick up again; at $15, it's not worth the premium over a standard tripel. (708 characters)

Photo of Quetzolcotl
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

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. (495 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes taken while beeradvocate was down for repairs.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention - especially for the 9% ABV. Colour is a hazy orange with tinges of lemon.

Sm: Heavy bretts and lactic notes. Yeast. Pleasant sourness. Moderate in strength. Clean and very inviting; I'm really excited to try this.

T: Lots of brett goodness, with biscuity yeast pleasant alongside. Some oak and light chardonnay notes are definitely present. Some lactic notes help round out the flavor profile. I don't pick up on separate yeast strains, but I doubt my palate is that advanced anyway. Unfortunately, some alcohol does penetrate the build, especially just after the climax. Some lemon is definitely present. It's certainly a bit floral but I wouldn't call it hoppy. The sourness is tame, which has its ups and downs. Personally, I'd like a bit more sourness. Overall, it's pretty well balanced. I do like it.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and nicely creamy (especially on the finish). A bit too thick, but it's forgivable. The best aspect of this beer.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV. The sourness never gets in the way of the drinkability. The abv is well hidden. I'd like to try this aged; the hops don't seem horribly important and the ABV is high enough that I'm sure it'd age nicely.

There's nothing special or unique about it, but fans of the style will likely enjoy it. Don't get too excited about the bretts; they're quite tame.

B- (1,617 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
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. (1,028 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very interesting beer for sure, but not sure if it really flowed well for me. Pours a bubble yellow color, huge white head to it. Yeasty smell. Taste is of champagne, Brett, very sour, kind of an odd mouthfeel. Seems like a lot of work went into the beer with aging in different vessels, but the overall product didn't taste the best in my opinion. Not bad, but probably would never try this again, reminded me too much of wine when I just wanted a tasty beer. (462 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish- orange with great carbonation leaving behind a nice whispy cap, solid head retention and lacing present

S: Nose is big Brett, baby diaper, whiff of barf, banana, more Brett and some light Earthiness with a measure of red and green apples

T: Brett, pure and simple. Both of us(the other being a BJCP master judge) felt the Brett was heavy handed leaving to much in the way of diapers, poop and hurlistic qualities. Remnants of what was once a Tripel present light orchard style fruits waaay in the background. Some pepper is noted as is a light lemon drop and grass.
The Chardonnay present I elt was minute but I did pick up some white grape husks.

M: Medum bodied, well carbonated, yeast and a biscuity flavor and feel are felt now but little behind the Brett

O: The Brett ran away with this beer. (832 characters)

Photo of UPMD_Bill
2.31/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I couldn't taste anything besides the Brett, and apparently it's not my thing. If I didn't know any better I would have said it was spoiled or skunked.. (153 characters)

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The Tide And Its Takers from Anchorage Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.