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The Tide And Its Takers - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 486
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 71
Gots: 93 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 486
Photo of Docer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.5)
- Nice cloudy golden creamed corn color with fluffy big fingers of head.. leaves a very light looking spotty ring alla bout, and some thin traces over the brew.

Smell: (4.5)
- Nice sweet malt with a good biscuity touch. Fruity esters, drying Brett aromas, and light Belgian candy. Some lovely oak and chardonnay aromas are present.. very good smell.

Taste: (4.0)
- Nice crisp triple with a lovely earthy and woody flavor.. the chardonnay and brett seem to couple extremely well with one another. Some sweet sugars and esters, and a dry grassy hop flare. Super good.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium body, great carbonation, and certainly dry from the oak, brett, and hops. I like drying cloying beers like this.. and it is a touch chewy as well. Certainly a neat beer.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a tasty number. I would love to have more of these to age, but I found only the one. There is enough residual sugars left behind for the brett to carry on its way over time and really develop this beer into something else. It's solid now, and I bet would get even better. Certainly worth the try. Surprised I paid the same amount for this as I did the IPA. The IPA should have been less.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle received in trade from Aml42000 - Big thanks man!!

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. Small fizzy head that fades instantly into a light carbonation ring on the top with little lace sticking to the glass.

S: The nose is full of yeasty brett funk with some spice and pepper hanging around in the background. There is some sweetness that comes off almost as grapes. A little bit of oak, but its not predominant.

T: The typical tripel notes prevail at the beginning, but are washed away toward the middle of the drink by brett and funk, which carries through the finish. Lots of oak at the end, which balances the tart and sweetness out well.

M: Very light body with high carbonation and a dry finish. The feel on this one is great.

O: This one improved drastically as it warmed. The zest, tart, and oak came out of the glass, almost like an explosion, with a little bit of warmth and time. Loved the oak and citrus flavors that balanced the funk. Glad I got this bottle.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 2 from NOV/2012

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that quickly fizzles away to nothing

S: Nice and funky, with quite the tartness and Brett character to go along with it. Along with the funk, there is some light fruitiness and oak from the chardonnay barrels

T: Follows the nose with less of the tartness and more of the barnyard from the Brett. Still get the light fruitiness and subtle oak from the chardonnay barrels. Definite vinous qualities from the barrel as well. Some nice, simple complexities all around

M: Light-medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Quite dry

O: This is definitely not your average tripel. The barrel and Brett character add quite a bit of complexity without overwhelming any of the base beer's characteristics. Quite expensive, but very nicely done

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Photo of DrFayhee
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice pale golden color, rather cloudy, with a thick foamy head.

S: Citrusy bretts are most prominent with a little straw.

T: Citrus, green apple, tart brettanomyces, some alcohol.

M: Quite light for a tripel-style ale. Medium carbonation. Pretty clean.

O: Because of the bretts in this, it changes quite a bit over the course of a pour. Opens up, mellows out, becoming less tart and a bit sweeter, and really develops a lot of complexity.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured in a pair of New Belgium globes and shared with TulipSnifter. Corked & Caged 750ml bottle picked up for $13 and change in Portland.

A: Slightly hazy gold body with a copious white head that leaves great lacing. 4.5/5

S: Decent citrus, huge pepper, and in your face brett character. 4/5

T: This doesn't fit my typical expectation for Tripel, but none of Fletcher's beers do fit into a defined style. I usually just rate them as their own thing anyway. Lemon specific citrus hops is the front characteristic followed by the spicy brett funk that is omnipresent in Anchorage beers. Nice vanilla essence finishes the beer off with a lingering reminder. 4/5

M: Full silky body with high carbonation to keep things fresh. Would pair well with a soft fatty cheese. 5/5

O: Another good beer from Anchorage. There's a signature to all the beers I've had from them so far that they'll be riding to the hall of fame for sure. 4/5

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of sourness from the brettanomyces in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has sour flavors from the brett along with flavors of oak from the barrel aging process and some hints of citrusy hope.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn’t really take like a tripel, but it is very nice and flavorful with the brett and oak barrel aging.

Note: Batch #1, October 2011

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle. Batch #1.

A: Pours a hazy dry-straw yellow. A gentle pour yields a 1" rocky white head which leaves rings, stringers, and spotty lace. Lots of effervescence in the glass.

N: Funky brett yeast, lemon zest, floral, grassy, fresh hay, faint orange blossoms.

T: Yeasty brett with oak barrel and vinous notes. Herbal and funky. Slightly metallic tang on finish.

M: Medium body, semi-strong champange-like carbonation. Dry and slightly bitter yeasty finish.

O: Enjoyable. Liked the brett funk, of course.

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Photo of brystmar
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joey for bringing this one over.

Gorgeous pour with plenty of head, retention, and lace. Strong Brett aroma plus funk & booze in the nose. Quite nice.

Chardonnay barrels really come through in the taste. Funky yeast usurps the malt base as the primary flavor. Citrusy too. Booze creeps in towards the end, leaving a warming sensation in my throat after swallowing.

Another solid offering from Anchorage.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from belmont station in portland

split, paired with curried lamb

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, hazy pale straw body, creamy white lace, unfiltered

smell: spice, white pepper, oak, chardonnay, yeast

taste: A nice pairing for the bold lamb dish - white grapes, oaky chardonnay barrel, pear, lemon rind, floral, a nice kick provided by the brett, leafy hops, citrus

mouthfeel: creamy medium body

overall: non-traditional, but tasty. the chardonnay barrel and brett are nice touches

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Photo of zep9865
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with aasher on 2/28. Poured into Aecht schlenferla snifter. Pours a golden orange with 5 fingers of white foam head, most of which recedes.

The brett immediately stands out on the nose, with butter, oak and some citrus.

Lots of lemon and orange to taste, with very strong oak character and a little bit of butter.

Very complex beer from start to finish with bright carbonation and a big oak finish

Pleasant beer that i would gladly drink again.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love me some Anchorage, so looking forward to this new arrival! Anchorage metal band 36 Crazyfists is one of my favorite bands, and I am sipping this while listening to the most appropriate of their albums "The Tide and it's Takers" \m/

Pours a mostly clear dark golden color with a fluffy white head of a finger or more. Nice lace and retention.

The aroma is typical Anchorage funkitude. White wine and oak with some spices and Belgian notes.

Taste of funk, hay and spicy hops. Some oak and dry wine notes, with some fruity notes and faint citrus.

Creaminess, with a nice almost effervescence. Good carbonation for the style.

Probably not my favorite Anchorage brew, but it's still great and they are without a doubt masters of the Brett craft.

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Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, milky straw color with about a medium size off-white foam head which has good retention and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with lots of light fruity notes; apricot, tart green apple, white grapes, lemon bar and earthy and grassy notes in the background. As it warms I get a lot more of the barrel highlighted by buttery chardonnay and oak. Faint Belgian spicy yeast in the background; much more a wild ale than a Belgian ale that aspect.

The tastes directly follow the nose with lemon, light biscuity malt, tart green apple and light earthiness. Buttery, oaky chardonnay flavors emerge and begin to dominate. Definitely doesn't taste much like a Tripel, but I don't care because I dislike Tripels. Light clove in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with copious amounts of bubble scrubbing, palate cleansing carbonation. Dry thanks to the Brett and the ample carbonation.

Overall this was a nice beet that I was surprised I enjoyed because of my distaste for tripels. It's also quite tame for a wild ale at this point as well and I can only see this developing nicely over time. Chardonnay barrels are the forefront right now which is perfect for my tastes as I enjoy 95% of wine barrel aged beers. Wish these weren't so pricey but the quality is definitely there; not for your novice beer drinker for sure.

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just arrived yesterday and is being split with Kyle (zep9865).

This beer pours a medium bodied rich orangish gold in color with a two finger soapy white head. The nose is funky and full of Brett with a nice amount of buttery Chardonnay oak. The flavor consists of plenty of Belgian yeast, bitter hops, buttery Charddonnay barrel, and very dry Brett. It's nice, and what I kind of expected but not quite complex as I had hoped. It's nice and has traditional characteristics of a triple. That said, it's a much drier form. This beer drinks medium in body and has an assertive dry tartness to pair with the slight Chardonnay most present on the nose, and subtly present in the flavor profile. Overall this is a nice triple. If I'm spending money on a tripe. I'd prefer it's on something unique like this. It's an intriguing take on the style.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Block 15 snifter. Batch 1, bottled Oct 2011.

A: Pours an opaque dark pumpkin color with a finger of rather active bright white head that quickly fizzed away into a thick collar. Patches of thin lace were left down the glass.
S: Huge notes of brett, dry oak, peppery Belgian yeast and golden fruit esters fill my nose. The brett really shines in this one along with some complex spiciness.
T: Again, brett, oak, Belgian yeast flavors and golden fruits are easily noticeable, but I get notes of bitter lemon zest, chalk, vinous white grapes, and peppery spices. Hops impart a bit of citrus rind and orange as well. The finish is woody and vinous, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and earthy with yeast. Every few sips I get what I think is bubblegum (yeast) as well.
M: Medium-full body, fluffy full carbonation that bubbles up on my palate and a full, clean mouthfeel. This beer is easy to drink and goes down smooth.
O: Tastes just as advertised, and a good advertisement at that: a bretty, chardonnay oak-aged Belgian tripel. Not my favorite of the four Anchorage beers I’ve had, but this beer did not disappoint.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Shared by Carlos, thanks!

A: Light yellow with an inch of white foam. Lacing is scattered.

S: Floral with leather and oak. White grape meets Granny Smith apple. Peppery notes are evident, blending with light bready malt. Smells great.

T: Leather and earth with lots of funky Brett. Chardonnay is pervasive and oak is well integrated. Notes of apple and pear are evident. Pepper-like phenols dance across the palate. Lightly sweet but finishes very dry.

M: Upper light body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Very enjoyable. It reminds me a lot of their other beers.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429, who apparently hails from England.

The beer is straw yellow and hazy with a small, white head. The aroma brings some yeast, a bit of citrus, lemon zest. Hard to believe this is 9% abv. Nice flavor. Light bodied with some mildly tart citrus, yeast. Not a traditional tripel, but more of a hybrid with a considerable yeast and funk presence. Really nice - would have again.

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Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with a smallish white head. Slight haze, probably just from some of the lees kicking up. Really nice bretty sour aroma. Lots of light stone fruit - apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums - shot through with funk and sour notes. Grass, pepper, earthy Belgian notes. Lots of oak. Taste starts with more fruity sweetness but quickly dries out and picks up spicy and sour flavors. There's a bit of booze to it. A little too tannic for my taste. The oak is strong. Funky, sour finish. Feel is light, but a bit boozy. A very good beer and an excellent and interesting take on the style. Unfortunately, it's a little too strong for the sourness, and the oak is just a bit much for me. Still, it's always great to try an Anchorage beer. Nothing but hits from that brewery, so far.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

What an absolutely gorgeous looking beer from pour. Classic white rock head and uniform with plenty of staying power and tiny white bubbles slowly rising through a glowing neon body of mango tropical yellow and orange. Opaque but not cloudy (slow pour yeast left in bottle on first one). Just fantastic looking.

Nose is a good sense of brett, muting some of the floral and faint citrus character, with a good sense of dense thick malt coming for this style. I am real excited to taste this.

Bringing that brett action for a tripel seems to be unique, but blurs this into saison territory and taking away I think some of the magic. Most noticeable character is that it is a bit wet, but luckily not too watery. Palate has some definite saison character but masking much of a classic sweetness for the style. Malt sweetness is not really coming through, a classic hot pepper brett afterfinish that follows. Kind of hop forward also, but after sometime a nice tart apricot and juice quality comes out.

Overall, it's an interesting take, probably not what I look for in this favorite style of mine, but it's an incredibly well crafted beer. I expect nothing but great things from this place and they just deliver in spades.

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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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/30/12 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a murky medium orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hops, brett, light wine, and floral notes. Very nice and bretty.

t - Tastes or oranges, brett, fruity malts, citrus hops, lemon, spice, floral notes, earthy notes. Again, ton of brett.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice beer. I'm a sucker for oranges and brett and this one has a lot of each. Very nice, would like to have it again.

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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.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch one. Bottled on October 2011.
I liked the label. It reminds me of Stone. There is tons of writing on the bottle. This writing is poetic versus the dickery found on Stone bottles.

I poured this tripel into a chalice. There was about two fingers of really airy foam on this golden beer.

Off the top you really pick up the sour from the Brett. I also get the wine presence from the chardonnay barrels. There is also some lemon in the Sorochi hops.

The flavor is a bit of a challenge. There is a lot going on here. You really get the wine from the first sip. I also get the funk/sour of the brett. That blends for very good complexity, but also a pucker face. I continue to pick up the hoppy flavor.

I would let this warm, as it is very hard to drink at room temperature. Pick up a bomber and share it with a friend.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle and poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass. Bottle is marked "BATCH #2/NOV 2012", so the brett has had some time to make this beer its own.

Appearance - Hazy golden color that is orange like the rind, rather than the flesh. Head is yellowish-white and one-and-a-half fingers strong. Dissipates after a fairly short time--maybe 60 seconds--and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell - Like pretty much all of Anchorage's beers, the smell is intoxicating and complex. To be honest, the brett dominates here and pushes out some of the more yeasty, fruity characteristics that you often find in a tripel. That being said, there is some citrus and floral overtones that remind me of white wine supporting the funk.

Taste - Some elements of light oak and vanilla, but mostly barnyard funk and wet hay. The citrus notes come through and now I can sense more specific flavors, like lemon zest and starfruit.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant carbonation and medium-bodied. Finish is dry.

Overall, I would say this is one of my new favorites in the tripel style, but it just doesn't drink like a tripel to me. The brett really dominates in a way that makes this one feel more like a saison than a tripel. Based on that, I have to dock the overall score just a bit, even though I really liked it. Either way an awfully tasty beer.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from batch 1 (bottled in October 2011). I took this bottle home from working EBF 2012 and poured it into my Duvel tulip.

The Tide and its Takers pours a golden yellow, with just a little bit of haze to it. About three fingers of snow white foam pile on top of the beer. Head retention is pretty good, but lacing is definitely spotty. The nose is fantastic, dominated by notes of mango, pineapple, and lemon. There's an underlying earthy brett funk, and a touch of chardonnay adds another layer of complexity. The barrel aging is a little bit more prominent in the flavor profile. Especially cold, the boozy white wine notes overpower the beer a little bit. The citrusy lemon and tropical fruit influences are still present, but definitely take a back seat here as compared to the aroma. The brett funk is also probably a little bit stepped up here. It's still tasty, but doesn't quite deliver on the promise of the nose. The body is nicely dried out and light, but it's paired with a carbonation that could stand to have just a little more zip to it. I definitely enjoyed my bottle of Anchorage's The Tide and it's Takers, but I think with a little bit less overt barrel character it would be something really special.

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Photo of Burns
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased upon recommendation at Healthy Spirits in San Fran. Lite, citrusy, crisp. Smells wonderful. I taste hints of dried fruits like dates or prunes. Chardonnay clearly drives the flavor. Excellent finish. Semi-sweet. Did I just taste banana? Half-inch of foam. More carbonated than a Chimay white or a Brothers David. Dry refreshing aftertaste. Lingers. Quite lovely.

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The Tide And Its Takers from Anchorage Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.