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The Tide And Its Takers - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 487
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 72
Gots: 95 | FT: 11
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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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 487
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.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a winner. Maybe it's because this is the particular anchorage brew in front of me but I'd venture this is my favorite Anchorage out of the Bitter Monk, and Love Buzz that I've had.

The Brett reigns supreme with a hint of lemony citrus. A bit thin for a triple but who cares. The beer is amazing.

One of the few I'd go into the trenches with.

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Photo of CAcker
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

exceptional Brett aromas and flavors. Some belgian yeast notes come through. Great balance of flavors. Mouthfeel is correct for the style. As with any brett-ish beers there will be variation.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend in Vermont.

Right from the start the smell of the cork has me very interested. That sour smell is very nice, one of my many favorite things about this beer.

Light color, looks like a tripel.

It smells more sour than it is. The taste has a lot going on. Very herbal, with a hint of sourness (brett) and then some oakiness from the barrel, and the alcohol taste is present as well.

Awesome warm feeling after drinking just one glass of this beer. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to try an Anchorage Brewing beer, I look forward to trying more from them.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow. Slightly hazy. Large luxurious head.
S: Citrus. Some oak. Light funk.
T: Citrus. Bitter hops. Dry throughout. Some woodiness. Wonderfully balanced. Brett is understated, thankfully. Anchohol is present but by no means out of proportion.
M: High carbonation. Alcohol and acids produce a nice, almost medium body.
O: So far, my favorite of Anchorage's offerings and a very solid brett beer. I am not a huge fan of over-the-top brett beers, but this one was very well balanced with bitterness and barrel flavors.

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

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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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 Reswald
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let's face it, after the first three marvelous beers Gabe's released, we all know that his next offering was likely to be pretty special, and the tripel does not disappoint. It poured a lovely gold color with a nice white head. The aroma was interesting, with some spicy Belgian yeast notes intermingling with some bright, crisp citrus elements (likely from the Sorachi Ace hops) and just a touch of brett funk. Most of the same flavors were there on the palate, plus a touch of woodiness from the aging in Chardonnay barrels. Mouthfeel was good, and the brett funkiness reappeared significantly on the finish. Given my experience with Gabe's previous beers, I expect that cellaring will greatly increase the brett character, so if you don't like your tripels funky, drink this one fresh. It's 9.0% ABV and 30 IBUs, and one of the best tripels I've ever had. Another masterpiece from Gabe Fletcher's brewhouse.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of yankeepride
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
2.31/5  rDev -44.3%
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..

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Photo of abrethanson
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quick take as this is the day after from opening.

Appearance - golden yellow with (1) finger head. Looks like I would imagine a tripel / belgium style beer would look.

Smell - really good. fruity, fresh, and a little funkiness.

Taste - outstanding. Tastes pretty much as imagined with the sweet complexity of a tripel and funkiness from the Brett in the back end. Really enjoyed the spices and the dryness. A little citrus built into the body and some surprising hoppiness along with the funkiness.

Overall - Awesome! It provided a refreshingly tasty option to wash down our homemade meal. Would drink this anytime.

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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 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 cocojoe
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale straw color, stark white head

S: Very tart and zesty, light sweetness, some apple notes

T: Nose continues into the flavor with a tart front, but fades with the classic sweet, but light, body of a tripel. That slight brett funk pervades everything (it's not a strong funk, but present).

M: Light bodied

O: Light, tart, zesty, fruity, estery. Classic tripel with a twist from the funky tart brett notes.

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Photo of GoneARye
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 Bottle. Pours a clear golden straw color with mild head and minor lacing. An extremely rich and multi-layers aroma: Wine, vanilla, bread, oak, with undertones of funky Brett, farmhouse, and straw. Taste is similarly complex: Dryness from the chardonnay, sweetness from the tripel base beer, and funky notes from the Brett offset by vanilla. A mild carbonation enlivens the palate, and a small amount of heat from the alcohol follows on the finish. Overall this is quite unique: A good sipper, and a beer for reflection.

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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.

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Photo of Blissfullbrew
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of FoxiBoxi
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this beer on the second story deck of the Avenue Pub in New Orleans. Can't get a much better spot to try a fantastic brew.

It poured a little cloudy, with a finger of foam. Beautiful lacing, and you could smell the complex bouquet from the table. The nose is floral, with just a hint of oak and a subtle tartness. The taste explodes over your palate, but everything sings in harmony. Slightly bitter and oaky turns into sweet fizz, with just a small amount of funk. This is a memorable beer.

It was beautiful. I went to Stein's the next day and bought two bottles to bring home.

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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.