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The Tide And Its Takers - Anchorage Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 57
Gots: 58 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in French Chardonnay Barrels w/ Brett

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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SFC21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-25-2012 02:08:33 | More by SFC21
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impending

California

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

B+

Batch One 10/11, 750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy mid tone yellow orange, minor dense yellowish head retained nicely, nice lacing.

Aroma is a delight. Wispy citrus and pineapple, a depth of sweets, floral and fruity. As if a saison veiling a tripel. The brett gently surrounds it all, perfectly obvious yet nicely restrained.

The flavor is all about the brett, more so than is necessary. The fruits are there but now obscured. Sharp minor dry pepper bite precedes a fairly bitter finish. Full bodied mouthfeel shy of cloying. My perception of french oak chardonnay barrels is clouded by my expectation - it must be there as it is proudly noted on the bottle - however, unknowing I would never have identified this. Real or imagined, it's barely perceptible.

While this did not live up to my hopes, Anchorage Brewing is exciting.
cheers
jd

03-24-2012 05:18:44 | More by impending
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-24-2012 00:11:20 | More by hoppymcgee
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Lukafer

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-23-2012 02:31:12 | More by Lukafer
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photomike

California

5/5  rDev +20.2%

03-22-2012 18:31:39 | More by photomike
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FalconA

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-18-2012 20:28:12 | More by FalconA
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Burns


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

03-18-2012 04:51:36 | More by Burns
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

750ml bottle opened on 2-7-12.
Batch 1

A - Pours a light, cloudy orange with a fluffy cream-colored head. Great retention.

S - Belgian yeast, bananas and black pepper.

T - Banana, lemons, and some soft funk.

D - Good carbonation, with a light body.

O - Light and nice, another winner for Anchorage. I can't wait to visit the brewery.

03-18-2012 04:40:55 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Docer

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

03-11-2012 06:42:13 | More by Docer
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Big thanks goes to beermeX2 for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, bread, fruit, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, wood, and very subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The flavor and aroma going on in this one was very solid and enjoyable. This made this one really easy to drink. A definite must try if you get the chance!

03-10-2012 03:35:47 | More by thagr81us
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-10-2012 01:03:04 | More by fehrminator
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miked234

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-09-2012 03:23:52 | More by miked234
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zep9865

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

02-29-2012 05:46:54 | More by zep9865
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aasher

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

02-29-2012 05:45:55 | More by aasher
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ehammond1


4.2/5  rDev +1%

Bottle (2011)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

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.

02-28-2012 17:06:39 | More by ehammond1
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Jules11788

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-28-2012 16:57:04 | More by Jules11788
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HopHead84

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

2/26/2012

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.

02-27-2012 20:09:08 | More by HopHead84
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

02-27-2012 04:52:00 | More by axeman9182
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ejw127

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-27-2012 04:03:11 | More by ejw127
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GTB

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +20.2%

02-26-2012 21:48:41 | More by GTB
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scottfrie

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

02-26-2012 20:06:46 | More by scottfrie
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whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-26-2012 15:05:19 | More by whartontallboy
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Brad007

Vermont

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

First beer from this brewery that I've seen in Vermont.

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a two-finger head that leaves a bit of lacing.

Funky brett says "howdy" with a mix of spicy yeast and citrus. Intriguing. I haven't seen too many saisons with brett.

Apple, grape and citrus mingle within a spicy background. Instead of a standard saison, you get something that's more potent and interesting.

Ditto on the mouthfeel.

Very interesting example of the style. I would recommend that you check it out.

02-26-2012 01:46:53 | More by Brad007
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kojevergas

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

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-

02-25-2012 23:11:47 | More by kojevergas
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Apparently a collaboration between Anchorage and Dogfish Head, although the Dogfish Head name is hardly made visible on the bottle print. Batch #1, Oct/2011.

A natural, unfiltered looking beer, kinda raw in appearance: super hazy/cloudy pale dirty yellow/gold with a foamy head that leaves gobs of lace on the glass.

Aroma gives off more Chardonnay than tripel, and a whole lot more Brett-y funk than either Chardonnay or tripel. A bit of wood nudges in. Nice fruity layer in the nose, like sniffing a cup of thick, combined, just-squeezed pear and peach nectar.

The spiciness of a tripel comes into the taste, and the Belgian yeast character (Brett, of course) is as assertive on tongue as in the nose. This mingles with the aforementioned pear/peach juice, Chardonnay, and wood. A bit of a green, leafy hop vibe too, and lemon peel. Fragrant, perfume-y, floral vibe overall. Huge waves of Chardonnay coat the mouth in the finish, mingling nicely with lemony hops.

There's such activity and complexity in the taste, I hardly even noticed the feel and probably wouldn't have cared if not reviewing. I mean, it's quite fine, achieving a great balance between fizzy tickle and smooth buttery texture, with the latter winning out just a tad...apparently every aspect of this beer is a winner.

I don't want to see Anchorage back themselves into a corner with all these triple-fermented, white wine barrel-aged beers...except these beers have been incredible so far, so if they turn into a Jolly Pumpkin type brewer (variations on a theme) then hey, no complaints from me. I've recently been won over by several Chardonnays, after not thinking I was ever going to acquire the taste for wine, so this is a real treat, considering big beers are my thing and the tripel is among my favorite styles. So if you're a beer drinker of similar mindset, you're going to want to try this, pronto. As with all the Anchorage stuff. Wow, best newcomer of the last several years, I think...

02-22-2012 00:00:18 | More by Metalmonk
The Tide And Its Takers from Anchorage Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.