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

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a hazy light golden amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lacing, constantly refreshed by active carbonation. Aroma of light fruit, lemon, butter and wild yeast. Flavor of lemon, orange, brett, light malt, slightly vinous. Finishes with a hint of wood, dry tartness and residual yeast. Light to medium bodied with nice sharpness from the carbonation. Closer in style to an American wild ale than a tripel, with a very light touch of Belgian. Not my style, but enjoyable as a interestingly flavored, well made wild yeast influenced ale.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep, glowing orange with two fingers of bright white head. Aroma of lemon, caramel, biscuit, and pepper.

Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a thick, full mouthfeel. Lemon and pepper up front followed by doughy caramel, oak, a trace of hay, and some tartness on the long finish.

Another great beer from Anchorage, although this one is a little less flashy than some of their others. Drinks much easier than 9 percent, which was well-hidden.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours a cloudy yellow color. Some good white froth with plenty of lacing left behind once it dissipated.

(S)- Nicely dry with a burst of fruit through a jungle of spiced oak and Brett. Nicely dynamic.

(T)- Wow, this is VERY complex. Again, it is quite Brett forward, but with a lemon-like yeasty biscuit thrown in with some dry fruity oak. My description kind of fails based on how much is going on.

(M)- A lively carbonation level. A great balance and complex element to it. Bitter too, but nicely fruity with really nice dry funk from the Brett.

(O)- This is a really great play in beer styles and combining ingredients together. Best way I can think of is a fruit forward Tripel mixed with Orval.

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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 tastybeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Glowing and muddied orange with a medium sized tight white frothy head.

S: Stinky fermented fruits such as raspberry, cranberry, orange and apple over farm fresh grains and flowers with a tangy lemon punch. Tea aromas as well. Very interesting and enjoyable for sniffing.

T: The first thing I notice upon tasting are the implosively soft, unexpected and unusual characteristics of this beer. And WTF? This is 9%??? Also quite unexpected... So more on flavor: This beer has a lot of various bright fruity flavors...Apple, lemon, numerous berries, and even cantaloupe. The white wine works its way in very well too. There's also a dry woodiness. All these flavors combine together very smoothly. There's a lot of indefinable depth yet somehow this is light and refreshing. Not sure how that is possible... Sweet, sour, spicy, bright, 'barnyardy' and colorful.

M: Full body when you observe it, but it wants you to think light-medium. A hint of alcohol warmth when you sip this yet still very drinkable.

O: Excellent.

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

Batch #1 OCT/2011

Cloudy pale gold topped by a big, pillowy head of froth. Flowery, sweet aromas over yeasty funk...lemon zest, wood, Chardonnay, light phenols, and a dusty tartness. A hint of vanilla bean as it warms. The flavor is initially surprisingly spiced upfront before melding with citrus, cedar, earth, and a white wine dryness. The Brett is, of course, quite noticeable and adds a nice musty/barnyard funk complexity to the mix. Fruity with a bit of grassy hop crispness. Creamy and soft, yet effervescent and quite dry. A slight warmth is growing in my throat, but this is dangerously drinkable. I like this a lot. It's hard to put this up against other tripels because of the Brett/barrel-aged qualities, but it's is a fine beer all around.

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

A - Golden wheat body. Thin, fine bubbled, white head sits low. Low retention and ok lace.

S - Orange, bread pudding, cranberry tartness, rhubarb pie.

T - Sour apple, bitter brett, cranberry, strawberry rhubarb, honey, gram cracker pie crust.

M - Medium-full frame. Nice carbonation.

O - Great balance and complexity. Delicious.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a memorable take on a barrel-brett-triple

Presentation: 750 ml brown, caged and corked bottle. Screen printed label with a blue and white design of a spiked waves framed by with the details of the brew and face of the brewer. Side paragraph offers a description of the brew, and serving indications, back narrative from SC exposes intent, and hyperbolizes the background. Notes 30 IBUS, bottling Batch #1 Oct 2011, and 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A -Lightly hazy gold pour, rich frothy head, hefty retention, good surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Rich nose with plenty of funky brett notes, earthy and spice notes follow…

T - with complex unfolding in the palate. Long brett coating over a complex vinous spicy profile, sense of yeast, touch of wood, sweet fruity notes.

M - Medium body and carbonation, relatively dry finish with a warming edge.

O - Tremendous layered flow, nice treat.

Notes: Not necessarily a big fan of triples, but I'm a big fan of this one.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Liam for sharing this one.

Hazy pale blonde colour, ring of white head, lots of lace left behind here. Smell has lots of musty/funky brett up front, lemony and fruity citrus notes come through as well, malt and some buttery oak, yeasty and funky throughout. Big brett and vinious oak on the palate, funky and fruity, lemon, green apple, belgian yeast, some milder spicing for a tripel, a little bit of bitterness on the back end as well. Medium carbonation, medium-full body, nice feel. This is amazing stuff, very enjoyable and something I would love another chance at having.

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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 lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. In fact, this is now available in Sydney, but I'm pleased to have carted it back to Australia myself. Shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a mild, slightly hazed golden colour, with a magnificent crown of pure white, shiny froth. Lacing is spectacularly intricate. Body is solid, but pleasingly fluid. Carbonation strikes out with vigour through the body, but it's surprisingly fine throughout. Overall, good looking beer.

Nose is obviously bretty, as are all Anchorage's brews, but here there's a more rounded, slightly fruity straight Belgian yeast note to it. This melds with a surprising but pleasant earthy grain character that lends a touch of savoury to the brew. Almost has a hint of smoky barbeque to it in a strangely oblique way. Overall, very nice stuff indeed.

Taste is lighter, but with a direct, slightly biting fruit to it, almost like a capsicum sweetness. Plenty of smooth oak here on the palate, definitely giving some chardonnay characteristics. There's a bit of astringency on the back, partially from acidity and partially just from the straight Belgian yeast strain (which I assume was used in concert). It's very nice stuff. Feel is particularly good. Smooth, but unobtrusive. Great stuff.

Yup, another masterful addition from Anchorage to their already masterful range. The chardonnay I thought was subtle, but it turns out to be the defining factor of this beer the more you drink. It's a very interesting result.

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Photo of liamt07
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from MasterSki, thanks Alex! 750ml Batch 1 (October 2011) into a tulip.

Golden orange with a voluminous white head. Sticky lace and moderate retention. Nose is floral, citrus, zesty, bretty, light oak sweetness and some grass. Taste is citrus, floral, bretty, citrus zest again. Quite complex. Lightly bitter, effervescent carbonation and medium light body, Delicious and complex, I could have this in my glass on any warm day (or any day of the year, really).

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Photo of Flounder57
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter. I got this bottle from volunteering at the Extreme Beer Fest back in February. Batch 1/Oct 2011

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger puffy head that has reduced to half it's size. It is a hazy golden yellow with some clarity and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: bready, tart, sour, vanilla, buttery, oakey, spicy, earthy, yeasty esters, lemon, citrus, and a bit of funkiness too. Tripel meets a sour.

Taste: Awesome. The Brett and the chardonnay barrels blend everything well. Picking up some apple, pear, and Belgian candy too. Alcohol is even hidden well too. A little bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: Soft, silky smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink even with the presence of Brett in the beer.

Overall: A nice twist on the tripel style that is growing on me. Wish I held onto the bottle a bit longer. Oh well. Still awesome after sitting in the bottle for a year. Now I have to be on the lookout for their other brews too.

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Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beer is pretty complex with hints of earthy hops, sweet citrus, oak barrel and funky wild yeast notes bouncing off of each other. The barrel presence is prominent with toasted oak, vanilla, spice and white wine notes followed by vinous and tropical fruit, resinous pine and musty funk. As it warms, the wild yeast comes to the forefront with musty brett and a subtle lactic character that compliments the hop profile. The Chardonnay/white wine notes are also pretty strong with grape must and other light fruit notes. This slightly overpowers the hop profile but there are still hints of pine needle and tropical fruit.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with soft carbonation and a prominent barrel presence that adds complexity without interfering with the hops and wild yeast notes. Some charred oak along with vanilla and buttery white wine flavor which is countered by a dry, bitter pine presence and a strong, musty brett character. The wild yeast provides some dry, earthy funk that compliments the resinous hop flavor and gives balance to the tropical and vinous fruit sweetness. Underneath the barrel and wild yeast, there are hints of citrus peel, apple, pear and alcohol but the high ABV is well masked making this complex beer pretty quaffable. There is a lot going on here but the wine barrel, earthy hops and funky yeast notes are almost perfectly balanced resulting in another excellent beer from this brewery.

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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 dansmcd
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light cloudy orange with an airy white fluffy head.

S - Typical tripel aroma. Slightly funky yeast, accompanied by stonefruit and sour rockmelon.

T - A touch of acidity and sourness, with the fruit and yeast that are prominent. Peppery finish.

M - Light body, plenty of flavour and lip smacking tang. Good complexity.

O - Kind of a hybrid sour- tripel, but really good and exceptionally refreshing.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy gold beer body with a finger or two of ivory froth - poured slowly on first drink to keep yeast out; drank from my Duvel tulip

S: some of the dankness of the brett, some brighter grassier notes; little bit of wood and oak

T: an interesting beer - barrel aging has imparted a wine-like flavor over a lot of the beer-ier notes of the musky brett and orchard fruits; leans toward dry, not sweet - I must confess I personally prefer a little more sweetness in a tripel

M: medium-to-heavy body; brisk carbonation; slight coating aftertaste - the brett effect; a little tart/tacky; crisper astringency than most of the tripels I've had

O: this is unique among tripels - I've had the bourbon barrel-aged tripel, the sweet fruity tripel, the tripel brewed with rice, etc. - but it seems the combination of brettanomyces yeast and barrel-aging produces a very distinct beer, which reminded me of an American wild ale blended with a Belgian strong pale ale - this was a rugged beer. You have to try it - but how you'll feel about the chardonnay barrel flavors with the brett influence is probably a matter of taste. I liked it, and while partial to the Curieux-, Karmeliet-, and Westmalle-style tripels, this beer definitely has an elegance of its own.

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Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forwards to this one as i do love a nice brew aged in chardonay barrels and it pours a hazed golden hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere very nice looking,the smell is barnhouse funk,sweaty socks,floral hops and fresh mandarins,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,oily and a touch dry with tastes of bready belgian malts,funky barnhouse sour yeast,peaches,floral bitter earthy hops,brett,mandarins and finished with a funky sour dryness and overall its a nice drop with a beautiful touch of Brett to give you that funky sour dryness and with the weather like it is today its definately i could drink more than one bottle of cheers.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB snifter.

A: Hazy, dark golden yellow, with one finger's worth of white head, and good visible carbonation.

S: Lemon, biscuit, and Brett barnyard funk with some citrus hops. I get an overall vinous impression.

T: Citrus/lemony barnyard funk with biscuit malt sweetness and some fruity esters. Some Belgian yeast character as well as some dryness from the tannin components. The finish is similar to that of a chardonnay with a little more attenuation, and maybe some bitterness from the hops.

M: Medium mouthfeel to maybe a little heavier than expected for style. Alcohol is noticeable but doesn't detract at all.

O: To say this is a complex beer is an understatement. There's a lot going on here, and it's all very, very good. It's a sipping & thinking beer, not one to have while you're mindlessly eating peanuts at a ballgame. But a wonderful beer, and I'm very glad to have had the chance to try it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in
a snifter

Appearance: Really looks beautiful right from the start, cloudy amber with a white head that rises to maybe 1/3" that is just right.

Smell: The smell is good I am not sure if this is what you want to smell though, feels like gouda cheese with hints of lemon.

Taste: Hardcore lemon peel, with hint of grapefruit this beer is good and but is hard to love like other tripels that I have had. It is bitter but sharp.

Mouth: Ever-sticking taste that crunches to gums. yeast is in full effect.

Overall: This is good beer, but it is very different. I have had many tripels this one stands out in many different ways. With it's yeasty taste and everlasting taste of lemons you get the feel of what complex is. Salud!

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

Hazy gold body, thinnish white body. A bit of lacing.

Some funk, a bit of booze, and a trace of Maytag bleu, and a lot of Belgian yeast.

Really interesting character. A bit of the bubblegum from Sorachi Ace. Some leafy (arugula?) bitterness, and some decent funk.

Nice smooth mouthfeel, bottle-conditioning is evident.
Awesome bottle-conditioned mouthfeel.

Interesting and quite complex. Lots of stuff going on, but it just barely escapes being an 'everything bagel'.

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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 BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What's old is new again as the brewers of Anchorage Brewing Company create classic tripel ale flavors but give them a twist, like the assertive grassy hop taste and the often shunned brettanomyces bacteria. However, its precisely these characteristics that were likely held in Belgian ales of a years gone bye.

A decant of bright honey-gold coloration is cast through a screen of yeasty haze. A meringue looking foam stance caps the beer with high persistence and strong lacing patterns along the way. This is one sexy beer!

Floral honey notes are cut short by a sharp whiff of dried oak, cedar, frankincense, and butter. Dried limes provide a citrusy note while apples deliver a pleasant sulfur, cider, and white wine character that bridges very well into the hop scent of fresh cut grass and muddled tea-like herbs.

Flavors follow similarly, but with more heft from the arid taste of bready malts, confectioner's sugar sweetness, and pleasant butterscotch. Caramel apples, green berries, white grapes, and a sea water type of brine come to mind as the early sweetness transcends toward an earthy mid palate. Yet the finish favors the vinous taste of dry white wines, oak, and grassy/herbal hops.

I love it when Belgian tripels deliver the musty-fruity-spicy flavors of saisons, but with more body, creaminess, and fullness that's expected of tripel ales. And this one does just that with its full cream and butter upstart but relaxes to shed its near-champagne carbonation during mid palate for an off-dry finish of acid, mild astringency, and ethanol warmth.

I absolutely love the restrained earthen character of Anchorage Brewing Company's ales. They know how to create distinctive ales that adhere to the style's prescription very well while injecting the rustic and artistic attributes that separate them from the pretenders in the Belgian-style beer market. Great job again!

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden slightly cloudy body with lots of lace. Funky and spicy, a little wood and tart fruit. Nice triple,white winish, not getting much Brett flavour or impact. Above normal mouthfeel. John's bottle that was drunk in a hurry this hot summer's day.

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