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The Tide And Its Takers - Anchorage Brewing Company

The Tide And Its TakersThe Tide And Its Takers

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361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%


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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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Thanks to whoever opened this beer recently. Beer is yellow and clear with aggressive carbonation and a white head of small bubbles.

Aroma is sweet and tripel like with a nice yeast presence.

Beer is light in body, I'm not super impressed with the beer. I was expecting more from these guys at this point, I love their other beers but this is just a plain tripel, fine I suppose, I don't think I'll have it again though.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 19:03:41 | More by drabmuh
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jibbyvonjibb

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 06:00:56 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a hazy medium orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention. Aroma of light Brett notes with some dry hops notes and lightly sweet malt notes. Taste is a quiet complex mix between some Brett notes with light funky ester mix in with Nobel dry hops and some sweet malt with a light spicy yeast finish. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with good balance and nice drinkability factor.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 18:50:02 | More by Phyl21ca
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Hazy pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Tart fruity nose and flavor is yeasty, fruity with a lingering tart finish. Batch #1 Oct 2011, $12.99 for a caged & corked 750ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. Not quite sure what Sam Calaglone (Dogfish Head) is doing, looks like moral support for Anchorage brewing.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 22:19:47 | More by jdhilt
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zaphodchak

Virginia

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'.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:56:43 | More by zaphodchak
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cocojoe

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 10:25:24 | More by cocojoe
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 04:31:27 | More by LiquidAmber
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

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

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head settling to a tiny ring of foam.

S - Sweet fruity esters, lemon, maybe pineapple juice, light but noticeable brett funk, musty, grassy, wet hay, very light oaky tannins and chardonnay notes.

T - Musty brett funk of light to medium strength, stone fruit, touch of spice, light vanilla, sweet vinous notes, yeasty esters.

M - Medium body with light carbonation giving an almost chewy mouthfeel.

D - Solid beer. Really like the Anchorage beers. Reminds me of some of the Flemish Primitive series.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 02:44:12 | More by brewcrew76
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a mini snifter. November 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Beginning of the bottle is clear yellow orange. The end is quite hazy and murky. Small white head.

Smell - Brett, but nothing over the top. Some earthy notes. Citrus. Some hops and esters. Sharp white wine adds to the acidity.

Taste - Tough to discern a tripel in here, but that might be a good thing considering American breweries' track record with tripels. Esters are strong. Pale malt. Spicy. More white wine than the nose, but a bit less brett. Bright citrusy flavors.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Brett hasn't completely taken over, but it's got a touch of tang to it.

Overall - I bet if you took the brett out of this, it would be another mediocre American tripel. Brett helps this out a lot.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 03:39:36 | More by Alieniloquium
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flagmantho

Washington

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. This is batch #2, brewed November 2012. I've been looking forward to this one!

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam with very good retention, if not much lace.

Smell: sour at first with a bit of sweetness underneath; a grassy funk then develops. I think Sorachi Ace hops complement Brettanomyces well in general, and here they work very well together. There's a hint of diacetyl which I don't love, but still, it's a very good smelling beer.

Taste: bright sourness that quickly slides to the side of the tongue as the funk and bitterness develop. Actually, this beer really does seem to work most of its magic on the sides of the palate. Very enticing, although again, the diacetyl butteriness is just not my bag. That brings it down from "totally awesome" to just plain "damn good".

Mouthfeel: medium body with a massive carbonation and a wonderfully satisfying creaminess. There you have big bottle-conditioned beers, though.

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot. Though I really dislike diacetyl, it's mild enough not to be a dealbreaker. If that particular trait doesn't bother you, though, this beer is absolutely well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 01:52:04 | More by flagmantho
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle at a store in Burlington, Vermont. Batch 2, November 2012. From notes.

A - One finger thick white head on a cloudy golden body. Nice lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Brett, grape skin, lemon. Sort of a gueuze character with the sweet/tart thing going on. Peach maybe.

T - Grape skins, grapes, dusty, lemons. Quite a dusty sorta taste. Overripe peach and orange.

M - Soft carbonation, sort of creamy and full body with a bit of tartness in the finish.

O/D - Cool beer. Couldn't pick up any alcohol and the Brett character was good if a bit too dominant.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 16:10:59 | More by tbeckett
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:55:13 | More by smakawhat
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 23:47:59 | More by ummswimmin
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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

Batch #2. Poured in a snifter, the beer is a very bright, slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring with a thin, whispy film coating of white on the surface. Aromas of roast and earth softening the Belgian yeast characteristics, including cherry sweet and white wine grapes. Slight floral highlights on the nose, too. Flavors are very layered, with an initial blend of char, tobacco, and wood giving rise to a toasted grain backbone with floral and sweet highlights of cherry, some citrus, nutmeg, all-spice, and white wine grape. Very balanced, and very dynamic. Wow. The chardonnay/riesling grape characteristics blend into the aftertaste, with a dry, crisp feel in mouth. Dry, clean finish, with a slightly dry-sweet lingering. This beer, despite an elevated ABV, is a great sipper. Very smooth and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 02:30:21 | More by GarthDanielson
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claspada

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 16:49:13 | More by claspada
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scottfrie

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 20:06:46 | More by scottfrie
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HopHead84

California

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 05:45:55 | More by aasher
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zep9865

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 03:32:19 | More by Huhzubendah
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 04:08:52 | More by EgadBananas
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 17:48:44 | More by mdfb79
The Tide And Its Takers from Anchorage Brewing Company
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