The Tide And Its Takers - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 63
Gots: 61 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got lucky and happened to roll into Craft on a Wednesday when this had just came in. Poured the usual hazy gold with lots of brett to it, chunky white head. Even though this was 'lots' it seemed lesser when compared w/ the saison, dipa and the witbier.

Belgian yeast thankfully restrained to only the best qualities, which is not a face bracing amount of clove, instead light citrus and chardonnay barrel noise.

Taste as usual hides a high abv, thought the bretty and tart notes were on the lower side for an Anchorage release. Far better than your average belgian trippel for my palate, but the price point on these are always going to be somewhat prohibitive from becoming a regular part of any lineup.

Photo of Etan
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml.

A: Pours a bright brass-tinged gold with a spongy white head.

S: Earthy and pineapple notes from the brett, dry vinous tannins and chardonnay, some light notes of clove and angel's cake from the base tripel.

T: Moderate tannic tartness, slightly harsh, bitter oak, peppery esters, guava, green grape, mild sweet pale malt, heavy chardonnay, breath of booze.

M: Medium-bodied with mildly frothy carbonation. Very oaky, tannic feel.

O: Definitely doesn't go light on the wine barrel presence, which obscures the base beer and the brett profile a bit. Perhaps it would benefit from less time in the barrel or a more seasoned barrel.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice tinted orange color with a slight head at the top, not to much lacing on this one.

S: Some hops, oranges, lemons, honey, and some floral notes as well.

T: Taste almost exactly like the nose besides the tartiness, lots of lemon, citrus notes. Slight hint of honey.

M: Medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

O: Not to bad of a beer, slight sourness on it, but it was pleasant.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 9,0% ABV
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Batch 1
Bottled in: October 2011

Appearance: Moderately cloudy, light golden body, topped by a large fluffy white head that displays good retention and leaves some sticky patches of lacing on its way down.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells quite good. The initial nose is very earthy, with a distinct brett note. As the beer warms, the nose opens up, with golden fruit, sweet malt, lemon peel, musk, light barnyard, white wine, oak and dry grass all noted.

Taste: The flavour is not as interesting as the nose and the wine barrel is notably absent. Notes include: Sweet malt, apples, pears, an earthy character, light barnyard and some dry hay.
The finish is quite dry and ever so slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very high level of carbonation. The carbonation feels very Belgian, but is a little too much for me.

Overall: The Tide and its Takers is a solid beer, but is just not interesting enough. With the barrel aging and the brett, I expected the beer to be much fuller in terms of both complexity and power.

Photo of Blissfullbrew
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of impending
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of yankeepride
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright apricot yellow, moderately cloudy body, several inches of bubbly white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing.

Smells of lemon, flowers, brett, dry grassy funk, white grapes and oranges and pears, a touch of sourness. Noticeable hop character. Fairly complex, smells very nice.

Opens with flowers and dry hay like funk, a light sweetness that fades into a drier white grape fruitiness. Finishes dry and fairly hoppy for the style. Fairly similar to the nose but a little less fruit.

Mouthfeel is lightly fizzy, medium body, alcohol is well hidden and drinkability is good.

This beer is pretty typical of Anchorage and very good like all their beers. This is probably the least unusual Anchorage beer I've had though.

7.8/10

Photo of laituegonflable
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly pale golden colour, mild haze but mostly clear. White, dense head, nice marshmallowy lace. Looks nice.

Smells Bretty. Funky and wild, with some barnyard mixing with citrus tang and an odd peanutty kind of aroma. A little bit too rich/sweet actually, but with some nice notes.

Taste starts with more nutty malt, then gets that organic funky flavour, not quite tart but just nice and organic-tasting yeasts. A hint of soil and grass and a slight mould flavour, in a good way. Spice on the back as well. Could use more acidity to freshen it up and cut through as it's still a little on the rich/sweet side for me.

A bit bitey, but a good bit of substance on the feel. Quite puckering towards the back, however.

Pleasant, but not quite as well harnessed as others in the same ballpark sort of 'genre' that I've tried.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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!

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage poured from bottle into tulip glass

Appearance: hazy, pale, golden color. Minimal foam, but a lot of lacing.

Smell: major Brett presence, sour acidity, wet horse blanket, white grapes, fruity esthers

Taste: pretty much follows the nose. Funky Brett, vinous white grapes, mild sourness, tart finish. I've never had this fresh so no comparison, but I imagine with almost three years of aging the Brett has taken over much more than fresh. The Brett overpowers the base tripel beer here so that it takes a back stage. Hard to pinpoint the tripel flavors, feels like a generic golden ale. There is a barrel presence of white wine, Chardonnay, and a slight oak flavor.

Feel: Drinks surprisingly smooth, nice mouth feel. A lot of Brett forward beers are over carbonated and biting. This has a dry, crisp, clean finish.

Overall: I think this has aged a little too long. Quite a mellow beer dominated by Brett with white wine and a basic tripel following it in a very back seat role. I don't get a lot of bold, flavorful, complexity I was hoping for. Feels fairly muted.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DaftCaskBC for sharing this bottle with me. Poured into flute. Poured a very nice lightly hazy golden yellow color with about an inch of white head that hadgood retention and moderate lacing. The beer had a lot of tiny bubbles streaming, but seemed to be lacking the carbonation levels seen in most Tripels.

The aroma was very, if you're into the funk. The Brett was strong and dominated the scent. Horse blanket, almost bordering on baby diaper. Underneath there was a very light grain scent, and not much of the usual yeast spices and aromas you see in the style. On the tongue, the Brett was still the main feature, the base grains showed up a bit better, and the yeasty spice was a bit more notable, but yeah, this is a very Bretty brew.

The body was on the light side of medium for the style, and was very dry, especially for a Tripel. Drinkability was excellent, if you dig the funk, and would be OK even if you weren't. Overall, a very nice brew. This is the first beer I've had from this brewery, and I look forward to trying more. A must try if you see it.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

The Tide And Its Takers from Anchorage Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.