The Tide And Its Takers - Anchorage Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter at cellar temperature. I've popped the corks off enough of these to warrant a review now.
The Tide and Its Takers is a dark, hazy straw color with a one to two-finger white head. Looks like a substantial Belgian-style ale.
Its aroma is very fruity and floral... and the smell is somehow sort of sour as well (I'm guessing this is from the brettanomyces). It smells very similar to white wine, no doubt because this was aged in French oak chardonnay barrels. A wonderful and interesting scent.
The taste follows up on the smell with few surprises. It has a fruity tartness and dry finish which REALLY reminds me of white wine or champaign, but then the finish has this wonderful bready aftertaste which reminds me that this is most DEFINITELY beer! The alcohol is excellently disguised.
The mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent, but not as highly carbonated as champaign, which I think is a good thing.
This is an extremely unique beer. I've really tasted NOTHING else quite like it, what with the remarkable qualities provided by the brett and the chardonnay barrel fermentation. It's really a must-try, trail-blazing belgian ale, if you ask me.
07-04-2013 06:43:22 | More by Kuaff
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle and poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass. Bottle is marked "BATCH #2/NOV 2012", so the brett has had some time to make this beer its own.
Appearance - Hazy golden color that is orange like the rind, rather than the flesh. Head is yellowish-white and one-and-a-half fingers strong. Dissipates after a fairly short time--maybe 60 seconds--and leaves moderate lacing.
Smell - Like pretty much all of Anchorage's beers, the smell is intoxicating and complex. To be honest, the brett dominates here and pushes out some of the more yeasty, fruity characteristics that you often find in a tripel. That being said, there is some citrus and floral overtones that remind me of white wine supporting the funk.
Taste - Some elements of light oak and vanilla, but mostly barnyard funk and wet hay. The citrus notes come through and now I can sense more specific flavors, like lemon zest and starfruit.
Mouthfeel - Pleasant carbonation and medium-bodied. Finish is dry.
Overall, I would say this is one of my new favorites in the tripel style, but it just doesn't drink like a tripel to me. The brett really dominates in a way that makes this one feel more like a saison than a tripel. Based on that, I have to dock the overall score just a bit, even though I really liked it. Either way an awfully tasty beer.
06-29-2013 15:57:14 | More by LambicPentameter
4.04/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
06-18-2013 01:52:04 | More by flagmantho
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
750 C&C split with Evan yesterday, 6/8/2013 in snifters. Going off memory here until I get to try this one again.
Aroma: Mostly farmhouse- a bit of sweet lemon along with a nice dose of funk; or whatever it is that I get from Brett beers. There's a lot of the funk for sure. A bit of tartness. (4.25)
Colour: Hazy golden body with a good bit of thick white head that sticks around for a good while, lacing is very nice and thick. (4.25)
Flavour: Lotta funk in this one. I really like it. A decent bit of citrus, like orange and lemon zest, but mostly covered up by the funk. It tastes great, not supremely complex but definitely brings some interesting stuff to the glass. (4.25)
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied tripel that is very well carbonated and finishes nicely without much dryness. Refreshing and tasty. The aftertaste is rather tart without being too super sour. Nice! (4.5)
Overall: Definitely a tasty Brett beer, funky and refreshing. I've passed this over at the store a lot and I'll be sure to get one if I see it on the shelves again. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a nice dose of Brett. (4.25)
06-09-2013 04:04:55 | More by Stevedore
4.21/5 rDev +1.2%
750ml, Batch 2, Nov 2012
A: Hazy bright yellow orange color. Full finger of bright white head. Sheets of lacing. Nice bottle carbed brew.
S: Nice Brett forward nose here. Smells funky. Also get nice vinous notes. The hops are there too adding some interesting fruit character. Lemon. Crisp citrus.
T: Up front you get some hop character from the Sorachi Ace. Then that vinous hints. There is some sweetness, but not the traditional banana and clove flavors. There are some oak notes and rounding during sip. Love the funky character. Crisp refreshing finish. Doesn't taste like 9% unless you drink whole bottle :).
M: Medium bodied. Clean.
06-04-2013 17:32:29 | More by inlimbo77
The Tide And Its Takers from Anchorage Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.