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The Tide And Its Takers - Anchorage Brewing Company

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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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Greywulfken

New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 17:58:03 | More by Greywulfken
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ADZA

Australia

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 08:04:23 | More by ADZA
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 00:19:17 | More by macrosmatic
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 04:13:18 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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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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davewlfpckfan29

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 05:31:17 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 07:04:30 | More by BEERchitect
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 20:45:10 | More by Sammy
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a big white head. Aromas of straw and grass with a definite oak and white wine note. There’s a mild fruity tartness to the nose and just a hint of funk. The flavor has a surprising touch of bitterness, but perhaps it’s just tannins/astringency? White wine, light fruits, and a subtle lactic tartness to go along with the bready malt flavor and soft sweetness. Good, but Love Buzz is still my favorite thus far from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 20:53:17 | More by womencantsail
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

Batch #1 - October/2011. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Slightly hazy golden orange colour. One finger of bright white head.

S - Tart, sour and some funk up front. Plenty of oak along with some lemon zest and bready malt aromas.

T - Bready malts up front with Belgian yeast and lighter clove flavours. The brett notes enter in the middle adding the perfect amount of sour and funk without dominating the beer. The finish has lemon zest and a nice dry tartness. Plenty of oak throughout.

M - Medium body with a massive chew. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 16:01:11 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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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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ccrida

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, The Tide and Its Takers is clear gold with a big fluffy white head, rocky, with heavy lace.

Smell is lightly sweet fruity esters, pineapple brett, but with some earthy yeastiness as well.

Taste is very nicely integrated with all components showing, the lighter barnyard and stronger pineapple brett, the spicey, clean dry pils of the trippel and abbey yeast, and finally, the vinous notes of the barrel aging. This is a masterpiece of flavor depth and (relative) subtly.

Mouthfeel is dry, but slick, a little oily, with a medium light body and soft carbonation.

Drinkability is crazy high. A world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:44:54 | More by ccrida
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Blissfullbrew

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 00:42:34 | More by Blissfullbrew
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 16:56:18 | More by Thehuntmaster
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wethorseblanket

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle. Batch #1.

A: Pours a hazy dry-straw yellow. A gentle pour yields a 1" rocky white head which leaves rings, stringers, and spotty lace. Lots of effervescence in the glass.

N: Funky brett yeast, lemon zest, floral, grassy, fresh hay, faint orange blossoms.

T: Yeasty brett with oak barrel and vinous notes. Herbal and funky. Slightly metallic tang on finish.

M: Medium body, semi-strong champange-like carbonation. Dry and slightly bitter yeasty finish.

O: Enjoyable. Liked the brett funk, of course.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 23:34:22 | More by wethorseblanket
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the Hill Farmstead retail shop. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden pineapple juice like hue with a massive FOUR finger rocky head with a TON of effervescence. Like, too much bubbles man.

S - Very nice soft banana and belgian spice notes with this with a VERY faint brett.

T - Taste is quite nice as well. Good belgian yeast esters with nice light spices and more of the subtle brett. Its a good tripel, but, I'd like to see more funky/brett like I'm used to getting with Anchorage.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, WAAAY too carbonated at first, but it dies down quickly. Very, very light alcohol presence.

O - Overall this is a solid beer, not my favourite from Anchorage though. Used to alot more brett with my Anchorage beers

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 01:59:35 | More by rudzud
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of sourness from the brettanomyces in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has sour flavors from the brett along with flavors of oak from the barrel aging process and some hints of citrusy hope.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn’t really take like a tripel, but it is very nice and flavorful with the brett and oak barrel aging.

Note: Batch #1, October 2011

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 23:29:40 | More by metter98
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very interesting beer for sure, but not sure if it really flowed well for me. Pours a bubble yellow color, huge white head to it. Yeasty smell. Taste is of champagne, Brett, very sour, kind of an odd mouthfeel. Seems like a lot of work went into the beer with aging in different vessels, but the overall product didn't taste the best in my opinion. Not bad, but probably would never try this again, reminded me too much of wine when I just wanted a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:37:31 | More by marlinsfan4
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FreshHawk

Illinois

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

A - Cloudy, hazy, pineapple color with orangish hues. Full, thick, creamy, frothy, white head. Very nice retention leaving a nice sticky lace.

S - Brett is definitely in the forefront of the nose. Nice Tripel aroma backing up that Brett. Tropical fruit, banana, sweet malt. Some spices and a touch of floral hops. Not much from the Chardonnay though.

T - Brett is a bit more subdued than in the nose but it gives the beer a nice funk albeit nothing overpowering. Really nice stone and orchard fruit, a touch of banana ester. Some spice but it's quite lightly spiced for the style. Touches of sweet grape and vainilla. Complex but not disjointed.

M - Medium to light body. Above average carbonation. Pretty spritzy and lively for the style.

D - Quite easy to drink and it entices me to keep drinking more. Complex but well balanced. Brett is definitely there, strong, and funky but it isn't overpowering.

Notes: Really nice and interesting Tripel. Solid beer. Brett is definitely there but it doesn't take over the Tripel. Chardonnay provided only a touch of flavor. Definitely worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 22:01:55 | More by FreshHawk
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A strong, inviting aroma of fruit, malt, and some yeast.

T: Tasted of light fruit (lemon), malt, yeast, and some vanilla in the finish. A very lively, complex, surprisingly light flavor that's easy to drink.

M: A huge amount of carbonation with a prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a beer that's about as close to a Belgian beer that you'll find in this country. Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 02:46:36 | More by avalon07
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been really impressed by this brewery so far, and my love of well done Brett beers salutes this combination. Batch #001, from Oct 2011, so its a bit old but with Brett it should help develop. I'll have to try a fresh one sometime, and I need to get a few more for cellaring.

The pour yields a nice creamy looking pasty white 1 finger head that floats for a while and doesn't want to fade, I do get some foamy looking lacing when it eventually does with my forcing. It's a mostly clear honey mead colored beer.

Nose is really nice, the Brett comes right out front, with light barnyard wild funk aromas but not too strong, then plenty of Belgian tripel aromas, with light floral spices, a farmhouse like aroma, just a slight hint of a lemongrass, a light orange citrus juice, and a decent malty aroma. In the background is a hint of a buttery toasted oak, and very light fruity clean chardonnay.

Taste is also pretty nice, starting with a nice Belgian tripel flavor, with some light floral spices from the yeast, hints of esters, light lemongrass and hints of citrus orange rind juice. Malts add a nice malty base that comes smooth. Brett really comes on as well but not overpowering, with light barnyard wild funk that adds a great almost foreground taste but roams the background. The oak adds a strong presence, with definite chardonnay flavors, buttery oak, a light vinous chardonnay flavor, with the beer it's a perfect combination, and light toasty oak flavor. I can't highlight more how well the toasted buttery oak, the crisp fruity chardonnay, and the funky wild Brett all blend so well. A light booze warmth floats in the background as well. The finish is slightly dry but slightly sticky as well, light citrus lingering, as well as a hint of funky Brett, bit of buttery oak, and light fruity crisp chardonnay. The longer i drink it, a bit of a bitterness comes through I think from the yeast spice flavors and esters, as well as the wild Brett flavors, but there could be hints of floral hops.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy with pretty good carb, and a bit of booze warmth.

Overall amazing beer. This is just the perfect blend of all the flavors, starting with a nice Belgian tripel with good Belgian yeast additions, light spices and esters, citrus, fruit, etc. Then add the nice Brett flavor to add some wild funk in the background that doesn't take over the beer, then on top of all that some crisp fruity flavorful Chardonnay wine flavors, and to top it all off as the cherry on top, the rounding from the toasty buttery oak. Maybe the perfect spring beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 22:48:48 | More by jlindros
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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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MasterSki

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with the fine ladies at Debonair Social Club. Served in a classy plastic cup.

A - Big, creamy white foam, with great volume and retention. Lots of sticky lacing and a thick cap top a hazy golden body.

S - There's a definite creamsicle vibe with the combination of stone fruit malts, oaky vanilla, buttery Chardonnay, and tropical brett. Reminds me a little of the wafer you use to eat Lik-M-Aid.

T - The taste is very much sweet tripel, but with tropical brett notes complementing the fruity pale malt flavors. The primary Belgian yeast isn't assertively phenolic, which I appreciate, and the secondary fermentation adds a mildly sour and oaky finish that helps prevent the beer from growing cloying. A touch of buttery, vinous oak rounds things out, but the Chardonnay character is nowhere near as heavy-handed as it was in Whiteout Wit.

M - Smooth, medium-full texture, lower carbonation, and a hint of the 9% in a warming finish. Not particularly dry or oaky.

D - I'm curious if these are second- or third-use barrels, as the Chardonnay flavor is far less assertive than some of Gabe's other offerings. I found this easier to drink, and would put it somewhere between the awesome Bitter Monk and the mildly disappointing Love Buzz. In any case, really easy to drink for the 'style'.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 06:23:10 | More by MasterSki
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 21:27:03 | More by thedoubler55
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchorage Brewing, when did you get on the shelves in Indiana? And why was this bottle $16?! Well, if what I hear about this brewery is true, this expensive tripel may just be tasty enough to justify the price tag.

Brewed seven months before the date of this tasting (Batch #1, OCT/2011).

A: As soon as I try to pull the cork out, OH GOD! It pops with the force of a cannon blast. As expected, there’s a lot of carbonation – lots of soapy foam, getting up to three inches of creamy, off-white intensity. Silky webs of lacing and weightless retention keeps this one looking excellent for a while. The color is pale, straw gold, shining in the light but a bit dim and hazy otherwise.

S: A nose of moderate strength, mainly herbal notes combined with a bright, complex hoppiness. Aromas of key lime pie, clove, spicy pepper, daisies, and soft, lemony bitters. It’s played up by the yeast, vanilla, fresh sugary pastries, and light coriander esters. Quite unique, and pleasing as ever.

T: An aggressive brett presence – barnyard funk and lactic acid, with herbal, dry white wine tendencies. A leafy hop note crystallizes the yeast with a bright feeling of complex herbs, mainly lemon zest, tannic grapes, pine wood, citrus rind, and pepper. What a delicious palate…I absolutely love it. Lemon-juice-meets-vanilla comes in, reminding me of some sort of lemon cream pie (as the label suggests), though bubblegum and big, chalky berry tastes are still apparent. Aftertaste is made of a green hop bitterness and some sugary grain tastes, more straw than syrup.

M: The fizz makes its statement, that’s for sure…it’s a very foamy feel, especially in the finish, evocative of meringue or something slightly thicker. You can’t really chew it, but the carbonation is definitely textured like thick foam.

O: I am now officially excited about what Anchorage Brewing has to offer – and I’m certainly glad I bought their White IPA when I had the chance. After further inspection, it looks like this had something to do with Dogfish Head, as Sam Calagione’s name and signature are on the label. Makes sense…this beer’s astounding, a record Dogfish Head is not unfamiliar with.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 04:33:52 | More by BarryMFBurton
The Tide And Its Takers from Anchorage Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.