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The Tide And Its Takers - Anchorage Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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395 Ratings
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 63
Gots: 60 | 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 MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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'.

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes taken while beeradvocate was down for repairs.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention - especially for the 9% ABV. Colour is a hazy orange with tinges of lemon.

Sm: Heavy bretts and lactic notes. Yeast. Pleasant sourness. Moderate in strength. Clean and very inviting; I'm really excited to try this.

T: Lots of brett goodness, with biscuity yeast pleasant alongside. Some oak and light chardonnay notes are definitely present. Some lactic notes help round out the flavor profile. I don't pick up on separate yeast strains, but I doubt my palate is that advanced anyway. Unfortunately, some alcohol does penetrate the build, especially just after the climax. Some lemon is definitely present. It's certainly a bit floral but I wouldn't call it hoppy. The sourness is tame, which has its ups and downs. Personally, I'd like a bit more sourness. Overall, it's pretty well balanced. I do like it.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and nicely creamy (especially on the finish). A bit too thick, but it's forgivable. The best aspect of this beer.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV. The sourness never gets in the way of the drinkability. The abv is well hidden. I'd like to try this aged; the hops don't seem horribly important and the ABV is high enough that I'm sure it'd age nicely.

There's nothing special or unique about it, but fans of the style will likely enjoy it. Don't get too excited about the bretts; they're quite tame.

B-

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.

A: Pours a clear bright golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall white fizzy head that reduces to a very thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of citrus/orange, some floral notes, light peppery spiciness, and lots + lots of brett funkiness. A nice complexity to the smell makes this beer very inviting.

T: The taste follows the smell with some light sourness and lots of funkiness - the brett is very present and upfront and really makes this beer a very interesting version of a tripel. There is a definitely citrus/orange present and a nice peppery spice.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. Very dry in the finish.

O: I think of this beer more like a saison than a tripel because of the influences from the brett. This beer is very easy to drink and very enjoyable. The alcohol is completely hidden which could make this one quite dangerous at 9% ABV. I would definitely like to have this one again.

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice; Batch #1 bottled 10/2011. Pours hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange zest, pear, peach, pineapple, apple, pepper, clove, white wine, oak, herbal, floral, funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, peach, pineapple, apple, clove, pepper, oak, white wine, floral, herbal, grass, funk, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pineapple, peach, pepper, clove, oak, white wine, floral, herbal, grass, funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors with well balanced wine barrel presence; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian Tripel with Brett. Big complexity and balance of all flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish- orange with great carbonation leaving behind a nice whispy cap, solid head retention and lacing present

S: Nose is big Brett, baby diaper, whiff of barf, banana, more Brett and some light Earthiness with a measure of red and green apples

T: Brett, pure and simple. Both of us(the other being a BJCP master judge) felt the Brett was heavy handed leaving to much in the way of diapers, poop and hurlistic qualities. Remnants of what was once a Tripel present light orchard style fruits waaay in the background. Some pepper is noted as is a light lemon drop and grass.
The Chardonnay present I elt was minute but I did pick up some white grape husks.

M: Medum bodied, well carbonated, yeast and a biscuity flavor and feel are felt now but little behind the Brett

O: The Brett ran away with this beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of HopHead84
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Latarnik
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

The Tide And Its Takers from Anchorage Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.