The Tide And Its Takers | Anchorage Brewing Company

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The Tide And Its TakersThe Tide And Its Takers
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The Tide And Its TakersThe Tide And Its Takers

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

Style: American Brett

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

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Ratings: 523 |  Reviews: 156
Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BoomersDad
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My first Brett. I usually like maltier brews, but this was very enjoyable. I definitely plan to pick up more of this. I wasn't able to examine it's appearance closely, as the room was dimly lit. The body is lighter than I expected, but not too thin. The complex flavor has elements of white wine, oak, grass, and sour fruit, with sourness and wine fairly predominant.

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Photo of brureview
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellared: 2014
I had this cellared for a while.
The Brett is not as pronounced, but lots of excellent flavor comes through. Deep wine barrel oak, berry, apricot, and a smooth MF.

Wonderful to drink on a cold winter night.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Label has this as 'BATCH #4 JULY/2014'.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body, with an apricot tint. Each pour results in a fizzy head which recedes very quickly. No lacing.
Aroma has lots of sour fruit - peach, pear, and apricot. The oak barrel is prominent. Some edges of funk here too - horse blanket, rubber, straw and wood.
Taste is sour fruit and lots of funk. The rubber aspect of the funk is quite strong. The oak is less prominent that in the smell, but does express some white wine flavor. Has a dry finish.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation. Very smooth in presentation.
This beer is included in the beer style of 'Belgian Tripel', which I think is incorrect. This beer is labeled as a "triple" because it has been triple fermented. Better to call this an 'American Wild Ale', or perhaps an 'American Brett', because the beer is not overly sour. Recommended for those who like a strong funk, but a little sour fruit as well.

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Photo of khargro2
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At the right side of the bottle it states: "BATCH #5 SEPT/2016"

Appearance: The body is hazy with a light orange and yellow color. It has a short, creamy textured, white head that is far shorter than the standard Tripel. It has some spotty lacing.

Aroma: It has a strong sour fruit aroma. After the beer sits for a while and warms up a bit, it picks up an interesting honey scent.

Taste: There is a clear fermented grape or wine flavor to the beer which is excellent because it jumps onto the palate head-first and joins this faintly tart and bitter grapefruit character. There is a bit of passion fruit towards the back of the beer. After drinking the beer for a while it picks up a a very soft woody flavor. All of the flavors in this beer have bonded superbly well together.

Mouthfeel: It is a very well balanced beer. There is a light tartness to the beer but it the key is that it feels mellowed out and blended with the body of the beer.The beer is surprisingly smooth. It has a light body with low bitterness and soft carbonation. It just feels expertly well made.

Overall: It's the kind of beer that just makes you smile because it's that good. I should caution you that this is a Brett beer first and foremost. It doesn't harbor any of the classic Tripel characters which is a bit unfortunate but the key here is that the beer overall is outstanding. On the silkscreen print it does say that this is an "ALE AGED IN FRENCH OAK CHARDONNAY BARRELS" and this is an honest advertisement as it relates to the flavor of this beer. There is a very clear wine flavor and the oak is still there. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy Brett beers or those who enjoy wine. If you are a classic Tripel lover who enjoys abbey style beers over sours or wild fermented ales I would recommend that you either not buy it or find a friend who does enjoy the aforementioned to share with. I would absolutely buy it again.

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Photo of ivyman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigRipCity
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of n2pux
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of luvbier
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leaddog
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a warm honey colour with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Spicy yeast, fruity esters, spicy and floral hop aromas, hint of honey from the malts, vinous and oak aromas from the chardonnay barrels.

Taste - Spicy yeast, fruity esters, and spicy hops and floral hops. The vinous and oak take charge next with the hint of honey sweetness from the malts rounding out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth is disguised.

Overall - A pleasant twist on the tripel style. I appreciate the flavours and nuances that come from the barrel alongside the other elements of the beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml, caged and corked bottle - it seems that Sam Calagione wrote the marketing screed on the back 'label', but I wonder how involved he was in the actual brewing process.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and gently bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random and thickly splattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of indistinct sour fruit (maybe lemon?), musty gym socks, hard cheese, white wine lees, a faint woody vanillan character, and a rather tame sugary graininess. The taste is tart fruit (lemon, apple, and pineapple), a big dose of funky Brett, buttery and oaky white wine, simple syrup, some old-school yeastiness, a still hard to isolate bready malt, and very low-key earthy, weedy, and mildly perfumed floral hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, as those oaky notes go a long way in keeping things between the ditches here, as it were. It finishes off-dry, but in a complex, complicated, and convoluted manner.

Overall, this is an agreeable enough offering, particularly if you are a sour and/or funk fan. Being that I am only the former, this one was a bit of a chore to get through. Props for the big booze quotient, however, and its near-perfect integration. Yeah, this should really be classified as a Wild Ale, as the Tripel essences are duly obfuscated.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopkrid
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of babaracas
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed apricot orange, thin fizzy white head, spray of sparse lace down the glass. Smell: out of the gate there's enough brett here that it's unrecognizable as a tripel, but it mellows out after a few minutes. Quite floral upfront, hay, spicy in the vein of coriander and clove, mild barnyard and woody notes, sugar cookie, quite vinous. Taste: peach, white grape skin, watermelon rind, lemon pudding, vanilla cake; then vinous with some pear and apricot, finishing oaky with a little more vanilla and a little heat. Medium-full bodied, whipped feel, drying finish. Delicious... big stone fruit and brett components, unique but just inside the line of what I can recognize as a tripel.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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