The Tide And Its Takers
Anchorage Brewing Company

The Tide And Its TakersThe Tide And Its Takers
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American Brett
Ranked #5
Ranked #2,141
4.18 | pDev: 9.81%
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
The Tide And Its TakersThe Tide And Its Takers
Notes: Aged in French Chardonnay Barrels w/ Brett
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3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely opaque gold with a small white head. The initial impression on the nose and tastebuds is solvent, quickly overshadowed before it can become a complete turn-off by flavors of chardonnay, oak barrel, citrus, sour and tangy fruits, and bretty funk. The oak and chardonnay are most pronounced, there's some hoppy bitterness in there as well. Interesting tripel, much drier than others I've had of this style.

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Barettes from Washington, Apr 09, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Tide and its Takers is a Belgian Triple Ale that's been fermented first with Belgian yeast in oak foudres, then in oak chardonnay barrels with Brett, and then bottle fermented with yet another yeast. It's got the addition of Saaz and Styrian Golding hops, which I've never tried before, but don't provide the typical hop character I was expecting, and I like it. The body is nice and golden yellow, which is was I was expecting. You can smell the Brett yeast product right off the bat, which makes me excited for the taste. It's got that nice Belgian body with a bit of funk from the Brett that balances nicely. It has a nice finish of sweet dryness to make you want to drink more. I would recommend this beer to anyone who is a Belgian fan to challenge their opinion on what a Belgian can be.

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WalrusOfTime from Washington, Jul 30, 2019
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1.33/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Initial wafts indicate a slight nail polish remover scent. After a light sip, I pick up on a heavy pickle juice taste, followed by a grapefruity finish. I could see this as a useful vomit inducer when you’ve had too much to drink and need to empty the tank so you can imbibe something of higher quality. Enjoy with caution!

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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color. Nice carbonation. Smell is chardonnary and champange. Smells like the streets of France. Taste is an exlposion. Chardonnary, champange, grapefruit, lemons, citrus, pepper, vanilla, nuts. Is like a mimosa.

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GratefulFC from Arizona, Mar 17, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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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brureview from Massachusetts, Dec 06, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev -1%
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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3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
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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teromous from Virginia, May 13, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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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leaddog from Alberta (Canada), Aug 19, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
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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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Jul 21, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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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babaracas from Florida, Feb 13, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at tasting. Pale golden, with a small white head. Smells sour and funky, of brett and oak, red grapes and barrel. Dry, a bit sour and bitter, grapefruit, bananas, yeast, honey and grapes. Medium body, bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Marius from Netherlands, Mar 26, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has some tart farmhouse funk, citrus zest. Taste is brett/yeast forward at first with some wine notes and finishes really fruity with melon notes. Medium body with high effervescence. Really well made, complex and tasty.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Mar 20, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a light orange color with a 1 inch finger head that settles quickly.
S - The aroma is white wine, apple, lemon and yes, sour.
T - The flavor is tart but not as much as you might expect. Funky and a little bready.
M - Medium high carbonation, medium mouth feel.
O - I'm a big fan if Tripel's but I don't like mine sour, tart of funky. Starting to think Brett is not my thing. It's not a bad beer, and I could certainly drink the whole bomber.

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spacecake9 from Illinois, Mar 03, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark yellow, I would guess that is tons of chunky brett in the beer. Aroma was heavy on the white wine barrel, clove and lemon to a much lesser degree.

Taste kept the tartness and brett grit off, was expecting it to hit harder, this was borderline subtle, lets a lot of the barrel do the heavy lifting. Still hides abv well. Not cheap, can't see going back to this one, prolly my least favorite beer so far from a really good brewery. And its still probably in the top 10 of my fave triples.

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4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 Bottle. Pours a clear golden straw color with mild head and minor lacing. An extremely rich and multi-layers aroma: Wine, vanilla, bread, oak, with undertones of funky Brett, farmhouse, and straw. Taste is similarly complex: Dryness from the chardonnay, sweetness from the tripel base beer, and funky notes from the Brett offset by vanilla. A mild carbonation enlivens the palate, and a small amount of heat from the alcohol follows on the finish. Overall this is quite unique: A good sipper, and a beer for reflection.

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GoneARye from Washington, Sep 13, 2015
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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky cloudy gold with no real head retention and just a few sudsy bubbles sticking around. Really incredible and floral aroma of apple and pear with that signature tripel, coriander-esque spice to it. Taste follows some of the nose, with a tiny bit of creamy sherbert flavor, chalky mouthfeel from the Brett but you really don't taste 9%. Overall, this is pretty good and I really appreciate the style.

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mig100 from Texas, Aug 04, 2015
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2.31/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I couldn't taste anything besides the Brett, and apparently it's not my thing. If I didn't know any better I would have said it was spoiled or skunked..

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UPMD_Bill from Maryland, Jun 21, 2015
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5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

exceptional Brett aromas and flavors. Some belgian yeast notes come through. Great balance of flavors. Mouthfeel is correct for the style. As with any brett-ish beers there will be variation.

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CAcker from California, Jun 13, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It smells like blueberries and raspberries. The taste is a very complex mix of bitter and sour berries, fruit, and citrus. It's kind of dry, however very good, Anchorage killed it again.

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3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This is a full frontal brett assault beer. You will get lots of brett in the aroma and the flavor and almost no character of the base beer. No nice estery fruit notes from the Tripel, no bready crackery malt aroma, no spiciness. All brett! If you love that - great! If you want to taste the base beer look elsewhere - this beer could have been any style and no one would know the difference.

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Quetzolcotl from Missouri, May 26, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light and slightly hazy gold. His white head. The smell is of Brett and malt...a little alcohol and esters. Apricot and underripe peach fruit flavors are underneath. Semi dry, fruit flavor is fresh and full. Spicy. Underlying belgian flavor....this is a solid brew.

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Suds from Missouri, May 03, 2015
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4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light peach, hazy with no head with a small rim of tiny bubbles on the side.
Huge fruit aroma. Smells like a sour. Yeast.
Taste like a sour. Huge citrus fruit. Mostly lemon !
Sour feel. Dry to the taste. Lasting fruity hops.
Belgium Triple? Lambec perhaps?
Either way, refreshing.

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Tilly from Kentucky, Apr 27, 2015
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3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There's nothing Earth-shattering about the look. It's an attractive faded peach color, almost a milky gold like a wit. It's quite hazy. There's no head. There is a small film of white bubbles but nothing to constitute a head. A swirl livens the bubbles, but it dies quickly and leaves barely enough to call it lacing.

The nose is genius. Loads of yummy fruit come wafting from the, pineapple, and that crazy, funky Brett yeast. Just an amazing scent.

Sadly, the taste doesn't match the expectation. It's all hops and yeast. With the exception of orange rind and some yeasty pepper spice, ere's little else.

You expect a bit of sweetness from the way it smells bit you never get it. Extremely tart and mouth puckering, like a kriek. Not so much bitter as it is tart. A little heat from the high alcohol and the spicy yeast. Not an easy drinker.

Overall, it's very disappointing from the initial characteristics. Another swing and a miss from this brewer. I try to like them but I just don't.

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RickS95 from Indiana, Mar 29, 2015
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from the bottle line at Hill Farmstead for around $12. Poured into teku glasses and shared. A hazy dull yellow with a persistent tight white head of fine bubbles. Aroma is at first funky and barnyard followed by lemon, yeast and reminds you of a nice Napa chardonnay. Taste is delicious with light citrus, buttery white wine, tropical fruits and yeasty bread. Mouth is medium body, medium-high carbonation, and well-hidden ABV. Overall, this is a fantastic bretted triple....a very unique and pleasant beer.

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FFreak from Vermont, Mar 15, 2015
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