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The Tide And Its TakersThe Tide And Its Takers

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

Style: Tripel

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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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from belmont station in portland

split, paired with curried lamb

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, hazy pale straw body, creamy white lace, unfiltered

smell: spice, white pepper, oak, chardonnay, yeast

taste: A nice pairing for the bold lamb dish - white grapes, oaky chardonnay barrel, pear, lemon rind, floral, a nice kick provided by the brett, leafy hops, citrus

mouthfeel: creamy medium body

overall: non-traditional, but tasty. the chardonnay barrel and brett are nice touches

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Photo of ccrida
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a hazed light gold color with a fluffy white head. Decent lace and retention.

Nose is badass! Tart wine, leathery brett and belgian yeast...awesome stuff.

Taste is not a letdown after the excellent nose - glad to come across something like this every once in a while that you have never heard of and dont have any expectations. The brett is bold yet soft...melds with the malt so seamlessly. The wood and wine tartness is a perfect compliment to the tripel. The base beer tastes like it is pretty damn good in its own right - light grassy bitterness and delicate yeast is a perfect combination. Great beer. Buy it if you see it!

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of Anchorage Brewing Company's The Tide And It's Takers in a recent trade, thanks Dan! This will be my first beer from Anchorage Brewing Company and a Tripel with brett aged in wine barrels sounds pretty interesting to me, so lets see how it goes. Bottled in November 2012 Batch #2. Poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The bottle looks pretty nice, it's got a nice artsy scene of some rough seas on it and it's got lots of good information on it, I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a nice slightly pale yellow color that took on more darker yellow and golden color when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sticky, spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I liked the color and the lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that's almost bordering on being highly sweet and it's followed by a great fruity aroma being the first to show up and it's a mixture of lemon pear, banana, pineapple and citrus rind like aromas and it leads right into some wine barrels that impart a light wine like aroma with a noticeable oak aroma coming through. Up next comes the yeast which is a little Belgian yeast like, but it's the brett that seems to show up the most and it imparts some nice funky barnyard aromas. Towards the end comes some sweet malts and a little more Belgian yeast that gives a little bit of Tripel like aroma towards the end. This beer had a great aroma, I liked the complexity, how much the brett showed up and the fruity aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with the sweet malts being the first to show up and they lead right into some of those nice wine barrel aspects that I got in the aroma and it seems to show up just enough. Up next comes the yeast with brett still sticking out the most, but the Belgian yeast is still noticeable and gives this beer just enough Tripel Like flavors, but the brett offers some additional complexity with some some typical funky brett flavors. Up next comes a little bit of bitterness followed by an earthy flavor that must be from the hops and it's followed by all those great fruity aspects that I got in the aroma with the pineapple and citrus fruits seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium tartness that lingers a little into the aftertaste with some great fruity and funky brett flavors. This was a great tasting beer, I thought all the different flavors never clashed and they came together for a very tasty beer.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, refreshing, clean, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a very nice mouthfeel, I really liked how refreshing it was.

Overall I thought this was a great beer and I thought it was a great example of a barrel aged brett beer, it's for sure not a true example of a Tripel, but there's just enough tripel aspects coming through to let me know that this is what this beer started as, but over a year and half it's became a pretty unique beer. This beer had great drinkability, it was smooth, clean, fairly crisp, refreshing, not filling and the taste did a great job at holding my attention, I don't think I would have any problem drinking a bottle by myself, it would make for a great beer to enjoy on the porch on a warmer summer day. What I like the most about this beer was the taste, aroma and drinkability, all three of those aspects seemed to be the highlights of this beer for me. What I liked the least about this beer is nothing, but I'm not a fan of not being able to purchase it in Michigan. I would for sure buy this beer if I ever saw it, I would love to try it fresh and I would also cellar some since it seems to hold up well with age. I would recommend this to anyone who likes brett beers, it may not be a big hit to most Tripel fans, but if you like them funky then you should like this beer. All in all I was impressed with this beer and I'm pretty happy I decided to trade for this one, it's for sure a beer worth seeking out. This beer made for a great first impression for Anchorage Brewing Company and I would really like to try more of their beers. So far this is my favorite funky Tripel, I like it more than Vivant's Tripel aged for a year. This is just a great beer and I'm glad I had the chance to try it. I don't normally pair beer with things besides food, but I decided to listen to the 36 crazy fists album this beer was named after and it made for a nice pairing. Great job guys, you can be for sure I'll be seeking out more you your brews, keep up the great work.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes to beermeX2 for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, bread, fruit, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, wood, and very subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The flavor and aroma going on in this one was very solid and enjoyable. This made this one really easy to drink. A definite must try if you get the chance!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Block 15 snifter. Batch 1, bottled Oct 2011.

A: Pours an opaque dark pumpkin color with a finger of rather active bright white head that quickly fizzed away into a thick collar. Patches of thin lace were left down the glass.
S: Huge notes of brett, dry oak, peppery Belgian yeast and golden fruit esters fill my nose. The brett really shines in this one along with some complex spiciness.
T: Again, brett, oak, Belgian yeast flavors and golden fruits are easily noticeable, but I get notes of bitter lemon zest, chalk, vinous white grapes, and peppery spices. Hops impart a bit of citrus rind and orange as well. The finish is woody and vinous, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and earthy with yeast. Every few sips I get what I think is bubblegum (yeast) as well.
M: Medium-full body, fluffy full carbonation that bubbles up on my palate and a full, clean mouthfeel. This beer is easy to drink and goes down smooth.
O: Tastes just as advertised, and a good advertisement at that: a bretty, chardonnay oak-aged Belgian tripel. Not my favorite of the four Anchorage beers I’ve had, but this beer did not disappoint.

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Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with a smallish white head. Slight haze, probably just from some of the lees kicking up. Really nice bretty sour aroma. Lots of light stone fruit - apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums - shot through with funk and sour notes. Grass, pepper, earthy Belgian notes. Lots of oak. Taste starts with more fruity sweetness but quickly dries out and picks up spicy and sour flavors. There's a bit of booze to it. A little too tannic for my taste. The oak is strong. Funky, sour finish. Feel is light, but a bit boozy. A very good beer and an excellent and interesting take on the style. Unfortunately, it's a little too strong for the sourness, and the oak is just a bit much for me. Still, it's always great to try an Anchorage beer. Nothing but hits from that brewery, so far.

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

Quite a memorable take on a barrel-brett-triple

Presentation: 750 ml brown, caged and corked bottle. Screen printed label with a blue and white design of a spiked waves framed by with the details of the brew and face of the brewer. Side paragraph offers a description of the brew, and serving indications, back narrative from SC exposes intent, and hyperbolizes the background. Notes 30 IBUS, bottling Batch #1 Oct 2011, and 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A -Lightly hazy gold pour, rich frothy head, hefty retention, good surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Rich nose with plenty of funky brett notes, earthy and spice notes follow…

T - with complex unfolding in the palate. Long brett coating over a complex vinous spicy profile, sense of yeast, touch of wood, sweet fruity notes.

M - Medium body and carbonation, relatively dry finish with a warming edge.

O - Tremendous layered flow, nice treat.

Notes: Not necessarily a big fan of triples, but I'm a big fan of this one.

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Photo of n2185
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Belgian spices and candy sugar up front followed by a nice, musty Brett flavor reminiscent of barnyards and a bit of funk (in a good way). There are some sweet and oaky Chardonnay notes toward the finish.

T: Belgian spices up front here as well before musty barnyard flavors kick in. Tart, fermented fruit flavors follow with an oaky Chardonnay finish that is just slightly bitter.

M: Medium-light body with carbonation on the low side of moderate, this beer is a little undercarbonated, but is smooth without being watery.

O: A very enjoyable beer overall. I love the combination of the Belgian tripel flavors/aromas with those contributed by the Brett and the Chardonnay barrels.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with some honey highlights. The pure white head is dense and short, leaves a short wall of lacing and settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is sweet and tart. Big tart apple and lemon aroma. Quite funky and tart from the brett and oak. Lots of apple cider characteristics. The brett dominates the aroma.

The taste is sweet and tart. The malt is bready and sweet with some honey notes. Not much flavor from the traditional belgian yeast. Big tart notes from the brett. Noticable oak flavors as well. Definitely funky and sour but its kept in check.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Starts off with a general sweetness but then the brett turns its sour and quite dry, astringent.

I would like to see more of a belgian flavor to this beer. This could have been any pale ale with brett added to it.

Flavorful brett brew

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly pale golden colour, mild haze but mostly clear. White, dense head, nice marshmallowy lace. Looks nice.

Smells Bretty. Funky and wild, with some barnyard mixing with citrus tang and an odd peanutty kind of aroma. A little bit too rich/sweet actually, but with some nice notes.

Taste starts with more nutty malt, then gets that organic funky flavour, not quite tart but just nice and organic-tasting yeasts. A hint of soil and grass and a slight mould flavour, in a good way. Spice on the back as well. Could use more acidity to freshen it up and cut through as it's still a little on the rich/sweet side for me.

A bit bitey, but a good bit of substance on the feel. Quite puckering towards the back, however.

Pleasant, but not quite as well harnessed as others in the same ballpark sort of 'genre' that I've tried.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #1, bottled October 2011.

Beer is a hazy golden with a large white head.

Brett is the most immediate scent, funky horse blanket along with a bit of cherry. A bunch of light fruit scents accompany that: lemon, green grape and perhaps peach. A bit of oak, but it is low down. Nice scent.

Taste is similar to the nose and is very good. Brett is obvious but not overpowering, adding a nice funky side to the more expected tripel flavours. White pepper sticks out, along with lemon, apple and green grape. Like the nose, the oak is restrained but present. When considering the fact that this was aged in chardonnay barrels, it does come across as having some similarities to a white wine, but I would not have picked that out without the suggestion. Quite dry as a result of the brett. Very good.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Active without irritation. Slightly astringent.

Overall, very good. A nice twist on the tripel style. I had been looking for this one for awhile and, while I spent too much for it, I am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of smb
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Photo of notchucknorris
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful hazy apricot color with a huge, foamy white head. Tons of carbonation billowing from the bottom of the glass. Definitely a looker.

S: Spicy aroma with lots of lemon and tart green apple, cinnamon, cedar and a hint of Belgian yeast. Aroma only gets better as it warms.

T: The chardonnay barrel really comes into play here. Lots of vinous character upfront with some brett, chalky yeast and lemon with a touch of Belgian yeast and clove on the finish. Never gets close to the sweetness a lot of other tripels have, which I think is a really nice touch. Really delicious stuff.

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Photo of wedge
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1 OCT/2011

Cloudy pale gold topped by a big, pillowy head of froth. Flowery, sweet aromas over yeasty funk...lemon zest, wood, Chardonnay, light phenols, and a dusty tartness. A hint of vanilla bean as it warms. The flavor is initially surprisingly spiced upfront before melding with citrus, cedar, earth, and a white wine dryness. The Brett is, of course, quite noticeable and adds a nice musty/barnyard funk complexity to the mix. Fruity with a bit of grassy hop crispness. Creamy and soft, yet effervescent and quite dry. A slight warmth is growing in my throat, but this is dangerously drinkable. I like this a lot. It's hard to put this up against other tripels because of the Brett/barrel-aged qualities, but it's is a fine beer all around.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love me some Anchorage, so looking forward to this new arrival! Anchorage metal band 36 Crazyfists is one of my favorite bands, and I am sipping this while listening to the most appropriate of their albums "The Tide and it's Takers" \m/

Pours a mostly clear dark golden color with a fluffy white head of a finger or more. Nice lace and retention.

The aroma is typical Anchorage funkitude. White wine and oak with some spices and Belgian notes.

Taste of funk, hay and spicy hops. Some oak and dry wine notes, with some fruity notes and faint citrus.

Creaminess, with a nice almost effervescence. Good carbonation for the style.

Probably not my favorite Anchorage brew, but it's still great and they are without a doubt masters of the Brett craft.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of peensteen
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Liam for sharing this one.

Hazy pale blonde colour, ring of white head, lots of lace left behind here. Smell has lots of musty/funky brett up front, lemony and fruity citrus notes come through as well, malt and some buttery oak, yeasty and funky throughout. Big brett and vinious oak on the palate, funky and fruity, lemon, green apple, belgian yeast, some milder spicing for a tripel, a little bit of bitterness on the back end as well. Medium carbonation, medium-full body, nice feel. This is amazing stuff, very enjoyable and something I would love another chance at having.

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Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 2 from NOV/2012

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that quickly fizzles away to nothing

S: Nice and funky, with quite the tartness and Brett character to go along with it. Along with the funk, there is some light fruitiness and oak from the chardonnay barrels

T: Follows the nose with less of the tartness and more of the barnyard from the Brett. Still get the light fruitiness and subtle oak from the chardonnay barrels. Definite vinous qualities from the barrel as well. Some nice, simple complexities all around

M: Light-medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Quite dry

O: This is definitely not your average tripel. The barrel and Brett character add quite a bit of complexity without overwhelming any of the base beer's characteristics. Quite expensive, but very nicely done

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is brett and soft oak with some sweet malts and a little Belgian yeast.

The flavor is sweet fruity malts with oak and brett and some musty yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK beer - probably my least favorite by them. I like the brett, but it's a bit sweet and I don't think it plays well the the Belgian yeast.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter. I got this bottle from volunteering at the Extreme Beer Fest back in February. Batch 1/Oct 2011

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger puffy head that has reduced to half it's size. It is a hazy golden yellow with some clarity and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: bready, tart, sour, vanilla, buttery, oakey, spicy, earthy, yeasty esters, lemon, citrus, and a bit of funkiness too. Tripel meets a sour.

Taste: Awesome. The Brett and the chardonnay barrels blend everything well. Picking up some apple, pear, and Belgian candy too. Alcohol is even hidden well too. A little bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: Soft, silky smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink even with the presence of Brett in the beer.

Overall: A nice twist on the tripel style that is growing on me. Wish I held onto the bottle a bit longer. Oh well. Still awesome after sitting in the bottle for a year. Now I have to be on the lookout for their other brews too.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Slightly hazed golden yellow with a quickly forming near-white persistent head that leaves sheets and dots of lace down the glass.

The aroma is Brett-forward, along with notes of green apple, oak, black pepper, and earth. Terrific.

The flavor follows similarly, with the funky Brett leading the way, along with oak, green apple, pepper, and white grape.No alcohol presence.

Medium to full bodied with high carbonation. Near perfect for the style and a joy to drink.

This reminds me a lot of Bitter Monk by Anchorage--good thing, because I love both beers.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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The Tide And Its Takers from Anchorage Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 500 ratings.
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