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The Tide And Its Takers | Anchorage Brewing Company

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The Tide And Its TakersThe Tide And Its Takers
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
anchoragebrewingcompany.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,746
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
511
pDev:
9.64%
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Ratings: 511 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of sweemzander
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours a cloudy yellow color. Some good white froth with plenty of lacing left behind once it dissipated.

(S)- Nicely dry with a burst of fruit through a jungle of spiced oak and Brett. Nicely dynamic.

(T)- Wow, this is VERY complex. Again, it is quite Brett forward, but with a lemon-like yeasty biscuit thrown in with some dry fruity oak. My description kind of fails based on how much is going on.

(M)- A lively carbonation level. A great balance and complex element to it. Bitter too, but nicely fruity with really nice dry funk from the Brett.

(O)- This is a really great play in beer styles and combining ingredients together. Best way I can think of is a fruit forward Tripel mixed with Orval.

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

A: Hazy pale straw color, stark white head

S: Very tart and zesty, light sweetness, some apple notes

T: Nose continues into the flavor with a tart front, but fades with the classic sweet, but light, body of a tripel. That slight brett funk pervades everything (it's not a strong funk, but present).

M: Light bodied

O: Light, tart, zesty, fruity, estery. Classic tripel with a twist from the funky tart brett notes.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Glowing and muddied orange with a medium sized tight white frothy head.

S: Stinky fermented fruits such as raspberry, cranberry, orange and apple over farm fresh grains and flowers with a tangy lemon punch. Tea aromas as well. Very interesting and enjoyable for sniffing.

T: The first thing I notice upon tasting are the implosively soft, unexpected and unusual characteristics of this beer. And WTF? This is 9%??? Also quite unexpected... So more on flavor: This beer has a lot of various bright fruity flavors...Apple, lemon, numerous berries, and even cantaloupe. The white wine works its way in very well too. There's also a dry woodiness. All these flavors combine together very smoothly. There's a lot of indefinable depth yet somehow this is light and refreshing. Not sure how that is possible... Sweet, sour, spicy, bright, 'barnyardy' and colorful.

M: Full body when you observe it, but it wants you to think light-medium. A hint of alcohol warmth when you sip this yet still very drinkable.

O: Excellent.

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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 MSandahl23
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ReeseMax3
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of teddyarrowhead
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Butterworth
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Chieftog
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of vfgccp
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden wheat body. Thin, fine bubbled, white head sits low. Low retention and ok lace.

S - Orange, bread pudding, cranberry tartness, rhubarb pie.

T - Sour apple, bitter brett, cranberry, strawberry rhubarb, honey, gram cracker pie crust.

M - Medium-full frame. Nice carbonation.

O - Great balance and complexity. Delicious.

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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 Arbitrator
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Batch 1.

A: Pours a murky straw yellow body with rocky off-white head. Good lacing.

S: Lemon, vanilla, soft oak notes (French oak?), mild brett (hay, minerals).

T: I don't pick up much in the way of tripel qualities; this doesn't have the phenolic pepper or broad swatches of fruity esters you'd get from, say, La Fin du Monde. The flavor is tightly concentrated around lemon and vanilla with a touch of pear. They're still nice, just not that developed. The aftertaste is minerally.

M: Effervescent but creamy. It finishes very smooth. Great mouthfeel.

O: I'm happy to have tried it, but it's not something I'll pick up again; at $15, it's not worth the premium over a standard tripel.

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Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Leviathan_USBM
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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 Googs
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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 lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from MasterSki, thanks Alex! 750ml Batch 1 (October 2011) into a tulip.

Golden orange with a voluminous white head. Sticky lace and moderate retention. Nose is floral, citrus, zesty, bretty, light oak sweetness and some grass. Taste is citrus, floral, bretty, citrus zest again. Quite complex. Lightly bitter, effervescent carbonation and medium light body, Delicious and complex, I could have this in my glass on any warm day (or any day of the year, really).

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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 corby112
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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

batch 1, October 2011 bottle date

Pours a bright orange-yellow with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that remain as a thin cap even 6 hours after the initial pour (I slowly worked my way through the whole bottle in an evening.

The smell is brett funk up front lots of hay and oak with a medicinal, herbal quality to it, very "musty basement" in overall aroma. Some bright citrus notes behind that. Smells slightly lactic sour but not overwhelmingly so.

The taste is wonderfully balanced. The brett is definitely the star of the show but it is not overpowering. It is slightly bitter, with some bright citrus to balance it out, just a touch sour.

Mouthfeel is just right, light without being spritzy. The 9% is well hidden, it drinks much more like a 5% gueuze than a tripel.

Overall this is a great beer. If I had to find a fault with it, it would be that from memory I can't really tell the difference between this and the anchorage wit that I had a while back. There is nothing in this beer that screams tripel to me. With that said, if you like brettanomyces, this is like a nice complex gueuze, only not as sour.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light cloudy orange with an airy white fluffy head.

S - Typical tripel aroma. Slightly funky yeast, accompanied by stonefruit and sour rockmelon.

T - A touch of acidity and sourness, with the fruit and yeast that are prominent. Peppery finish.

M - Light body, plenty of flavour and lip smacking tang. Good complexity.

O - Kind of a hybrid sour- tripel, but really good and exceptionally refreshing.

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The Tide And Its Takers from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 511 ratings
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