Monday, July 8, 2013

Game Day Beer Review: Anchorage Brewing The Tide and its Takers Tripel with Brettanomyces (Batch #2, November 2012)

(9.00% ABV) Purchased in Ketchikan, Alaska and cracked open as the farlieonfootie corporate yacht pulled out of port recently. The Tide and its Takers was poured from a 750 ml bottle into a glass that was clearly intended for other beverages. The beer was brewed in the land of the midnight sun in conjunction with the venerable east coast brewery Dogfish Head, and aged in French oak Chardonnay barrels before being bottled.

The smell was recognizable almost immediately, as that familiar brett sourness was evident even though the glass more than a foot away. The beer appeared a hazy, deep straw color, and the downy white head stuck to the side of the glass like a man clinging desperately to a lifeboat.

The depth to the taste that was added by the French oak aging was immediately apparent. The beer tasted less of citrus that we expected from the nose; the typical Tripel sweetness was very restrained in this offering. The beer had a lively mouthfeel and was highly carbonated. As it warmed slightly we tasted green apples.

A very unique brew and one that -- predictably, with Dogfish involved -- very effectively blurs the line between wine and beer. Highly recommended: A

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