Allagash Tiarna - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.34/5 rDev +5.6%
Massively carbonated: the cork flew out with just the barest nudge from my thumb. It took several pours and a couple minutes to fit the bottle into a glass; head is excessive, beautiful snow-white, and frothy. Head dies unevenly, leaving clumps of lacing all around.
Brew is a cloudy and bubbly golden straw, a little bit darker than a Belgian pale, and thickly translucent. Head lasts quite a while.
The aroma is Saison-like: bright lemon, light barnyard funk, wheat, grass, and sweet yeast, giving a hint of bananas, candi sugar, and light walnuts. There's a musty, almost dusty scent lingering in the background.
Flavors hit immediately, with a sharp funkiness, followed immediately by bright lemons and wheat, and then a darker, mustier funk follows. Nothing is overpowering, enabling superb balance and really delicate flavors to dance about, including candi sugar, banana notes, vanilla, and the aforementioned lemons, wheat, hay, and funk. A bit of vinegary sourness takes away ever so slightly from what is otherwise a fantastic tasting beer.
Feels light and lively in the mouth, but actually comes across as a medium-full body; possibly related to having the beer at cellar, vice refrigerator, temperature. No sting worth mentioning; flavors linger long after, with an emphasis on a sweet aftertaste.
This is a really tasty beer. It is listed as a wild ale, but it strikes me more as a Brett Saison. Similarly, Belgian Pale Ale would be decently appropriate, and if you look at it as such, Allagash hit a home run: the slight funkiness and back-end sourness give it a complexity that most Belgian pales don't approach.
If you like Saisons, Belgian Pales, and Brett beers, definitely give this a try. It makes a good special occasion beer; it's just slightly too thick, sweet, and funky for me to want one every day.
Enjoyed fresh; I can imagine the Brett would be more significant with age.
01-12-2014 03:51:04 | More by Roguer
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
375ml corked and caged bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a 1.5 finger foamy white head with excellent stick. Beer is a pale, clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. Near perfect!
Nose is starfruit, oak, Brett, lemon zest and a bit of sweetness. Rather subtle but very well integrated.
Opens lemon zest, Brett, wood, coriander and yeast. More lemon zest tartness mixed with rotting wood and barnyard notes in the middle. Hay, Brett and lemon rind at the end. Finishes yeasty and tart with a very mellow, lightly tart aftertaste. Tasty!
Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and aggressive in the mouth and crisp and clean going down. Slightly filmy finish with a clean aftertaste that barely registers. Really drinkable!
Just a really well made beer, Tiarna doesn't blow away the taste buds but impresses with its subtlety and continuity. Worth trying and certainly representative of the Allagash Wilds lineup.
07-07-2014 02:10:44 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.46/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours a golden yellow with a fizzy, soft, bubbly off-white head that slowly dissipates. Aroma consists of citrus, bread, pineapple, and a slight hint of raspberry flavor. Tastes of citrus, lemon, bready malts, and tart as well. The beer is light bodied, bubbly/carbonation on the tongue, and tart too. A very solid brew from a great brewery.
02-28-2014 18:10:42 | More by ChrisL24481
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Light golden pear color with a super fizzy and sprite head.
Nice subtle tangy aroma with notes of fresh flowers, Chardonay, mineralization and Apple cider vinegar.
The flavor is tangy with honeysuckle, sour with Apple cider vinegar, and funky with flowers, white grapes and white wine.
The feel is tangy as well with a bit of sour and a nice easy smoothness.
Tangy, funky, and sour, this beer is simple but fun.
06-12-2014 00:22:46 | More by KYGunner
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
From the corked, caged bottle dated October 11, 2013. Served roughly 50 degrees. Sampled on February 28, 2014.
Cloudy pale yellow pour with over-the-top carbonation leading up to a ridiculously huge white head.
Effervescent describes the aroma. That and pineapple, citrus, dough, grass, and cellar mustiness.
Light to medium body with excited carbonation that falls apart on the tongue and creates a modest series of burps.
The taste goes through some character changes beginning with a pineapple and then turning into buttered bread with a touch of spice, and winding down with a tart but dry finish. I will admit it was very enjoyable but it was also very pricey.
03-01-2014 00:19:57 | More by puboflyons
3.79/5 rDev -7.8%
A: hazy pale gold body with a great big ivory head; some lace left behind
S: grasses and biscuits, wet blankets and wood
T: tart and funky, slightly citric and slightly floral; some herbal notations
M: medium-light body, fuzzy carbonation, clean-finishing
O: not overly impressed - had some wild ale elements, but also saison-like characteristics; Belgian yeasts added a "Belgian" vibe to the ale, but it seemed to be rather middle-of-road - certainly worth trying, but I'm happy to have had one.
02-07-2014 00:51:07 | More by Greywulfken
Allagash Tiarna from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.