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Allagash Tiarna - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 6.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 58 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Tiarna is a blend of two beers, one aged in oak and fermented with 100% brettanomyces and the other fermented in stainless with a blend of two belgian yeast strains. Both beers were brewed with a combination of 2 row and wheat malt in addition to specialty grains. It was hopped with Hallertau, Styrian Goldings and Cascade hops. The finished beer is dark golden in color with citrus, pineapple and bread in the aroma. The flavor of this tart beer has notes of grapefruit, lemon, and bread crust, and a long, dry finish.

(Beer added by: rudzud on 12-21-2013)
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Chilled 375 mL corked and caged bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Enjoyed while being snowed in.

Appearance: Vibrant lemon yellow in color with a ridiculous, pillowy head that takes up half the glass. The retention on the head is pretty impressive.

Aroma: The initial aroma is very brett forward with some lemon and pineapple fruitiness to balance out the funk. Really nice balance of sweet, sour and funky. The brett really is developed nicely.

Taste: Much like the aroma, the brett character really stands out. A burst of lemon tartness comes through before finishing with a dry, grassy hop note. The hops don't clash at all with the tartness and the brett. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with bright carbonation. Some initial juicy character than ends in a drier finish. Very spot on for the style.

Overall, one of the better brett heavy pale ales I've had in recent memory. The brett complexity and character is really strong but well balanced. The grassy hops and burst of tartness are great as well. Definitely might try to purchase another bottle to sit on.

Gosox8787, Feb 18, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

ChrisL24481, Feb 28, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Roguer, Jan 12, 2014
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Allagash Tiarna from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.