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Allagash Tiarna | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash TiarnaAllagash Tiarna
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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by rudzud on 12-21-2013

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 359
Photo of parkeak0
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Present but not aggressive brett funk, bone dry yet awesome aromatics of apple, honey, some tropical fruits. Really interesting beer, tons going on, super quaffable. Pretty much exactly what I want when someone hands me a "brett beer".

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Photo of BiaSongThan
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

9/15 Straw color white head big bubbles. Funky aroma slightly bready, pineapple, oak, white wine. Taste has awesome barnyard funk up front, some citrus, yeasty esters. Finishes dry and clean. Light body and nicely effervescent. Very drinkable and delightfully funky

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Photo of Summerteeth
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An American wild ale made with, inter alia (look it up), one ale aged in oak barrels and fermented with 100% Brettanomyces and another in stainless steel with Belgian yeast. This comes in at 7.1% ABV. Color is medium-dark golden. Smell is heavy on the Brett with good amount of breadiness and some citrus. Has a nice sour consistency but sweet at the end, almost like cherries or candy - maybe even some pineapple. Mouthfeel is strong carbonation with some peppery notes. This is a beer you should definitely get. I give it a definite A. My only complaint is that the bottle is not big enough.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks & tastes like champagne. Aged amazingly. The carb alone is stunning. Opened 7/4/15, so roughly 1.5 years old. Bright and crisp with light hay funk and white wine/grape sweetness.

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Photo of mac31
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle sweet and fruity entry. Tart. Lemon up front. Tropical fruit nuances. At times I get stone fruit flavors as well. Minor soft, grassy notes. Nice balance of sweet and sour in this beer. Touch of grains in the finish. Clean finish, no linger whatsoever. Nice warm oak really rounds out and softens this beer. Nice firm Brett flavor, but not overwhelming. Spritzy carbonation. Alcohol goes undetected. A perfectly harmoniously beer. Waves and waves of lovely, different complex flavors with each sip. Sit back and enjoy the ride. My only problem with this beer is that it is only 12.7 oz. I would much rather have a bomber of this.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very good golden ale with balance being the name of the game. nothing horse blankety about this brew. lots of fruits, very mild tart and great carbonation.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: Clear golden with loads of rapidly rising bubbles. A plush white head on the pour that mostly sticks around.
smell: Citrus, bready, subtle sour and oak.
taste: Delicious. All the flavors of the nose and as they advertise, " a long dry finish".
overall: One of the most "drinkable" beers I've ever had. I have an urge to just kill this like a glass of water on a hot day.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oak dominates the nose with a vanilla-like note complimented by juicy orange yeast esters. There is also a light Brett funk.

The is a tart sourness up front, at a medium level, after that the oak and yeast derived citrus back up the flavor. This is a dry beer with just a hint of malt sweetness mid-palate into a dry and slightly fruit finish.

A dry, moderately tart beer with a decent amount of oak character.

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Photo of Roguer
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Tim for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice crystal clear straw hue with a thin white had that leaves light lacing. Very nice.

S - Aromas of curieux and oak, nice vinous notes, light funk and sour blankets. Sweet wine, bright lemons.

T - Taste is sour blankets, lemons, faint light bourbon. Gentle tart lemon heads. Tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

O - Overall this was a very tasty beer, nicely sour with an almost lactose creamy thing going for it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent release from Allagash - I mean is this any shocker??? The small cork and cage bottle from Allagash are on par with any offering the craft beer world will have and Tiarna is no exception. Quite frankly this reminded me of Saison Brett from Boulevard in a lot of ways - it had the base of what I would call a fantastic saison with some wonderful funky notes. Fruity, crisp, tropical, sour, pucker-y, dry, clean, crisp . . . . this is a fine brew. I wish the price point was less but I wish the price point was less on the bracelet I got my lady for valentines too.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 350ml into my Allagash glass.

This poured a lovely golden color. The head is truly outrageous, it is huge and just lasts forever, it finally does fade down to a solid white coating.

The nose is fairly sweet with a healthy dose of funk, its almost like really nicely made lemonade.

The sweetness of the nose is no where to be found here, lots of lemon flavor, lots of peppery spice, and actually a fairly mild slightly funky (acidic) aftertaste.

This beer is overall very delightful. It was $15 a bottle, so a little bit steep but very good. It doesn't have the complexity of Allagash's Resurgam. Still, it is a lovely beer and well worth checking out.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tour at brewery, and was highly impressed. Delightful Belgian style ale that had very impressive oak and hops up front with a base dry fruitiness that ( despite brewers description of citrus and bread) I thought had a particularly welcome taste of deep tart cherry. Different palates I guess. It was very nice complex beer that could stand on its own...but would be a interesting companion to many foods.
Happy I can get this at home.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color with a thick white head that dissipates some but hangs on throughout drinking. Smell is rich with pineapple, lemon and belgian brett. Flavors reflect the same, brett-forward, lemon, slight pineapple. Nice smooth feel with ample carbonation. Really digging this one

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 375ml C&C bottle into a 25cl Allagash chalice.

Appearance- Moderately cloudy gold color with very bubbly two finger head that left quickly leaving some nice lacing.

Smell- Brett aromas come right out when I opened the bottle and it still permeates the room. Pineapples, lemons, musty funk, cherry. Lots going on and it's hard to pinpoint exactly what aromas. Pineapple and vanilla are prominent.

Taste- Pineapple, lemons, vanilla, oak. Lots of funk and tons of wood (which I expect will show itself more as it warms). Light hop bitterness and lightly sour, but lots of funky tropical fruit and wood. Showcases brett very well.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated and very refreshing. Medium tartness with no real booze heat. Very easy to drink. Pretty juicy.

Overall- A great beer to showcase brett. I suspect as the beer ages, the hops will fade and the brett will bring out more tartness. Another great allagash goodie.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Like all the Allagash beers, this pour looks Belgian with a massive foamy head that sits atop the cloudy goldenstraw liquid; gobs of lacing, too

Smell: Chalky, wet stone, vinous white wine grape, bready and grassy

Taste: Bready and musty at first, with developing citrus, white wine grape and grassy elements, in the middle; after the swallow, the fruit flavors develop further, with a bit more of a tropical and vinous character but the Belgian yeast strain also adds a spiciness, just as the sweetness from the malt returns the challenge; dry, oaky finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A really interesting beer that is likely to develop over time from the Brett influence as the hops fade and the funk increases; I suspect I would enjoy it more in a couple of years

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Photo of bubseymour
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice funk but the flavor is too dry and bretty and missing the sweetness and sourness I like. Still a respectable beer but definitely not quite up to Allagash's other BA wild ale standards.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white and creamish foam head that takes a bit of a while to dissipate. The beer itself is as beautiful clear pale gold that comes off slightly yellow. The combination of the two give the beer a very nice and refreshingly appealing look. Overall, it's very good.

The smell is very good and wonderfully balanced as well. It's interestingly more complex than other wild ales that I've had with some nice subtle notes. The nose has a nice raspberry tart note mixed with a bunch of other notes that mix well with it. There is also a nice wooden barrel note to it that is fairly present. The malt and barley note aren't as strong enough to compete with the other notes but it has a nice grainy, sweet, bready presence throughout. The hop note is a bit more present than the malts and mixes well with the tartness. Overall, there is a very nice smell to this beer. It has a bit of a lightly fruity tart smell to it with a nice earthiness to it.

The taste has the same notes and is just as good as the smell but is a bit different. It's a bit more bitter and tarty than the smell but still retains that light overall raspberry note caused by the barley and sweet malt . The hop note is interesting since it has an earthy bitterness to it and a bit of an orange note to it as well. Overall, it's a fairly subtle taste but still nice and complex, if not balanced.

The feel is good and interesting. It's a nice medium bodied beer that has a nice smoothness and creaminess to it. The carbonation is biting but it leaves more of a refreshed finish.

Overall, a very good and balanced wild ale. It isn't super tart and has a bunch of nice and interesting notes to create a decent fruity and tarty smell and taste. It's a good wild ale for those who aren't looking for something extreme. Go for it.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bright gold color with a white head that lingers.
Aroma of pineapple, citrus, and grass. A hint of oak.
Pineapple, grapefruit taste. A bit funky.
Tart and dry mouthfeel.
Well done!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle.

Pours sparkling gold with a crackling, porous head of white. A slow retreat settles to a partial skim coat and tattered lacing.

Aromatics lead off with wet hay, pineapple skins, cut grass, and lemon-rubbed apples. Hints of juniper, cloves, and attic boards follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel.

A lemony, wheaty twang starts the palate with dried pineapple, grapefruit pith, and souring apples closely behind. The malt profile is nill and the beer is bone-dry sans the fruity brett.

Finishes with some lingering clove-studded lemons, juniper, and appleskins.

Tasty, this one is. I can see this beer becoming Geuze-like in the years to come.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow body with copious white foamy head. Aromas of funk, citrus, wheat, brett. bready, pie crust, citrus peel, earth, bread, delicate sweetness. A hint of pineapple and/or melon. Complex and wonderful.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

distinct brew, i did not know it was a blend when i had it, but now it makes perfect sense that it is, and this answers many questions for me. i was impressed by this hazy blonde wild ale, that sports multiple inches of lasting white head above its well carbonated base. it has the perfect balance of sour and funk, with minimal acid, and the interplay between them is fantastic. the belgian yeast is more evident than the brett in the nose, light and fruity, yet dry. wheal malt base is sturdy enough without getting in the way. the flavor shows the brett before the belgian yeast, opposite the smell, with some notes of pear and green apple before fading into a sweet and dense oaky conclusion that is accentuated by the peppery belgian yeast and the dryness of the brett. complex yet restrained, which i admire in a wild ale these days. i could stand to see a bit more of the brett influence here, just a bit more funk to the forefront would really make it hum, but i like the general mellowness of the whole thing. upbeat carbonation is just what these flavors call for, and it makes the oak flavors penetrate deep into my palate, leaving a long aftertaste despite the dryness of the finish. challenging beer, but fun and creative too. allagash has been on top for awhile, and his beer is evidence that they arent going anywhere.

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Allagash Tiarna from Allagash Brewing Company
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