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Allagash Tiarna - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 229
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 1.69%
Wants: 18
Gots: 55 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudzud on 12-21-2013

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.
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Photo of Gosox8787
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (186 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,906 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (820 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,333 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from about 2 weeks ago. No massive carb as meantioned in the previous post. Pours with big white head that leaves clouds along the glass. Smells of a barnyard funk, citrus. Taste really quite nice with citrus and Brett funk, slight bitterness that doesn't linger and is tasting better after each sip. Feel is crisp and semi dry with rushing bubble carb. (360 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Tim for bringing this.

Light fizzy head, hazy bright yellow color.

Nose bready yeast, mild funk and sweet sugar, hint grassy lemony, little juicy, mild grainy malt, hint of barrel and goodness.

Taste semi sweet, more sweet reddish juicy malt, grainy grassy malt, toasty, grassy and lemon, tart mild funk, decent barrel notes as well with touch of bourbon. Finish is mild tart bitter lemony slight grassy flavors.

Mouth med to lighter bod, lighter carb,

Overall pretty nice beer, good mild funk like grassy flavors, and hint of barrel. (549 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled October 11, 2013

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with 2+ fingers of head that very slowly fades to a fingers worth of cap that sticks around for a while

S: Light tart sourness with a good deal of barnyard and fruitiness. Some wheat notes in there as well. Definitely Brett-y

T: Starts off with the light tart funkiness and goes into the barnyard before hitting a nice mix of fruit and wheat. Quite deep and complex

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Really good drinkability and great Brett notes are the highlights. Definitely will age well, although the Brett is at a good point right now so it's not really necessary. Allagash still hasn't disappointed with the limited oak aged beers yet (721 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy golden color with a four finger white head.

S- Pineapple, tart lemons, citrus, some oak, funky, some bready malts, very nice.

T- Dough/bread, pineapple, tart lemons, oak, funky, nice complexity, very enjoyable.

S- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice beer very enjoyable, pineapple is very enjoyable. I would like to see what happens to this with age. (403 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden yellow color with banana edges and a massive, three finger frothy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, pillowy cap. Possibly over carbonated with very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving large chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy aroma with a prominent musty brett character. Strong barnyard and wild yeast presence along with hints of sourdough bread, floral hops, lactic funk and subtle citrus. Smells kind of like a bretted Berliner with tame acidity. As it warms the wheat, bread notes come forward along with some banana and lemon pith but the nose is dominated by the musty brett notes. Complex and inviting aroma.

Medium body with tight carbonation and tart, puckering sourness that lingers throughout into a dry finish. More sour than the nose hinted at with prominent musty funk and citric acidity. There's a really nice balance of dry brett effervescence, bright lemon zest, and subtle lactic cheesiness. Underneath, there is a decent wheat beer base with hints of sourdough bread, banana, lemon peel and light fruit esters. This is a very well balanced beer that is clean, crisp and refreshing. Some really nice flavors bouncing off of each other with just a touch of funk countering the brett and tart acidity. Subtle boozy sweetness in the finish but the ABV is very well masked making this complex beer dangerously drinkable. (1,407 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.11/5  rDev -1%

Bottled on 10/11/13. Pours cloudy bright yellow color with a tremendous foamy 4 finger snow white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes and faded extremely slowly, leaving good spotty foamy lacing on the sides and rings as it went down. The head was so thick that I carved a canyon through it and it still stuck around for a few more minutes; it was incredible looking with a tornado of carbonation twisting up the middle and racing up to the lingering head.

Smells like champagne, sweet white grapes, apple skin, pear, white wine, grass, bready malt, light hops, funky yeast, more fruity notes like lemon zest, apricot and banana, candy like gummy bears, brett and some light spices including pepper and coriander. The fruity notes are very strong and seem like a mix of funk, a wet cellar and mild oak with a hint of alcohol. Pretty sweet overall and very interesting with a lot of different aroma’s coming out.

Tastes like champagne as well, with the flavor a mix of funky yeast, sweet white grapes, apple skin, pear, chilled white wine, grass, floral hops, herbs like tea leaf, citrus hops and/or lemon zest, apricot, candied sugar, brett, spices including pepper, coriander and some other light spices. The finish is tart and fruity, with the brett dryness leaving a chalky aftertaste that is funky like wet cardboard and apple juice. The alcohol peeks through, but the fruity sweetness washed it away like raspberries starting to decompose or sitting in a beer (or glass of water, any liquid really…) which leaves a slight acidity mixing with the funk. Really dynamic beer that is very light and lively, allowing the oaky notes to come through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with light fizzy carbonation, a slick and almost smooth buttery feel across the tongue, and a semi-dry sweet, funky finish like a white wine with some sour fruit notes that linger.

A really nice session brew and an overall interesting beer which I enjoyed. This is a style I am just getting into, but the Belgian template used along with the oak barrel aging combined with the additions of brett and the other Belgian yeast strains made for a unpredictable and always pleasing palate. Solid beer worth tracking down and indulging. (2,244 characters)

Photo of danedelman
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- straw yellow with a nice fluffy but big bubbled head.

S- funky, lemon, grapefruit, soap

T- Brett funk. Little sourness, very good Brett only beer. This would age great. Citrus, pineapple. Brett trios??

M- typical of this style. Thin and bubbly (250 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden color with a huge thick and billowy head of white foam. The head has fantastic retention, very slowly fading over time to leave tons of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest sweet fruity notes with tons of apple giving and almost dry cider like smell to the brew overall. Mixed with the apple is some peach, pineapple, and pear as well as a bit of a grassy and light grainy smell and a good showing of sour lemon. An oaky smell and some hay like aromas mix with the rest giving it an overall funky but sorta fruity aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a crisp with a good showing of a funk and grass right from the start. Upfront there is a little bit of light fruit sweetness with the fruit being as would be expected from the nose. These sweeter flavors fade quite a bit however as the taste advances with some light yeast and a rather strong grassy and herbal flavor taking the sweet’s place. With some moderately strong lemongrass and even more grassy and hay like funk coming to the tongue at the end one is left with a slightly dry and rather heavily funky tart and sour flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is light with a carbonation level that is rather effervescent. The mix of lighter body and high carbonation are great for the drier and tart flavors of the brew making for a moderately easier drink in light of its somewhat funked, and tart taste overall.

Overall – A decently funky and sour with just a hint of malt and fruit to back it up. A very nice wild, but there are certainly better ones out there for the rather hefty price paid for a 375 ml bottle. (1,727 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottled October 11, 2013

Pours a bubbly golden color, good sized head, at first it fizzes away really quickly but then slows down and leaves a fluffy looking cap on top, very clean looking which is a bit unexpected since half of it was aged in oak.

Smell has a very lemony tart aroma, tons and tons of lemony citrus aromas, some might say it resembles Lemon Pledge (not that that's an overly bad thing), hop aroma has essentially been voided though, not much of an oak presence either.

Taste starts out with a lemon citrus flavor and ends with a tart lemon finish, the carbonation is quite explosive and fills the mouth with soft foam, almost like drinking a pillow, the malt backing helps tone down the lemon zingers but not much else is getting through, finishes semi-dry and the tart ending is quite refreshing.

Nicest day in Maine for a long while and this is a good one to end it on, sunny and warm with a tart refreshing brew, kind of reminds me more of a berliner weissbier than a wild ale which would also be appropriate for today. (1,043 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured half the bottle into a snifter glass. Hazy apricot body with a huge whipped head of two and a half fingers. The retention is incredible..and also annoying. I'll tell you how the lacing is if the foamy cap ever subsides. About 10 minutes later, lacing is layered on thick and plentiful.

Sharp lemon, white peaches and other stonefruit, the tropical tones here imply pineapple (maybe artificial pineapple syrup) but I get more white grapes, mountain apple and sweet passionfruit. A bit grainy with floral hops and department store air funk.

Grainy and husky malt comes out late in the drink. The initial burst is pineapple and lemon flesh. Some off flavors of metal, and earthy herbs are present, likely from the noble hops but not sure if I should instead dismiss it and attribute that to the Brett yeast which imparts its own unique attic funk before some moderate limey tartness hits.

Building carbonation is very bright with a medium body. Easy to drink with a snappy tartness that blends lemon lime with a developing Brett funk.

A wild ale that features lemon lime tartness, is bright and has a hint of graininess to it, very much like a Berliner Wiesse. The Brett funkiness is in it's infantile stage but has the potential to really develop down the line. I should've been a bit more patient but over all it's a nice quaff for the dawn of summer. (1,362 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of oak are present in the nose along with strong notes of brett and associated sourness.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell but has additional hints of citrusy hops, although without any noticeable bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be easy to drink as the fact that they blended together beers separately brewed with brett and Belgian yeast didn't make the sourness overpower the beer but instead lends complexity.

Note: Bottled on October 11, 2013 (798 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to newbrewbb for the opportunity to try this one. Pours a sunny, orange-gold with a loose, bright white head. Nose reveals citrus, brett and some oak notes. Taste consistent with nose - not overly sour but pleasantly tart with a slightly medicinal quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bright carbonation. Overall, a solid entry-level wild - not overly complex; however, still quite tasty. (421 characters)

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Allagash Tiarna from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.