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Allagash Tiarna - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 313
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 25
Gots: 92 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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 k8kruk
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okay, THIS is the champagne of beers. In that it actually tastes a bit like champagne and has identically structured carbonation - tight and insistent.

A: Clear, crisp golden yellow. Absolutely beautiful. Visible carbonation bubbles persist long after our pour. Tons of lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity with grape and spice noticeable right way.

T: Is it an ale? A cider? A sparkling wine? The oak aging really soars and lends a wine-like base on which stone fruits come alive. Yeasty and savory notes round out this confounding but delicious brew.

F: Crisp with abundant carbonation. Not too thick, sticky or gummy. Nice and clean.

O: I'm not just being flowery with the language. It has a sophisticated taste that is almost more sparkling wine or cider than an ale. The flavors are really well balanced between savory warm flavors and light fruits. Extremely drinkable and fascinating for real lovers of beer (and cider.... and wine... and champagne...).

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Photo of Gajo74
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light golden and beige, big bubbly head, and a nice creamy white lace that retains.
The aroma is initially barnyard funky, however, this eventually mellows out and some sweet fruity overtones, pears and citrus, come out. The taste is surprisingly honey and fruity sweet at first. However, it is balanced out by a medium tartness, wild yeast, saison like peppery qualities, and a mildly bitter grapefruit like finish. The feel is medium to light and slightly creamy.
This one got better and better as it warmed. Good with a meal. It really grew on me. Since the tartness and funk is not so overpowering, it seems like a good introduction to the style for those not acclimated to it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle - $12.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Date Bottled: Sept. 16, 2015.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow-hued body that's righteously bubbly and called with a steep, airy, whitish head. Minimal lace.

Smell: Fruity elements of pineapple, orchard fruit and citruses underneath a modest maltiness and given a salty-scented level of Bretty funkiness.

Taste: A light touch of pale, gently biscuity malts and wheat preclude the big pop of brett and hoppy, fruity elements suggesting citrus, melon and pineapple. Middling sweetness. A soft, buttery undertone of oak and sip of white wine follows. Growing touch of Granny Smith. It's all wrapped in a layer of sweaty funk but lets the fruity touches shine. Fizzled, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium albeit lively carbonation.

Overall: Quite pleasant, even respectable.

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Photo of mac31
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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 HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Fcolle2
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour light golden with s slight haze. Aromas of some spice like Belgian phenols, citrus rind and hay. Taste has a nicely balanced Brett and Belgian yeasty forward presence. Lightly tart with mild acidity and a dry straw like finish.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz growler filled at CBX in Charleston for $19. Poured in snifter, shared with Kyle, Trevor, and Rob.
A: pours a golden medium yellow body, +1 white foam head that spreads to the perimeter, carbonation
S: citrus fruits, oak, hints of grape, hay, barnyard funk
M: medium light body, carbonation leaves a dry finish on tongue
T: funky brew, hints of citrus, biscuit, yeast, hay, brettanomyces funk, finishes on the dry side
O: cool brew and glad I got it, although I thought it was kinda on the pricey side.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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 cindyjeffsmith
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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 lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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 gonzo000
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks of light yellow straw with a lot of bubbled pods of carbonation floating north to south in the beer. Smell is of springtime. Hay and flavors that are new to me. There is a smell of band aid, and a taste of liquid gold. These are in contrast of smooth taste and excellent mouthfeel. Great beer, but not excellent.

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Photo of BiaSongThan
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Gmann
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw color with a big sudsy white head. Lots of big bubbles. Settles into a wispy cap.

The aroma is of white grapes and oak. There is some other general fruitiness to the aroma as well. Some hay and grass round out the aroma for me. The aroma is not overpowering but you are able to pick up the various attributes.

The taste is of a light dry pale/pils malt. Subtle grape notes with a hint of oak. It has a light raspberry like berry fruitiness. Slightly sweet and tart. A little bit of funk from the yeast but not much.

The feel is light and bubbly. Slightly sweet, slightly tart, slightly dry. Crazy drinkable brew. Great palate cleanser.

The flavors are nice. The beer has excellent balance. Not the most flavorful wild ale I have had, perhaps the brett needs time to do its thang. Its very enjoyable.

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Photo of pheuker75
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: sunshine yellow, thick white head that dissipates quickly with light lacing

S: burnt raisin, yeasty, and subtle sour notes; smells like drying wall paint once aerated

T: pineapple, sour waxy crayon, bread crust, banana; bread crust lingers well after the sip is over

F: light and refreshing; tart but not too sour; light carbonation

O: very nice beer filled with subtleties; very enjoyable to drink

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear straw yellow with a white head
S: Huge pineapple, coconut, oak, light earthy funk, vanilla, sweet
T: Coconut, earthy Brett, oak, vanilla, light bitterness, white pepper, vinous, sweet peach
M: Highly carbonated
O: A unique Brett beer but not worth the price

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle from Bullock's (Woodstock, GA). 11.99. Bottled 9/16/15. Served in a Reformation snifter.

Pours a hazy, opaque pale yellow with two and a half fingers of white head. Trails of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to the surface while pillows of froth remain on top as well as a chunky halo that deposits large swaths of lace.

Aromas are yeasty and earthy with a good bit of fruit. Vague lemon, pineapple, bread, faint sugars and an interesting funky blend of earthy Brett and fruity Belgian yeast.

Flavors are quite good overall but seem dry and a bit flat. Mildly tart mixture of powdery lemon, hints of grapefruit zest, wet straw, faint apples, earth, oak, funky Brett, fruity and semi spicy Belgian yeast. There are alot of subtleties here and I like it more and more with each sip.

Dry, medium feel with lively carbonation. Finishes with earthy pineapple, citrus zest and fruity funky yeast.

Tiarna displays an interesting blend of Brett and Belgian yeasts that really allows both to show. A nice experiment that was worth a try but I'll likely stop there.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

September 16, 2015 bottling date.

A: Pours a hazy gold. Fizzy and tall white head. Head dissipates quickly, gradually slowing down as it goes. Minimal lacing.

S: Bits of tropical fruit, primarily pineapple. Hints of citrus. Bready. Definitely tart.

T: Pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel up front. Tart but not overly sour. Lots of bread crust on the back end. Crisp, quick finish with light bits of oak and citrus rind. Hints of grass or hay too.

M: Medium bodied, dry and crisp.

O: Nice lightly tart wild ale. Lots of brett character between the tropical fruit and the bread crust. Not super sour or funky but it's there. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden with a rich frothy head. The yeast is potent, resembling perfume, complimented with aromas of wet oak and grass. Flavors of grass, dry hops, strong oak, grapes, dried flower petals, clove and tart yeast. Dry, tart, spicy and tasty.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Yellow in color with a white head that billows over a 12oz. glass but does not spill over the side. It's almost like a mushroom on top of the glass. Lacing is heavy and stays throughout the drink.

Smell - Sweet and sour, don't really detect oak. Disappointingly simple smell

Taste - Citrus, Lactobacillus, yeast, not-yet-ripe grapes. Oak and sour aftertaste.

Feel - Light, but gives you a puckering reaction.

Overall - Good but not great, my least favorite of the Allagash sours I have tastes.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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 PHBoiler
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
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 MadScientist
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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 CHickman
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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Allagash Tiarna from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.