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Allagash Tiarna - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 311
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 25
Gots: 88 | FT: 16
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 outdoor7or24
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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 johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bert's
Nice to see some of this stuff finally making its way to NH
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever. Aromas of tart grape and blueberry with bits of lemon and an earthy funkiness as well as a hint of aspirin. The flavor is a somewhat tart grape vinous affair. Residual brown sugar with a hint of earthy funk round it out. This one is a bit tame for a wild ale, I see it more like a funky fruity farmhouse myself, but maybe some aging would intensify it a bit.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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 puboflyons
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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 VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very hazy golden color. Akin to a witbier. Head is a thicker growth of airy white fizz. Head it's off quite a bit.

S-Aroma is obviously quite funkified. It also has a sweetness to it. Sourdough bread. Hints of grass and wheat. Barrel character. Bretty.

T-Starts funky and tart and finishes with a pleasant maltiness. The tartness seems almost cheesy. Little bits of grass again. Bread crusts and some yeasty fruit flavors. Hints of oak. The finish is sweet and almost doughy.

M-Body is light. Ample amounts of carbonation. Semidry. Very easy to drink. I could engulf this beer in 4 sips; too bad that'd put me back about $17.

O/D-Always willing to buy Allagash's fancy 375ml sour beers. This one was pretty decent but not up to its price point. I have had better from them in this bottle format.

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Photo of Gmann
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml C&C, bottled October 2013, poured into a Cantillon taster 7/7/2014.

A- Bright, clean and clear straw yellow body with a nice bubbly two-finger white head with excellent retention. It looks very refreshing and a nice change-up for the night.

S- Citrus zest, pineapple, pale malt, a bit of leathery funk. It's certainly a different nose than most other Brett beers I've had.

F- Pineapple, pale malt, Belgian candi sugar, lemon zest. This is quite interesting as this is clearly a Brett beer but there is more to be found, which makes sense given the blending of different threads.

M- A bit on the thinner side but well carbonated and drinks clean and very dry. The end is a bit more bitter than I'd like, presumably from the noble hopping, accompanied by a crisp, spicy Belgian yeast finish.

O- Interesting, different given the blending of different threads but certainly not in the conversation for the better Brett beers out there.

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Photo of pheuker75
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
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 ThickNStout
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
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 jaasen64
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml cork & caged bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Cork flew off as soon as undoing the cage. Pours a very translucent golden color with a very high carbonation level of fast rising bubbles, a very foamy 2-finger white head forms that has great retention and doesn't recede.

S- Definitely on the bretty side with a golden ale base and a hay funk presence. Aromas of brettanomyces, hay, light grain, hint of lemon, oak, and a bit of a floral aspect. Fairly complex and aromatic.

T- Sour lemons, brett influenced barnyard funk with a bit of hay, slight grain, finishes with a bit of a sweetness of dry lemons and grain, ending with a lightly syrupy golden ale presence. Nice balanced funk, not overly sour, some decent complexity.

M- Fairly over-carbonated, long lasting head give a light foamy aspect, finishes fairly dry, pretty drinkable.

O- Tiarna is a pretty solid wild ale that was fairly accessible. My only complaint was the over-carbonation which is easily solved by letting it sit 5-10 minutes. Just watch out when opening the cork. If you see this on the shelf it's definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a bright, orange-gold coloring with a ton of carbonation action throughout the body, and a fluffy, small bubbled, foamy, white head. Aromas of tart cherry and grape, tannins, grass, toasted grains, and berry sweetness. Smells really balanced and really flavorful. Flavors are tart and slightly puckering forward, with a crisp shot of dry white wine characteristics, followed by a bitter citrus note that takes over and cleans up the palate. This beer is a refreshing flash across your taste buds. White grape is most apparent to me, delivering the dry and slightly sour fruit notes, but there is some woody characteristics that help round everything out, as well. The citrus character mellows into a smooth, short lived aftertaste of tart, bitter, and slightly sour. The body is light, crisp, and effervesced as you drink, making the flavor profiles dance quite a bit. The finish leans more to the dry side, lightened up, again, by the carbonation. This is a great summer brew; crisp, refreshing, balanced, and flavorful!

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazed bright yellow amber with a tight white head. Nose is oak, golden fruits, dusty brett, and bright citrus and grapefruit hops. Taste has a bunch of peach, brett is lighter, citrus and grapefruit. Oaky presence adds something. A bit sour in the back, assertive carbonation and lighter body.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 joe1510
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml
$12.99
Binny's - Willowbrook, IL

Bottled: 10/11/13

Tirana sports a tarnished golden body with a mild haze. When backlit it glows straw golden and seems to illuminate items around the glass. The foam is pure white, dense and easily grows to three fingers in height. It settles slowly, becoming meringue like and leaving chunky patches down the glass. The active carbonation never allows the head to fall below a couple fingers high.

The nose is saliva inducing. Bretty notes of wet stone and damp hay leap from the glass off the bat before waves of lactic pineapple acidity and doughy malts make themselves known. Fruity undercurrents add depth with dried apricots and Rainier cherries. A dry woody character rounds things out nicely.

Again, there's a lot of depth in the flavor. The brett is even keeled and nicely developed. Enjoyable musty fruitiness, mostly pineapple, wet stone, minerals, and wet hay all play a roll but are used with a deft hand. A touch of lactic acidity adds zest. The malt base is doughy and light while a soft grassiness washes through on the swallow. Very nicely done.

While the carbonation certainly looks active it loses a touch on the mouthfeel. If it was a tick higher I feel the body would have that great frothiness that's appropriate for a beer of this style. With that said it's barely off. The body is light and there's zero sense of alcohol. Grassy bitterness buzzes the tongue and light tartness lingers.

Tirana is a well made, well rounded wild ale. The brett is integrated well, the fruitiness adds some punch, and the hoppiness adds uniqueness. I would happily pick this up again and will savor the rest of this bottle.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Darkmagus82
4.1/5  rDev -1%

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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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%

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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Allagash Tiarna from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.