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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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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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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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 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 jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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 johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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 GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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 corby112
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
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 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 VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Darkmagus82
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

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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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 cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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 Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear straw with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like crisp white grapes and minerals and tart vinegar, with some funky oak and sweet pineapple.
T: It tasted like sweet white grape juice and minerals, with some funky oak and tart vinegar. It had a clean, sweet tart aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Very bubbly body.
D: This was a nice sour, but the scent and taste weren't the most bold or complex. The body was fitting for the style, and the finish was pretty smooth, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Doesn't seem built to age. Not bad, but not worth the price and ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of Gmann
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Dope
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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 KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 rawfish
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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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