Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Allagash Tiarna - Allagash Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Allagash TiarnaAllagash Tiarna

Educational use only; do not reuse.

39 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 39
Hads: 249
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 21
Gots: 70 | FT: 14
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 39 | Hads: 249
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.

 533 characters

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.

 672 characters

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
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 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.

 809 characters

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

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.

 1,672 characters

Photo of danedelman
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Gosox8787
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
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 BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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 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.

 501 characters

Photo of alaimoa
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Roguer
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Bowdoinbeerboy
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
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 jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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 rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Allagash Tiarna from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.