Allagash Tiarna - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.16/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
05-20-2014 05:43:32 | More by corby112
4/5 rDev -2.7%
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!
05-16-2014 21:03:10 | More by GarthDanielson
4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
05-09-2014 02:58:01 | More by rawfish
4.09/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
05-03-2014 19:46:46 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
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
04-27-2014 16:30:07 | More by metter98
4.26/5 rDev +3.6%
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
04-26-2014 21:21:21 | More by brentk56
4.24/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
04-22-2014 23:54:49 | More by brewandbbq
Allagash Tiarna from Allagash Brewing Company
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