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Allagash Tiarna - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 6.83%
Wants: 16
Gots: 57 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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.

(Beer added by: rudzud on 12-21-2013)
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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

KYGunner, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4/5  rDev -2.4%

bigbluebeerguy, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jkball01, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

nmann08, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

mltobin, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

rowbow, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

ldhughes3, Jun 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

fthegiants, Jun 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

bcp5296d, Jun 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

ACarp, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

JuanAlberto, May 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

st9647v3, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

ScottJWing, May 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

nesarebad, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

CoolEthan, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

akang, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

SocalKicks, May 21, 2014
Photo of corby112
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

corby112, May 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

kaelingirl, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

ElGallo, May 18, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

GarthDanielson, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Boski, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Bockerdoppel91, May 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

deapokid, May 11, 2014
Photo of rawfish
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

rawfish, May 09, 2014
Allagash Tiarna from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.