Allagash Brewing Company

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Wild Ale
Ranked #494
Ranked #3,129
4.13 | pDev: 7.75%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 403 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of brother_rebus
brother_rebus from Maine

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened a basement aged 2015-09-16 on 2019-10-01.

Probably the best aged beer I’ve had. Meaning it aged better than any beer I’ve had before/after tastes of.

Going to drive to the packy and grab a couple more. May even become a yearly thing.

The belgian yeast caused all these crazy esters and spice notes to surface. Gotta ask them what “specialty grains” mean.


Oct 02, 2019
Photo of SHODriver
SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel Tulip to a light golden yellow topped by a dense finger and a half of white head which retains very well and leaves minimal lacing.
S: Smells of pineapple with some citrus, bread dough, and funk.
T: Taste is pineapple and citrus with some nice tartness and some bready doughy notes. Tons of pineapple and citrus on the palate along with some funk. Swallow is more pineapple and citrus with some slight oak, light vanilla and lingering funk with a little bit of tartness.
M: The beer has a moderate amount of body to it with a slightly silky and syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is effervescent but it is not prickly. The beer has a drying finish which is expected for the style.
O: Overall this one is really good. It reminds me a lot of Mo Betta Bretta with all the pineapple notes. The beer has some solid flavors and complexity while still being fairly approachable. It's worth a try if you don't like your wild ales on the sour side.

Sep 02, 2018
Photo of Frudel
Frudel from Canada

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Loud pop when removing cork.
Golden liquid wearing a white head that is diminishing quite fast to only keep a round of foam around the glass.
Nose of apple, pineapple, spicy esters, funk, oak.
Taste has a light acidity, belgian yeast spiciness, malt, with a dry final with funk.
A very enjoyable carbonation that makes your tongue fizzy, long aftertaste, drinks by itself.
Very nice one once again by Allagash!

Jul 14, 2018
Photo of Viaduck
Viaduck from California

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly loud pop of the cork, pours a hazy gold color with a white fizzy head that immediately disappears. Aroma is dominated with pineapple & traces of bread & mild funk. Taste is somewhere between tart & funky, with grapefruit & bread flavors. Moderate body & carbonation. Complex & fun to consume.

Nov 19, 2017
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas from Louisiana

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes taken in February 2015.

375ml brown glass bottle. Branded cork. Brown glass. Classy understated label design.

7.1% ABV. Bottled: 10/11/13.

Served cold into a tulip at Blind Tiger Ale House in New York, NY. Expectations are high going in; I adore a lot of what Allagash does.

HEAD: 2 fingers worth of head. Fluffy consistency. White colour. Looks soft, but the consistency and complexion could be better. Retention on the other hand is quite good - ~7-8 minutes. No lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Translucent vibrant gold. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible within. Filtered?

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special, but absolutely appealing given the style.

AROMA: The yeast profile is intricate, showcasing subtle notes of yeasty spice, faint dry fruit, biscuit, and brettanomyces yeast funkiness. Has a rustic farmhouse undertone: hay/straw and barnyard character emerge. Some clove. A kiss of starch.

Belgian pale malts lend this its neutral yet pleasant core. White pepper. White grape. Dampened oak...the oak tone is fantastic! Floral hops, fruity hops, golden malts. Muted citrus.

No overt alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

Aromatic intensity is mild. In short, the aroma is mouthwatering, suggesting an appropriately dry beer. Evokes a stellar farmhouse ale/wild ale hybrid.

TASTE: Spicy phenolic Belgian yeast flaovur with hints of bread and biscuit. White pepper, clove, and coriander round out the subtle yet intricate spice profile. Brettanomyces funkiness is a bit too restrained for my taste, and seems clinically clean instead of rustic, but the tartness and mild (~4/10 in terms of intensity) sourness are the highlights of this beer for me.

Vaguely fruity and complementary floral hop character lend this beer additional complexity and both are welcome companions to the neutral Belgian pale/golden malt base.

Good depth of flavour. Above average flavour duration. Average flavour intensity. Build is cohesive and harmonious, coming together into a gestalt whole of a beer. Brilliantly balanced, but I do wish they pushed the wild flavours even further; I'd like to see some microfloral nuance and real bacterial complexity. Overt oak would be more than welcome.

TEXTURE: The peppery taste is accentuated by the aptly (dareisay perfectly) dry texture. Has a tingly coarseness, setting off the subtle spice flavours from the yeast. It's medium-bodied yet refreshing, with aptly moderate thickness. Slight overcarbonation does negatively impact its drinkability, but execution is great overall. Near perfect for the beer's premise. Great overall presence on the palate.

OVERALL: Each sip demands to be savored, though it's highly drinkable. ABV could be better concealed, and I wish it committed more to true spontaneous fermentation flavours (particularly bacteria) but what this does with brettanomyces yeast is impressive. The dryness of the texture is a stand-out, accentuating the enjoyable Belgian spice. Very evocative and expressive, Belgian in feel, and appropriately yeast-emphatic.

One of the best phenol profiles I've experienced in a beer. I'd absolutely recommend this to friends, and I'd be glad to get it again - just hopefully not at $26 USD per bottle. More stellar work from one of the U.S.A.'s finest breweries.

B+ (3.93) / VERY GOOD

Jun 27, 2017
Photo of Jadjunk
Jadjunk from Georgia

4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"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." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, available in 375ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 375ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy, pastel white head over a very lightly hazy golden amber body with abundant, lively carbonation and very fine sediment. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Incredible blend of bright, tangy and lively flavors. Soft wheat and pale malt body, very clean, with the impact of biscuity, fruity and spicy Belgian yeast strains, a delicate earthy impact of brettanomyces, and a very nicely hopped finish of tropical fruits and citrus. Potency is moderate. 4.5

(Taste) The flavor of this beer does a nice job at replicating the aroma. Smooth, clean malt base with a touch of fluffy wheat body, a balance of tangy, fruity and peppery yeast strain and brettanomyces notes, none rising in volume over the other, and a nice citrus and tropical fruit finish complete with hints of lemon zest, pineapple, grapefruit and peach. Finishes moderately dry and clean with subtle white oak tannins for an appreciated complexity. Outstanding flavor. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly fluffy, crisp, softly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is nearly even tangy and hoppy bitter to sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) This installment in Allagash's continuously innovative, more-often-than-not-enjoyable, limited, small batch 375ml. series just topped my favorites list. Just about every flavor coming together in this beer benefits the finished product gracefully, while none are particularly voluminous, resulting in a nicely balanced beer with incredible flavor range. Some of my favorite qualities shine brightly here; a nice pick of Belgian yeast strains that yield incredible fermentation results, an ever-present, but uncompromising oak and brettanomyces impact that keeps from dominating the flavor, a great choice in hop flavor and great balance of the entire thing. Allagash doesn't retire all of these for good; I think this is one they should consider bringing back, dare I suggest annually? 4.5

Allagash Brewing Company's
Tiarna Ale Aged in Oak Barrels

Mar 19, 2017
Photo of jmasher85
jmasher85 from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An oaky, complex, brett beer, Tiarna shines as a winning example of Allagash's ability to pack beers with enough flavors to fill a symphony hall, and enough complexity and character to earn a standing ovation.

It pours clear with just a bit of murky sediment on the bottom. Light orange/tan in color and a creamy, soft head which wafts the wonderful aromas of tart lemons, oak, apple vinegar, and that funky, slightly BO-like (in a good way) barnyard brett aroma.

The taste brings more of the oak and lemon, more of that delicate but strongly present yeasty funk that never grows very tart and stays well on the winning side of pleasant. Just a bit fruity and citrusy at first to temper the flavors that border on distracting, and then a dry, slightly tannic, woody second half. Hints of raspberries in the back of my throat during the finish. There's nothing I don't like about this beer, and unlike many brett and sour beers, I could easily flag my hand towards the barkeep for another.

Jan 27, 2017
Photo of ArkyVaughan
ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Even with a 4.13 average, I think this beer is a bit underrated (like most Allagash sours). The nose is funky and the flavor is incredibly complex with a wonderfully dry finish. So good.

Jan 07, 2017
Photo of ManapuaMan
ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer from Allagash. Cork pops off like a bottle of champagne. Golden pour with an effervescent body that sits beaneath a huge frothy head. Aroma of sour lemon, funk and wood. The taste and mouthfeel are unreal - green apple, sour lemon, brett-funk, grass, oak and vanilla. That vanilla kicker...feels so smooth. The taste rolls from tart to funk to rich ale to exquisite vanilla. Rich, complex, smooth, funky and dry. Should've bought another.

Nov 12, 2016
Photo of ClavisAurea
ClavisAurea from New York

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

09/2015 bottling served cold in a teku

Appearance: deep golden color with a fluffy white head. Bottle art is always classy like Allagash does. There is some sediment in the glass and bottle but nothing too crazy

Nose: apricots, berries, blackberries, raspberries, stone fruit, crackery malts, Brett funk, pineapple, bubble gum.

Taste: follows the nose well. Crisp and refreshing. Mildly tart but not acidic or sour like I expected. Tons of pineapple and stone fruit. Biscuit malts, Brett funk is very nice. The finish is lingering funk and pineapple. Very pleasant.

Overall: I had high expectations for this one and it did not disappoint. I would definitely buy this again. I only wish I had more bottles.

Oct 16, 2016
Photo of OrangeMen
OrangeMen from New York

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage
~ 1 year from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a lemony, medium golden color, moderately hazy. Finger thick, pillowy and creamy white colored head, not much head lacing.

Aroma- Sweet and zesty fruitiness, mild tartness. Pineapple, lemon, citrus, tart apples, and pear. Bready type sweetness, hints of creaminess. Funky yeast, spice, clove, and slight banana.

Taste- Sweet fruits mixed with tart and zesty flavors. Pineapple, lemon zest, and citrus peel. Dry oak and moderate spice. Lots of funky yeast, wet hay, grassy. Bready, smooth sweetness.

Feel- Light and crisp body, slight creaminess. Higher carbonation, spritzy and palate cleansing.

Overall- Lots of fruity complexity balanced with a nice smooth bready maltiness. Subtler funky, belgian yeast, and dry oak comes through on the finish. Real crisp carbonation makes the beer drink incredibly easy.

Sep 06, 2016
Photo of AnitaBrewski
AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this wonderful beer at Mead Hall in Cambridge Mass., it's a beautiful dear lovely Wildell, light and tangy, consumed with some of my best friends in the world!

Jul 29, 2016
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle. Orange body and a little hazy. Smells of brett, doughy malts, and some Belgian yeastiness behind it all. A little bit of citrus, too. Tastes really nice. Bretty yeast. Bright citrus. Grainy malt. A little bit sweet. Earthy bretty notes in the finish. Medium body and a little creamy. Well carbonated. Very promising and reminiscent of quality Belgian sours, but doesn't quite reach the heights of a really great beer.

Jul 19, 2016
Photo of TheElectricOne
TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle, corked and wired, into a tulip glass:

Appearance: pours a lovely, very slightly hazy, golden in color. Loads of teensy bubbles rising from the bottom up to the thick, pure white head. Head lingers for a looooooooooong time, which is much different than most wilds I've had, both from Allagash and other breweries. Pretty looking beer.

Aroma: subtle here, but the scents are nice. Light, bready notes dominate, with an undertone of lemon and a little bit of citrus. Definitely gives off a Belgian-esque scent, though with a twist of slight tartness.

Taste: the finish is what stuck with me here, so I'll roll with that first. Oddly sweet, but not cloyingly so, with a dark cherry-like taste on the end of the beer. Initial flavors I got were bready cracker, citrus, and a little bit of funk. Not boozy at all. Lightly tart, not puckering at all.

Feel: crisp, but with a fuller body than most wilds/sours. Starts crispy and carbonated, but finishes softer and creamier.

Overall: this was a very nice, complex brew from Allagash. Not my favorite wild beer from them by any stretch, but worth the bucks.

Jul 15, 2016
Photo of Summerteeth
Summerteeth from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An American wild ale made with, inter alia (look it up), one ale aged in oak barrels and fermented with 100% Brettanomyces and another in stainless steel with Belgian yeast. This comes in at 7.1% ABV. Color is medium-dark golden. Smell is heavy on the Brett with good amount of breadiness and some citrus. Has a nice sour consistency but sweet at the end, almost like cherries or candy - maybe even some pineapple. Mouthfeel is strong carbonation with some peppery notes. This is a beer you should definitely get. I give it a definite A. My only complaint is that the bottle is not big enough.

May 28, 2016
Photo of ptykozoon
ptykozoon from California

2.87/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy apple juice with islands.

Light lemon, sour tarts.

Barnyard funk, hay, bread, simple.

Carbonation is insanely high on this bottle. Dry.

A lackluster example of a belgian style sour. No refinement or complexity.

May 22, 2016
Photo of Pencible
Pencible from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

May 02, 2016
Photo of costanzo_mike
costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Apr 27, 2016
Photo of BrotherDylan
BrotherDylan from California

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Allagash for another beer that would have been an epic beer 10 years ago had the whole sour beer craze not taken over. Yeah, its good, really good. And its stylistically on point, very on point. And the clarity is remarkable and the brett yeast wrangling is world class, but the sad truth is that for $16 dollars per bottle, the consumer demands more than a stylistically on point brett wheat beer.

Never again would I pay such a high price for this beer. Skip it, don't even get it on tap. It is a nice beer, but thats it.

The beer is loaded with pineapple and tropical fruit and has a nice dryness to it, but it lacks any depth or complexity. The oak is nearly non-existent and the really high carbonation makes any lingering complexity dissipate on your tongue in a matter of seconds. I am done buying $16 Allagash beers, its just not worth it in todays crowded beer market.

Apr 13, 2016
Photo of dee4maine
dee4maine from Maine

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very good golden ale with balance being the name of the game. nothing horse blankety about this brew. lots of fruits, very mild tart and great carbonation.

Mar 07, 2016
Photo of parkeak0
parkeak0 from District of Columbia

4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Present but not aggressive brett funk, bone dry yet awesome aromatics of apple, honey, some tropical fruits. Really interesting beer, tons going on, super quaffable. Pretty much exactly what I want when someone hands me a "brett beer".

Feb 16, 2016
Photo of WunderLlama
WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle poured into antique German Pilsner glass

Pale, clear yellow, steady stream of carbonation, dense foamy two finger white foam cap, great lacings

Aroma of cider, grapes, spices

Tart with hops, bready, brettamyctes, almost white wine , whisper of oak

Good sudsing, light mouthfeel

Nice beer

Feb 14, 2016
Photo of k8kruk
k8kruk from New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Okay, THIS is the champagne of beers. In that it actually tastes a bit like champagne and has identically structured carbonation - tight and insistent.

A: Clear, crisp golden yellow. Absolutely beautiful. Visible carbonation bubbles persist long after our pour. Tons of lacing on the glass.

S: Fruity with grape and spice noticeable right way.

T: Is it an ale? A cider? A sparkling wine? The oak aging really soars and lends a wine-like base on which stone fruits come alive. Yeasty and savory notes round out this confounding but delicious brew.

F: Crisp with abundant carbonation. Not too thick, sticky or gummy. Nice and clean.

O: I'm not just being flowery with the language. It has a sophisticated taste that is almost more sparkling wine or cider than an ale. The flavors are really well balanced between savory warm flavors and light fruits. Extremely drinkable and fascinating for real lovers of beer (and cider.... and wine... and champagne...).

Feb 07, 2016
Photo of Gajo74
Gajo74 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light golden and beige, big bubbly head, and a nice creamy white lace that retains.
The aroma is initially barnyard funky, however, this eventually mellows out and some sweet fruity overtones, pears and citrus, come out. The taste is surprisingly honey and fruity sweet at first. However, it is balanced out by a medium tartness, wild yeast, saison like peppery qualities, and a mildly bitter grapefruit like finish. The feel is medium to light and slightly creamy.
This one got better and better as it warmed. Good with a meal. It really grew on me. Since the tartness and funk is not so overpowering, it seems like a good introduction to the style for those not acclimated to it.

Feb 04, 2016
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jan 27, 2016
Tiarna from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 403 ratings