Allagash Tiarna | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
389
Reviews:
74
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
97
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 389 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of Jps715
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jadjunk
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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
4.44/5.00

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Photo of jmasher85
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of CUBeerBuff
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheWolf
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brett is subtle but a little too much bubble gum

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Photo of Kurzman
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bdrega10
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frekky
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OrangeMen
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

8/12/16 bottle

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Allagash Tiarna from Allagash Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 389 ratings.
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