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Allagash Tiarna | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash TiarnaAllagash Tiarna

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Summerteeth
4.53/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.87/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of BrotherDylan
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of parkeak0
4.74/5  rDev +15%
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".

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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

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Photo of k8kruk
3.5/5  rDev -15%
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...).

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Photo of Gajo74
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle - $12.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Date Bottled: Sept. 16, 2015.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow-hued body that's righteously bubbly and called with a steep, airy, whitish head. Minimal lace.

Smell: Fruity elements of pineapple, orchard fruit and citruses underneath a modest maltiness and given a salty-scented level of Bretty funkiness.

Taste: A light touch of pale, gently biscuity malts and wheat preclude the big pop of brett and hoppy, fruity elements suggesting citrus, melon and pineapple. Middling sweetness. A soft, buttery undertone of oak and sip of white wine follows. Growing touch of Granny Smith. It's all wrapped in a layer of sweaty funk but lets the fruity touches shine. Fizzled, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium albeit lively carbonation.

Overall: Quite pleasant, even respectable.

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Photo of mac31
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle sweet and fruity entry. Tart. Lemon up front. Tropical fruit nuances. At times I get stone fruit flavors as well. Minor soft, grassy notes. Nice balance of sweet and sour in this beer. Touch of grains in the finish. Clean finish, no linger whatsoever. Nice warm oak really rounds out and softens this beer. Nice firm Brett flavor, but not overwhelming. Spritzy carbonation. Alcohol goes undetected. A perfectly harmoniously beer. Waves and waves of lovely, different complex flavors with each sip. Sit back and enjoy the ride. My only problem with this beer is that it is only 12.7 oz. I would much rather have a bomber of this.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white and creamish foam head that takes a bit of a while to dissipate. The beer itself is as beautiful clear pale gold that comes off slightly yellow. The combination of the two give the beer a very nice and refreshingly appealing look. Overall, it's very good.

The smell is very good and wonderfully balanced as well. It's interestingly more complex than other wild ales that I've had with some nice subtle notes. The nose has a nice raspberry tart note mixed with a bunch of other notes that mix well with it. There is also a nice wooden barrel note to it that is fairly present. The malt and barley note aren't as strong enough to compete with the other notes but it has a nice grainy, sweet, bready presence throughout. The hop note is a bit more present than the malts and mixes well with the tartness. Overall, there is a very nice smell to this beer. It has a bit of a lightly fruity tart smell to it with a nice earthiness to it.

The taste has the same notes and is just as good as the smell but is a bit different. It's a bit more bitter and tarty than the smell but still retains that light overall raspberry note caused by the barley and sweet malt . The hop note is interesting since it has an earthy bitterness to it and a bit of an orange note to it as well. Overall, it's a fairly subtle taste but still nice and complex, if not balanced.

The feel is good and interesting. It's a nice medium bodied beer that has a nice smoothness and creaminess to it. The carbonation is biting but it leaves more of a refreshed finish.

Overall, a very good and balanced wild ale. It isn't super tart and has a bunch of nice and interesting notes to create a decent fruity and tarty smell and taste. It's a good wild ale for those who aren't looking for something extreme. Go for it.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour light golden with s slight haze. Aromas of some spice like Belgian phenols, citrus rind and hay. Taste has a nicely balanced Brett and Belgian yeasty forward presence. Lightly tart with mild acidity and a dry straw like finish.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz growler filled at CBX in Charleston for $19. Poured in snifter, shared with Kyle, Trevor, and Rob.
A: pours a golden medium yellow body, +1 white foam head that spreads to the perimeter, carbonation
S: citrus fruits, oak, hints of grape, hay, barnyard funk
M: medium light body, carbonation leaves a dry finish on tongue
T: funky brew, hints of citrus, biscuit, yeast, hay, brettanomyces funk, finishes on the dry side
O: cool brew and glad I got it, although I thought it was kinda on the pricey side.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice funk but the flavor is too dry and bretty and missing the sweetness and sourness I like. Still a respectable beer but definitely not quite up to Allagash's other BA wild ale standards.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: Clear golden with loads of rapidly rising bubbles. A plush white head on the pour that mostly sticks around.
smell: Citrus, bready, subtle sour and oak.
taste: Delicious. All the flavors of the nose and as they advertise, " a long dry finish".
overall: One of the most "drinkable" beers I've ever had. I have an urge to just kill this like a glass of water on a hot day.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bright gold color with a white head that lingers.
Aroma of pineapple, citrus, and grass. A hint of oak.
Pineapple, grapefruit taste. A bit funky.
Tart and dry mouthfeel.
Well done!

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Photo of gonzo000
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks of light yellow straw with a lot of bubbled pods of carbonation floating north to south in the beer. Smell is of springtime. Hay and flavors that are new to me. There is a smell of band aid, and a taste of liquid gold. These are in contrast of smooth taste and excellent mouthfeel. Great beer, but not excellent.

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Photo of BiaSongThan
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

9/15 Straw color white head big bubbles. Funky aroma slightly bready, pineapple, oak, white wine. Taste has awesome barnyard funk up front, some citrus, yeasty esters. Finishes dry and clean. Light body and nicely effervescent. Very drinkable and delightfully funky

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Photo of Gmann
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw color with a big sudsy white head. Lots of big bubbles. Settles into a wispy cap.

The aroma is of white grapes and oak. There is some other general fruitiness to the aroma as well. Some hay and grass round out the aroma for me. The aroma is not overpowering but you are able to pick up the various attributes.

The taste is of a light dry pale/pils malt. Subtle grape notes with a hint of oak. It has a light raspberry like berry fruitiness. Slightly sweet and tart. A little bit of funk from the yeast but not much.

The feel is light and bubbly. Slightly sweet, slightly tart, slightly dry. Crazy drinkable brew. Great palate cleanser.

The flavors are nice. The beer has excellent balance. Not the most flavorful wild ale I have had, perhaps the brett needs time to do its thang. Its very enjoyable.

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Photo of pheuker75
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: sunshine yellow, thick white head that dissipates quickly with light lacing

S: burnt raisin, yeasty, and subtle sour notes; smells like drying wall paint once aerated

T: pineapple, sour waxy crayon, bread crust, banana; bread crust lingers well after the sip is over

F: light and refreshing; tart but not too sour; light carbonation

O: very nice beer filled with subtleties; very enjoyable to drink

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