Allagash Tiarna | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash TiarnaAllagash Tiarna
BA SCORE
4.11/5
394 Ratings
Allagash TiarnaAllagash Tiarna
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
Ranking:
#2,268
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
394
pDev:
7.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
97
Trade:
16
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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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

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4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jadjunk
4.44/5  rDev +8%
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 +5.4%
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 +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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 -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheWolf
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
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 +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bdrega10
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frekky
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 394 ratings
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