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
Ranking:
#2,318
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
398
pDev:
7.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

distinct brew, i did not know it was a blend when i had it, but now it makes perfect sense that it is, and this answers many questions for me. i was impressed by this hazy blonde wild ale, that sports multiple inches of lasting white head above its well carbonated base. it has the perfect balance of sour and funk, with minimal acid, and the interplay between them is fantastic. the belgian yeast is more evident than the brett in the nose, light and fruity, yet dry. wheal malt base is sturdy enough without getting in the way. the flavor shows the brett before the belgian yeast, opposite the smell, with some notes of pear and green apple before fading into a sweet and dense oaky conclusion that is accentuated by the peppery belgian yeast and the dryness of the brett. complex yet restrained, which i admire in a wild ale these days. i could stand to see a bit more of the brett influence here, just a bit more funk to the forefront would really make it hum, but i like the general mellowness of the whole thing. upbeat carbonation is just what these flavors call for, and it makes the oak flavors penetrate deep into my palate, leaving a long aftertaste despite the dryness of the finish. challenging beer, but fun and creative too. allagash has been on top for awhile, and his beer is evidence that they arent going anywhere.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of oak are present in the nose along with strong notes of brett and associated sourness.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell but has additional hints of citrusy hops, although without any noticeable bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be easy to drink as the fact that they blended together beers separately brewed with brett and Belgian yeast didn't make the sourness overpower the beer but instead lends complexity.

Note: Bottled on October 11, 2013

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Like all the Allagash beers, this pour looks Belgian with a massive foamy head that sits atop the cloudy goldenstraw liquid; gobs of lacing, too

Smell: Chalky, wet stone, vinous white wine grape, bready and grassy

Taste: Bready and musty at first, with developing citrus, white wine grape and grassy elements, in the middle; after the swallow, the fruit flavors develop further, with a bit more of a tropical and vinous character but the Belgian yeast strain also adds a spiciness, just as the sweetness from the malt returns the challenge; dry, oaky finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A really interesting beer that is likely to develop over time from the Brett influence as the hops fade and the funk increases; I suspect I would enjoy it more in a couple of years

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Tim for bringing this.

Light fizzy head, hazy bright yellow color.

Nose bready yeast, mild funk and sweet sugar, hint grassy lemony, little juicy, mild grainy malt, hint of barrel and goodness.

Taste semi sweet, more sweet reddish juicy malt, grainy grassy malt, toasty, grassy and lemon, tart mild funk, decent barrel notes as well with touch of bourbon. Finish is mild tart bitter lemony slight grassy flavors.

Mouth med to lighter bod, lighter carb,

Overall pretty nice beer, good mild funk like grassy flavors, and hint of barrel.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Allagash Tiarna from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 398 ratings
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