Allagash Tiarna | Allagash Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
388
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 388
Photo of bubseymour
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | 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 (4.26 initial rating). Revised review with a year aged in bottle. Taste really improves with year in the cellar. Let dry and sweet and tartness more noticed. Still no sourness but much better all around with aging. Buy one and sit on it.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +2.4%
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 -6.3%
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 +13.3%
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 -5.6%
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 -4.3%
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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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear straw yellow with a white head
S: Huge pineapple, coconut, oak, light earthy funk, vanilla, sweet
T: Coconut, earthy Brett, oak, vanilla, light bitterness, white pepper, vinous, sweet peach
M: Highly carbonated
O: A unique Brett beer but not worth the price

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle from Bullock's (Woodstock, GA). 11.99. Bottled 9/16/15. Served in a Reformation snifter.

Pours a hazy, opaque pale yellow with two and a half fingers of white head. Trails of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to the surface while pillows of froth remain on top as well as a chunky halo that deposits large swaths of lace.

Aromas are yeasty and earthy with a good bit of fruit. Vague lemon, pineapple, bread, faint sugars and an interesting funky blend of earthy Brett and fruity Belgian yeast.

Flavors are quite good overall but seem dry and a bit flat. Mildly tart mixture of powdery lemon, hints of grapefruit zest, wet straw, faint apples, earth, oak, funky Brett, fruity and semi spicy Belgian yeast. There are alot of subtleties here and I like it more and more with each sip.

Dry, medium feel with lively carbonation. Finishes with earthy pineapple, citrus zest and fruity funky yeast.

Tiarna displays an interesting blend of Brett and Belgian yeasts that really allows both to show. A nice experiment that was worth a try but I'll likely stop there.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

September 16, 2015 bottling date.

A: Pours a hazy gold. Fizzy and tall white head. Head dissipates quickly, gradually slowing down as it goes. Minimal lacing.

S: Bits of tropical fruit, primarily pineapple. Hints of citrus. Bready. Definitely tart.

T: Pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel up front. Tart but not overly sour. Lots of bread crust on the back end. Crisp, quick finish with light bits of oak and citrus rind. Hints of grass or hay too.

M: Medium bodied, dry and crisp.

O: Nice lightly tart wild ale. Lots of brett character between the tropical fruit and the bread crust. Not super sour or funky but it's there. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden with a rich frothy head. The yeast is potent, resembling perfume, complimented with aromas of wet oak and grass. Flavors of grass, dry hops, strong oak, grapes, dried flower petals, clove and tart yeast. Dry, tart, spicy and tasty.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Yellow in color with a white head that billows over a 12oz. glass but does not spill over the side. It's almost like a mushroom on top of the glass. Lacing is heavy and stays throughout the drink.

Smell - Sweet and sour, don't really detect oak. Disappointingly simple smell

Taste - Citrus, Lactobacillus, yeast, not-yet-ripe grapes. Oak and sour aftertaste.

Feel - Light, but gives you a puckering reaction.

Overall - Good but not great, my least favorite of the Allagash sours I have tastes.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tour at brewery, and was highly impressed. Delightful Belgian style ale that had very impressive oak and hops up front with a base dry fruitiness that ( despite brewers description of citrus and bread) I thought had a particularly welcome taste of deep tart cherry. Different palates I guess. It was very nice complex beer that could stand on its own...but would be a interesting companion to many foods.
Happy I can get this at home.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a nice white head that sticks around for quite a long time. Aromas and flavors of oak barrels, fresh fruits (apricot, nectarine, pineapple) and lots of yeasty, funky qualities. Slightly tart, super complex and a nice lingering dry finish. Allagash make nothing but winners and this is no exception.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks & tastes like champagne. Aged amazingly. The carb alone is stunning. Opened 7/4/15, so roughly 1.5 years old. Bright and crisp with light hay funk and white wine/grape sweetness.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oak dominates the nose with a vanilla-like note complimented by juicy orange yeast esters. There is also a light Brett funk.

The is a tart sourness up front, at a medium level, after that the oak and yeast derived citrus back up the flavor. This is a dry beer with just a hint of malt sweetness mid-palate into a dry and slightly fruit finish.

A dry, moderately tart beer with a decent amount of oak character.

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Photo of CHickman
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%

Bottled on 10/11/13. Pours cloudy bright yellow color with a tremendous foamy 4 finger snow white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes and faded extremely slowly, leaving good spotty foamy lacing on the sides and rings as it went down. The head was so thick that I carved a canyon through it and it still stuck around for a few more minutes; it was incredible looking with a tornado of carbonation twisting up the middle and racing up to the lingering head.

Smells like champagne, sweet white grapes, apple skin, pear, white wine, grass, bready malt, light hops, funky yeast, more fruity notes like lemon zest, apricot and banana, candy like gummy bears, brett and some light spices including pepper and coriander. The fruity notes are very strong and seem like a mix of funk, a wet cellar and mild oak with a hint of alcohol. Pretty sweet overall and very interesting with a lot of different aroma’s coming out.

Tastes like champagne as well, with the flavor a mix of funky yeast, sweet white grapes, apple skin, pear, chilled white wine, grass, floral hops, herbs like tea leaf, citrus hops and/or lemon zest, apricot, candied sugar, brett, spices including pepper, coriander and some other light spices. The finish is tart and fruity, with the brett dryness leaving a chalky aftertaste that is funky like wet cardboard and apple juice. The alcohol peeks through, but the fruity sweetness washed it away like raspberries starting to decompose or sitting in a beer (or glass of water, any liquid really…) which leaves a slight acidity mixing with the funk. Really dynamic beer that is very light and lively, allowing the oaky notes to come through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with light fizzy carbonation, a slick and almost smooth buttery feel across the tongue, and a semi-dry sweet, funky finish like a white wine with some sour fruit notes that linger.

A really nice session brew and an overall interesting beer which I enjoyed. This is a style I am just getting into, but the Belgian template used along with the oak barrel aging combined with the additions of brett and the other Belgian yeast strains made for a unpredictable and always pleasing palate. Solid beer worth tracking down and indulging.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.1/5  rDev -1%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden color with a huge thick and billowy head of white foam. The head has fantastic retention, very slowly fading over time to leave tons of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest sweet fruity notes with tons of apple giving and almost dry cider like smell to the brew overall. Mixed with the apple is some peach, pineapple, and pear as well as a bit of a grassy and light grainy smell and a good showing of sour lemon. An oaky smell and some hay like aromas mix with the rest giving it an overall funky but sorta fruity aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a crisp with a good showing of a funk and grass right from the start. Upfront there is a little bit of light fruit sweetness with the fruit being as would be expected from the nose. These sweeter flavors fade quite a bit however as the taste advances with some light yeast and a rather strong grassy and herbal flavor taking the sweet’s place. With some moderately strong lemongrass and even more grassy and hay like funk coming to the tongue at the end one is left with a slightly dry and rather heavily funky tart and sour flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is light with a carbonation level that is rather effervescent. The mix of lighter body and high carbonation are great for the drier and tart flavors of the brew making for a moderately easier drink in light of its somewhat funked, and tart taste overall.

Overall – A decently funky and sour with just a hint of malt and fruit to back it up. A very nice wild, but there are certainly better ones out there for the rather hefty price paid for a 375 ml bottle.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml cork & caged bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Cork flew off as soon as undoing the cage. Pours a very translucent golden color with a very high carbonation level of fast rising bubbles, a very foamy 2-finger white head forms that has great retention and doesn't recede.

S- Definitely on the bretty side with a golden ale base and a hay funk presence. Aromas of brettanomyces, hay, light grain, hint of lemon, oak, and a bit of a floral aspect. Fairly complex and aromatic.

T- Sour lemons, brett influenced barnyard funk with a bit of hay, slight grain, finishes with a bit of a sweetness of dry lemons and grain, ending with a lightly syrupy golden ale presence. Nice balanced funk, not overly sour, some decent complexity.

M- Fairly over-carbonated, long lasting head give a light foamy aspect, finishes fairly dry, pretty drinkable.

O- Tiarna is a pretty solid wild ale that was fairly accessible. My only complaint was the over-carbonation which is easily solved by letting it sit 5-10 minutes. Just watch out when opening the cork. If you see this on the shelf it's definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml C&C, bottled October 2013, poured into a Cantillon taster 7/7/2014.

A- Bright, clean and clear straw yellow body with a nice bubbly two-finger white head with excellent retention. It looks very refreshing and a nice change-up for the night.

S- Citrus zest, pineapple, pale malt, a bit of leathery funk. It's certainly a different nose than most other Brett beers I've had.

F- Pineapple, pale malt, Belgian candi sugar, lemon zest. This is quite interesting as this is clearly a Brett beer but there is more to be found, which makes sense given the blending of different threads.

M- A bit on the thinner side but well carbonated and drinks clean and very dry. The end is a bit more bitter than I'd like, presumably from the noble hopping, accompanied by a crisp, spicy Belgian yeast finish.

O- Interesting, different given the blending of different threads but certainly not in the conversation for the better Brett beers out there.

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

375ml corked and caged bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger foamy white head with excellent stick. Beer is a pale, clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. Near perfect!

Nose is starfruit, oak, Brett, lemon zest and a bit of sweetness. Rather subtle but very well integrated.

Opens lemon zest, Brett, wood, coriander and yeast. More lemon zest tartness mixed with rotting wood and barnyard notes in the middle. Hay, Brett and lemon rind at the end. Finishes yeasty and tart with a very mellow, lightly tart aftertaste. Tasty!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and aggressive in the mouth and crisp and clean going down. Slightly filmy finish with a clean aftertaste that barely registers. Really drinkable!

Just a really well made beer, Tiarna doesn't blow away the taste buds but impresses with its subtlety and continuity. Worth trying and certainly representative of the Allagash Wilds lineup.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to newbrewbb for the opportunity to try this one. Pours a sunny, orange-gold with a loose, bright white head. Nose reveals citrus, brett and some oak notes. Taste consistent with nose - not overly sour but pleasantly tart with a slightly medicinal quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bright carbonation. Overall, a solid entry-level wild - not overly complex; however, still quite tasty.

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

Light golden pear color with a super fizzy and sprite head.

Nice subtle tangy aroma with notes of fresh flowers, Chardonay, mineralization and Apple cider vinegar.

The flavor is tangy with honeysuckle, sour with Apple cider vinegar, and funky with flowers, white grapes and white wine.

The feel is tangy as well with a bit of sour and a nice easy smoothness.

Tangy, funky, and sour, this beer is simple but fun.

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Photo of corby112
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden yellow color with banana edges and a massive, three finger frothy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, pillowy cap. Possibly over carbonated with very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving large chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy aroma with a prominent musty brett character. Strong barnyard and wild yeast presence along with hints of sourdough bread, floral hops, lactic funk and subtle citrus. Smells kind of like a bretted Berliner with tame acidity. As it warms the wheat, bread notes come forward along with some banana and lemon pith but the nose is dominated by the musty brett notes. Complex and inviting aroma.

Medium body with tight carbonation and tart, puckering sourness that lingers throughout into a dry finish. More sour than the nose hinted at with prominent musty funk and citric acidity. There's a really nice balance of dry brett effervescence, bright lemon zest, and subtle lactic cheesiness. Underneath, there is a decent wheat beer base with hints of sourdough bread, banana, lemon peel and light fruit esters. This is a very well balanced beer that is clean, crisp and refreshing. Some really nice flavors bouncing off of each other with just a touch of funk countering the brett and tart acidity. Subtle boozy sweetness in the finish but the ABV is very well masked making this complex beer dangerously drinkable.

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

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a bright, orange-gold coloring with a ton of carbonation action throughout the body, and a fluffy, small bubbled, foamy, white head. Aromas of tart cherry and grape, tannins, grass, toasted grains, and berry sweetness. Smells really balanced and really flavorful. Flavors are tart and slightly puckering forward, with a crisp shot of dry white wine characteristics, followed by a bitter citrus note that takes over and cleans up the palate. This beer is a refreshing flash across your taste buds. White grape is most apparent to me, delivering the dry and slightly sour fruit notes, but there is some woody characteristics that help round everything out, as well. The citrus character mellows into a smooth, short lived aftertaste of tart, bitter, and slightly sour. The body is light, crisp, and effervesced as you drink, making the flavor profiles dance quite a bit. The finish leans more to the dry side, lightened up, again, by the carbonation. This is a great summer brew; crisp, refreshing, balanced, and flavorful!

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