Allagash Tiarna

So, my hotel is right by a Carl’s Jr. I made the mistake last night of getting food from there. It was by far, one of the worst fast food chains I’ve been to. I threw out one thing and couldn’t finish a chicken sandwich. This beer, conversely, is one I had no problem finishing.


ABV: 7.1%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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 and hopped with Hallertau, Styrian Goldings and Cascade hops. The finished beer is dark golden in color with aromas of citrus, pineapple and bread. Notes of grapefruit, lemon, and bread crust punctuate the flavor with a long, dry finish.”

Random: Gas is self-serve and insanely expensive here.

The beer poured with a one finger, pillow-like, white head. It dissipated slowly and didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. What it did leave was a white crown on top of an almost clear, straw yellow head. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was really tart with lemon flesh. After a sniff, I picked up white vinegar too. There wasn’t much in terms of oak on the nose, which was a bit disappointing. The taste, on the other hand, did not disappoint. It had light funk and lemon tartness, but it wasn’t overwhelming. Then, vanilla and toasted oak came through. It also had saltine cracker. This beer showed a remarkable amount of balance on it. The booze was well-hidden. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with toasted oak and vanilla. This beer was just outstanding, as it should be for $15 a bottle ($1.25 per ounce). If you like sours and oak, this is a beer for you.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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