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Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prairie Ale is our classic saison. We brew this beer with pilsner malt, wheat malt, flaked wheat, and cane sugar. A healthy dose of saaz hops are used to add a spicy element to the beer. Prairie Ale is fermented with a mix of ale yeast, wine yeast, and brettanomyces. Notes of black pepper and pineapple can be found in this beer.

Added by BierGartenok on 11-26-2012

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

July 26, 2014
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip.

A – Hazy, golden or straw colored, with a hint of dark yellow or amber. An inch-plus of creamy frothy head on top. Significantly more head when I sped up the pour on the second glass, almost four inches on top of a couple inches of beer. Tiny amount of sediment in the bottle clouds it up even more at the end.

S – Yeast, acidity, funk. Imagine there’s some lactobacillus or brett in here.

T – Very acidic, slightly tart, taste a lot of lactic acid and strong citrus, mostly lemon. Funky. Again, either lactobacillus or brettanomyces character.

M – Lots of carbonation and effervescent bubbles. Really clears the palate between the bubbles and the acidity. Very refreshing.

O – Solid example of a farmhouse saison / sour. Would like a little more balance with the acidity.

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bit of a gusher. Big foamy head, decent retention and lacing. Super cloudy and hazy, lemon yellow brew.

Tart lemony aroma; straw, funk, hay.

Flavor matches: rustic, slightly funky, a little sweet, with a bit of citric acid. Everything is nice and balanced.

Feel is a little thin but sticky, highly carbonated, with a long finish.

Another delicious saison. Try it.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a super large tulip. And, man oh man, what a load of head! Five fingers at least. I wasn't even pouring it all that aggressively either. Body (once I could see it) is a light, hazy orange.

Smell seems pretty typical for a farmhouse ale. Some funk, some lemon.

Again, pretty standard as far as taste. Solid, but it's not making me shed tears of pure joy.

Overall, this ain't too shabby. But for the price I paid (nearly $10), it's not worth buying again.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Hazy medium yellow, with a huge white fluffy head on even a gentle pour. Lively visible carbonation.

S: Musty and restrained funk, with light cracker malts, thick yeast, and light citrus undertones. Nice saison aroma for sure.

T: Follows the nose - musty barnyard, light malts, farm yeastiness, and some citrus with a light black pepper. Some hop bitterness shows up near the end.

M: Light bubbly body, and alcohol presence well-hidden.

O: This was a nicely executed saison. Maybe there's not much to make it stand out from its peers, but it does very little wrong. This particular bottle was a touch over-carbonated.

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Photo of Guden
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- gushes out of the bottle with a huge force. Not surprisingly the pour into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip is cloudy, with a huge white head of loose bubbles that fades very slowly leaving thick laces. Color is a cloudy light gold.

S- funk, hay, noble hops, pear, banana, cardamom, mineral water, maybe a touch of alcohol. Smells like a funky farmhouse ale with lots of complex characteristics.

T/M- Dry and highly carbonated. Starts with a soft lemony bite that fades to bready and hay like malt mixed with a farmyard funk that displays decaying earth, before a fairly bitter and dry swallow. Taste seems to lack some of the complexity of the nose with the spice and fruit largely displaced by the earthy funk, the sweet malt and the intense combination of carbonation and bitterness.

O- I'm going back and forth on this one. While it delivers what it promises (farmyard) the extreme carbonation and moderate bitterness are a bit off putting and as it warms the alcohol, rather than fruit or spice, is the most increasingly noticeable attribute.

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a clear golden yellow and subsequent pours get hazy with yeast. A big billowy white head 3+ fingers strong resides across the top with pretty solid retention supported by rising bubbles.

The aroma is lightly tangy and fruity like apple/pear with hints of clove and earth. Some pepper and lemon give way to notes of solvent alcohol as it warms up.

The taste is dry with yeasty spice like clove and pepper. Across the middle are some resinous lemon zest aspects along with fruit like pear and apple. In the finish a hint of plastic and earth evolves with an increasing amount of warming alcohol.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with an effervescent amount of high carbonation. This brew starts out awesome and gets a little peculiar as the experience continues. It almost gets to the point where it is too warming and focuses on alcohol for only being listed as ~8%. Regardless, id buy this again if the price was a little more reasonable.

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Photo of danieelol
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Owen.

Pours yellow with nice white head and cloudy lacing.

Smell is a lot of pineapple and tropical, water cracker flavour and some rice crackers. There are hints of sourness and full on Brett here but really just a lot of pineapple. Bit of Belgian yeast. As time goes on it gets funkier, meatier.

Taste is pineapple, tinned peaches. Quite a bit of citrus. More Belgian yeast. Taste is a little sour, seemingly dry for the duration of the palate but finishes with a decent sweetness.

I don't like the sweet citrus thing it's got going on on the palate. It smells dry and Bretty and I wish it didn't have this growing residual sweetness on the palate which for me undermines it.

Good beer, but palate is ultimately too sweet and watery. It's like a spritzer and I find myself wanting more. Just a bit cloying.

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

A: Pours a hazy gold with a billowing white head.

S: Aromas of pineapple, mango, bitter orange, lemon, kumquats, grass, herbs, oak, must, biscuits, crackers, and lactic funk express themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, crackers, biscuit, lemon, lime zest, kumquats, herbs, grass, bitter orange, unripened mango, passion fruit, and pineapple are present, while notes of oak, must, and lactic funk linger in the background throughout. The finish is fruity and funky with a surprisingly bold mix of tropical fruit and funky yeast flavors.

M: Somewhat slight in body, waxy, and a bit sticky. Carbonation is crisp and firm. Alcohol is all but completely undetectable.

O: A really nice saison with lots of complexity.

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Photo of garuda
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange, hazed, thick, voluminous white head has great retention and lacing.

S/T - Straight up oak and brett. Floral, earthy, lavender, rose, yeast funk, chamomile, vanilla, tart but not sour.

M - Light/medium body, lively carbonation. Fluffy, smooth mouthfeel. Bone dry, oaky finish.

O - Solid saison. Beautiful blend of flavors with a fantastic aroma.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.12/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle purchased at Sunset Corners in Miami, FL, unknown bottling date, drank over 30 minutes out of a hotel-style tumbler

A: 3/3 - straw yellow coloration, murky (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell white head settles into a retained glass lacing with some carb islands, low-to-moderate carbonation for style

S: 8/12 - intense phenolics hits immediately, some residual wheat and maybe a hint of alcohol?

T: 8/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a lemon tartness that is the first flavor present; there is also a wheat malt presence, some mild alcohol and a slight sweetness; however, as the flavor panel develops, the predominant flavor quickly becomes an intense phenolic character - smoky and musty-predominant that lingers; finishes generally dry but the phenolics aren't inviting of subsequent sips

M: 4/5 - light bodied with high drinkability; moderate carbonation but maybe slightly less than I would like for style

O: 5/10 - the intense phenolics (likely from Brett) make this close to a drain pour for me; this character can add complexity in moderation and it's unfortunate that this so overshoots; definitely wouldn't pay ~$13 for this again and, to be frank, might even refuse if offered for free

TOTAL - 27/50

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Photo of ThreeLions
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, 8.2% alcohol drank last night. Review from notes.

A: Poured into my Treehouse tulip a very large, five fingers head that hangs around for a while. Very active and lively carbonation. There is a light golden color, extremely clean/clear with no haze. Interesting for a saison.

A: Hint of funk in the smell upon first pour. As the bouquet opens up the funk disappears and we are left with overwhelming aroma of peppercorn. Didn't get many fruity esters from the saison yeast and after the first hit of funk it's nowhere to be found.

T: Peppercorn. Very strong peppercorn flavor up front. I searched around for any brettanomyces characteristics but sadly there were none. The pepper was overwhelming.

M: Can't really tell that it's over 8%. Wouldn't have believed it if the bottle didn't tell me so. Light mouthfeel.

O: Typical saison. The combination of yeasts really fell short for me. I was hoping to have a brett bomb but instead found a good example of the saison style. This was very refreshing and drinkable but wasn't exactly for me. I wouldn't seek this one out and may not drink it again. I've had many great drinks from Prairie and would rather enjoy one of those again than this.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden yellow with large white head. Large bubbles that fade quickly. Gets quite murky after the first pour.

Smell is quite nice. Peppery and fruity yeast. Hints of banana and bubblegum. Spicy and herbal hops. Interesting sweet aroma, perhaps chamomile? Bready malt and some alcohol warmth.

Taste follows aroma. There is a slight hint of yeast autolysis. Spicy hop bitterness. Bubblegum as well.

Mouthfeel is slick. Medium carbonation. Might have enjoyed more carbonation.

Very very drinkable. Complex and refreshing.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. If you've ever seen "There Will Be Blood", you can picture me opening this bottle: Gusher! After quickly getting a glass under the flow, managed a pour, appearing in the glass as opaque hazy straw, almost the color of fresh unfiltered pineapple juice with a massive white head that started to dissipate, but maintained a two finger head with good retention and pillowy lacing. Classic saison aroma of light fruit juice, coriander, wild yeast, peppery and sweet/sour. Flavor is dry dominant brett, light citrus and apple family fruit, hints of caramel, white grape, hints of lemon citrus; finishes very bitter from hops and Brett. Dry, bubbly and reminiscent of champagne (if champagne was brett infused). Fortunately not too sour, but a light tartness that was appealing. Light to medium bodied with bright, active carbonation. Brett forward and far over the amount I would prefer; however it is a credit to this ale that the overall peppery carbonation and otherwise well balanced saison flavors won me over. I like the underlying saison ingredients and if I was a bigger wild yeast fan, I'd probably go crazy over this. A very nicely made and tasty saison on the aggressive brett end of the flavor spectrum. This is one of the rare ales that could eventually win me over to wild yeasts. So good I regretted losing a third of the bottle on opening.

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Photo of larryi86
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a teku

A- A cloudy gold straw color with a massive four finger+ head.

S- Brett sourness and funk, some white wine, peppercorns, light fruits.

T- Does not live up to the nose. Slightly tart, some peppercorn, earthy spices, some funk from the brett, sweet malts, along with some sugary sweetness.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A good Saison, but would be better if the brett made it more sour. The nose is the best part, smells like a wine barrel aged Saison.

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Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- cloudy light gold. Huge foamy head.

Aroma- dry white grapes and mild herbs.

Taste- Starts wheaty yet light with effervescent fine carbonation that quickly brings on floral hops and light spicy notes, finishing with a beautiful dry lingering aftertaste with hints of floral hops. An excellent brew! We disagree with the brewer's note on hints of pineapple but agree on the black pepper. This was recommended by Nick at Hancock Center HEB (central Austin), and this was one of his better recommendations.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/24/14.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: a bright, cloudy yellow color- i like to use the term amber waves of grain. large 4 finger rocky white head that looks like bubbling marshmallows on top

s: a very nice spice right up front, a bit like Fantome. spicy yeast, coriander, sweet pears & apples. rich bread yeast, light caramel, white wine. finishes with those nice pear/apple/white wine grapes

t: white wine grapes, spicy yeast, and coriander are what i'm picking up right away. this fades to a really nice grassy/grain note and very light sweet malts. theres a nice mild pepper spice at the end of the tongue as well, and finishes with something that reminds me of a slightly tart strawberry and some nice funk - is that brett? tastes like it. really nice

m: medium mouthfeel with tonssss of carbonation. i think the high level of carbonation really works well here helping those fruity yeasty flavors balance out the nice spice in here as well. easy to drink

o: really impressed with this. as mentioned, it reminds me a bit of Fantome. its fruity, spicy, earthy, and super refreshing. not taste of alcohol in here at all. 100% recommend this

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Photo of JulioH
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting choice of name since this is a saison.

Pours a nice cloudy beer, with nice head. Aroma reveals a little lambic, a little citrus. Taste is bitter, funky because of the lambic, maybe the farmhouse style, but it is interesting. However I did not think this is a great saison, not even a good saison. I would prefer to think of it as a saison style ale, because of the mix of tart beer in it.

One of the things that I found strange was that at some point the beer smelled like urine. Strange and off putting.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A hazy darker straw yellow in color with 2 fingers of bright white head, slow dissipation. Smells fantastically Bretty! Lots of jasmine, barnyard funk, wet hay, and some tropical notes as well.
Slightly bitter up front, then a nice breadyness leads way to brettanomyces' funkyness. A bit of white pepper comes through in the finish.. This I a very yeast oriented brew. You can tell there was Belgian yeast used for primary, Brett in secondary (there but not as overpowering as most 100% Brett ales) and the wine yeast comes through in the crisp dry finish. A wonderfully balanced wild ale, full of flavor with a light crisp refreshing body.. Oh and wait there's lots of alcohol in this one? Feels like a 3% Berliner.. Wow. Excellent job done by prairie once again.

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Photo of N_Schleret
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy citrus color with a fluffy two finger head that dissipates to a soapy top.
S: Grapes, lemon, funkiness, and wine like.
T: funk, lemon, grapes, and rubbing alcohol. Very off-putting.
M: Medium/heavy, medium carbonation, and a dry/bitter finish.
O: The more I continue to drink this the more I don't like it, but it looks and smells good.

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Photo of jjdc
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Funky, grapy nose. Nice, mellow straw color in the glass that just looks like summer. The brett comes through heavily on this one followed by lemon, rind, white grapes, and a bit of a hop bite on the backend. This is a pretty dry affair -- just a touch of sweetness. Overall, another good prairie beer.

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Photo of DrumKid003
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle into a Nonic Pint Glass

A: Opaque yellow-orange in color that let's through a moderate amount of light. Kind of reminds me off the look of pulp-free orange juice. White fluffy head about 1-2 fingers thick.

S: The hops give it a slightly sweet smell, while the wine yeast & brettanomyces mixes in to give off a mild red wine smell.

T: Not much in the way of hops taste. The malt is heavier on the front which provides a slight sweetness, then quickly transitions into a peppery, sour finish. If you didn't know this had brett in it, the finish will quickly bring that to your attention.

M: Very quickly transitions from a smooth texture, to the carbonation taking over 1-2 seconds after sitting on the tongue, creating a very light and airy feel.

O: Had this beer once before on-tap, but I think it was either a bad keg, or the conditioning didn't take. Out of the bottle though, this beer is completely different. The carbonation and brett are immediately noticeable and true to style. Even though there's hops in this they're almost unnoticeable, and the malt is very subdued. The wine yeast is probably the most noticeable in the taste and aroma categories, and makes this one of my favorite Saisons.

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Photo of farrago
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wispy bleached white head of extremely airy foam, amazing for how swiftly it evaporates down to the surface, looks like a video game, no lacing at all. Light, shiny golden straw color, easy to see through, full throughout with huge bubbles which steadily move with authority, a proverbial maelstrom in the glass. The nose suavely unfolds pressed flowers, clove spice, sour orange to grapefruit citrus, has a vinous quality to it, it’s too wiry and focused for the banana to bubblegum aspect to shine, same for any sweeter element, be it the apple, pear or the meadow breeze, the yeastiness is like just about to baked bread, not like dessert “baked goods.” Full-bodied, has a heavier which impairs it getting out of the gate, carbonation injects some fuel into this. White grape, pear, apple, apricot fruit lean and mean, bursts through and picks up speed from the pepper, clove, and metallic earth components. Noticeable for its freshness and cleanliness, once it breaks past the mid-palate it develops a lighter feel which makes it food friendly. Minimal banana and ester presence. Very interesting, obvious it belongs in this category but it doesn’t play to the crowd, quietly classy and willing to accept your lack of appreciation.

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Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington.

Semi-hazy yellow-gold with a load of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to a modest but head.  Excellent lacing.

A style I dislike more often than not, this is the exception.  Although the peppery aroma carries a trace of the farmhouse component I dislike, it is mainly floral and secondly fruity.  Even the bready malt dominates the funk.

The flavor largely follows, albeit with more funk evident and some hop bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. 

O: refreshing, tame and highly drinkable for style. 

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Photo of siege06nd
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From bottle to DFH IPA glass because why not...

A. Pours a very cloudy straw gold. I think some of the sediment may have come out on this one...my fault for not being more careful with the pour. The cloudiness actually adds to the appearance, though, giving it a subtle glow in the glass. About two fingers of creamy white head with tight and consistent bubbles flare up. Settles to a finger and then lingers for the duration. Lacing is equally dense and consistent. Great looking beer.

S. Lots of pear and grapeskin on the nose. Hints of cracked better and bread crust. Faint lemon zest and traces of clove and banana. This is a complex and inviting bouquet. It"s spicy and lively.

T. A bit more one-note than the nose and very much like the other Prairie saisons I've enjoyed. I get the aforementioned grape notes with grapefruit and lemon zest. Fairly bitter hop presence on the mid and a drying and yeasty finish. Lots of fruity esters up front and some phenolic notes on the back end.

M. It starts sweet, fruity, and intriguing and then finishes in a wave of dry, bitter, phenols with booze, yeast, and hops all popping up. Imbalanced and slightly off-putting finish.

O. After the pour and the nose I was really invested, but the taste and mouthfeel let me down. I feel this one is out of balance, with a finish that is overly dry and phenolic. It is similar to a Belgian Pale but there's just no balance, which makes this a one-note experience, and not altogether a pleasant one the more and more I sip it. This is a decent enough offering, but a disappointment after all the good things I've heard about Prairie.

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Photo of jeagleton
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a strange-tasting beer, but I love it.

I drank this some time ago, but I remember the nose and how it tasted so vividly. It's one of the beers I use as a prime example in floral flavors in beer. So if you are looking for floral flavors in your beer: drink this beer. The way I always describe this light, summery ale is: it tastes the way tulips or amaryllis flowers smell. It has a florid and almost farty pungency. I am sending home to Oklahoma from NYC for this one and will continue to for as long as it's brewed.

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