Birra
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,583
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,123
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 9.79%
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
921
From:
Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: Birra is a light, sessionable farmhouse ale. It is crisp with notes of black pepper and orange and goes perfectly with food.
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, with bottling date of in 2016 (I can't make out the stamped month and day). Label has is marked 4%ABV.
Cloudy, straw colored body, with very active rising bubble streams. Two finger white head, quietly dissipates down to a thick cap. Leaves behind some small sheets of lacing.
Aroma of yeast, lemon, and grass.
Taste of lemon and apple, with yeast that has flavors of grass, slight funk, and leather. Refreshingly dry.
Fuller mouth feel, with very good carbonation.
This is a reminder of a summertime beer that is filling, slightly sweet, and great to accompany a mid day lunch while working in the fields. Light but is a full mouthful with each sip.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Straw, thick head and lively ongoing carbonation.
S- Malts.
T- Hoppy > bitter, balanced with some richness. It would go well with something rich like a curry.
M- Certainly more presence than the labelled 4.5% suggests.
O- I enjoyed it. Reminds me a bit of home-brew; [FWIW therefore my wife didn't like it!]

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a pale gold with a nice, frothy, two-finger head.
S: very reminiscent of kolsch, lots of lemon, as well as a prominent pilsner malt note, some apple.
T: slightly sweeter than expected, with considerably less citrus than in the nose. A good deal of spice and a nice clean bitterness, with some subtle undertones of sweet malt and apple.
M: Well carbonated and dry.
O: A very nice, if understated saison from Prairie, not a revelation, nor should it be, but a good beer, nonetheless. If you like slightly more traditional saisons (more dupont than wild beer), it is worth your time.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Cloudy golden orange pour. 3 fingers of foamy white head... falls fast with a solid ring of lacing.

S: Summer fruits... sweet and grassy.

T/F: Light grains... peach and apricot. Light apple and pear... hay and grass. Yeast... light black pepper for spice. Light bodied. Zesty carbonation. The finish is more dried fruit.

O: A solid and super sessionable farmhouse brew. Really great flavor for the low ABV. One you could drink all day.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.
L - Pours a clear amber color with minimal white head.
S - Smells of saison yeast and lemon.
T - Tastes lemony with a slight funkiness.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Easy drinking saison.

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Photo of Labeorphile
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold with a thick, soapy head that quickly disappears. Yeasty, doughy smell, but not particularly strong. Taste is very drinkable and refreshing. I highly enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy golden yellow color. Though hazy, I could see extremely light streams of carbonation seen rising at a nice pace. Lacing was kind of all over the place. The smell had a slight yeasty/doughiness up front and lets in a tad of light black pepper and then a light lemon. The taste was moderately sweet but bready backed up by a nice spice from the black pepper. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Sessionability was slightly there. The carbonation seems to be fairly subdued and it rolled across my tongue in a nice peppery doughy way. Overall, this was a good saison I’d have again.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Cloudy pale golden yellow hue, the pour quickly builds up majestic velvety white head that withstands with remarkable strength of retention before slowly subsiding to an eternal fluffy layer on the surface and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot along the way, high visible carbonation.

It is juicy and fruity yeast in a nose with its estery notes of lemon, some apple tart, white grape, lemongrass, orange peel, peach, hint of banana, and lots of spice like black pepper and clove as well as some funkiness. Hop with its earthiness and floral too while malt with notes of biscuit, dough, and wheat grain.

The taste is led by all those fruity and yeasty characters stated in the aroma. The juiciness and spiciness tastes are well mellow together. Funkiness is barely detectable in the taste as it leans toward simplicity and tasty palate. Malt plays in the background with notes of wheat, some sweet, dough, and biscuit while hop is quite mute.

Medium body with good crispness and lively carbonation to generate smooth mouthfeel through the palate, the feeling is light and refreshing with a dry finish.

Better than I expected. Good session farmhouse ale, the low alcohol doesn’t compromise the quality and intensity but enable more easy drinkability.

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Photo of JayQue
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not impressed with this Saison. Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a medium sized bubbly white head. Average retention and minimum lacing. Aroma and flavor are slightly sour apple cider. Not that bad, but not a Saison that I would look forward to. The strong Belgian yeast presence is not there. No musty, barnyard aspect either. Mouthfeel is light with some carbonation but the touch of sourness is all that makes it interesting. There are much better domestic Saisons out there.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Potentially underrated beer here; got a lot going on for such a low abv as well as quite a full mouthfeel. Downright smooth and refreshingly crushable. Lightly tart but with plenty of lovely spiced pear and sweet Apple notes.

Again, underrated. And I think I got it for 3$ for a 12 oz bottle which is on the cheap side for prairie.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A spicy and juicy farmhouse style aroma with a scent of Belgian spice and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with a scent of black pepper, clove, and funk. Citrus fruit hints of orange peel, lemon, and pineapple. Also some fruit hints of banana and pear. Malt hints of wheat, grains, biscuit, and cracker. Also some hints of floral and grassy hops. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity Belgian style taste with notes of Belgian spice and citrus. Belgian yeast with notes of black pepper, clove, and some funk. Juicy citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon, and pineapple. Dried fruit notes of banana, apple, and pear. Malt notes of grains, wheat, biscuit, and cracker. Some floral and grassy hop notes. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good session Farmhouse Ale. Nice mix of spices and fruit notes.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw gold under a 3” sticky white foam column that takes 3 minutes to drop to 1/3 its original size. A continual stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.
S: Citrusy, tart, no funk, hint of lemon.
T: Citrus, fruit, very light biscuit, a hint of herb and a trace of chamomile.
F: Light, crisp, effervescent, refreshing
O: Packed with flavor, very delightful and easy to drink.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills a Three Sheeps fisheye pint glass with clear amber and a short-lived, rocky white head the reaches half an inch and leaves no lacing.

The aroma contains herbal qualities with light peppercorn and light lemon. It is fresh and still earthy.

Apple juice leads the opening with herbal notes. Tends more to the sweet side with some farmhouse spicing and a modest, lingering finish.

A full body with light carbonation. The texture is soft and smooth with faint, but surprising, presence of alcohol.

This is an enjoyable go-to Farmhouse Ale while relaxing after work or with a meal. I found it to be just right on a warm, late afternoon Spring day.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an a chill hazed gold producing slightly more than a finger of shortlived, frothy, off-white head that is reduced to a collar ring & almost no lace. Aroma is musty Belgian funk, wheat, spice, sweet fruitiness of apple, peach, pear & a hint of banana. Taste is a balance of sweetness & Belgian yeast mustiness, wheat, apple, pear, white grape, banana, peppery spice & bitterness. This brew is sweet fronted & slightly tangy with a dry  bitterness in the finish that intensifies into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly juicy, drying in the finish.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a little bit of haze and a lazy effervescence. Head pours a finger of frothy ivory foam that dissipates rather quickly. It's not too bad.

Smell: lightly funky and earthy with a yeasty unctuousness that, bizarrely, reminds me of Kraft dinner. Weird, but not necessarily bad.

Taste: a really good farmhouse funk here; it's definitely got the classic saison flavor but it doesn't go overboard. Quite balanced for the style, and very good for a beer with this low of an ABV. It works for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: good, although that yeasty unctuousness that I like kind of negatively impacts this beer's drinkability a little bit; I probably wouldn't want to session this bad boy.

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Photo of Gus_13
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I could drink all day.

Yellow with orange hue on the color. White head that sticks around a while but not overly carbonated. Belgian yeast and a bit of funk on the nose but just a hint. Flavors are citrus, pepper, and a hint of tartness. SUPER drinkable and easy to pound. Well done, Prairie.

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Photo of Phigg1102
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Deep orange color bordering on a light brown. About one finger of head with moderate lacing patterns. Phenols are present in the aroma immediately along with over ripe fruit and DMS, the malt characteristic I get is a lot like raw wheat. More DMS in the taste. Very watery feel, completely opposite of my expectation of a saison... I think I may have to revisit this, sounds like I have a bad bottle.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good color and clear. Small starting head but it settles to rim bubbles quickly. Very few lasting spots for lace.

Starts with a floral hop aroma and a Belgian yeast bite.

This beer starts off malty. But the hop is the main feature, particularly in the swallow. The aftertaste has a strong yeast bite to it. Overall it works well. Moderate body with a slightly elevated carbonation level.

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Photo of doremite
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great table beer. Rustic farmhouse profile, slightly tart but only to compliment the ease of the beer itself. Slight Brett character but overall just an easy drinker. Not going to knock anyone's socks off but great for what it is.

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Photo of BeerBrose
2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very average as far as what Im looking for from a Saison. The nose isn't enticing and the flavor is dull with very little bringing out the esters usually associated with a good Saison.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" head that drops slowly with some mild lacing. Color very cloudy orange with some sediment sinking to the bottom of the glass. Abundant streaming carbonation.

Aroma: funky belgian yeast, coriander, sweet citrus, bread dough.

Mouthfeel: somewhat sticky and oil with a dry, champagne like finish

Flavor: ripe fruit, coriander, cinnamon, sweet citrus, wheat bread

Overall: well done and appropriate to the style.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold/blonde, hazed like frosted glass. Reasonably stable, but not very big, white head. Smells of thyme, underripe banana, mellow clove, Band-Aids, Bazooka Joe, some strawberry and plaster. In other words: PHENOLIC. The extent to which you find this beer's nose appealing is contingent upon your taste for phenols. Personally: it's NOT BAD.

Lovely, lush, foamy texture carries a balanced yet slightly spicy flavor. Dry, light, and with a slight tartness, and almost painfully little malt flavor, this seems like a particularly highly attenuated beer, leaving the hops and yeast to do all the heavy lifting, taste-wise. Mostly it is like a hybrid hefeweizen-witbier-saison-lambic. Which is to say white wine-ish and faintly earthy with a lemony-green apple fruitiness and a coriander-schnapps spiciness. A pleasant beer for sure, and one that drinks well above its weight, but too lacking in the malt department to be really world-class. Possible drinks pairings: Caesar salad, tonkotsu ramen, pate and other iron-rich offal dishes, biryani, turnips.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip a long time ago (from notes)

A bright yellow, lots of bubbles feeding a loose bone white foam, lots of random lace and even still has a little foam at the bottom of the glass

S lemon, wheat, dried banana chips, a hint of spice, farmhouse yeast works well, not a bad little session

T not far from the smell at all, faint earthy tones, lots of cereal and a little yeast to go with it

M light and lively, some spice and fruit, a little slippery after the fact, rather dry

O not a bad sunny day beer, enough going on to please and you wont fall over after having a few

would make for a good session under a hot summer sun

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Photo of PGD120
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden color with 2 finger white fluffy head, good retention.

aroma: yeast aroma is strong, some citrus, lemongrass, coriander, banana, white wine grapes

taste: some pepperyness, little bit of citrus, saltine cracker, pretty dry but could be more dry for a saison. not much earthiness

feel: high carbonation, and a light body, not very chewy or creamy. its very bright and refreshing.

overall: although it ha s a strong Belgian yeast characteristic, it lacks some of the qualities i look for in a good saison. could have more earthiness and be more dry. lots of nice flavors though especially the citrus part. great saison for the summer.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very good saison, from a great brewery. Poured from a bottle. It's a very golden color, with a perfect amount of head. Has a lot of summer fruit on the nose and a fizzy light hop/malt combo. A very good summer drinker. I could get into this one for awhile.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 921 ratings