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4.01/5
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Prairie Apricot FunkPrairie Apricot Funk
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour ale aged on apricots

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,232
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
118
pDev:
7.98%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
24
Trade:
1
 
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 118
Photo of DaverCS
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. One finger of fizzy carbonation that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is of light citrus and a surprising amount of watermelon. A bit of Brett funk. Perhaps a bit of apricot and other stone fruit in the finish.

This is a very well-balanced beer. Beer is not overly tart nor is it overly sweet; a perfect medium. A nice tart citrus character mixes with a blood orange and apricot sweetness. A bit of a brett character finishes the sip with a moderate amount of funk and dryness.

Overall, this is your delicious beer. It pairs well with fried chicken sandwich with spicy pickles. I gets a 90/100.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.99. Bottled 2/21/17. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a hazed peach hued pale yellow with a finger and a half of fizzy white foam on top. Very little retention and no lacing imparted by an incomplete halo.

Aromas of sweetly soured fruit, funky wet hay and faint earthy spice. Those sour apricot notes are quite enjoyable.

The flavor starts assertively sour with pulped apricot, sour pale grains, a lightly farmy funk, earthy sugar and some vague mild spice. The apricot jamminess plays beautifully with the base sour.

Medium full body with light carbonation. The aftertaste is like sour apricot marmalade and funky light grain

Delicious work here by Prairie. Apricot Funk is a tasty, light fruit sour. I liked it enough that despite the premium I might need to grab another while it's still on the shelves.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Adding fruit to beer is certainly nothing new to brewers, but sour ale seems to be one of the few types that the most staunch craft beer contingency can whole heartedly get behind. But not all fruit is created equal. There seems to be something special about the combination of apricot and sour ale.

Prairie's Apricot Funk exploits this affinity with a musty and sour farmhouse-like beer. Pale gold and laced with a juicy haze, a creamy and lightly weighted froth builds into a frothy lather. Bright aromas of citrus, stone fruit, orchard fruit and tropical varieties span the gamut of fruit filled aromas. Pastry-like to start, the taste is short with the lightness of angel food cake, grain, and a pep of honey - all with a mild apricot taste of hard candy.

As the flavors develop, the sweetness begins to retreat and the sourness steam rolls forward. The ale splashes against the middle palate with a light vinegar infused medley of green apple, white grape, lemon, grapefruit, under ripened orange, mango, passionfruit, pineapple and kiwi. Seemingly releasing a new flavor with every sip, the ale always swirls with the tangy and jammy taste of apricot that wafts over the session. Spicy late, a hint of white pepper and oak bleed into a modest hop bitterness that showcases dry hay and straw.

Medium dry and medium bodied, the beer trends spicy, tangy and dry- each texture lightens the impressions of taste further until a tight and succenct taste and texture features great drinkability, palate agreeability and refreshment. Musty with the perfume of worn woods and damp burlap, its aftertaste is quick and softly wheaten.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a pale golden yellow topped by a finger of dense white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of apricots on the nose with a hint of funk and tartness
T: Taste is light funk, slight cracker malt, and a nice undertone of apricot flavors. A little seltzer like at times as well. Swallow is more apricots, slight sourness, and some more residual apricot flavors
M: This beer is fairly light in body while carbonation is slightly prickly and effervescent. The slight acidity helps to give this beer a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some good flavor and some decent complexity. It could use a little more funk but the fruit notes are pretty good and genuine. Not the best apricot sour that I've had but this one is still very good.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pig & Fiddle.

L: It arrives murky straw with no head

S: smells like mild funk, traces of banana and over ripe fruit and mild apricot.

T: The flavors start with apricot and a mild sweetness and turns tart in the middle. The tartness is medium, about orange juice level. The bitterness is low to none. Funk flavors are mild and are more of an accent than a major favor player. The sweetness dries out on the finish. Apricot is the predominant flavor but it is balanced by the tartness and is not cloying or overly assertive.

F: The body is medium light and the carbonation is medium.

O: interesting, full flavored and easy to drink.

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Murky dark straw color. the head stayed for seconds then receded. no head or lacing. random carbonation bubbles here and there.

Smell: Peach marmalade. Apricots. lemon zest, lemon grass. picking up some oranges too. wheat bread bought from a super market?

Taste: immediate peach/apricot notes, some citrus. funky notes mid palate--kind of like a stale lemon. some green apple on the back end. the sour apricot finish is my favorite part of this beer.

Feel: It honestly feels light-medium bodied. there's too much yeastiness in this beer, it makes it murky and kind of grates on the palate.

I like the idea of this beer but it didn't deliver on appearance and feel. I would've liked a more developed head and less runny-ness. The smell and taste are for the most part on point, but it's missing some depth in the taste department. I love the sour apricot/peach notes. The funk is fresh and ties it together--it isn't stale in any way and adds a lot to the beer. I would recommend trying this beer if you like Apricot in your sour beers.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy / fizzy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Some sediment. Not much lacing here.

S: A very nice aroma of apricots, a funky quality, citrus, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a bit of the aforementioned funky quality (not as much as in other wild ales), some yeast, a lot of apricot, light malt, and a little bit of citrus (orange, in particular). A fruity and vibrant flavor that's quite refreshing. Not as funky as I expected, but still tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this isn't Prairie's best beer ever, it's still incredibly drinkable. Well made and easy to drink.

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Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange with a white froth that settle slowly. Lots of apricot mixed with funk as well as notes of pie crust and spice to the nose. Dry and fruity (apricot, green apple, white grape) and most of the tartness is in the finish on this one. Medium and super easy.

Works for me, but may not be as tart as some may like.

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Photo of wedge
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed yellow with a small, spotty head of creamy bubbles. Fragrant apricot and lemon, flowers, mild funk, and sugar cookies. Juicy, tart apricot, crisp apple juice, lemon, and pineapple fruitiness. Light vinegar, hay, and minimal funk. Medium bodied, lowish carb, acidic, and dry on the gums. Pretty good.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/20/2017. Pours hazy medium golden/yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, apricot, peach, pear, melon, green apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, and grass; with light musty/leathery funk, white wine vinegar, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, apricots, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, apricot, peach, pear, melon, green apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, and grass; with light musty/leathery funk, white wine vinegar, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and light yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, apricot, peach, pear, melon, green apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, pepper, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, apricots, and pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance; and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tartness/acidity, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/acidic/grainy, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.3%. Overall this is a great fruited sour/wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, apricots, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the modest acidity/tartness. Well rounded Brett/Lacto complexity, great apricot fruit balance, and a solid malt backbone. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 pint, .9oz bottle into glass. No bottling information found on bottle.
Clear body until final 10% bottle pour which resulted in hazy, yellow body, fizzy head upon pouring settles to ring bubbles, and no lacing.
Sour aroma, peach and apricot.
Apricot sour taste.
Dry mouth feel with lessened carbonation.
Tasty with the apricot but not extreme in the sour.

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Photo of McStagger
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz with a bunch of kung fu'ing apricots on the label. Tiny little julian code: 36261J1. Whatever. Poured into wine glass.

A: Hazy mid orange/yellow. Finger bleach white head that dissipates very quickly. Big carbonation with large bubbles forming a ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S: Funky and sour in the nose. Underripe fruit, sour candy.

T: Big ph pop up early. Sourness is more akin to lemon juice. Turns more sour candy mid palate, similar to pop rocks and warheads. Apricot pops up and delivers a small hit of stone fruit towards the mid/end palate before being taken back over by the acidity. Mild amount of barnyard funkiness pops up in the mid palate as well.End is more of the same fruit and citrus acidity.

M: Light and very carbonated. Carbonation scrubs the palate fairly thoroughly between sips. Big acidity hits the salivary glands.

O: Good wild. Definitely got more fruit and acidity than funk, despite the name.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap into a tulip. Pours apricot orange with a fingernail head that leaves no lacing but shows decent carbonation. Nose of candied apricots, citrus, and apple. Taste follows the sweet nose with apricot, apples, and citrus before the sour and floral hops jump in at the end. Medium-light body and medium carbonation that goes down smooth.
Surprisingly sweet for a sour, but the combination of fruits is nuanced and works. Great summer beer and another example of a good apricot sour.

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Photo of babaracas
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy radiant light orange with one finger of soapy white head, no retention, no lacing. Smell: dried apricots, apricot jam, fruit cup, herbal brett-y note. Taste: background is lactic and mildly bready, coming off like an overly sugared berliner, but it's almost all sour peach and apricot in the fore, apricot heavy Riesling, finish is fresh apricot, green apple, herbal note; sticky and tart. Definitely checks the box for apricot and sour, if not necessarily for funk or refreshing. Tasty though.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Moderate apricots followed by a slightly sharp sourness with a touch of vinegar.

A: Golden color, clear, with a very fine head that quickly recedes into the glass.

T: Peach flavor, gives way to a slightly sharp and lingering sourness with a touch of vinegar.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderately light carbonation.

O: Alright; the beer has a solid apricot presence, but gets a bit overpowered by the acetic quality.

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with some momentary foam, as in it disappears in 2 seconds. Looks like apricot juice.

Smell is nice, there's distinctive apricot there and some juicy acidity.
Taste is ok, very lactic with a fruity apricot presence. Pretty one dimensional though, like a fruited Berliner.
Light to medium bodied with moderate tartness and acid. For the price you aren't getting anything too exciting.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is a mix of apricots and woody/nutty. The flavor is apricot, fruit/berries, malts, very mild funk, slightly woody and a tart/somewhat sweet finish.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16.9oz bottle

It is a murky, peach coloroed orange with a pretty decent off white head. Not real fizzy.

It smells like musty apricot/peaches, with a bit of tartness and lactic acid. Pretty smooth/even keeled aroma.

The apricot flavor is there, but I thought it seemed to come through more on the nose. A little bit of a green apple/pear white wine taste too. A very moderate amount of tartness and funk. Decent amount of grain, almost like a Berliner Weisse.

This is a very good, pretty tame beer that should be enjoyable to a lot of people.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed with floaties honey color with a sliver of cream colored head. No head retention of lacing, a big murky mess

S: Sourness, apricot, wet grass,

T: All of this nose shows up in the flavor, along with a little pear & green apple sweet-tart up front, restrained acidity. Tartness, green apple & apricot as this warms, plus a little dryness. Finishes tart with some apricot sweetness, a little green appple & a little dry

MF: Medium body & slight carbonation that builds a little as it warms

Drinks pretty easy, pretty tasty. I am honestly a bit jaded on sours, but this one delivers, worth a go

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but far from great. I was expecting a lot more from Prairie. This beer has got enough apricot flavor going on, but not enough funk or sourness. Drinkable and pleasant enough, but unremarkable.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden colored with a faint haziness and plenty of carbonation bubbles within. There's a faint trace of off white bubbles just barely present on top. The aroma is apricot and faint lemon. I'm tasting apricot and lemon. The mouth is heavily carbonated, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

More dry earthiness than any funk. Apricot is also minimal, only a little apparent on the aroma. Unfortunately first time I've been disappointed in Prairie

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.99/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle - Schoolhouse Beer and Brewing in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-hued body. Nil head formation.

Smell: Brett-tinged and lactic-layered with fruity elements of apricot, peach and lemon, a bit of buttered biscuit top and drizzle of raw vinegar.

Taste: Jolt of acidity with a long kiss of apricot vinegar, though there's a hint of pulpy sweetness underneath. Subtle wheat undertone. Touch of Granny Smith apple. Fair amount of lactic sourness throughout. Vinegary through to the flat finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Very low carbonation. Flat mouthfeel.

Overall: Mediocre.

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Prairie Apricot Funk from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 118 ratings