Prairie Cherry Funk
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Wild Ale
Ranked #1,474
Ranked #22,342
3.85 | pDev: 10.39%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Very Good
Prairie Cherry FunkPrairie Cherry Funk
Notes: Sour Ale Aged on Cherries.
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly hazed dark golden pour. Thick fizzy white head... modest lacing.

S: Tart baking cherries and a bit of funk. Musty grandma and fruit.

T.F: Sweet fruit and cherry. Modest tartness... certainly not sour. No real acidity, but some funk and barnyard to go along with the fruit. A bit of yeast and grape must. Dry towards the finish... well carbonated.

O: A very pleasant wild ale with cherry. Nice flavor and drinkability... not much in the way of pucker which isn't always a bad thing.

Nov 14, 2019
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The sour funk emanates bold and big out of this one and fills the room.

Pale orange and brassy in color. The off-white froth diminishes fairly quickly.

Going back to the aroma we also find some notes of straw faint cherry, overripened light fruits and a humid basement mustiness.

Sweet light fruits and fruit pith on the palate with grain and a subtle cherry enveloping. Somewhat tart but not overly acidic and harsh in any way. A phew phenols are noticed in the finish.

Light and smooth and a bit o' spice from the alcohol lingers.

Prairie always makes sours I can get too and enjoy without downing tums throughout the entire brew. Some might call that lame/weak/wussified. I call it self-preservation.

Aug 11, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a reddish orange beer topped by a finger and a half of dense light pink head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of light juicy cherries with hints of sourness and some decent funk
T: Taste is very funky up front with notes of barnyard and horseblanket with some juicy cherry flavor and light sourness. Swallow is more barnyard, horseblanket and hints of band aids with a touch of sourness and lingering juicy cherry.
M: This beer is light on the palate but not watery with slightly effervescent carbonation that is a little prickly. The beer has a slightly drying finish as well which is expected.
O: Overall this one is interesting. I was expecting a little more sour and less funk but this one is quite aptly named. The cherry is a nice accompaniment to the base beer as well providing some nice additional complexity. Worth a try.

Jul 17, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

[Reviewed from notes taken in early 2015.]

500ml brown glass bottle with appealing, fun label art purchased for $12.50 USD @ Jester King Brewing and served at fridge temperature into stemware.

Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. 7.50% ABV.

HEAD: ~1 finger in height. White in colour. Okay thickness. Not much creaminess or frothiness. Fizzles out within a minute, leaving no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Not the best head I've seen in an American sour ale.

BODY: Pale peach-pink colour of average vibrance, with a nice understated glow and pink & red hues. No yeast/lees or sediment is visible within. Translucent. Nontransparent.

Appears undercarbonated. Not a unique or special appearance within the style, but appealing nevertheless.

AROMA: Faint powdery sugar sweetness, a trickle of muted cherry fruit, neutral supple pale malts, a kiss of sourness. Muted and reticent across the board.

Grapeskin. Damp oak. Some funky damp hay, yeasty notes, floral notes.

A pleasant albeit restrained aroma of mild strength.

TASTE: Powdery sugary cherry notes (think powdered sugar covered cherries). Dampened oak wood. A medley of light funky notes: faint brettanomyces-like yeasts, some hay, wild flowers, maybe microflora.

It's not sour (or funky) enough, but the cherry fruit is lovely and it's pretty well balanced (though its depth of flavour is shallow). Fairly complex, but not real deep or subtle in its execution.

Average flavour duration. Low flavour intensity.

Like the aroma, the taste is too muted and reticent, not committing fully to its flavours/ingredients. I do like it in spite of its flaws, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

TEXTURE: Supple, crisp, smacky, acidic, refreshing....this light-bodied texture is exactly what the style calls for. If only the flaovurs in this beer were fuller, deeper, and more intense, this mouthfeel would have something to complement and accentuate.

It's just soft enough, and rather approachable at that, but the taste doesn't bring enough to the table to match the quality of the texture.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Near ideal in terms of carbonation.

OVERALL: Far from Prairie's best offering, but easy to drink and well worth trying. The price is quite high for the (relative lack of) quality, but it's a nice little sour beer. I do wish it wasn't so muted and withdrawn, but Prairie is a brewery I trust will develop its sour pogramme just as it developed its stouts and saisons. I wouldn't buy this particular beer again (especially at its high price - courtesy of the Shelton Bastards), but the supple texture combines well with the plump grapeskin notes and hints of cherry to wonderful effect. Hides its ABV quite well to boot.

B- (3.39) / WORTHY

May 24, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A slow gusher out of the bottle, the beer pours a cloudy cherry juice tinged apricot nectar color; once in the glass, though, the head fritters away rather quickly leaving a few shards behind

Smell: Grainy, with funk, tart cherry; slightly lactic and littered with the barnyard

Taste: The grainy character lingers underneath, while the funk and lactic cherry tones build; there is a bit of a phenolic band-aid aspect that shows up as the beer warms; somewhat tart and oaky in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I liked this more until the phenols became more pronounced but it is still a decent funky sour beer

Dec 09, 2015
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shockingly clear brew, amber tinged with pink hue, and topped by a very modest head which quickly dissipates.

Aroma is tart and slightly funky. That translates to the palate as mostly a sharp tartness; organic-tasting cherries (pits and peels); a nice, rustic malt base; a bit of funkiness laced throughout. Sour but very drinkable.

Lively, smooth feel.

This is a really fantastic brew. I can't help but think that drinking it aged helped, as my ratings are significantly above the rAvg.

Jun 29, 2015
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A dull pink color with a 3 finger faded pink head. Spotty of lacing on the glass. Aromas of very tart Bing cherries, like mom used to grow in our yard and made cherry pie with. Flavor is tart cherry, lemon peel, and some light funk. Light and refreshing feel. A very well made summer treat that I feel is simple, but oh so tasty.

Jun 11, 2015
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mverity from Florida

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a peachy amber when not held up to the light; but a light rosy pink when lit. Lots of bubbles coming from the depths, solid half inch of head when poured but fades into a medium collar and thin wisps. Poor lacing and legs. Aroma is bright cherry, lemon zest, extremely floral (rose and hibiscus), and a nice light earthy funk throughout. Taste is tart cherry and lemon up front, floral earthiness in the middle, and citrus and floral tartness at the end. Bright and effervescent in the mouth. Light body, nice tart fruit on the tongue.

Apr 23, 2015
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very cloudy golden light amber color with a 1/2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both mild to moderate. Definitely has the funky yeast aroma. You can also pick up the hint of cherries if you sniff just after swirling. Nice, yummy, funky tartness with a sweeter cherry flavor at the end. Awesome. Light bodied. Not much of a lingering aftertaste.

Apr 15, 2015
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Sour ale aged on cherries. chalice. consumed at 45-50F.

A: Nice ruby-orange coloring, good clarity, with an audible carbonation that pops on the surface, causing disturbance on the yellowish-beige, bready textured head. No lace stickage on the vessel, only moderate retention on the hold leading to a polished surface of ruby coloring. Second pour yields some yeasty turbulence and pinkish grapefruit hues with a dense clarity.

S: Sour cherries on the nose, dry funk, lightly tart, but very smooth and refined in its delivery.

T: Flavor was tart cherries, cranberry, some sour fruit and acidity. Softy wheat backing, sour funk, cherry skins fade off the tongue. A bit of sugary malt flashes in between.

M: Active carbonation, medium body, syrupy feel, slighty sticky and syrupy.

O: A very polished drinking experience with an exceptional smoothness per style. Acidic, nice burst of sour cherries. There's much to be said about the smooth brewed nature of this beer, crisp, sharp in flavor, yet very graceful with a good level of sourness while maintaining optimal drinkability levels.

Mar 19, 2015
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sjantiflow from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: opaque, reddish amber. Mine got shook up on accident, but produced a lovely white and foamy head

Smell: no noticeable hop or malt notes. Some light acidity and lovely funk but not overwhelming. I definitely recognize fruity esters from fermented fruit. I'm thinking of cherries and peaches

Taste: sour, tart, dry. Like the smell, I get lush cherries and stone fruits. I also pick up apples

Feel: medium body, very pleasant. Good carbonation and crisp finish

Overall: I love this beer. It's sessionable with a good level of complexity. Reminds me of a good cider. I'm very impressed by Prairie's offerings!

Mar 05, 2015
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MadCat from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A very clear reddish amber color with minimal head and lacing

Smell: Cherries and a lovely funk

Taste: Sour, tart, cherries, some nice funk, bread, and light fruits

Feel: Light to medium body, good carb

Overall: This is an excellent brew, and the flavors evolve and become better as it warms

Mar 04, 2015
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Red tinted gold color that retains a good head. The unfiltered sediment looked like dried out and chopped cherries. The cherries immediately hit the nose, but no funkiness smell. The cherries provide a stronger sweetness than tartness. Immediate cherry taste on the tip of the tongue with a nice tartness at the back of the tongue. There was no sourness or yeastiness expected from a funky standpoint. Taste is close to balanced, with sweetness slightly stronger than the tartness. Moderate carbonation and a medium-light body. It didn't have much yeast or alcohol kick. Good cherry sour, could be have better funk. Solid beer.

Feb 28, 2015
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Josievan from Iowa

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Crust Stone Oven Pizzeria in Davenport, IA. Beautiful ruby red color. Tart but not too sour. Cherry character is pleasantly apparent but not overpowering.

Feb 22, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a light reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of tart cherry notes with light oak notes is quite nice. Taste is also dominated by tart cherry notes with some light acidity noticeable. Body is average with good carbonation. Love the fact that this beer was very easy to drink while presenting a good level of complexity.

Feb 15, 2015
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MaltLickyWithTheCandy from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Max's Baltimore.

Pours a nice light orange color with a nice white head
Immediately smells a very nice balance of sweet cherries and fruit, followed by a a mellow funk.
Tasted great, mellow on the funk note and the cherries were definitely recognizable. What is great about this wild ale is that the funkiness does not overwhelm the other aromas.
Great beer, I'd recommend this to any beer drinker that wants to experiment with wild ales and funky beers.

Feb 04, 2015
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy pink-tinged orange. Head is almost non-existent. Tiny loose white cap drops to a small bubbly collar almost instantly Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: The pour releases a deep lactic funk. Tons of cherry flesh, both sweet and tart. Lemon juice, a touch of lime zest, and a sharp citric bite. Slight pale malt sweetness with a touch of bready caramelized malt. Wet, damp, slightly rotten and fermented fruit. Old wood, hay, and a touch of grass. Some peach as well. Powdery funk. A touch of leather. Oak barrel. Some solvent and a slight medicinal quality.

Taste: Cherry and funk. Slightly fermented and rotten cherry flesh quickly followed by a sweet burst of cherry juice and some tart cherry as well. Cherry flesh and skin. Malts are slightly sweet with a very mild bready element. Loaded with a sharp citric bite and a rounded lactic tart edge. Some wet grass and wood. Touches of earth. Some musty notes. Damp, very damp. Touches of dark berry on top of the cherry. Surprisingly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to light carbonation. Very slight astringency on the initial sip.

Overall: They didn't lie.

It's loaded with cherry and funk. It's solid.

Jan 29, 2015
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Tipples. A slight gusher here but not too bad. Pours light pinkish orange with a big bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Big vinegar aroma, definite tart cherries in there, sweet cherry juice, dry aroma, some vanilla or oak notes. Flavor is lightly tart cherries, a bit sweet, not much funk or lacto sourness here. Sort of like fizzy cherry juice. Light bodied at first but the cherry comes off a little syrupy, big carbonation, prickly on the tongue. This doesn't taste bad by any means, but not Prairie's best effort as it lacks the funk and other sour notes one would expect from a beer like this.

Jan 24, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish color with an off white head. Aroma of sour cherries and red wine vinegar. Acetic in taste with slight souring tartness and sour cherries. Decent strength and good to style. Just a touch of sugary malts and a lemon rind element with sour cherry following. Full bodied yet crisp and bright. Very nice, simple flavor and good at that.

Jan 20, 2015
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Ian_B from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appealing, hazy red grapefruit juice color and decent head retention.

Light, slightly acidic esters lead the aroma with sweet, natural cherries. Not very strong with the funk.

Taste follows the nose quite closely, but is a little light on the cherry flavour and sweetness. Again, not very funky.

Falls a bit short in a few areas but overall a very solid and natural-tasting sour.

Jan 19, 2015
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pink, with a thin off-white head. Aromas of sour cherry and a hint of grain. Taste is an initial light cherry flavor, followed by some grain, then an acidic funk, finishing with a tart, sour dry earthy flavor. Mouth feel is average. Overall a good sour ale.

Jan 19, 2015
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle.

Pours copper with a pinkish hue. A short head of crackling white dissolved quickly to a placid surface and zero lacing.

Aromatics lead off with faint cherries and light funk. A bit wheaty and fruity but otherwise non-eventful.

Light bodied with a crispish mouthfeel. A little syrupy.

The palate starts off tart and fruity. Mild cherry notes with some balancing sweetness.

Finishes with faint cherries and lighty tart.

This beer is neither sour, cherry-like, or very funky. Pretty disappointing!

Jan 07, 2015
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/19/14. Drank on 1/4/15. Poured into a snifter.

Am I drinking a rose wine? Many vinous complex qualities to this beer. A very easy drinking sour but then again not one of which I would drink a lot. Cannot tell that this beer weighs in at 7.5% ABV. Maybe the age moderated the cherry flavor as other reviewers seemed to call out a more pronounced cherry. So aging could have a serious impact on this beer and you should choose based on your preferences. Definitely a beer that will open up as it warms (i.e. don’t drink it all before it gets warm). 4

A – Pours a pale pink but show almost like a rose wine in the glass with an initial two-finger pinkish white head that dissipates to a thin layer quite quickly. Great lacing. 4.5

S – Sour cherry, but not a lot of fruit. Farmyard funk, especially as if warms. 4

T – Definitely more sour than cherry, grape, vinous qualities. 3.75

MF – Light bodied with a semi-dry finish. Smooth start with a relatively smooth finish as well. Almost tastes flat it is so smooth there is just a bit of bite from the carbonation. Sour at the back of the throat in the finish. 4.5

Jan 04, 2015
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

December 31, 2014

500 ml bottle, tulip

A – Light amber, with a pinkish-red tint. A little bit of haze. An inch-plus of pinkish-white foam with moderate to low retention.

S – Some sweet fruit, maraschino cherry and a bit of pear. Brett funk, very much barnyardy and horseblanket. Hops are not really discernible.

T – Brett is prominent, with the barnyard taking the foreground, but there’s also an acidic bite, reminiscent of lactobacillus. Cherry and sweet fruit present as well. Perhaps some light floral hops, but not much to find. A nice level of tartness and funk.

M – Moderately carbonated and sweet, but the Brett character offsets the sweetness so that it isn’t cloying. A bit dry on the finish. Tartness is very pleasant.

O – An excellent wild/Brett beer, great base flavor profile and very (all too) easy to drink.

Jan 02, 2015
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zhanson88 from California

3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Gorgeous clear pink beer with about 1/2" of head on the pour. Not great head retention. Beer smells of must, hay , light funk, and a hint of tart lemons and cherries. On the palate it has light, tame funk notes, a bit of tartness and cherry notes, and surprisingly little else. Not much in the way of malt to back or any real sourness to take it over the top. Feel is light and effervescent, pretty good. Overall, decent, but doesn't have that extra gear to make it truly memorable.

Dec 31, 2014
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