Prairie-Vous Francais
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #460
ABV:
3.9%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,016
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 8.02%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
231
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Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  5
Gots
  44
SCORE
89
Very Good
Prairie-Vous FrancaisPrairie-Vous Francais
Notes: Prairie Vous Francais is our farmhouse ale modeled after our first beer, Prairie Ale, but with a lower ABV making it the perfect table beer. Vous is dry, crisp, and conditioned with brettanomyces.
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WickedBeer from Alabama

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

Bottled October 21, 2016 (294th day of 2016).

Pale, straw golden color. Small amounts of thin, frothy head bubble up as the beer is poured, but fizzles out and settles very quickly. No lace retention around the glass.

Definitely has that Brett funk predominance, with balancing aromas of floral hops, lemongrass, white grape must, and citrus peel. A nice bright aroma to this farmhouse.

The flavors here seem to have fallen off a bit, but the overall taste is still very crisp and clean. Very subtle, but a bit of floral bitterness and bread. The Brett yeast funk is there but much more subtle than on the nose. As it finishes you really get that lemongrass coming back strong, finishing with a grassy linger. Lightly grainy & spicy on the tail. All very soft, nothing hits you too hard at any point.

Light, crisp, clean, and dry. The carbonation has fallen off a bit, leaving it very low but soft. A light-drinking beer, and even what this beer has lost hasn't taken much away from the overall experience.

Mar 29, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt. .9 fl oz. Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.

A hazy, straw and white gold color, classicly active appearance with a thin, white cap that dissipates to only minimal foam leftovers.

Smells like tart and sour wheat grains, white grapes with fermented veggies and a slightly sweet edge to light maltiness.

A tart kick, soft wheats and oat grains taste, super light malty effect, the saaz hops give it that classic spicy kick and herbal bite that I personally love so much. Im not usually a fan of low alcohol, table beer styles, but damn is this Farmhouse tasty...refreshing and CLEAzn. The yeast has some very interesting funk, not super tart or bitter, but pretty complex overall.

Could drink all day and feel good about it.

Mar 14, 2019
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jaialai-untilidie from Florida

4.61/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very impressed with this beer. Very drinkable at 3.9% nice smells and even a great mouthfeel for a dry, low abv beer due to the oats and wheat. Very lovely and true to style.

Jul 22, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love Prairie and everything they do. I was curious to try this one out although I am not a fan of Belgian yeast or Brettanomyces that much.
Well this one is crisp, straw and sharply carbonated. Very goid that it's so light and low on ABV because it is purely refreshing. I think if they made this heavy with a firm body, the Brett yeast might have become annoying. But this way, it is paired with very significant and alluring hops (surprise, surprise, see what the good old Saaz can do!) and the Brett just kind of adds a bit of "foamy" nature to the feeling. There is some sourness to it, I guess caused by the yeast and now more you smell it, it develops an extremely interesting smell: straw and animals - welcome back Prairie, the masters of barnyard ales! Need to give it some time to develop its taste and boom! goes a superb experience again with these funky, strange notes in the smell and the taste. This is almost a trademark of Prairie, the wild yeast, the artistry of the random funk that in the end creates such a unique atmosphere that you just can't stop enjoying! Amazing! If it was for Prairie, I would love Brettanomyces.

Now let us be factual for a minute and let me quite what the label tells us:
"Prairie-vous Francais is a celebration of simple elegance. This farmhouse ale is brewed to be refreshing. We use barley, oats, and wheat to build a foundation for saaz hops and brettanomyces bruxellensis to play. You'll find this beer to be slightly tart and a touch hoppy. Prairie-vous Francais is one of our many farmhouse beers we hope you will love as much as we do."

Yes, yes I do. Prairie is a master brewery and everything they touch turns to gold. This beer made my average Saturday afternoon into a red-letter day celebration. Long live Prairie and their farmhouse beers!

Jun 23, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was white pear to yellow sort of color. Quickly dissolving foamy white head barely left any lace. Rapid carbonation bubbles were seen rising.
The aroma blended some lemon verbena, slight Bretty sour character, light on the lemongrass, a moderate clean funk (fresh-like) with herbal to earthy tones riding into that 'funk.' Seemed to punch in a little bit of piney hoppiness.
The flavor was moderately sour with that funk and lemon verbena punching forward to push the lemongrass, herbal and earthiness further back. Nice aftertaste of the lemon verbena with the herbal and earthiness coming in slightly.
The mouthfeel was about between light and medium bodied with a nice sessionability about it. Sour character is tame enough to not cause any pucker. Carbonation felt on par. ABV seemed as projected. Finish is grassy, smooth with a 'funky' sort of clean grab without the pucker.
Overall, odd for me to have opened this up today, though a very good beer, I'd be more susceptible to gulp in the Summer.

Feb 04, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Huge head that stays about 3 fingers and has different altitudes throughout (and that was poured very carefully) and the bubbles just keep coming from the bottom rapidly in this light golden colored beer.
Smell is funky with huge earthy floral notes.
The taste is quite underwhelming. Especially compared to the nose. It's not really funky just light floral.
The feel is light and crisp. Would make it great for a sunny summer day.
Overall, it's a light & crisp beer that would be good in the summer. But with the cold lately I wanted a summer beer to remind me of the warm days and it did that.

Jan 04, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing, though.

S: A well done aroma of Belgian yeast, some spices, and light fruit.

T: Tasted of a variety of fruits (apples, pears, bananas, especially), a lot (but not too much) of brettanomyces, some spices (pepper), a little barnyard funk, and a tinge of citrus (lemon). A lively flavor that's phenomenally well-balanced. Not as overly funky as some saisons, but still quite sweet and a little sour.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a crisp, clean finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, easy to drink saison. Would be a good beer for the summer months.

Nov 27, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light yellow body with fizzy head and the aroma is light with notes of yeast and funk coming through. Beer is light, smooth, crisp, balances some minor funkiness with touches of spice and yeast sweetness (my bottle had a smidge of floaters so I may be the exception to norm). Easy to drink and wonderful to have while sitting outside on a summer day.

Sep 13, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Body obscures light a bit, but shapes behind the glass can be made out. Head is fluffy, but does drop to a medium ring fairly quickly. Lacing is sparsely spotty.

Nose is light pear and lemon fruits, a bit of funk from the brett, and hay and barn wood.

Feel is crisp, clean, and a tad light it a watery way. This manifests itself late, though as the flavors and moderate carbonation grab attention up front.

A light tang opens, and the citrus note turns pith as the brett seems to draw in the earthy to oozy farmhouse notes. Doesn't get too funky or tart, and there's a light hay/dried herb that takes us to the lighter end taste. In some sips a little citrus splash, but I don't get it every sip.

A nice table beer, as advertised. There's enough interesting things in the beer to overcome the lightness.

Aug 26, 2017
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Bobbo3000 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light hazy straw. Smells lightly of barnyard and citrus. Taste is mildly sour, a little peppery. It has a creamy feel with light carbonation. Feels nice going down, very refreshing.

Aug 12, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle

Pours hazy straw yellow with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like some barnyard funk, oats, slight vanilla, wheat, bready crackery malts, lemony citrus, banana, clove, peppery spice, mild apple, pear, grape skin, with floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like lemony citrus, banana, peppery clove spice, oats, slight vanilla, wheat, bready crackery malt, some barnyard funk, some apple, pear, grape skin, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice farmhouse ale.

May 22, 2017
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Straw yellow, with big pillowy head. Champagne like carbonation.
Smell: Brett funk, hay, barnyard, and pear.
Taste: Brett funk, hay, and pear.
Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.
Overall: A great brett saison.

May 22, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

In honor of national beer day, I'm cracking this beast.

Pours a light fizzy head that fades instantly, a slight hazy lemony colored beer, no lacing no real head.

Nose plenty of Brett funk, big barnyard farmhouse funk, a little horse blanket, little lemony cheesy funk, plenty of toasted blond malt, straw, a little cake batter, toasted wheat, some fruitiness, and a bit grassy.

Taste brings more of the same, big raw dough and vanilla lemon cake batter, straw, toasted wheat and pilsner grainy malt notes, quite a bit of blond malt that hints of sweetness but never gets there, a little tartness and plenty of lemony cheesy funk, mild barnyard funk but lots of Brett B character, grassy and earthy funkness, a nice farmhouse saison under the Brett, but a bit too much on the presence of sweet cake batter although it's not really sweet, mild spices, generic fruity, quite dry, and a touch of grassy bitterness on the back end.

Mouth is lighter bod, a bit thin and even a little watery, light carbonation too, unfortunately pretty flat and it really affects the beer.

Overall great Brett characters, nice farmhouse saison, pretty enjoyable other than the appearance of sweetness and especially the lack of carbonation and body.

Apr 08, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prairie Vous Francais is a light Saison from Prairie Artisan Ales conditioned with brettanomyces bruxelles, ABV 3.90%.

Look: Light golden with a thick bubbly white head, somewhat of a gusher.

Aroma: Lemons, dough, yeasty brett funk.

Taste: The taste is wheaty dough, the brett funk is prominent, there's some lemon, and peppery notes.

Feel: Light easy drinking and overall very good.

Apr 01, 2017
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wedge from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow glow under a scant, bubbly white head that sticks around the edges. Aromas of damp woody funk, leather, dough, and flowers. Peppery straw, wheat, flowers, clove, peach skins, and a light lemon acidity. Light and soft, drying out a bit in the finish. Simple, funky, easy drinking.

Feb 20, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy pale straw color with white head. Aroma is floral, grassy lemony with good yeast character. Taste follows with the notes from the aroma, light and really easy to drink. Light, effervescent mouthfeel. Exactly what I would expect from a table beer. Light, refreshing but quite tasty for the low ABV.

Jan 09, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that left wispy laces of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of brett funk are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of brett funk. Hints of peppery spices are present in the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very light and refreshing. I would definitely consider this to be sessionable. If you like yeast, pour out the thick clumps at the bottom of the bottle and the beer will get very cloudy and yeasty.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 01, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful snow white capping, perfect for the holiday season, sits atop 2 fingers high with an amazing rate of retention. Pale straw coloring, light haziness, with a strong and quick showing of carbonation within. Light washy lace lashes adore the vessel in modest content. The final pour brings out all the yeasty disturbance with a dense lemon peel coloring.

S: Nice funk of sour fruit, lemons, yeasty barn scents of average strength.

T: Flavor was smooth, yeasty oranges and lemons with some animal feed and grains. Lightly dry, and lightly funked, sour dough, with some spicy golden hops of flowery content. Flavor builds up deeper into the drink gaining substance and flavor content.

M: Very light bodied, but good and frothy texture due to carbonation.

O: Flavor was decent per abv% of 3.9, but did seem a bit thin at times. Good drinkability due to low abv and light body measure, the sourness factor was rather lighter then expected considering brewery. At $15 a bomber hard to justify a recommend per content and substance, just not enough flavor and sourness as well body, but still a decent beer with price aside.

Dec 24, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is very earthy, along with fruit/berries. The flavor is fruit/berries, malts, earthy/mild funk in the middle and then a tart/somewhat dry finish.

Dec 23, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger white head which settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A funky and fruity Belgian style aroma with a a scent of brett funk and hops. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, pepper, and coriander spice. Good presence of brett with some funky and sour hints. Barley malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, cracker, and oats. Zesty fruit hints of green apple, orange, lemon, and pear. Good hints of earthy and floral hops with some grass. A pretty nice zesty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a funky, zesty, and fruity Belgian style taste with notes of brett and hops. Belgian yeast with some spice notes of pepper, clove, and coriander. Brett funk with some sour and tart notes. Zesty dried fruit notes of green apple, lemon, orange, and pear. Crisp malt notes of straw, wheat, grains, cracker, and oats. Nice earthy hop bitterness with some grass. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and pretty drying.

Overall: A very good take on a Sour Saison. Nice mix of brett, spice, and hop notes.

Nov 24, 2016
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DaverCS from Arizona

3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with no head retention.

Aroma is a bit of funk, lemon, and straw. Also, a small, but still prevalent, amount of earthy hops.

Feel is definitely under-carbonated. Nice amount of lemony-citrus. A baby amount of funk, a Belgian-like yeast character, and plenty of straw/ wet hay. Watery in feel. Was expecting more, especially for 10.99.

Overall, I see this pairing well with lemon-grass chicken over fried rice. It gets a 75/100.

Nov 20, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Prairie's Prairie-Vous Francais for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye and it's been just a little while since I've had a beer from them, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a teku.

A- The label is nice, it's got a little bit of a classy look to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a hazy golden color that took on more of a brighter yellow color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the brett being the first to show up and it imparts a very noticeable funky barnyard aromas with some wet straw and horse blanket like aromas showing up and there's a nice lemon and lemon grass aromas with a little bit of stone fruits showing up in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart a light herbal, light citrus rings and a little bit of a soapy hop aroma and that goes into the malts which impart some sweet malts, doughy, light bready and light grainy aromas. This beer has a very nice aroma, the brett is showcased nicely and I like the lemon aspect.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the brett still being the first to show up, it's lighter than it was in the aroma, but it still imparts all the same funky aspects that it did in the aroma and it leads into the fruits which impart more stone fruit flavors with the lemon not showing up as much as it did in the aroma. Up next comes the hops which impart more of floral and slightly herbal hop flavor with the ,malts coming through towards the end and they impart all the aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are a little lighter this time. On the finish there's just a slight bit of bitterness with an equal amount of tartness and it had a funky stone fruit like aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, the flavors work well together, but I wish they were as bold as they were in the aroma.

M- Pretty smooth, a little clean, very crisp, slightly prickly, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very nice and it's just what I look for in the style.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, it was pretty true to style with not as much setting it apart as I thought there would be, but it still made for a good beer that was just what I expect from the style. This beer had good drinkability, I won't have a problem drinking the full bottle. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, aroma and mouthfeel, those were the highlights to me. What I like the least about this beer is that the taste wasn't a little more bolder like the aroma. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend to anyone looking for a good farmhouse ale. All in all I thought this beer was good, but I still think it has potential to be just a little better. It's not a favorite Prairie beer, and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is a pretty tasty Farmhouse Ale, keep it up.

Sep 30, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.96/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle. Big white head on a pale yellow hazy body. Smells bretty with doughy malts. Tastes bretty with grainy pale malts. And some mineral flavors. Kinda bland. Light body with really high carbonation. Too much carbonation. Not exciting, but drinkable and nothing wrong with it.

Aug 31, 2016
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color witha frothy white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright fruits along with a bit of grain and some brett.

Tastes of the bright fruits layered with some grainy malt and brett. Fruits lead off with notes of lemon, orange zest, and some apple. This gives way to a floral character before grainy malts add in with some sweetness. Brett adds next with a bit of hay and coriander. Some earthy and peppery notes round out the end before a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty saison that hits all the right notes. Add in the low alcohol factor and I think this is a winner, just wish they sold 12 packs of it.

Aug 28, 2016
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rab53 from Washington

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Don't typically write reviews but...

Nice mild Brett with spot-on carbonation. Great head retention. Would never have guessed that ABV was so low. Very drinkable Belgian-style ale, Easily best low-ABV ale I have ever had.

Aug 07, 2016
Prairie-Vous Francais from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 231 ratings