Brett C. Ale | Prairie Artisan Ales

Brett C. AleBrett C. Ale
BA SCORE
4.1/5
419 Ratings
Brett C. AleBrett C. Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A farmhouse Ale, brewed with Cascade and Citra Hops and a touch of Sea Salt.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-16-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
419
pDev:
8.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
119
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 419 |  Reviews: 75
Reviews by thatoneguymike:
Photo of thatoneguymike
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prairie Brett C, conditioned with brettanomyces claussenii, is an odd bird. Given the description 'a farmhouse ale, brewed with Cascade and Citra hops, and a touch of sea salt', it sounded right up my alley. Thought I would love it. It's good, but I don't love it.

The color is a hazy darker yellow, nearly opaque and unfiltered. I think it's a very inviting looking beer. The label artwork itself, awesome, as per is the norm with Prairie Artisan Ales. Very colorful and jumps off of the shelf at you.

The beer smells like a funky-ass tart beer that's been dry hopped with green apples and lemon. Smells wonderful!

The taste is what doesn't totally win me over. I get all the peppery goodness of a saison, with the funk from the brett, but very little of the salt. I, again, am reminded of the citrus that I picked up on from the nose, but it's all just a bit..underwhelming. The hops are starting to wrestle my palate, and picking up on an almost mango-ish flavor as it warms, but still I'm positive that the taste is the weakest part of this beer to me.

As it should per the style, it does finish crisp and dry. And just like that, a 500mL Prairie bottle is gone sooner than it feels like it should.

I enjoyed Brett C. and do wish that I had bought a 2nd bottle to let the brett evolve. The beer's description made me think it would be an amalgam of saison and gose, but to me it was pretty much all saison, and that's not at all a bad thing (as it is the intended style). Not my favorite Prairie, or saison, and certainly not my favorite beer with salt, but I do think I would buy again.

$8.99/500mL bottle

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More User Reviews:
Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chill hazed gold with a pinky of cream colored head. Kind of clears, stays effervescent throughout. Average lacing & head retention

S: Mustyness & a little pear, a little Golden Delicious apple & grapefruit once warm, honeysuckle

T: Grapefruit & orange with a touch of salt & lemongrass. A little pear, salt, twang, pink grapefruit. Finishes with a little bit of floral flavor, salt, pineapple & grapefruit, a faint trace of brett, that shines through once warm

MF: Medium body, semi-firm carbonation

Drinks great, perfect summer time quencher that completely hides the ABV. Well worth a go, really enjoyed this

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Photo of fmccormi
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 16.9oz/500ml pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (my go-to stem, from Jester King). This has a bottling date of May 29, 2015 (I believe) printed in yellow ink on the shoulder above the label (“14581VV2 07:10 16915”), assuming this is a Julian code variant. This was purchased something less than a week ago, and went straight to the fridge for the last few days. More or less ideal conditions!

Appearance (3.75): Close to three fingers of ivory-colored foam rise off of the pour, capping an evenly hazy, slightly orange-ish, glowing golden-colored body—a deep yellow with orange-amber lowlights. The head shows moderate retention, dying down at a moderate pace and leaving a half-inch of fluffy, sticky foam at the surface. Light, temporary arcs of thin foam wrap the sides of the glass where the beer moves, but they slide down and subside before too long.

Smell (4.5): A funky, screamingly brett-forward mix of passionfruit nectar, some limeade, wet hay, some weird dank undertones, musty basement funk, a little blue cheese, and that thick, pungent scent of fresh-cut papaya. There might be some malt in here, but it’s completely draped in yeast and funky hops. Right up my alley.

Taste (4.5): This is dynamic: it starts off with a light dose of grassy, herbal bitterness, followed by juicy, brett-inflected fruit tones (papaya, wet hay, sweetened lemonade), and quickly chased by a surprisingly sharp, hoppy finish that’s dank (in a slightly harsh, resinous way) and citrusy (lime and red grapefruit zest). The whole time, there’s a light, not-too-intrusive musty funk that adds an earthy undercurrent, not as a counterpoint but as a weird, complementary texture. That finish sticks around for a nice, slow-burning exit, and the sea salt pops up right at this juncture, but it’s light enough that it functions mostly to dry out the juicy citrus, boosting that resinous, hoppy finish. This is thoroughly satisfying and full-flavored, but oddly refreshing, too. No booze is evident, but it’s very dry.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Carbonation is present right from the start, with a light coating of fine, soft bubbles that expand quite a bit with a light prickle, before being washed out with the lighter-than-medium weight, extremely dry body.

Overall (4.5): This is an extremelty enjoyable beer. It’s mostly a vehicle for brett and hops, but that’s just fine by me because not surprisingly, Prairie’s done an outstanding job with these ingredients—even the sea salt, which might be unexpected at first, adds an oddly useful accent to the dry, resinous finish. This is extremely well put-together, and the fact that it’s got layers that unfold in overlapping waves makes it so satisfying. As good as each piece is, the whole is still better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours milky straw, filling the glass with an opalescent sheen. A four inch, off-white, rocky head lingers for a minute before rapidly dissipating to a rocky blanket. Some sticky lace was lefton a Pirat tulip glass while chunks of yeast settle to the bottom.

The aroma is funky with savory spices. A hint of lemon quickly yields to unfamiliar spices.

The flavor is tart and meaty. This odd combination is reminiscent of empinadas or samosas. The finish is long with a focus on spices. Moderate acidity is a constant.

The body is soft and full with a feathery texture. Alcohol is controled, though clearly present. Large bubbles of carbonation form siminar to soda water.

This beer makes me hungry. It is very interesting and worthy of discussion. It would easily pair with meat pies and brings up memories of summer grain harvesting. It would also go well with spaghetti and meat sauce.

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Photo of Shawnadams330
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tiernan
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nicely into a tulip glass.
Nearly overflows with snow white cloudy head.
Smells incredible. Bright. Citrus. Funk. Barnyard. Cut grass. Rain.
Tastes... intricate. Lots going on. Very citrusy up front.
Back end is piney, prickly, pithy.
Feels nice, but lacks a little body. Surprised at how high the ABV is.
Overall fantastic.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dbrulet
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kaiyote
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jamesmk48
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bellringer
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a slight bit of haziness within. There's a fingernail of eggshell white resting on top. Light lacing. I smell tart notes of brettanomyces, red zinfandel, and mustiness. I taste initially saltine cracker and it quickly turns tart with brett. This is a fairly balanced beer that pulls back from being immensely tart and has some subtle light malt notes. The mouth is highly carbonated like a champagne and immensely dry.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warmbier804
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwkdmk
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of valkyre65
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tilly
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P: Hazy, pale blonde, white sponge like head that lasts. Exquisite lacing.
A: Deep hoppy citrus, sour,
T: Huge hops, citrus lemon peel, sour, salty,
O: Light body, salty, bitter, extremely well balanced.
O: Outstanding Saison Ale. Nuff said.

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Photo of Beersilio
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BoozerBrad
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Brett C. Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 419 ratings
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