Brett C. Ale
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #174
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,091
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 8.01%
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
448
From:
Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
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92
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Brett C. AleBrett C. Ale
Notes: A farmhouse Ale, brewed with Cascade and Citra Hops and a touch of Sea Salt.
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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 448
Photo of ajm5108
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale straw color, fluffy head that lingers but is a bit too much for me. Aroma features lots of loam, lemon citrus & more salt than I anticipated. A little on the handsoap side but still appealing. Starts out with lots of lemon citrus - not necessarily tart - with a little hay / Brett flavor underneath. You can get a little bit of hop and more loam, and it finishes with lots of salt, very much like a Gose. It maybe had a tad much of the soap flavor for me and not enough earthiness / Brett. Also, it is really thin & watery, dissapointing mouthfeel for sure.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright pale gold body. Looks like a lot of pils malt here. Long lasting big white head.

Oh yeah, those hops smell really nice. Huge bright orange with a little floral and passion fruit. Brett is light and young but thankfully is not drowned out by hops. There is a touch of salinity to it.

A lot more Brett-y on the flavor. Saltier as well. I think most of these hops are used for the dry hop as the flavor isn't as hop heavy as the aroma indicated. Light souring.

Voluminous head but the carbonation isn't going crazy on the palate. It is a little high but that's expected for such a beer. Body is near medium.

Didn't really have any expectations for this but the salt seemed weird at first glance. It totally works though. Great hop additions that still allow the base to come through. Really well executed in my opinion at least. Love Prairie beers. Hate the price point.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle sealed with prairie catfish pressure cap.

poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: very pale yellow bodied beer with huge and foamy bone white head. The head has a lot of staying power and it leaves a lot of lacing; the head never really dies on this beer.

Smell: This beer smells of stale bread and lots of stanky brett funk. Getting a little bit of brightness as well. Getting some pears and white grapes too.

Taste: Yeah this has a lot of brett funk in the beer. Light bitterness and light tartness. Stale bready malt just like the nose. Slightly juicy tropical hop presence with a hint of orange juice.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer drinks like it is a pretty low abv beer. Light dryness as well.

Overall: This is another great saison by Prairie. The brett is pretty big in this beer and that is just fine by me. I don't get any of the salt that is in this beer, but that is okay by me. Hops are a bit more subdued than you would expect, so my guess is this must be an older bottle where the brett has started to take over the beer.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale yellow with a white to off white head with pretty decent retention. Funky brett aroma with a hint of pineapple and citrus. Maybe a hint of tartness. Flavor is a bit more tart and the notes of pineapple are met with a bit of peach and apricot. Slightly sweet but not overly so at all. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is great.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma is funky with musty cellar notes, a bit of tartness and some sweet vanilla notes. Taste starts funky, slightly tart and quite bitter and hoppy. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Body is on the heavy side but also well carbonated. Overall it's a quite nice brett beer. Funky, hoppy, bitter and tasty.

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Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with a pillowy white froth. Aromatically strong Brett presence along with lemon, orange and herb. Tastes of cotton candy and light fruits up front followed by more Brett funk and a late introduction of herb and spice. On the lighter side of medium in body and quite smooth.

Add yet another really tasty Prairie Farmhouse to the list.

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Photo of babaracas
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with rocky white head, big chunks of lace trailing down the glass. Smell: floral, lemon-lime, sugar cookie, hay, with a little dried apricot and dried pineapple. Taste: mild grapefruit and lime, a bit doughy, sugar cookie, pear and a little green apple, grainy and mildly peppery finish. Maybe a little salt in the finish. Medium bodied, fluffy feel, crisp-ish finish. Pretty chill , quite tasty and even refreshing at 8%.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/18/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, orange, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, mango, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, hay, straw, wheat, cracker, musty funk, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, mango, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, hay, straw, wheat, cracker, musty funk, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, mango, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, wheat, cracker, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spice. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy brett saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tilly
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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 teromous
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle:
15652VV2
07:19
17615
I believe 176 is the Julian Date and 15 is the year, so it could have been bottled the 25th of June 2015.

Appearance: The foam from the bottle started to snake out of the top of the bottle before I started pouring it. Just be careful to get this into a glass as soon as you open it. There's no way to pour this thing without getting a huge foamy head. The body...somewhere under that mountain of foam...is a hazy light straw color. The head is pure white and looks like the meringue on top of a pie. With the yellow color and white head this looks a bit like a key-lime pie. Great retention.

Aroma: Funky old hay sitting in the corner of a barn. There is this earthy aroma that is a bit peppery too. A bit catty. It has a lot of crazy stuff going on here. It doesn't burst with fresh aromas but it has a lot of funk. It smells like a cat peed in a pile of hay that has been sitting in a barn.

Taste: Right up front I notice quite a bit of bitterness and this tannic quality to the beer. It has this very woody flavor that weighs down the beer from the get-go. It has a lot of very earthy flavors like tea leaves and a bit of cedar with just a touch of spruce. In the end there is this very light sourness but it's not tart, just a souring flavor like a fruit that has started to go bad. This would have made an excellent beer to drink during the fall.

Mouthfeel: It's a dry beer with a light body that is grounded by a good deal of bitterness and tannin. It is a slow drinker because it is a bit like drinking fine-grit sandpaper with the presence of bitterness and the puckering tannin.

Overall: I would say it's an outstanding beer. I love the earthiness of the beer. I was taken aback by how heavy the beer was in respect to flavor given the light airy appearance. I noticed that the availability says "brewed once" so I don't know if this will be made again in the future. If it is then my recommendation would be to hold one for the fall and enjoy it as the leaves are falling. I really enjoyed this funky earthy beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of Brett funk are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is quite funky with additional notes of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of Brett funk and is not for the faint of heart.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Sabtos
2.67/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Oh this was a hilariously bad experience. Not only was it so full of horse blanket that it was offensive, it was also sharply, and oddly bitter. Bitingly so.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw gold with a thick head. Smell is brett, citrus and mustiness. Taste is largely brett with some lemon; which seems to be norm for Prairie's brett based stuff. The finish is watery and disappointing. A standard brett ale that could use an improvement in the finish and feel.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.99. Bottled in 2015 but the specific date has been smudged from the neck. Served in a goblet.

Pours a hazy, pale, yellow orange with three fingers of lively white head. The body remains fully opaque. Great retention with a consistent foamy layer that imparts only a few loose splotches of lace.

Smells citrusy with a good bit of earthen funk. Oranges, lemon pith, brett, earth, slightly floral and a vague vegital note.

Tastes of orange pulp, mandarin peels, light lemon zest, hay, grass, earthy bretty funk, pepper, cracker, flower petals and some vague salt. Any perceptible alcohol flavors don't make it through that Brett-laden barrage. No one aspect takes over so the flavors are an interesting marriage of farmhouse ale, brettanomyces funk and citrusy hops.

Dry, medium body with abundant carbonation that while livelier than I tend to prefer, keeps the flavors dancing on the palate. Salt lingers more in the finish than the initial taste along with some citrus, hay and earth.

I'm not a big fan of farmhouse ales for the most part but Brett C has more than enough going on to keep me interested. The more examples of mixing Brett and hops that I try the more I enjoy the results. I think Brett C is worth a try and will certainly purchase again myself at some point.

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Photo of drpimento
4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man, this is so good; maybe the best sour I've ever had. Pours with a huge frothy long lived head. Aroma is a lemony citrus, tart, something - yeast? bitter. Flavor's the best thing here. All of the aroma qualities intensified and the carbonation adds to it all in the in the most pleasurable way. Such a satisfying beer

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pint glass. straw colored with light head. highly carbonated, but not too bad. tastes like a brett. pretty freaking good. hay and citrus. super dry finish. pretty good.

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Photo of Tommo
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After having this a few times, i felt the need to rate it. Overall its a brett ale, maybe thats to plain and straight forward for some, but this is packed with amazing brett character. Light and refreshing, with citrus and grassy notes.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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 JackoKershaw
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ML bottle. Pours a hazy yellow, with a lot of head. I think all the foam impeded the scent from shining through at first. As the beer settled to room temp, I could smell more of the Brett coming through. Taste was initially dominated by Brett, but you can really taste some hoppiness/citra and the end. One the whole 500 MLs have been poured into the glass, the sea salt makes its appearance. Highly carbonated on the tongue, you can see why this beer has such a head. I think this is a really good farmhouse beer, with a sneaky high ABV (tastes like it'd be more in the low 4 range, like your typical saison, but no, no, no, mon frère!) This is a really solid farmhouse beer that I will gladly drink again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow/orange hybrid. Huge, frothy head. It will impede my ability to sniff this brew. Aroma is loaded with Brett. To me it smells like pineapple, aloe, and eucalyptus. Also there are some fruity tropical hop notes. It smells a bit briny, too. Flavor is again dominated by pungent Brett character. Tangy Brett, some fruity and grassy hops some cereal grain malt. Not really picking the salt up to much but it does make me salivate. Medicinal flavor overall. Not sure if I really enjoy it all that much. Has some body. Lasting flavor. I haven't ever been the biggest Brett proponent. The further I dig down into this bottle, the salt becomes more prominent. Also, stunned that this beer is over 8%. Would have pegged this to be 5.5% or something close.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a cervoise. Pours clear until I let the sediment flow in. Then it's murky as hell. Oops. Big white head with excellent retention. Smell is doughy malts, citrusy hops. Grapefruit from the cascade is dominant. Citra seems to blend into the brett aroma of tropical fruit. A little bit of lemon that hints at acidity. Taste doesn't deliver much, if any acidity, though. Doughy and bready malts lend a bit of sweetness. Earthy brett tones bring it down. Hops aren't as prevalent. Just a bit of tropical fruit up front and then they fade. Medium body. High carbonation. Drinks pretty easily, but I can already feel full as I finish this review. Very impressive.

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Photo of cultclassic89
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hay Merchant 9/17/2015.

Was pretty meh on this beer. Nose had a weird fabuloso thing going on that I wasn't a fan of. Okay saison that's not really anything to write home about.

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Photo of von_kaiser
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gosh...I'm giving a sympathy review here. Not a fan of the style whatsoever.
A: cloudy blonde 2 finger head. No lacing but typical for the style
S: hop forward tampon rag
T: yeasty citrus filled farmhouse ale that I'm not a fan of but I respect the style. It nails the style mind you.
M: yeasty lingering flavor with a citrus film that stays for a while. No alcohol presence at all.
O: dangerously drinkable and I hate the style. Cheers!

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Photo of Tropheus
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour nice pale pineapple color. Citrus and floral aroma. Very similar taste with a little fruitiness blended with hops on the backend. Decent beer and my first Prairie of any style would not be my first choice but would try again.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As with a lot of Prairie saisons, I found that being chilled does this beer no favors. It really started to shine once it approached rooom temperature. The hops take on a much larger role than I figured they would, almost matching the brett in prominence. Sticky, fruity, earthy, peach and mango. Not much going on in the back end, but up front it's stellar.

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