Brett C. Ale
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #174
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,088
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 8.01%
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
448
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Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
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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 MissSmisje
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pale sunshine yellow, with thin head that dissipates into chunky islands
S: great nose one this one, lemon pulp, hay, citra, some grass
T: funky, but closet to hay than sweat sock, citra hops, yeasty finish
F: fairly crisp, with a slightly drying finish
O: good but not my favorite. The brett and hops compete with rather than melding and complementing one another. Im finding this is common with hoppy Brett beers and I'm not big on the style because of it. Kane Sea Change being the notable exception

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Brew Kettle Works.

This is a really nice, unique brew that drinks way to easy. Man I could crush a ton of this. Fruity, funky and a touch of salt rounds out a pillowy mouthfeel. Well done and a definite must have again.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a thick foamy/carbonated head. Head retention is good. Lacing is good. Aroma of farmhouse ale, Brettanomyces and citrus. Very pleasing. Farmhouse yeast taste with definite Brett, mild citrus and nice hoppy edge at the end. You can definitely get the Citra hops. There is some complexity to this beer that I really like. Heavy body with moderate to heavy carbonation. There is some slight astringency at the end.

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Photo of Nife
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A really nice Brett saison. The salt moderates or fills in the sour taste. I am not a great fan of salt myself so my rating may be lower by 0.2 cause of that. By balance. Smooth mouthfeel. Slight tart. Intriguing background flavors. A really nice beer. .

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

one of the weirder prairie beers ive had, at least compared to expectations, and with these guys thats really saying something. it looks kind of gross from the tap, thick and chunky, yeast and dense, thick thick like it was the bottom of the keg, and almost no head. it was off putting to say the least, but fortunately the beer still tastes good. tons of funk on it, more than other brett C beers i have experienced. its like sweaty and weird though too, not real tart but some acidity is present. wheat base it seems, and on the first sip, the sea salt is evident. i think thats the unique feature, it really brings out and highlights the flavors of a usually more mild brett strain. it makes it so intense though, and i think maybe my personal palate is not a huge fan of this strain, that body odor or used sock thing is strong, and with the salt its really strong. the beer also feels pretty thick, and although it does have some bubbles, its not enough to make it feel like a living wild ale. i am hoping this was the bottom of the barrel and there was some crazy gunky yeast going on, and i will still definitely try this from the bottle, but i was unimpressed on the whole by this one, although i still appreciate its uniqueness. id like to see sea salt work its way into some more wilds, the accents it provides is awesome and powerful.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bretty+hoppy saison by Prairie, you say??? No, I don't believe it!

A - 500ml pours hazy dark yellow with a few fingers of white foam. A thin cap and thick ring remain by the end.

S - Lots of brett, stinky cat pee sweat funk, all sortsa warm earthy tropical citrus, some green grape, slight wheat/bready tones.

T - Alot less all-around pungency here. Citrus, farm and brett still prevalent, but all taken a good step down in intensity and complexity. Maybe just a hint of the sea salt there.

M - Smooth, well-bodied with medium carbonation, tartness/funk/bitterness are all on the light side. Body hints towards the ABV but the alcohol is pretty impressively hidden. Quite easy-drinking all things considered but a half-liter is probably best split.

O - The taste almost feels like a watered down version of the scent which is a bit of a letdown, but still pretty great, and particularly for 8.1%, unusually drinkable for the style. The hops come through nicely and meld well with that classic Prairie brett strain, all in all comes off as some funky peach juice concoction.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Farmhouse Ale brewed with cascade and citra hops and sea salt. Poured from a bottle into a Bells tulip. The pour is straw colored, slightly hazy, and quite effervescent. It sports 3 fingers of creamy white head that gradually dissipates. I definitely get the brett and hops on the nose. The aroma is musty and fruity and quite pleasant. I get apples, oranges, pineapples, air freshener, and laundry detergent.

Light body with an astringent feel and mostly sweet, slightly dry flavor. The carbonation opens up the palate nicely. Water crackers up front followed by lemons and over-ripe peaches. Nice dry finish.

Nice mix of dry and fruity flavors, but lacks real complexity and probably doesn't merit such a high price tag. A little too sweet for me. Could use a little more tartness. Perhaps some additional time in the bottle would have allowed the brett to develop more. Still, Prairie remains one of those breweries whose offerings I am always willing to try.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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 mothman
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this one better than the Elizabeth because of the citra hops. However, it is way more funky and has medicinal flavors. Some plastic notes. The Brett really dominates this beer. Maybe I don't like it as much the Beth.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 500mL bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 6/24/15, making this just over a month old.

A: Pours a golden-yellow straw color with a 1/2-finger white, bubbly head that sticks around.

S: Very crisp, briney, and vegetal. Sea salt is definitely noticeable. Lots of grass and tree leaf. Faint note of citrus of the hop additions in the background.

T: More floral on the taste. Rose petal, grass. Hops are only there in the bittering. Very dry aftertaste. Honestly not getting much Brett or funk.

M: Crisp and light. Just shy of being too carbonated. Very dry.

O: Kind of an odd take on the Farmhouse Ale, with a lot going on here. Brett, heavy hops, sea salt. It's a nice, light, drinkable beer, but some things hold it back from being great. It's a touch too dry and bitter. I also wish the hop additions added more flavor than battering here. And lastly, the Brett is hardly noticeable for me, so that's a bummer. Average Prairie beer here.

Recommendation: If you're well-versed with Prairie, this one is passable. But all in all, it's still a decent, refreshing beer that's worth trying.

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Photo of Premo88
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L: yellow, no debris but very misty to begin with, looks like it will clear up over time; big fluffy white head of foam, easily 2 inches tall off a medium-hard pour, a little sticking and some cool lacing as we go, keeps a huge fluffy collar, among the biggest collars of foam I’ve ever seen; tons of activity in the glass, enough to keep an almost full skin on top

S: can smell the brett off the pour, very tart and pungent ... lemons, sour grain, white wine, sour grapes ... there's nothing sweet here; as it warms, some malt shows through, a pinch of sweetness with some grain, possibly cracker; kumquats; sweetness really showing through at times giving it a rasberry/blackberry smell; settles into a lemony hay aroma

T: wow ... almost all of the tartness and sour grapes/lemons in the nose are gone (where’d all that go?!?); instead there’s a chunk of grain and a dirt/earth-hop flavor riding over the top and knocking down the tartness *and* the sweetness at the same time. very bitter and dry at times with a very neutral flavor; some sweetness peeks through as it warms.

F: very Belgian -- big and crisp at the same time. a midweight beer full of carbonation that’s thick enough to almost feel stout slick at times.

O: solid brew, but hard to distinguish it from other beers in its ballpark, which includes some Belgian IPAs and American wild ales. bottomline: it’s not worth the price (over 60 cents per ounce). I don’t like ripping Prairie Artisan because they make very good beers, but I’m getting cost fatigue buying their stuff. If you’re a big fan of the farmhouse ale, it’s worth trying; otherwise, save your money.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite styles from one of my favorite breweries. There aren't any sour notes with this one and no one knows the true adjectives of "barnyard" or "horse blanket" like our boys in Oklahoma.

Opaque blonde, snow white 1-finger head. Consistent with the Saison style, minus sour notes per above, it's an earthy/bready base with just a little spicy (ginger?) garnish/finish.

I cannot help from mentioning the mesmorizing labels, as do previous reviewers. This one is even a little more abstract than the others, but i would describe it as Salvador Dali meets Sweet Pickles...

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great bottle design as always from these guys.
This pours a thick haze of pineapple pulp yellow color, with a thinly bubbled white head, but tall, as expected in a brett ale.
Smells leathery and lemony, salty even (unless that's me recalling the bottle description's sea salt ingredient).
Tastes pretty good, with dry notes of lemon, grapefruit and funk. Some pepper/ spice notes. Salt yes. Balanced to where there's enough semi-sweet hop flavor coming through, yes. Balanced nicely in other words, for what this is. Started iffy, then grew on me throughout the glass, especially
because after a little while some floral citrusy hops poked through the saison dryness.
Feels full and crisp, well carbonated and refreshing.
As usual, another very well-crafted artisan ale from Prairie.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 ml bottle into a snifter with a Deep hazy yellow body, and a 2 inch foamy white head. Smell was a bit of melon and citrus with some wet leather and hay. Taste starts with some sweet melon and lemon, transitions to some savory leather and spice, with a dry and slightly salty finish. Light in the mouth with a good carbonation and a drying finish. Overall this is a nice beer, the fruit of the hops is a nice foil for the brett funkiness.

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Photo of Ri0
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 500ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Pretty light cloudy golden straw yellow with a sea foam white 3 finger head. Retention is very nice and there is plenty of thick webbed lacing..

S - A nice tart funk with yeast, grass, and some floral hops and herbs. More citrusy scents and some spice mixed in as well. Brett has really added to the aroma.

T - A slight tartness about it. A nice citrus, lemon and floral hops with a wet straw/grass funk. Good amount of yeast, wheat, and some light spice to finish it off.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality.

O - Enjoyed this Saison. Those who also like it should check out Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bier which is a favorite of mine.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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 donspublic
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into small sniffer. Small 1/2 inch head, beautiful hazy yellow look. Smell, you know something different is coming. First taste was extremely funky but it dissipates. A little fruity with a sharp dry finish Mouthfeel a little different than most of this style but still pretty good.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy yellow white with fluffy white head. Excellent distribution, excellent retention. Bretty funk mixed with lemon, sligtly tart, a bit of yogurt. Peach up front, a bit of pineapple, slight pickle taste, probably from the sea salt. Slightly grainy mouthfeel. Very nice beer, count me as a fan of anything yeasty from Prairie.

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Photo of kevanb
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Prairie Artisan Ales "Prairiedog" Teku glass.

The beer pours a hazy, cloudy, golden copper color, apricot and straw hues with a thick, foamy, white head, good retention, easily summoned with a quick twirl of the glass yielding a small amount of soapy lace. The aroma is pleasant, loads of juicy and fruity brett, funky, musty, really strong cascade hop profile, the citra certainly helps the fruit profile along, bright and fresh, pale grain, a bit crusty with just a dash of salty balance. The flavors echo the nose, really nice bright and fruity hop profile, bretty esters reside underneath in good balance, minimal funk, light musty character, but I'm impressed with how juicy the fruit flavors are. Pineapple, tangerine, lemon, pale malt and a little bit of peppercorn poke out with some assertive spiciness at the tail end, definitely some hop bitterness, a bit of hop spice and resinous character mix with the salt as well. The mouthfeel is nice, crisp and snappy while coating and being gentle with an easy finish that has a nice dryness to it.

Verdict: Saison or Belgian IPA? You take your pick but I'll enjoy this one with either classification. Loads of really fresh and fruity hop character, nice spice backbone, minimal maltiness, which I'd expect in a more traditional Saison, but nice balance nonetheless. I really had no idea what to make of a saison with two popular American hops and sea salt, but I really enjoyed the finished product, unusual for sure, but delicious.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Zwanze 2013 glass.

A - A few fingers of white foam settle to a thin cap, thicker collar, and some stray fingers of lace. Hazy pale straw body.

S - Loads of brett. Farmy, funky. Reminds me a little of cat pee with the mixture of spicy hops and wild yeast. Citrus hops intensify as it warms. Almost like perfume covering up a bad smell.

T - Taste is very medicinal, with the brett and bittering hops combining for an odd finish. More like a white IPA or hoppy Saison mid-palate. Maybe a hint of the advertised salt. Not great to be honest.

M - Surprising warmth, sticky finish, somewhat grainy, pleasant active carbonation.

D - Not a huge fan. Was expecting a lot more from the description. It too a lot of effort to work through 500ml. Also, kinda pricey.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Glowing orb lemon yellow, solid and opaque with a nice sheen. Carbonation is interesting, pin head circle around the bottom, with touches of fine rising middle carbonation rising through the centre of the glass. Frothy and hard rocking bleach white head of three fingers. Good retention, not huge but solid, but settles nicely. Great looking saison.

Big earthy and funky notes off the aroma, a big blasting bouquet of muddy soil tones and then fruit pineapple following behind, touching with sweetness on this real big farmhouse power punch. Dry herbality and green but with more earth tones taking over from thyme and sage qualities. A real lurker on the nose it seems, and very complex and lots to explore.

Palate seems to take less complicated terms but still delivers. Earth and hot bent, going for mid palate filling with white pepper and a moderate amount of grass quality. Body and mouthfeel is rather neutral but supportive, not adding much to the base and flavor experience but basically supporting this huge yeast and funk and hop profile. Finishes almost clean but with a real hot dryness, and more pepper that dominates but is very tolerable, almost juiced and just wanting to poke out some hop tropical flavor profiles but just not quite able to pull itself to the palates front.

A fun hot saison, with a big brett profile. Very enjoyable and a good saison heads brew.

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Photo of zimm421
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. The color is a deep gold with touches of orange. There is a fluffy white head that has great staying power and leaves beautiful lacing. The nose is full of Brett funkiness, mustiness and citrus from the Citra and Cascade. It's not overly complex here, but draws you back in constantly. The taste is very complex, full of grapefruit and orange, touches of sea salt and the Brett brings wonderful notes of pineapple and some mustiness. Overall, it's a great beer and I can't wait to see how my other bottle develops over the coming months.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of funk, Brett, citrus fruit, citrus juice, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, citrus juice, tropical fruit, funk, Brett, and salt flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice mix of Brett, hops, and salt that make this one tasty and super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one is kind of weird to me. It drank more like an IPA to me. I liked it, but I think the brett needs more time to develop in order for this one to reach its potential.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a lovely thick pure white head. Head fades but still decent to look at.

Nose is really nice! Big assertive hop character with undertones of Brett. Works well and really is nicely balanced in the nose. Rich and full of a roses scent. Really nice.

Mouth feel is also great. Nice balance; rich hops that add a nice bitter, clean fresh tone with lots of brett funk - it all really works with medium/low carb. Really inviting - you just want to keep drinking it.

Flavor profile is rich hop bitter; rich and balanced brett funk with a rose toned nose; - it all comes together to taste quite great. There is a neat IPA character juxtaposed with a neat "brett funk" character. This is a really nice brew.

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Brett C. Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 448 ratings