3rd Anniversary Ale
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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
8%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 10.31%
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
303
From:
Prairie Artisan Ales
 
Oklahoma, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  64
SCORE
87
Very Good
3rd Anniversary Ale3rd Anniversary Ale
Notes: Farmhouse ale brewed with raspberries.
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Photo of npolachek
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't thrilled with this beer compared to many of the other Prarie Artisnal offerings.

Some raspberry smell but very minor. Medium carbonation in the feel. Very pricey, so limited value vs the taste.

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Photo of MECove
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Honestly, I picked up this bottle because it was 50 % off. I'm not a huge fan of sours, and this one definitely leaves a bitterness on your tongue. It's like chilled wine with low carbonation, an interesting hybrid of texture and class.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep gold with a slight reddish hue topped by a dense two finger white head which retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of huge notes of bretty funk and horseblanket with a little raspberry
T: Taste is raspberries, horseblanket, funk, and barnyard along with some cracker like malt and white pepper. Hints of lemon and slight acidity as well. Swallow is raspberries and more funk with lingering horseblanket and spicy yeast
M: This beer has a body that is on the lighter side of things but it is not watery. Carbonation is effervescent and just below being prickly while the beer has a slightly drying finish.
O: Overall this one is pretty good. The raspberries add a nice note to a fairly well executed saison. This one has good flavors and complexity as well which makes it an interesting drink. It would be nice to see this one come back as a rotating offering.

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Photo of wedge
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber hue with bits of debris tumbling about in the vigorous carbonation. The head is immediately massive and drops slowly as a lumpy foam covering. Raspberries and wood in the nose. Berry quality is muted in the flavor with a damp woody, earthen spice . Medium-light frothy dry feel. Pretty okay...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 1 pint .9 fl oz format. Brown glass. Pry-off crown cap. Comic book style label art. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

8.4% ABV. "Farmhouse ale brewed with raspberries."

APPEARANCE: Gushes upon opening and the resultant head fills ~90% of the glass, heavily indicating overcarbonation. Head is off-white, soft, and somewhat creamy. Lasts a good ~10+ minutes.

Body is a dark orange of average vibrance. No yeasts/lees are visible within. Fairly clean looking for a farmhouse ale, lacking any hazy, murky, or cloudy characteristics. I did expect more of a reddish body colour given the utilization of raspberries as an additive, but it's generally appealing for the intended style and I'm looking forward to trying it in spite of its seeming overcarbonation.

AROMA: Fresh raspberry can't be missed; it's vivid. Neutral pale malts lend it some sweetness. Peach. Apricot. Fruity esters and fruity hop aromatics are evident. Suggests a luscious fruit-emphatic brew, but aside from some general Belgian ale yeast mustiness I'm not getting much aromatically that would indicate a farmhouse ale...no overt funky brettanomyces yeast(s), no Fantome-like intricate spice, no barnyard grassy or hay-like aromatics, no microflora.

Nevertheless, it's a pleasant aroma, suggesting a soft delicate fruited ale with obvious Belgian leanings (particularly in terms of yeasty nuance).

Aromatic intensity is average to above average for the style.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Mellow - surprisingly so for a ~8.4% ABV beer. Soft fruity flavours (raspberry, obviously, along with pear, peach, and apricot) blend with neutral Belgian blonde/pale malts to good effect. Its soft texture cushions the fruity flavours nicely, resulting in an approachable brew that never betrays its high ABV...this is dangerous.

Belgian ale yeast esters lend this some subtlety, but I don't find any overt brettanomyces funkiness, barnyard characteristics, or microflora flavour. It could be more intricate, but it's pretty well balanced as-is. It would do well with more tartness and twang, but I like the fruity flavours and they work well with the Belgian yeast. A stand-out flavour is the subtle pink peppercorn spritzing up the otherwise straightforward build.

It's a bit dry but not so much that it's unrefreshing. Tingly and a bit coarse on the palate. I'd prefer it softer and creamier, if we're nitpicking. I'm shocked it isn't more warm from the alcohol.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or oily. I find no off-flavours.

OVERALL: Breweries tend to do something special for their anniversary beers, but if you're hoping for a beer that exceeds the quality of Prairie's regular offerings, you're in for disappointment. Prairie has joined the ranks of Lost Abbey and Ommegang in terms of brewing true-to-style farmhouse ales in recent years, but this stab at the style doesn't best their better priced more widely available year round expressions thereof.The raspberry is nice enough and its softness is a highlight, but the fundamentals of the farmhouse ale style just plain aren't in place.

I wouldn't pay Shelton Bastards prices for another bottle, but it's a solid fruited ale and I'll enjoy finishing it even if it doesn't rival the best beers in either the intended style or in Prairie's repertoire.

B- (3.43) / WORTHY

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into nonic pint. Active pinkwhite head that mellows out, but fizzes throughout. Color like pure applejuice.

Berry nose with yeast.

Taste: Tart fruit flavors of berries, lemon and other citrus. A little unbalanced, but intriguing.

Lively carb mouth, almost sudsy.

In all, a decent fruity saison, though not the most balanced in flavor. You're not likely to find many more of these, since it was brewed once over a year ago.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks great.... all zest and fizz over a pale pink body
And then.... what do you get of you take a base saison with all its lemon base and zestiness and chuck a whole heap of sweet-ish raspberries in it?
Yep, something great in the sum of it's parts, but, erm.....
It really does taste like a saison with raspberries in it it.... not really a Good Thing

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Brewed in the style of a Saison ale brewed with Raspberries. Available in 500ml. bottles and on limited draft. Third anniversary ale release.

Pours from a 500ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crispy foam off white head with a soft pink hue over a medium hazy caramel body with aggressive carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Pale and dry wheat malts, white peppercorns, delicate raspberry puree over lightly sour fruit juices. Aroma is fairly dry but potent. 3.75

(Taste) Flavor is fairly similar to the aroma, with delicate raspberry puree atop pale and wheat malt base leading the aroma, with delicate spicy peppercorn and spicy fruit finish. Less tartness than the aroma suggested, although the finished product is nicely balanced with a reasonable sweetness. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, frothy, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to peppery spice and acidity. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4.25

(Overall) A nicely flavored raspberry-infused saison that preserves nicely the mid range of raspberry flavor, complimenting a simple but effective malt body. Solid and enjoyable. 3.75

Prairie Artisan Ales'
3rd Anniversary Ale
3.8/5.00

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It’s funny, I bought this beer just a few days ago at the store, and it taste fresh. It’s quite good in my opinion. However, it is supposedly retired and considering it is the 3rd anniversary ale, it should be. The label tells the story of how the artist drew the label, like a short graphical novel filled with adventure. That’s fun I think.

Look: cloudy copper or apple juice hue with a thick bubbly white head.

Aroma: the aroma is raspberry, citrus and some funkiness.

Taste: The taste is lots of raspberry, some tartness lemon/green apples, some grapefruit, a bit funky-yeasty, peppery, a bit fizzy, lots of good stuff. It is not in league with the best stuff from Prairie Artisan Ales, but it is pretty good.

Feel: light to medium body, significant carbonation.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

16.9 ounce bottle - Sprayberry Bottle Shop in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a moderately murky, pinkish-gold body with a foamy, lasting, white head.

Smell: Raspberry, lightly acetone-toned aroma with a cutting, earthy funkiness and some cider-dosed lemonade.

Taste: Funked-up raspberries with a nibble of chalky TUMS®, a shot of lemon juice, with hints of peppery spice and sweet cream enveloped in a. A touch of medicinal, acetone harshness, as well as some booze on the swallow with some lingering minerality creeping on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated for a kicky mouthfeel.

Overall: Rather rough around the edges.

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Photo of BigGold
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 16.9-oz. bottle, gift from cousin, into tulip. Nothing spectacular, as the raspberries mostly contribute to an enticing aroma, but still an excellent Farmhouse Ale.

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Photo of mschrei
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint. A cloudy reddish brown I can't even see through. Healthy constant foam and lacing. Farmhouse funk with fruit notes on both smell and taste. Smooth and light feel for an over 8 % Abv.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml beer was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer quickly. It is a hazy reddish brown color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Raspberries, bready malts, slight funk, vanilla, yeasty esters, some spiciness, and a little apple.

Taste: Have to admit that the raspberries dominate the palate with some sweetness, tart notes, and some funk. Bready notes in there, some alcohol, vanilla, yeastiness, and green apples.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little tart from the raspberries, medium bodied, a little chewy, some yeastiness, a little funk, a little alcohol, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Nice Saison with raspberries in it. Didn't know what to expect, but liked it quite a bit.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pink-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy / fizzy head that lasted a short amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of raspberries, the saison funk, and some Belgian yeast as well.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of raspberries, light spices (pepper, coriander), Belgian yeast, light malt notes and the aforementioned funk, thought this isn't as powerful as in most saisons. A much sweeter and fruitier flavor than most beers of the style (not surprising). Light and vibrant.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely not your typical saison. The raspberries make an interesting addition to the style.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pink-ish brown pour. Slightly effervescent body with a soapy head, moderate carbonation - looks like soda from afar. Nose is wood (think mahogany), Brett-funk, sour fruit and musk. For my nose I get a more blueberry-ish aroma than raspberries. Together it's a tart wild ale on a saison chassis. Finishes dry with no spiciness; light kiss of alcohol.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A red/orange/dark pink color. Modest white head, a bit of lace.
Earthy aroma with sweet fruit.
Tart up front, raspberry, floral/earthy hops.
Sweet and sour.

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Photo of Premo88
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: like watery milk as it pours from the bottle, it takes on a pinkish hue in the glass with a massive head of offwhite foam tinged pink ... very cool look with classic Prairie Artisan foam (hence the nonic -- their beers should be poured into troughs); no major sticking or lacing; keeps a thick skin and collar of pinkish foam; liquid is murky, 100% opaque, but you can easily hundreds and hundreds of bubbles rising ... what a show!

S: funky barn must and fruity sweet something ... raspberries, cherries ... the fruit is sweet, not tart; hay, lemon, lemon peel ... very tamed down sweetness, lots of funk ... not nearly as "clean" as a typical Prairie Artisan saison; exactly what I want from an American-brewed farmhouse ale with fruit, a perfect mix of sweet/sour/funky

T: much like the nose but perhaps a bit "cleaner" ... a little more tart cherries/raspberries, less barn must; tastes sweeter than the aroma, but a bit of funky barn must sneaks in here and there; no major earthy or dirt flavors; the fruit is tame but present, allowing some lemon peel to balance it

F: approaching perfection ... it's very ale soft but full of carbonation at the same time, lightweight but plenty full

O: boy am I glad I grabbed a second bottle of this one ... it's fantastic! a good collection of typical Prairie Artisan farmhouse flavors with the expertly added fruit flavor; the raspberries add what they should without overpowering the base brew; the musty barn aroma is more than I've encountered in other Prairie brews, and it's perfect. This is the reason I got into "sours" ... a wonderful mix of sweet/sour notes.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A little butyric acid in the aroma, raspberry, some rustic grainy notes as well.. wheat germ? Flavor is much more pleasant, lush raspberry, twist of lemon lime, finishes with citrus piths, raspberry skin, and more rustic grains that I can't quite place.. I just wanna say wheat germ, so let's go with that.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Banger’s Beer garden, Austin, TX. Pours hazy red with, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, caramel malt and raspberries. Body is full and crisp. Funky yeast, caramel malt, raspberries, lemon zest and herbal hops fill the mouth. Finish is long, sweet-sour. Amazing brew.

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Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Tim for the share. 500ml bottle into a snifter, appears a clouded pink color with a white head that fades leaving patchy lace.

Aroma of raspberry seeds with earthy qualities and clean yeastiness like clove and hints of brett.

This tastes yeasty and dry/spicy with raspberry lemding a seedy to grassy and earthy character.

This is light in body with prickly carbonation. Not a bad brew by any stretch, was just expecting something with a little more pop and depth from these guys.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Felt directionless. Raspberry tartness is lost in the yeast and hope makeup in the taste, with hay and melba toast flavors leading with pale malts finishing. The smell has raspberry powerfully, which adds to the mystery of the taste's lack of raspberry. The feel just is off for a saison, feels more like a belgian pale

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, coded Julian bottle date printed on the side looks like 29415. Grabbed a single bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop. "Farmhouse ale brewed with Raspberries". Bottle lists an 8.40% abv.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a pink grapefruit juice colored body, juicy and delicious looking, with about three big tall frothy fluffy fingers of pink-tinted white head with excellent staying power. Leaves behind fat bubbly sheets of lacing. Looks very nice for what it is.

S - Nice aroma, if maybe a little short. Very yeasty and earthy, notes of subtle earthy funk / barnyard type smells, and a distinct fruity berry presence imparted from the raspberries. Smells more like a sour / wild ale than it does a traditional farmhouse / saison. Slight note of alcohol fumes.

T - Delicious burst of authentic juicy raspberries. Mildly tart, fruity, & yeasty. Again, not sour, but it tastes more along the lines of a wild ale than it does a typical saison.

M - Feel is good; smooth & crisp. Easy-drinking, with good carbonation.

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Photo of Suds
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a very hazy, incredibly dark straw, almost light brown, beer. The head is intense....tall and firm...long lasting. Barnyard smell, along with some malt and grass. Yeast...lots of yeast. The taste is a mix of tartness, along with some sweet malt. Flavorful and fuller in body than expected. Okay, but not exceptional.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very cloudy pink hazy with big white head that quickly dissipates some lacing.

Smell has a very funky smell some raspberry little grapefruit and tropical notes.

Taste little sour raspberry flavor very funky flavor get some of the yeast as well.

Feel medium body the sourness gives a little burn.

Overall an ok beer glad I gave it a try probably would not have it again.

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Photo of Stakebone
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what reviewers are thinking, but this is a supremely balanced wild ale. Maybe too many hoppy beers. Pours hazy Crimson with ok head retention. Smell is pure, balanced, fruity bacteria brew. Nothing is overwhelming and everything is there. Good raspberry flavors but not a fruit bomb. Acid is right there in balance. Mouthfeel is on point with enough to complement flavor and aroma.

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3rd Anniversary Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 303 ratings