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Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #520
Ranked #31,312
3.78 | pDev: 9.79%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
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Notes: Sour ale aged on cherries
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, reddish color with a pink head of bubbly foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of cherry, lemon, berries and sweet caramel. Nice tart cherry taste with lemon and other fruits. Some caramel sweetness, too.

Jun 09, 2021
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/20. Pours a ruby grapefruit color . Smell has slight tart cherry and some vanilla . Taste is fruity tart cherries some funk yeast not especially tart or sour . Mouth feel was sweet more than tart. 1/ a can was all i could do rest down the drain.

Jun 07, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 11/27/20

The cool can grabbed my attention at the store before I even realized it was Prairie, which I’ve had great experiences with before. I’m always a fan of cherry sours, but this one doesn’t seem very well received on here, just average

Pours a cloudy dark ruby with just a finger of white head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves no lacing at all

The nose brings notes of lightly tart cherry, sweet vanilla, lime, lacto funk, and crisp bready malt

The taste starts off with notes of sweet black cherry, bright lemon acidity and soft malt. The swallow dials up the tartness a bit, brings notes of strawberry, cherry, vanilla, and more intense lemon

A light body pairs with moderate carbonation for a tart and refreshing beer. Finishes dry with a nice acidity

This was good, but nothing special. Certainly refreshing, but not overly complex or interesting

Jan 05, 2021
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned 6/17/20 and poured into a teku. Pours an almost Kool Aid colored red. Looked really great when poured in the sun, but all in all, appearance is fairly meh. Smells vaguely of cherries and a little bit of odd funk. Taste is solid, but has an odd metallic aftertaste that I can't fully place. Cherries are present, but not overwhelming. Solid summer beer.

Aug 04, 2020
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting tart little ditty. Fruity crisp and sour. Good with a nice doob at 2am on the 19th floor in the gubner's suite at the Winstar. Highly recommend for just such occasions.

Jun 02, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz can into a snifter. Clear coppery pour, minimal head and lacing. Unimpressive nose of faint cherries and fruity/jammyness, with very light impressions of tartness and funk. The palate is just as muted, nothing off or bad-tasting, just very mild for a fruit sour. Faint cherry and lemon, sometimes slightly sweet, light kiss of tartness. Definitely not sour, much less puckering. Cherries are so muted they can come across as raspberries or some other red berry. Just un-dynamic overall.

May 25, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 2/17/2020

Pours sanguine-tinged gold. Little to no head, just a film of stickiness the way down.

Smells off, a touch of cough syrup in an otherwise ok bouquet of cherry cokexBasic sour ale.

Tastes about what you’d expect, a sour cherry tart

Almost an adult soda minus the fizziness and bite.. plus alcohol. I can appreciate some hip beers but this one is a little extra (as the kids say) for my likings.

Mar 20, 2020
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BrucehQ0983 from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: almost the same color as a Rodenbach Fruitage, but daunting. We'll get to that in the taste.
S: honestly, like the smell of garbage on a hot summer sidewalk.
T: not very sour, the cherry is def there, but like a generic soda. Hints of vinegar and morning breath.
M: crispy, but not much body, like a tonic gone astray.
O: I would try this one onsite but don't feel the need to get again, Almanac is my staple.

Feb 06, 2020
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beershawn from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Didn't really see it. Drank it straight from the can, like a champ.

S: I would be lying to you if I said it smelled like anything in particular. This is a sour ale. Sour lactobacillus is super prominent, and I love it. Can you smell cherries? Sure, why not? The precise cocktail of flavor compounds could lend itself to any number of fruity aromas.

T: Sour ales baffle (and delight!) my tastebuds. This could be a little more complex though; it's kinda straightforward. No barnyard funk; this is clean tasting. Very drinkable. When I drank this back-to-back with another sour ale, I could definitely taste a bit of "cherry" funk in the background.

M: Chewy and full.

O: I really enjoyed it. Drank it on 11/16/2019. It was canned on 7/26/2019. Bought a 4-pack for maybe $8-9. 4.5/5 would drink again.

Nov 17, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of cherries and lactobacillus are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of cherries with bits of sweetness and sourness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It coats your mouth a little bit.
O: This beer was hardly sour at all and had a nice contrasting balance of sweetness from the cherries and sourness from the lactobacillus.

Serving type: can

Oct 06, 2019
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very simple beer. Tart, light, refreshing, mild cherry flavor, enjoyable. This is nice but not impressive. Which is absolutely fine, except the fact that a 4 pack costs 14 bucks. Way too much for what this beer offers. This should be 10 dollars a 6 pack. This would be nice on a hot summer day, the sourness lending itself a spark of interest over a typical macro brew, but the price makes this a hard pass. At 5.9% ABV as well, this doesn't punch anybody's ticket.

Sep 29, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber to light purple in color with a fingernail of off white around half of the rim. The aroma is of tart cherries. I’m tasting plenty of tart cherries and a touch of plum. The mouth is moderately carbonated, dry, and crisp.

Jul 13, 2019
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erk0607 from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Off ruby red with a slight orange tint to it, bubbles dissipated quickly leaving miniscule lacing around the edge of the glass
Smell: Tart, lactic nose, followed by red-candy-cherry-twizzler like smells, not a fake medicinal cherry like you sometimes get.
Taste: Not overly sour, but tart, cherry and granny smith levels of tart... pretty much like a tart/sour juice. There is a bit of grainyness to help tone things down a bit, but you have to look for it. Not much else besides perhaps the yeast.
Feel: Lighter end of medium bodied beer, mild carbonation but not overly bubbly, dry.
Overall: If you want a tart beer that doesn't taste like a beer, but isn't a sour bomb, this is for you. Ha, bomb, Prairie reference... nevermind. Definitely let this bad boy warm up, so many more flavors come out (as they usually do).

Jun 05, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a lightly hazy deep mahogany color with a finger of light pink head. The head leaves no lacing as it settles into a thin ring.

The aroma brings notes of cherries, raspberries, and light vanilla. There's also plenty of cracker malt on the back end.

The flavor starts off very acidic and tart, with notes of raspberries and cherries. Then comes a wave of sweet vanilla before the crackery malt backbone comes through.

The feel is light bodied with pretty good carbonation. Very dry on the finish.

Overall, a pretty good wild ale that is highly drinkable and never overpowered by tart flavors.

Apr 26, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can shared with family.

Pours clear, pink, and still. Smell is mildly tart and fruity.

Taste is tart, fruity, mildly kettle-sourish.

Mouthfeel is light and still. Overall, it's pretty good.

Apr 22, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not bad. Very cloudy to the point of muddy. Smell is straight up cherry and slightly Bret notes. Taste has plenty of cherry flavor. Dry, fruity, perfect sour feel. Not too strong on sourness, plenty of fruit. Couple of months old, still very good.

Apr 21, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don’t know what a Vape Trick is, but this beer Vape Sucks. This trash straight tastes like jail house hooche. Prairie, seriously, how do you brew this beer, taste it, and be like, “Yeah, this is what we want.”

For shame, Prairie. For shame ten times over!

Apr 10, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can - date is not legible, but I suspect 07/19/18 - poured into a Chianti stem at 45F

Pours a remarkably clear, pure garnet red, with a finger of snow-white foamy head that sticks around fairly long, leaving no lacing behind.

Nose: Sour cherries, and lots of lactobacillus. The cherry note translates as cherries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries, all fermented together, with a rich underlying note of vanilla, and some woody notes. There's a syrupy sweetness to the nose, as well as subtle funky bits. A faint trace of an ould bruin-type aroma.

Palate: Significant drier than the nose might lead one to believe. Fermented cherries take center stage, as well as a flavour I associate with raspberries - with a moderate citric acid tang, as well as traces of musty Brettanomyces, and the faintest pediococcus sharpness. Lactobacillus is definitely the star of the souring show here, though. There's a musty, grassy, woody, and hay-like funk note going on, and a bitterness that I do not believe is a byproduct of hopping, but rather from the fermentation of cherries. Significantly more funk than the nose leads you to believe. Barely any grain or malt character whatsoever. Just a hint of wheat. Very little residual sugars left. This is dry, moderately tart, funky, slightly bitter, with a very clean, drying finish, leaving the essence of fermented berries behind. Definitely shares many attributes of a Flanders Red Ale, or an Ould Bruin. Closer to a wild ale than a kettle sour.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is light in body, with a very subtle creaminess that I assume is due to the use of wheat and lactobacillus. An ultra-fine and generous effervescence lends a further uplifting quality, without any prickliness or seltzer-like feel.

Overall: I really shouldn't knock this for what it is. I was honestly expecting something a little more mainstream (look at the damn thing...can you blame me?). I was expecting just a simple fruited kettle sour, with some residual sweetness. A kind of mindless fruit gose, of sorts. This however, is a legitimate, traditional sour ale, aged on cherries. It's exactly what it says it is. And that's great. They really did an excellent job of creating a very classic style of ale. There is certainly some complexity in here, and this is not a beer for the novice, or the faint of heart. This is a sour ale drinker's sour ale.

Apr 07, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Rich red and quite hazy. Lots of visible carbonation bubbles, and a finger's worth of fizzy pink head disappears quickly. A pretty beer to look at, although I wish the head had stayed around longer.

S: Sour cherries, lactic tart, malic acid. A moderate funk – but certainly noticeable. Some underripe raspberry character as well. Light cracker malts. Notes of vanilla – mild, but but present and reminiscent of being oak-aged. That said, I get no woody tannins at all.

T: Sour cherries and lemons, lactic tart and citric and malic acids. Cracker malt body and a modest funk that's less than the nose suggested, though still present. Lemon rind tartness. More drying lactic tartness and lingering sour fruit in the finish. The sour fruit still comes across to me as a combination of cherry and raspberry, though I think the cherries are all that's actually in the beer.

M: A light body, with good carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: Look - it's not gonna win any blind sour tastings. But for an accessible 12 oz. widely distributed canned sour beer, it’s more than serviceable. It would have been unthinkable not very long ago that somebody would shove this beer in 12-ouncers and mass distribute it. Very drinkable for sure.

Mar 23, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Prairie Artisan Ales "Vape Tricks"
12 fl. oz. can without production codes or freshness dating
$3.29 @ Knightly Spirits, Orlando, FL

Notes via stream of consciousness: OK, "Sour Ale Aged on Cherries", what's not to love? It's poured a hazy deep pink / ruby colored body beneath an inch and a half of pink foam. That's a good sign, most sour beer have little in the way of head retention and lacing. The aroma is a little fruity but not noticeably cherry, and there's some mineralish character. Smelling it I'm inclined to think it's a sour beer, but the acidity is not as clear as it is in some other beers. OK, on to flavor... it's tarter than I thought it would be, but not too tart. It's only puckering for the first sip of so and then you adjust to it. The cherry comes through nicely, not like you'd find in a Liefmans or Timmermans Kriek which are more like sugary cherry juice, but still clear. There's a slight bit or mineralish "funk" due to the acidity, and it finishes dry. I'm guessing this is kettle soured. In the mouth it's light-medium in body and gently crisp. Overall it's a decent enough sour with a decent enough bit of cherry flavor. It's quite straightforward but that's expected. The only problem with that is that it becomes a kind of one-trick pony, which is fine, except that it's fairly expensive. Is it worth the price? I don't know, that's up to you.
Review# 6,409

Dec 23, 2018
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sour ale aged on cherries. Poured from a can into a Bell's tulip. The pour is a nice red color, hazy, and sports a finger of fine white foam with good retention for a sour. The nose has very little in the way of cherries, but plenty of lemon and vinegar. Light body with a firm feel and a sharp, sour flavor. Very faint cherry flavors up front, but plenty of lemon. There is a little bit of an odd, funky, slightly unpleasant yogurt-like taste on the finish.

Overall, meh. It tastes like a billion other random sours. I didn't pay for this one, someone gave it to me (probably because they didn't care for it). I'd pass on this one too, unless you're one of those sick, twisted freaks who just can't get enough of them.

Dec 09, 2018
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: Body is red to brown with a mildly crystalline look. Head doesn't exist.
S: Aroma is mostly composed of a light funkiness incoming from the sour characteristic of the beer, on top of a huge cherry aroma - it appears as they've used a really big ratio of cherry to liters.
T: Taste starts off with a big cherry touch and basically, being this stout a white canvas, that's basically everything that shines here. Interesting.
M: Body is low. Carbonation is high, like a sparkling wine. Alcohol is unnoticed. Sourness is mild.
O: Interesting stuff but not very amusing.

Nov 23, 2018
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Homebrewer_Dave from North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this is a wild ale. If I understand wild yeast correctly you just leave the window open at night and hope you went becomes beer! Well that’s what this is. It’s a funky smelling tart cherry beer. Looks great not a lot of head or head retention. The most noticeable characteristic is the funky smell. Once you get past it the beer actually tastes good.

Oct 21, 2018
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Roguer from Connecticut

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

Beautiful red-hued brew in the glass, fairly clear, and topped by a decent sized frothy head from a strong pour. Retention is mediocre.

Aroma is mustier than I anticipated, although sharp, tart cherries are present behind the tannins and vinegar. Lesser notes of wood, nuts, bubblegum, and clove.

Very sharp on the palate, but the cherries come in almost immediately behind the vinegar. It's definitely a sour first - not a wanna-be lambic - but there's plenty of fruit. Tannins and vinegar; cherries, vanilla, and raspberries.

Only mildly puckering on the palate; smooth and silky. Heavier bodied than most sours, despite being only 5% ABV.

A very enjoyable cherry sour ale.

Oct 05, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I think leftpaw or Honea brought this one to March Madness. Was pissed the sticker ripped instead of peeling off. Been too spoiled lately.

Anyways, had that red, pink and light brown kind of appearance color wise, super thin off white head in the 1/5" range. I dunno, the aroma didn't come off as cherry for me, it was definitely fruity, but it didn't have an individually discernable fruit, more like a medley of them. Had that kettle sour vibe in the nose.

Taste, eh, underwhelmed. I didn't like the sour character and thought the cherry came up short. Bitches be comin' up short, fuckin' w short dog. Sour was about a 4 on the 10pt scale for a wild ale. More sweetness than desired in the mouth feel. At the end of the day, I definitely prefer their very expensive stouts to this expensive less good beer. Glad I got to tick it, but in the wild ale game or whatnot, something like Anderson Valley's gose series blows this shit outta the water price point and quality wise (fully realizing they are different styles of beer).

Oct 03, 2018
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