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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
‘Merica is a single malt, single hop farmhouse ale. It’s brewed with floor malted pilsner and 3lbs per bbl Nelson Sauvin hops. The beer is conditioned with 2 brett strains and wine yeast. The Nelson hops provide white wine flavors while Brettanomyces add a juicy quality to the beer.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy gold with a moderate white head. Smells of bretty funk and citrusy hops. Flavor is crackery pils malts up front with a presence of brett and citrus in the middle. Finish is moderately dry and slightly tart. The brett and citrus from the hops play so well together. Bitterness shows itself but isn't overbearing. Mouthfeel is highly effervescent but with a solid body. This is awesome. The first beer from Prairie that has truly wowed me.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a rich yellow with a large head. The aroma is fresh clean hay, barnyard, brett, bell pepper, and white pepper. The flavor features honeydew, apricot, white grapes, white pepper, and marzipan. The mouthfeel is light bodied, fizzy, and foamy. Overall this is an absolutely delicious beer - refreshing, and yet marvelously complex, with unusual fruit notes, spice and fun. A real winner.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Here goes my 700th review! Had at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a Unibroue goblet.

A- Pours a very hazy golden color with a full two finger white head that retains good and long before becoming an 1/8 inch head. Resilient lacing leaves kaleidoscopic patterns behind on the glass.

S- Simply wonderful combo of Brett and citrusy hops. It doesn't get any better than this.

T- The Brett comes in first bringing with it notes of green olive and barnyard funk, then come the bright hops that complement very nicely.

M- Crisp, tangy and sharp. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- This is what it's all about boys and girls. Definitely my favorite offering from Prairie this far.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is a cloudy yellow.
Smell is very sour.
Taste is wine. You can taste the sour hints if the wine up front with some earthynes behind it.
Feel is bitter, shit will hurt a cut in your mouth (so will most sours I guess, Jeeze)
O- It is another awesome brew from Prairie. Something you would very much expect with a sour. Would drink again.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing Beer.

Appearance is a vibrant orange creamsicle that is cloudy and opaque with a nice coarse foamy head that dissipates but retains remnants about the glass throughout consumption

Smell is full of funk and sour yeastiness. Wonderful.

Taste is sour and complex with the backbone from the yeast again.

Great beer.

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Photo of jlisuk
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sooo good. Pale, slightly hazy light yellow (nearly a white ale) with a generous billowing white head. Hops and yeast dominate the nose. Citrusy Nelson Sauvin hops and spicy notes from the yeast make a great first impression. First taste lives up to the smell. The single pale malt lets the hops really be king, with the yeast a close second. Refreshing citrus and pine notes are nicely complemented by hints of spice and funk from the yeast. Every drink is as good as the one before. This is a perfect example of the virtues of simplicity in brewing- more brewers ought to follow this lead. Simply beautiful. My only complaint is that I paid $9 for a 500ml bottle, slightly higher than I think is justified.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a gorgeous hazy lemony yellow color with some golden yellow hues. Nice i inch dense white head. Lively bubbles are crammed in there tight looking to get out. The retention is pretty great. The 1 inch head sticks around for quite a long time. Very nice.

Wow! Wow! Wow! Aroma is nearly perfect. Starts off with amazing earthy and bready grain notes. Fresh and clean. There is some mild lemony notes and tartness that is then mixed up with some delicious herbal and grassy hop notes. Mild, hop juice sweetness in the nose. Then the nice phenols and funkyness of whatever yeast they use. Sooo excited!

The flavor is amazing to me. Starts off dry and funky and earthy. Notes of fresh grain and funk with some nice herbal and grassy hop character. Some slight resinous pine notes mixed in with some yeasty phenols give the brew and interesting hopped up Saison note or maybe Belgian IPA. The middle of the brew yields some nice belgian sweet phenols of some mild clove and nice fruit juice notes the likes of tart apple and some pear. The middle of the brew yields a very dry and traditional funk to the brew mixed in with the mild sweetness. The finish is of nice juicy hops, strong but not overwhelming bitter hops and some nice dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with some fluffy bubbles that make the brew hard to not gulp.

Overall, this brewery has impressed me so much in the past few days. This Saison reminds me of the outstanding Blvd. Saison-Brett. Its slightly hoppier and a bit dryer but still amazing.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a winner, had on tap at churchkey in DC.

It has a beautiful look, opaque golden orange with a ring of white head. Some lacing, it just glows.

The smell is amazing, it has a dandelion sort of grassy earthiness with the citrus tropical Nelson sauvin hop character too. Nice stone fruit notes as well.

The taste is amazing, truly drinks like a mix of an American IPA (Nelson by alpine is what I think of because of the hop bill) and an earthy, fruity sort of funky saison, I'm guessing there is some Brett in there. The malt is dry and clean, pilsner malt is what I'd guess, very nice. This would be an amazing beer to pair with cheese!!!!

The feel is good, high carbonation and medium over the palate.

Overall, a very pleasant surprise and a great first beer from OK!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, wagenvolks and xpimptastikx!

A cloudy dark straw and golden. Moderately-sized, creamy, small-bubbled near-white head. Dots of stick left down the glass. Pretty.

A very dramatic Nelson hop presence in the aroma. Lots of floral and grapefruit character touched by mild, leafy marijuana character. The Prairie house yeast, which seems a lot like Brett, combines nicely with the distinct, strong Nelson hop presence.

The flavor is really incredible. Beers like this are why I seek out new and exciting beers from interesting breweries. The Nelson hop presence is distinct and expressive, much like in Alpine's IPA. Floral, grapefruit, marijuana, cracker malt, and mild sweetness present dramatically, but are complemented by a distinct, earthy Brett yeast character as well. Mild bitterness. The yeast character lingers on and on. Wonderful.

Medium, creamy body. Moderate carbonation. Perhaps I would like a bit more carbonation.

Fantastic. I love this brewery.

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Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opens with a resounding pop! This might be my favorite label of the bunch

Pours slightly hazed apricot with a thumb of pearl colored head, falls off fast. Some head & lacing

S: Grapefruit & lemons, & funk hiding underneath

T: Big time lemon & grapefruit (mostly pink, but regular grapefruit too) & bit of sourness up front; this one smacks you in the face..More puckery notes as this warms, slight breadyness hides beneath the grapefruit, some pineapple & mango, along with faint pear & white grape notes, just so much sourness

MF: Subtle carbonation, smooth body & nice puckeryness, mixed in well with the fruittyness of all ilks

If you like em sour, with some citrus frills; you'll love this. I know I did. Easily my favorite in this line-up; a home-run in my books

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Photo of Sorphus
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, opalescent golden colour with a frothy white head. Aromas of biscuit, some straw, ligt funk, earthyness and lots of gooseberry develop.
Light biscuit sweetness upfront developping a lovely funky lemon zesty gooseberry infused hop bitterness. Effervescent, lightly slick with a well balanced slender yet somewhat pronounced body.
Lasting light dry fruity finish.

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Photo of Evahflow
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

* Not consumed on this date just finally posting my review

A- Very Murky Peachy orange, Deep frothy soapy head that protrudes out of the glass and hangs out forever.
S- Huge Pineapple, White Wine, Berry, Juicy Fruit, Hay, Earthy funk. I want to smell this forever and not bother drinking it
T- Same as smell. Leads with the white wine, Pineapple, Juicy fruit, slight breadyness, earthy umami funkiness
M- Medium bodied, Heavily carbonated, spritzy on the palate and extremely drinkable.
O-This is a white wine/ Juice bomb thanks to the Nelson Sauvin in this beer. Really deep level of funk too that becomes the robin to the hops batman. I'd drink this 3x's a day if I could.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Big bubble bath foamy head, nice and controlled out of the bottle but balloons nicely like rich shampoo lather. Bleach white and bright, and settles to a smaller puck of about a finger, no lacing except for a hanging cling on one side of the collar. Head keeps getting steady action from a glowing pineapple yellow body, opaque, with a hard to see classic fierce rising column of middle carbonation, and some bright lemon yellow hues. Excellent looker in the glass.

Once again a great saison nose. Tropical hinting notes of pineapple too match, light dry yeast, floral and a bit of ripped hay to go with it. Real nice hint of sweet green herbs as well, mild pepper too. Excellent aroma.

Palate brings those Krebs saison goodness. Big tropical fruit notes, hinting pineapple but even a hint of peach without the sweetness. Saison dryness kicks in with mild pepper almost white hot but much sweeter. Fun front tingling carbonation on the tip of the tongue, giving some nice champagne like qualities. The mouthfeel is just near perfection with playfulness, density, and a touch of sweet chewy malt. Dense finish but also nice and juicy exposing a great sensing tropical hop like quality it seems. Apricots and nectarines really come out, some Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling like grape quality, even some wine Chardonnay butter just a touch as well.

Overall just another delicious tasting Prairie saison to add to the arsenal.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears extremely hazy and pure yellow with an inch of soapy white head. The aroma is simply fabulous. Dank hops and farmhouse funk. So fresh. Wow. Great flavor as well. Beautiful blend of Nelson hops and saison character. A healthy amount of bitterness in the back, finishing dry. The aroma is slightly superior to the flavor, but the beer is firing on all cylinders. Superb.

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Photo of mverity
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NYE bottle share at Proof courtesy of Rachel. Pours an opaque creamy yellow. Tons of white frothy head. Head holds really well and by the time I finished the sample, the head was still holding. Aroma is straight floral hops and grass. Such a great, but unique smell. Taste is floral hops with a good amount of banana behind it. Nice high carbonation and medium-thick body.

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Photo of Rutager
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to willandperry for all of this Prairie awesomeness.

Appearance. Pours a light straw gold with 3 fingers of white head with moderate retention.

Smell. Floral papaya, mango, peaches and pineapple, nice light dry and dusty funk, and a little citrus flesh. This is the shit right here.

Taste. Papaya, pineapple, dry funky brett, a little light sweet malt, and some lime and orange zest. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body, approaching light. Fairly strong, but reasonably soft carbonation.

Overall. These Prairie guys know how to make a kick ass beer. Hope they're getting the props they deserve in the beer world. Thanks again willandperry!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fruity Belgian farmhouse aroma with a scent of spices, funk, and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some farmhouse funk and spice hints of peppers, clove, and coriander. Funky scent of brett. White wine like scent of white grapes. Big fruit mix with some lemon zest, orange, apricot, green apple, pear, pineapple, and banana. Floral and earthy hops with a scent of grass and pine. Malt hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. A very nice zesty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and juicy Belgian farmhouse style taste with notes of spices, funk, and citrus. Belgian yeast with farmhouse funk and spice notes of clove, pepper, and coriander. Good notes of brett funk. Some white wine notes of white grape and a little oak. Zesty fruit notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, green apple, banana, and pear. Good earthy hop notes of grass and slight pine. Malt notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and very drying.

Overall: A very good take on a Saison. Good mix of spice, funk, and fruit notes.

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Photo of denver10
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy sandy yellow with a big frothy white head. Aroma is passionfruit, lemon, grapes, sweet apples, a little spice, and a touch of bread. Flavor is huge bitter passionfruit and lemon, grapes come out to offer some sweetness once it begins to noticeably warm up some, pepper, cracker, funk, and grassy bitterness. A crisp, active, dry mouthfeel. Overall, worth the hype. Prairie wowed me with my first beer from them.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: straw yellow color. Head of roughly two fingers on the pour which was present while drinking. Active carbonation while drinking is a touch low. No lacing.

Smell: getting a ton of white grapes from the wine yeast on the front. That funky Brett meshes perfectly with bright fruit notes of grapes, apricots, mango, kiwi, and peppercorns. Grassy undertones with continuing linger spices pull this aroma through.

Taste: like the aroma, the dry white wine characteristics lead the way. Prairie grass and straw warm up on the palate and provide a pleasant rustic notes. The grassiness yields to a dry, sprite, lemon/lime, and funky back end. A touch of sourness plays along well with the medium bodied fruits throughout. The finish is very dry yet allows the lingering notes of fruit, grass, and funk to shine through.

Mouthfeel: the front is fairly easy and light on the palate, then a corner is turned and a heavy dryness sets in. Really keeps the drinker on their toes. Carbonation is bright which does well with the fruit and sour notes of this brew.

Overall: this is a truly wonderfully put together brew. Nelson Sauvin was an outstanding choice for this brew, their inherent cutting edge was a perfect marriage with the white wine and Brett aspects. Bravo.

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Photo of popery
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orangish yellow, straw color. The beer is quite cloudy. The head puffs up into quite a mass at first, but it proves to be rather fizzy and dissipates quickly. Pretty much no bubbles are left at a minute, and there's no lacing. The aroma is chock full of Nelson Sauvin hops. It's wonderfully and fresh and juicy. I'm getting grape, melon and pineapple flavors primarily with peach, orange, lime, mint, mango and grass adding to the mix. It's a tremendous hop aroma. Underneath all of that hop fruitiness, there's a touch of yeasty, earthy funk. It doesn't hit you in the face like the hops, but the beer is definitely in saison/farmhouse territory when you look for the yeast flavors. Just a touch of soft honey-ish malt. The taste is starts off with sweet fruitiness and more of that honeyed pale malt before developing a firm bitterness of lime rind, lemon/grapefruit pith and earth. There's a spicy, herbal edge of juniper, mint, peppercorns and earl grey bergamot. The yeast dries out the beer and shows off some of that funky prairie flavor, but it's not the focus of this beer. This beer is a celebration of the Nelson Sauvin hop. I absolutely love Alpine Nelson and Keene Idea, but while a rather different take, 'Merica can stand with those beers as the best expression of the hop that I've tried. Mouthfeel is lively with lots of hop oiliness. The finish is drying and the bitterness lingers for some time. This is a wonderful beer. My only slight knock on it is that I think the malt flavor could use a little tweak, maybe a touch of wheat. Regardless, Prairie has proven themselves as a brewery to watch with a second round of excellent releases. I'm thrilled that they have wide distribution and look forward to more beers from them.

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Photo of impending
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75


750ml into a tulip. Pours a very pale yellow, slight haze, dense yellowish white head, minor lacing, hyperactive nucleation point.

Aroma reaches from an incredible distance, tangy citrus, mango, pineapple, papaya and under ripe vague light skinned fruits . extremely expressive, superb, wonderful - sits atop a bed of must

Pineapple and grapefruit scream their flavors, a flawless grassy bitter counters the initial sweetness. Aftertaste is reluctant to depart, lingers at great length. Tremendous complexity within a relatively narrow range
so brilliantly simple
Initial sips invoke relentless lip smacking. Taste matches all the scent promised. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel.
outstandingly delicious

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Photo of alaimoa
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours hazy straw/golden with a nice bubbly white head that dissipated quickly leaving a few small bubbles behind but not much lace
S: pungent upfront smell of the Nelson's, slight barnyard, citrus, floral
T: great flavor, barnyard citrus offering a nice funkiness throughout the whole sip
M: medium/high carbonation but slightly creamy and a smooth/crisp finish

Overall: Yet another solid offering from Prairie. Amazing that this only single malt and hop. Easily a beer to seek out and purchase again

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With the incredible spicy dryness and lightly wine-ish earthen taste of Saisons, Prairie Ales layers upon the recipe with the tropical and citrus hop flavors for a combination of tastes that I can only describe as "funky-fresh".

Goldenrod colors carry a rustic yeast haze that promise full flavor. The beer releases a tall column of foam that's creamy, light, and zesty in its character. High retention and decorative lacing patterns give the beer an elegant all around appearance.

Mouthwatering aromas of fruit and earth alight in nose with everything from dried oranges, limes, apples and white grapes to pineapple, mangoes and papaya. A soft wheaty backbone draws in herbal and earthy notes of chives, tea, cork, and a light catty note.

The taste of dried fruit and fruit peels pile on the taste buds but do so with sweeter, more tart impressions of cantaloupe, Tropical Fruit Punch, and an almost-sherbet taste that's irresistible in taste and approaching sourness. Finishing herbal with the winey taste of grape, sassafras, and with a gin-like twinge- the beer perplexes the palate and refreshes it with ease. All this rests on a light pillow of bread dough and cellar-like must.

Its dry taste achieves much the same in texture as the tart-sweet interplay is pulled from the tongue by the airy and creamy carbonation. The dry spicy finish brings about mild alcohol warmth and light wine astringency. An aftertaste of fruit, wheat and cork must echo in the throat and retro-olfactory senses and cause nearly teeth grinding behavior.

The Nelson Sauvin hops are made for Saisons. But Prairie gives it a powdery-tart taste and texture that seems wood aged and sour blended. Their taste reminds me of Anchorage Brewing Company and what they do to achieve complexity.

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

Pours a cloudy straw with a fluffy white head and good retention. Nice lacing. Great farmhouse nose, black pepper, pear, bit of funk. Lots going on palate-wise, fruit on the front, some lemon, grass, and funk, with a tart, pithy finish. Light bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, a tart, funky saison that is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of nataku00
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear pale straw yellow with three plus fingers of fluffy white head. A little bit of carbonation, tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is very funky, earthy barnyard and wet horse hair, combined with some green grape and apple and biscuit malt sweetness. Some of the funkiest brett I've smelled ever.

Taste follows the nose, big brett flavor, funky horseblanket and wet hay, green grass, green grape, and apple flavors. Finishes very dry, with lingering funk and herbal hops.

Light body with just a touch of carbonation, enough to tickle the tongue. Very interesting beer, with the brett really taking over the aroma and flavor. If you don't like bretty, you would probably hate this.

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