I loved this one when it came out originally, it was one of the first sour beers I tried and actually liked. Now I can’t get enough. I really should call my credit card company and tell them to block Craft Beer Kings. The original batch disappeared quickly at home, and it seemed that it was going to be available everywhere except for Oklahoma. Thankfully this one is back for wide distribution, in 500 ml bottles.
Company: Prairie Artisan Ales/Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Location: Tulsa, OK, brewed in Krebs, OK
ABV: 7.0% ABV
Style/Description: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Price: $9 (500ml bottle)
Appearance: Deep copper ruby pour. Big fizzy head, big bubbles and clinging sticky lace. Gushed out of the bottle but settled pretty quickly.
Nose: Aroma jumps out of the glass, very fragrant. Grassy, citrus, floral and a tad of perfume. Some woody Brett funk comes through as it warms up.
Taste: Moderate tart and funk, led by fruity citrus and strawberry, peaches and some tropical esters. Healthy lacto tart comes through near the end as the delicate fruits wash out. Some mild earthy barnyard funk hides in the background with hints of tannins and oak. Some grassy saison esters are present amid the fruits and acid. Body is thin and dry, with a high fizzy carb and lightly gripping mouthfeel.
Finish: Dry acidic finish, lightly gripping and leaving the mouth coated in a tannic fruitiness. Reminds me a little bit of a white wine.
Overall: Good solid farmhouse sour, nice puckering sour tart and some funky to keep it interesting. I think this could appeal to the sour beer newbie, and get them hooked on a rewarding and expensive habit. Lord knows it did for me. I seem to remember the earlier batches being more sour, but this bottle is fairly fresh so perhaps the little bugs haven’t had their time to take over. Be sure to decant it!