Prairie continues its Fruit Funk series with a new entry, Apricot Funk. We saw Cherry Funk last year, and am looking forward to an uncommon apricot brew. Cody from Prairie gave this one to me at no cost, and remarked that the feedback on Cherry Funk was that it was much better with a couple of months of age on it, so Prairie decided to sit on this one in bottles for an additional couple of months before release. Let’s see if their patience paid off.
Company: Prairie Artisan Ales
Location: Krebs, OK
ABV: 6.3% ABV
Style/Description: Sour Ale aged on Apricots
Price: $8.99 per 500ml
Appearance: Dark cloudy straw pour, light copper with moderate, quickly disappearing head and slight lace.
Nose: Tart apricot aroma, some wild sour notes, with a bit of earthy barnyard.
Taste: Apricot fruit flavor comes through very nicely, sweet and juicy. The “funk” portion of the name is represented as well, with moderate tart and some spicy, grassy saison esters. There is a bit of gose saltiness in here as well, especially as the beer warms.Thin light body and a moderate carb combine to create a crisp, dry beer bursting with apricot.
Finish: Clean and dry finish, with just enough apricot remaining to keep the mouth watering.
Overall: I’m a big fan of apricots, and wish there were more beers like this out there. Drinkable without being boring, tart without puckering, satisfying but not cloying. I think the couple of extra months of aging improved this beer, helping it to walk the fine line between tart and too tart. Excellent.