Review: Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie-Vous Français

The mostly absurd and antiquated alcohol laws of Oklahoma pose a few interesting challenges for local businesses, namely that the breweries in the state want something that can be sold in grocery and convenience stores, as well as growler fills at the brewery so they come up with some impressive 3.2 offerings. I stopped by the Prairie Artisan Ales brewery last week and took home a bottle of this for the review. I was excited to be able to grab at bottle to take home at an OK brewery. This should also be available at Whole Foods locations now, and hopefully a wider release soon.

Company: Prairie Artisan Ales

Location: Tulsa, OK

ABV: 4%

Style/Description: Farmhouse Ale Conditioned With Brettanomyces Bruxellensis

Price: $10 (750 ml)

Appearance: Cloudy straw pour, nice fluffy head and clinging lace. Pleasant rising bubbles and robust carbonation.

Nose: Plenty of aroma jumps out of the glass, spicy saison esters coming through. Herbaceous coriander and basil notes, with a healthy dose of citrusy orange and lemon. Some mild earthy funk on the end.

Taste: Mild lemon zest and orange peel blend with the grassy spiciness. Earthy Brett flavors round out the tartness and light peppery spice. Some moderate pilsner beeriness and European hops bitterness. Thin and dry mouthfeel with a nice fizzy carbonation, highlighting the lightness of this brew. I’m getting a satisfying seltzer like bite from the CO2.

Finish: Crisp, clean finish, very dry, leaving hints of coriander and a champagne bite.

Overall: It’s nice to see some OK brewers using the restrictions of the 3.2% laws to create some light and sessionable beers with real flavor. This should please most fans of the farmhouse style, and is an excellent choice if you find yourself needing a proper brew to take home on a Sunday. The brewery-only raspberry variant is excellent also, but unfortunately they ran out at the brewery as they were trying to fill my growler!

Rating: 4/5


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