It’s hard to believe that it has only been three years since Prairie came on the Oklahoma beer scene. They decided to do a raspberry fermented version of their Prairie Ale farmhouse to celebrate, packaged in 500 ml bottles.
Company: Prairie Artisan Ales
Location: Tulsa, OK
ABV: 8.4% ABV
Style/Description: Farmhouse Ale Brewed With Raspberries
Price: $10 (500 ml)
Appearance: Opaque ruby red grapefruit colored pour, nice fluffy white head which quickly dissipates. Sticky, clinging lace and slowing rising bubbles.
Nose: Over the top sweet and sour raspberry aroma. Really made my mouth water and tickled the nose.
Taste: The tangy raspberries dominate with the crisp, dry body. Sweet strawberry and peach flavors come in with the raspberries and round off some of the tartness from the fruit. A bit of earthy and spicy funk continue to balance out the raspberries. The body is light and well carbonated, the fizziness helping to lift the aroma out of the glass and into the nose. The funk and fruit combine into a pleasant dry vinous flavor, and add a bit of heft and grip to the mostly dry body.
Finish: Dry finish with lingering tart raspberries, leaving the palate salivating for another swig.
Overall: I was fond of the classic Prairie Ale and loved the version fermented on raspberries. The fruit flavor comes through beautifully and really compliments the light funkiness of the flagship saison. Here’s to the first three years of Prairie, and I’m not alone in wishing them many more delicious anniversary ales.