The latest American microbrewery to hit the off license shelves of Alberta’s better stores is Krebs, Oklahoma’s Prairie Artisan Ales. Prairie Ales is a self-described Gypsy brewer started by two brothers with a love for great beers. Over the past few years they have cultivated a reputation of brewing unique and interesting beers including a variety of saisons. Prairie Ale is one of their flagships brews and is a 7% ABV Saison style ale brewed with Brettanomyces and single hopped with Saaz hops. Pouring orange a bright golden orange colour the body is quite cloudy with a bit of yeast sediment in the glass. There is a strong stream of carbonation leading to the thick head of pure white that coats the glass entirely. The aroma is crisp and floral with subtle farmhouse and brett notes. Light and fresh fruit aromas of pineapple, lemon zest and orange rind blend well with the floral and spicy Saaz hops. Toasted wheat malts in the mid palate with light caramel or honey sweetness. Quite fruity and floral with tons of estery and yeast based flavours. A few light spice notes of coriander and cracked black pepper are included with the esters. The farmhouse notes are more subtle and balanced then some Saisons with a crisp and lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a rather effervescent amount of carbonation. Overall a crisp and smooth saison that is very much on cue sylistically with a superb balance.
© L.P. SMITH