I picked up this beer in New York and couldn’t wait to pop it open. Let’s see how it was.
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Three years ago, the Healey brothers set out on a journey to make great beer. Prairie Ale has been a key beer in building the foundation of the Healey brothers’ vision, and we could not think of a better way to celebrate our 3rd anniversary than by releasing a version of Ale that has been fermented on fruit. 3rd Anniversary Ale is our saison fermented on raspberries, giving it not only a delightful flavor and aroma, but a beautiful ruby color. We are excited to offer this beer to our friends in 500ml bottles as well as a limited number of 3 liter bottles. Get ready to celebrate because 3rd Anniversary Ale will see distribution later this month! We also have some fun events coming up in Denver during the Great American Beer Festival. Stay tuned for a detailed list soon!”
Random: I’ve been really into saisons lately. I’ve bought more of those than anything else.
When I popped the beer open, it was a gusher. I was luckily right by the sink, so I didn’t lose too much. When I finally got it into the glass, it had a thin, three finger head that dissipated right away. It left no lacing on the glass. There was a small crown left on top of the dusky, orange body. I couldn’t see how much carbonation because of the haziness. The nose had a lot of yeast along with a raspberry preserve note. It also had a white wine grape note. The taste started with the same white wine grape note. It quickly went into a jammy raspberry note and then a lighter bready note than the nose. The body was thick, even for the style with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with bready yeast and white grape skins. A bottle of this was $12.99 ($.77 per ounce). I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again, although I doubt I’ll get the chance to.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0