Beer Review: Bruery Terreux/Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Rue

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Brewery: Bruery Terreux (Collaboration with Prairie Artisan Ales)
Beer: Prairie Rue
Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 6.9%
Character: Brewed with hops chosen for their lemony and floral aroma plus 100% Munich malt. Barrel-fermented in oak with several strains of brettanomyces
Ratings at the time of Review: BA: — | RB: 85
Metal Connection: NOCTIFERIA – Never Rue

BeerMetalDude Rating: 5/5

prairierueAt one point beers made by The Bruery/Bruery Terreux were not available here in TX, so I relied on my good buddy, and fellow beer reviewer/blogger, Jorge Espinoza of animebeers.com to send me awesome beers from this brewery. We have been trading for a couple of years now, and in fact, I am still holding on to a few bottles, since I don’t get to drink them all right away. I know I got this one a while back, last year, to be exact. But who cares, right? Damn, I hoard beers too much! Ha ha ha! Cheers to you Jorge, and to all of you reading this.

The label artwork is nothing short of fantastic. It does look like something right off the printers for Oklahoma’s Prairie Artisan Ales, which works perfect on the large 750ml bottle used by Bruery Terreux. There is a rainbow of colors used, but mostly shades of blue, green, yellow, and pink. It is a drawing of a cartoon looking old small town with different color houses, lots of trees, and grass, as well. There are people, bugs, and birds all over the label. It looks like a wild children’s book cover or a painting piece in a coloring book. Good job!

I used a newly acquired Bankhead Brewing Co. snifter glass for this beer. The beer was a clear amber color that the initial pour topped the beer with a half of an inch wide tan foamy head. The head stuck around a bit, but then finally disappeared. No lacing was left on the glass.

The aroma was fruity and funky. Sweet candied orange peel, tangy lemon-lime, juicy pear and green apples. There were traces of hay, wheat, barnyard funk, wet grass, and a big floral character from the Brett and the hops used. Nice earthiness, and oak wood presence in the nose, too.

The taste was sweet, fruity and funky. Sweet candy sugar, orange peel, lemon-lime, pear, and green apples hit the palate first, followed by hay, wheat, barnyard funk. Wet grass and floral flavors shine through produced by the hops used in this beer and the addition of the Brett. There was an overall layer of earthiness and a big oak wood backbone. The oak wood, candied orange peel, lemon-lime, and barnyard funk lingered around after each swill.

The body was medium with a slick oily, yet tangy mouthfeel. Mild carbonation. The finish was also oily and mouth coating.

Overall, this beer was simply amazing! The overall flavors in this Prairie Rue were all spot on. The Saison/Farmhouse Ale was a perfect beer for these two to collaborate on. The oak wood from the barrel aging was a nice touch. After confirming with my buddy, Jorge Espinoza on when he sent me this, it turns out I was sent this beer sometime last year. Yup, I definitely do hoard bottles. Ha ha. I’m just glad this one held up as good as it did. If you can get your hands on this beer, please do so. It is fuckin’ great!

noctiferiaMetal Connection: Here is one that I knew I would find a match rather easily, but I did not go with the obvious Metal song most of you probably thought I would. There is no Murders in the Rue Morgue by Iron Maiden here. Instead, I went deep into the Metal world, and found a band from Slovenia named Noctiferia. They are a Symphonic and sometimes Industrial Black/Death Metal band. They have actually been around since 1994, and since released six full length, including an album just released days ago, Transnatura on Nika Records. The song I chose here is called “Never Rue” taken from the band’s 2002’s full length album, Per Aspera, released on Arctic Music Group. This song sums up exactly like their description is. Symphonic Black/Death Metal at it’s finest. Check out this tune, and the other albums by this killer band!

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