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Prairie Eliza5beth - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 511
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 19.21%
Wants: 49
Gots: 117 | FT: 15
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: spoony on 11-10-2013

Eliza5beth is a golden farmhouse ale aged on apricots to allow sourness and light fruit flavors to add complexity to the beer.
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Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle consumed with friends so abridged notes:

Hazy almost purplish golden color with a white cap. Aroma is wheaty with a clove yeastiness and a sweet grain essence. The taste includes fresh wheat grain before sulfur and more grain-like bready sweetness. Light body, modest carbonation overall not bad.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on-tap in a goblet at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: cloudy yellow hue with a good effervescence and a finger of creamy white foam.

Smell: a dash of tartness followed by a nice funk, underpinned by a malty sweetness. Enticing!

Taste: very funky with a bit of a buttery character and a nice grassiness. A little tartness develops over time on the palate. Very well balanced -- I gotta say I really dig it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and decent creaminess.

Overall: massively drinkable for an 8% brew. This could get me in trouble.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell is heavily of lemon citrus and barnyard funk. Taste is lemon, apricot, and a hint of melon with a champagne-like dry finish. Funk is present but is not tart or overpowering. A good beer, but not my favorite Prairie wild ale.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a hazy bright gold color, lots of shine in the body. The head is a white cap just about a finger in height that settles and keeps up for the duration, leaving good lacing behind as it goes.
Dust, earth, fruits and funk bring up the majority of both aroma and flavor. There's a light tropical or soft stone fruits type of sweetness underneath a sour overtone, definitely moderately brett-heavy but done in such a way as to not overpower the softer notes. There are some white wine notes, more sauv blanc than chard and a little on the dry side. All in all, this is a very nice beer.
The feel is soft and fluffy but moves very nicely and doesn't fade away with time. A little bit of pepper comes into the otherwise sour and fruity finish that lingers dryly.

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Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large fluffy head. Golden yellow color.

Lots of Brett and funk flavor. Barnyard flavors. Has some tannins and wine like flavors. The apricots show and bring fruitiness to the beer.

Good, but nothing out of the ordinary. Reminds me of the prairie wild ales.

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Photo of xICooRsYIx
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

Delicately poured but still could not avoid that head. 2 fingers at least. Didnt last long but it was white and frothy. Beer itself was a hazy straw. Taste just what i would want in a farmhouse. Not too basic, but not too complex. Had lemon zest and apricots gave it some funk. Followed by that farmhouse peppery spice. Well rounded and easy to drink!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another characteristic Prairie Artisan Ales beer, this one featuring apricot-flavored syrup mixed with a Band-Aid smelling saison. It failed to impress me.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a sizable head. Smell is orange, lemon and bread. Flavor balances orange and lemon bitterness with brett and a subtle spice at the end. Feel is minimally chewy and a good deal of carbonation. An interesting entry from Prairie.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The carbonation of this beer really knocked it down a peg at first. It's like there was a wall of fizz and foam between my tongue and the flavors. Thankfully, once it died down, it allowed me to truly experience the beer. Instead of funk overtaking the saison earthiness, it props it up. Touches of fruit peel, apricot fuzz, and orange zest anchored by a deep oak, capped by a half-dry finish. Excellent.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ahalloin. Thanks Tony.

Hazy straw yellow body with a thin white cap. Funky, grassy, herbal, floral. Lovely hop character with herbal tea and grass. Solid.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint at the Public at the Brickyard.

This beer reminds me of a better blue moon/wit beer with an orange slice but much more spicy and drier. The fruitiness overwhelms the traditional saison funk - 3.25

A - Cloudy pale orange with small head that dissapates to zero - 3.25
S – Fruit, citrus, orange - 3
T - Fruity with the tang of orange and lemon zest and a very very small bit of spiciness, some funk - 3.25
MF - Medium light body with a dry finish - 3.75

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy gold with a white one finger head that settles to thick foam. Ample lacing.

S: Brett, apricots, farmhouse funk.

T: Funky fresh with lemon and citrus elements. Apricots chime in with a hint of pepper. Clean, crisp. A terrific saison.

M: Medium with medium, thick carbonation. A nice lemon sensation on the tongue.

O: A great treat from my son while he was in Oklahoma. Now all I need is a Bomb!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a slightly murky golden yellow color with a two-finger creamy and sudsy white head that retains nicely, eventually settling to a thin layer that retains long after settling

S- citrus and tropical fruit aroma up front, with he apricot coming through. Lots of sandalwood with some peppery notes, just a hint of earthy funk with some wet hay

T- light bready malt base gives way to lots of fruity flavors of lemon, ripe pear, apricot & a bit of orange. Woodsy and earthy notes give way to just a hint or funky tartness, before finishing dry with more fruit coming through

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into the finish

O- easy drinking fruity saison that hides the abv well, not sure it's worth the price tag though

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Photo of Zach136
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Opaque gold, thin head.

Aroma: Slight pickly funk character I get in alot of brett beers.

Flavor: Earthy rustic funk and hop. Slight dark fruit note which I guess is the apricot.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and straw colored, white pencil-thin layer of foam all the way down. Barely sour and an immediate earthy taste with a spicy outro that tastes like nutmeg to me.

My wife, who will rarely even try a beer, tasted this one just because there was a pug and 2 cat astronauts on the label. She actually liked it. Break through?

This may be my favorite yet from Prairie, who can't seem to get it wrong.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy pale orange. Looks like imported Fanta. Smell: a bit of funk, a bit of spice, a bit of grain. Fairly yeast forwarded in the flavor. Presence of apricot is overwhelmed by the yeast. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. Apricot come out more in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, considering the alcohol. Mellow carbonation. Solid, but nothing out of this world.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Normally I like Saison/Farmhouse but wasn't a fan of this. The sourness drowned out the spiciness that I like in the style.

Bonus points for the label color/artwork.

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Photo of deford
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Am I the only one who gets funk on the nose? Not so much in the taste but a real good funky nose...dust, a bit of sweat and some sugary sweet fruity wet hair?

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange from the bottle. Loads of carbonation brings on a substantial white head of tiny, tightly packed bubbles. It eventually reduces to a foam across the top. Plenty of brett and Belgian esters in the aroma along with tart lemon and apricot. The brett carries through to taste, with a grassiness. There's not much citrus or sour. It's very dry.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are decent. Has the Belgian farmhouse yeast and sour aroma. Slightly fruity. More of a farmhouse ale taste with a small amount of sourness thrown in. Medium bodied and low carbonation. Good beer but not their best effort.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold color with white head. Light fruits, slight hop grass, and some bread on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a yeasty bready and fruity note.

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Photo of champ103
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazed yellow/orange color. A two finger white head forms and gently recedes. A bit of patchy lace is left behind.
S: Very fruity in the nose. Citrus, lemon, certainly some gritty apricot skins. Acidic, light cracker like malts.
T: Like the nose, gritty, tannin like apricot skins. Lightly acidic, and some light grainy malts in the finish.
M/D: A light body with an effervescent bite. Again, tannin like. Easy to drink. The bottle is going down quickly.

Prairie achieved what they set out to make. For what ever reason, this does not hit on all cylinders. Though enjoyable, and something I would not mind coming back to again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I can't exactly remember why I bought this beer but I am pretty sure it was $12 for 500ml. Hazy yellow color with only the slightest rim of bubbles around the edge. The aroma only has the mildest, most subtle hint of apricots, it might even be the power of suggestion. Lemon and wheat are also in the aroma which is pretty good. The flavor is crisp fruits, lemon, juicy with a bit of wheat or malt and only mildly tart. Overall pretty good but pricey.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Golden yellow/orange in color and very hazy. Pours a fizzy three finger head.

Aroma- Good amount of sourness, acidic fruit, and cracker malt.

Taste- Despite the note the sourness/funk is much more subdued in the taste. Definitely a little sourness at first, but this gives way to bright fruit flavors (acidic fruits like citrus,orange,etc). It finises out with a dry cracker malt that leaves a clean finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, crisp at first, and clean in the finish.

Overall- Prairie makes some great saisons and this is right up there with the best. Perfect amount of tartness at first that dries out the palate and lets the big acidic fruit flavors take over afterwards. A must try for those who love saisons, especially those with a that have a mild sour kick to them.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 500ml/16.9oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware . . . still can’t get my hands on those cute little dinosaurs!). This bottle is from this year’s release, which makes it about a month, month and a half old. It’s been refrigerated consistently since purchase, so it should be in ideal shape for tasting.

Appearance (3.75): Two lean fingers of ecru foam rie from the pour, capping a rather cloudy, glowing orange body. The head dies down somewhat quickly, leaving just a bit of foamy film at the surface, but no lacing to speak of. Some thin lacing sticks around the edge of the glass as the body recedes, but doesn’t stick.

Smell (4.25): VERY tangy, citric fruit aromas are front and center, showing a modest dose of that sweet, warm, kind of meaty scent of apricot flesh along with a bright, zippy shot of tart grapefruit juice, along with lemonade. The cutting scent of lactic acid shines throughout, but really sharpens up toward the end.

Taste (3.5): The apricot in the beer must have fermented pretty far, because the flavor isn’t marked so much by that round sweetness as it is lemony acid, a light, lactic funk, and finally just a bit of malt—dry, floury biscuits and steel-cut oats. A little more sweetness does come in a bit more as it warms up, but it’s still predominantly citric and lactic—limeade, grapefruit zest, and a little more dusty, floury biscuit. It’s solid, but lacking a lot of depth. It’s best as it warms up and the fruit comes out a little more.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The carbonation comes on aggressively at first, peppering the entire mouth with fine-grained bubbles that die off quickly. The body has a more or less medium weight (certainly no more), lightened by that citric acidity. The malt’s lean, dry flavor helps to keep it light, too. Very, very drinkable.

Overall (3.75): This is a solid, decently sour farmhouse ale with a nice, light fruit character and a dry malt body. It more or less stops there, though, at a thoroughly pleasant, but not mind-blowing. It’s got plenty of good elements, but not enough depth to live up to its potential. Prairie is normally very good to outstanding, and while this beer is tasty, drinkable, and refreshing, it more or less stops at that. Definitely best as it approaches room temperature.

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Prairie Eliza5beth from Prairie Artisan Ales
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