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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 49
Gots: 100 | FT: 13
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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 bubseymour
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice blend of complexity.

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Very smooth, light citrus notes and spices. Very easy drinking!

Photo of goochpunch
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of deford
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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?

Photo of n2185
3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had heard such good things about this beer, but found it pretty bland and uninteresting. Not bad or offensive, but watery and not much going on.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Larry6767
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sensational farmhouse ale/saison. Definitely a fully-flavored beer worth drinking on a hot day.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of CTbrew32
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of fmccormi
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap in Asheville. Wasn't super impressed for it being my first prairie ale. Maybe I overshot the hype

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/3/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, apricot, pineapple, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, apricot, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. I got a strong band-aid note initially, but most of it went away with a little time in the glass. Taste of lightly tart lemon, apricot, pineapple, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pineapple, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, apricot, and pale malt flavors; with a nice crisp yeast/fruit/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited saison style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, apricot, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. The initial aroma off flavors were offensive at first, but everything turned out really enjoyable overall.

Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrn1ceguy (Reddit) for this one, shared with rudzud.

Big fluffy creamy fizzy head hits 1.5 fingers then attempts to fade but reinforced by many streaming bubbles, foamy lacing, semi hazy golden color.

Nose is awesome farmhouse, bright citrus, Clementine orange juice, floral spices, great farmhouse funk, nice chewy farmhouse not quite Brett funk but farmhouse saison funk, toasted creamy wheat, little straw, grassy, lemony. Light grassy floral hop note. Effervescent.

Taste brings fluffy creamy wheat base, toasted straw wheat and grassy malts. Then more saison flavours, nice farmhouse funk that's not super funky, great floral spices and lemony zest, lemongrass. mild sweetness and touch candy note, into light Clementine orange juice and light lemony zest. Grainy doughy bread like saison malt. Light floral grassy hops with little lemon rind bitterness. Finish is dry with mild bitterness, more grassy floral hops and little lemon zest lingering, touch farmhouse funk. Finish is a little too sticky lemony.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy, decent fluffy carb that seems a little light.

Overall very enjoyable, well done well executed farmhouse saison, nice bitterness level with nice hop profile That blends nicely, quite enjoyable.

Photo of Tele
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 5.1.15

A: 4.5 Hazy orange-gold with a one-inch, fluffy, white head.

S: 4 Lots of bretty funk with a bit of fruit in the background. Some grass and lemon come through with the apricot, but funk really dominates.

T: 4 More fruit than on the nose. Apricots come through much more bringing along other fruits, such as peaches and oranges. Brett still pretty strong, but more balanced than on the nose. The fruit is well integrated into the farmhouse aspects, but a bit of tartness would really liven things up.

M: 4.5 Great carbonation and incredibly drinkable with a slightly dry, refreshing finish.

O: 4.25 This is a nice beer with some really good qualities and some things that could be improved a bit. I feel a bit strange about this beer because it’s pretty good for what it should be (a fruited farmhouse ale), but I feel like a bit of tartness might really improve things despite taking it away from the style. Maybe aging one for a couple months might add some acidity without the fruit fading and the funk on the nose getting too out of hand.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark straw yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of musty citrus (tangerine), hay, citrus lemon, grainy + pale + wheat malts, and light aromas of apricots. Overall there is a light amount of sourness to the aroma.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts, grainy malts, and a light flavor of wheat. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of lemon citrus, musty tangerine, and apricots. Light to moderate flavors of hay-like funkiness, hints of spicy yeast, and a moderate flavor of apricots. Overall, light to moderate amounts of sourness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness upfront with a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really wonderful beer - very nice saison flavors, funkiness, sourness, and apricots. Easy to drink and very enjoyable with well hidden alcohol. Definitely worth grabbing again.

Photo of JFrank78
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is simply amazing. If you see it, grab it. It pours a hazy tan yellow, like a sun-baked beach. A lot of fizz on the nose, with fruit and little pepper notes. The flavor stays in your mouth for awhile. Totally refreshing. A fantastic farmhouse beer. Near perfection.

Photo of wedge
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nebulous golden yellow hue with a low head of soft foam that never completely goes away. First sniff is the familiar rustic Prairie yeast sharpness, but a melange of other aromas soon comes to light: dusty funk, dried fruit, herbs, straw, flowers, earthy grain, and an airy sweetness. Flavor opens with spicy yeast esters and a soft, juicy apricot sweetness. Dry Brett, earthy funk, some tart acidity. Body is fluffed up by the lively carbonation, finishing dry, but with a light juiciness clinging to the tip of the tongue. Drinks lighter than it is.

Photo of rudzud
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a fluffy two finger head that fades to leave a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of very funky Belgian saison, nice horse blanket, light lemons, lightly tart sourness, very bright, very traditional.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great funky saison and farmhouse notes, lemons, horse blanket, pleasant light tartness, good spice notes. Good, very well crafted traditional flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, clean.

O - Overall this beer was really good, very well crafted and traditional.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy apricot colored beer, very pretty, and head is small, tight, and white. Aroma is smacky with funky Brett, sweet, floral, stone fruits, creamy dandelions, fresh and earthy. Taste is quite dry, implosive in a way, and delightfully tart. Very easy to drink as well. This doesn't have an assertive tartness, more rusticly dry, elongated and smooth. I wish I had more!

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best Prairie beers to date!

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice funky farmhouse ale. Not too sour, soft apricot notes, very drinkable.

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Prairie Eliza5beth from Prairie Artisan Ales
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