Birra - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 14
Gots: 129 | FT: 12
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: zerocrane on 01-09-2014

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Reviews by notchucknorris:
Photo of notchucknorris
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazed pale golden color with a slight off white head. Some spotty lace left behind with each sip.

S: Earthy malts and graininess with a lemony edge to it. Coriander and some orange pith here as well.

T: To be honest, there just really isn't that much going on here. A kind of dull graininess throughout with a touch of lemon, hay and light barnyard. Finish shows a light breadiness and maybe a touch of grapefruit and spice.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MenardMa
2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This was my first Prairie beer after obviously hearing quite a lot of great things about them. To be honest, I really don't care for it. Hop bitterness and peppery saison yeast is about all i'm getting, unfortunately not smelling or tasting any of the citrus or fruit that some have noted. Not terrible but just not something I would buy again.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coming out of a stubby 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Very heady throughout the session, the beer's color is pale sunlight with bubbles running through the body. It smells like a saison with vague spices, bubblegum, mint, and a note of manure like you're wandering around a barnyard. The beer has a spicy, grassy, flavor overall. Not only that, but it brings some tartness to the palate as well. It's light, airy, easy drinking, and was an excellent drink to go with dinner.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw to golden in color with considerable cloudiness. A half inch of dense off white foam is present. Brussels lacing. I smell a hint of lemon,a touch of grassy flavor, and pale malt. The taste is lemon and then a blend of a grassy flavor and pale malt. The mouth is crisp and heavily carbonated.

Photo of JFrank78
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very good saison, from a great brewery. Poured from a bottle. It's a very golden color, with a perfect amount of head. Has a lot of summer fruit on the nose and a fizzy light hop/malt combo. A very good summer drinker. I could get into this one for awhile.

Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This Saison is a hazy light-medium yellow. I have to let the sediment settle and pour the rest of the yeast in, which of course makes it a bit cloudier. The head is a bubbly white one that might obtain half a finger but fades quickly. It does keep a ring and drop some spotting behind.
The smell is nice: dusty, slightly funky, a little dry, very mildly sweet, with a bit of lemon. There's a bit of bread and cracker in the malts, very slight spiciness, and a hint of herb.
The taste is pretty much the same, dryness and herbal notes becoming stronger along with the lemony zest. It collects a bit of a pithy brine from the middle into the finish with a hint of a seltzer taste as well.
The feel is good, maybe not as dry and soft as I'd like in a Saison but with a firm crispness and pretty smooth in a light-medium body.

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, with town square imagery depicted on the front label that is much more European in origin than anything I would think could come from Oklahoma.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw hue, with rising effervescence, and three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some low-lying raincloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of crackery, grainy pale and wheat malt, gritty earthy yeast, muddled dry drupe fruit, banana chips, generic citrus rind, white pepper and further indistinct savoury spice, and leafy, grassy, and weedy hops. The taste is bready, doughy pale malt, a certain wheaty spiciness, somewhat phenolic yeast, a pear and apple skin fruitiness, understated lemon and orange peel citrus notes, white and black pepper, and some waning leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is surprisingly light in its tame frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and so-so smooth, the yeast and hops kind of disobeying the campsite rule here. It finishes pretty dry, the malt, yeast, fruit, spice and hops alike finally agreeing to terms.

A pretty tasty home-grown saison, very fresh and emulating of the old-world goodies. The extra hoppiness and lower alcohol goes a long way towards this one's drinkability, which I would imagine being improved further by a sunny patio or harvest moon. Anyways, what's with the Italian spelling of 'beer' in the name here?

Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours all foam (~95%); pure white and fluffy, like marshmallow fluff with large bubbles. Retention is fantastic. Brew is a hazy, lemon-yellow body (actually slightly paler than lemon). Some darker brown cloudy yeast at the bottom. Fluffy lacing. Opaque brew. Yum!

Lemon, straw, and sugar dominate the aroma - starts citrus, and becomes candy. Pretty standard (non-tart) Saison aroma. Very rustic, despite the sweetness. Smells delicious.

Far less sweet than the nose indicated. First, chunky wheat and malts, riding a slightly tart, funky wave. Exceptionally rustic and traditional. There is a nice note of citric acid that follows, and the sweetness isn't completely absent, but this is not a sweet Saison.

It tastes like drinking straw laced with yeast. Aftertaste is long and drily rustic.

Mouthfeel is medium-full up front, but very drinkable, with a semi-dry long finish begging you for another sip. A slight hop bitterness on the back-end gives a slight effervescent feel, as the alcohol is non-existent. Extremely lively, with no sting or foaming.

This is an outstanding Saison across the board. It's light and easy drinking, low ABV, and full of flavor. It doesn't feature huge wild notes, nor unrestrained sweetness, that many Saisons focus on. Rather, it's fairly straightforward and delicious.

Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Gold/straw colored. Thin head. Hazy,
Smell - fruity, Orange, Floral hop aroma, A touch of pepper.
Taste - Citrus and spice, grainy malt. Grassy finish. Nice balance of flavors.
Feel - Low/moderate body with a touch of creaminess, prickly medium/high carbonation. Dry
Overall - Can't think of anything bad to say. I could drink a bunch of these. For the alcohol level there is a great amount of flavor and body.

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed straw color with a pinky of pearl colored head. Stays hazed up, a few floaties average lacing & head retention

S: Yeatyness, wheatyness, pears, peaches & melons

T: Tart wheat, a touch of lemons, yeastiness & white pepper up front. Green apple peel, white pepper & wheat tartness as this warms. Finishes crisp, with tartness & a touch of green apple peel & orange zest

MF: Light bodied, crisp carbonation

Drinks easy, very refreshing, nice take on the style. I preferred the Standard, but this works as well. This will go down easy during our Hellishly hot summers here

Photo of hoppyhour
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice lil summertime brew they have here...
Floral and fruit up front with a bit of spice out back.
This one is quite a pleasure to sip on a hot night or even better with spicy food.
This is very close in taste to Russian River Damnation for almost half the price.
Thumbs up Oklahoma!

Photo of tomfneph
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a large tulip glass. Was clear yellow until the sediment from the bottom of the bottle came in and gave it a cloudy peach haze. Creamy white 1 inch head fizzed up nicely then dissipated. I had lacing until the beer warmed up. The sediment left an unappetizing stain on the head, overall not a great look.

Not a whole lot going on with the nose. Mostly bread and peppery spices with coriander lingering. Very disappointing. My wife's nose is much better than mine and she says she did not get much either.

The taste is ok. Very light and refreshing, pleasingly sour and peppery, went well with cheese and charcuterie. Surprisingly, little to no "funk" for a farmhouse ale.

The mouthfeel is light and silky. Perfect to start out a multi course meal with appetizers before heading into more substantive fare.

If someone gave this to me early in the afternoon or as a substitute for champagne, I would happily drink it, but I don't think I will be buying any more for myself.

Photo of sobchack
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden straw appearance. Sea foam-like head.

A: Esters, yeast, straw, white pepper, floral

T: Zesty, straw, grass, dry finish

M: Light, effervescent, appetizing

O: Outstanding, incredibly drinkable but with depth. Great offering from Prairie

Photo of drone
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Odd funk to the smell, but overall a very drinkable sipper for a cool spring evening.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours to a frothy bubbly white head and dirty gold color. Aroma is peppery, clovey, and fruity with a sour/grainy note as well. Flavor is very much in the farmhouse style with lemons, bananas, white pepper, clove and other spices mixed with soft sweet grains to make it a perfect balance. Mouthfeel is slightly puckering due to funky yeast which is a good thing. Made by people who care about the funk. Damn good call.

Photo of Treyliff
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a small foamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- spicy & earthy yeast aroma up front, with notes of straw & toasted malt, slightly phenolic

T- earthy yeast with some peppery spice up front, fruity notes of pear and lemon peel, bone dry finish with dried hay flavors

M- medium-light body with lively carbonation leads to a bubbly mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish

O- a nice sessionable saison that packs plenty of flavor to boot

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden pear coloring with a cloudy hue that had a light lace of froth for a top.

Soft and supple Apple and pear with a bit of peppercorn and clove, the nose is charming and light.

The flavors are near mirror images to the scent with Apple, pear, pepper, clove but then a sweet bubblegum finishes. As I drank more of this I started to discover lemon like tones.

The feel is thin and sprite but kind of velvety.

This may not be the best Saison I've ever had but it's light and fun an well worth a try.

Photo of Boski
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep rich golden. Absolutely stunning color. Half finger head that dissipates quickly and lingers around the edges of the glass throughout consumption. Moderate lacing.

S: Citrus, mostly lemon. Spicy zest. Clean. Crisp.

T: Juicy. Slight spicy/tart combo lingers through the finish. Lemon Peel that comes out more as temperature warms. Black Pepper. Straw. Layers of flavor and complexity.

M: Light juicy citrus coats the mouth. Zest lingers on the tongue. Fairly effervescent.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this offering. Hit the mark on the style dead on IMO. Much more juicy and less dry than some traditional Saison/Farmhouse ales... However the zest kick still gives it the crisp dry characteristics. Brilliant. I would buy again and again in the future given the opportunity.

Photo of goochpunch
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy gold with a bone white head. Smells fruity, with bready and honeyed malts. I also get some spice and Belgian-ish yeast. Flavor is of bready malts. I get some spicy Belgian yeast. Lots of clove. Very dry. Lightly tart. Aftertaste is big on yeasty slow dough bread. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. This is awesome.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a large head.
Nose shows pear, light sweet malt, floral hops, farmhouse yeast, apple. Very estery.
Flavours are a mix of light malt, pear, saison yeast and a characteristic dry finish. Very easy drinking.
Light body, carbonation is a little high.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange, billowing head of white foam that has a velvety surface texture and long lasting staying power. Flecks of spotty lace stick to the sides of the tulip glass.

Simple rustic aroma of saison yeast, slightly woody with faint notes of dried botanicals.

Tart and crisp, a building herbal hop bitterness lingers into the dry aftertaste. Earthy bitter herbs and tart underripe green stone fruit. Light and spritzy, with a signature rustic quality missing from so many domestic saisons. Simplicity is underrated, and this is a fine example of how good something simple can be.

Photo of smakawhat
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A thick rocky and bubblebath foamy bleach white head, not too large but a good solid three fingers off the pour, and thick whipped retention and clumping. Body is an orb glowing mix of green and deep yellow, with some faint hints of peach orange on the edges. A real nice roaring column of carbonation in the centre. Great looking saison.

Real nice nose. Big floral notes, soft grass, mellow cream vanilla and touches of honey. All nice and playful real balanced. Bready sweet yeast and a bit of possible sensing sucrose like character also. Pretty darn impressive.

Palate brings a big dry punch. Large floral notes and dry peppery yeast. Finishes slightly hot but not too much. Green herbal hop bent, almost feeling Belgian IPA territory, and nice warming finish. Feels like a much larger abv than indicated. Great tingling tonic and perrier mineral carbonation on the finish as well. Warmth provides even citrus and tropical juiced flavors as time goes on and lots of bakery fresh bread.

Overall it's just so impressive and nearly perfect, I don't know what else to say about the saisons these guys make.

Photo of wedge
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull, weathered gold color with a tight head of white froth. Peppery floral soapiness, buttery white wine, biscuits, and crisp apples in the nose. Citrus and apples, prominent spicy yeast, hay, and cracker-like grains. Fresh, floral, and fruity sweet. Fairly crisp, medium bodied, lingering dryness. The yeast is talking a little too loud in this one.

Photo of buschbeer
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
4.4% abv on my bottle

This beer pours golden in color and hazy. It is topped with a gigantic, sticky, white head. The side of the glass is covered in lacing as the head subsides.

I get some citrus. Orange and lemongrass come to mind with just a little funk.

The taste leans more towards orange with a slight bitter taste. Some of the funk/mold/mildew comes through in the back end and lingers a little with some of the bitterness.

Effervescent mouthfeel. The carbonation scrubs my palate leaving me ready for another sip.

This is a decent saison. It is nothing special but well done.

Photo of Immortale25
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/8 inch off-white head that immediately dissipates leaving a few wisps of surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Sweet-smelling saison yeast aroma brings to mind lemon and orange. There's also a pretty strong smell of spice, perhaps coriander?

T- The sweetness continues in the flavor. There's a pronounced banana component to the profile along with maybe some Belgian candi sugar. The reason I keep saying "maybe" and "perhaps" is because this seems to be such a straightforward take on the saison style for Prairie. Usually there's more complexity and nuance in their saisons but this one just strikes me as a typical Belgian Pale with extra sweetness.

M- Somewhat bright with medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I understand having a more approachable offering to give to those who aren't familiar with craft, but I feel Prairie's saisons are approachable enough as it is. This one can pretty much be thrown in with a lot of other mediocre Belgians that are on the market. It tastes fine but is definitely the least enjoyable I've had thus far from this otherwise stellar brewery.

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