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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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878 Ratings
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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 65
Gots: 154 | FT: 13
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BierGartenok on 11-26-2012

Prairie Ale is our classic saison. We brew this beer with pilsner malt, wheat malt, flaked wheat, and cane sugar. A healthy dose of saaz hops are used to add a spicy element to the beer. Prairie Ale is fermented with a mix of ale yeast, wine yeast, and brettanomyces. Notes of black pepper and pineapple can be found in this beer.
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Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crisp. Refreshing. Nice deck sitter.

Photo of evianIPA
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taphouse, Copenhagen
Who knows when the keg was tapped...

A - big white head that recedes to a lasting thing cap. Super clear light yellow body that starts to look really pale when backlit

S - not much happening. Light tropical fruits Nd
yeast

T - light malts and a touch of white pepper

M - really full with a slight bitter finish

O - it's a pleasant beer, but boring

Photo of Evahflow
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an oversized wine glass

A- A Murky golden straw color with a Billowy bone white head Patrick Bateman would be proud of. This is what I want my saison to look like

S- You get a lot of earthy straw, some pepper, some mushroom like funkiness and surprising tropical pineapple lemon thing towards the end. One of the best smelling saisons I've ever had.

T- I get a lot from the smell. wet hay, earthy, some funkiness,Nice soft bread backing it up, Pineapple/lemon flavers ending in a crisp slight tartness.

M- Bone dry, spritzy high carb, you get a nice smooth mouthfeel from the wheat. Ideal saison territory here

O- Overall if I had regular access to this, this would be my go to saison. This beer kills it every time I've had it. I love the dryness and drinkability and the 500 ml format is perfect.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color. I always say "never trust a clear saison", and I'm glad to see this is completely opaque. The head is three fingers high and white in shade. It's both very foamy and long-lasting (unfortunately), leaving behind an incredible amount of lacing on the glass. This gets a high score for being cloudy, even if the haze isn't aesthetically pleasing. (4.25)

Smell: Well, this hits all of the criteria I like from a 'normal' saison. I get lots of straw and grass, backed by notes of black pepper, earth, and bread. Only disappointment is how light the brett seems. Still, this could be the closest any American brewer has come to matching Saison Dupont... (4)

Taste: Bready notes open it up nicely, transitioning into powerful spiciness. The finish is quite fruity and sweet. It's decently rustic, but the brett doesn't really pop as much as I'd like. The higher-than-normal gravity doesn't give that much complexity to this - it only serves to make this beer flabbier than it needs to be. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It wants so hard to be crisp, light, and effervescent. Unfortunately, the lingering sweetness on the back end puts a damper on everything. I just don't like it when a saison is syrupy, that's all. At least the carbonation is powerful. (2.5)

Overall: If there are any beers that could benefit from a lower ABV, this is it. The higher gravity makes it sweeter than I like my saisons to be, but the actual flavors are done well. Pretty disappointing given the price and the brewery's hype. (3.25)

3.42/5: It smelled like it would be as good as Dupont...too bad it isn't

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit of a gusher, but otherwise very tasty.

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

Pours a light golden color with a white head. Aroma of farmhouse, damp straw and lemon. The taste is wheat focused, lightly tart, some lemon. Bitter hops and earthy yeast flavor cut tartness. As a multi yeast beer it gets a little too complex to the point where the flavors aren't agreeable. Good beer, and quality example of the style, but falls short of the truly great.

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip.

A - Beautiful hazy yellow-gold. Pours a thick foamy head. Sticky lacing. Nice carbonation.

S - Brett and spices. Very nice aroma. Funky. Hint of citrus. Smells like champagne, interestingly.

T - Classic farmhouse saison. Nice spices. Good carbonation. Brett very apparent. Not overpowering. Crisp and spicy but nice fresh finish.

O - A very nice saison. Color and aroma very nice with a classic farmhouse/belgian/saison taste. Funky spices without overpowering.

Photo of TheMess
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everything i love about a farmhouse saison here. delicate spices, light pear like fruit flavors, nice carbonation. the brett is what makes this one instantly a favorite. great brett in the smell and taste, not overpowering but enough to give it that that funky, musty flavor. loved this beer..

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

Delicious and tasty . . . same thing I know. Sitting on a couple Prairie offerings at the moment and this being the first I've tried. Makes me all the more anxious to try more. Solid presentation of the style. Slightly funky and easy drinking.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not your grandpas saison! Big beer.

Photo of Sandalwood
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a huge four finger foamy white head. There is a lot of carbonation and the lacing is thick. The odor is farmhouse like, funky, champagne like, citrus lemon, grapefruit, spices, earthy, herbal, some pineapple. The taste is very refreshing, crisp, very spicy clove, lemon, herbal, dry finish, slight bitterness.

Photo of 10Crumra
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden color. Considerable amount of bubbles. Very little head and lacing.

Definite sour notes with peaches and grapes. Almost has a white wine aroma.

Notes of grapes and grass in the taste. Only slightly sour. Can taste the alcohol but not too overpowering. Hints of earthiness and spices. I am definitely getting a white wine vibe with this beer. Light-bodied and fairly oily. Not as carbonated as it looked.

Overall this is a bit of a disappointment for me but maybe I am unfairly comparing it to Bomb which I found fantastic. I thought it would pack more of a punch. The white grape smell and taste is fairly strong and makes it feel like I am drinking carbonated wine. Its an interesting beer but not jumping out at me.

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

Big pear and floral aroma, with wheat and a confectioners sugar sweetness.

Slightly funky, grassy, earthy, a touch of lemon pith. A bit wheaty.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a hazy light golden yellow color with a billowing, huge, foamy white head.

S. Yeast, green apple, white grape, tamarind, some light island like spices, tumeric.

T. Taste is much like the nose. Little tartness. Not too funky. Nice.

M. Light to medium bodied. 4 out of 10 on a scale. Quite bubbly and carbonation chasing the swallow down the throughout. Dry finish.

O. A nice beer. Haven't had a Belgian quite like it. Would get again. Refreshing.

Photo of marvin213
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Stuff I don't like in an objectively good beer: Pilsner malt, wheat malt, Saaz hops, and Brett. Between spicy hops and saison-style yeast, I just kinda want it to calm down and smoothen out. It is, nevertheless, a classic saison! Black pepper and whatever pineapple are undertones. I should read the description before I buy it, but I'm glad I to try it! $10 for another bottle: no way.

Photo of Premo88
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: yellow, hazy ... the color is consistent, quite light with no gold, amber, red or any kind of orange in it; it's yellow; the haziness is not complete, for you can see through it to a degree; HUGE head, classic Prairie carbonation producing a thick, big-bubbled head of white foam well over an inch tall; the bubbles clinging to the glass are huge; disappears with a quick, steady pace with only a little, occasional lacing; does keep a thick cover of foam and watching the bubbles race up the column is a show.

S: sour/tart citrusy lemons ... some grass (from the Saaz?) ... almost vinegary and definitely a white-wine/sour grapes smell; classic saison with a pinch of hop spiciness; if it's funky from the brett, it's a clean funk, if you can imagine ... as in, almost sweet; more lemon than in the taste notes

T: follows the nose pretty closely -- tart, sour grapes, white wine, DRY white wine, maybe a pinch of something from the hops (grass, black pepper?); more grass-hop flavor than the nose ... again, seems classic saison and not overly dry

F: perfect ... i could drink this SO fast it's so light, easy but full of carbonation

O: great American-made saison by one of our farmhouse ale specialists ... it's light, tart, easy to down with no alcohol burn whatsoever, and it has just the sneakiest hints of sweetness both in the nose and the taste to keep you wanting to search for more. it also has what I'm learning might be a hallmark of the Prairie Artisan saison: hop flavor. it's not much, but there's some green vegetation-like tastes in here that blend into something lemon-limey from a strong grass presence

full disclosure: it's a bit pricey at over 55 cents per ounce, but there's no denying it's a great brew and strong contender for an American standard in the style.

Photo of humuloner22
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a good saison. I have enjoyed almost everything I have drank from Prairie so far.

Appearance: Light straw yellow, some haziness going on, good amount of fluffy head which remains pretty solid throughout the pour.

Aroma: Grassy farmyard aroma's very delicate and not really overly aromatic. A mild citrus aroma like lemongrass is there as well. Not really funky or earthy though just subtle aromas.

Taste: Very pleasant, some mild saison characteristics going on, some coriander, very mild aromatic spiciness there but not too much. A mild funk but nothing that screams at you on this one. Its a very clean brew. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than some but pretty much spot on for the style.

Overall: Not my favorite Prairie beer but certainly not a bad beer either. Nice clean finish and very tasty. I would drink this more if I could get it, as a matter of fact I would drink any of this breweries offerings if i could get them. Top notch outfit one of the best in the country in my opinion!

Photo of kylesobrien
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite a gusher! I popped the cap, and in less than 5 seconds a fountain of foam slowly emerged from the bottle. The colour is an attractive hazy shade of lemonade with a slight orangish cast. Plenty of fine carbonation supports a lacy off-white head.

To me, the aroma is a floral mix of noble aroma hops coupled with a faint scent of citrus.

The first taste is really interesting -- prickly carbonation, and a bit of sourness up front, with a sweetish aftertaste. This is a more complex brew than I anticipated. It's almost a cross between Orval and Saison Dupont, though not quite as dry as the former. I wonder if this was brewed with a bit of brett? (Edit: I don't read the beer descriptions until after I've reviewed them. If I had to guess, maybe it's B. bruxellensis?) I can't detect the alcohol at all, it's fairly well hidden by the mix of flavours.

Overall, a really nice saison from a brewery I'd never heard of until this afternoon. This might pair well with grilled meats or cheeses, but drinks just fine on its own too. The bottle I purchased was a bit smaller than the one in the photo (1 pint, 0.9 fluid ounces).

Photo of chippo33
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

overly sweet- tasted like an allagash

Photo of travolta
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperaance: A very light and slightly opaque straw. Egg whipped head with tiny bubbles. Average head retention, good lacing.

Nose: White crackers, lemon, pepper, brett yeast and faint coriander with spice.

Taste: Lightly sweet malt, coriander, white saltine crackers, brett yeast, peppercorns, and spice. Pilsner crispness.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, cool to see this American prairie (heh) brewer make it up here to Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with four fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rather creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some roiling sea foam lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-sweet, doughy and crackery pale malt, orange and lemon citrus flesh/rind, perky earthy and mildly phenolic yeast, white pepper and coriander spice, and some odd, but still welcoming piney and tropical fruit bitter notes. The taste is bready, doughy pale malt, more than a touch of caramel sweetness, sugary coriander, black and white peppercorns, laid-back earthy, and ethereally funky yeast, somewhat candied orange and lemon citrus, and further leafy, piney, and herbal hops. No real trace of the elevated ABV, save a subtle warming.

The carbonation is quite involved and uplifting in its tight frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, a slight yeast and hop incursion merely a trifle. It finishes off-dry, the pilsner malt really showing off its stuff, amongst the heady detritus of fruit, spice, yeast, and hop. As for the alcohol, an APB has just been issued for its whereabouts.

I'm always psyched when I come across an excellent example of a style with which I am typically less than enamoured, and from an even less likely point of origin. Ladies and germs, exhibit A, then, of a saison made right, in the American sub-genre - hoppy, boozy (apparently), and the genuine article otherwise. Yum.

Photo of rangerred
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a very full and fluffy two finger white head. Outstanding head retention but the lacing is somewhat lacking.

Aroma is very spicy and peppery mixed with lemon peel and coriander. Some nice Brett funk going on too. Very complex and enjoyable.

The flavor is not quite as bold as the aroma but still hits the mark for the style. Coriander and lemon with the barnyard notes more restrained. Nice peppery dryness throughout and the alcohol is absolutely nowhere to be found. This beer is extremely drinkable.

Overall, a very nice Saison and interesting for a style that seems hard to perfect. The Brett adds a nice twist and really works well in this beer.

Photo of pwalkley
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip. Look: cloudy yellowish gold. Huge white foam head. Good lacing on the glass as I drank. Smell: citrus, hops. A little Belgian yeast smell. Taste: citrus fruits, moderate hop bitterness. A little bit of toasted bread. Not as complex as I was hoping for a saison. Slightly bitter finish. Feel: light, lots of carbonation. Overall: Not overly impressed but still a decent beer. This was my first Prairie Ale to try. I'd be willing to try others but this probably wouldn't be my go-to saison.

Photo of KATCanada
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light color with nice foam and good carbonation. Nothing noteworthy on the nose. Little bit of funk taste but not overpowering - newbies aren't repulsed. Drinks clean and light. Excellent for mixed groups. Would seek this one out again.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden clear yellow, with a small half inch inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite yeasty, it's fruity and spicy, with some peppery hop aromas.

The yeast is just honestly too overpowering for me in this one, it got tiring. It's too fruity and estery. I wish the hops, or some malt shone through a little stronger, because the little bit of peppery hops I do get are very tasty.

This is light bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel, with a little crisp bite near the end.

Not my favorite saison.

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Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
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