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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

470 Ratings
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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.78%


Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BierGartenok on 11-26-2012)
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farrago

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wispy bleached white head of extremely airy foam, amazing for how swiftly it evaporates down to the surface, looks like a video game, no lacing at all. Light, shiny golden straw color, easy to see through, full throughout with huge bubbles which steadily move with authority, a proverbial maelstrom in the glass. The nose suavely unfolds pressed flowers, clove spice, sour orange to grapefruit citrus, has a vinous quality to it, it’s too wiry and focused for the banana to bubblegum aspect to shine, same for any sweeter element, be it the apple, pear or the meadow breeze, the yeastiness is like just about to baked bread, not like dessert “baked goods.” Full-bodied, has a heavier which impairs it getting out of the gate, carbonation injects some fuel into this. White grape, pear, apple, apricot fruit lean and mean, bursts through and picks up speed from the pepper, clove, and metallic earth components. Noticeable for its freshness and cleanliness, once it breaks past the mid-palate it develops a lighter feel which makes it food friendly. Minimal banana and ester presence. Very interesting, obvious it belongs in this category but it doesn’t play to the crowd, quietly classy and willing to accept your lack of appreciation.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 01:11:38 | More by farrago
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington.

Semi-hazy yellow-gold with a load of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to a modest but head.  Excellent lacing.

A style I dislike more often than not, this is the exception.  Although the peppery aroma carries a trace of the farmhouse component I dislike, it is mainly floral and secondly fruity.  Even the bready malt dominates the funk.

The flavor largely follows, albeit with more funk evident and some hop bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. 

O: refreshing, tame and highly drinkable for style. 

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 00:17:53 | More by chinchill
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From bottle to DFH IPA glass because why not...

A. Pours a very cloudy straw gold. I think some of the sediment may have come out on this one...my fault for not being more careful with the pour. The cloudiness actually adds to the appearance, though, giving it a subtle glow in the glass. About two fingers of creamy white head with tight and consistent bubbles flare up. Settles to a finger and then lingers for the duration. Lacing is equally dense and consistent. Great looking beer.

S. Lots of pear and grapeskin on the nose. Hints of cracked better and bread crust. Faint lemon zest and traces of clove and banana. This is a complex and inviting bouquet. It"s spicy and lively.

T. A bit more one-note than the nose and very much like the other Prairie saisons I've enjoyed. I get the aforementioned grape notes with grapefruit and lemon zest. Fairly bitter hop presence on the mid and a drying and yeasty finish. Lots of fruity esters up front and some phenolic notes on the back end.

M. It starts sweet, fruity, and intriguing and then finishes in a wave of dry, bitter, phenols with booze, yeast, and hops all popping up. Imbalanced and slightly off-putting finish.

O. After the pour and the nose I was really invested, but the taste and mouthfeel let me down. I feel this one is out of balance, with a finish that is overly dry and phenolic. It is similar to a Belgian Pale but there's just no balance, which makes this a one-note experience, and not altogether a pleasant one the more and more I sip it. This is a decent enough offering, but a disappointment after all the good things I've heard about Prairie.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 01:34:16 | More by siege06nd
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jeagleton

New York

4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a strange-tasting beer, but I love it.

I drank this some time ago, but I remember the nose and how it tasted so vividly. It's one of the beers I use as a prime example in floral flavors in beer. So if you are looking for floral flavors in your beer: drink this beer. The way I always describe this light, summery ale is: it tastes the way tulips or amaryllis flowers smell. It has a florid and almost farty pungency. I am sending home to Oklahoma from NYC for this one and will continue to for as long as it's brewed.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 03:12:12 | More by jeagleton
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Bright lemon yellow, and fairly opaque body appearance. Minimal rising carbonation also. Head is a good thick and creamy white color, not bright or shockingly so. Good pinhead bubbles in the colar and a half inch thick puck on top to settle it all up.

Good smelling nose of dry brett. A bit one dimensional, hints to some black pepper finish, but quite funky and crisp with virtually no fruit presence. Still quite solid and impressive.

Much dryness and almost crackery malt bill on the palate. Dry brett and lots of tingly carbonation. Small juicy quality and lots of dry cracked black pepper on the finish. Dry blast and virtually no acidic quality but also no highly gaseous aftertaste surprisingly.

Overall another solid and great saison, and one for the brett heads for sure. Been very impressed with these guys.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 19:15:49 | More by smakawhat
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snaotheus

Washington

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked/caged bottle at 41 F poured into a pair of chalices. No bottle codes that I can see.

Pours cloudy straw yellow with a huge head, extremely carbonated. Silky pillows of fluff dissipate very slowly. Smell is funky, grassy, spicy. Slightly lemony.

Taste is spicy, funky, refreshing, a little more citrus. Interesting, and tasty.

Mouthfeel is refreshing, full, but airy. Overall, I like this quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:34:24 | More by snaotheus
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pkalix

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

plain hazy yellow, no head on light pour. a little bit of effervescence, like a 7-up....
smells kind of sour, a little bit of vinegar, a little bit of fruit and grass.
taste is nice. a little sour, some fruit and tartness, but seemingly very thin. the thinness is decent
2nd pour yields a little foam but the stand out feature of this is the tart, yet quite thin and bland taste. but that isn't bad, it just means it's not overly rich and I really like it this this way. for the 8.2% abv, I really like this. it's a very clean taste and very nicely done. not overly rich, not terribly tasty, but very stable.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 01:04:10 | More by pkalix
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Amalak

New York

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had at Torst in Brooklyn.

A. A hazy, opaque straw-gold color. Great bubbly white head and good lacing.

S. A wheaty but oddly dirty scent.

T/M. A bit tart, but refreshing and nicely carbonated. Bready and grassy. A slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied.

O. It's a zesty, refreshing beer and well balanced; not overly wheaty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 17:10:40 | More by Amalak
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vfgccp

New York

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dense, opaque banana yellow body. Towering bone-white head with nice retention and lace.

S - Dry and dusty. Juniper, barn yard hay, bitter dandelion, plantain, and rose water.

T - Smooth and fruity. Banana cream, grass, orange zest, and waxy potpourri.

M - Thick and creamy, and light on carbonation. It's a strange pairing with the flavor profile.

O - Really interesting, one of the more unique beers I've had in a while. Drinks like a hefeweizen-saison hybrid.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 00:46:51 | More by vfgccp
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draheim

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color w/ a soft fluffy white head, nice carbonation. Spot-on for the style.

Aroma is grassy, earthy and funky with some pepper and spice, lemon.

Taste follows nose. Earthy and funky with floral hops and a citrusy, spicy twist.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, light to medium body. Refreshing and drinkable.

Overall a really nice saison that reminds me why I love this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 03:31:57 | More by draheim
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4 - clear straw colored here with big white head on it.
S - 4.25 - dry, white grapes, bread, peppery,
T - 4.25 - follows the nose. White pepper, white wine, bread, very dry. Super clean.
M - 4.25 - light mouth feel. Alc covered. After taste is bready.
O 4.25 - probably the best saison I've had by far.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 17:16:15 | More by ISmith87
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AgentMunky

California

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A/S: It explodes as soon as I uncap it and foams everywhere. Smell is sharp, pungent, and beery. Lagerish and unpleasant from the desk. In the glass, it's obviously and highly funky. Lots of wild yeast. Almost too much, but I kind of like it. After the initial foam fades, there is no resiudal head or lace, and the effervescent. Very pale and milky-clear. Pretty!

T/M: Delicious and incredibly refreshing. Mouth-filling and almost chewy dense, which is remarkable for such a relatively light-flavored beer. The flavor is spicy, herbal, and delicious. Hint of tartness, loads of funk. Oddly for beer, nearly unique. I'm not sure I've ever had anything like this.

O: Interesting, drinkable, engaging, and highly recommended. Would love to have again. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:41:07 | More by AgentMunky
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is what i love about prairie, a simple, yet elegant and highly refined saison style with a unique flavor profile of its own while still falling squarely within the style guidelines. this is a blond beer, hazy and pale with some yeast sediment and a massive three inches of frothy white head that only slowly recedes. the smell is awesome, i definitely get the saaz hops, but this is all about the yeast. there is a zesty citrus profile not dissimilar to their birra, but less lemon. a spice aroma is there too, white pepper and plantain, interesting, the flavor is wheat malt on the front end, soft and fresh, and a grassy hop and yeast complexion as it finishes. really grassy and summery, almost bitter and vegetal as it swallows, remarkable. its a combination of hops and yeast doing that, but i get some brighter fruits too, maybe white peach or white grape. a very enjoyable and refreshing beer, that drinks much lighter than it is. the body is a bit full, but the carbonation makes it impressively sessionable. this is simple compared to their other beers, but it is nearly flawless, and reflects how awesome prairie is. less can be more when it tastes like this.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 18:27:16 | More by StonedTrippin
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Tipples. Had this right after Eliza5beth. Pours clear golden with a big fluffy head. Aroma of Bretty yeast funk, pilsner malts, some tartness, lemon rinds, musty pepperyness. Flavor is Brett funk up front, a super interesting taste of a mouthful of flower petals and peat, Chardonnay, lots going on here and not like anything I have tried before. Serious funk here. Light bodied with high carbonation. Very interesting brew and I really can’t put my finger on the strange flavors in the mid palate of this one. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 01:47:23 | More by BMMillsy
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TBoneJones

Texas

3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

8.2% per the bottle label.
Pours a cloudy hazy viscous golden, with a towering white fluffy head.
Smells of wheat, yeasty and tangy bread, malts. Earthy.
Big peppery saison here, with a thick wet Belgian bread to soak up any of the funky barn taste that tries poking through. Interesting how the pepper dominates such a syrupy, highly carbonated brew. I'm not picking up the pineapple as the description says is present. I wonder if this is because the bottle indicates an 8.2% beer, whereas previous bottles were apparently 7% (according to BA at least). I like it, and I normally like spicing like pepper but it seems way heavily present in the taste..yet the sugar balances it out somehow. Did i miss a different batch, one with more complexity... that being the lighter version? i dont know, but this Prairie Ale was still nice to try. In the end this was more like a hefty pilsner to me rather than a saison. Their phenomenal "Hop" version of this is what led me to pick this up. This is still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 23:59:21 | More by TBoneJones
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babaracas

Florida

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw-into-amber with two fingers thick white foam cap... a few blobs of lace on the glass. Smell: semi sweet pils, doughy, dried pineapple, spice note, white grape juice, pepper. Taste: light breadiness, snappy grain, sugary white grape and honey, growing spicy hopping and black pepper. Spicy, sticky, mildly alcoholic finish. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 04:03:41 | More by babaracas
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel glass.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear golden hue with a thick, sudsy nearly three finger head that fades slowly to leave light lacing and a creamy one finger blanket. Very nice.

S - Aromas of farmhouse funk, big brett funk, with the usual saison pops, nice and floral with some wheat and hay. I almost get a flash of strawberry.

T - Taste is very nice bretty funky farmhouse here. Ohh yah. Great wine yeast notes, light wheat and cracked pepper, faint lemons. Great floral notes and some grassy hops. I get a flash of alcohol towards the end that prevents me from going 4.5 on it.

M - Mouthfeel has lots of carbonation, quite drinkable.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer. The brett makes this awesome, super tasty. Yet another solid offering from Prairie.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 19:24:15 | More by rudzud
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6 month old bottle served in the teku. Golden straw with big pillowy white headht sticks around for a while and leaves spotty lines. Subtle barnyard and sweetness in the smell. Initial taste dominated by a earthy Brett that leads into some sweet pineapple and a back end bite. Semi dry. Overall not my favorite prairie but still good

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 22:27:39 | More by alaimoa
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Braseltonage

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours evenly translucent, rich golden straw. Thick & sticky, rocky head. Super lacing through out.
S: Classic DuPont-esque nose. Nice continental malt aroma. Soft pils sweetness, some modest fruity esters, very faint barnyard spice.
T: Does not meet the palate with the same softness and complexity as the aroma. Very quick hitting, a surprising bitter kick. Dry finish, cleaner than expected. A decent pilsner malt backbone, but there's almost an over crushed husk astringency. Some tartness and a little farmhouse funk mingles in late. Not bad, but not as complex as I'd hoped for. Musca cleaner yeast profile than promised. Missing the brett for sure. Not sure what happened here.
M: Fittingly dry, but the aforementioned astringency is a bit much. Cleaner than it seems like it should be.
O: Oveall, the aroma wrote a check that the taste didn't cash. Good, but not great, counter to what I've come to expect from Prairie.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:32:59 | More by Braseltonage
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love that this is finally coming to Kansas City along with a number of other Shelton Bros. distributed beers. Enjoyed out of a 500 mL brown bottle with no dating that I can see on the label or bottle. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - Before I even pour it, the layer of sediment caking the bottom of the bottle is evident. Pouring carefully so as not to disturb it too much, produces a healthy two finger sticky white head that begins to dissipate a little bit, leaving thick cobwebs of foam atop a tangerine amber body with a consistent haze throughout.

Smell - Funky, wet hay with lots of mustiness. Floral overtones, tropical fruit and nectar as well as some more generic phenolic profiles. That Bretty twang is deliciously everpresent. It's funny, I've never thought of it before, but in some ways Brett in beer--especially this particular beer--reminds me of the mold in blue cheese, in a good way. In a generic sense, both are edible, living fungi, I suppose. Anyway, it's quite interesting and unique.

Taste - Yeasty phenols and a hint of sourness gives way to dandelion bitters, grapefruit rind and even some fainter pineapple sweetness. I love the aggressive bitterness and the semi-dry finish with some definite heat, although it's not overpowering. After a few drinks, there is a dry spiciness, like fresh ground pepper.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a surprising subtle kick and moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish and lingering aftertaste.

Overall, my first beer from Prairie and I'm glad to have sampled it. I will definitely have to make a point to seek out their other beers when I can. Of course, I'm a bit of a sucker for brett beers, so long as they're well done. This one certainly was and I would gladly have it again--especially in a brett fix emergency.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 04:43:14 | More by LambicPentameter
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with great carbonation and excellent retention with some good lacing. Aroma consists of rustic malt with some dry hoppy notes with great floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by great floral hoppy notes with great rustic malt presence and a light spicy yeast flavours. Body is full with great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Wonderful saison with great hops profile which brings complexity while retaining some good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 23:40:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful straw colored body with a big foamy white head. A little hazy in the body, which is really what you're looking for with the style. There isn't a lot going on in the nose. You get some esters and flowery notes. I don't get this type of beer for the nose though. Very drinkable and satisfying saison. Almost like a table beer. I don't pick up the ABV at all. Drinks like 4%. Some light pepper notes and flowery notes like a typical farmhouse beer. Very solid beer that I'm sure pairs great with food.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 15:32:32 | More by PHBoiler
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright hazy yellow-gold with one finger of rich white head. Loads of stick lacing left behind.

Aroma of tropical fruit, lemon zest, light barnyard funk, Belgian yeast, and caramel malts.

The taste was bright with floral hops, lemon zest, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, white pepper, and earthy notes. Light pepper notes to the finish.

Medium bodied and sticky with a fairly sharp carbonation.

A very tasty and highly recommended Saison from the folks at Prairie.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 22:14:57 | More by Monkeyknife
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale champagne colour, cloudy with floaties. Head is foamy, white and like an obliging madam - reassuring and sexy. Looks good.

Smells tart and funky. Citric, acidic with a decent, earthy barnyard funk. Touch of caramel vanilla in there, and green apple. Funky, but inviting, like a lonely John Travolta c. 1978.

Taste is buttery, funky. Lots of Chardonnay oak with that smooth buttery flavour that gets a little sweet at the back. Notes of horse blanket, damp basement and some mild peppery dry spice. That buttery oak is a little strong; could use more tartness in the back (not just funk) to freshen it up.

Bit of pull from yeasts, but also a little fizzy. Not enough body to carry it off.

Nice enough, but leans quite heavily on some strong flavours which end up subjugating the overall drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:08:08 | More by laituegonflable
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 16.9oz bottle.

Pours a nice slightly hazy straw golden color. There is a nice dense white head that forms and recedes pretty slowly leaving a nice sticky lacing as it goes down.

Aroma is pretty nice and straight forward. Notes of slightly sweet grain with sweet farmhouse yeast notes and esters. Mild clove notes are present along with some musty barnyard hints. Earthy grain notes are alos present in the nose with some nice grassy hop notes.

Flavor follows the nose pretty well. Dry saison notes with spicy hints and notes of earthy grain. Nice mild grainy sweetness with some fruit juice notes in there as well. The hop notes are very mild but compliment the brew really well. Pretty nice earthy grain flavors with a good dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 01:45:24 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
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