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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 66
Gots: 103 | FT: 8
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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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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

LambicPentameter, Dec 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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tectactoe, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Tiernan, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow. Nice, creamy white head.

Aroma: Barnyard funk that makes me say Brettanomyces. Lemon, earthy notes, and white pepper/spices.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Wet and light on the tongue.

Overall: A really tasty and refreshing farmhouse saison. I love the estery profile, and the mouthfeel keeps me coming back for more. A solid brew.

Clonies720, Jan 14, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +12%
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.

jeagleton, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

RoninBirdman, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy yellow color, like straw. There was a small white head.

Sweet malt aroma. Citrus. Earthy hops.

Lemon taste. Biscuit. Late hops.

A wonderful saison. Eminently drinkable.

I didn't think there was much to talk about in Oklahoma, but Prairie Artisan Ales is a definite hit.

lordofthewiens, Apr 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

gregmoscetti, Jul 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

warnerry, Jun 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

BeerBish, Sep 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

SmellsofMahagony, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Guden
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- gushes out of the bottle with a huge force. Not surprisingly the pour into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip is cloudy, with a huge white head of loose bubbles that fades very slowly leaving thick laces. Color is a cloudy light gold.

S- funk, hay, noble hops, pear, banana, cardamom, mineral water, maybe a touch of alcohol. Smells like a funky farmhouse ale with lots of complex characteristics.

T/M- Dry and highly carbonated. Starts with a soft lemony bite that fades to bready and hay like malt mixed with a farmyard funk that displays decaying earth, before a fairly bitter and dry swallow. Taste seems to lack some of the complexity of the nose with the spice and fruit largely displaced by the earthy funk, the sweet malt and the intense combination of carbonation and bitterness.

O- I'm going back and forth on this one. While it delivers what it promises (farmyard) the extreme carbonation and moderate bitterness are a bit off putting and as it warms the alcohol, rather than fruit or spice, is the most increasingly noticeable attribute.

Guden, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Janeinma, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

juicebox, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, wagenvolks and xpimptastikx!

Careful! Gusher, here! The cork hit me in the forehead after untying the wire cage.

A lighter than anticipated golden and yellow. Nearly clear, though some slight, floating sediment can be seen. Very large, huge, incredibly persistent, large-bubbled head. This one had an incredible amount of carbonation and leaves thick, chunky spiderwebs of gorgeous lace all the way down the glass.

Complete and appropriate aroma of earth, hay, dried grasses, a hint of musty barnyard, and a complementary, almost juicy, fruit character of perhaps peach, strawberry, and mild citrus.

The flavor is similar, and incredibly drinkable. Earthy, barnyard flavors complement hay, grass, earth, fruit (citrus, melon, and strawberry) and a bit of black pepper. Some very mild lemon as well. Really delicious. One of my favorite straightforward, to-style, American saisons.

Thinner to medium bodied with high carbonation. Incredibly drinkable and very well crafted.

I love this beer. Fantastic American version of what is perhaps my favorite style.

ehammond1, Jul 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

HoppySeb, Jun 06, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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. 

chinchill, Apr 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jtladner, Jul 05, 2013
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Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
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