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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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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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Ratings: 878 | Reviews: 146
Reviews by brewandbbq:
Photo of brewandbbq
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.

Pours murky and straw colored with an inch plus head of dense white froth. A partial skimcoat and stringy lacework for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with honey, spice, cut grass and funky brett. Pineapple skins, apples, cloves, pears, wet hay, coriander, and cracked pepper.

Light bodied with a lush, soft mouthfeel.

Honey-drizzeled biscuits, pear and pineapple skins, clove-studded apples, and bananas start the palate. Hints of cumin, coriander, and a wheaty twang follow through.

Finishes with funk-laden honey, earthy spice, and a hint of lemon zest.

Tasty beer, but on the sweeter side for a Saison. The brett is already quite present and I'd be curious to see how much more it developes. I could see this beer becoming quite the gusher over time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its so gratifying to, after tasting a zillion beers that meet the parameters of the style, to taste a beer that exceeds what defines the style and becomes and exemplary example of the saison style. This beer does just that!

The saison pours with a hazy gold hue, that's tinted a shade deeper due to the suspended yeast. The somewhat murky beer develops a rich meringue of foam, stark white in color, that not only caps the beer for the long haul, but also laces intricately along the glass as the beer falls.

Fruit and spice align for the balanced scent while aromas of funky-fresh farmhouse character wraps around the scattered esters and phenols and pulls them all together. Lemons, limes, spiced pear, sandalwood, sea air, dried wood, apples, and dry white wine all define the nose in a very rustic and inviting scent.

Its assertive taste delivers a dry malt taste of crackers, whole wheat, and rye breads. It's terse sweetness is shunned as the taste prefers dry fruit flavors of dried lemons and limes, tart green apples, and sour white grapes. Sultans, plantains, and dehydrated apricot provide rich improvission of fruit, but without the associated sweetness of the fruit. The tropical and citric acids and balanced by spicy white pepper, paradise seed, mild cumin, and fennel. Funky flavors of saddle leather, fragrant sandalwood, hay and grass all provide pungent complexities that balance the fruit and malt effortlessly and exponentially.

Medium-light in body, the malt and fruit springs from the tongue from the explosive carbonation that carries the taste over the tongue and against the palate for a quick finish of fruit, spice, and earth. The beer finishes before the taste buds are able to fully appreciate its taste- leading to a high rate of refreshment and drinkability. Closing with high peppery spice, high acidity, and strong alcohol warmth- the beer resonates with the tart dryness of the most arid wines.

This is an incredible saison that not only delivers on the promise of dry fruit, high spice, and ultimate dryness; but does so boldly and with the glaring envelops of earthen must in such a way that is rarely delivered outside of the farmhouses of Belgium.

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 emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cork opened with a pop, and racing carbonation began accumulating in the neck, and the foam slowly pushed out of the bottle. Served in a small snifter glass, 6-8 oz.

Opaque straw color charged with champagne-level carbonation. Despite this, there was only a thin layer of foam on the surface. This may have been a result of rinsing the glass before the pour.

Aromas of damp hay, brett yeast, grassy herbals. Lightly funky.

Tastes moderately bitter and earthy, tangy brett yeast that coats the palate and grabs hold. Dried citrus peel, grassy bitter hops, funky wet hay from the brett. Medium bodied, seemingly effervescent, though it loses steam eventually. A nice saison that showcases Brettanomyces well.

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy pale light yellow in color—almost what you would expect from a Berliner Weissbier. It poured with a quarter finger high white heat that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of brett yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of spices from the Saaz hops. The brett becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is a little sour from the brett and has notes of peppery spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a nice hybrid between a saison and a wild ale; you can pick up the characteristics of both of these styles, both of which are balanced together.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Clonies720
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of jeagleton
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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 Guden
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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 pat61
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%

Has a big lemony tart nose with a dab of barnyard funk and a hint of tropical fruit. Pours hazy straw under a very lightly gold tinted white 3” foam cap. Has a very lemony palate over light grains that suggest a very light short bread, light tropical fruit, white pepper with a light spicy touch on the finish. A light and refreshing beer.

Photo of ehammond1
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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 chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
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. 

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- cork pulls out like a shot with a lemon yellow body having just a touch of haze. There is a snow white head supported by lots of strands of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. The second glass is quite murky.

S- The rich saison yeast aroma gives way to a nice white cheese mold Brett character with some grapefruit pith Brett smells to follow.

T- The nice full Brett cheese rind has some lemon tartness as it opens but it is covered a bit by the scrubbing fizz. There is a fleeting pineapple hint with some big herbal pungent bite of hops in the finish. A touch of sweetness in the finish compliments all the flavors nicely. A tartness and raw wheat flavor come though as it opens and the fizz dries out the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a big scrubbing fizz and no alcohol or astringency noticed.

O- The fizz and bitterness component is a bit too big but this is one of the best Brett beers I have had from the states. The saison qualities are nice but outshined by its wild cousin. Very drinkable and sessionable with lots of great character.

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

A: Cork came out rather easily with a nice pop. Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top that reduces to a 1/2 inch cap on top, rather foamy.

S: Nice saison aroma, yeasty with a bit of bretty funk. Some light fruit, mostly grapefruit. Faint hop presence.

T: Very brett forward with some cheese and funk mixed with lemon and lemon zest. A bit of floral hops and light tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

O: Another solid beer from Prairie, like what these guys are putting out. As it warms a little too funky for my taste, but still nice.

Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bit of a gusher. Big foamy head, decent retention and lacing. Super cloudy and hazy, lemon yellow brew.

Tart lemony aroma; straw, funk, hay.

Flavor matches: rustic, slightly funky, a little sweet, with a bit of citric acid. Everything is nice and balanced.

Feel is a little thin but sticky, highly carbonated, with a long finish.

Another delicious saison. Try it.

Photo of MtnBiker
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe it's due to living in a wasteland for craft beers, or maybe I'm really lucky to have this in my state, but this is one of the best saisons I've had. The bottle itself is just fun to look at with the great hand drawn artwork, corked and caged. Poured into a Duvel tulip with a thick white head. Smells of citrus, mostly orange, and lemon to me with some pepper. The Brett funk comes through as well. Smells amazing. The taste is a light body with moderate carb. Spice, citrus, and the Brett, much like it smelled. This beer was a definite "wow" for me in local beers, I hope Chase has raised the bar for Oklahoma brewers. I'm holding back a few bottles to see how these mature, can't wait to pop one open in the hot Oklahoma summer!

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 russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had one of these back in November, took review notes, but not sure where they disappeared to...

Opens with a huge pop, just like the last one did..

Pours an effervescent gold/straw with a thumb of pearl white head, a pretty noisy pour. Near zero head retention & leas lacing

S: Bready, green apple skins, pepper, yeastyness & a bit of sourness

T: A bit of dirty funk, pears, white pepper, a bit of guava & pineapple. More pineapple, green appleskins & white pepper with a touch of boozeyness as this warms. Finishes with pineapple, a bit of orchard fruit & a measured amount of funk

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation

A nice saison that pleases on many levels. This was the first offering from Prairie I had & believe it makes a worthy flagship beer for them, but Standard is nice as well

Photo of bum732
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

S: Sweet grainiess, some funk in the background, musty, damp, slightly floral, slight maltiness.

L: Hazy, golden yellow, carbonated head with a little retention.

T: Sweet, grain up front with a medium strength Brett taste following. Quite musty and slightly funky. Medium low, spicy bitterness followed by additional barnyard and mustiness. Finishes with a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium high carbonation, effervescent, medium bodied.

Really enjoyed this saison, a lot of complex flavors with just a enough Brett to keep things interesting without being completely out of control. Not sure if its worth the price tag, but delicious.

Photo of willandperry
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a little late.
C&C bottled poured into tulip.

A-the beer pours a straw color but pretty hazy.

S-woah, this beer smells awesome. Funk, wet hay. Bret. More funk. Spice. the bret comes thru much more than the first time around(when it first hit shelves)

T-real light and dry with a great bret flavor. Spicy pepperness(from the yeast?) Very nice and refreshing. Very drinkable, dangerously so.

M- light and maybe a little grassy. Easy drinking while being pretty complex as well.

O-I really like this beer. Have had it a few times and each time the bret seems to have come forward more. Defiantly worth trading for and picking up(if its in your market)

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 bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch and a half white head. Both the head retention and lacing are good. The brew smells like yeast, hay, citrus (mostly lemon), pear, bready malt, and peppery spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some bubblegum, minerals, white grapes, and some brett. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and it's well carbonated. It's a good, lightly tart saison. Certainly worth trying if you've never had it before, it's a good brew.

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