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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
91
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676 Ratings
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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 66
Gots: 103 | FT: 7
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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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Ratings: 676 | Reviews: 116 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by farrago:
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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

farrago, Apr 07, 2014
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

DanGeo, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Tiernan, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Clonies720
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
Photo of jeagleton
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
Photo of RoninBirdman
4/5  rDev -1.7%

RoninBirdman, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
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
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
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%

mrw1zard, Jun 16, 2014
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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%

Cynic-ale, Sep 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

HoppySeb, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of chinchill
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
91 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.