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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
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571 Ratings
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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 60
Gots: 89 | FT: 6
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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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joe1510

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$11.49
Binny's, Bloomingdale

I love the sensory stimulation from the uncorking of a well made saison. The pop of the cork, the gunsmoke creeping from the bottle, the crackle of tight carbonation being let loose, and the glugging of a golden pour all make for something to be appreciated. The powder white head immediately crackles to two fingers in height, caps off, and slowly recedes to a skimming along the surface leaving spotty lacing in it's path. The body is hazy, straw golden, and glowing around the edges.

A light angel food cake maltiness lays down a solid foundation for the yeast character which seems to dominate the nose. Dusty barnyard hay, underripe pineapple, and a funky lactic quality make for a complex aroma. Tangy wheat emerges as the saison warms. The brett and wine yeast produce a welcoming nose.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to expectations from the nose but most aspects are present. The same angel food cake mild sweetness leads the way. Wheat twang hits mid-palate before the dusty hay, pineapple, and mild lactic funk hit in the back of the throat. Mild grapefruit seems to linger and mildly spicy, grassy hops stick around after the swallow.

The moderate-light body is good but the snappy carbonation is what really puts the mouthfeel in the right place. The bubbles really leaves the sides of the tongue tingly and awake. I would like the finish to be a touch drier but as is stands slightly dry.

I think this beer would really benefit from a few months of aging by getting some of the sweetness cleaned up and creating a drier finish. With that said, this is a damn fine saison right where it stands. The malt profile is no slouch but the yeast profile defines this beer and they did a great job of combining different products. If I had to guess the abv I would never even consider 7%. Drinks like 5%.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 20:09:02 | More by joe1510
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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.

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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a clear golden yellow and subsequent pours get hazy with yeast. A big billowy white head 3+ fingers strong resides across the top with pretty solid retention supported by rising bubbles.

The aroma is lightly tangy and fruity like apple/pear with hints of clove and earth. Some pepper and lemon give way to notes of solvent alcohol as it warms up.

The taste is dry with yeasty spice like clove and pepper. Across the middle are some resinous lemon zest aspects along with fruit like pear and apple. In the finish a hint of plastic and earth evolves with an increasing amount of warming alcohol.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with an effervescent amount of high carbonation. This brew starts out awesome and gets a little peculiar as the experience continues. It almost gets to the point where it is too warming and focuses on alcohol for only being listed as ~8%. Regardless, id buy this again if the price was a little more reasonable.

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Pours yellow with nice white head and cloudy lacing.

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Taste is pineapple, tinned peaches. Quite a bit of citrus. More Belgian yeast. Taste is a little sour, seemingly dry for the duration of the palate but finishes with a decent sweetness.

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S: Aromas of pineapple, mango, bitter orange, lemon, kumquats, grass, herbs, oak, must, biscuits, crackers, and lactic funk express themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, crackers, biscuit, lemon, lime zest, kumquats, herbs, grass, bitter orange, unripened mango, passion fruit, and pineapple are present, while notes of oak, must, and lactic funk linger in the background throughout. The finish is fruity and funky with a surprisingly bold mix of tropical fruit and funky yeast flavors.

M: Somewhat slight in body, waxy, and a bit sticky. Carbonation is crisp and firm. Alcohol is all but completely undetectable.

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Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
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