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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie AlePrairie Ale

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474 Ratings
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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 90
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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Reviews by rudzud:
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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
More User Reviews:
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DrumKid003

Oklahoma

4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle into a Nonic Pint Glass

A: Opaque yellow-orange in color that let's through a moderate amount of light. Kind of reminds me off the look of pulp-free orange juice. White fluffy head about 1-2 fingers thick.

S: The hops give it a slightly sweet smell, while the wine yeast & brettanomyces mixes in to give off a mild red wine smell.

T: Not much in the way of hops taste. The malt is heavier on the front which provides a slight sweetness, then quickly transitions into a peppery, sour finish. If you didn't know this had brett in it, the finish will quickly bring that to your attention.

M: Very quickly transitions from a smooth texture, to the carbonation taking over 1-2 seconds after sitting on the tongue, creating a very light and airy feel.

O: Had this beer once before on-tap, but I think it was either a bad keg, or the conditioning didn't take. Out of the bottle though, this beer is completely different. The carbonation and brett are immediately noticeable and true to style. Even though there's hops in this they're almost unnoticeable, and the malt is very subdued. The wine yeast is probably the most noticeable in the taste and aroma categories, and makes this one of my favorite Saisons.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 02:37:59 | More by DrumKid003
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markgugs

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-20-2014 17:48:30 | More by markgugs
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mattboyer182

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-19-2014 22:26:57 | More by mattboyer182
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-19-2014 13:14:25 | More by Gatordaddy
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ironchefkook

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

04-17-2014 06:09:49 | More by ironchefkook
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afi4lifer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-16-2014 02:44:48 | More by afi4lifer
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NateMac13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-15-2014 00:51:48 | More by NateMac13
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NooseJustice

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

04-13-2014 06:26:23 | More by NooseJustice
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zeff80

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-12-2014 02:37:41 | More by zeff80
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

04-08-2014 17:46:31 | More by strongaf
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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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treywinkle

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-06-2014 18:59:56 | More by treywinkle
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-05-2014 13:19:28 | More by Holland
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crobinso

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

04-05-2014 01:11:24 | More by crobinso
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-05-2014 00:20:39 | More by monitorpop
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twelveinches

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-04-2014 16:29:55 | More by twelveinches
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jhillwastaken

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

04-03-2014 05:45:37 | More by jhillwastaken
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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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cfaulman

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-01-2014 14:12:06 | More by cfaulman
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hexasecond

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-01-2014 04:57:33 | More by hexasecond
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MammothTarantula

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-01-2014 03:11:29 | More by MammothTarantula
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LtColFrankSlade

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-01-2014 02:01:58 | More by LtColFrankSlade
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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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Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.