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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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152 Reviews
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 944
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 23.77%
Wants: 72
Gots: 173 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of Zac_Knoll
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

A: A nice cloudy golden straw.

S: Funky to say the least, I get wet horse blanket, freshly mowed morning grass, spicy bread, and some subtle but pleasant citrus.

T: Much like the Aroma I'm experiencing a tug of war, or better yet chess match of flavors. There is complexity that hard to describe in that there is a strong sweetness, yet astringent bitterness, with a subtle spice and as it warms a little alcohol heat thanks to the 8.2% ABV. A true Royal Rumble of taste is you will.

F: Ah, yes... bready, honestly the yeast made me desire cheese and meat since the bread had been provided through my first sip. Very excuse my term for lack of better words fluffy and enjoyable.

Pairing Opinion: Other than the obvious mussels and fries, I would say that this wine like, bready, funky beer, would pair well with lightly spiced food, seafood (sushi specifically), and a nice rosemary brazed lamb.
Thanks for reading!

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy gold with a lovely high fluffy white head that lasts forever.

S: dried apples, white wine, funk and grassyness, very nice.

T: very much follows the nose, with a very interesting battle between dry/sweet happening in the mouth the entire time. Nice spices come in on the finish as well, a bit peppery.

M: lighter bodied with very active carbonation, as mentioned above a dry finish is noticeable.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, I loved the taste and the interesting dry/sweet battle that occurred in my mouth. I think this is a great American version of a saison, and I would recommend it highly to anyone.

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Photo of michau
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

American saisons, to my taste, mostly miss the mark. They are either too thin and hoppy or heavy and syrupy but I was pleasantly surprised when I poured this. When poured the beer had a delightful life and effervescence to it. The head was nice and the color a beautiful straw yellow, slightly murky. There were elements that reminded me of one of my favorite French Saisons; Brasserie Lebbes L'Amalthee, a fresh clean earthy taste. The bottle that I tried was a little young so I picked up a couple of extras and will put them away for a couple of months to see how it will age. Looking forward to having more of this.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, fluffy, creamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, yeast, spices and fruit.

T: Tasted of a lot of malt, pepper, light fruit (pineapple), the typical saison funk, a little hops, and yeast. There's a bit of a mustiness to the flavor that takes away from the overall quality of the taste. On the whole, a solid, well done flavor.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, musty finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Prairie Ale is a pretty focused, easy to like beer. A good American version of a Belgian-style beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this at our saison tasting, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is slightly hazy medium amber with 3 fingers plus of head with fine bead. The smell has a nice fragrance of brettanomyces. The feel is good with slight funk in the middle nice balance.

I enjoy the way the tropical quality with a mild pineapple flavor comes out with a slight citrus effect in the taste, very enjoyable. Thanks again to my brother for the share it is a quality beer I would drink again.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled yesterday on 7/7/15. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle from Prairie Artisan Ales (Krebs Brewing Company) in Krebs, Oklahoma. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 14 ounce handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a hazy apricot in color with a good 1+-finger thick foamy white head A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides. Lots of sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle after the pour. Aroma is grassy with some spice and citrus zest. More going on with the taste as there is some peppery yeast, wheat also with the lemon zest crispness near the end. Slight dry and bitter finish but didn't last too long. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, it tasted better when it warmed up some. Not a big fan overall of this style of brew, but this one was better than most.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: golden straw, cloudy, 2+ fingers of white head.

Smell: lots of Belgian funk - LOADS of Belgian funk. Grassy aromas complement the funk.

Taste: the funk smacks you upside the head 3 times - then twice more for good measure. Grassy flavors, pilsner malt, wheat malt - this is truly exceptional.

Feel: bubbly like a saison should be, dry, but not overly dry. Very refreshing - and it's 8.2% ABV.

Overall: this is a world-class saison, IMHO. I love the style in the summer when it's hot and muggy, and Prairie crushed this.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle caught my my tulip after an eruption, can't remember when (from notes)

A Jebus did this one ever explode all over the place, a fountain if you will, I managed to get a glass of beer anyways, golden orange, plenty of sediment and bubbles loose foam leaves random lace

S no obvious signs of infection, just some spicy, peppery yeast, bread notes dry orange peel, smells on par for the style

T dry cereals, a hint of bubblegum, spicy, wheat, just a hint of booze, again I see no reason for this one to explode when opened

M lively almost foamy, spicy finish a hint of booze, fairly dry finish

O not a bad version of the style, nothing to really set it apart but solid all over

other then the violent opening this one turned out pretty good, just open it by a sink

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Photo of tastybeer
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mmmmm Saison. Looks great... Big white pile of foam atop a slightly hazy unfiltered golden yellow. Aroma is sweet, wild flowers baking in the sun, a wee bit of tart and sweet lemon, some funky earthiness, and some kind of red cherry-like berries. Taste is alike with added smooth creaminess. Good flavors and sweet, fruity, floral, wild yeast.

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Photo of wedge
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gushes out of the bottle a foggy yellow color with a tall, foamy white head that settles to a fine covering. Smells of peppery yeast esters, flower petals, Brett, earth, and wet hay. Lots of yeast upfront in the flavor too...peppercorns, zesty citrus pulp, earthy farmhouse funk, spiced apples, flowers, bananas, and grassy hops. Noticeably strong tasting for a Saison, with a little lingering burn. Fluffy medium body, finishing on the dry side. I tend to like my Saisons lighter and less aggressive, but this is pretty nice.

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Photo of Moose90
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A – Pours a bright translucent gold with a nice stark white head.

S – Very bright, lemon, orange, yeast, funk, pepper.

T – Notes of lemon juice, bright yeast, peppery, sweet malts, mild undertones of citrus and light spice, wonderful balance here, errs on the sweet side, ever so slightly.

M – Medium bodied, very nicely done.

O – Excellent offering here from Prairie, this is on the tart and bright side of the Saison spectrum, and it is done incredibly well. Nicely done.

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Photo of evianIPA
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taphouse, Copenhagen
Who knows when the keg was tapped...

A - big white head that recedes to a lasting thing cap. Super clear light yellow body that starts to look really pale when backlit

S - not much happening. Light tropical fruits Nd

T - light malts and a touch of white pepper

M - really full with a slight bitter finish

O - it's a pleasant beer, but boring

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Photo of Evahflow
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color. I always say "never trust a clear saison", and I'm glad to see this is completely opaque. The head is three fingers high and white in shade. It's both very foamy and long-lasting (unfortunately), leaving behind an incredible amount of lacing on the glass. This gets a high score for being cloudy, even if the haze isn't aesthetically pleasing. (4.25)

Smell: Well, this hits all of the criteria I like from a 'normal' saison. I get lots of straw and grass, backed by notes of black pepper, earth, and bread. Only disappointment is how light the brett seems. Still, this could be the closest any American brewer has come to matching Saison Dupont... (4)

Taste: Bready notes open it up nicely, transitioning into powerful spiciness. The finish is quite fruity and sweet. It's decently rustic, but the brett doesn't really pop as much as I'd like. The higher-than-normal gravity doesn't give that much complexity to this - it only serves to make this beer flabbier than it needs to be. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It wants so hard to be crisp, light, and effervescent. Unfortunately, the lingering sweetness on the back end puts a damper on everything. I just don't like it when a saison is syrupy, that's all. At least the carbonation is powerful. (2.5)

Overall: If there are any beers that could benefit from a lower ABV, this is it. The higher gravity makes it sweeter than I like my saisons to be, but the actual flavors are done well. Pretty disappointing given the price and the brewery's hype. (3.25)

3.42/5: It smelled like it would be as good as Dupont...too bad it isn't

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a white head. Aroma of farmhouse, damp straw and lemon. The taste is wheat focused, lightly tart, some lemon. Bitter hops and earthy yeast flavor cut tartness. As a multi yeast beer it gets a little too complex to the point where the flavors aren't agreeable. Good beer, and quality example of the style, but falls short of the truly great.

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Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip.

A - Beautiful hazy yellow-gold. Pours a thick foamy head. Sticky lacing. Nice carbonation.

S - Brett and spices. Very nice aroma. Funky. Hint of citrus. Smells like champagne, interestingly.

T - Classic farmhouse saison. Nice spices. Good carbonation. Brett very apparent. Not overpowering. Crisp and spicy but nice fresh finish.

O - A very nice saison. Color and aroma very nice with a classic farmhouse/belgian/saison taste. Funky spices without overpowering.

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Photo of TheMess
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everything i love about a farmhouse saison here. delicate spices, light pear like fruit flavors, nice carbonation. the brett is what makes this one instantly a favorite. great brett in the smell and taste, not overpowering but enough to give it that that funky, musty flavor. loved this beer..

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a huge four finger foamy white head. There is a lot of carbonation and the lacing is thick. The odor is farmhouse like, funky, champagne like, citrus lemon, grapefruit, spices, earthy, herbal, some pineapple. The taste is very refreshing, crisp, very spicy clove, lemon, herbal, dry finish, slight bitterness.

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Photo of 10Crumra
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden color. Considerable amount of bubbles. Very little head and lacing.

Definite sour notes with peaches and grapes. Almost has a white wine aroma.

Notes of grapes and grass in the taste. Only slightly sour. Can taste the alcohol but not too overpowering. Hints of earthiness and spices. I am definitely getting a white wine vibe with this beer. Light-bodied and fairly oily. Not as carbonated as it looked.

Overall this is a bit of a disappointment for me but maybe I am unfairly comparing it to Bomb which I found fantastic. I thought it would pack more of a punch. The white grape smell and taste is fairly strong and makes it feel like I am drinking carbonated wine. Its an interesting beer but not jumping out at me.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big pear and floral aroma, with wheat and a confectioners sugar sweetness.

Slightly funky, grassy, earthy flavor, with a touch of lemon pith. A bit wheaty.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a hazy light golden yellow color with a billowing, huge, foamy white head.

S. Yeast, green apple, white grape, tamarind, some light island like spices, tumeric.

T. Taste is much like the nose. Little tartness. Not too funky. Nice.

M. Light to medium bodied. 4 out of 10 on a scale. Quite bubbly and carbonation chasing the swallow down the throughout. Dry finish.

O. A nice beer. Haven't had a Belgian quite like it. Would get again. Refreshing.

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Photo of marvin213
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: yellow, hazy ... the color is consistent, quite light with no gold, amber, red or any kind of orange in it; it's yellow; the haziness is not complete, for you can see through it to a degree; HUGE head, classic Prairie carbonation producing a thick, big-bubbled head of white foam well over an inch tall; the bubbles clinging to the glass are huge; disappears with a quick, steady pace with only a little, occasional lacing; does keep a thick cover of foam and watching the bubbles race up the column is a show.

S: sour/tart citrusy lemons ... some grass (from the Saaz?) ... almost vinegary and definitely a white-wine/sour grapes smell; classic saison with a pinch of hop spiciness; if it's funky from the brett, it's a clean funk, if you can imagine ... as in, almost sweet; more lemon than in the taste notes

T: follows the nose pretty closely -- tart, sour grapes, white wine, DRY white wine, maybe a pinch of something from the hops (grass, black pepper?); more grass-hop flavor than the nose ... again, seems classic saison and not overly dry

F: perfect ... i could drink this SO fast it's so light, easy but full of carbonation

O: great American-made saison by one of our farmhouse ale specialists ... it's light, tart, easy to down with no alcohol burn whatsoever, and it has just the sneakiest hints of sweetness both in the nose and the taste to keep you wanting to search for more. it also has what I'm learning might be a hallmark of the Prairie Artisan saison: hop flavor. it's not much, but there's some green vegetation-like tastes in here that blend into something lemon-limey from a strong grass presence

full disclosure: it's a bit pricey at over 55 cents per ounce, but there's no denying it's a great brew and strong contender for an American standard in the style.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a good saison. I have enjoyed almost everything I have drank from Prairie so far.

Appearance: Light straw yellow, some haziness going on, good amount of fluffy head which remains pretty solid throughout the pour.

Aroma: Grassy farmyard aroma's very delicate and not really overly aromatic. A mild citrus aroma like lemongrass is there as well. Not really funky or earthy though just subtle aromas.

Taste: Very pleasant, some mild saison characteristics going on, some coriander, very mild aromatic spiciness there but not too much. A mild funk but nothing that screams at you on this one. Its a very clean brew. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than some but pretty much spot on for the style.

Overall: Not my favorite Prairie beer but certainly not a bad beer either. Nice clean finish and very tasty. I would drink this more if I could get it, as a matter of fact I would drink any of this breweries offerings if i could get them. Top notch outfit one of the best in the country in my opinion!

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Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
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