Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales
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District of Columbia
3.05/5 rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
16.9 oz. bottle purchased at Sunset Corners in Miami, FL, unknown bottling date, drank over 30 minutes out of a hotel-style tumbler
A: 3/3 - straw yellow coloration, murky (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell white head settles into a retained glass lacing with some carb islands, low-to-moderate carbonation for style
S: 8/12 - intense phenolics hits immediately, some residual wheat and maybe a hint of alcohol?
T: 8/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a lemon tartness that is the first flavor present; there is also a wheat malt presence, some mild alcohol and a slight sweetness; however, as the flavor panel develops, the predominant flavor quickly becomes an intense phenolic character - smoky and musty-predominant that lingers; finishes generally dry but the phenolics aren't inviting of subsequent sips
M: 4/5 - light bodied with high drinkability; moderate carbonation but maybe slightly less than I would like for style
O: 5/10 - the intense phenolics (likely from Brett) make this close to a drain pour for me; this character can add complexity in moderation and it's unfortunate that this so overshoots; definitely wouldn't pay ~$13 for this again and, to be frank, might even refuse if offered for free
TOTAL - 27/50
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 04:41:53 | More by MNishCT77
3.21/5 rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
500ml bottle, 8.2% alcohol drank last night. Review from notes.
A: Poured into my Treehouse tulip a very large, five fingers head that hangs around for a while. Very active and lively carbonation. There is a light golden color, extremely clean/clear with no haze. Interesting for a saison.
A: Hint of funk in the smell upon first pour. As the bouquet opens up the funk disappears and we are left with overwhelming aroma of peppercorn. Didn't get many fruity esters from the saison yeast and after the first hit of funk it's nowhere to be found.
T: Peppercorn. Very strong peppercorn flavor up front. I searched around for any brettanomyces characteristics but sadly there were none. The pepper was overwhelming.
M: Can't really tell that it's over 8%. Wouldn't have believed it if the bottle didn't tell me so. Light mouthfeel.
O: Typical saison. The combination of yeasts really fell short for me. I was hoping to have a brett bomb but instead found a good example of the saison style. This was very refreshing and drinkable but wasn't exactly for me. I wouldn't seek this one out and may not drink it again. I've had many great drinks from Prairie and would rather enjoy one of those again than this.
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2014 19:57:06 | More by ThreeLions
Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.