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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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680 Ratings
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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 67
Gots: 103 | FT: 8
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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: 680 | Reviews: 116 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Sammy, Sep 29, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with floral, fruit, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with Brett and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, May 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

zestar, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

spycow, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Thorpe429, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Jul 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Texasfan549, Dec 30, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its so gratifying to, after tasting a zillion beers that meet the parameters of the style, to taste a beer that exceeds what defines the style and becomes and exemplary example of the saison style. This beer does just that!

The saison pours with a hazy gold hue, that's tinted a shade deeper due to the suspended yeast. The somewhat murky beer develops a rich meringue of foam, stark white in color, that not only caps the beer for the long haul, but also laces intricately along the glass as the beer falls.

Fruit and spice align for the balanced scent while aromas of funky-fresh farmhouse character wraps around the scattered esters and phenols and pulls them all together. Lemons, limes, spiced pear, sandalwood, sea air, dried wood, apples, and dry white wine all define the nose in a very rustic and inviting scent.

Its assertive taste delivers a dry malt taste of crackers, whole wheat, and rye breads. It's terse sweetness is shunned as the taste prefers dry fruit flavors of dried lemons and limes, tart green apples, and sour white grapes. Sultans, plantains, and dehydrated apricot provide rich improvission of fruit, but without the associated sweetness of the fruit. The tropical and citric acids and balanced by spicy white pepper, paradise seed, mild cumin, and fennel. Funky flavors of saddle leather, fragrant sandalwood, hay and grass all provide pungent complexities that balance the fruit and malt effortlessly and exponentially.

Medium-light in body, the malt and fruit springs from the tongue from the explosive carbonation that carries the taste over the tongue and against the palate for a quick finish of fruit, spice, and earth. The beer finishes before the taste buds are able to fully appreciate its taste- leading to a high rate of refreshment and drinkability. Closing with high peppery spice, high acidity, and strong alcohol warmth- the beer resonates with the tart dryness of the most arid wines.

This is an incredible saison that not only delivers on the promise of dry fruit, high spice, and ultimate dryness; but does so boldly and with the glaring envelops of earthen must in such a way that is rarely delivered outside of the farmhouses of Belgium.

BEERchitect, Jan 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with great carbonation and excellent retention with some good lacing. Aroma consists of rustic malt with some dry hoppy notes with great floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by great floral hoppy notes with great rustic malt presence and a light spicy yeast flavours. Body is full with great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Wonderful saison with great hops profile which brings complexity while retaining some good drinkability.

Phyl21ca, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

GRG1313, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ygtbsm94, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jaydoc, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

kylehay2004, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

largadeer, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

SocalKicks, Jan 26, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cork opened with a pop, and racing carbonation began accumulating in the neck, and the foam slowly pushed out of the bottle. Served in a small snifter glass, 6-8 oz.

Opaque straw color charged with champagne-level carbonation. Despite this, there was only a thin layer of foam on the surface. This may have been a result of rinsing the glass before the pour.

Aromas of damp hay, brett yeast, grassy herbals. Lightly funky.

Tastes moderately bitter and earthy, tangy brett yeast that coats the palate and grabs hold. Dried citrus peel, grassy bitter hops, funky wet hay from the brett. Medium bodied, seemingly effervescent, though it loses steam eventually. A nice saison that showcases Brettanomyces well.

emerge077, Jun 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

zeff80, Apr 12, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is what i love about prairie, a simple, yet elegant and highly refined saison style with a unique flavor profile of its own while still falling squarely within the style guidelines. this is a blond beer, hazy and pale with some yeast sediment and a massive three inches of frothy white head that only slowly recedes. the smell is awesome, i definitely get the saaz hops, but this is all about the yeast. there is a zesty citrus profile not dissimilar to their birra, but less lemon. a spice aroma is there too, white pepper and plantain, interesting, the flavor is wheat malt on the front end, soft and fresh, and a grassy hop and yeast complexion as it finishes. really grassy and summery, almost bitter and vegetal as it swallows, remarkable. its a combination of hops and yeast doing that, but i get some brighter fruits too, maybe white peach or white grape. a very enjoyable and refreshing beer, that drinks much lighter than it is. the body is a bit full, but the carbonation makes it impressively sessionable. this is simple compared to their other beers, but it is nearly flawless, and reflects how awesome prairie is. less can be more when it tastes like this.

StonedTrippin, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

nickfl, Feb 02, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had one of these back in November, took review notes, but not sure where they disappeared to...

Opens with a huge pop, just like the last one did..

Pours an effervescent gold/straw with a thumb of pearl white head, a pretty noisy pour. Near zero head retention & leas lacing

S: Bready, green apple skins, pepper, yeastyness & a bit of sourness

T: A bit of dirty funk, pears, white pepper, a bit of guava & pineapple. More pineapple, green appleskins & white pepper with a touch of boozeyness as this warms. Finishes with pineapple, a bit of orchard fruit & a measured amount of funk

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation

A nice saison that pleases on many levels. This was the first offering from Prairie I had & believe it makes a worthy flagship beer for them, but Standard is nice as well

russpowell, Jun 26, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fluffy fizzy 1 finger bubbly head that fades at a med pace, crystal clear straw colored with lots of bubbles streaming up.

Nose brings plenty of farmhouse funk, I would almost swear there is lots of Brett in it, big earthy barnyard funk, saison spices floral and hint peppery, light grainy wheat and grassy hay, light citrus even.

Taste again brings Brett farmhouse funk, wild earthy barnyard house hair funk, I'm almost positive this is made with Brett! Light grainy doughy straw and wheat flavors too. Saison spices are there hint pepper and possibly a coriander like thing, as well as a little lemony citrus and light rind bitterness. Fairly floral and effervescent, and pretty dry. Finish is even more dry, lingering fluffy hay malts, bit more bitterness and grassy lemony hops, some saison spices lingering and hint of funk.

Mouth is med bodied, plenty of carb.

Overall quite an interesting beer, if there is not Brett in it they used a great farmhouse barnyard funky saison yeast and its quite tasty. I think I'll get another bottle or two to cellar. The overall profile was delicious, great barnyard funk with saison spices, little citrus, and some nice grainy hay like malts. Quite tasty, and I'm really liking this brewery, I wish we could get more of their beers here.

jlindros, Apr 01, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a layer of white head that fades to a small ring around the pour. The smell is very crisp with some banana and an herbal note. Just a touch sweet with a hint of citrus. The flavor is also quite light with a lightly fruity note. This is a very herbal beer with a yeasty component. There is a hint of banana and citrus fruit. The carbonation level is very high and the finish is very dry.

oline73, Feb 20, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber-tinged golden. A nice head and plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Pleasant aroma of yeast and that indefinable Belgian funk.

Brewer says this is made with Saaz hops, and Brettanomyces as well as ale yeast and wine yeast. A lot of sediment in this, and the last third of the bottle got less drinkable due to my careless pouring. Huge dose of yeast. On the drier side than many Saisons. Some pear flavors and green apple skins. More bitter finish than I would like. And probably more Brett than it really needs, but it's worth tasting for the educational aspects-- lots of hops and lots of Brett.

A well-made example of the Belgian-inspired style. Great flavors to start. Be careful about pouring. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Bine and Vine in San Diego.

mactrail, Mar 10, 2013
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Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.