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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 932
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 73
Gots: 166 | 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 UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy pale light yellow in color—almost what you would expect from a Berliner Weissbier. It poured with a quarter finger high white heat that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of brett yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of spices from the Saaz hops. The brett becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is a little sour from the brett and has notes of peppery spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a nice hybrid between a saison and a wild ale; you can pick up the characteristics of both of these styles, both of which are balanced together.

Serving type: bottle (829 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,174 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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. (2,192 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, cool to see this American prairie (heh) brewer make it up here to Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with four fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rather creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some roiling sea foam lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-sweet, doughy and crackery pale malt, orange and lemon citrus flesh/rind, perky earthy and mildly phenolic yeast, white pepper and coriander spice, and some odd, but still welcoming piney and tropical fruit bitter notes. The taste is bready, doughy pale malt, more than a touch of caramel sweetness, sugary coriander, black and white peppercorns, laid-back earthy, and ethereally funky yeast, somewhat candied orange and lemon citrus, and further leafy, piney, and herbal hops. No real trace of the elevated ABV, save a subtle warming.

The carbonation is quite involved and uplifting in its tight frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, a slight yeast and hop incursion merely a trifle. It finishes off-dry, the pilsner malt really showing off its stuff, amongst the heady detritus of fruit, spice, yeast, and hop. As for the alcohol, an APB has just been issued for its whereabouts.

I'm always psyched when I come across an excellent example of a style with which I am typically less than enamoured, and from an even less likely point of origin. Ladies and germs, exhibit A, then, of a saison made right, in the American sub-genre - hoppy, boozy (apparently), and the genuine article otherwise. Yum. (1,573 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750ml bottle opens with a resounding pop.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with copious bubbles forming a solid 1-finger thick white head with good retention and leaving splotchy lace. Last pour from bottle drained the yeast and turned the glass into a haze.

N: Biscuity yeast, lemon zest, earthy grass and hay, very herbal with floral esters and fruity.

T: Yeasty with barnyard funk, peppery spices, lemon zest, and wheaty minerality.

M: Medium body and semi-full carbonation. Dry and peppery finish.

O: Enjoyed very much. Well done. (553 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,290 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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 (807 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Belgian style saison." 1 pint 9.4 fl z brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a branded cork acquired at Jester King brewery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. I dig the label art. 8.2% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high as I've enjoyed other beers from this brewery and this beer is currently in the top 50 Southwest. 2013 vintage. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Not creamy at all. Lacks frothiness. Complexion is subpar. Not soft. Kind of soapy. Spotty "legs" cling to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the ABV - about 5-6 minutes.

Body colour is a hazy translucent yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Not really transparent.

Overall, it looks pretty standard for a saison. I'm a bit surprised it's not yeasty. Doesn't have the milky appearance of the finest saisons. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Belgian pale malts. Floral hops. Vague orchard fruit. Lemongrass. Tinges of lemon. Grains. Straw/hay. Some citrus zest. Restrained brettanomyces funkiness. Some spice - clove. Orchard apple. Sea salt. Lime. Dry white wine. Light crackery malts.

I'm not finding the deep funkiness or white pepper notes that indicate a great saison. Nor is it very milky.

A somewhat dry aroma of surprisingly light strength. Pleasant and inviting, if a bit weak.

Mf/T: The first thing I notice is its dry cidery crisp mouthfeel, which is more coarse than I'm used to in the style. The result is that the texture really brings out the flavours, but it's a bit rough as a trade-off, reducing its ability to refresh. Well-carbonated. Medium bodied. A bit too assertive a texture for the style, which is meant to be the king of complexity and subtlety. Interesting presence on the palate. Good acidity, to style. Not as juicy

Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Lemongrass is abundant, layered atop Belgian pale malts, crackery malts, straw/hay, and rye. There's plenty of spicing here, but none of the spices are particularly evocative or distinct - maybe clove and allspice, along with some sea salt. White pepper does make an appearance, but it's a bit too in-your-face and lacks the masterful subtlety of the best saisons. Has some slight citrusy twang - tinges of lemon, lime, and orange rind all make an appearance. The brettanomyces yeast isn't as funky as I'd like; the farmhouse character isn't as pronounced as it should be as a result.

Hopping is timid but complementary: the fruity and floral character the hops impart is welcome if indistinct.

Alcohol is noticeable, which is surprising in a saison.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the high ABV. I like the dry assertive texture; Prairie committed to its mouthfeel and I respect that. It's more of a farmhouse ale than a saison if we're being all nitpicky and pretentious. At the end of the day, it's not up there with the best beers in the style, and at this price I wouldn't get it again. There are imports at or below this price point that are superior in quality. Might be interesting aged. I wouldn't explicitly recommend it to friends, but it's worth trying.

I was ready to gush over this beer, but it just isn't fantastic. Like it, don't love it. Good stuff, but not Prairie's strongest work.

B- (3,648 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger foamy and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, clove, pepper, hay, grass, white wine, wheat, light vinegar, funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast notes with funk; and great strength. Taste of lemon, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, pepper, clove, hay, grass, white wine, wheat, light vinegar, funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, light fruits, clove, pepper, hay, grass, wheat, white wine, funk ,and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hop, and brett flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible saison style! All around fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hop, and brett flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A near world class offering in my opinion. (1,399 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
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.  (552 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cork came out rather easily with a nice pop. Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top that reduces to a 1/2 inch cap on top, rather foamy.

S: Nice saison aroma, yeasty with a bit of bretty funk. Some light fruit, mostly grapefruit. Faint hop presence.

T: Very brett forward with some cheese and funk mixed with lemon and lemon zest. A bit of floral hops and light tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

O: Another solid beer from Prairie, like what these guys are putting out. As it warms a little too funky for my taste, but still nice. (585 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.92/5  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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is extremely hazy and straw yellow with a soapy white head. The aroma offers lemons, hay, grass, floral hops, citrus. Lots of citrus in the flavor. Delicious. Mild funk with orange rind, floral hops, and a slight herbal note. Medium bodied, complex; and easy drinking. Really tasty. (291 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Bright lemon yellow, and fairly opaque body appearance. Minimal rising carbonation also. Head is a good thick and creamy white color, not bright or shockingly so. Good pinhead bubbles in the colar and a half inch thick puck on top to settle it all up.

Good smelling nose of dry brett. A bit one dimensional, hints to some black pepper finish, but quite funky and crisp with virtually no fruit presence. Still quite solid and impressive.

Much dryness and almost crackery malt bill on the palate. Dry brett and lots of tingly carbonation. Small juicy quality and lots of dry cracked black pepper on the finish. Dry blast and virtually no acidic quality but also no highly gaseous aftertaste surprisingly.

Overall another solid and great saison, and one for the brett heads for sure. Been very impressed with these guys. (866 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from Whole Foods SoMa in San Francisco. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Rich and Sam.

Pours a solidly hazed bright yellow with a full and frothy head of white that leaves rich sudsy lace. Body is quite light, but pleasant, holding its fine carbonation well enough. Colour is so consistent: it looks really very good.

Nose is wonderful. Big, fresh funk and acidity, with a crisp citrus character coming through and some brighter coconut characters. Slight solvent character comes through giving a hint of putty or plastic—it sharpens the olfactory nerves, which makes me more receptive to the other characters. Indeed, it at once smells rustic and dry, and humid and tropical. It's quite an amazing aroma.

Taste is smooth and fresh, with some vegetative crispness around the edges which gives it a container for the slightly funky tones which play around on the mid-palate. Peppery tones move in towards the back, but there's a slick citrus to counterbalance it, leaving the back supremely refreshing and bright. Awesome.

Feel is smooth but bright, with a lightness to the body accentuated by some supple, fine carbonation.

This is an absolutely cracking Saison. This is superbly made stuff that shows its craft and skill throughout. It's so well integrated, but with such lovely characters dancing around to explore. And it's so fresh, bright and wonderfully drinkable. Stunning stuff. (1,439 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- cork pulls out like a shot with a lemon yellow body having just a touch of haze. There is a snow white head supported by lots of strands of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. The second glass is quite murky.

S- The rich saison yeast aroma gives way to a nice white cheese mold Brett character with some grapefruit pith Brett smells to follow.

T- The nice full Brett cheese rind has some lemon tartness as it opens but it is covered a bit by the scrubbing fizz. There is a fleeting pineapple hint with some big herbal pungent bite of hops in the finish. A touch of sweetness in the finish compliments all the flavors nicely. A tartness and raw wheat flavor come though as it opens and the fizz dries out the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a big scrubbing fizz and no alcohol or astringency noticed.

O- The fizz and bitterness component is a bit too big but this is one of the best Brett beers I have had from the states. The saison qualities are nice but outshined by its wild cousin. Very drinkable and sessionable with lots of great character. (1,085 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dense, opaque banana yellow body. Towering bone-white head with nice retention and lace.

S - Dry and dusty. Juniper, barn yard hay, bitter dandelion, plantain, and rose water.

T - Smooth and fruity. Banana cream, grass, orange zest, and waxy potpourri.

M - Thick and creamy, and light on carbonation. It's a strange pairing with the flavor profile.

O - Really interesting, one of the more unique beers I've had in a while. Drinks like a hefeweizen-saison hybrid. (470 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. If you've ever seen "There Will Be Blood", you can picture me opening this bottle: Gusher! After quickly getting a glass under the flow, managed a pour, appearing in the glass as opaque hazy straw, almost the color of fresh unfiltered pineapple juice with a massive white head that started to dissipate, but maintained a two finger head with good retention and pillowy lacing. Classic saison aroma of light fruit juice, coriander, wild yeast, peppery and sweet/sour. Flavor is dry dominant brett, light citrus and apple family fruit, hints of caramel, white grape, hints of lemon citrus; finishes very bitter from hops and Brett. Dry, bubbly and reminiscent of champagne (if champagne was brett infused). Fortunately not too sour, but a light tartness that was appealing. Light to medium bodied with bright, active carbonation. Brett forward and far over the amount I would prefer; however it is a credit to this ale that the overall peppery carbonation and otherwise well balanced saison flavors won me over. I like the underlying saison ingredients and if I was a bigger wild yeast fan, I'd probably go crazy over this. A very nicely made and tasty saison on the aggressive brett end of the flavor spectrum. This is one of the rare ales that could eventually win me over to wild yeasts. So good I regretted losing a third of the bottle on opening. (1,379 characters)

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Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.