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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 934
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 73
Gots: 167 | 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 daledeee
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another new arrival to try.

Pours a cloudy yellow with some lacing and white head.

Nose is funky and Brett.

Taste classic Saison. Nice lemon, pepper and brett. Really easy to drink and satisfying.

Mouth feel is nicely carbonated but not overly dry. Perfect.

This is a classic beer with great appeal. I am trying to think of a better Saison. (345 characters)

Photo of 18tony
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

appearance- golden yellow, high white head. small tight bubbles. my cork also popped with a vigor.

smell- fresh, coriander. no hops as expected, plenty of yeast.

taste- this is a good classic Saison, dry. not as sharp as some Saisons, little bit of wild funk, little pepper.

mouthfeel- light and refreshing.

Overall- very reminiscent of blvd- tank 7, great divide- collette. less alcohol then some but enough especially for a bomber. little more funk then some. very good, every day brew. with out a every day price. i can see where this brew can vary from bottle to bottle or at least batch to batch as the yeast seems to be let lose a little more. Great job Oklahoma. (676 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 scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy bright lemon color with a huge, dense, thick, and rocky bright white head that slowly faded into a heavy film. Great head retention: a thick layer of foam persisted until the last drop.
S: Very inviting nose with scents of creamy wheat, light brett, lightly vinous white wine, earthy, spicy hops and faint lemon and apricot. Smells wonderful.
T: Follows the nose except with more pronounced yeast. Wine, almost champagne-like yeast comes through alongside huge notes of earthy brett. Golden fruits, pear and slight lemon mixed with spicy, herbal and earthy hops, black pepper, and crisp wheat kick in the middle. The finish is drying and spicy, and the aftertaste has a sharp bitterness and lingering creaminess to it. Vinous white wine-like flavors linger as well.
M: Medium body but a rather light mouthfeel with a good chew to it. The carbonation is very active and froths up on my palate. Fairly dry, fairly crisp, very foamy.
O: A great mixture of flavors and a mighty fine saison. I will have to check out more beers from this brewery. (1,090 characters)

Photo of DelMontiac
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle shared with a fellow admirer of craft beer.

Poured a golden hazy color into the nonics we used and developed a massive snow white mound of rocky foam. Foam stayed for the duration and lacing was thick and peaked.

Aroma was all classic farmhouse - hay loft funk, lemon grass, citrus fruits, earthy, and a bit dank.

Flavors back up the aromas - minty funk yeast, lemon/lime/banana, grassy, cracked wheat, herbal hop zing, and very peppery.

Feel is nice and airy. Soothing. Sparkling. Slightly dry.

Another great beer from Prairie. These guys just keep throwing strikes! Will buy again. (618 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 champ103
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: The cork pops with a huge boom, and plenty of gun smoke. Though not a gusher at all. Incredibly foamy to pour however. A beautiful deep hazed orange color. A towering rocky, foamy white head forms with infinite retention. Massive lacing as well. Champagne like bubbles rising. Impressive so far.
S: A huge aroma of earthy, peppery yeast. Grassy and floral hops are great. Hay and barnyard aromas which are amazing. Baked bread and wheat. So earthy and rustic, just amazing.
T: Again, a huge earthy, and rustic flavor. Baked bread, grassy and floral hops with a substantial bitterness. Slightly tart, dry fruits of lemon and banana. Balanced perfectly with the dry rustic hay and barnyard flavors. Wow.
M/D: A medium body that is incredibly crisp and effervescent. Perfectly carbonated and dry. Though smooth at the same time. I can not get enough of this. So easy and enjoyable to drink. All the nuances work perfectly together to make this one superlative drink.

I have had numerous Prairie Artisan Saisons in the past. All are amazing. This however beats them all, and pretty much any other variants of the style. Even some from across the continent. The earthy Brett, saaz hops, and pilsner malt works together perfectly. One of my favorites, and am so glad this recently hit the Texas market. This will be a staple in my fridge. (1,337 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 deadonhisfeet
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip. The pour is a pale straw-gold color with nice effervescence and a big rocky white head that is not very long lasting. The nose is stony and flowery, almost like a pilsner. There are hints of pepper, lemon, and a sour wet hay character in there as well

The beer has a light body and an herbal flavor. There is a soft malt character up front that is well met by earthy, spicy flavors and a hint of sour acidity that dries the mouth and leaves you salivating for more. Very appetizing and flavorful without being overbearing. No excessive bitter hop or fruity phenol character, just pleasant flavors of crackers, lemon, herbs, and white wine. Nice dry finish.

An excellent example of a Saison from a brewer that is impressing me more and more. No American hop character here as in Prairie Hop, just a spot-on traditional interpretation of the style. Recommended. (907 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 25.4oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - A nice hazy golden straw hue with a big 3 finger pillowy white head. Dissipates into a thin ring and lacing is minimal.

S - Citrus and lemon with some wheat and straw. Light pilsner style malts with light bread sweetness.

T - Nice tart lemon and citrus. Bread and wheat with hints of floral hops. Belgian yeast and earthy.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing with nice carbonation.

O - I have to say it again that these dudes in OK have a nice set of Saisons that the brew. Please distribute to WI as we are in need of Saison style beers! Thank you Ken for sending this and allowing me to enjoy it. (641 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet grainy and bready malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, some funk, banana esters, citrus and floral hops, and lemon zest.

T - Sweet wheat and grainy malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, funk, pepper, citrus and floral hops, bit of bitterness, banana esters, tart lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart, estery finish.

D - Great complex and balanced saison. Nice finish. (493 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to willandperry for sending me a bunch of stuff from these guys and many more great brews. Cheers!

Appearance. Pours a very nice lemon-straw colour with a ton of haze and almost 3 fingers of frothy white head that leaves some nice lace behind.

Smell. Lemons and funky herbal saison yeast, dry old wood from the ocean (slightly briny) and a little bit of apple and pear.

Taste, Earthy, herbal funky saison yeast and light brett, lemon rind, ocean driftwood again, some light exotic spice that I can't put my finger on, maybe a little lemongrass and lime. Nice stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, prorbably on the low side. Medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Fantastic stuff. Really well made beer here with a ton of flavour. Glad I have most of the lineup to try. Thanks again willandperry! (806 characters)

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle poured into a FSW tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow/slightly golden color with a 1.5 finger fluffy white head which quickly dissipates. Carbonation is evident.

S: Strong lemon verbena aroma with a citrus backbone. Some slight funk on the nose with a slight bready aroma.

T: Sweet lemon tartness, similar to a lemon meringue pie. Some biscuit flavors from the nose make an appearance, bright crisp. Perhaps a bit of green apple in there as well.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation dances on your tongue.

O: Bight, crisp, clean and very refreshing Saison. Has a nice sweetness to it, but finishes dry. Would definitely recommend on a warm summer day/night. (673 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.12.13

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a large active, off-white head that fades fairly fast.

S - Wood, Brett, Some floral tones hit the nose.

T - Big acidic wood tones are noticable first, the some dry Brett earhtiness, followed by lemon and a touch of a floral note. The same "prairie" sweetness.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Dry, tart and lots of Brett. Light and refreshing all-around. (431 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle. Open with a light pop. Chilled and served into my Hill Farmsted tulip.

Appearance: Bright, light yellow in color and clear. Pours a light, white creamy had that holds to the glass nicely. Leaves a light lacing.

Aroma: Bright lemon, clean barnyard funk, and some green apple. Really light biscuit sweetness as well. Really well balanced.

Taste: Fruity with lemon and green apple notes upfront. Really crisp and bright. Plenty of horse blanket and barnyard funk. Some light hop bitterness as well that offsets the fruit tones and lends some earthy character.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and bright. Very refreshing. Does not fell like 7.0%.

Overall, a really fantastic, bright and refreshing saison. The flavor profile has a nice combination of lemon, funk, brightness and dryness. Really nice on a warm day. (854 characters)

Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 5/18/13 in a tulip glass

A: Pours a light straw, golden color that almost reminds me of a lager. No hint of the orangish hues that you get with some saisons. The body of the beer is somewhat translucent - it's relatively hazy without being cloudy. A solid, one-inch think head is immediately evident on pouring and just stays there throughout the glass - very nice. The bubbles are also nice and small, giving the effect of a cloud resting upon the beer. Overall, the color is unimpressive but the head is one of the best I've ever seen on a commercial beer.

S: The primary nose consists of citrus fruit - especially orange and apricot - mixed with the funkiness of the Belgian yeast. There are also hints of lemon and tropical fruits. However, I dont get any of the spicy, peppery notes typical of a Saison. Overall, this Saison's nose is fruitier and less spicy than competing Saisons.

T&M: Wow - the taste is almost completely opposite of the nose on the saison continuum. While the smell indicates a more peppery saison, the taste is much spicier and on the funky side of things. Primary initial taste is of citrus fruits and a healthy dose of belgian yeast funkiness. Lingering in your mouth - and more prevalent towards the end - is peppery, somewhat floral notes. Overall, it's extremely well-balanced in terms of flavor: no one characteristics really overpowers this beer. Carbonation is good, although I like my saisons to have a bit more body than this one has. It's a little thin on the tongue.

O: In terms of balance, you can't really beat this saison. It's fruity yet spicy, funky yet clean. It's a great example of the style. However, it's not as complex as some of the best saisons on the market. I find myself wanting to like this beer more than I actually do. Ideally, I'd tone down the peppery notes and ramp up the body. A great example of the saison style, but not transcendent. (1,913 characters)

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 bennetj17
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright gold color with a medium haze. Foam is thick at first, very soapy looking, but it dissipates abruptly without even leaving a ring. Surprisingly, fast paced streams of carbonation continue to erupt from below. There is definitely a healthy nose of Brett yeast with touches of lemon and subtle funk. Intriguing.

The taste has a combo of dry, bready malt, and tart, sharp, Brett character. It tries to be balanced, but is still quite intense. Finishes with a grassy hop bitterness. Alcohol seems mild. The carbonation is very bubbly and almost piercing on the tongue. The effervescence is a bit much but does settle down about halfway through the glass. The beer itself is thin in body.

My second attempt at Prairie and this one is not amazing like my first, but this is still a nice Saison. I'd say it's a bit one dimensional and could use either more heavy-handed hopping, or perhaps a touch more sweetness to counteract the Bretty intensity. Or perhaps it just needs to be a bit more subtle overall. Worth a try, but I might explore other options in the future when considering a $13+ price tag. (1,104 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with three fingers of bright white foamy head. Head sticks around for a bit before dissipating to a thin collar of foam. Plenty of tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is very typical Belgian yeast, fruity esters that smell like peaches and pears, coriander, white pepper, combined with a floral hops and sweet biscuit malt.

Taste follows the nose, fruity esters, floral and grassy hops leaving a light tinge of bitterness, sweet bread and biscuit malts. Finish is medium, some residual sweetness and hop dryness.

Light body, effervescent, scrubs the tongue clean. Refreshing and delicious saison. (692 characters)

Photo of impending
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a dull pale yellow, heavy haze, little pure white head with an encouraging pour, minimal lacing.

Aroma is floral, touch of citrus, sweet, yeasty and just a tad hay.

The well defined bitter finish of zinc sandstone and old grasses is countered by an initial sweet undefined fruitiness, pear at least, but in the end the dry wins out. The spicy earthy mineral extra dry bitter finish lingers and defines the sensations. Yet pairs well with food. Nearly medium bodied, the taste is more appropriate of a thin lively mouthfeel brew.
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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy yellow color, like straw. There was a small white head.

Sweet malt aroma. Citrus. Earthy hops.

Lemon taste. Biscuit. Late hops.

A wonderful saison. Eminently drinkable.

I didn't think there was much to talk about in Oklahoma, but Prairie Artisan Ales is a definite hit. (310 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 justintcoons
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazy Straw with 1-2 fingers of loose, white head. Moderate carbonation and decent head retention.

Brett, pear, potpourri and peppercorn. Hints of golden apple.

Big Bretty barnyard character. Potpourri, pink peppercorn and dried hay. Pear, golden apple pulp, spent grains and hints of honeydew. Big kick of pepper in the finish along with dried lemongrass. Lemon juice persists to linger.

Medium bodied, silky, dry and uber-crisp.

This is as solid as a Saison can come. Drinks like a Table Saison despite the elevated abv. Very rustic with a really nice Brett character. (652 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 Bendurgin
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a golden yellow with a small cap of white head. A bit of sticky lace.

The aroma has a bit of lemon and some hints of grains. Apples are distinct in the background. The pallet has some nice grains and some hints of lemon zest. A touch of sweetness on the finish with some bitter hops.

The body is nice and light with good carbonation. Overall this one drinks nicely. Refreshing and enjoyable. (429 characters)

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