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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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149 Reviews
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Reviews: 149
Hads: 933
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 rangerred
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a very full and fluffy two finger white head. Outstanding head retention but the lacing is somewhat lacking.

Aroma is very spicy and peppery mixed with lemon peel and coriander. Some nice Brett funk going on too. Very complex and enjoyable.

The flavor is not quite as bold as the aroma but still hits the mark for the style. Coriander and lemon with the barnyard notes more restrained. Nice peppery dryness throughout and the alcohol is absolutely nowhere to be found. This beer is extremely drinkable.

Overall, a very nice Saison and interesting for a style that seems hard to perfect. The Brett adds a nice twist and really works well in this beer. (721 characters)

Photo of pwalkley
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip. Look: cloudy yellowish gold. Huge white foam head. Good lacing on the glass as I drank. Smell: citrus, hops. A little Belgian yeast smell. Taste: citrus fruits, moderate hop bitterness. A little bit of toasted bread. Not as complex as I was hoping for a saison. Slightly bitter finish. Feel: light, lots of carbonation. Overall: Not overly impressed but still a decent beer. This was my first Prairie Ale to try. I'd be willing to try others but this probably wouldn't be my go-to saison. (531 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light color with nice foam and good carbonation. Nothing noteworthy on the nose. Little bit of funk taste but not overpowering - newbies aren't repulsed. Drinks clean and light. Excellent for mixed groups. Would seek this one out again. (236 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden clear yellow, with a small half inch inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite yeasty, it's fruity and spicy, with some peppery hop aromas.

The yeast is just honestly too overpowering for me in this one, it got tiring. It's too fruity and estery. I wish the hops, or some malt shone through a little stronger, because the little bit of peppery hops I do get are very tasty.

This is light bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel, with a little crisp bite near the end.

Not my favorite saison. (561 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

Has a big lemony tart nose with a dab of barnyard funk and a hint of tropical fruit. Pours hazy straw under a very lightly gold tinted white 3” foam cap. Has a very lemony palate over light grains that suggest a very light short bread, light tropical fruit, white pepper with a light spicy touch on the finish. A light and refreshing beer. (341 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 Zach136
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: High carbonation straight from the bottle as foam slowly finds it's way out of the neck. Hazy yellow body and a huge head with great lacing.

Aroma: Pickly funk (brett?) and citrus.

Flavor: The nose was great, but doesn't even do justice for what you're about to encounter. Big explosion of funk, citrus, and peppery yeast character. Light wheat sweetness also adds a layer of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Super carbonated and bone dry.

Overall: I think I may be ruined on other saisons. Truly an incredible beer. (527 characters)

Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

A: hazy, golden. Finger of light white foam that dissipates quickly

S: bready, yeast, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple

T: pineapple, a little citrus, some funk from the Brett

M: very fizzy

O: good beer, digging the funk of it (228 characters)

Photo of zoober911
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a hint of orange to it. Pours with a nice thick frothy head that retains for quite some time. After the majority has dissipated, about a quarter inch remains behind. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of orange peel, and pineapple. Bready, malty, saison yeast. Appealing.

T - Bready. Orange peel. Crisp. Deliciousness. Refreshing. Would be great on a hot day outside.

M - Moderate body. Mouthfeel is on the smooth side. Lighter carbonation than anticipated.

O - Overall this is delicious. I would recommend it to try it out and I would purchase it again if I saw it on the shelf. (636 characters)

Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev -2.4%

The color is gorgeous, bright yellow, opaque.

The aroma is bright candy pineapple, orange peel, almost like a DIPA. A bready and yeasty saison note.

The flavor follows of those fruits in the front. A hint of sweetness, breadiness, and a stiff bitterness on the back of pepper and spicy herbal.

This beer is dry and has characteristics I like, but the back end is a bit too much. (381 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Very cloudy pale yellow in color. Forms a large fluffy white head. Looks like lemon meringue pie in a glass. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Powerful aroma full of tart lemony citrus, pineapple, and lemon curd. Taste is similar. Strong lemony component, though the sweetness is toned down while the peppery spice is kicked up. The brett comes off fairly aggressively. Body is on the lighter side of medium with a strong, almost acidic, tartness which I find to be far too aggressive for the style. Still, a very good example of a brett-forward beer. (551 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch and a half white head. Both the head retention and lacing are good. The brew smells like yeast, hay, citrus (mostly lemon), pear, bready malt, and peppery spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some bubblegum, minerals, white grapes, and some brett. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and it's well carbonated. It's a good, lightly tart saison. Certainly worth trying if you've never had it before, it's a good brew. (547 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 Sludgeman
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip.

A kick in the head at first sip, but very drinkable. I try to grade to style. This beer is at the extreme of the style. 4.75

A – Pours a hazy golden yellow/pale orange color with a two-finger mousy head. Average lacing. 4.5

S – Barnyard, spice, citrus/lemon, yeasty, sour (-) 4.5

T – Clean, citrus, a bit acidic, lactic, some herbal bitterness, the 8.2% ABV not evident. 4.75

MF – Super dry finish, tart – maybe even a bit astringent, medium-light body. 5 (492 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

July 26, 2014
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip.

A – Hazy, golden or straw colored, with a hint of dark yellow or amber. An inch-plus of creamy frothy head on top. Significantly more head when I sped up the pour on the second glass, almost four inches on top of a couple inches of beer. Tiny amount of sediment in the bottle clouds it up even more at the end.

S – Yeast, acidity, funk. Imagine there’s some lactobacillus or brett in here.

T – Very acidic, slightly tart, taste a lot of lactic acid and strong citrus, mostly lemon. Funky. Again, either lactobacillus or brettanomyces character.

M – Lots of carbonation and effervescent bubbles. Really clears the palate between the bubbles and the acidity. Very refreshing.

O – Solid example of a farmhouse saison / sour. Would like a little more balance with the acidity. (847 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bit of a gusher. Big foamy head, decent retention and lacing. Super cloudy and hazy, lemon yellow brew.

Tart lemony aroma; straw, funk, hay.

Flavor matches: rustic, slightly funky, a little sweet, with a bit of citric acid. Everything is nice and balanced.

Feel is a little thin but sticky, highly carbonated, with a long finish.

Another delicious saison. Try it. (367 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a super large tulip. And, man oh man, what a load of head! Five fingers at least. I wasn't even pouring it all that aggressively either. Body (once I could see it) is a light, hazy orange.

Smell seems pretty typical for a farmhouse ale. Some funk, some lemon.

Again, pretty standard as far as taste. Solid, but it's not making me shed tears of pure joy.

Overall, this ain't too shabby. But for the price I paid (nearly $10), it's not worth buying again. (485 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Hazy medium yellow, with a huge white fluffy head on even a gentle pour. Lively visible carbonation.

S: Musty and restrained funk, with light cracker malts, thick yeast, and light citrus undertones. Nice saison aroma for sure.

T: Follows the nose - musty barnyard, light malts, farm yeastiness, and some citrus with a light black pepper. Some hop bitterness shows up near the end.

M: Light bubbly body, and alcohol presence well-hidden.

O: This was a nicely executed saison. Maybe there's not much to make it stand out from its peers, but it does very little wrong. This particular bottle was a touch over-carbonated. (702 characters)

Photo of Guden
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- gushes out of the bottle with a huge force. Not surprisingly the pour into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip is cloudy, with a huge white head of loose bubbles that fades very slowly leaving thick laces. Color is a cloudy light gold.

S- funk, hay, noble hops, pear, banana, cardamom, mineral water, maybe a touch of alcohol. Smells like a funky farmhouse ale with lots of complex characteristics.

T/M- Dry and highly carbonated. Starts with a soft lemony bite that fades to bready and hay like malt mixed with a farmyard funk that displays decaying earth, before a fairly bitter and dry swallow. Taste seems to lack some of the complexity of the nose with the spice and fruit largely displaced by the earthy funk, the sweet malt and the intense combination of carbonation and bitterness.

O- I'm going back and forth on this one. While it delivers what it promises (farmyard) the extreme carbonation and moderate bitterness are a bit off putting and as it warms the alcohol, rather than fruit or spice, is the most increasingly noticeable attribute. (1,045 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 danieelol
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Owen.

Pours yellow with nice white head and cloudy lacing.

Smell is a lot of pineapple and tropical, water cracker flavour and some rice crackers. There are hints of sourness and full on Brett here but really just a lot of pineapple. Bit of Belgian yeast. As time goes on it gets funkier, meatier.

Taste is pineapple, tinned peaches. Quite a bit of citrus. More Belgian yeast. Taste is a little sour, seemingly dry for the duration of the palate but finishes with a decent sweetness.

I don't like the sweet citrus thing it's got going on on the palate. It smells dry and Bretty and I wish it didn't have this growing residual sweetness on the palate which for me undermines it.

Good beer, but palate is ultimately too sweet and watery. It's like a spritzer and I find myself wanting more. Just a bit cloying. (824 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a billowing white head.

S: Aromas of pineapple, mango, bitter orange, lemon, kumquats, grass, herbs, oak, must, biscuits, crackers, and lactic funk express themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, crackers, biscuit, lemon, lime zest, kumquats, herbs, grass, bitter orange, unripened mango, passion fruit, and pineapple are present, while notes of oak, must, and lactic funk linger in the background throughout. The finish is fruity and funky with a surprisingly bold mix of tropical fruit and funky yeast flavors.

M: Somewhat slight in body, waxy, and a bit sticky. Carbonation is crisp and firm. Alcohol is all but completely undetectable.

O: A really nice saison with lots of complexity. (724 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange, hazed, thick, voluminous white head has great retention and lacing.

S/T - Straight up oak and brett. Floral, earthy, lavender, rose, yeast funk, chamomile, vanilla, tart but not sour.

M - Light/medium body, lively carbonation. Fluffy, smooth mouthfeel. Bone dry, oaky finish.

O - Solid saison. Beautiful blend of flavors with a fantastic aroma. (366 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.12/5  rDev -23.9%
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 (1,252 characters)

Photo of ThreeLions
3.22/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (1,208 characters)

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