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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie AlePrairie Ale

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152 Reviews
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 944
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 23.77%
Wants: 72
Gots: 173 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 152 | Hads: 944
Photo of kylesobrien
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite a gusher! I popped the cap, and in less than 5 seconds a fountain of foam slowly emerged from the bottle. The colour is an attractive hazy shade of lemonade with a slight orangish cast. Plenty of fine carbonation supports a lacy off-white head.

To me, the aroma is a floral mix of noble aroma hops coupled with a faint scent of citrus.

The first taste is really interesting -- prickly carbonation, and a bit of sourness up front, with a sweetish aftertaste. This is a more complex brew than I anticipated. It's almost a cross between Orval and Saison Dupont, though not quite as dry as the former. I wonder if this was brewed with a bit of brettanomyces? I can't detect the alcohol at all, it's fairly well hidden by the mix of flavours.

Overall, a really nice saison from a brewery I'd never heard of until this afternoon. This might pair well with grilled meats or cheeses, but drinks just fine on its own too. The bottle I purchased was a bit smaller than the one in the photo (1 pint, 0.9 fluid ounces).

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Photo of travolta
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperaance: A very light and slightly opaque straw. Egg whipped head with tiny bubbles. Average head retention, good lacing.

Nose: White crackers, lemon, pepper, brett yeast and faint coriander with spice.

Taste: Lightly sweet malt, coriander, white saltine crackers, brett yeast, peppercorns, and spice. Pilsner crispness.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of pwalkley
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of KATCanada
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of Zach136
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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Photo of zoober911
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev -2%

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.

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Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -2%

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Guden
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of danieelol
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.