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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 67
Gots: 116 | FT: 8
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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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of alaimoa
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6 month old bottle served in the teku. Golden straw with big pillowy white headht sticks around for a while and leaves spotty lines. Subtle barnyard and sweetness in the smell. Initial taste dominated by a earthy Brett that leads into some sweet pineapple and a back end bite. Semi dry. Overall not my favorite prairie but still good

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Braseltonage
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours evenly translucent, rich golden straw. Thick & sticky, rocky head. Super lacing through out.
S: Classic DuPont-esque nose. Nice continental malt aroma. Soft pils sweetness, some modest fruity esters, very faint barnyard spice.
T: Does not meet the palate with the same softness and complexity as the aroma. Very quick hitting, a surprising bitter kick. Dry finish, cleaner than expected. A decent pilsner malt backbone, but there's almost an over crushed husk astringency. Some tartness and a little farmhouse funk mingles in late. Not bad, but not as complex as I'd hoped for. Musca cleaner yeast profile than promised. Missing the brett for sure. Not sure what happened here.
M: Fittingly dry, but the aforementioned astringency is a bit much. Cleaner than it seems like it should be.
O: Oveall, the aroma wrote a check that the taste didn't cash. Good, but not great, counter to what I've come to expect from Prairie.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love that this is finally coming to Kansas City along with a number of other Shelton Bros. distributed beers. Enjoyed out of a 500 mL brown bottle with no dating that I can see on the label or bottle. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - Before I even pour it, the layer of sediment caking the bottom of the bottle is evident. Pouring carefully so as not to disturb it too much, produces a healthy two finger sticky white head that begins to dissipate a little bit, leaving thick cobwebs of foam atop a tangerine amber body with a consistent haze throughout.

Smell - Funky, wet hay with lots of mustiness. Floral overtones, tropical fruit and nectar as well as some more generic phenolic profiles. That Bretty twang is deliciously everpresent. It's funny, I've never thought of it before, but in some ways Brett in beer--especially this particular beer--reminds me of the mold in blue cheese, in a good way. In a generic sense, both are edible, living fungi, I suppose. Anyway, it's quite interesting and unique.

Taste - Yeasty phenols and a hint of sourness gives way to dandelion bitters, grapefruit rind and even some fainter pineapple sweetness. I love the aggressive bitterness and the semi-dry finish with some definite heat, although it's not overpowering. After a few drinks, there is a dry spiciness, like fresh ground pepper.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a surprising subtle kick and moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish and lingering aftertaste.

Overall, my first beer from Prairie and I'm glad to have sampled it. I will definitely have to make a point to seek out their other beers when I can. Of course, I'm a bit of a sucker for brett beers, so long as they're well done. This one certainly was and I would gladly have it again--especially in a brett fix emergency.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful straw colored body with a big foamy white head. A little hazy in the body, which is really what you're looking for with the style. There isn't a lot going on in the nose. You get some esters and flowery notes. I don't get this type of beer for the nose though. Very drinkable and satisfying saison. Almost like a table beer. I don't pick up the ABV at all. Drinks like 4%. Some light pepper notes and flowery notes like a typical farmhouse beer. Very solid beer that I'm sure pairs great with food.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright hazy yellow-gold with one finger of rich white head. Loads of stick lacing left behind.

Aroma of tropical fruit, lemon zest, light barnyard funk, Belgian yeast, and caramel malts.

The taste was bright with floral hops, lemon zest, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, white pepper, and earthy notes. Light pepper notes to the finish.

Medium bodied and sticky with a fairly sharp carbonation.

A very tasty and highly recommended Saison from the folks at Prairie.

Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.