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Prairie Ale - Prairie Artisan Ales

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733 Ratings
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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 66
Gots: 113 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
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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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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.

Monkeyknife, Dec 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

christoefir, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

StubFaceJoe, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

captainbearcat, Dec 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

dfhhead25, Nov 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

drmcleod10, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale champagne colour, cloudy with floaties. Head is foamy, white and like an obliging madam - reassuring and sexy. Looks good.

Smells tart and funky. Citric, acidic with a decent, earthy barnyard funk. Touch of caramel vanilla in there, and green apple. Funky, but inviting, like a lonely John Travolta c. 1978.

Taste is buttery, funky. Lots of Chardonnay oak with that smooth buttery flavour that gets a little sweet at the back. Notes of horse blanket, damp basement and some mild peppery dry spice. That buttery oak is a little strong; could use more tartness in the back (not just funk) to freshen it up.

Bit of pull from yeasts, but also a little fizzy. Not enough body to carry it off.

Nice enough, but leans quite heavily on some strong flavours which end up subjugating the overall drinkability.

laituegonflable, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

RoninBirdman, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

budsandsuds8, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Elprico, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 16.9oz bottle.

Pours a nice slightly hazy straw golden color. There is a nice dense white head that forms and recedes pretty slowly leaving a nice sticky lacing as it goes down.

Aroma is pretty nice and straight forward. Notes of slightly sweet grain with sweet farmhouse yeast notes and esters. Mild clove notes are present along with some musty barnyard hints. Earthy grain notes are alos present in the nose with some nice grassy hop notes.

Flavor follows the nose pretty well. Dry saison notes with spicy hints and notes of earthy grain. Nice mild grainy sweetness with some fruit juice notes in there as well. The hop notes are very mild but compliment the brew really well. Pretty nice earthy grain flavors with a good dry finish.

JoEBoBpr, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

eawolff99, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

XicanoBeerRun, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

egrace84, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of VinceMig
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

VinceMig, Nov 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

moarmare, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of leeswagerty
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

leeswagerty, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
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-

kojevergas, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

polishkaz, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

22Blue, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

MattSweatshirt, Nov 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

htdoerge, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

udubdawg, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Jordy777, Nov 12, 2013
Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.