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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 69
Gots: 161 | 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 garuda
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
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

Photo of ThreeLions
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of sjccmd
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden yellow with large white head. Large bubbles that fade quickly. Gets quite murky after the first pour.

Smell is quite nice. Peppery and fruity yeast. Hints of banana and bubblegum. Spicy and herbal hops. Interesting sweet aroma, perhaps chamomile? Bready malt and some alcohol warmth.

Taste follows aroma. There is a slight hint of yeast autolysis. Spicy hop bitterness. Bubblegum as well.

Mouthfeel is slick. Medium carbonation. Might have enjoyed more carbonation.

Very very drinkable. Complex and refreshing.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. If you've ever seen "There Will Be Blood", you can picture me opening this bottle: Gusher! After quickly getting a glass under the flow, managed a pour, appearing in the glass as opaque hazy straw, almost the color of fresh unfiltered pineapple juice with a massive white head that started to dissipate, but maintained a two finger head with good retention and pillowy lacing. Classic saison aroma of light fruit juice, coriander, wild yeast, peppery and sweet/sour. Flavor is dry dominant brett, light citrus and apple family fruit, hints of caramel, white grape, hints of lemon citrus; finishes very bitter from hops and Brett. Dry, bubbly and reminiscent of champagne (if champagne was brett infused). Fortunately not too sour, but a light tartness that was appealing. Light to medium bodied with bright, active carbonation. Brett forward and far over the amount I would prefer; however it is a credit to this ale that the overall peppery carbonation and otherwise well balanced saison flavors won me over. I like the underlying saison ingredients and if I was a bigger wild yeast fan, I'd probably go crazy over this. A very nicely made and tasty saison on the aggressive brett end of the flavor spectrum. This is one of the rare ales that could eventually win me over to wild yeasts. So good I regretted losing a third of the bottle on opening.

Photo of larryi86
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a teku

A- A cloudy gold straw color with a massive four finger+ head.

S- Brett sourness and funk, some white wine, peppercorns, light fruits.

T- Does not live up to the nose. Slightly tart, some peppercorn, earthy spices, some funk from the brett, sweet malts, along with some sugary sweetness.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A good Saison, but would be better if the brett made it more sour. The nose is the best part, smells like a wine barrel aged Saison.

Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- cloudy light gold. Huge foamy head.

Aroma- dry white grapes and mild herbs.

Taste- Starts wheaty yet light with effervescent fine carbonation that quickly brings on floral hops and light spicy notes, finishing with a beautiful dry lingering aftertaste with hints of floral hops. An excellent brew! We disagree with the brewer's note on hints of pineapple but agree on the black pepper. This was recommended by Nick at Hancock Center HEB (central Austin), and this was one of his better recommendations.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/24/14.

Photo of hopsputin
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: a bright, cloudy yellow color- i like to use the term amber waves of grain. large 4 finger rocky white head that looks like bubbling marshmallows on top

s: a very nice spice right up front, a bit like Fantome. spicy yeast, coriander, sweet pears & apples. rich bread yeast, light caramel, white wine. finishes with those nice pear/apple/white wine grapes

t: white wine grapes, spicy yeast, and coriander are what i'm picking up right away. this fades to a really nice grassy/grain note and very light sweet malts. theres a nice mild pepper spice at the end of the tongue as well, and finishes with something that reminds me of a slightly tart strawberry and some nice funk - is that brett? tastes like it. really nice

m: medium mouthfeel with tonssss of carbonation. i think the high level of carbonation really works well here helping those fruity yeasty flavors balance out the nice spice in here as well. easy to drink

o: really impressed with this. as mentioned, it reminds me a bit of Fantome. its fruity, spicy, earthy, and super refreshing. not taste of alcohol in here at all. 100% recommend this

Photo of JulioH
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting choice of name since this is a saison.

Pours a nice cloudy beer, with nice head. Aroma reveals a little lambic, a little citrus. Taste is bitter, funky because of the lambic, maybe the farmhouse style, but it is interesting. However I did not think this is a great saison, not even a good saison. I would prefer to think of it as a saison style ale, because of the mix of tart beer in it.

One of the things that I found strange was that at some point the beer smelled like urine. Strange and off putting.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A hazy darker straw yellow in color with 2 fingers of bright white head, slow dissipation. Smells fantastically Bretty! Lots of jasmine, barnyard funk, wet hay, and some tropical notes as well.
Slightly bitter up front, then a nice breadyness leads way to brettanomyces' funkyness. A bit of white pepper comes through in the finish.. This I a very yeast oriented brew. You can tell there was Belgian yeast used for primary, Brett in secondary (there but not as overpowering as most 100% Brett ales) and the wine yeast comes through in the crisp dry finish. A wonderfully balanced wild ale, full of flavor with a light crisp refreshing body.. Oh and wait there's lots of alcohol in this one? Feels like a 3% Berliner.. Wow. Excellent job done by prairie once again.

Photo of N_Schleret
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy citrus color with a fluffy two finger head that dissipates to a soapy top.
S: Grapes, lemon, funkiness, and wine like.
T: funk, lemon, grapes, and rubbing alcohol. Very off-putting.
M: Medium/heavy, medium carbonation, and a dry/bitter finish.
O: The more I continue to drink this the more I don't like it, but it looks and smells good.

Photo of jjdc
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Funky, grapy nose. Nice, mellow straw color in the glass that just looks like summer. The brett comes through heavily on this one followed by lemon, rind, white grapes, and a bit of a hop bite on the backend. This is a pretty dry affair -- just a touch of sweetness. Overall, another good prairie beer.

Photo of DrumKid003
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle into a Nonic Pint Glass

A: Opaque yellow-orange in color that let's through a moderate amount of light. Kind of reminds me off the look of pulp-free orange juice. White fluffy head about 1-2 fingers thick.

S: The hops give it a slightly sweet smell, while the wine yeast & brettanomyces mixes in to give off a mild red wine smell.

T: Not much in the way of hops taste. The malt is heavier on the front which provides a slight sweetness, then quickly transitions into a peppery, sour finish. If you didn't know this had brett in it, the finish will quickly bring that to your attention.

M: Very quickly transitions from a smooth texture, to the carbonation taking over 1-2 seconds after sitting on the tongue, creating a very light and airy feel.

O: Had this beer once before on-tap, but I think it was either a bad keg, or the conditioning didn't take. Out of the bottle though, this beer is completely different. The carbonation and brett are immediately noticeable and true to style. Even though there's hops in this they're almost unnoticeable, and the malt is very subdued. The wine yeast is probably the most noticeable in the taste and aroma categories, and makes this one of my favorite Saisons.

Photo of farrago
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wispy bleached white head of extremely airy foam, amazing for how swiftly it evaporates down to the surface, looks like a video game, no lacing at all. Light, shiny golden straw color, easy to see through, full throughout with huge bubbles which steadily move with authority, a proverbial maelstrom in the glass. The nose suavely unfolds pressed flowers, clove spice, sour orange to grapefruit citrus, has a vinous quality to it, it’s too wiry and focused for the banana to bubblegum aspect to shine, same for any sweeter element, be it the apple, pear or the meadow breeze, the yeastiness is like just about to baked bread, not like dessert “baked goods.” Full-bodied, has a heavier which impairs it getting out of the gate, carbonation injects some fuel into this. White grape, pear, apple, apricot fruit lean and mean, bursts through and picks up speed from the pepper, clove, and metallic earth components. Noticeable for its freshness and cleanliness, once it breaks past the mid-palate it develops a lighter feel which makes it food friendly. Minimal banana and ester presence. Very interesting, obvious it belongs in this category but it doesn’t play to the crowd, quietly classy and willing to accept your lack of appreciation.

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington.

Semi-hazy yellow-gold with a load of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to a modest but head.  Excellent lacing.

A style I dislike more often than not, this is the exception.  Although the peppery aroma carries a trace of the farmhouse component I dislike, it is mainly floral and secondly fruity.  Even the bready malt dominates the funk.

The flavor largely follows, albeit with more funk evident and some hop bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. 

O: refreshing, tame and highly drinkable for style. 

Photo of siege06nd
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From bottle to DFH IPA glass because why not...

A. Pours a very cloudy straw gold. I think some of the sediment may have come out on this one...my fault for not being more careful with the pour. The cloudiness actually adds to the appearance, though, giving it a subtle glow in the glass. About two fingers of creamy white head with tight and consistent bubbles flare up. Settles to a finger and then lingers for the duration. Lacing is equally dense and consistent. Great looking beer.

S. Lots of pear and grapeskin on the nose. Hints of cracked better and bread crust. Faint lemon zest and traces of clove and banana. This is a complex and inviting bouquet. It"s spicy and lively.

T. A bit more one-note than the nose and very much like the other Prairie saisons I've enjoyed. I get the aforementioned grape notes with grapefruit and lemon zest. Fairly bitter hop presence on the mid and a drying and yeasty finish. Lots of fruity esters up front and some phenolic notes on the back end.

M. It starts sweet, fruity, and intriguing and then finishes in a wave of dry, bitter, phenols with booze, yeast, and hops all popping up. Imbalanced and slightly off-putting finish.

O. After the pour and the nose I was really invested, but the taste and mouthfeel let me down. I feel this one is out of balance, with a finish that is overly dry and phenolic. It is similar to a Belgian Pale but there's just no balance, which makes this a one-note experience, and not altogether a pleasant one the more and more I sip it. This is a decent enough offering, but a disappointment after all the good things I've heard about Prairie.

Photo of jeagleton
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a strange-tasting beer, but I love it.

I drank this some time ago, but I remember the nose and how it tasted so vividly. It's one of the beers I use as a prime example in floral flavors in beer. So if you are looking for floral flavors in your beer: drink this beer. The way I always describe this light, summery ale is: it tastes the way tulips or amaryllis flowers smell. It has a florid and almost farty pungency. I am sending home to Oklahoma from NYC for this one and will continue to for as long as it's brewed.

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Bright lemon yellow, and fairly opaque body appearance. Minimal rising carbonation also. Head is a good thick and creamy white color, not bright or shockingly so. Good pinhead bubbles in the colar and a half inch thick puck on top to settle it all up.

Good smelling nose of dry brett. A bit one dimensional, hints to some black pepper finish, but quite funky and crisp with virtually no fruit presence. Still quite solid and impressive.

Much dryness and almost crackery malt bill on the palate. Dry brett and lots of tingly carbonation. Small juicy quality and lots of dry cracked black pepper on the finish. Dry blast and virtually no acidic quality but also no highly gaseous aftertaste surprisingly.

Overall another solid and great saison, and one for the brett heads for sure. Been very impressed with these guys.

Photo of snaotheus
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked/caged bottle at 41 F poured into a pair of chalices. No bottle codes that I can see.

Pours cloudy straw yellow with a huge head, extremely carbonated. Silky pillows of fluff dissipate very slowly. Smell is funky, grassy, spicy. Slightly lemony.

Taste is spicy, funky, refreshing, a little more citrus. Interesting, and tasty.

Mouthfeel is refreshing, full, but airy. Overall, I like this quite a bit.

Photo of pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

plain hazy yellow, no head on light pour. a little bit of effervescence, like a 7-up....
smells kind of sour, a little bit of vinegar, a little bit of fruit and grass.
taste is nice. a little sour, some fruit and tartness, but seemingly very thin. the thinness is decent
2nd pour yields a little foam but the stand out feature of this is the tart, yet quite thin and bland taste. but that isn't bad, it just means it's not overly rich and I really like it this this way. for the 8.2% abv, I really like this. it's a very clean taste and very nicely done. not overly rich, not terribly tasty, but very stable.

Photo of Amalak
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had at Torst in Brooklyn.

A. A hazy, opaque straw-gold color. Great bubbly white head and good lacing.

S. A wheaty but oddly dirty scent.

T/M. A bit tart, but refreshing and nicely carbonated. Bready and grassy. A slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied.

O. It's a zesty, refreshing beer and well balanced; not overly wheaty.

Photo of vfgccp
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dense, opaque banana yellow body. Towering bone-white head with nice retention and lace.

S - Dry and dusty. Juniper, barn yard hay, bitter dandelion, plantain, and rose water.

T - Smooth and fruity. Banana cream, grass, orange zest, and waxy potpourri.

M - Thick and creamy, and light on carbonation. It's a strange pairing with the flavor profile.

O - Really interesting, one of the more unique beers I've had in a while. Drinks like a hefeweizen-saison hybrid.

Photo of draheim
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color w/ a soft fluffy white head, nice carbonation. Spot-on for the style.

Aroma is grassy, earthy and funky with some pepper and spice, lemon.

Taste follows nose. Earthy and funky with floral hops and a citrusy, spicy twist.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, light to medium body. Refreshing and drinkable.

Overall a really nice saison that reminds me why I love this style.

Photo of ISmith87
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4 - clear straw colored here with big white head on it.
S - 4.25 - dry, white grapes, bread, peppery,
T - 4.25 - follows the nose. White pepper, white wine, bread, very dry. Super clean.
M - 4.25 - light mouth feel. Alc covered. After taste is bready.
O 4.25 - probably the best saison I've had by far.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A/S: It explodes as soon as I uncap it and foams everywhere. Smell is sharp, pungent, and beery. Lagerish and unpleasant from the desk. In the glass, it's obviously and highly funky. Lots of wild yeast. Almost too much, but I kind of like it. After the initial foam fades, there is no resiudal head or lace, and the effervescent. Very pale and milky-clear. Pretty!

T/M: Delicious and incredibly refreshing. Mouth-filling and almost chewy dense, which is remarkable for such a relatively light-flavored beer. The flavor is spicy, herbal, and delicious. Hint of tartness, loads of funk. Oddly for beer, nearly unique. I'm not sure I've ever had anything like this.

O: Interesting, drinkable, engaging, and highly recommended. Would love to have again. Outstanding.

Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
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