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Prairie Standard - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 32
Gots: 131 | FT: 10
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StaveHooks on 12-20-2012

Prairie Standard is our everyday beer. Its a light, crisp saison with a hoppy finish. This beer is dry hopped 1lb per bbl with Motueka hops. A lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma.
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Ratings: 939 | Reviews: 160
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent straw color with a thumb of fast-falling pearl colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, traces of lacing & average head retention

S: Bready, grainy, pears & white grape

T: Bready, grassy, white pepper, lemon & just a touch of apricot & apple skin up front. Hints of pineapple & white grapes sneak in as this warms, pears , light lemon zest, plus white pepper & lemongrass. Finishes slightly fruitty, with white pepper, faint apple peel & with lemon grass

MF: Light bodied, lively carbonation, good balance

Easy drinker, this will be a go to beer as long as I can find it. Fairly subtle, but flavorful enough to make want another. Would love to try this on draft to get a comparison. I could tear up some sushi, Thai or Indian food with this!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my Hennepin stemmed glass a hazed straw color with a fluffy bone white head that settles into a frothy mass after quite awhile.Lemon oils really stand out in the nose with a hint of funk and toasted cereal grain.Quite refreshing on the palate with lemon really standing out along with mild yeasty phenols,a hint of white pepper and some toasted cereal grains in the finish.A great "table" beer to be had.

Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into teku. Pours hazy and pale yellow in color with minimal bubbly head and minimal lacing. Aroma is mostly saison yeast with a citrusy lemon-lime overtone. Mouth feel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Palate is lemon, lime, and peppercorn…sour throughout and finishes dry. A nice saison…easy drinker.

Photo of ehammond1
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, baconsausage!

Murky, hazy golden straw color. Quickly forming head of white bubbles, but not a persistent one. Spots and smears of stick left down the glass.

As the name of the beer implies, this has a very standard, very straightforward saison aroma--which I like very much. Grain, sweetness, dry hay and grass, earthy notes, and some cracker and cereal. Some initial Band-Aid at cooler temperatures.

The flavor is similar to the aroma: sweet grain, hay and grass, mild pepper and lemon notes, moderate bitterness. Incredibly drinkable.

Medium to fuller in body for the style with moderate carbonation. I suppose I wish the body was a bit more lively.

Very nice, traditional saison.

Photo of Tilly
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a golden color with a full white lacy head. Sweet lemon earthy aroma. Earthy, citrus, sweet pineapple. Genuine farmhouse sourness. I like this beer. Its different.

Photo of weonfire
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Golden Color. light carbonated head. little tiny bubbles. 2 full inches of head that dissipates quickly. but never fully. a single stream of tiny tiny bubbles come up from the bottom.

S - light citrus. orange, grapefruit.

T - high carbonation. tiny bit of hops. orange and grapefruit. not bitter what so ever.

M - carbonation hits with a small punch. get a tingle on the tongue. Little bit slippery on the tongue.

O - This is really nice. low ABVs make this real drinkable. real light on the tongue. altho the high carbonation makes this bubble in the tummy. so can't have too many. It could be a bit thicker. that being said - i would buy this again.

Photo of tastybeer
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden straw colored beer with a nice cakey white head that in due time fades to a lumpy layer leaving a sticky ring of sheety lace on the glass. Aroma is a bit wacky farmhouse. First thing that comes to mind is an unidentified stinky fruit that is somewhere between tropical and fig and bergamot. A little wine-like, slightly phenolic, certainly floral, with maybe honey, and an interesting array of spicy yeasty aromas. Taste follows right along the same lines. White wine nuances, slight tart bitterness, rooty veggies, a shroomy earthiness, spicy hop, and wild flowers or potpourri. Mouthfeel is smooth, evenly and finely carbonated, approaching dryness, and somewhat fluffy in texture. Overall an enjoyably farmy, earthy, and fairly unusual saison.

Photo of Roguer
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful thick and hazy - truly opaque - golden yellow brew, topped by a massive, fluffy snow-white head. Great retention, leaving behind clouds of lacing.

Aroma lives up to the description: traditional BPA/sweet Saison aroma of lemon, yeast, straw, sugar, and wheat melds with a relatively subdued dry-hop aroma carrying notes of tropical and citrus fruit, a touch of pine, and a bit of dankness.

Flavor is a bit sharper, but otherwise represents the nose quite well. Tart up front; followed by straw and sugar; that followed by bananas, yeast, and cloves; and finally finished off by a sharp lemony bite and a hoppy bitterness.

Quite a bit of bite to the mouthfeel; slick; very lively. Just thin enough that you could gulp it, but just thick and milky enough that you don't want to.

Of the American-style dry-hopped Saisons, this might be the most delicate presentation I've had yet. The hops are present (but not overbearing) in the aroma, and the flavor is just fantastically melded together. Wonderful daily drinker, and at a very accessible ABV.

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, part of a trade thanks to Newkidroundhere

Really solid label work first off, love the details of noodlin on the front! Pours a cloudy yet vibrant hay color. White head pillows up from some good carbonation.

Aroma is interesting. Salty tang-like phenols, spice, sweet coriander mixed with some lemon peel. There's a grassy, floral hop character that melds in as well. Reminiscent of the modern Belgian IPA.

Palate is mild, fruity, slightly bitter in the finish. Slightly tart up front, funky, sweet lemon, fruit esters, mild tropical fruit.

Moderately high carbonation, slight bitterness in the back. Dry finish, with a near salty aspect to it. And no I did not eat any salty foods prior to this tasting.

Overall, really solid beer. At first, I did not much care for it, but it really grew on me throughout the tasting. Love the take on the style, shows hops do have a place in the Saison style.

Photo of Evahflow
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- golden with an orange hue, inch of head that doesn't stick around, I'd say average farmhouse coloring

S-toasted malts, citrus zest, spicy earthiness

T- pils malt, citrus zest, lime, grassy dry earthy finish.

M- decent mouth feel, medium carbonation, good crisp dryness

O- this is a decent saison. I expected more coming from prairie. I'd like the saison yeast to shine through a little more. Overalls this is a decent offering that is pretty drinkable

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear golden until the avalanche of sediment cascades into the glass. Yikes, I didn't see that coming. Now it's hazy. Like a diluted orange juice. Nice white head either way. Decent lacing and retention.

Smell - Lots of esters and doughy malts. Citrusy orange and lemon. Yeasty.

Taste - Hoppy right up front. Definitely a distinct hoppiness to it that separates itself from the yeasty flavors. Lemon zest and some grassy hops. Pale malt right behind it. Bitterness builds into the finish. The finish belies its farmhouse roots, with more esters and Belgian yeastiness. Lingering lemony hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light and drinkable. Well carbonated. A little bitter.

Overall - Quite enjoyable. Light and flavorful. Won't knock your socks off, but it's a great summer afternoon beer.

Photo of larryarms847
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light straw colored golden yellow with very lively, but thin carbonation.

This beer includes the entire farmhouse. Tons of funk, biscuity, floral, and slight hints of citrus. The faint whiff of cat piss is what degraded this score for me. Every couple of minutes I'd get a whiff of a very astringent odor of ammonia.

Subtle citrus notes, tons of tart funk, bready malts, and very herbal/floral.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, astringent, and lots of bitter funk.

Overall, while I did enjoy this brew, the unfortunate cat piss-like ammonia aroma got to me after a while.

Photo of Tbub18
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A--golden yellow brew, light head that disappeared quickly
S--tropical fruits, yeast, barnyard funk
T--getting tart up front, floral and grass. Hops are present but hidden behind the tart
M--light bodied
O--This beer was really well done. We know Prairie carries a rep for great stouts and I was impressed to see what they could do with a saison. I admit the saison isn't my favorite style but I would definitely go for this one again if the mood were to strike me.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out to a thin white permanent head and no lasting lace (do any beers that come out of Krebs have much lacing?) Aroma is a spicy, yeasty and hoppy blend with hints of citrus. Flavor is where it shines, with complex blend of the tastes associated with the aforementioned aromas. Spicy, fruity but not very sweet at all. Zesty, spicy finish. This beer has Moutueka hops and it shows (see note below). Mouthfeel is light and the beer has a nice CO2 bite.

Personal note: This reminds me of a New Zealand-made hopped extract beer kit that I brewed in the first year I started homebrewing. I think it was called Black Rock. It was a pale, dry beer that was lightly hopped with Moutueka hops and due to the high fermentation temperature that summer in my apartment it had a yeasty character. The yeastiness of this beer coupled with the distinctive aroma and flavor of the hops reminds me very much of that landmark brew of the Summer of 1995.)

Nostalgia aside, this beer is very well made and is world-class.

Photo of KYGunner
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a truly gorgeous ale with a brilliant, goowing yellow color. The head was built with a rush of bubbly carbonation that just continued to build above the rim and then settled in a billowing mass.

The aromas are earthy Saison fare, with cloves, banana, hay or straw, hops and perfumey flowers.

The flavors in this ale are definitely not "Standard" as the hop character is predominant. The hops are flowery, dry, slightly piney and nicely smooth. Much of the Farmhouse Ale qualities are put to the back with a grassy, clovey and fruity flavors neatly hidden. There is an unfortunate phenolic taste periodically but it's not too bad.

The feel is airy, bubbly and light with a slight expansiveness in the mouth.

Photo of goochpunch
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy brass color with a thin head. Smell is very grainy, with some citrus, a bit of spicy yeast and a touch of toast. Flavor: crackery malts, citrys hops, resinous lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Yeast has a spicy quality to it, but is subdued. Finishes dry. Bitterness keeps lingering on. Mouthfeel is vibrant. A little heavy for what the flavor profile brings. Tasty saison, I'd say, although I'd rather buy a 4 pack of Rayon Vert for the money.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like bready malt, peppery spice, citrus, melon and a bit of earthy floralness. It tastes like melon, bananas, bready/grainy malt, honey, peppery spice and some white grape/wine. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is an OK brew overall and I won't have any problems finishing the 4-pack, but it's not one of the better Prairie ales I've tried. The longer I drank this, the less I liked it. Still, it's worth picking up if you've never had it before.

Photo of pinyin
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A perfect all around farmhouse ale.

Light in color and abv%, heavy in texture and flavor. Nice cloudy yellowish light gold. Very refreshing on a warm day. Yeast profile seems kind of hybrid, with a blend of saison and helles lager. Nose is very citrus, lemon and nectarine tasting notes. Overall this a subdued and well balanced farm house ale. Very sessionable, albeit the heavier texture of a saison, I could easily see drinking 3-4 of these. While this is my first taste Of Prairie Artisan Ales, I am looking forward to trying them all as they become available in NY state thanks to Remarkable Liquids, a high end distribution outlet working hard to get us the best.

Photo of nataku00
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with a finger of loose off white foamy head. Head dissipates after a minute leaving no lacing to a thin collar.

Nose is typical saison, fruity esters with notes of apple, pear, peach, pineapple, and apricot, coriander, with a sweet light caramel malt and fresh bread.

Taste follows the nose, a lot of yeast ester and hop fruit character with peach and apricot being dominant. A light spice and grassy hop flavor comes mid palate, mingling with some light caramel and bready malt sweetness. Lingering fruit flavors on the tongue.

Light body and very easy to drink. Refreshing and delicious.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the heads up Herf!

Appearance: golden, sunny, cloudy, ample carbonation streams, bright white head, 2 finger, lacy.

Aroma: lemon, Brett, hay, mild funkiness, herbal, floral and grassy hops, light grains.

Taste: grassy, floral hop notes, lemongrass, grains of paradise, pepper, spice, Brett funk, musky hay, bitter hop finish.

***One of the best hoppy Saison ales I think I've had. It's not overly funky and Bretty, but, but the hop and Saison funk marriage is well executed were neither outshine the other. Awesome!

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter at Churchkey DC.

Large foamy white head off the pour, with a very rocky clumpy appearance. Body is a dull brass yellow gold, with a head that falls slowly and leaves lots of ring like lacing.

Nose is really nice. Soft orange citrus, juicy and full. Mild brett sensations and farmhouse yeast funk, with a big sensing chewy wheat and light sweetness feeling. Big and large but not overpowering, great smelling brew.

Palate comes with a light malted body, and mild brett flavors of funk and earth. Subtle and subdued more than the nose would suggest. Muted orange and tangerine citrus washes over the palate, with a very wet but luckily not too fleeting flavor on the swallow.

The nose seems to be the ideal highlight of the beer, but even it's light body doesn't distract from the palate and flavors. This is a real easy drinking flavorful saison, could easily be the beer a non saison beer drinker would get into.

Photo of wedge
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with a frothy, sticky white head on top. Aroma is spicy and on the sharp side at first...freshly milled malt, cracked pepper, wet hay, flowers, and earth. Flavor gets things working more in harmony; the peppery yeast is still at the forefront, but a nice cereal maltiness starts to smooth it out before a light lime and melon finish. Fairly light and zesty, leaving the mouth dry. Definitely has the drinkability nailed down. The aroma is perhaps a little overly rustic, but it helps lend an authentically "farmhouse" feel to the whole deal.

Photo of jwchestnut
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently picked up on a trip south.

A - straw colored, tight bubbles, nice thick pillowly and white head and settles to a nice lacing

S - grassy hops, a little honey, freshly cracked pepper

T - similar to the noise though the grassy hops turned almost lime-like which was a bit unusual and also a little spice to hop, lightly toasted sweetness, a little apple, a little bit of funk, little bit of rosewater

M - nice carbonation, little bubbles, easy to drink

O - good saison with the unique and subtle flavor of lime and cracked pepper

Photo of take_it_sleazy
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into hill farmstead pint glass. Been waitin awhile to try something from this brewery.

A: straw color, a slight neon haze to it with a solid, but not overwhelming, amount of carbonation. Standard size head for a saison.

S: wonderful combination of floral accents and bretty funk. Faint scent of lemon zest and coriander in the background. Not much hops coming through after initial pour. That funk though!! Love that in a farmhouse.

T: very balenced with hops and lemon shining through. A strong malt backbone that holds this beer together. Smooth and light drinking for sure. Great beer for this 85 degree day.

M: as good as a saison gets. Medium to strong carbonation with a medium body.

O: great saison with a lot of quality characteristics going on. Aside from just looking pretty, it's a very enjoyable saison with drinkability absolutely in it's favor. Would recommend to the farmhouse ale fan, or those just getting into the wonderful world of brettanomyces.

Photo of mtomlins
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to UncleJazz for the bottle. A really nice, understated brew, soft and well balanced. It has a nice mix of yeast notes as well as hop herbaceousness and spice. Pleasent and easy to drink.

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Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.