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Prairie Standard - Prairie Artisan Ales

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183 Reviews
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Reviews: 183
Hads: 1,127
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 37
Gots: 183 | FT: 9
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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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Reviews: 183 | Hads: 1,127
Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant, hazy gold with a bubbly white head that takes some time to settle, leaving a moderate amount of white lace around the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is dominated by funky, spicy Belgian yeast scents, imparting aromas of kumquats, unripened grapes, unripened pineapple, baking spices, and papaya. As the beer settles a bit, aromas of crackers, minerals, must, biscuit, grass, lemon, lime, herbs, and hay become more prevalent.

T: Notes of must, oak, unripened grapes, unripened pineapple, minerals, chalk, papaya, mango, kumquat, bitter orange, lemon, lime, biscuit, crackers, hay, straw, grass, spices, and green apple grip the palate. The finish is tart, fruity, spicy, and funky with mildly sour, lactic, musty yeast notes blending with cracker, biscuit, citrus, and herb flavors.

M: Light in body and very dry. Bubbly, frothy feeling ale with a firm texture. Carbonation is very crisp. A bit gassy, but still very drinkable in the summer sun.

O: Really unique American take on a Wallonian saison. So far, Prairie is three for three in my book. I highly recommend this beer and this brewery to fans of funky, idiosyncratic Belgian-inspired ales.

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Photo of impending
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


12oz into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear light orange copper, small but dense yellowish head, ok lacing.

The scent is rich of citrus, mango, pineapple and pear. No mustiness but a nice phenolic camphor, indubitably a high hopped saison.

Mildly sweet, mildly dry. Plenty of hops in the taste as well but relatively low in bitter. Thin bodied appropriate mouthfeel. The aftertaste has a pleasant but steep decline to just an echo. Excellent barbecue brew. This is a perfect hot mid day drinking brew.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour to a tulip glass is hazy pale orange. Big white head falls to a patchy cap and thick ring.

Nice scent, pretty good strength. Nice mix of light fruity and spicy hops, yeasty+biscuit tones, wheat.

Taste is also well-balanced, smooth and tasty. Subtle+interesting hop flavors of citrus, rye-like spice, lime, grassiness. Great backing of toasted bread, grains, some farmy twang, mineral-y.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp with ample carbonation. Dry, toasty finish.

Very drinkable and interesting, nice flavors for the ABV. Definitely looking forward to checking out more from this brewery.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy yellow color with a white head with nice retention
S-spicy peppercorns, lemon, lime
T-nice spicy yeast character, with more lemon and lime citrus carried throughout, finishes dry and clean
M-light-medium bodied, high carbonation
O-Very crisp and refreshing beer. Great saison character with a citrus twist

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy, golden straw beer with a big foamy head that poofs. nose; not very odiferous at all, even when agitated - maybe light hops and very light banana? taste; clean wheat grain profile, belgian yeast and lemongrass. the moteuka hops lends an unmistakable light lime citrus-soda flavor. finishes a little dry and black pepper spicy. a very odd mix here, almost like a hoppy pale ale and saison combined. at 5.2% abv and mellow, it's not a challenging brew, but really easy to drink.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and little lacing

S-bready malt, lemongrass, slightly earthy funk, hint of pineapple

T-lemon, toasted malt, light pepper, pineapple, earthy, moderately bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, clean and crisp mouthfeel

O-a nice sessionable Saison with good flavor, a great summer beer

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%

Not bad for the Raul man. Light with clove and slight banana-like qualities, but it's the Posh Spice spice that gives this lil sucker a lil junk in the trunk. Smooth and sexy like Raul after a sunday wash, this bad boy could be a constant thing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't be happier to see more Belgian ales brewed in America that demonstrates true "farmhouse" character. The folks behind Prairie Ales have captured the essence of Belgium farmlands in its unadulterated form,.

Bright of golden straw, the beer carries a bold lively appearance that throws its champgne-like bubbly-ness through the grain and malt appearances. It's a beautiful color and visual lightness that grows a frothy white head of cottony substrate that retains in creamy fashion while lacing intricately along the way. It's a great looking beer that's more lively than your average German lager.

Straight forward aromas of fresh kilned grain, supple sweet scents, and earthy overtones of hay, lemongrass, and pepper carry the tone. Grassy with its earthen hop character and slight wheat bread notes promote a cracker-like note that's simple yet celebrates quality in brewing.

Lovin' the taste of the ale, the grain sweetness is of cracker-like malts that celebrates its dry bread character above any lumbering sweetness. Slightly honey-like, the taste of fresh baking breads are rounded out with a middle palate of earth, straw, hay, and pepper. The grassy tone shifts to firm bitterness of lemongrass, white pepper, and light sulfury apple. All these variants come together seamlessly in a straight-forward taste that's simple and elegant.

Reasonably light on the palate, the beer has the crisp and clean drinkability of lager, but with the highly zesty carbonation of Belgian ale or French sparkling wine. The beer bounced off the tongue with sprite and zeal that ushers in a quick finish that forces much of the taste to be appreciated more in aftertaste than in its middle palate. The Belgians call this "digestability", I call it drinkability. It's effortless on both the palate and the stomach, but is yet complex enough to make me take notice.

The beer's high rate of drinkability makes it seducing. It's easy to ignore its clean taste as lacking complexity. But its balance and subtlties rewards the patient drinker drink after drink. It's about as close as Belgians get to session ales.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A screw top. Who would've thought?

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a foamy half inch ivory head that dissipates slowly, lacing light lacing.

Grapefruit, tropical fruit, band-aid phenols, and a touch of barnyard funk form the aroma. Fairly sweet and reminiscent of a friendship bread starter.

Flavor reveals more phenols, slightly medicinal and plasticy, but not in a terribly negative way. Tropical fruit underlies the profile, slightly tangy, with earthy notes adding depth. There's an aura if farmhouse funk throughout.

Body is moderate, but lightened a bit by fairly spritzy carbonation. There's a hint of alcohol warmth.

Fairly complex, with enough farmhouse character to add intrigue, and enough supporting flavor to excite the palate, which most examples of the style tend to lack.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass

A: Golden with hazy sediment throughout. A white one-finger head that lingers. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Floral, citrus. Lots o' lemons.

T: Tangy. Lemons rule with a citrus rush. Floral, earthy. Belgian funk. Pleasant hops that don't bite.

M: Medium with high carbonation.

O: A great little saison. Glad I got to try one.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Seems like the first west coast review as this is newly distributued to Southern California.
Labeled as a hoppy farmhouse ale with 7 little scenes on "how to noodle" (i.e., catfisting).

A: Gentle pour yields a +2-finger white head over a clear straw yellow with streaming carbonation. Slowly fading head leaves irregular rings and splotches.

N: Bready yeast, peppery spices, floral and fruity, lemony citrus, and mildly funky.

T: Yeasty, and earthy with mild spices. Citrus peel (orange and lemon). Wheat and malt grain.

M: Semi-moderate body and semi-full carbonation. Pleasant yeasty/grainy/citrus finish with a slight bitterness draws you back for another sip.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing. A starter and not something to turn to after having anything bigger since this is more delicate and simple. Look forward to trying others from this brewery.

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Photo of silverking
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's a very attractive beer. Murky, bright golden with a fluffy white head. Decent head retention, minimal lacing. It has a very acidic aroma. Lemon and vinegar, some pepper and herbal hops as well. I'm not really detecting any of that signature saison "funk".
The taste seems, well, watered down. There is definitely some lemon that wants to pop through, but it stays subdued and gradually builds up to a grassy and slightly bitter mid palate. The finish does show some bright notes of citrus and citrus peel. Very interesting progression of flavors. It has a watery mouth feel with slightly prickly carbonation. Refreshing.
Overall: enjoyable, recommended.

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Photo of handcrafty
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice clean, quaffable saison. Bright carbonation and slight funkiness. Great simplicity here. Notes of melon, banana and long grains. Good stuff for a hot day, or a freezing one begging for summer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: White, tight head with retention flares up immediately. The beer is slightly hazy, but still able to be seen through. Straw-colored.

S: Pleasant, fruity, and a bit earthy. I guess these are Motueka hops?

T/M/O: Incredibly refreshing! What an "everyday" beer! It's crisp, cold, and bitter without being abrasive. The yeast is light, only hinting at spice or funk (in an interesting way). The finish is clean and the aftertaste dry. Low on flavor, perhaps, but a solid beer that could replace a pale ale in just about anybody's repertoire. Highly recommended, if pricy.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a nice yellow golden color with bubbly white lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - The farmhouse funk is definitely here. Coupled with the funk is a pleasant hoppiness.

Taste - On the initial taste, one gets lemon, lime, grass, and the general funkiness. The hops start to appear toward the back, tickling the sides and back of the tongue. Lemon rind becomes more apparent in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The grittiness of a farmhouse was a little on the weak side, though this is one of the aspects I least like about farmhouse ales. Not a ton of sediment was present either.

Overall - A very easy drinking farmhouse ale.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
A - tall white head slowly fizzles atop a hazed golden ale
S - earthy grassy hops, crackery malt, lemon & lime zest
T - tangy and zesty with lemongrass, lime, yeast, juicy fruit
M - medium bodied, sharp and semi-bitter, while finishing dry
O - very refreshing and unique. I may buy this again if the price is right.

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Photo of weonfire
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Mikus
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First Prairie brew. Translucent, hazy pale golden gorgeousness. Slight ring of bubbles and bit of transient lacing. Fun bottle art. Big ass lime note, bready/bit yeasty base, hint of peppery snap... Aromas led right into the flavors. Bright, clean citrus. Subdued enough to be a daily drinker, but interesting and complete enough to keep it fresh. Clean, light mouthfeel with a crisp (with a bit of a juicy note) aftertaste. Prairie has hit Eastern OH, and I couldn't be more excited. Try this. Farmhouse + bonus.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of limes and spices are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of limes along with some notes of spicy hops (not of the peppery yeast variety).
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: The Motueka hops lend some uniqueness to this saison as they impart aromas and flavors of limes and spiciness, but it lacks the dryness that you normally expect from a saison. It makes for a good summer beer if you are looking for something limey that isn't an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a large three-finger foamy white head. Light amount of spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of lemon and peppery yeast.

T - The taste is very refreshing. Lemon and lime upfront followed by peppery yeast. There is some graininess in the finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp and clean mouthfeel.

O - This is a Saison. The flavors are very clean and refreshing. This is a perfect warm weathe beer.

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Photo of ranger7
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Hazy yellow. Thin white head which dissipates quickly. Good lacing. I like the hand-drawn label and bottlecap.
S: Lemon and lime.
T: Lime. Grassy? Nice. Refreshing.
F: Light bodied. Good carbonation.
O: Good. A nice example of the style. The lime taste is a nice change.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.