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Prairie Standard - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.17%

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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: StaveHooks on 12-20-2012)
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Photo of LambicPentameter


4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes after enjoying on 12/16/13 out of a 12 oz brown bottle. No dating to be found for bottling or freshness. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy pineapple rum cake colored body with a steady gradient from sunny lemon yellow to golden brown. Atop the body sits a crown of faintly golden white, one-and-a-half fingers thick. Retains for a few minutes before shrinking to a moderate mottling of film across the surface and spotty streaks of lace around the sides of the glass.

Smell - Bright and hoppy, with elements of lemongrass and lime zest along with a nice crackery pale grain base as well as faint hints of black peppercorn. More on the citric/peppery side of the farmhouse style than it is funky/musty. I love the pungency provided by the extra hopping.

Taste - From the aroma, the less astringent lime characteristic and a nice hay-like presence stand out, but they are both complimented by herbal and grassy hops and some pleasant bitterness to break up the slightly sweet bready element from the grains. Peppercorn is again present, but it's fainter and gentler than on the nose, and only in the finish, lending a hint of spice on the tongue. In spite of the faint sweetness of the grains, the finish is dry and stark, pleading for the next sip.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and possessing moderate-to-high carbonation.Pleasantly effervescent mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Overall, just a solid, everyday drinking saison. It doesn't quite measure up to the best "hoppy" saisons in the style, but it's only barely below. I have to say that the lime-like characteristic isn't something I'm used to coming across in beer, so it definitely has unique points going in its favor. Not sure if it's release is seasonal, but I will probably pick up a 4-pack whenever I see it on shelves, which so far has been rather infrequently.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 05:36:35 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of WettNutz


3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pale Yellow with a half inch of head that fades.

S - Smells of oranges and limes

T - Mildly spiced, lightly sour and an ultra light hint of tartness

M - Moderately full bodied

O - A whole lot going on here. I wish it tasted like it smelled instead of a spicy sour tart saison. Not a horrible beer though. I can see why this is their everyday beer. Try it if you want, but I'm buying something else.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 22:29:47 | More by WettNutz
Photo of DoubleJ


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle purchased from Party House Liquor (Chino Hills, CA), on to the beer:

There's tint to the orange-yellow color, topped with a billowy head which leaves spots of lace on the walls of the glass. With one smell, I had an idea that I was working with a saison. The aroma has lemon peel, vague spice, a moderate farmhouse stink so common of the style. Regarding its taste, it's a somewhat sour flavor overall which doesn't really get funky. Slightly tart lemons, a kick of grass, and vague citrus make the flavor. With its drying and spiced finish, this beer was a pleasant pairing with a home grilled steak.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 06:01:28 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of jwchestnut


3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 12:07:53 | More by jwchestnut
Photo of ThickNStout


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks Sam!). If there's a bottling date I was unable to locate it. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a cloudy, opaque orange straw color with a robust finger and a half of white head. The foam recedes to a modest cap that leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells of old hay, straw, some earthy and floral hops, a touch of lime and quite a bit of that typical farmhouse yeastyness that I associate with saisons.

Flavor is crisp and dry. Lots of hay/straw up front, earth, pepper, clove, lightly citrusy lime, bread, yeast, corn and a little funk. Well layered and interestingly refreshing.

Light, crisp body with peppy carbonation. Farmhouse funk, hay and thise weird limey hops are present in the rather clean finish.

I'll admit up front that I'm not a huge fan of saisons but this was quite drinkable. It never went over the top in any direction. A crisp, smooth easy daily drinker- for folks that look for such things...

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 17:00:48 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of scottfrie


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours clear yellow straw with a thick whipped egg-white head that slowly faded into a thin fuzzy film.
S: I get notes of fruit forward yeast with hints of banana, citrus and peach. Grassy hops with citrus rind and peppery earth come through as well as faint lemon.
T: Earth, straw, and peppery herbal hops hit first with sweeter fruit notes of banana, stone fruits and mild citrus juice following. Earthy, spicy and fruity overall. Tingly sweet finish and juicy, slightly bitter, aftertaste.
M: Fluffy carbonation, medium full body, viscous slick and chewy mouthfeel.
O: Really solid smooth and flavorful all around. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 03:51:20 | More by scottfrie
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Sammy for this bottle.

Beer is cloudy orange with a big, fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Nose is lovely, super juicy and fruity. Peach comes screaming out, with other tropical and citrus scents. I don't get much in the way of yeast or other typical saison aromas, but very nice.

The yeast and dryness is there in the taste, making it more recognizable as a saison than the aroma let on. The fruit is still there and still good, but the yeast is present in equal measure. A bit spicy. Hops give some bitterness along with fruit.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit astringent.

Overall, very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 18:03:17 | More by jrenihan
Photo of pants678


3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy yellow with a puffy white retaining head.

Pepper, hops and yeast.

Very light and nice, the hops are unfamiliar but subdued and right for the style. Has a tea like character and not much in the way of bite or burn. Could use a punch-up but still a nice, easy citrus character. Not really spicy.

Staining, not crisp.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 03:16:44 | More by pants678
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cyde. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy bright golden amber color with a 2-3 finger foamy and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, lime, peach, pear, apple, floral, grass, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, pear, apple, lime, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, grass, floral, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, lime, pear, apple, wheat, clove, pepper, bread, grass, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy saison! All around great complexity and balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:03:14 | More by superspak
Photo of alaimoa


4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall extremely sessional Saison that looks amazing and tastes great. Would love to have this at all times in my fridge
A: hazy straw, soapy big head and great lace
S: grassy, nice earthy funk
T: funk upfront, citrus, piney
M: solid pine, citrus, backyard funk earthiness

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 21:42:39 | More by alaimoa
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy gold color with two fingers of off-white head. A good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Soft aroma of grassy and citrus hops.

The taste was much vibrant than the aroma with grassy hops, some funk and yeast, white pepper and wheat notes. Slight tartness to the finish.

Medium bodied with a sticky dryness and a moderate carbonation.

A delicious and sessionable Saison from Prairie.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 21:39:25 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of rudzud


4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear golden hue with a nice almost two finger white head that faded to leave light lacing and a big creamy blanket. Lots of effervescence.

S - Aromas of honey, spicy hops, light alcohol and incredibly light funk. Maybe some peppercorns.

T - Taste is not as sweet as the nose. Peppercorn is more pronounced, super faint citrus lemon and funk, pretty straightforward and well crafted saison here. Light spicy hops, earthy grain and malt sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is good, very sessionable with nice carbonation.

O - Overall, a good saison. Straight forward and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 01:04:05 | More by rudzud
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice slightly hazy mild copper color with some golden honey hues. There is a nice 1 inch white head that is pretty dense and frothy. When held up to the light the brew has a nice amber brightness.

Aroma is pretty delicious dry yet resinous grassy hop notes come up first. Fresh cut grass with some mild citrus notes of tangerine and some nice mild piney notes. There is some good dry and earthy grain notes present in the nose as well.

Flavor starts off with yummy earthy grain and some nice malty sweetness. Notes of pear juice and some apple can be perceived mixed in with the earthyness and dryness. Then there is a nice grassy and herbal hop note with some mild citrusy undertones that gives the beer a nice complete roundness. The hop notes are present but not overwhelming and are balanced perfectly by some more yeasty esters and sweetness that jumps out along the middle of the ride. The body is nice and clean with a good dry finish. Notes of funk and some cornhusk are definitely present along with the grainy earth tones.

Yet to have a bad beer by Prairie. These guys know how to make Saisons. Nice traditional notes mixed i with a tinge of Americana and NZ at that.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:09:12 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of boilermakerbrew


4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, brilliant yellow-golden color. Medium, 2 finger head forms and retains very well. Lacing is also pretty good.

S- Medium hops scent is first and foremost on the nose. Hops are spicy and slightly piney in flavor. Hints of grains and a bit of grassy scent mixes in there too. Pretty enticing.

T- Starts with a hint of wheat-like flavor mixing in with some fruitiness. Slight bit of hops bitterness mixes in. These flavor are a combo; one might say a best of both worlds of a pale ale and a saison. Mild tart flavor is present throughout, not unlike a Berliner weiss flavor. Very balanced with a lingering fruity and clove flavor on the tongue.

M- Light across the tongue and not too carbonated. The balanced flavor and lighter feel makes it a great beer to session.

Overall, a pretty awesome hoppy saison. Pairs the best flavors of hops, spices, and fruity tartness. I wish I would have bought a four pack of this instead of a single.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:30:39 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of goochpunch


3.96/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:32:04 | More by goochpunch
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste a lot of citrus with a toned down barnyard funk. Hoppy but not on the same level as an IPA or barleywine. Fine carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. So dry and refreshing that I could easily see myself pounding 8 or 10 of these suckers on a serious college football Saturday.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:03:02 | More by 3sheets2wind
Photo of JohnnyHopps


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 12:31:01 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA. Brought to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich.

Pours lovely and clear yellow, with a rocky, frothy head of pure white that leaves chunks of lace behind. Body is light and fresh. Clarity is surprisingly good: there's a slight haze to it, but it's much clearer than I expect for a Saison. That's actually no bad thing. Fine carbonation. Overall, it looks really good.

Nose is bright and clean, with a fresh green hoppiness that reminds me of New Zealand hops: crisp and very slightly herbal. Under it is a slight earthiness from the saison yeast, along with a touch of something savoury.

Taste is lovely. The saison body gives it a pleasant smoothness along with some floral rosewater characteristics, while the hops give flavour through the centre and towards the back without providing an overt bitterness. Slight frothiness in the feel lightens everything and helps accentuate some of the faint sweet floral characters and hop notes.

Overall, this is really gorgeous stuff, although why I'm still surprised that Another Beer From Prairie Is Gorgeous I don't really know. This is the third or fourth of theirs I've tried, and they just have such a knack for providing beautifully subdued complexity and wonderful drinkability to their beers. Top notch.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 02:17:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of JezyGray


4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy and straw-colored into a mason jar. Craggy white head, half-finger retention with nice lacing. Bright lemon/lime zest characters on the nose. Tart, slightly sour at the front of the tongue. Middle of the mouth: grass, hay, Sweet Tarts. Finishes slightly dry, but not intensely so. Super refreshing. Perfect session beer. Drink outdoors.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 17:48:40 | More by JezyGray
Photo of BMMillsy


4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first Oklahoma rate. Pours into tulip flasss cloudy yellow with a big fluffy head. Aroma is big hops--bordering on IPA--followed by big floral notes and some funky sweetness. Smells really really good! Sharp bitter up front that develops into a very floral flavor. Definite hints of yeast funk here finishing with bits of lemon peel, pineapple, banana, and mango. A little spice lingers. Crisp and refreshing on the palate with high carbonation. Serious summertime session beer here. What an excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:16:28 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of brewskifan55


3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 21:01:18 | More by brewskifan55
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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours the color of white gold-yellow. It’s pale and inviting with just enough foaming.

In my notes I used the descriptor “zesty” a lot—for both aroma and flavor it is zesty, vibrant, active and lively. I found a delicate citrusy character with some clear lemongrass aromas. Tasty to boot, with a fresh lemon/lemongrass character to it while finishing dry. Having been introduced to this on tap I’m more than curious to see how it comes across in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 23:02:26 | More by elNopalero
Photo of smakawhat


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 22:27:52 | More by smakawhat
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4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap in a tulip. 3 finger bright white head, deep orange pale. Gorgeous.

Nose is bright and citrusy with a definite barnyard funk. Not overwhelming but provides just enough of a nice bret complexity. Not pungent or in your face, but delicate, intricate and fresh.

Citrusy hops hit first then mellow out to the beer funk which is just perfect. Hay, lemongrass, grapefruit, and bitter citrus rind dominate. Nice soft hint of wheat and although the malt backbone is present, it is understated and supports the hops.

Mouthfeel is bright and creamy. An initial burst of carbonation quickly dissipates into a smooth and dry finish, which still retains the tartness of the brew. Alcohol warmth shows up at the back of the tongue and rounds out nicely.

Overall a great offering from prairie. I'd recomend this for anyone venturing into the Bret category but not quite into the full-funkiness. A great hybrid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2013 03:06:08 | More by dmatsui
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 03:27:11 | More by AgentMunky
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Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.