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Prairie Standard - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 171
Hads: 1,055
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 37
Gots: 162 | 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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Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of dmatsui
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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. (919 characters)

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. (636 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Bottle threatened to gush when I popped the cap. A screw cap. Wasn't expecting that. Beer itself is a darker shade of yellow. Fairly cloudy. Forms a very large, very bubbly head. Thankfully there is little retention and the head fades to just a faint surface coating rather quickly. No lacing.

S: Aroma is crisp and interesting. More complex and earthy than a standard Saison. Starts off sort of dirty with a faint earthiness. There are some grassy hops and a touch of lime zest in the mix. Even a little spiciness.

T: Taste is good. Lightly crisp. Unripe apples. A touch of earth. And again, there is a bit of lemon-lime floating around with everything. Grassy hops and some pepper. Finish is citrus.

M: Body is on the lighter side of things while carbonation is on the heavier. Mild bitterness, though there is a moderate drying astringency on the finish.

O: While this is certainly not the best example of the style I've ever encountered, I do believe it is meant to be the flagship beer and I feel it is a very nice take on the Saison. (1,050 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of take_it_sleazy
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a bright straw color and is very opaque. Has a bubbly two finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Has a grassy/hay type nose to it. Slight funk with vegetal hops.

T - Light citrus hops, a bit of funk, white peppers, rye like spices and grassy flavors.

S - Crisp, light bodied but a bit over carbed, in my opinion.

O - It's a great offering from Prairie. I'd tone down the carb a bit and make the nose more fragrant. Other than that, spot on saison. (464 characters)

Photo of BitterOldSalt
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at McNellie's Public House in Tulsa, OK in a standard tumbler.

Slightly hazy, straw golden color. Moderate carbonation for a saison style.
Aroma is slightly bready, vague, but more pilsner than saison.
Clean, refreshing, high apparent bitterness. Like an Pilsner/Saison/American Pale Ale in one. The hops assert themselves enough to be the dominant component and linger in the finish, but not overbalance the biscuity malt or spice of the yeast . Highly sessionable. (481 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a hazed gold color with a modest cap of off-white head. Decent retention and not much lace.

Nose is tropical/citric hops and plenty of saison yeast! Wow...lemony, fruity, grainy and bready. Im impressed already.

Hops carry more than their fair share of the load with some zesty yeast and sourdough bread. Yeast is there, but it is not as soft and complex as say, a Saison Dupont. A touch overcarbonated, but nothing a few swirls of the glass cant fix. Id rather a saison be overcarbed than under. Its a pretty damn good saison, one of the most rustic versions you will find this side of the Atlantic...I am really happy to have a good pseudo-local saison producer so close. Cheers to you Prairie. (739 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date. I love how the label gives you a comic strip guide on How to Noodle.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before becoming an 1/8 inch of head with a bump in the center. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- A more vegetal type of hop aroma with some yeast and wheat sweetness rounding it out. Just the slightest bit of wild funk is detected and also some spice.

T- Hop flavors work pretty much the same as the aroma. Vegetal, somewhat spicy even. A small amount of wheat to back up the bitterness and the yeast is still in there struggling to be seen.

M- Lots of snap from the carbonation and the hops but also dry. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- This beer is working on so many different levels. Definitely a hopped up Saison but there's more to it than just that. (896 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Thanks, Chris!

A: Deep gold, lightly hazed body under a fine cap of off-white head. Ok.

S: Rich citrus, vanilla, flowers, and some white grape. Really nice.

T: Very fruity up front, with citrus and pineapple both lending huge flavor. Some biscuity malt and dry minerality close things out with some balance. Lingering bitterness on the aftertaste. Very good.

M: Smooth, soft, velvety, and light-bodied. Terrific.

O: Wonderful Saison, with great flavor-to-ABV ratio. I can't wait to try more from this brewery.

Cheers! (536 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with a big fluffy white head. Aromas of lime and some clove. Taste begins with a tart citrus flavor, followed by a touch of funk in the middle, and a grassy, woody finish. Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy. Overall a good Saison. I think I prefer hop forward beers to have a more neutral yeast though. (325 characters)

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. (600 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"A hoppy farmhouse ale. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with thoughtful label art and unbranded pry-off cap acquired earlier tonight as part of a six pack at a local beer store in SoCal, and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 5.2% ABV confirmed. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

Served cold, straight from me freezer. Side-poured with stnadard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. No creaminess or frothiness at all. Lacing is pathetic. Not great for a farmhouse ale. Retention is average - about two minutes.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent pale lemon yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Not looking great for the style. No overt flaws are obvious, but it's far from unique or special.

Sm: Floral hops. Lemongrass. Lime. Salt. Maybe some white pepper? Crackery malts. Clean pale and pilsner malts. Clean barley. Light doughy yeast character is detectable. No alcohol. Way off the mark for the style. Redolent of "cheap Spanish lager meets a saison." The lime really steers it wrong. An aroma of mild strength.

T: Grainy with a heavy emphasis on crackery malts. Clean pilsner malts, some biscuit malt. Floral hop character. A hint of biscuity yeast. Lime. Lemongrass. Salt. Straw. Middling floral hops. White pepper. A bit bready. Green apple and appleskin. A misguided flavour profile overall. Balance is okay. Complexity and subtlety are wanting; they're key in this style, so that's a huge problem. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I don't know that I can honestly say that I like it. Flavour intensity is above average - even a bit scorching - for the style. Flavour duration is also above average. Depth of flavour is low; with the exception of its spiciness, it's rather shallow.

Crackery malts are absolutely dominant here; maybe even overbearing. Shockingly, some alcohol does come through in spite of the low ABV.

Mf: Lightly coarse; lightly dry. Soft. Generally good presence on the palate, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Overcarbonated. Too thick. Too full-bodied for the lack of depth of flavour. Not crisp.

Dr: This is a swing and a miss from Prairie Artisan Ales. Not sure what they're going for, but it's a cracker malt bomb, not a balanced farmhouse ale. I wouldn't get this again, though I'll have no trouble killing the remaining 5 bottles. I wish I didn't buy a 6er, but it's drinkable enough. Their worst beer so far. Wouldn't recommend to friends. I'm confused about its current high ratings; am I missing something? The lime really destroys it.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a slightly hazy golden straw with minimal near white head and no lacing

S - lots of apricot and dark fruity esters: cherrys and medicine type aromas

T - exactly as it smells with pineapple tasty citrusness. Malty backbone shows. Aftertaste is faint tropical fruit

M - lighter bodied, decent carbonation and quite drinkable

O - Quite tasty, the citrusy pineapple type flavors really saved this one for me (417 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy light orange with a huge head filled with tight white bubbles.

S: funky and hoppy! There is a lot of sourdough bread with citrus and banana. Very doughy with and spices. Reminds me of a spice rack. Very bright citrus, grassy and a bit herbal.there is a lot going on here.

T: citrus, lemon, orange, a big taste of bread and yeast. Doughy. A nice citrus hop appears at the end. Just bitter enough for you to know its there. Sweet toffee on the finish along with crisp apple.

M: lots of carbonation and a light to medium body.

O: a great said on, one of my favorites.lots of citrus to go with that classic saison funk. Cheers! /91 (642 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy orange with minimal white head and not much retention. Nose features bright lemon notes along with citrusy hops, a bit of saison funk, and a touch of black pepper. Taste is fruit forward with huge lemon and orange that provides an initial sweetness followed by a mild acidic wave. The finish features strong spicy character with black pepper notes present. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light bodied. Overall, this is a nice and refreshing saison that would make a good drinker on summer days. A nice "Standard" saison. (546 characters)

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. (850 characters)

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. (1,174 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale yellowish in the small nonic with plenty of white foam. Faint lemony taste with some scratchy bitterness. Faint aroma is pleasant with the fruity hint. Sparkly and a little sharp. Light yeasty flavor with the drying sensation. To me this tastes more like a Single, maybe crossed with an anemic American Pale ale. Quite bitter in the aftertaste when there is nothing left of the malt.

The flavor grows after some sipping and the Belgian yeast leaves its mark on your tongue, but it also gets more harsh. This would be a good one for Trader Joe's to put in cans. It's hardly worth the price they're asking. Bought at Bottleworks in San Diego. (655 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Smuttynose tulip big beer glass.

Appearance- Hazy golden with a quick half-finger of off white head. Mild lacing.

Smell- Musty/bready yeast, tart lemon rind, floral hops, earthy herbaceousness. Fairly "typical" saison aromas.

Taste- There's a lot going on here. Starts off with a lightly tart orange or lemon flavor which quickly fades to a hoppy and malty full-bodied farmhouse. Bready yeast, earthy hops, light citrus. Lots happening.

Mouthfeel- Quick bubbly carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

Overall- A nice hoppy sessionable saison. I'm glad I finally got around to trying this one. (623 characters)

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a light golden color with just a tinge of haze to it. A one finger white head fades pretty quickly.

S: A sweet, slightly funky aroma that smells amazing. Green apple, hay, lemon pepper, grassy hop notes, vanilla and some caramel malt. Smells really great.

T: Lemon, some light bready malt, green apple skin, chardonnay grapes, a touch of funk, white pepper and a lingering grassy hop note. Ends on a slightly peppery and dry hop note. Could use just a touch more carbonation, but a really nice saison. (512 characters)

Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.