Prairie Standard - Prairie Artisan Ales
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4.16/5 rDev +3%
Pours a murky light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, pepper, lime juice, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with peppery and chalky flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors that make this one super easy to drink.
03-13-2013 04:08:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
02-01-2013 08:12:46 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
Half finger head with little retention and some lacing on a clear dark golden body. Aroma is excellent with nice presence of the hops including lemon zest, peppercorn, grapefruit, tangerine and mild yeast presence. Flavor of bready malts, belgian yeast, lemon zest, sweet and mildly tart citrus, grass and club soda. Medium body and moderate carbonation with only a semidry finish. Very nice hop additions here with the saison and Belgian presence at the base which is well balanced and not overwhelmed by the hops.
05-17-2013 00:31:51 | More by kylehay2004
4.08/5 rDev +1%
This poured out as a hazy golden yellow color with a white head on top. The head is fizzy looking but has a good retention and a light scattered lacing. The smell is spicy and herbal. Very interesting on the nose. The taste of the beer is also a little on the spicy side some earthy grain and a dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and light bodied. Overall it's a pretty good Saison, would enjoy trying their other beers.
04-15-2013 22:57:34 | More by Knapp85
3.88/5 rDev -4%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
What better place to start with a new brewery than their standard, eh? This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises wheat, mild orange zest, light sweet biscuit, and a general sense of a rustic field (or something along those lines). The taste brings in more of the same, along with a pervasive rustic tartness. There's some decent funk in here, but it doesn't go overboard. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn solid saison, heavy on both the funk and the enjoyment.
05-22-2013 19:32:06 | More by TMoney2591
4.26/5 rDev +5.4%
A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, dark golden body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.
S - Wheat and lots of zesty, fruity hop notes.
T - thick wheat up front with some lemon pepper. Fruity notes of guava in the middle and a finish of lemon and musty wheat.
M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish,
D - Very nice, the hop aroma is excellent and the balanced finish makes for a very drinkable beer.
05-17-2013 00:35:36 | More by nickfl
3.86/5 rDev -4.5%
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!
01-26-2013 05:45:40 | More by russpowell
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
On-tap at Hopleaf. Served in their branded tulip.
A - White foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Lightly hazed orange-amber body.
S - Fruity citrus and grassy hop notes, lightly toasted grains, some tangy yeast notes, perhaps a bit a wheat.
T - The taste is a bit more grain and malt heavy, before yielding to some nice citrus and stone fruit sweetness in the finish. Bready, with mildly spicy yeast character, but not as phenolic as the aroma.
M - Dry, grainy, medium body, with zesty carbonation. Crisp and clean finish. A tad heavier than I was expecting for 5.2%, but still sufficiently effervescent for the style.
D - A nice farmhouse ale. Promising start for a new brewery in the market; I'll have to try a few more of Prairie's offerings in the future.
05-29-2013 16:08:16 | More by MasterSki
4.23/5 rDev +4.7%
A hoppy saison is right up my alley these days... if done well. But minus points for screw top! and lack of date... tsk tsk.
Pours a decent fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace reinforced by quite a few bubbles streaming up, leaves a nice layered lacing, very clear pilsner golden slight wheat colored beer.
Nose delivers what it promises, a hoppy saison, with light toasty grainy saison malts, light saison spices, little lemon, lemon grassy, grassy earthy hops, fruity esters, golden malts, quite floral between both saison aromas and hops.
Taste brings more Belgian flavors, even some nice funk actually, a big saison farmhouse funk, not quite Brett level of funk but def a lot more funky than I expected, with saison spices, lemony citrus, lemon grassy, etc. Then grassy floral hops, a little earthy as well, and some lemony hops, with some bitterness but not a lot. Light fruity esters, and very faint hint of phenols from the yeast. Grainy golden malts, little toasty, and nice bready funk all around. There's a touch of an orange vanilla flavor too which is a nice addition. finish dry and grainy, nice lingering bitterness from the grassy floral spicy hops which seems to intensify, little lemony grassy earthy flavors, and just a bit more funk.
Mouth is med bodied, little abrasive, tons of carbonation.
Overall quite a nice beer, the screw top is the only real downer (and lack of date). decent appearance, nice floral nose between the malts, hops, and saison aromas, and quite a nice surprise with the farmhouse funk flavor, and blend of nice hops that get a decent bitterness on the finish. I would drink a lot of these in the summer, and I think i will.
03-22-2013 01:13:55 | More by jlindros
3.33/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
06-20-2013 04:57:14 | More by mactrail
4.34/5 rDev +7.4%
12 oz. bottle, courtesy of Hi-Times,
A: Pours a hazy burnt orange with a frothy white head, gobby lace.
S: Very rustic with bananas and 'shrooms. Barnyard and must.
T: Still has the rusticity in the yeast flavours, but it gets really fruity at times offering a unique note of orange creamsicle along with a lot of pear.
M: Frothy, soft carbonation, medium-bodied, easy drinking.
O: A delightful American saison. Not Americanized, this is to style and very well done.
04-04-2013 01:19:02 | More by Halcyondays
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