Prairie Standard - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 177
Hads: 1,091
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 36
Gots: 171 | 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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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Sparty1224
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz. bottled poured into a tulip. Bottled on 11/25/14, making this about 2.5 months old.

A: Pours a mostly clear, bright golden yellow. White head dissipates very quickly.

S: Touch of banana, clove. A hint of nectarine. Some spiciness from the hops as well.

T: Very clean and crisp. Not the most complex flavor profile. The traditional farmhouse saison flavors get a bit masked by the hopping here. Slight bready banana notes up front, finishes sweet and spicy though.

M: Crisp, good carbonation. A touch dry on the finish, but finishes clean.

O: Was initially very excited to try this beer once Prairie hit town again. I like mixing up all the winter dark beers with an occasional saison. But this one is fairly basic stuff when it comes to saisons, or even hoppy saisons. Not a lot of complexity in the nose or flavor profile. It is clean and balanced though, so it's got that at least.

Recommendation: It's a nice warm weather beer if you're in the mood for a saison, but don't go out of your way to pick it up.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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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 bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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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 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 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 rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a bottle in a local liquor store a week or two after visiting Tulsa where I noticed Prairie beers available on tap. It has a bit of hop, but the overall taste leans toward Belgian-style yeast.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Damn. This is impressive. The nose is brilliant - fragrant, rustic, fruity, wild, hoppy, yeasty, phenolic - and balanced. Grainy with a clean pils malt character, fruity with a blend of lemon and some tropical fruit, wild without Brett in that there's an earthy, yeasty funk, hoppy with a clean bitterness and phenolic with a blend of saison yeast and spices. The palate is well-represented on the nose, is light in body and crisply carbonated. Brilliantly focused and structured, this can give Upright's Five a run for its money in the hoppy saison category. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I didn't know what to think of this one at first.

Appearance: Hazy light golden color. Like a Saison. Decent amount of light head that sticks around.

Smell: When I first opened this one, my first thought was "is this a sour?" it has a sour note on the nose initially, however after it opened up it developed those tell tell saison aromas. Clove, cardamom, yeasty Belgian style aromas. Lots going on on the nose of this one for sure!

Taste: Not so much sour, but it does have a little acidity going on. Maybe you could attribute that to the hops, considering it has a New Zealand style of hops that the brewery describes as lime like. Definitely some clove and funk on the taste. Kind of thin, like many Saisons are. I don't know how to describe this beer other than it is different. Its like a lot of beers but unlike any I have ever had too!

Overall: I was impressed by this one. Its a good brew. My only complaint is I wish it had a bit more body other than that is is solid. I could drink this one more often if it were more readily available.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of Tbub18
3.94/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of rorjets
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer came to me from my son in Texas, who is fortunate to be able to purchase Prairie Artisan Ales locally. I had some of their beers last year when I visited him, and was very pleased to find their version of a farmhouse ale in the box he sent me. On the first pour it is golden in color, with a full white head, nice carbonation and great lacing thru the quaff. The aroma is of fresh sweet pickles, and on the first sip you can taste the complex blending of sweet and sour, with a mild hop bitterness and a refreshing finish. The last pour of the beer is totally different in color - totally cloudy, almost opaque, with sediment; but the taste didn't vary - still deeelicous! And I love their labels and the bottle cap featuring the catfish.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; stream of carbonation rising; a dull gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin, uneven cap; OK lacing;

S: coriander, black pepper; orange and lemon in the background;

T: same flavors as the aroma, but the citrus is more pronounced; finish is tart and citrusy; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; effervescent carbonation; semi-dry finish;

O: enjoyable, but I won't chase this one down for a repeat;

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Photo of Roguer
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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 dar482
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%

The aroma offers grassiness and lots of tropicla fruit character.

The flavor follows with that green pineapple/mango flavor up front that is familiar of Motueka. A touch of wheat and light bready sweetness in the middle. The beer moves onto a grassiness as the beer then ends up slightly bitter and very dry.

A flavorful and refreshing beer from Prairie.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale golden color, semi-transparent but with many floaties. White head, thin but persistent. Decent light lacing all the way down.

S - Sour notes of yeast, dry hop notes suggesting limes, and an earthy foundation, with highlights of grass and lemongrass.

T - Spicy and bitter, suggesting cardamom, some more wild yeast elements getting toward barnyard, but mostly these are held in check by brighter fruit esters, floral notes, and the grass element. The close is subtle bitterness, a lighter dry snap than more aggressive turns in IPAs, but still indicative of the hops at play.

M - Bubbly carbonation scrubs the tongue, keeping things clean and light.

O - A nice American take on the Farmhouse style, a saison that brings significant hopping, but does not lose interest in the floral, grass and barnyard of the original style. A nice introduction to the fine work coming out of Prairie Artisan Ales.

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Photo of Tridement
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

#1 First Beer Review on BA.

Pours a soft and murky yellow with a lasting thin head. When spun in glass to release the bouquet, it leaves a light doily of small, tightly packed on for a proper Saison.

The nose is of lemongrass and freshly cut hay, with an undertone of citrusy hops. As one would hope (I'm one), it is a good balance of acid and earthiness.

Carbonation is spot on, opening up the taste buds to a citrusy, spicy blanket of refreshing bubbles and followed with a peppery, slightly bitter finish. There's an initial lemony astringent bite that mellows out into a peppered, coriander sort of earth bomb. I can't help but want to drink more.

A purist's saison with a very welcomed hop addition. Spice, acidity, soft carbonation and mouth feel are right on. This was my first Prairie beer, but will definitely not be my last. Next up, BOMB!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a little murk that makes it almost silvery. Head is a thin finger of white foam which subsides relatively slowly. I like it.

Smell: lightly funky with just a hint of zesty tartness. Hops are grassy and perhaps a bit lemony. I think it's quite nice.

Taste: brightly hoppy with a light but engaging funk; it's fresh and springy but with a definite maltiness that works. I quite like this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and an OK creaminess.

Overall: highly drinkable, refreshing and satisfying. I would love to be able to get this beer any time.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is a good amount. Has the funky farmhouse, sour fruit aroma. Slightly hoppy up front with some spicy carbonation and sour fruit funk at the end. Typical farmhouse funky aftertaste. Very representative of the type of beer. Enjoyable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i love this beer, and i love the label. how to noodle for catfish? only these guys right? haha. the beer in the bottle is fantastic. it pours rather clear until the last fifth or so of the bottle when the sediment rolls out. its blonde and hazy, its pale and really really fizzy. tickles my nose as i smell the new zealand lemony hops oozing from it, and a mild french saison yeast that pairs geniusly with the hops. i like that the yeast is subtle here, its distinct, really drying with a touch of white wine esters, but its not dominating, and lets the malt and hops contribute nearly equally. the hops are so cool, i love the new zealand stuff. citrus and that peculiar oil property only these strains have. enough carbonation for a couple of saisons, which i really like. effervescence is always flattering to this style, and with a mildly creamy light to medium body, its the perfect effect for what i like. i plan to drink a whole lot of this while its on shelves. way better then the last four pack they put out, birra.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.95/5  rDev +23.1%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: 5 - What a beautiful beer! An orange/tan color, quite hazy. Poured about a finger of white, foamy head. Looks wonderful!

S: 4.8 - This smells awesome. A lot of citrus. Orange, a little lime. A very floral scent. Grapefruit.

T: 5 - Holy shit. It's an absolute mouthful of flavor. Grapefruit and orange jump out. There is a wonderful tartness about it, like it hugs my tongue. The citrus is strong on the taste like it was on the nose. Super impressive.

M: 5 - It's comfortable to drink. It goes down easy, no burn. Good stuff.

O: 4.95 - I went in to this review expecting to give this probably around a 4. Maybe I rated this so highly because I haven't had many Saison/Farmhouse Ales, I don't know. This was my first one to review, and I will definitely be trying some more of this style. I thought the big imperial stouts reigned supreme, but damn I enjoyed this beer. 3/3 for Prairie so far.

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Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.