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Reviews: 161
Hads: 1,016
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 33
Gots: 150 | 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 pants678
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,339 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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 (273 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.04/5  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. (419 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.06/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (952 characters)

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. (467 characters)

Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (277 characters)

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. (660 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,315 characters)

Photo of JezyGray
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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! (510 characters)

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. (349 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (473 characters)

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)

Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
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