Prairie 'Merica - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 95
Gots: 77 | FT: 11
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bump8628 on 03-17-2013

‘Merica is a single malt, single hop farmhouse ale. It’s brewed with floor malted pilsner and 3lbs per bbl Nelson Sauvin hops. The beer is conditioned with 2 brett strains and wine yeast. The Nelson hops provide white wine flavors while Brettanomyces add a juicy quality to the beer.
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Ratings: 689 | Reviews: 101
Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Whoa. Yeah, that's pretty on point for a saison. Huge, towering, pillowy, 5 finger-high head with great retention and lace. Hazy banana yellow body.

S - Bold. Musky horse blanket, kiwi, hay, wheat and yellow raisins.

T - Soft profile. Semi-sweet wheat, banana, dry grass, green apple, touch of that pleasant horse blanket funk from the nose, and a really nice light wasabi backend.

M - Light, almost effervescent body.

O - A delicious, light, funky saison.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange, looks like pineapple juice. Aggressive whit head.

Smells like pineapple, pear, white grapes. Lots of funky brett.

Juicy fruit flavor. White smarties. White wine. Green apple. Tart.

Full body with moderate carbonation. Prickly and puckering.

I enjoyed this one white a bit. Very fruity and funky.

Photo of KevChiTown
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic recommendation from the only craft beer store in this town. Awesome light sour funk, bright color, super smooth.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow and extremely hazy with no penetration to light. There's a half inch of eggshell white tightly packed foam. Brussels lacing. Nice citrus hop and acidic Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is tart Brett in the front of the palate and then the citrus hops make their presence known. The mouth is moderately carbonated, dry, and crisp.

Photo of MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malt, funk, vinous, lemon, yeast

T-grainy malt, lemon, yeast, nice funk, white wine, hint of pineapple

F-medium body we lively carbonation crisp and tart

O-nice saison, my favorite from Prairie

Photo of rooskey379
4.98/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best saison I've ever had that is found on shelves

Photo of ThickNStout
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). If (and that is a pretty big "if") I've deciphered their hard-to-read code correctly, this was bottled 1/16/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a fluffy three finger cap of white head. A thin layer of bubbles remains, leaving copious sheets of lace.

Aromas of lemon, grass, wet hay, past-prime white grapes and cracker with a huge, dominant dose of musty, yeasty funk.

Taste follows the nose rather well. A big dose of overarching funk backed by grass, lemon zest, passion fruit, faint grain, a lactobacillus seeming tartness and a mild sugary sweetness. Almost no perceptible alcohol.

Dry, semi chalky, medium light body with fairly sharp carbonation. Potent funk, mild fruit and faintly grainy malt find a nice balance in the finish.

'Merica might not be enough to convert me to a hardcore fan of the style but it is further proof that I need not dismiss it completely. Prairie's particular takes on saison/ farmhouse ales have consistently risen above most others in my opinion. An enjoyable brew that I might not seek out but would certainly not shy away from.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) with coded bottled on date 01615 - January 16, 2015 I believe. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local beer store. My third of the saison / farmhouse style ales from Prairie.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a cloudy golden lemon body with about two to three fingers of soft fluffy thick white head with good staying power. Moderate fluffy lacing left behind. Looks very good for what it is.

S - The aroma is very fresh and juicy still, despite being about two months old. Some lacto sour tartness, some might even say barnyard, with notes of cold leather, vinous grapes, grass, earth, and juicy stone fruits from the Nelson Sauvin hops.

T - Taste follows the nose - lots of juicy stone fruit action from the Nelson Sauvin hopping - grapefruit, lemon, orange rinds. The grainy pilsner malt is lost in the background, with just a touch of moderate lacto sour / tart pucker. Very delicious.

M - The feel is very smooth, crisp, & clean. Medium-bodied, with good carbonation. Easy-drinking for the moderate 7.50% abv.

Overall, probably the best beer I've had from Prairie as of yet, and definitely a stellar example of what an American made farmhouse ale can be. Highly recommend this one.

Prairie 'Merica -----4/5.

Photo of braingonewrong
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I admit some bias here because Nelson Sauvin is not my favorite hop, something about it often reminds me of day-old Chinese food, yet this brewery has delivered outstanding brews time and time again.

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't exoecting the funk in this one. Didn't see Brett listed on the label, but wow, a nice surprise. Well done from Prairie, as expected.

Photo of fmccormi
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 16.9oz/500ml pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware). Looks like it was bottled on January 16, 2015, at 9:27PM, if I’m reading this code correctly (“00241B2 21:27 01615”), which would make this bottle just under two months old. It’s been refrigerated for over 24 hours since purchase, and given the type of mixed fermentation involved, I’m not too worried about freshness at two months.

Appearance (4.0): This one’s a foamer! Three fingers of light, bubbly, thick foam rise off of the pour immediately, capping a glowing golden, virtually opaque body. VERY hazy. Just a little bit of lacing as the beer recedes, but it still foams eagerly and the carbonation is gorgeous—it improves as time goes on, turning thick and clingy with wide swaths of glass covered on the far side.

Smell (4.25): This is most definitely funk-apparent, which I expected (and hope for!). Fresh-cut grass, vinous aromas—white grapes, a little oak, mineral undertones—moderate passion fruit, a fresh rain, and a little bit of slightly cheesy (in a good way), basement funk. As it warms, passion fruit and a little bit of white grape come to the front. This is goddamn lovely.

Taste (4.5): Passion fruit, for sure, undercut by a moderately strong, minerally bitterness with wet grass thrown in. Dry straw, floury French country bread, orange peel and pith. There’s a tangy, citrusy funk that picks up on the back end of the palate, thickened and boosted by that dry, bready malt character. More passion fruit—on the lighter, pithy, more bitter end of the fruit’s flavor—mixes well with the beer’s minerally, vinous tones. Yellow grapefruit peel’s in there, too . . . especially in the finish, which drops off cleanly and smoothly. Excellent stuff, with a beautiful mix of funk and clean malt and bright fruit.

Mouthfeel (4.75): The body is soft and full but not heavy, the hops are drying and pithy, and the alcohol’s nowhere to be seen. The malt is clean and lean, and the yeast is funky, just barely chalky, complimentary, and it allows the hops to pop. This beer maintains the perfect drinkability for a beer this size: physically, every sip asks for the next one, but the complexity and sturdiness of the flavor slow down the process considerably, pushing you to savor every little bit. This is fantastic.

Overall (4.25): I really, really like this beer, a whole hell of a lot. If I brewed beer, this is exactly the kind of thing I’d want to make every single day. The mix of funk, body, drinkability, and complex mixture of bread, fruit, and vinous character make for a dynamic beer that’s easy for anyone to enjoy. I love this beer, but I sure do wish it didn’t cost $10 a bottle. Ah, well . . . and occasional pleasure, I suppose. But at least it gives me something to shoot for when judging other, similar beers, and hopefully the type of beer I brew in the future. Thanks, Prairie! I’ll definitely be pulling the tigger on your brews more often now.

Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Big bubble bath foamy head, nice and controlled out of the bottle but balloons nicely like rich shampoo lather. Bleach white and bright, and settles to a smaller puck of about a finger, no lacing except for a hanging cling on one side of the collar. Head keeps getting steady action from a glowing pineapple yellow body, opaque, with a hard to see classic fierce rising column of middle carbonation, and some bright lemon yellow hues. Excellent looker in the glass.

Once again a great saison nose. Tropical hinting notes of pineapple too match, light dry yeast, floral and a bit of ripped hay to go with it. Real nice hint of sweet green herbs as well, mild pepper too. Excellent aroma.

Palate brings those Krebs saison goodness. Big tropical fruit notes, hinting pineapple but even a hint of peach without the sweetness. Saison dryness kicks in with mild pepper almost white hot but much sweeter. Fun front tingling carbonation on the tip of the tongue, giving some nice champagne like qualities. The mouthfeel is just near perfection with playfulness, density, and a touch of sweet chewy malt. Dense finish but also nice and juicy exposing a great sensing tropical hop like quality it seems. Apricots and nectarines really come out, some Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling like grape quality, even some wine Chardonnay butter just a touch as well.

Overall just another delicious tasting Prairie saison to add to the arsenal.

Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy gold color with dense one finger thick cap of white foam, delicate sheet of glass trails the head by a couple of inches. Massively doughy and grassy; flowery, white grape, white peach, pear, coriander-ish perfumey. Taste: pear, pineapple-ish (where the tiny bit of acidity ties in well), white peach, a little grapeskin, doughy back. A little chalky otherwise pillowy feel, medium bodied. Fruit forward is an understatement. It's good, although gets a bit sweet by the end of the bottle even for 500 ml.

Photo of spacecake9
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Dogfish Head IPA glass.
A - Pours a hazy yellow with a big pillowy head that settles to a nice cap with lacing down the sides.
S - Aroma is all Belgian yeast.
T - Taste is a little salty, some lemon notes and peppery with a slightly tart finish. There's a lot going on in here!
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation. Very light and dry.
O - I thought this was a very interesting, complex and tasty beer. This was my first beer from Prairie and they have set the bar high with this one.

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tropical, white grape, peach, white pepper, sweet fruit, earthy, very light tartness

Photo of Raj
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Too sweet. Tastes like someone poured a bunch of table sugar into a Brett saison.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is a cloudy yellow.
Smell is very sour.
Taste is wine. You can taste the sour hints if the wine up front with some earthynes behind it.
Feel is bitter, shit will hurt a cut in your mouth (so will most sours I guess, Jeeze)
O- It is another awesome brew from Prairie. Something you would very much expect with a sour. Would drink again.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great sour! It smells really nice and fruit undetones. The mouthfeel is pretty solid for a saison and the sour really comes through.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky golden color with a white 1 finger head. Nice staying power. Aroma is straight up funky barnyard mix with some lemon. The Nelson is faint on the nose with a touch of lingering spice. Flavor is where the Nelson hops really come through. It's my fav hop, so no surprise here that I like what's going on. Green onion, subtle spice, cracked pepper, pilsner malts, Belgium yeasts. A lot going on despite such simple components. Body is a touch heavy for what I prefer in the style.
Overall, really good. I prefer this hop in an IPA than a farmhouse. Almost too much raw musky notes going on at once for my liking.

$10 for 500 ml bottle

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Poured a very pale and hazy yellow with white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Lots of bubblegum, chalky Belgian yeast, orange citrus, and lemongrass.

T- Lots of bubblegum and kinda chalky Belgian yeast notes; orange citrus, lemongrass, coriander, and finishes with moderate bitterness.

M- Very dry, very refreshing, prickly carbonation, and medium body.

O- This was a nice and very traditional tasting saison. Great balance between yeast and hop characeter.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

Bottle poured into Teku glass. No date on bottle

A- Very light yellow, big white fluffy head that dies down
S- Smells like of mix of white wine and a farm house ale. White grapes. Bready-yeast
T- Not sure what is off here. There is a very medicine after taste. Like the bad cough syrups that your mom kept too long. The front end has so much potential.
M- Thin to medium, but fine for a saison.

O- I've had my share of saisons and I think there must be something wrong here... I can't even call the after taste "funk". I may try to find a fresher bottle and try this again, but for the mean time, I have to give it a 2.25

Photo of SportsandJorts
2.46/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: pours a dull straw yellow color. one finger plus of a bubbly white head that fades quickly and leaves nothing behind. Perfectly clear

Smell: tropical fruit juice, white grapes and wine yeast. some tart tropical fruits.

Taste: opens with lots of white grape and vinous character. lots of earthy, leathery brett notes. ends full of grass and slight fruit.

Mouthfeel: super dry but with a strong carbonation. leaves earthiness behind

Overall: smells pretty good but tastes nothing like it in a very bad way. I found this beer very hard to drink due to the harsh earthy acidic flavor and bad dry aftertaste.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is heavily hazed straw yellow with a tight creamy white head. Nose is heavy grapefruit juice, tropical tartness, tons of hop, notes of leather. taste has lots of grapefruit, moderately bitter, light body. Balance of grainy malt, faintly floral and semi dry with a hint of leather. Brett? Rather hoppy.

Photo of KFBR392
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: straw yellow color. Head of roughly two fingers on the pour which was present while drinking. Active carbonation while drinking is a touch low. No lacing.

Smell: getting a ton of white grapes from the wine yeast on the front. That funky Brett meshes perfectly with bright fruit notes of grapes, apricots, mango, kiwi, and peppercorns. Grassy undertones with continuing linger spices pull this aroma through.

Taste: like the aroma, the dry white wine characteristics lead the way. Prairie grass and straw warm up on the palate and provide a pleasant rustic notes. The grassiness yields to a dry, sprite, lemon/lime, and funky back end. A touch of sourness plays along well with the medium bodied fruits throughout. The finish is very dry yet allows the lingering notes of fruit, grass, and funk to shine through.

Mouthfeel: the front is fairly easy and light on the palate, then a corner is turned and a heavy dryness sets in. Really keeps the drinker on their toes. Carbonation is bright which does well with the fruit and sour notes of this brew.

Overall: this is a truly wonderfully put together brew. Nelson Sauvin was an outstanding choice for this brew, their inherent cutting edge was a perfect marriage with the white wine and Brett aspects. Bravo.

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.22/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours three-finger head with very high retention down to half-pinky sized head, white clouds in color. Not as murky as Birra (varies bottle to bottle), but somewhat cloudy looking.

S- The best part of this beer. Crazy bready yeast, lemon zest, corander?, thin malts

T- Kinda off putting at first with yeasty/cleaning liquid taste. This lingers around for awhile kinda ruining the rest of the experience.

M- Harsh swallow, not creamy at all; harsh carb that hurts throat.

O- I love everything that Prairie does except some Vanilla Noir bottles and this. Can't win them all

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Prairie 'Merica from Prairie Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.