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Prairie 'Merica - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

98 Reviews
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Reviews: 98
Hads: 714
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 100
Gots: 80 | 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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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 714
Reviews by AltBock:
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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle with an interesting label to say the least. There's too much going on. In the middle are the founding brothers with red, white, and blue beards. The tip of their beards spell out the word "Merica." Flanking the brothers is a bunch of random stuff like a muscular cat shooting lasers from its eyes, food, American Gladiators, a catfish, a grill, a hamburger with eyes, meatloaf, people wrestling, and the head shot of 2 dogs. Absent from the label and the bottle is a brewed year or a best before date.

This Oklahoma beer was poured into my New York Ommegang Tulip. From behind the weird American collage came a Saison that was extremely hazy and a cross between a lemon yellow and straw yellow. It was so hazy that you MIGHT see the faint shadow of your fingers on the other side of glass. On top was a big ass fluffy white cloud. This cloud stared to come out of the bottle when the cork was popped. This fluffy white cloud was at least 2 inches tall. It had excellent retention that left behind a skim of white foam and about 2 tons of sticky white streaks of lace around glass. As you can tell already, this Saison was eye candy.

This beer smells like an animal farm. You might think that's a bad thing. It was an interesting aroma coming off a beer. It's very musty and somewhat funky. Up front was the scent of white grapes, barnyard funk, and straw. Behind the straw was those Nelson Sauvin hops that the label stated were put into this beer. Swirling this beer around will awaken the citrus and tropical fruits. My nose found grapefruit, mango, lemon, pineapple, and a pinch of orange.

The taste was as interesting as the cool label. The taste was lightly dry and slightly funky. This isn't your Father's Saison. Kicking off the taste were those Nelson Sauvin hops. Right behind the hops was this beer's farmyard funk, straw, and a hint of white grapes. There was more of a citrus and tropical fruit presence in the aroma then there was in the taste. My tastebuds were only able to pick out a little lemon, mango, and orange. Very dry, slightly funky, and very good.

This was a medium bodied funky Saison that had plenty of carbonation and a dry slightly funky aftertaste. There weren't many flavors in the aftertaste. I picked up some hops, white grape, barnyard, straw, lemon, and mango. This dry aftertaste will linger, but it won't take much to wash it away.

I couldn't help myself but to celebrate the birth of America (depending on what history book you read) with opening a bottle of Merica. This is clearly an American take on a Belgian style. Big thanks to BlueOkie for this winner! (2,638 characters)

More User Reviews:
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4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I didn't know anything good came out of Oklahoma, then I tried this beer at When Pigs Fly. What a nice beer!

In a snifter the beer was a cloudy dark yellow color with a large bright white head. There was a small amount of lace.

Earthy aroma, some spice and citrus.

A wow! for the taste. Earthy hops. Coriander. Grapefruit and orange peel. Tropical fruit/melon.

Tart, refreshing. I could drink a lot of these. (413 characters)

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NYE bottle share at Proof courtesy of Rachel. Pours an opaque creamy yellow. Tons of white frothy head. Head holds really well and by the time I finished the sample, the head was still holding. Aroma is straight floral hops and grass. Such a great, but unique smell. Taste is floral hops with a good amount of banana behind it. Nice high carbonation and medium-thick body. (372 characters)

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.13/5  rDev 0%
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. (344 characters)

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4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, wagenvolks and xpimptastikx!

A cloudy dark straw and golden. Moderately-sized, creamy, small-bubbled near-white head. Dots of stick left down the glass. Pretty.

A very dramatic Nelson hop presence in the aroma. Lots of floral and grapefruit character touched by mild, leafy marijuana character. The Prairie house yeast, which seems a lot like Brett, combines nicely with the distinct, strong Nelson hop presence.

The flavor is really incredible. Beers like this are why I seek out new and exciting beers from interesting breweries. The Nelson hop presence is distinct and expressive, much like in Alpine's IPA. Floral, grapefruit, marijuana, cracker malt, and mild sweetness present dramatically, but are complemented by a distinct, earthy Brett yeast character as well. Mild bitterness. The yeast character lingers on and on. Wonderful.

Medium, creamy body. Moderate carbonation. Perhaps I would like a bit more carbonation.

Fantastic. I love this brewery. (1,005 characters)

Photo of Janis_Hoplin
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Prairie 'Merica from Prairie Artisan Ales
91 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.