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Prairie 'Merica - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

690 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 690
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: 690 | Reviews: 101
Reviews by AltBock:
Photo of AltBock
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of mverity
4.52/5  rDev +10%
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.

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 ehammond1
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Prairie Merica 7.5% abv
Appears cloudy golden peach, white head with fine speckled around the sides of my glass. Aroma tart funky yeast, bright lemon with a hint of band aid and medicinal quality. Flavor is citric lemony with grassy hay earthiness, medicinal phenolics. A bit of funky band aid and tangy yogurt notes, the body is medium with flowing carbonation. Overall it was a bit difficult to consume mainly due to the intense funky house yeast they are using on the prairie.

Photo of dowen17
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy lemon color. Massive fluffy white head with great retention.

On the nose is some citrus. Grapefruit is big on the nose. Some funky yeast and barnyard.

Taste is big citrus. Some spicy notes from the yeast. Barnyard funk. Earthy aftertaste. A hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice. Good carbonation. Medium bodied.

Good beer. Would drink again. Really refreshing.

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 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 hoptualBrew
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bomber split two ways. Received in a trade, thanks to Newkidroundhere.

Bright hay yellow, cloudy, sediment, with big bottle conditioned looking off white head. Head stays around for a while. Looks like an unfiltered Saison to me!

Not really a fan of the aroma. I know this is a single malt, single hop beer, but the Nelson Sauvin hops give off a really musty white wine, overtly floral pungent character that I don't like. Funky Belgian yeast mix with white wine, a bit too much in the form of one dimensional heavy-hitter components.

Taste follows the aroma, but also presents a mustard seed character. I could swear there is resemblence in this beer to a cheaply made McDonalds cheeseburger. Mustard seed meeting the yeasty funk of Belgian Saison and floral white wine hop character, does not sit well with me.

Body and carbonation are appropriate for Saison. Finishes slightly drying, medium-light body, and carbonation on the high side.

Overall, not a fan of this combination.. just not to my liking personally.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy. Small white head. Pale yellow body. Thin collar.

Smell - Herbal and lemony. Pilsner malt. Grassy.

Taste - Grassy and herbal up front. Lemony hops. Nelson is strong. Pilsner malt. Bitter and grassy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light but very bitter. Makes it seem heavier.

Overall - Overwhemled by Nelson, which isn't a bad thing. But one dimensional.

Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opens with a resounding pop! This might be my favorite label of the bunch

Pours slightly hazed apricot with a thumb of pearl colored head, falls off fast. Some head & lacing

S: Grapefruit & lemons, & funk hiding underneath

T: Big time lemon & grapefruit (mostly pink, but regular grapefruit too) & bit of sourness up front; this one smacks you in the face..More puckery notes as this warms, slight breadyness hides beneath the grapefruit, some pineapple & mango, along with faint pear & white grape notes, just so much sourness

MF: Subtle carbonation, smooth body & nice puckeryness, mixed in well with the fruittyness of all ilks

If you like em sour, with some citrus frills; you'll love this. I know I did. Easily my favorite in this line-up; a home-run in my books

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 BKotch
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A most interesting beer. One malt - Pilsner - one hop - Nelson Sauvin - and Prairie's pretty funky farmhouse yeast. Amazing what a simple bill of ingredients can do. The nose is unbelievably stinky and the Sauvin hops really shine as well. Highly recommended.

Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

A- pours a cloudy pale golden-yellow with a huge bubbly white head that retains for a while, eventually leaving behind some sticky patches of lace

S- Wow, that's a lot of funk, cellar-like must, earthy cheese, cat litter, cardboard and chives. Beyond the funk, there are some nice fruity esters of oranges, lemon zest, green apple, mango and papaya, a touch of hop bitterness poking through

T- Big fruity flavors follow the aroma; sweet cantaloupe, mango, papaya. Some grassy and herbal notes kick in mid-palate with some white wine characteristics, sourdough bready yeast undertones with some powdery and musty flavors mixed in, more catty flavors in the linger

M- medium body with light prickly carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- Lots of brett funk in the aroma with some nice fruity notes mixed in. I definitely pick up that 'cat litter' characteristic in this beer and it's a little overpowering at times, I see that as it's only downfall. Overall, very complex and a nice intro to Prairie for me.

Photo of jlisuk
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sooo good. Pale, slightly hazy light yellow (nearly a white ale) with a generous billowing white head. Hops and yeast dominate the nose. Citrusy Nelson Sauvin hops and spicy notes from the yeast make a great first impression. First taste lives up to the smell. The single pale malt lets the hops really be king, with the yeast a close second. Refreshing citrus and pine notes are nicely complemented by hints of spice and funk from the yeast. Every drink is as good as the one before. This is a perfect example of the virtues of simplicity in brewing- more brewers ought to follow this lead. Simply beautiful. My only complaint is that I paid $9 for a 500ml bottle, slightly higher than I think is justified.

Photo of goochpunch
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy gold with a moderate white head. Smells of bretty funk and citrusy hops. Flavor is crackery pils malts up front with a presence of brett and citrus in the middle. Finish is moderately dry and slightly tart. The brett and citrus from the hops play so well together. Bitterness shows itself but isn't overbearing. Mouthfeel is highly effervescent but with a solid body. This is awesome. The first beer from Prairie that has truly wowed me.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a cloudy straw gold color with a frothy couple inch white head that sticks around for a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready malt, yeast, grass/hay, pears, funk and some lemon peel. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some green grapes/white wine and some citrus. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's crisp and also well carbonated. The soft carbonation helps make this brew very smooth and easy to drink. 'Merica is a pretty good brew, I certainly liked it. Definitely worth a try if you come across some. $10.99 a bottle.

Photo of Rutager
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to willandperry for all of this Prairie awesomeness.

Appearance. Pours a light straw gold with 3 fingers of white head with moderate retention.

Smell. Floral papaya, mango, peaches and pineapple, nice light dry and dusty funk, and a little citrus flesh. This is the shit right here.

Taste. Papaya, pineapple, dry funky brett, a little light sweet malt, and some lime and orange zest. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body, approaching light. Fairly strong, but reasonably soft carbonation.

Overall. These Prairie guys know how to make a kick ass beer. Hope they're getting the props they deserve in the beer world. Thanks again willandperry!

Photo of nataku00
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear pale straw yellow with three plus fingers of fluffy white head. A little bit of carbonation, tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is very funky, earthy barnyard and wet horse hair, combined with some green grape and apple and biscuit malt sweetness. Some of the funkiest brett I've smelled ever.

Taste follows the nose, big brett flavor, funky horseblanket and wet hay, green grass, green grape, and apple flavors. Finishes very dry, with lingering funk and herbal hops.

Light body with just a touch of carbonation, enough to tickle the tongue. Very interesting beer, with the brett really taking over the aroma and flavor. If you don't like bretty, you would probably hate this.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a very light golden color and is extremely hazy and full of life teaming with carbonation. It has one nice white head, very bubbly at first but then it dissipates into thins bubbles with a light lacing. Grapefruit and citrus fruits are the first thing to hit your nose, followed by some mild malts. I also picked up some mild berry aromas as well. Its light and crisp up front and is semi-dry; it’s tart overall and the citrus fruits reign the flavor arena. It gets a bit drier in its aftertaste, but overall is pretty smooth and very refreshing. It light-to-medium bodied and really hits your taste buds.

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 take_it_sleazy
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into hill farmstead pint glass.

A: extremely hazy straw colored beer with an initially large head that dissipates into a single finger off white and bubbly head. More haze in this one than their "standard" offering.

S: funk coming through along with soft malts following. Almost a soapy smell at the end. Hop smell mild but present in the background.

T: citrus fruit and spice. The malt taste is subtler than I initially thought it was going to be. Slight medicinal notes linger on the tounge. The funk from the yeast is matched wonderfully with the hops in this.

M: crisp, medium mouthfeel. Quite a bit of carbonation which is typical of the style. A crisp, refreshing bite at the end.

O: nice example of an American saison. Extremely palatable and especially drinkable for 7.5%.

Photo of Immortale25
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Here goes my 700th review! Had at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a Unibroue goblet.

A- Pours a very hazy golden color with a full two finger white head that retains good and long before becoming an 1/8 inch head. Resilient lacing leaves kaleidoscopic patterns behind on the glass.

S- Simply wonderful combo of Brett and citrusy hops. It doesn't get any better than this.

T- The Brett comes in first bringing with it notes of green olive and barnyard funk, then come the bright hops that complement very nicely.

M- Crisp, tangy and sharp. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- This is what it's all about boys and girls. Definitely my favorite offering from Prairie this far.

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.

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Prairie 'Merica from Prairie Artisan Ales
92 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.