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Prairie 'Merica - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

658 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 91
Gots: 72 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
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: 658 | Reviews: 94
Photo of RWACKO
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 mlee2587
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KRG
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alpha309
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 helios7
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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 tylerstravis
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Halfbrother83
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 fosters9
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewskis
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bustersuess
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Prairie 'Merica from Prairie Artisan Ales
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