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Prairie 'Merica - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 720
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 26.63%
Wants: 93
Gots: 85 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky whitish-yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus and tropical fruit, earth, yeast, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour citrus, tropical, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great Brett forward aromas and flavors that make this one tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With the incredible spicy dryness and lightly wine-ish earthen taste of Saisons, Prairie Ales layers upon the recipe with the tropical and citrus hop flavors for a combination of tastes that I can only describe as "funky-fresh".

Goldenrod colors carry a rustic yeast haze that promise full flavor. The beer releases a tall column of foam that's creamy, light, and zesty in its character. High retention and decorative lacing patterns give the beer an elegant all around appearance.

Mouthwatering aromas of fruit and earth alight in nose with everything from dried oranges, limes, apples and white grapes to pineapple, mangoes and papaya. A soft wheaty backbone draws in herbal and earthy notes of chives, tea, cork, and a light catty note.

The taste of dried fruit and fruit peels pile on the taste buds but do so with sweeter, more tart impressions of cantaloupe, Tropical Fruit Punch, and an almost-sherbet taste that's irresistible in taste and approaching sourness. Finishing herbal with the winey taste of grape, sassafras, and with a gin-like twinge- the beer perplexes the palate and refreshes it with ease. All this rests on a light pillow of bread dough and cellar-like must.

Its dry taste achieves much the same in texture as the tart-sweet interplay is pulled from the tongue by the airy and creamy carbonation. The dry spicy finish brings about mild alcohol warmth and light wine astringency. An aftertaste of fruit, wheat and cork must echo in the throat and retro-olfactory senses and cause nearly teeth grinding behavior.

The Nelson Sauvin hops are made for Saisons. But Prairie gives it a powdery-tart taste and texture that seems wood aged and sour blended. Their taste reminds me of Anchorage Brewing Company and what they do to achieve complexity.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another tightly twisted cage over a corked 750ml bottle.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a fluffy white head which leave spotty lace.

N: Freshly pressed white grapes, barnyard, yeast and spices with lemon.

T: Lemony and yeasty with a bright vinous and brett note. Very layered and should be enjoyed slowly. Goes will with spicy Thai food.

M: Semi-medium body and moderate carbonation. Lemony and funky yeasty finish.

O: Yet another nice farmhouse which I would have again.

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Big foamy fluffy head pillowy lacing, hazy pale yellow color.

Nose very floral and effervescent, saison funk little funk gym sock, light lemony spices, mild grainy malt.

Taste brings more saison spices, light grainy wheat, toasty, malts, lemony, zest, citrus, effervescent and floral, light flowery like, little bitterness, light floral grassy hops, juicy. Finish is dry and effervescent, fair bitter grassy floral hops and lemony zest.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lots of carb.

Overall pretty nice, good saison characters with a nice effervescent lemony character, pretty nice.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Really high expectations for this one - currently #22 on the Top 50 Southwest list and it's got a 93 overall rating. Reviewed live. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. 7.5% ABV confirmed per the label. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with great label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local Whole Foods and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops and farmhouse yeast. "American farmhouse ale." Reviewed as a farmhouse ale since it clearly identifies as such.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Head is horridly thin. No creaminess or frothiness whatsoever. Head retention is very poor - maybe 30 seconds at best. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a murky but translucent and semitransparent yellow of subpar vibrance. I wouldn't call it dull, but it's certainly subdued, and in no way alive or inviting. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: I'm greeted by obvious farmhouse yeast and its accompanying trademark funkiness. Definitely brettanomyces, with a vaguely lactic edge. Straw, clean barley, pilsner malt, cereals, and a generic floral hop character of minimal presence. Papaya, green apple, white wine, ripe vague fruit, mango, and fruit peel. Wheat. White grapes. Pear. It's got a nice light tart sourness. Light citric lemony character.

No alcohol is detectable.

The funkiness is a bit strange here, and I'm not getting quite as on board with it as I usually do. In any case, I'm optimistic, but it's not up to par with the aromas of the best beers I've had in this style.

Aroma is inoffensive and mild in strength.

T: Bready doughy/sourdoughy yeast with a light funkiness accompanied by a young feel. Wheat, pilsner malts, straw, clean barley, and a kiss of crackery malts. Lightly citric, with a lemony note. Some vague fruity notes including white grapes, mango, papaya, and apples. The tartness/sourness I hoped for based on the aroma isn't here. The doughy yeast presence is definitely overdone and detracts from the balance. Build for the style is definitely subpar; no substantial crackery malt presence, white pepper, or milky notes here - not to the mention the lack of spicing. I do get some vague floral hops as well as light citrusy hop character; not quite the assertive complementary presence you'd normally associate with Nelson hops. Not gestalt, but it's cohesive enough I guess.

Unfortunately, I do notice a bit of alcohol presence, which is rare for a beer in the style (regardless of quality).

Extremely poor depth of flavour for the style. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Lacks the complexity and subtlety of the best beers in the style. Feels quite young.

Mf: Has sort of a powdery musty feel to it. Smooth and wet. Too thick for the style and flavour profile. A bit overcarbonated; was this bottle conditioned? If not, that would certainly help. Has something of a bite to it. Definitely needs to be softer. Suits the flavour balance okay, but is far from custom-tailored specifically to it. There's no marriage of texture to taste here. Largely unrefreshing. Has some lemony acidity to it.

Not boozy, hot, oily, gushed, harsh.

Dr: Boy, am I disappointed in this one. As much as I've liked some of Prairie's beers, I'm not sure what happened here. None of the complexity, subtlety, or balance you find in the best farmhouse ales is present here. I imagine it'd get better with age; it feels quite raw and young as-is. Doesn't hide its ABV particularly well, but it's by no means boozy or hot. It's certainly not unique or special, and apart from trades, I won't be buying this again. Drinkable but wanting. Prairie puts out much better work. That said, it's above average overall.


Note: Pouring the yeast from the bottom into the glass yields a more milky appearance that resembles old stale orange juice. It does make the beer a bit better, albeit a bit more sourdoughy.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The appearance of a creamsicle -golden yellow like a smoothie with thick white cap with fine bead. The smell is very tropical with lots of pineapple from the wild yeast and slight vinous aroma from the Nelson hops. The feel is very good with high carbonation and moderate bitterness with a dry finish with mild alcohol.

The flavor is great, very nice tropical fruit from the both the hops and some with a little tangy brett augmenting with some light malt sweetness to cushion the bitterness level with a nice tangy white grape tinge of Nelson. This deserves the rating since it melds a nice wild character with a more hop forward saison, nice flavor, aroma and is very drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours moderately hazy bright golden straw color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lacing. Minimal lacing on the glass, and some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge peach, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, grape, lemon zest, orange zest, straw, floral, grass, pepper, clove, herbal, cracker, light honey, white wine, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of big tropical/citrus hop and yeast/brett ester notes with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big peach, pineapple, lemon zest, grape, passion fruit, clove, pepper, straw, grass, floral, herbal, cracker, light honey, white wine, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of fairly tart/earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, pineapple, lemon zest, grape, passion fruit, clove, pepper, straw, grass, herbal, floral, white wine, cracker, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast and brett flavors; with a good malt/spiciness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice saison style. All around good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast/brett ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.76/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears extremely hazy and pure yellow with an inch of soapy white head. The aroma is simply fabulous. Dank hops and farmhouse funk. So fresh. Wow. Great flavor as well. Beautiful blend of Nelson hops and saison character. A healthy amount of bitterness in the back, finishing dry. The aroma is slightly superior to the flavor, but the beer is firing on all cylinders. Superb.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours that cloudy off yellow color like many of Prairie's beers, larger head than most, very attractive.

Nose is dominated by huge bright citrusy hops. Lemon, lime, pineapple, orange...so bright and hoppy. Amazing.

Taste is pungent lemony citrus, fades into some bitter orange with hints of grapefruit. Some floral character too. This is the brightest and most lemon-lime like Nelson Sauvin beer I've had, and it has some of that pungent Simcoe like character. Very good.

Mouthfeel is good, not as carbonated as I expected but solid.

Excellent beer.


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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, bright golden yellow color with a 2.5 finger frothy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Very bubbly and has good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Possibly over carbonated with tight bubbles forming around the head and item taking a long time to settle.

Earthy aroma with funky farmhouse yeast and a strong musty brett presence that dominates the nose. Barnyard must with grass, straw and funky bugs followed by vinous and light fruit notes, pale malt and citrus hops. The brett and saison yeast is complimented by a complex hop profile that gives off hints of earthy grass and pine as well as some sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes. Slightly lactic amd I'm also picking up a strong bread/biscuit character as well as some light fruit as it warms. The nose on this beer is very complex with a lot of different things going in, not just farmhouse funk. The best way to describe it is that is smells like a hoppy wild wheat beer/saison hybrid with a touch of white wine.

Fuller bodied than expected with tight carbonation up front as well as strong zesty spice and earthy hop flavors that linger over the other notes into a bone dry finish. Dry, earthy and bitter up front with peppery spice, earthy resinous hops and musty bugs followed by funky saison yeast, bread, biscuit and light fruit. Lots sticky, oily hop flavor up front with pine needle, grass and spruce tip along with a very prominent dry, musty brett character that's faintly countered by sweet citrus/tropical fruit, bread, biscuit, apple and pear. A bit one dimensional with all of the dryness from the hops and brett but there is subtle sweetness and a strong bready yeast component balancing things out. Some pineapple and grapefruit hop flavor buried underneath but overall, this beer is just a bit too dry/one note for my preference. Complex for sure, but the dry hops and brett and prominent bready yeast notes overpower almost everything else.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a bright, somewhat hazy mix of straw and lemon yellow with a massive white head of large bubbles that dissipates to a collar leaving no lacing. Pretty standard, but good for the style.

S- The aroma definitely highlights the traditional saison barnyard funk and the single hop used. The farmhouse yeast gives it lightly funky horse-blanket and hay aromas, while the Nelson Sauvin hops provides a dry white wine/grape aroma, along with osme gooseberry and apricot. Very nice aroma!

T- The taste is of grain and yeast up front, sweet and fruity in the middle, with a smooth dry finish. There's definitely a lot of white grape character that makes it reminiscent of a dry white wine, but the grain, the light funk, and mild hop bitterness assure you that it's a beer!

M- The mouthfeel is dry and smooth, with moderate carbonation and a medium body.

O- Overall I really enjoyed this beer, and the idea of one hop, one malt, and one yeast is awesome! If this was available in NJ I'd buy it on the regular!

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Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kyle for sharing.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice hazy hidden hue with s thick creamy sudsy head that left a nice blanket and lacing.

S - Aromas of light funk, good horse blanket, fall apples, really nice.

T - Taste is very funky and refreshing with good apples, just fun blanket nice.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice and crisp and clean.

O - Overall this was a delicious saison, well done.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.27.13

A - Pours a cloudy very light orange-yellow with a huge off-white head with great retention.

S - Hoppy floral, corn, nutty, saison yeast, brett-like?

T - Brett, but I am sure there isn't any, strong saison yeast, with a hoppy finish.

D - Tons of carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Saison, hoppy, pilsner. Solid beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with a medium white head and good lacing. Aroma of white chardonnay with a good Farmhouse character, cat pee, funk and notes of pilsner malt. Taste is slightly sweet with white wine, Farmhouse yeast, light malty notes and citrus. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body. Good carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Very good hoppy Saison.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazed golden/orange color. At first a massive, bubbly white head rises to over two fingers. The foam gently recedes to nothing after a minute. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Very pungent up front. Fruity grapes, pineapple, and mango all intermingle with almost a veggie aroma. Is that a little DMS? Funk, crackers, and biscuit aromas.
T: Along with the nose, a lot is going on here. Pungent fruits like pineapple and mango. Apple skins. Musky funk, bread, and biscuit flavors. A lingering bitterness last for a while.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Not as crisp as I was hoping for, and just a bit watery. I am enjoying the bottle. Which will be gone in no time.

They packed a ton of character into this with only one malt and one hop. That alone is worth the price of admission. I do very much enjoy this. Though not as much as some of the other saisons this wonderful little brewery has to offer. That is not to say it is bad at all, and very much recommended.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Two and half fingers of voluminous, white head. The beer is light, hazy, opaque, and straw-colored.

S: Funky-tart. Very barnyard. Faint fruit.

T: Tasty! The Nelson Sauvin hops are, in fact, ensorcelling as I hoped they would be. Wonderfully tropical, with a nuanced and complex maintaste. The yeast is funky, yes, and saison-y, yes, but not as spicy as expected and less immediate than the hops. The aftertaste has a tinge of citrus peel, and a lingering barnyard musk.

M: Robust and pleasant.

O: I greatly enjoyed this, mostly due to the Nelson Sauvin. The yeast ain't bad neither. Recommended.

"One malt, one hop, ONE MERICA!"
Malt: Floor-malted pilsner
Hop: Nelson Sauvin
Yeat: Prairie Farmhouse

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Photo of popery
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orangish yellow, straw color. The beer is quite cloudy. The head puffs up into quite a mass at first, but it proves to be rather fizzy and dissipates quickly. Pretty much no bubbles are left at a minute, and there's no lacing. The aroma is chock full of Nelson Sauvin hops. It's wonderfully and fresh and juicy. I'm getting grape, melon and pineapple flavors primarily with peach, orange, lime, mint, mango and grass adding to the mix. It's a tremendous hop aroma. Underneath all of that hop fruitiness, there's a touch of yeasty, earthy funk. It doesn't hit you in the face like the hops, but the beer is definitely in saison/farmhouse territory when you look for the yeast flavors. Just a touch of soft honey-ish malt. The taste is starts off with sweet fruitiness and more of that honeyed pale malt before developing a firm bitterness of lime rind, lemon/grapefruit pith and earth. There's a spicy, herbal edge of juniper, mint, peppercorns and earl grey bergamot. The yeast dries out the beer and shows off some of that funky prairie flavor, but it's not the focus of this beer. This beer is a celebration of the Nelson Sauvin hop. I absolutely love Alpine Nelson and Keene Idea, but while a rather different take, 'Merica can stand with those beers as the best expression of the hop that I've tried. Mouthfeel is lively with lots of hop oiliness. The finish is drying and the bitterness lingers for some time. This is a wonderful beer. My only slight knock on it is that I think the malt flavor could use a little tweak, maybe a touch of wheat. Regardless, Prairie has proven themselves as a brewery to watch with a second round of excellent releases. I'm thrilled that they have wide distribution and look forward to more beers from them.

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