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Prairie Funky Galaxy - Prairie Artisan Ales

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87
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Reviews: 77
Hads: 489
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 4.92%
Wants: 27
Gots: 58 | FT: 7
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bump8628 on 03-19-2013

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Photo of Greigh
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tried a two year old bottle. The head was massive. Pours dark, and you can definitely taste the funk. Little bit of hops. Overall it wasn't bad. Probably wouldn't but it again though. (183 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%

Thanks to analogchainsaw for this extra, the last survivor of a trade that, well, this brew has been sitting in the fridge idle for too long. No more. 500ML bottle poured en masse into my big turtle snifter.

The pour is black chased with red highlights, with a booming head. The smell is aiming for truth in advertising. Strong hops, mostly citrus & pine, an edge of roast, & an underlying fetid bog that I associate with certain species of farmhouse ale. Not sure if I love it, but quite interesting.

Funky Galaxy Hopped Black Farmhouse Ale could only get trendier if it had been aged in bourbon barrels & spelunker aged. The beer veers from galaxy-heavy on the nose to farmhouse-heavy on the tongue. Light funk clashes with a stronger roast, & the combination isn’t winning any friends. Pine, citrus trundle into the mid-palate, confusing things even more, even before the yeast bursts through with green apple. The end is drowned in dusty dryness & a queer graininess. Tell me this is oak-aged & even without tasting it I’d believe. I’m not wild about it, but seem to have no problem taking repeated sips.

Sometimes it’s better to toss in the faucet, drains, pipes…& just leave the kitchen sink moored securely in the countertop. We all love a complex beer, but there seems to be a brushfire war going on between the various ingredients here, & they don’t mesh well at all. Still decent enough. (1,415 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Look: Opaque black with a mocha head. Poured slowly and the head grew super aggressive. Nice lacing on the way down.

Smell: lots of pineapple, and green apple on the nose, with a bitter tart Brett like funk on the finish. Smells wet and dank but finished with a huge crisp Farmhouse Funk.

Taste: Woah this is out there. Up front it is tart and funky like a saison. But the finish is citrusy like a black IPA. Getting tart fruit, cranberries, Brett, green apple, yeast, pineapple, peach, and more funk. With a hint of bitter chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Starts off clean and tart but sort of spreads like a citrusy IPA. A bit creamy with a light to medium body.

Overall: strange. Good and unique. Like nothing I have ever had. To sum it up it's like a saison with a black IPA but that is under selling it. (819 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Pour is black with tons of cardboard colored head with tons of lacing. Nose is sweet and hoppy with light notes of dark malt and a touch of farmy yeast. Taste is interesting, body is very light an airy with softer carbonation. Taste has less bright hops, darker malts and lightly roasted up front. A hint sweet and a touch of farmhouse yeast, citrus hops and a touch herbal through a lightly bitter finish. (409 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Splotchy lacing left behind.

Earthy, funky aroma with resinous, oily hops, musty funk, zesty spice and a complex malt presence. Spicy anise and licorice along with grassy pine needle, pepper and roasted dark chocolate. Really weird with oak, chocolate, musty funk, earthy hops, peppery spice and roasted malt notes competing with one another.

Medium body with a slightly chalky mouthfeel and complex flavor profile. Dry and slightly musty with some farmhouse funk and prominent licorice sweetness along with peppery spice, dark roast and sweet malts. Kind of odd but has nice complexity with the galaxy hops and dark saison notes coming through. (780 characters)

Photo of snowmageddon
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz bottle. Don't see a date on the bottle. This is probably the first black farmhouse ale I've tried, and certainly the first that I have reviewed.

A: Pours an ample, light brown head with lots of small-lacing bubbles. The head dissipates very, very slowly. The beer is extremely dark, and blocks all, or almost all, of the light from getting through.

S: Brett! With this first sniff, I realize that "funky" is an apt name. Certainly, citrus from the Galaxy hops and chocolate as well.

T: A combination of citrus-y hops, pepper, chocolate, along with the tangy acid of the brett. Alcohol is somewhat disguised.

M: Finish combines hop bitterness and dry cocoa powder. Creamier than what you would expect for a saison, but it's not a bad thing here.

O: A unique beer and definitely worth trying. Glad I picked one up. (826 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very tight dense head that presents light tan and hangs around for some time. Lacing, yup. Rather dark ale, black I'd say, no light seems to come through. The aroma is of Brett'y band-aid, asprin, phenol, cacao, and dust. Sounds weird but this mix of aromas works and is lovely to me. Flavor presents a little less brett and band-aid but is still prominent. Some chocolate and roast make an apperance. Very little if any Galaxy hop fruity and or tropical flavor pops through, though there is a nice hop bitterness. While funk is not immediatley apparent in the initial taste funk and phenol lingers on the tongue and palate. Dry, not spritzy, long finish, funky finish. Although not reflected in the rating I really like this beer, I love the Brett - funk portion, sometimes I don't like the phenol aspirin thing but it works great here. The sum is greater then the parts. (872 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz, no date
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a really deep brown almost black in the glass. Initially had about a finger of tight bubbled light tan head. Sticky lacing sheets.

S: Very interesting nose. Chalk. Cocoa. Barnyard dryness.

T: Definitely a hoppy beer. Nice blast of hop bitterness initially. Big grapefruit and citrus blending with pine. Then some of that cocoa hits the palate. Bakers chocolate. Dusting. Then that funky Brett is there. Dry and almost tannic. Finish has lingering farmhouse character and hop bitterness. Dry.

M: Lighter side of medium. (559 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Creamy black and opaque with a khaki head. Not much light goes through.

S: Roasty malt, a bit of hops, and a fruity note.

T: I love this! It's definitely a farmhouse, but with a nice roasty character. Roasted chestnuts, hops, lemon grass, a very nice funk tone, dark fruits, honey, and grain. Awesome taste.

M: Medium and a cool touch of carbonation, lightening it up.

O: I was not sure about this one. But I'm glad that I got it. It's a great beer! I also think it deserves a better score :-( (504 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Interesting aroma, the brew smells like roasted malt, tropical fruit, brett, blackberries, and a bit of citrus. It's nice fruity and roasty aroma. The taste is interesting too, it tastes like roasted malt, peppery spice, bittersweet chocolate, citrus zest, tropical fruit, pine, berries and earthiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and is well carbonated. This is a beer that I liked more and more the longer I drank it. I guess I'll have to try more black farmhouse ale/saisons! I'd like to get another bottle at some point, it's definitely worth a try. $9.99 a bottle. (758 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a huge rocky head that gushes out of the tulip glass. Head is 3/4 inch and permanent as hell. Deep dark stoutlike color. Aroma was downright funky. I am one of those that detects phenolics at low levels and the phenolics were raging in this one. Smelled more like vinyl than bubblegum and clove. Also a very fruity hop nose as well. Flavor is wild and complex, lots of tropical fruit, spice, bubblegum and roasted malts and a strong bitter foundation. Mouthfeel was surprising on the light side with moderate carbonation. Overall, a funky brew for funky times. (573 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. No bottling or dating from what I can see.

Oh a dark saison huh? She is truly DARK.. Big black walnut dark with a real mocha and even more unexpected dark head. Creamy cocoa brown, and whipped up milk chocolate top, this looks like more of an imperial stout than anything and a real aggressive one at that. Very nice.

Real nice nose. Dark fruits and some mild farmhouse yeast soft funk. Compliments some nice soft roasting qualities and a nice hop matching tropical juice feel. Sort of almost American Black IPA sensing but with brett qualities. No clashing here, really balanced too, very enjoyable.

Real neat palate. Very light bodied for such big abv in saison territory, but there's a great creamy roast quality to this. Crisp carbonation that cuts through the cream on top of it, with roasting malts and coffee. Dry brett finish, but not stinging too hard but some nice tonic water minerality flavor.

Crisp and Dry. Funk and Roast. Sweet and Cream. Wonderful balance and a unique beer. Easily my favorite black saison I have had to date. (1,090 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Is that…a hotdog suspended between two fingers while floating in space? Yep, it sure is. Well there you go, Prairie, you have my attention. Cheers.

A: Pouring this into a Duvel tulip was definitely the right choice: on the pour, a bubbly column of foam fires up the sides of the glass, climbing and climbing until the beer is half head and half body. Call it Duvel dark, dark brown bubbles over a body of pitch black. Lacing appears as a sheet of thick foam, a testament to the dense, long-lasting head.

S: Ah, there’s that dirty, dirty Prairie yeast I love so much, that bright, acidic, downright funky aroma punctuated by notes of lemon, underripe peach, and guava. It’s a fruity, catty combination of esters, very much a scent unique to Prairie. It’s tough to get beneath that yeast character, and as much as enjoy it, the style begs for more scrutiny. Sure enough, as it warms, darker scents of milk chocolate and dark fruit peek out.

T: This is, surprisingly, a black ale through-and-through, though it certainly has a characteristic snap of funk. Riding a wave of chalky, bittersweet cocoa, it starts with nothing more than a standard dark ale foundation – creamy chocolate, whipped cream, a little caramel – but it’s no more than a second before the yeast tastes come tumbling in. Brine and green olives, a Prairie yeast staple, pick at the body until what you’re tasting is no less than a fudgy olive – and I have to say, that blend of salty and sweet is quite addictive. Hops are in play, too, mixing some brisk citrus to the palate: lots of lemon rind, but there’s some mandarin orange and white grape there, too. Finishes with a sweet, gooey brownie batter taste under a bright dryness.

M: Frothy and smooth, like a small beer with a lightly drying, slightly watery palate. Nothing is out of place here, though; this is an appropriate texture, a mild, velvety beer.

O: Prairie’s yeast rocks! And, gladly, there’s more to the story than just that, as evidenced by the chocolaty blackness this ale exudes. What we end up with is a wonderful combination of tastes – and, without a doubt, another reason to buy Prairie beer! (2,162 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Bought in San Antonio. Brought home in my luggage. No bottle on date. Poured into a chalice.

A super unique brew in my book. One of a kind! Just the aroma is almost enough for me. Almost a black IPA but with the funk. 5.0

A – Pours a black/reddish tinged opaque with a two-finger mousey tan head. Almost classic Belgian lacing. 5.0

S – Slightly sweet, spice, funk, some pear, yeast (fruity, spicy). 5.0

T – Funk & spice. Some bitterness in the finish. 4.75

MF – A bit velvety/creamy, medium bodied, dry lasting finish, a bit acred (-), some fizz. 4.25 (564 characters)

Photo of PPOmaha
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Tangerines, pineapple, and mango with sweet roast malt in the back.

Appearance: black with dark brown highlights. Dark tan head that lingers.

Taste: Not as citrus and tropical fruit forward as it smells. More piney and dank hop flavor. Roast malt contributes interesting tannic finish. Fruity esters are apparent probably yeast derived.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Very slightly astringent in the finish.

Overall: really interesting beer. Black IPA is nice with galaxy. I am not sure if I like it with the yeast esters but I am glad I tasted it. (579 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Figured I should give this one a review because I thought it was awesome (many ratings before me would indicate otherwise).

What I really enjoyed about this beer was that it actually contained what it said on the label. When combining flavors and "styles" often times, distinct elements from each style are not prevalent. This was not the case.

I read the label and expected a hybrid of a black IPA and a saison. That's exactly what it was. Full bodied and creamy, dark as a stout with a nice fluffy head, very saison like.

Aroma was that of fruity and peppery esters, floral hops, and chocolate malts.
Taste; a wonderful melding of the flavors I expected, hiding the alcohol quite well. I had no idea it was 8% abv til I came here to rate it (usually I look for/notice these things on the label, perhaps OK doesn't require it).

Bottom line, if you like saisons and/or hoppy dark ales and think the two combined would be interesting, then you will love this beer. Having had a few beers with the same concept (Mikkeller/Stillwater colab and GreenFlash/St. Feuillen colab) I can say that the Praire Ales rendition is by far the best. (1,136 characters)

Photo of benclimbs
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, looks good

Smell is super nice, funktastic with some hops - some of my friends smelled urine, but...that's just what we call "strange funk"

Taste is nice but not incredible, sour, malts and plenty of hops.

Overall pretty good and fun/interesting brew from an awesome brewery - tons of hops and sour funk, nice one! (332 characters)

Photo of kaufmaal
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The 1-inch, tan head didn't go anywhere. It just sat there, daring me to drink it. Very dark brown, not quite black. Sour smelling, with lots of funky yeast and hops, some ammonia. This one's weird, with lots of flavors, aromas going on, some of which are, for me, unpleasant. The initial taste is sour, fermented grain, lots of hops; then smoke, more hops, then ammonia, sweet sour fruit. It's a beautiful looking bear, with the head down to 1/2 an inch, and the alcohol is perfectly masked. The beer tasted like a very good dark IPA, clean, some nice lacing I'm very glad I tried this, though not sure I'd search it out again. (654 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown in color, with a massive, expanding tan head. Aromas of whisky, and a bit of pear as well. Taste begins with some sweet caramel up front, then a bit of phenolics, followed by some citrus, and a piney bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very good. Overall a different, but excellent tasting beer. (311 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, peach, passion fruit, cocoa, roasted malt, hay, straw, clove, pepper, musty funk, grass, floral, herbal, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, passion fruit, peach, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, clove, pepper, straw, grass, herbal, floral, light funk, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pepper/clove yeast spice and pine hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, passion fruit, peach, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light pine, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, roasted malt, and funky/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black Saison! All around great balance and complexity of hop, roasted malt, and spicy/funky yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,766 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a creamy head reminiscent of a root beer float. Smells unlike any other beer I've had. Smokey, hoppy, grainy, malty spice, with fruit and licorice thrown in. Sounds crazy, but the smell reminds me of an old pharmacy from my childhood. Coffee, citrus and hops are heavy, with a woody quality. Nice bitterness. Medium mouth. This wouldn't be my everyday beer, but it is excellently unique. (411 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle at churchkey in DC into tulip. Deep black with a finger of tan head and lacing. Huuuge brett aromas on this with a bit of hop aroma. Taste is just super bretty...funky with a big bitter dose of fruity hop and roasted black malt. Its all so intense that the flavors work really well together. Its very funky very hoppy and pretty roasty.
Nice a dry and a bit bitter finish. Really awesome as always...deff get one if you like over the top brett. (463 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-12-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Moderately opaque darker brown with a massive 3-finger tan head that fades to 1-finger pretty quickly but leaves significant lacing.

S - Spicy hops, mint, grass, cherry blossoms, barnyard. Fresh smelling; like a spring day in a field by the barn.

T - Dark roasted malt that is slightly charred, semi-sweet chocolate, grassy, funk from the brett strains, overly-ripe black cherries, mint, citrus tartness, fresh hop buds and bitterness from the Galaxy hops that is (to me) a bit much for a saison and which somewhat conflicts with the roasty/char flavor. Never had a black saison before. I appreciate the new flavor combinations but whether it is a black IPA or black saison, it's really tough to balance lots of hop flavor/bitterness with char.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Watery. I would have preferred a thicker feel.

O - Kudos to Prairie for coming up with a beer that doesn't smell or taste like anything I've had before. It won't be a staple at my house but I'm intrigued to try more brews from Prairie. (1,067 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours coffee black with a two finger khaki head with great retention/lacing.

S - Earth, hay and citrus notes.

T - Mild citrus tartness starts off and it develops into a malty backbone with cocoa powder.

M - Light bodied and high carbonation. It has a dry finish to it.

O - This would probably work good if it wasn't a black saison. I just don't think the galaxy hops mix well with it. (393 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Craftshack
Pours a fairly dark brown with a huge creamy tan head that persists forever. Holy hopness batman, that is one hopified saison aroma. Earthy floral and spicy hop nose co existing with a slightly funky, sour overly ripe grapefruit aroma. The flavor is light sweet honey malt beneath layers of light funk and tart sour fruits. Lingering earthy hop flavor, light chocolate, and aspirin in the finish. Medium body with moderate to high level of carbonation and a tart slick mouthfeel. Odd mesh of flavors that did gradually wear on me. Nice to try, but I probably wouldn't seek out again. (606 characters)

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Prairie Funky Galaxy from Prairie Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.