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Prairie Funky Galaxy - Prairie Artisan Ales

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slightly sour dark fruit, and funky Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour roasted malt, fruit, and funky Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is interesting with a wide variety of unique aroma and flavors all meshed together in a single beer. (626 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

incredibly underrated, this is a brilliant beer. if the poor marks come from style guidelines, I can sympathize a little. if I close my eyes and drink this, it is not apparent that its the deep cocoa brown color that it is, and it might as well be a black ipa instead of a saison type, because the characteristic saison yeast is almost invisible. that said, the determining factor for me is taste, and the flavor of this beer is absolutely incredibly delicious. the galaxy hops are the perfect compliment to the lightly toast and fluffy textured malts the make up the base of this beer, and their fresh squeezed juicy citrus properties combine with the bittersweet chocolate notes to deliver almost a chocolate covered orange complexion, before the more acidic lemon properties of the galaxy hops take over. the yeast is a let down if you want a saison, but its in perfect balance if you like the flavors here, which I certainly do. its just a little funky, mostly in the nose, bland compared to some other prairie brews, but adding just enough to this one. long hoppy finish with a lot more fruit than bitterness. galaxy hops have become a recent favorite for me, and this beer is a perfect example of why. just fantastic beer.

edit: i have had mixed bottle experiences with this, ranging from unreal to forgettable, but i had it for the first time on tap, and wow is it amazing. almost menthol mouthfeel to it the hops are so abundant, it stays on the palate forever. a truly unique experience from the tap. highly recommended! (1,530 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark, or black Saisons may be making a return from the depths of Belgian farmhouse lore, but Prairie Ales brings the crisp and clean taste of modern Saisons to life and builds complexities on newly derived hops for citrusy and tropical effects. It's the new way to build a beer.

Medium brown in its pour, the mostly-hazy ale shows burnish gold highlight around the edges. The beer builds a lightened and airy foam structure from sandy tan froth- it simply looks like a dry ale. Firm withstanding and intricate lace speaks to well made Belgian ales.

Zesty tart fruits leap from the late hop additions in the form of musty grapefruit, oranges, apricots, and mangoes. Riding closely behind are darker notes of toast char, cocoa powder, and weathered wood. A deeper whiff reveals even more musty quality of light mushroom and freshly cracked peppercorn. With little in the way of sweetness, the nose picks up on light brown sugar notes in support of the toast, spice, and hops.

The typical dry spicy taste of Saisons are complemented by the dry toast and wood notes that rest early on the palate. With an incredible light taste of brown sugar, the beer avoids the associated sweetness that usuall accompanies the sugar. Additional spices from Galaxy hops offer citrusy bitterness late, but also gives the middle palate a fresh tropical and citrus fruitiness that's usually much less celebrated in Saisons.

Noticeable dryness lifts off the palate early and often. The quick finish nearly makes the beer more appreciated in aftertaste than in its actual procession across the tongue. Prickly, spicy, sawdust-like and peppery- the beer finishes with more than just alcohol warmth. The incredible Galaxy hops deliver a nearly teeth-churning sensation with smooth bitterness to close. tropical. light bitterness.

Saisons aren't normally dark, but the toasted grain accents dryness and allows a brighter peppery note to emerge. Saisons aren't usually fruity either, but the hops gives it a common bitter character with uncommon complexities. It's a highly varying beer with each sip that keeps me coming back simply by curiosity alone. (2,132 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750ml. Props to the tight cage wind.

A: Pours a light brownish with a solid 2-finger tan head which lasts and lasts leaving spotty lace.

N: Floral and herbal, citrus and passionfruit along with Saison yeast and spice.

T: Citrus/tropical, herbal, yeasty, some damp wood and earthiness. Mild funk.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Rustic, spicey and yeasty finish.

O: Very unique dark, hoppy Saison. The 8% kicks. Would definitely want another. (463 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

So that's where the Parliament/Funkadelic spaceship came from... Anyway, this stuff pours a brackish sienna topped by more than enough khaki foam. The nose comprises watered-down candi sugar, light greens, a hint of mild funk, and a faint undercurrent of very light cocoa. The taste holds notes of light chocolate powder, candi sugar, clove, mild mixed greens, some mild funk (mostly in the finish), and a hint of grapefruit rind. Everything is sorta muddled, but somehow in a good way. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an odd but pleasant beer, one that must be tasted to be understood (to whatever limited degree you can). (717 characters)

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

Thanks to rudzud for sharing/splitting this interesting beer.

Huge foamy semi thick 3+ finger mocha head that doesn't want to fade but eventually collapses on itself, mild spotty lacing and soapy, just about pitch black beer.

Nose has definite funk, wild Brett like character that's either obvious intended funk or wild infection, horse blanket, musty and dank cellar, then funky saison with mild farmhouse spices, some malts with hint of grainy and mild creamy dark choc like malt little cocoa, and I think very light fruity almost tropical like hops, definite galaxy hops. But almost all that is drowned by the funk.

Taste comes creamy, very creamy, with lactose like flavours, milk choc, little cocoa and dark malts but light, and little grainy. Galaxy hops are there too, nice fruity floral hop, little mild tropical fruit like mango almost, etc. The funk is def there again, horse blanket Brett funk, and mild farmhouse funk too. Finish is creamy and a bit sticky, little dry, nice bitter fruity galaxy hop lingering, more funk and horse blanket, little yeasty.

Mouth is med bod but quite creamy, quite carbonated, not sure if I like the creamy, and carbonation is too much.

Overall ok but the wild Brett funk seems to overpower too much. Nice hops though, malts are ok, creaminess is meh, wish the hops came through a lot more as I love Galaxy hops, and the funk is just too much, not even sure if it was intended. (1,425 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opens with a resounding pop! Had a bit of a gush there after the pour

Pours scarlet/caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. Murks up a bit, nice lacing, above average head retention

S: Over ripe orchard fruit , a bit of funk & fig, all kind of glom together as this warms

T: Over pears, figs, persimmons, cinnamon & a touch of dirty funk up front. Funkyness, apricot, pears, aspirin bitterness, some grapefruit & kiss of boozey pineapple as this warms. Finishes with much grapefruit, boozey apples with cinnamon & a bit of cayenne pepper

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Drinks alright, this kind of missed the mark for me, not a giant fan of dark saisons in general. Worth a try, maybe not the best choice a warm spring night. Didn't really pull together for me all the way... (782 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Been hearing all the craic over galaxy hops and I'm a Prairie fan, so I figured I'd pick this one up. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with neat label art and a hood-and-wire cap over a cork acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Reviewed as a black farmhouse ale because it identifies as such on the label. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 8% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of the review. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No beer surged out upon popping the cork.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 4.5 finger wide head of khaki-beige colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Decently frothy. Doesn't have much lacing or "legs." Head retention is good for the relatively high ABV - about 7-8 minutes.

Body colour is an extremely dark amber that could easily be mistaken for black if not for the telling translucency about the edges of the pour in my glass. Quite dark to the point of nontransparency. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's certainly darker than any farmhouse ale I've ever seen. It's intriguing, but I admit I'm a bit weary.

Sm: Lovely white pepper notes, but I find the overt roastiness beneath them to be a bit jarring. It's not unpleasant - just different. Hop character is floral and fruity in a gripping but vague sense; I pick up lots of different fruits but have trouble picking each note out. I think I get mango, apricot, and some sort of slightly zesty rind. There's also heavy usage of crackery lightly bready malts in the body, with some dark malts in there too. I get some light spicing in the form of fennel or licorice. Cinnamon, allspice. Touches of cocoa dust. Peppercorn is prominent on the back end. A clean cohesive aroma of moderate strength, featuring some interesting subtlety. It's a wet spritzy aroma, which is nice.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Cocoa dust throughout. It's got a musty taste and I think the spritzy peppery character clashes with the sweeter maltiness here. Hopping is too incisive for the style, aggressively hitting the drinker with floral, fruity, and zesty notes that don't fit in the style or the flavour profile: flowers, mango, bright berries, persimmon and unwelcome citrus. I have a feeling I'll come to like galaxy hops, but boy does this hop character not belong in this style. It's got light roasted barley notes, a vague graininess, and a heavy dose of crackery malts.

Interesting spicing: fennel, peppercorn, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne. I get some light brettanomyces funkiness as well as a yeasty biscuity character.

This beer isn't really coming together like it should. Not gestalt, and hardly cohesive. There's a lot of competition between flavours rather than synergy. Balance is troublesome but passable. I think the problem lies in the build; the choices of hop strain and hop quantity were poor, and while the concept of Americanizing a traditional Belgian style by making it "dark" is interesting, I don't feel this flavour profile represents a sound execution of that concept.

Depth of flavour is a bit on the shallow side for a farmhouse ale. The flavour intensity is somewhat high, but saisons/farmhouse ales are a showcase for subtlety and balance, not overbearing flavour. Flavour duration is average/good for the style.

The peppery character is a highlight for me, and it's something I always look for in the best saisons. Good execution on that front. Certainly not a boring or bland beer.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Spritzy yet musty and somewhat dry. Smooth and approachable, with some coarseness emerging in the second act - which coaxes out the cocoa nicely but lends the texture a rough edge that distracts. Good carbonation; bottle conditioning was an excellent choice here. Suits the flavour profile pretty well overall, but I wouldn't say it feels like the brewers custom-tailored the texture to the taste. It could be softer.

Not harsh, gushed, boozy, oily, or hot.

Dr: A downable beer for its ABV, but unfortunately not one I'd get again. There are better beers in the saison/farmhouse ale style at this price point. I will say it makes me interested in the concept behind the beer, but that's not enough. Execution must accompany premise. I imagine there are those who will really embrace this beer, and hopefully that will encourage more breweries to innovate in this new approach to the style. As much as I want to support Prairie, I won't be recommending this beer to friends. I'll easily kill my bottle and I can't knock its drinkability, but the overall package could use some work.

I did enjoy the cocoa dust aspect of this brew, and I'd like to see that note as well executed in future beers I try of this style as it was here.

Low B- (4,927 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 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 Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky brown body. Khaki head. Surface pocked by foam circles. Wispy surface.

Smell - Bretty, slightly acidic. Nothing really funky about it. Definitely some galaxy hop aroma to it. Very earthy. Some dark malts come through.

Taste - Much brettier. Very earthy. Less acidic. Nutty malts. Some hints of chocolate. Lends a creaminess to it.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium bodied. That creaminess is nice.

Overall - Not seeing a ton of variation from these Prairie beers. They're all pretty tasty, without being outstanding. (580 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Funk indeed, Galaxy not so much. Quite a bit of funk going on here, not so much sour as the stinky cheese and barnyard variety. That's all well and good, and as advertised, but the hops are completely overshadowed and the dark, dry malts don't match very well here with the funk or lend any real support. A bit of a mish-mash and a one trick pony. Just okay. (358 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)

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 rhoadsrage
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a get black body with a deep tan head that is supported by lots of microbubble strands. The beer is a slow motion gusher and the yeasty trub streaks up the sides of the glass.

S- The full galaxy hop aroma comes through during the pour and is followed by a mellow but bright pungent hop aroma that reminds me of opening a fresh bag of hop pellets.

T- The green bright hops flavor is woody with some full brett flavor of white cheese rind and some great earthy saison yeast ester flavors to follow. There is a tart hint in the finish that grows a bit as it opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a full crisp fizz with no alcohol heat.

O- The full woody bright green hops are pungent and delicious with a big brett character that can stand up to them. The taste really blends as the two characters grows together. Very sessionable. (870 characters)

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

No apparent freshness info on the bottle. Poured in to tulip.

A - Dark brown with a big amount of thick medium brown head.

S - Big galaxy hop aroma is noticeable first with some nice tropical fruit flavours apparent. Some funk, Belgian yeast and spice notes in the background.

T - Good balance of tropical fruit from the galaxy hops, funk, roast and Belgian yeast. A touch of chocolate in the finish.

M - Medium body. Slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation. (463 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanksgiving beer.

This beer pours a medium bodied pitch black in color, almost like a porter, with a one finger creamy mocha colored head. The nose features a good amount of funky brett with dark malt and light leather. The flavors are very dry and funky. It initially drinks like an Irish stout before dive bombing into the yeast. The brett is almost overpowering. It almost has some plastic to it as well. There is some galaxy hop character but it struggles to fight through the dark malt and brett. It drinks medium in body and very dry. Overall I think this would've been better suited as a blonde, especially since all of their lighter wilds have been home runs. The roasty dark malt just took too much away from the most intriguing parts of this beer. (759 characters)

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

Pours a deep, thick wooden dark brown, large coffee colored head.

Smells very tart, dusting of cocoa, dark citrus, some other vinous fruit...lots going on, very complex, smells great.

Starts with a lightly tart wine character, decent amount of bitter citrus too, fades into milk chocolate and sweet grape, pretty dry and spicy. Again, very complex, very good.

Good thick mouthfeel, creamy and well carbonated.

Great beer! Very complex. I'd swear this was aged in wine barrels.

8.6/10 (488 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 rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros, reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark nearly black hue with a massive three finger mocha head that leaves light lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of saison and barnyard funk with nice horse blanket notes. Solid tropical galaxy hop aromas along with some light cocoa. Rather pleasant.

T - Taste is quite similar to the nose. Lots of funky, assertive horse blanket, chocolate, nice galaxy notes of tropical hops. Lots of pineapple, a slight mineral note along with some faint alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit too creamy for my liking of a saison. Could stand to be a bit more crisp.

O - Overall, this was a fun beer with alot going on with it. Tasty, but really would like a more traditional mouthfeel. (766 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Winooski Beverage Warehouse. From notes.

A - Black pour, creamy mocha head of two fingers. Good thick rings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Funky, Bretty, spoiled fruits, dark fruit.

T - Funky and Bretty again.Quite fruity, pineapple. Hoppier than the aroma, but the classic big tropical Galaxy profile is defintely was overshadowed by the Brett. Dark fruit, some roast, more citrus as it warmed but it was still masked by Brett.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full creamy body and a sweet fruit Brett finish.

O/D - Quite an interesting beer. Such a shame the Galaxy was so hidden. Complex and tasty nonetheless. (642 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color that resembles cola. A dense, two finger tan head forms with good retention and plenty of lace.
S: Contrary to what the color would make me suspect, this is all hops up front. Citrus, pineapple, resiny piny hops. Yep, I would say Galaxy hops for sure, with that high alpha acidic and tropical fruit aroma. Maybe some light chocolate and caramel malts in the background.
T: Follows the nose with a huge tropical fruit flavor up front. Citrus, orange, pineapple. A resiny and piny bitterness lingers for a bit. Then the malts come in. Lightly roasted, caramel and chocolate. Muddled once the malts kick in. Where is the rustic saison character I love in other Prairie offerings?
M/D: A medium to full body. Crisp carbonation at first. Though becomes more resinous and sticky as this warms. A muddled mess for a saison. Not bad by any means, and I will finish the bottle. Though not something I really want to come back to.

Not a saison in the least. The flavor and aroma are so counter to the appearance it is almost a shock. Really more of a pale ale profile with a light roasted malt background. If I want one of those I will buy one. I want awesome saisons from Prairie, and this is not it. (1,235 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 popery
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a little plum color to it. Appears to be quite cloudy. Nice big head, beige. Puffs up quite a bit on the initial pour and lasts for a good amount of time. Some nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by hop flavors. I haven't had a lot of galaxy-hopped beers, but this does jibe with what I remember. Mix of big citrus, tropical and berry hop notes. Tangerines, pineapples, blackberries, mangoes, grapefruits. Some light roastiness. Just a little chocolate background maltiness. Some nice funky, earthy flavors add a level of complexity. The taste is full of those fruity hops with some dark malt character and saison and brett funk. It starts with sweet, tart blackberries and pineapples before heading into drier, funkier flavors of cocoa, grapefruit and earth. Citrus pith, wood and funk in the finish. Fairly dry and comfortably bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty light. Normal carbonation. The malt adds some body, and there's a little hop slickness. Good stuff. After seeing some review scores and whatnot, I was expecting to be a bit disappointed, but this is quite good, and I'd put it on the same level as the rest of the Prairie lineup. (1,153 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Dark brown. Almost opaque. Three fingers of creamy brown head with great retention.

S: Wild yeast. Brett. Funky. Tang. A bit barnyard-y.

T/M: The yeast is intense. Very upfront. Almost overbearing, but either I'm becoming used to it or the intensity is fading. Underneath all the funk are layers of fruit and roasted malt, complemented by a dry finish. Slightly sweet, even. Interesting, complex, and rewarding. Full-bodied.

O: I like Prairie, I think. This is an intriguing, worthy saison worthy of anyone's attention. (586 characters)

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