Prairie Funky Galaxy - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Funky GalaxyPrairie Funky Galaxy

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85
very good

476 Ratings
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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 24
Gots: 54 | FT: 7
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: bump8628 on 03-19-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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).

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

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Prairie Funky Galaxy from Prairie Artisan Ales
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