Prairie Funky Galaxy - Prairie Artisan Ales
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3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
11-22-2013 04:01:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
04-01-2013 16:57:53 | More by BEERchitect
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
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).
05-24-2013 03:32:35 | More by TMoney2591
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
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...
05-14-2013 05:35:18 | More by russpowell
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
11-23-2013 01:25:37 | More by jlindros
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
11-04-2013 16:57:56 | More by StonedTrippin
3.28/5 rDev -13%
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.
09-04-2013 03:23:00 | More by kojevergas
3.94/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
07-31-2014 01:08:28 | More by corby112
Prairie Funky Galaxy from Prairie Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.