Prairie Funky Galaxy - Prairie Artisan Ales

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86
very good

77 Reviews
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Reviews: 77
Hads: 489
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 4.92%
Wants: 26
Gots: 60 | FT: 6
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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 mynie
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know if this is racially problematic or not, but I do know that's the kind of thing I don't tend to care about.

Pours dark. Not even close to opaque. (Like, ten people have said this is opaque. Words have meanings, guys. "Opaque" means you can't see through it, and you can see through this).

Smells like a blend between the front end of a bretty saison and the back end of a black IPA. Sour chocolate. It's... it's okay. I think that's how they intended it to come out.

Tastes as it smells, a well-brewed combination of two flavors that don't normally go together. Prairie's got some damn fine brewers, but it takes a special kind of magic to get disparate nodes to line up with another, and this doesn't work. It's still okay, but the char and sour never fully jibe. (779 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 busternuggz
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip. No freshness/bottle date. Billed as a galaxy hopped black farmhouse ale.

Mostly opaque black with brown tinges. Thick, luscious, foamy 2" head. Coffee colored with a whipped egg white consistency. Great retention. Frickin beautiful.

Smells like a citrus farm. Grapefruit and orange, hay, earthiness, a little barnyard funk. A little medicinal note. Smells juicy and nice.

The taste leads with grapefruit zest, dried hay, bitter orange juice, moist earth, just a little touch of chocolate. Moderately bitter, dry, a little funk. Long finish of grapefruit zest and hay, with a little roasted/charred taste. Doesn't taste like 8% for sure.

Light bodied and smooth, leaves kind of an oily residue. It's not unpleasant though. I wouldn't mind if it had a bit more carbonation.

This beer is unique and tasty, complex but drinkable and refreshing. Has some classic funky saison flavor with nice American hop presence. Delicious. (969 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this beer in Boulder, Colorado. After getting over the sadness I felt at Prairie Artisan appearing in CO but not New Mexico, I grabbed a bottle to take home.

I poured the beer into a Samuel Smith's pint glass. The liquid poured out black as night, thin and viscous and produced an enormous head that quickly filled the entire bottle. The beer thus seemed almost over-carbonated. Still the head was beautiful, frothy, foamy, pillow-like and off-colored cream. I would have loved the appearance much more if the head wasn't overwhelming, so that explains the low rating in this category. There is considerable lacing all about the glass and this is a plus.

The smell is very appealing; first hitting my nose with citrusy tartness like a grapefruit, then giving off some hop resin. Considering the dark profile of the beer, this was not what I was expecting aroma-wise and adds some real intrigue.

The taste is immediately tart and citrusy, like biting into an orange, but it finishes dry and chocolatey. At the finish, a malty backbone does a good job of balancing out the tart and bitterness. Also, some booziness does pop up.

The beer is really light and refreshing and despite the dark appearance, could be my drink on a hot summer day. The tartness is tasteful and does not overshadow the dark mals and chocolatey notes, which emerge perfectly to give a balanced finish that is dry but not vicious.

For a first taste of Oklahoma beers, this is a great example. A unique beer that is distinguishable from the crowd and is pleasing and that can hit the spot when one is thirsty. (1,603 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jet black body with a thick, creamy, light tan head. Citrus and pine hop notes; slightly phenolic. Light flavor of dark malts, a twinge of cocoa; bitter and astringent finish. Medium-light body.

A beer I'd really like to enjoy but the phenolic and bitter nature in the taste overwhelms all the other good parts. Perhaps this is all due to this being a farmhouse ale and some brettanomyces yeast action in the beer. Drinkable, but looks better than it tastes. (459 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 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 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 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 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 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 joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle
$10.99
Binny's - Bolingbrook, IL

As soon as I pull the cork there's a loud pop and lots of gunsmoke. An easy pour fills the glass with a coffee brown body topped by a mocha head that's nearly unstoppable, half the glass in height actually. Ruby highlights pretty up the body when backlit and the head crackles down to a more manageable height while becoming craggy and leaving behind chunky lacing.

I could smell both the hopping and brett the second the cork was popped. Brett is upfront and in your face but brighter than your typical horse blanket, farm funk. Damp hay and pollen heavy wildflowers jump from the glass, a little dusty. Lactic, lightly sweetened citrus pass through here and there; lemon, orange, grapefruit, and a touch of mango in the back. Inviting.

Flavor isn't quite as bright as the aroma but there are some added, interesting aspects. Damp hay and wildflowers get things going again. The big citric hoppiness hits in the middle; lemon from middle to finish, grapefruit, orange marmalade, and soft tropical notes all play their role. Mild coffee and chocolate show up on the swallow and leave a soft bitterness. This sounds out of place but actually works very well. Surprisingly well actually.

The body is light with a nice softness. The coffee notes on the finish leave a soft lingering bitterness. My only gripe is that I'd like to see a touch more carbonation for some pop. The body is nice, the bitterness is nice, the bubbles are light.

I set this beer aside for a few months after it was already on the shelf for a few months. I'm not a big fan of black saisons or black IPAs but the little extra time seems like it killed some of the hops and brightened up the brett profile. I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by this beer and while it's not as good as some of their other offerings I'd pick this up again. (1,862 characters)

Photo of MarioM
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml Bottle poured into Boulevard Tulip

A: Darker than some porters or even some stouts that I've had in the past. This brew is dark with a brownish dark tan head with good carbonation and composed of medium to small creamy bubbles. Crazy dark saison, I can not wait!

S: As soon as I cracked this baby open I got a huge donkey punch aroma of hops. More aromatic and citrus filled aroma than a lot of well known and sought after IPAs... Once you get your nose all up in the glass you get a huge hit of citrus galaxy hops with an amazing Brett character with a huge farmhouse, barnyard funk... Oh my this is a great smelling and very interesting brew...

This is a very unique, border crossing, style defying beautiful beast that deserves so much more than the poor reviews others have given it.

T: Wow... Its hoppy with a funky Brett citrus backbone right off the back and follows with a barn yard funk from the Brett with a strong bitterness and some roast character from the darkness. This has no alcohol presence for its abv, which is common for this style.

M: Starts very funky Brett Saison like with a very IPA like character gong on in the middle and finishes bitter like an IPA but with some funk and a slight roast.

O: This has got to be one of the most unique twists on what is already such a wide style for Farmhouse Ales/Saisons. Roast, Brett, citrus hops and some how it all works in a very unexpected unique and controversial way. I love it! (1,464 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 goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black with an off-white head. Smells of roasted malts, citrus hops, fruity, bretty yeast. Roasted malts are mild in the flavor mix here. Yeast and galaxy hops take center stage. Malt is more chocolatey up front. Citrus and tropical fruits come full force from the hops. Bitterness pops up and lingers. Dry finish. Coffee in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium in body with moderate carbonation. Really nice beer from prairie, although this is not my favorite from them. (479 characters)

Photo of SFACRKnight
1.88/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into globe.
Pours dark, tan head, didn't know this was a black saison. Hmmm.
A bit of muddled hops hiding some possible lacto (?) scent. No roast malts, no saison yeasts, odd.
First drink yeilds a touch of roast malt that never show their face again, no funk, no brett, no saison yeast flavors. Just some galaxy hops. Now that I'm drinking I attribute thhe faint lacto scent to the galaxy hops. This is a one note beer.
Mouthfeel is okay. Light bodied, doesn't coat the tongue, ok carbonation.
Overall, I'm bummed about this one. I was expecting a nice brett preesence, and not expecting roasted malts. In the end I got a mediocre black ipa with one note of hops. A rare miss from the guys at prairie. (721 characters)

Photo of mikecharley
1.76/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Abomination.

This belgian IPA (or farmhouse as stated on the label) is awful.

Pours a completely murky brownish black. Cloudy with sediment throughout.

Smells alright, just bunches of galaxy hops with a little funk poking through.

Taste is not alright. Tastes like an overly bitter Saison-ish brew. The bitterness is not pleasant at all, and this is coming from someone who loves hoppy beer, and the limited experience I have had with galaxy was pleasing (SS#6, iirc).

I took about half a glass down over an hour, and the rest of the glass and bottle went down the drain. Poor show. (592 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown with a large, dense, light brown head and slowly faded into a fuzzy film. Sticky patches of streaky lace were left down the glass.
S: Huge juicy notes of galaxy hops dominate the nose with scents of tropical fruits and citrus. I get hints of papaya, tangerine, grapefruit and mango. Earthy Belgian yeast just barely pokes through the juicy hoppy onslaught.
T: Follows the nose with galaxy hop notes of tropical fruits mixed with citrus. A mild roasted dark malt presence brings up the rear with flavors of toasted grains and dark chocolate. Belgian yeast comes through in the finish with an earthy, peppery spiciness, and the aftertaste is leafy, roasted, and bitter.
M: Full body, thick, bitter mouthfeel with chewy carbonation. Drying finish.
O: Wonderful galaxy/Belgian nose but I think the ‘dark’ aspect took away from what otherwise could have been an even better Belgian ipa. Still, a very good beer that’s worth checking out, but I probably won’t go for round two. (1,047 characters)

Photo of mdcflacal
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not really easy to categorize this one. It is basically a funky congregation of stuff going on.
It looks nice and dark with a large foamy tan/brown head and all kinds of different bubble sizes.
It smells a little citrusy, a little roasty, a little funky and a little sweetness.
Some roast and happiness in the taste upfront and the funk blends in well. Slowly the hop flavor and bitterness subside and the funky sharpness can standout before finishing with a bit if the bitterness again.
Good, lively mouthfeel.
Again, just a very interesting beer that doesn't go too far in one direction, but also doesn't become muddled. I call it a winner. (642 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)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

well, glad i opened this carefully! some gushing and tons of head poured into the glass, revealing about 2" of black colored beer. funky citrusy/farmhouse/floral aromas hit you as soon as the cork pops off. TONS of bretty funk on the nose with a very subtle amount of sweet chocolate smell. the flavor up front is a dark roasty flavor infected with brett brux. a VERY funky and strange tasting beer.. you get a nice amount of roasty bitterness, you definitely get a hint of the galaxy hops, but the brett takes the cake.
medium in body, high carbonation, and nice and sticky on the lips.

this is a very strange beer, definitely can't see a lot of people loving it on first try if they've never had a wild ale before. this is definitely full of funk (no sourness), it's like drinking shit covered hay from a horse barn! (819 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 Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a huge creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheat malts with some roast and a slight tart note with some fruit and some funk.

The flavor is roasted wheat malts, chocolate and some funky yeast with piney hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice dark and hoppy saison. Good balance of wheat, roast, hops and funk. (442 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark, pretty much black, with a tight, foamy head that stays at about a finger for a long time. Leaves some good streaks of lace after each sip.

S: Has a light tropical/citrus aroma right off the bat. Apricot, passionfruit and maybe a little mango. A lot going on under that as well. Some light roasted malt, cocoa powder, earthy brett, pink peppercorn and spicy citrus zest.

T: Starts off with a smooth wave of lightly roasted malt and a slight citrus hop sourness. Cocoa powder, peppercorn, earthy brett, a touch of char and some bitter piney hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, with just a touch of dryness coming into play at the end. Not my favorite from them, but another really good beer from Prairie. (741 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep brown with amber accents. Huge light tan head of 3-4 fingers that persists despite the gentlest of pours. Staying power for days! First black saison and ready to roll.

S- Passion fruit, moderate citrus, lots of funk, wet musk of a damp cellar. Fresh cut grass and lemon as well. Its an interesting mix, but I'm intrigued

T- Funky is no lie! Outstanding combo of the musky, powdery Brett yeasts with the toasted yet peppery malt character. The spry, fruit character of the galaxy hops come together nicely with some intense bitterness. A level of tart has somehow woven its way into the mix. A leather-like aftertaste.

M- Creamy and heavier than most farmhouse tend to be, but the drinkability is unphased. Mid body, crisp, dry finish reminds you that you are still messing with a saison. Touch of alcohol warmth. Chalky and bitter.

O- Impressive. It may not be the most highly rated from this brewery, but one of my favs from them. So different from anything I've tried. One of the best galaxy hop uses i have had. It certainly has some funk in the trunk...and i dig it! If you are a traditionalist that is scared to break free from the norms, don't bother with this one. It will scare you.

$10.99 750 ml bottle (1,224 characters)

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