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Prairie Funky Galaxy - Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie Funky GalaxyPrairie Funky Galaxy

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BA SCORE
86
very good

374 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%


Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bump8628 on 03-19-2013)
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 21:51:25 | More by rhoadsrage
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:33:28 | More by Georgiabeer
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 14:09:11 | More by tbeckett
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:25:37 | More by jlindros
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 04:01:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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joe1510

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 04:02:21 | More by joe1510
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MarioM

California

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 04:22:53 | More by MarioM
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 16:57:56 | More by StonedTrippin
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goochpunch

Texas

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 03:07:45 | More by goochpunch
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SFACRKnight

Colorado

1.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 17:08:38 | More by SFACRKnight
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mikecharley

Pennsylvania

1.73/5  rDev -54.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 19:52:40 | More by mikecharley
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scottfrie

California

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 00:54:14 | More by scottfrie
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mdcflacal

California

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 03:27:26 | More by mdcflacal
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AgentMunky

California

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 05:36:32 | More by AgentMunky
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:44:29 | More by facundoCNB
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 13:12:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 05:17:25 | More by Beaver13
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notchucknorris

California

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 02:46:11 | More by notchucknorris
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +10%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 20:33:06 | More by Bosoxfan20
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a Prairie Teku. Translucent dark brown pour with a bit of brown head and limited lace but legs on the sip that linger for a second or two. Smells a bit earthy dirt and hint of lemon. Tastes similar with some lemon grass but slight unpleasant bitterness. Nicely carbonated and slightly weak on consistency

Overall not my favorite prairie slightly forgettable but ok

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 20:13:53 | More by alaimoa
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kojevergas

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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-

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 03:23:00 | More by kojevergas
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 9.4 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - Now I haven't had a lot of saisons, but I've had my share. This is on the second one that is dark in color. It is pretty much as dark as a stout. I see some amber highlights, but no light is getting through the main part of the glass. I timid pour still yielded me about two thirds of a glass of tan head.

S - I definitely get some funk. It is counterintuitive, but being dark in body, it still has some lemon smell. I also get some floral hops, and it might be my imagination, but I smell a little roasted malt.

T - It starts out having a great saison taste. I get some lemon and dank basement. Then I get the tiniest amount of roasted malt. Then the finish has more bitterness than I have previously experienced with a saison. I am not sure I like that.

M - I has a champagne-like feel. It is very effervescent with a thin to moderate feel.

O - It started out great, but it has a lingering bitterness. To me, that kind of detracts from the experience. I love my hoppy beers but not my saisons. It is interesting. I am intrigued and want to try more from Prairie.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:47:05 | More by buschbeer
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SteveTheDog

California

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a hoppy guy - in fact I thought this was going to be just a regular black ale, but I was pleasantly surprised. It poured with a lot of head and effervesced a scent that reminded me of the days walking through Portland where Bridgeport is brewing up their hops and the whole block smelled like heaven. Great taste, really wakes up your mouth, a little thick on the end.

Probably the best thing ever to come out of Oklahoma.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 03:50:35 | More by SteveTheDog
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Sweasty

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice to see another craft brewery coming out of Oklahoma. Starting things off with Funky Galaxy from Prairie Artisan Ales. Funky Galaxy is a black saison hopped heavily with galaxy hops. Poured into a Belgian glass. Funky Galaxy pours an inky dark brown. Things are topped off by a healthy 3 fingers of khaki head. Head settles to a ring, leaving some lace in its wake.

The aroma packs punch of complexities. Slightly overripe fruit notes hit first. Tropical fruit stands strong. Mangoes, oranges, and more citrus stand out. Some resiny pine hits beneath the fruit. A mild brett funkiness present as well. Bubblegum and spice also pops. Charred dark malt notes round out the aroma.

Taste follows the nose nicely. Funky Galaxy is a very hop forward saison. More ripe fruit hits the palate. Dry mangoes, and grapefruits hit first. Some orange melds with the grapefruit. Light pine notes round out the hops. Some mild bretty barnyard funk pops underneath the the fruit. Yeasty bubblegum notes melds with an appropriate saison pepperiness. Some dark malt and char flow beneath the hops and yeast. The finish is dry with lingering herbal hop notes.

Funky Galaxy is light bodied with an effervescent carbonation.

Always glad to see a new brewery. Prairie seems to understand how to brew farmhouse ales. Funky Galaxy hits all the right notes for a saison. The galaxy hops add a wonderful complexity of tropical and citrus fruit. The alcohol is kept well in check, only showing towards the end as things warm up. All in all this a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 02:12:37 | More by Sweasty
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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, wagenvolks and xpimptastikx!

A prominent, loud pop upon removing the cork. Not a gusher.

Dark brown throughout with some visible sediment. The color is bordering on black. Plenty of visible carbonation. Quickly forming, tightly-bubbled head. Somewhat persistent.

Not a particularly expressive aroma, but what's here is nice and appropriate given the style. Earth, some char, dark malts, and a hint of a black licorice character combine nicely. More and more of a straw-like and earthy funk emerge as the beer warms.

The flavor follow a similar journey as the aroma, as more and more of the earth/dry, wet hay/funk flavors comes out as the beer warms. Against that is an interesting combination of black, toasted malts, cereal, a touch of char, and some licorice. Very drinkable.

Medium to near full in body for the style. High carbonation.

Tasty, though nothing unexpected or particularly interesting about it. A tasty black saison though, without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 15:04:42 | More by ehammond1
Prairie Funky Galaxy from Prairie Artisan Ales
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