Prairie Funky Galaxy - Prairie Artisan Ales
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4.3/5 rDev +14.1%
A galaxy-hopped black farmhouse ale. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Bell's tulip. Sure didn't have to struggle to get THIS cork out. The moment the cage was loosened, the cork practically leaped from the bottle. It was as if the contents simply couldn't wait to be enjoyed and forced the obstacle out of the bottle. The pour was very dark, clear mahogany with a massive off-white head that slowly dissipates down to a rocky, lacy foam. The nose has an herbal and musty character, like a good Saison should. There are hints of sage, lemon, and tea.
The beer has a light-medium body and a nice earthy flavor. The high carbonation opens the palate, excites the tastebuds, and intensifies the herbal flavors up front. There is just a hint of roastiness and it blends in naturally with the herbal character of the beer, giving an affect not unlike white pepper. If I was blindfolded, I doubt I could tell this is a black Saison. That nice peppery character at mid-palate becomes lemony and dry on the finish as the hops peek in and make sure they're accounted for. Very drinkable for 8.0% ABV, but does not sacrifice complexity at all.
Overall, an exceptional farmhouse ale brewed along traditional standards. The folks at Prairie damn sure know what they're doing when it comes to this style. I am very grateful they are distributed to my area and sometimes I kick myself for not exploring their offerings sooner. Every single beer of theirs I have tried thus far has been of exceptional quality and an absolute joy to drink.
07-20-2013 17:07:22 | More by deadonhisfeet
3.74/5 rDev -0.8%
750ml into a tulip. In the glass indeed it is black, towering mocha color head, nice lacing.
The aroma is exactly what was expected, the base saison yeast tumbling with the galaxy hops plus an underlying molasses ginger based spice.
The taste also doesn't surprise but doesn't delight. Not as much citrus as anticipated, the galaxy is most obvious in a pleasant bitter. The dark side of the house is of a lightly charred malt which doesn't deserve to be the dominant flavor. Shy of medium lively mouthfeel.
dark saisons seem to be difficult
07-13-2013 04:37:44 | More by impending
3.36/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
07-12-2013 20:28:38 | More by champ103
Prairie Funky Galaxy from Prairie Artisan Ales
85 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.