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Prairie Funky Galaxy - Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie Funky GalaxyPrairie Funky Galaxy

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BA SCORE
86
very good

376 Ratings
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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%


Brewed by:
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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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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 17:07:22 | More by deadonhisfeet
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impending

California

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B

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
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 04:37:44 | More by impending
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champ103

Texas

3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 20:28:38 | More by champ103
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KevT

California

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at K&L in Redwood City; $13 for a 750 ml bottle.

There is something spectacular about beer packaged in sparkling wine bottles. From twisting the wire to release the cage to slowly releasing the cork to that satisfying *pop*; I just hope the beer in the package is worth the extra ceremony involved with getting it out. Although I have to say the label is a bit perplexing. Two blue hands pointing at a hot dog and some constellations with early '80s NBA (short shorts) guys...very strange....whatever...on to the beer.

As I pour the beer into a tulip glass, the color reminds me of a cola. The cola similarities do not stop at the color as the carbonation quickly forms a tan-ish head that threatens to overflow the glass but quickly recedes.

Imagine you are making dark chocolate (not that sissy milk chocolate crap) smores over a campfire made with damp hay; that is about what this beer smells like. Nice roasty malts mixed with a hint of funk.

Nice chocolate and roasted malts flood the palate, very mild bitterness, quickly followed by a clean, effervescent finish. Very little, if any, clove and phenolics; which in my opinion is a good thing!

This is a beer that you want to spend some time with; resist the urge to share your 750ml bottle, you will want this one all to yourself.

This is the second beer I have tried from Prairie Artisan Ales and I am eager to try a third!

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:44:47 | More by KevT
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks willandperry!!

Appearance. Pours a deep cola brown with almost 3 fingers of khaki head that love me long time.

Smell. Funky saison yeast, citrus fruits, some dark malts and dank old wood.

Taste. Funky, peppery saison yeast, old wood, dark malts with a touch of cocoa, and some citrus zest and melon. Interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Man, these guys make some kick-ass beers. So happy to have almost the complete collection to sample. Thanks again for hooking me up Will!!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 02:30:22 | More by Rutager
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cosmicevan

New York

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle picked up locally when I was in Chicago. Enjoyed from an eataly teku. brew poured a hazy brown with a generous frothy grey head. settled black in the glass. Head was super yeasty. smell is out of this world in fact out of this galaxy. bright crisp citric notes. Some saison bubblegum. I don't get much today at all on the nose. Lots of candy. things change upon first sip. roasted black mold come to the surface and push the galaxy happiness into the back seat. Body is medium and roasty with a bitter finish. Definitely a bit of an identity crisis, but those crisp hoppy galaxy notes are wonderful. The black saison isn't bad but i just find myself searching for galaxy in every sip picking out its magic deliciousness. Would love too try more from this brewery. As it warms becomes all about the brett, which is really nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:12:15 | More by cosmicevan
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

25.4oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A - Dark brown/black mud with a massive 3 finger dirty tan head. Slowly goes down to a thin foam that lies atop the dark liquid below. Lacing is present.

S - Brett, barnyard, roasted malts. Galaxy hops are present and give a slight citrus acidic aroma. Ripe and rotten fruits.

T - Brett and wet hay with roasted malts. Citrus and ripe fruits. Some bitter and tart. So much going on in this it is hard to distinguish it all.

M - Plenty of carbonation with a somewhat creamy and medium body.

O - This one will stand out the most from the Prairie Ales Sasions. An odd mix of galaxy hops, Brett, and roasted malts. Your mouth will be confused yet satisfied. Thanks to Ken for sending this to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 18:43:58 | More by Ri0
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Florida9

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: appear black in the glass, but held up to the light it shows to be a fairly translucent brownish gray. Forms a moderate sized sort of gray, sort of tan colored head head. Minimal lacing.

S: aroma is dominated by Galaxy. Orange and citrus, but then the roasted malt flavor muddles things up. Gives it a dirty quality.

T: taste is similar. Again there is Galaxy, with the citrus and orange, but then there is the black, roasted malt quality. Slightly acidic. Slight coffee quality. And again, the "black" portion of the beer just seems to muddle this beer up, throwing off the pleasant juiciness of the Galaxy and the lightness of the farmhouse.

M: on the lighter side of medium in body. Good carbonation. Mild, roasts malt bitterness.

O: this isn't a Bad beer, but its on odd combination that I'm not entirely sure that works.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 01:45:14 | More by Florida9
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 03:32:35 | More by TMoney2591
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - Pours black with 3 fingers of sparkling tan foam. Great retention with average lacing.

S - Big brett aroma, funky wood, earthy charred mushrooms, roasted grains, citrus rind, earthy floral, spicy, dried fruit, scalded milk,

T - Hoppy citrus notes upfront, musty roasted grains, some plastic flavors, spicy yeast, some notions of dairy mixed, bitterness transitions from citrus, to nutty, then to a coffee/peppery bitterness, notes of old furniture lacquer, acidity comes out after mid palate and grows turning to a dry and spicy finish.

M - Fuller body with a good amount of carbonation,

While I'm not very keen on dark Saisons, or dark/roasted malts combined with wild yeasts, this is the best I've had to date from both categories. The galaxy hops brighten and really pull this through and save it from being a weird combination of odd flavors. I liked it more this time than the first time. Worth picking up if it's in your area.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 20:49:41 | More by StaveHooks
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popery

California

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a little plum color to it. Appears to be quite cloudy. Nice big head, beige. Puffs up quite a bit on the initial pour and lasts for a good amount of time. Some nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by hop flavors. I haven't had a lot of galaxy-hopped beers, but this does jibe with what I remember. Mix of big citrus, tropical and berry hop notes. Tangerines, pineapples, blackberries, mangoes, grapefruits. Some light roastiness. Just a little chocolate background maltiness. Some nice funky, earthy flavors add a level of complexity. The taste is full of those fruity hops with some dark malt character and saison and brett funk. It starts with sweet, tart blackberries and pineapples before heading into drier, funkier flavors of cocoa, grapefruit and earth. Citrus pith, wood and funk in the finish. Fairly dry and comfortably bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty light. Normal carbonation. The malt adds some body, and there's a little hop slickness. Good stuff. After seeing some review scores and whatnot, I was expecting to be a bit disappointed, but this is quite good, and I'd put it on the same level as the rest of the Prairie lineup.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 04:52:36 | More by popery
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 05:35:18 | More by russpowell
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I like funky beers, beers that taste unique and interesting, that go interesting places.

But this beer has too much funk and not enough awesomeness. To be frank, it tastes too much like a beginner's homebrew gone bad. Too many odd flavors and aromas that don't quite fit. Way too thin of a mouthfeel. The toastyness and ctirus aren't playing well together.

It does look nice in the glass - very generous head that leaves lots of Belgian lace on the glass, but this really isn't enough. It should taste good and this beer frankly does not. I really wanted to like it, since it is from Oklahoma and has such clever bottle art, but taste must reign supreme.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 21:29:57 | More by jmbranum
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wethorseblanket

California

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750ml. Props to the tight cage wind.

A: Pours a light brownish with a solid 2-finger tan head which lasts and lasts leaving spotty lace.

N: Floral and herbal, citrus and passionfruit along with Saison yeast and spice.

T: Citrus/tropical, herbal, yeasty, some damp wood and earthiness. Mild funk.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Rustic, spicey and yeasty finish.

O: Very unique dark, hoppy Saison. The 8% kicks. Would definitely want another.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 22:32:01 | More by wethorseblanket
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at When Pigs Fly. Every time I go there lately, ther's been a new Prairie beer. I really appreciate that.

In a snifter the beer was a very dark brown color with a light tan head. There was a bit of lace.

Sweet fruit aroma, piney/earthy hops.

Plums and grapes in the taste. Some cereal. Hops arrive late.

Tart/slightly sour mouthfeel. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 22:11:00 | More by lordofthewiens
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky brown body. Khaki head. Surface pocked by foam circles. Wispy surface.

Smell - Bretty, slightly acidic. Nothing really funky about it. Definitely some galaxy hop aroma to it. Very earthy. Some dark malts come through.

Taste - Much brettier. Very earthy. Less acidic. Nutty malts. Some hints of chocolate. Lends a creaminess to it.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium bodied. That creaminess is nice.

Overall - Not seeing a ton of variation from these Prairie beers. They're all pretty tasty, without being outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 23:35:59 | More by Alieniloquium
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 16:57:53 | More by BEERchitect
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BlankFrank

Oklahoma

4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I was excited to try this beer. It sounded unique, and it's brewed in the state I live. Plus, not that it makes much difference, the label's pretty cool!

Pours an opaque brown. It sort of looks like coffee with a splash of milk added; certainly a unique look. Decent head, light tan in color.

The smell is great! Fresh citrusy hops, accompanied by that signature funk present in farmhouse ales. I seriously can't keep my nose out of the glass! There's a little dark fruit (think figs and such), cocoa, and some cardamon spice.

That first sip: Wow, a lot going on in there! Piney hops, and twangy ripe fruit are the two tastes most noticeable. There's also grapefruit, chocolate, roasted grain, dates, clove, a little coffee. There's quite a bit, and I love it when a beer can offer this many varied tastes.

It sits fairly heavy on your tongue, not quite the thickness of milk, but not too far from it. Has a medium length finish, but ends fairly dry.

This is really a great beer, and I'm sure I'll be enjoying it in the future. I'm surprised and glad for the caliber of some of Oklahoma's more recent beers, and I can't wait to see more follow.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 08:19:16 | More by BlankFrank
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, thick wooden dark brown, large coffee colored head.

Smells very tart, dusting of cocoa, dark citrus, some other vinous fruit...lots going on, very complex, smells great.

Starts with a lightly tart wine character, decent amount of bitter citrus too, fades into milk chocolate and sweet grape, pretty dry and spicy. Again, very complex, very good.

Good thick mouthfeel, creamy and well carbonated.

Great beer! Very complex. I'd swear this was aged in wine barrels.

8.6/10

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:20:55 | More by AlexFields
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Talk about ramping it up. This crew isn't fucking playing around with the releases.

After I get past that pesky cork cage I get a welcomed sight of dense tan head that sits quietly atop a murky, dark brown brew.

Floral hops are the first aroma noticed. They are followed by a wet straw mustiness, some plum and grapes, a bit of spent grain, and some damp earthiness. Interesting, unique and bold come to mind.

Flow the dark and soured fruitiness my friends. This one is spot on. Some grain, grape juice, and a nice bitter finish leave me reaching quickly for another swig.

Perfectly dry and light to medium in body, the sucker goes down fairly smooth with a slight alcohol edge to it.

I realize how easy it is to overrate local brews and get caught up in hype. I'm also not prone to jump on bandwagons, so I've held out my final verdict on the Prairie Ales, but this one has completely won me over. A unique take on a beloved style done with apparent tremendous care to detail.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:06:22 | More by stephens101
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with a creamy beige head that drops some patchy lace. The nose is a huge hit of perfumey flower pollen. The big floral notes continue on the palate but there's more going on - burnt toast, herbal bitterness, black pepper, pine, and a vein of funkiness like dirty leather. Once again Prairie nails the crisp dryness requisite for farmhouse style beers. A lot going on here, really complex. It's pretty hop-driven by the unique Galaxy hops but subtleties keep popping out as I make my way through the bottle. Another well-executed and interesting beer from PAA.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 02:10:29 | More by bump8628
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