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Prairie Somewhere - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
90
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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 19
Gots: 33 | FT: 4
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Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AlexFields on 03-22-2013)
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4/5  rDev 0%

Sammy, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Thorpe429, Mar 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

nmann08, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Texasfan549, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

GRG1313, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

kjkinsey, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saisons are all the rage, so much that not only are American breweries dipping their toes into the style, but breweries are dedicating themselves to variations of this style exclusively. Prairie Artisnal Ales and St. Somewhere cajole their efforts on the funky-fresh Brettanomyces yeast strain.

Pouring a mostly burnish gold color, this hues also hinge on peach and orange tones as well. Its first pour is largely translucent but the second pour is dense and opaque. It builds a firm and creamy ivory head that's stern in its long lasting retention, leaving broken lacy rings in its wake.

A medley of aromas start with sweet tart notes and then develop into fruity hop notes of citrus, tropical, and melon pulp and zest. Warming up a bit the beer turns decidedly earthy with notes of musty weathered oak, funky briny whiffs, light earthen funk. lightly stewed mussels, horse blanket and damp straw. Throughout the aromas, a dash of earthy cumin and white pepper make their way into the nose as well.

Short candied sweetness makes a quick turn to earthy wheat, cracker-like taste and dough. Coupled with a salty, minerally finish, the beer takes on the taste of salt water taffy. A middle palate of both fruit and earth align on the tongue. Grapefruit, oranges, pineapple and melons seem slightly over ripened and musty from the complements of corkish wood, sulfur, iron and vinous acidity. Though the fruit notes aren't exactly common for traditional Saison, its a welcome layer of complexity that gives the taste extra boldness and intrigue.

Medium bodied to start, the beer's mouthfeel is lightened by racy carbonation and a minerally scrubbing action. A creamy champagne texture finishes with dusty, powdery sensations, spicy alcohol warmth, and with echoes of white wine and cellar-like must.

Many of the more exotic fruit-forward hop varieties are working their way into the Saison recipe and they do so with a ton of acclaim and success. And its guys like St. Somewhere and Prairie Ales that are rewriting the prescriptions for the style done well.

BEERchitect, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

ygtbsm94, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

jaydoc, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

kylehay2004, Oct 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

SocalKicks, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

largadeer, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

zeff80, Jul 26, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of pearl colored head. This murks up a touch as the bottle hits the half-way point . Not much head retention ore lacing

S: Pear skins, a bit of funk & pineapple

T: Pineapple, a touch of white grape,white pepper & coriander up front, with just a touch of puckery sourness. More tropical fruit as this warms, pineapple with some acidic twang leading the way, plus a touch of lime peel & serious tartness. Finishes with an engaging tartness, a touch of golden delicious apple, pineapple & even some Chardonnay dryness

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation, a bracing tartness/acidity that keeps you wanting more

Super drinkability, I really enjoyed this, the tartness & pineapple kept me wanting more. Another winner from Prairie

russpowell, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

MarkyMOD, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

beernads, May 18, 2013
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3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small head but it leaves a blanket of lace. Cloudy gold color. Served in a tulip glass.

Typical home brew smell of yeast and grainy malts. Slightly sour--classic Saison aromas.

Very strong yeast flavor as if it wasn't filtered at all. Mild sourness, almost too little for the style. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Long sour aftertaste.

smcolw, Oct 27, 2013
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3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Acquired for $13 at a local beer store. I like the label art; it's amusing. 7% ABV. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap (aka cage) served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation and my love for a good saison.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a satisfying cork pop upon opening followed by wisps of carbonation as the head slowly rises. This would overflow if not poured within 30 seconds of opening.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head of decent thickness. Devoid of cream. Retention is above average (~3 minutes). Body colour is a hazy unfiltered straw yellow-copper. Glowing and translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Lemongrass, lemon zest. Citrusy esters. Mild floral hop character. Straw. Pale malts. Biscuity yeast. Muted fermented orange. Sticky sweet nectar. Clove. It's got a nice restrained funky note; digging the mellow bretts here. Lovely farmhouse twang. A clean, fresh, inviting aroma. This one's alive. Average in strength.

T: Getting pretty much all of the notes from the nose here save for the orange - which is quite buried. I could go for more lemon citrusy notes as well. The body is composed of straw, pale malts, and maybe even a little wheat. Clove and biscuity character from the yeast. Also a very tame brett funk; it's not very twangy but it's quite mellow and approachable; newcomers to the style might like that about this beer initially. Quenching and flavourful. A bit of tartness on the climax; that's marvelous. Full-bodied and refreshing. I do get some alcohol warmth in my stomach; it's not ideal. Above average acidity. I'm really enjoying this; the balance is lovely. Constructively, it's not as complex or subtle as it should be. There isn't a great deal going on here, but what there is is tasty. Hints of lactic character. Light cidery touches. Neutral fruit skin; I can't identify the fruit though. Some white pepper when I really look for it. More peppery character would definitely do this beer well. This isn't the subtle milky saison you'd get from a brewery like Brasserie Dupont or Fantome; it's more in the mimetic American farmhouse camp. I like what's here, but in some sense it misses the mark; saisons are all about complexity and subtlety. I dig the balance, but little stands out here compared to other offerings in the style. It just isn't memorable.

Mf: Perfect carbonation. Great thickness. Clean. Lightly crisp. Good presence on the palate. Quenching. Refreshing. Complements the flavour profile well. Light on the palate. Smooth and wet. Somewhat fleeting. Serves drinkability. Good execution.

Dr: Very drinkable for the relatively high ABV. I really like this, and I'd definitely have it again (hopefully at a better price). It's pretty good for an American saison, but the benefits of traditional Belgian brewing are definitely missed. Doesn't hide its ABV well, but the ABV isn't really that high. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I enjoyed it. This'll scratch your saison itch, but it won't impress.

Low B-

kojevergas, May 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

yourefragile, Mar 27, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had a couple of bottles of this, purchased in Tulsa in April. I drank one immediately, and decided that the beer would benefit greatly by being laid down for a while. How right I was- the beer has come alive in that time. What was once only tepidly tart has become much more vigorously sour, and it is very pleasant- lots of tangerine, lime, and a touch of funk, although the sour is much more prevalent than the funk. A bit of spiciness on the back end adds some further interest. Much more full bodied all around, and a much better beer now. I think this might be better to be held by the brewer for a longer period and released later- it would garner more praise. I'm certainly enjoying it much more now.

Georgiabeer, Dec 16, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with cyde. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Gusher upon opening as expected, didn’t lose anything. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of tart lemon peel, lime zest, peach, pear, green apple, hay, straw, floral, wheat, musty brett funk, light vinegar, clove, herbal, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast ester and light malt notes; with great strength. Taste of tart lemon peel, lime zest, pear, green apple, clove, pepper, hay, straw, floral, wheat, light vinegar, musty brett funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon peel, lime zest, pear, green apple, clove, pepper, hay, straw, floral, wheat, herbal, musty brett funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast ester and light malt flavors; with a great fruity/spicy yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately prickly, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour saison! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast ester flavors with light malt presence; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Mar 08, 2014
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3.09/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing, on to the beer:

This collaboration saison was a strange one. Its golden color is normal, though it didn't come with much head nor lace. The nose...urinal cake? Unsweetened lemon. Even the lemon has some accent I can't put my finger on. It got weirder. Tastes tangy and prickly, like a cactus. There's a quick spiciness which disappears as quick as it appears. Do I taste tarragon? This is pushing my bounderies, both good and bad. Not necessarily a bad beer, but my senses were happy to taste the next beer in line.

DoubleJ, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Gonzoillini, Jun 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

mdaschaf, May 01, 2013
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Prairie Somewhere from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.