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Prairie Somewhere - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 604
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 26.95%
Wants: 28
Gots: 121 | FT: 16
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AlexFields on 03-22-2013

Prairie Somewhere is a blend of golden farmhouse ale and a sour ale. Citrus fruit is used in the kettle to add intense orange and lime notes.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, citrus fruit, citrus juice, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus juice, overripe citrus fruit, plastic, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer with really nice sour citrus aromas, but the overripe citrus fruit and plastic combination in the taste makes this one hard to drink much of.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of limes and lactobacillus yeast are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by sour flavors from the lactobacillus and also has some notes of lime.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a mixture of a Berliner Weissbier and a saison with some added lime juice. It is rather light, refreshing, and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

two of my favorite breweries getting together on this one. a red tinted sour beer with elements of the flanders red type sour, there is a certain vinegar side to this, but there is also a ton of funk and a much lighter malt side. it seems to be wheaty, although im sure there are some other things happening in there too. medium bodied only, but interestingly flavored, hard to really pin down. there is some fruitiness to the smell, like belgian yeast and maybe apricot or something like that orchard vibe to this one, with some subtle spiciness too. it just doesnt smell like anything i have had before, the bacterial side of this is just really strange. it tastes funny too, medium acidity from the lacto, and very farmy too. it also has a cool tropical thing, not from fruit or hops but from yeast. it reminds me of some other saint somehwhere beers in its yeast profile a bit, and there is a long tangy finish to it. carbonated really well, but the vinegar thing makes it feel a little odd on the palate. this is the very wild side of wild ale, i have not had one like this in the past, and appreciate something other than the generic in these styles these days. seems like too many of them taste too samey for the science. i love this being so bizarre, but i wouldnt buy it again i dont think. i liked it because it was new, but the overall flavors were not my favorite, its just an amazingly high quality specimen, adventurous for sure.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tumbler glass, the beer is a dark orange and hazy. Initial fizz of foam but it fades fast to nothing, with zero lace. Kind of dull in appearance. Second pour yields two fingers of foam that lasts five minutes or so.

Aroma is mainly of acidic fruit, grapes and a woody funk. Something vaguely floral.

Taste is sour with a dry finish, fruity notes of acidic grape and crabapple. Odd Brett notes linger, notes of popcorn kernel and wet wood. Acidity is fairly sharp and citric. Behind that, the carbonation ebbs away quickly becoming somewhat watery. Sourness is moderate but not overbearing or intense.

Overall it's alright, just not my cup of tea I guess. In a different vein than other Prairie beers, more sour fruit and sharper acidity, less carbonation.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
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-

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Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml shared with friends so abridged notes:

The brew appears a clouded hazzy copper color with a white head. The nose seems lemony lactic with yogurt and subdued fruity qualities whch transcribes to the flavor as well. This is a light bodied brew with moderate carbonation. I wouldnt mind sitting down with a bottle of this to myself again to take it all in.

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Photo of Lare453
2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very high carbonation level. Overflowed the bottle upon opening it. Only got about three ounces out of the bottle. Cloudy straw color, foamy head, smells funky and tastes funky too... From what little I could try

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Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a flared wine glass.

Dull orange with little head off the pour. A fleeting white head soapy, with some snapping carbonation. Doesn't leave a collar either and leaves a somewhat cloudy body appearance.

Very impressive bouquet though. Malted white toasty bread, hints of tropical fruit and mild pepper quality. Slightly dry, with a good funky brett punch.

The brett on the palate is strong with this one. Big sharp funky qualities with large dryness. Hints of baked bread and moderate funky qualities, and a slight hotness. A good hint of fruit that comes somewhere between orange and tart apricot. Quite a good amount of hotness, but without the pepper quality coming on the yeast. Quenching good solid body, with a simple depth.

Overall a solid but somewhat hot saison, staying away from complexity and huge depth and major flavors. Solid.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Flat golden body. The thinnest collar.

Smell - Bretty and fruity. Tropical fruit. Earthy.

Taste - Brett is strong, as is the tropical fruit. The brett wins the battle, though. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Medium body and a little tang.

Overall - Always weird from St. Somewhere. Could use some carbonation.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, slightly hazed, caramel coloring with a sparse, off-white surface coating of head. Aromas of white grape must, lemon grass, chardonnay, dill, cut grass, subtle sour funk, basil, and a cracker backbone. Flavors are caramel sweet forward, but only for a split instant before the lock-jaw inducing sour kick comes roaring over your taste buds. Wow, this one is a beast. Chardonnay notes, as well as grape, lemon, and apple all blend together for an extremely tart and sour profile. Musty and subtle funk notes highlight. Very smooth and dry bodied, with a tart, refreshing, fruity aftertaste. The finish is extremely tart and dry, leaving your mouth puckering. Good sour!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow, hint of brown and orange, nice head. Looks a lot like the Gold but a little less impressive.

Nose is a lot of funk, some pungent floral hops, smells dank and great.

Taste is very tart up front, quickly fades into dank hops, floral notes, some bitter orange citrus. Finishes pretty dry. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is nice, full and well carbonated.

Another great beer from Prairie.


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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head that fizzled away somewhat quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is nice and tart, the brew smells like citrus peel, lime, apricot and some funk. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some grainy malt and green apples. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink and is well carbonated. I liked this, it's a good tart and fruity brew. Certainly worth a try! $9.99 a bottle.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little bubblegum aroma, slightly phenolic/pepto funk.

Flavor is very lactic tart/sour. Floral notes add complexity. Wish I had more to say about this beer, but it was a long night.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pour is a hazed yellow with very tight white head. The nose is heavy lemon, light cellar musk, fairly dusty. The taste is a touch sweeter, more lemon but still strong cellar musk and bretty dust. The body has a high carbonation with a medium body and a semi dry finish.

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Photo of champ103
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautiful hazed golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms immediately. The foam gently recedes to a ring with plenty of lace.
S: Lightly acidic with substantial funk up front. Musky basement like aromas. Very earthy. Fruity tartness lingers. Lemons most noticeable. Very nice.
T: The acidic musky funk is up front. Tart lemon rind. A nice balance between the earthy an tart fruity flavors.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and effervescent. Fairly dry as well. So enjoyable to drink. I will be getting many more bottles when available.

I have had this several times now, and always enjoy it. A great collaboration and one I am glad is finally on the shelves in Houston.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle pours an opaque gold color with a massive head of fluffy white head. Nice retention and excellent lace.

Nose is sweet grain, lemon peels, leathery brett and some tart funkiness. Pretty nice.

Good balance of flavors...plenty of brett, light sourness and sweetness from a grainy, saison-esque base beer. It tastes like there might be a few spices in here as well...maybe some grains of paradise? Lime peels? Pretty citrusy. Very tasty, though the sourness is not very intense.

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Photo of popery
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange gold. Quite cloudy. Opaque. I assume there's some decent sediment in the bottle. Uneven but good-sized head. Lots of bubbles of all sizes. Dissipates relatively quickly. Zero bubbles left after a few minutes.

Aroma is heavy on lemon. There also seems to be a bit of yogurt to that sour note. Oak provides some rustic character. It's musty and earthy. There's a bit of lightly cheesy funk. There's also a pineapple-melon tropical fruit note that I'm not a huge fan of. It gets increasingly strong relative to the other flavors in the beer as the glass sits and warms. As I keep going back, I'm liking the tropical fruit more, but it doesn't play well with the funk.

The flavor starts with some lemon-tropical fruit sweetness before the tart kicks in. That said, it never gets terribly tart, maybe medium tart. The finish picks up a bit more pucker and some oak tannin dryness. More melon. A bit too much of that fruit-pale malt sweetness, at least for now. Mild yogurt note. Some mineral character gives it a classic iron-ish saison feel.

Feel is effervescent at first. Medium pucker. Some tannic feel. There's definitely some body to the beer.

This review feels a bit disjointed, but the beer changes quite a bit as the beer comes to room temp. I think this beer needs some time to mature and pick up more complexity in the taste. I like the tropical fruit sweetness, and it gives the beer an interesting side, but it still feels a bit odd.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly. In a snifter the beer was gold in color with a small white head.

Aroma was floral and earthy, with some citrus.

A blast of tartness. Orange peel. Earthy.

Pleasant tart mouthfeel. Makes me want more.

I'm liking this brewery.

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Photo of Rutager
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks willandperry!!

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with almost three fingers of frothy white head that doesn't last too long.

Smell. Lemons and lime zest, grass and sweet hay, and a bit of wheaty malt.

Taste. Again lemons and lime zest, some sweet hay and grass, sweet wheat, and a bit of mineral water. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body, fairly strong carbonation.

Overall. Very refreshing. Nicely sour without overdoing things and some great grassy citrus flavours. Another Prairie that I would drink all the time if I could.

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Prairie Somewhere from Prairie Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.