Prairie Puncheon - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 20
Gots: 76 | FT: 11
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BierGartenok on 08-07-2013

Puncheon is a farmhouse rye ale fermented in large oak barrels with several different wild bacteria strains. Tropical citrus notes and sourness can be detected with hints of oak.
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Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow golden colored. A half inch thick off white head with vibrant carbonation bubbles within the beer. Brussels lacing. Aromas of pineapple, mango and a bit of funk waft out of my glass. The taste of peppery saison yeast is on the front of the palate. It is followed quickly by a gentle touch of the earthy rye. The rye lingers in the aftertaste along with the pineapple and mango notes. The carbonation on this beer is moderate and the mouth is pretty crisp and dry.

Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle @ beer tasting on 1/31/2015. Pours hazy light golden in color with minimal bubbly effervescent head. Aroma is tart citrus, yeasty funk, and hints of wood. Medium body, nice carbonation with some trub-like particulate. Taste is lemon, white grape, oak and funky yeast elements nicely balanced. Very drinkable saison and the barrel aging adds a nice dimension.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy with a fleeting white head. Golden body. Lifeless after a while.

Smell - Oaky and a little bit of tartness to the nose. Lemony. Pale malt and a bit of funk.

Taste - Tart right up front. Lemony. A little bit sweet from pale malt. Hint of bitterness and the oak finally shines in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Slick and nicely tart.

Overall - Tasty balance of flavors. Solid all around.

Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazed peach/straw color with much effervescence & pinky of cream colored head. A modicum of head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, wet grass clippings, funk & dirtyness

T: Follows the nose, pears, peaches , some grapefruit & dryness up front. Mustyness, sourness, plus peaches, a touch of strawberry, dryness oakyness & bit of Chardonnay as this warms, more grapefruit & lemon zest too. Finishes dry, musty with peach, white grapes & grapefruit & general barn yard funkyness

MF: Soft, delicate carbonation & light/medium body. Superb balance

Drinks like a dream, could pound this all day in the Oklahoma heat, but probably not advisable. More of a sour to me than a Saison, but these guys have certainly expanded my acceptance of how a style can be expanded or interpreted. Another winner from Prairie, my favorite so far

Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a rinsed tulip glass, there's a compact head of white foam that fades to a skim fairly quickly. Hazy golden orange color. Not much lace to speak of.

Aroma is faint at first but gets more fruity and slightly funky as it warms. Soft lemon pith, minerals, and wet hay.

Tart and lightly fruity, with some light Brett funk in the dry aftertaste. Lightly citric and vaguely tropical. Effervescent and dry. Overall not too different from other Prairie beers, but it's still pretty good.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2013 printed on cork. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice and tart, it smells like lemon peel, funk, sour citrus fruits, hay and some bready/grainy malt. It tastes like sour citrus, peppery spice, lemon peel, green apples, oak, grain, hay and some peaches. It's a good tart, fruity tasting brew. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. I like this, although at $14.99 a bottle I'm not sure if I'd buy it again at that price. With that being said, it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with cat litter notes is quite interesting. Taste is also dominated by some rustic malt notes with funky ester and some cat’s litter notes that are quite powerful. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this beer with quite a bit of complexity while retaining super great drinkability.

Photo of smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Real nice classic opaque body, deep buttery dark yellow and orb glowing. Nice middle rising carbonation of finer yellow bubbles in the middle as well. Head is creamy white, only about two fingers and settles very quickly to a thin puck.

Solid nose, if a little clean and wet. Mild brett sensations, a little bit of floral notes and some mild pepper. Has a little bit of tart lemon juice behind it also.

On first sip, there's a sense of noticeable carbonation but we and cola like flatness. Some of the fruit aromas translate on the tongue a bit, much of it citrus lemon and the like. Finishes easily and clean but very quick with little aftertaste. There's some wet pepper, kool aid watery fruit, and some brett but not much that's really lasting.

It has the reminder of much of the enjoyable saisons the Prairie makes, but feels a bit subdued and wet. Still a decent beer.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pale golden ale, not quite clear, effervescent bubbles within; couple of fingers of white head slim into a frothy cap with some tendrils of lace trailing behind

S: lemon pepper and oaken barrels, hints of herb and earth, cellar must and flowers

T: follows nose into a palette of bright and fresh citrus pith and dried-out oak and tart funkiness

M: medium-to-light, crisp and tight, subtle sparkling carbonation tingle, lingering finish

O: a very well-crafted saison, sure to please fans of the style - brings together a lot of classic saison characteristics; rustic yet polished, bordering on tart and musty, but with lots of bright not-quite-sweet pale fruits and dried and wet herbal and floral elements

Photo of Amalak
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The taste is extremely tart at first, but then the lemon and sweetness balances out a bit in the back. Sugary. It's carbonated and refreshing, but the taste is a bit too sweet. A bite of sour bacteria underneath.

It has a light, straw-gold color with a bunch of bubbles popping up throughout. It has a big bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. It's hazy, but semi-clear. There's a big lemon and wheat scent.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). No dicernable bottling information. Served in a goblet.

Pours a hazy pale straw yellow with almost two fingers of near-white head. Maintains a modest layer of froth with a bit of lace.

The nose is tart with acidic fruits, earthy hay and a funky yeasty note.

Flavors of grapefruit skins, lemon/lime rind, bright wheaty malt, wet hay, a rye-like spice, mildly herbal, earthen, dirty water and perhaps a touch of clove. Semi tart but refreshing similar to water with squeezed lemon. As noted previously there is no real oak character here.

Light body with plenty of carbonation. A lemon water quality with wheat and earthy notes in the dry finish.

Easy drinking but lacking the oak character that I was hoping for. Quite refreshing with some nice, light flavors nonetheless.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. Very appetizing hazy, orange-yellow color with a rather small head for this style that quickly dies down to a thin lacing. The nose is flowery, dry, and slightly musty with notes of lemon zest, white wine, and just a touch of barnyard funk. Smells like a nice Saison to me!

The beer has a nice, light body and a crisp, sightly bitter, slightly sour flavor. Up front are nice bitter fruity notes of orange peel, and pineapple, all supported by a grainy white cracker malt backbone. At mid-palate, the beer becomes as dry as a stone and acidic flavors of lemon, lime, and chardonnay develop. The finish is dry and appetizing and the beer is very refreshing, but I don't get much of a lingering flavor or sustained acidity, just a faint tannic feel that, while minimal, is enough to start you salivating and get you ready for another swallow. Extremely refreshing.

I'm always ready and willing to try another beer from Prairie. As usual, I was not disappointed. If this beer had a bit more carbonation to assist the feel and open the palate, I think some of the flavors would seem more intense and it would garner higher scores. As is, it is a wonderful beer to enjoy on a hot summer day. Very refreshing and easy to drink, but still complex enough to warrant thoughtful sipping. Another winner from Prairie, who has earned a spot on a very short list of brewers from whom I will try ANY beer I can find, regardless of style or reputation.

Photo of schwemjw
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light pale hazey yellow with a small light head.

S: Sour. tart. pale straw and yeast. citric acid and lemon zest with rotten fruit and dark cherries.

T: Tart funk and sour on the front. Rotten bread and a hint of buttery chardonnay. Straw and then more yeast and light buscuits. sweet tarts almost. very acidic with a fast finish.

M: Very light. low carbonation but you know its there.

O: very citrus forward. tart. unimpressive nose but this beer is better the longer you sip it. /81

Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy gold color with bunch of sediment floating around that leads up to a thick cloudy white head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing. Active carbonation was visible racing up the brew.

Smells funky and fruity with yeast, lemon zest, orange peel, banana, bubblegum, coriander, pepper, light spices, wet dog hair and earthy funk. Complex with a soft sweetness, there are light oaky notes and candied sugar coming on late in the aroma.

Taste is also funky and fruity with more grains along with rye and some brett, then like the nose there is yeast, lemon, orange peel, bubblegum, coriander, pepper, light spices, barnyard and earthy funk. Its on the sour side but the spices level it out and make it quite complex with a sweetness that seems like it comes from fruit like green apples, tangerine and grapefruit and seem to showcase the hops. There are earthy notes that help hide the 8.5% ABV.

Light, zesty and smooth/slick feeling that went down easy due to very mild carbonation, this was tasty and enjoyable overall. Went well with blackened fish taco lunch and complimented / added to the meal. Way too expensive for a 17 oz bottle, but worth a shot.

Photo of More_betterness
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden yellow, with a massive white head that recedes to a thin film of bubbles on the surface. High levels of carbonation initially.

S: White wine, orange zest, and a bit of funk. Hints of tropical fruit sweetness and oak in the background. I'm guessing brett c was a major player. Definitely inviting.

T: Juicy tangerine, tart lemon, and white wine in foreground. Taste fades to tannic oak, crisp malt, and a hint of minerality I don't know how to place. Very drinkable, could put a few of these down pretty quickly without realizing it is 7%.

M: Light/medium mouthfeel with a lingering dry and slightly tannic finish.

O: Very easy drinking and enjoyable Saison. Reminiscent of a drier white wine. Wish I grabbed another bottle to cellar to see if the suspected brett c added a little more funk.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle purchased at Sunset Corners in Miami, FL, unknown bottling date, drank over 30 minutes out of a hotel-style tumbler

A: 3/3 - straw yellow coloration, murky (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell white head settles into a retained glass lacing with some carb islands, low-to-moderate carbonation for style

S: 8/12 - bright lemon and lime aroma hits immediately, some residual wheat and maybe a hint of alcohol?

T: 14/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a lemon tartness that pops the taste buds and gives way to some other fruit character - lime, passionfruit and maybe even some kiwi; there is a wheat malt presence, some mild alcohol and a slight sweetness but generally dry, especially on the finish; the major flaw from advertised is that I get no oak-barrel character at all here

M: 4/5 - light bodied with high drinkability; moderate carbonation but maybe slightly less than I would like for style

O: 7/10 - quavering between a 7-8 but found it underwhelming with all the Prairie hype; the lack of barrel notes also struck me as false advertising; also not worth the ~$13 pint

TOTAL - 36/50

Photo of FocusDave
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Yankees pint glass (go Yanks!)

A - Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with one finger of bubbly white head when poured carefully. Obviously much more haze if the sediment is mixed up with it. Retention is only a couple minutes, but lots of carbonation bubbling up continuously.

S - Very mellow nose. Slightly bready with a little bit of citrus.

T - Full of sweet citrus up front giving way to some maltiness and bread-like flavor. Finish is distinctly tart.

M - Full bodied and then finishes nice and dry. I'm glad it's a big bottle, because my palette is left wanting more after every sip.

O - Some farmhouse ales can be overly yeasty or spicy, but this one is a nice balance of fruity sweetness, malt character, and tartness.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

My beer guru brought this one over to share and it is my first Prairie Artisan beer. Excellent appearance and the smell is awesome. The taste is also excellent and it is a shockingly easy beer to drink for the alcohol content which gives it very big bonus points overall. Gotta try more of theirs in the future.

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw colored. Appears heavily carbonated. Small fizzy bubbles slide down the glass quickly leaving just a very thin dusting of head.

S: Funky, tart, yeasts jump out of the glass. Hay and grass. Lemons. Orange. Subtle oak in the background.

T: Sweeter than the nose suggests. Grassy notes in the beginning quickly turning into a grapefruit and tangerine sweet character. Finishing with funk that lingers.

M: Dry, but not nearly as dry as the style often is. Medium body. Heavy carbonation. Refreshing. Would be nice in the hot summer months.

O: Once again, Prairie nailed it. The sweet, funk, dry champagne-like balance is really nice. This wasn't exactly what I was expecting, at all, but it was refreshing and nice. I'll continue to buy anything from them that I come across, including another bottle of this one to stash.

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Mostly clear semi golden light pilsner color, light head and mild lacing.

Nose super Brett c fruit, little Brett funk, mild tropical fruit, peach like almost, little saison grainy malt and hint spices, little floral like Brett and fruity aromas. Very nice Brett.

Taste brings more Brett, lots of it, little funk, more tropical fruits and general fruity flavours, lemony tartness and little sticky flemmy feel. Light tropical fruit like Brett c, mild saison spices and grainy malts. Little bitterness. Finish is dry, mildly bitter, more Brett funk, little spices and fruit.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb.

Overall quite nice.

Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: bottle at FoFA13

Hazy yellowish-straw color, floaties in suspension, capped with a fluffy white head that left a bit of clingy lacing on the glass. Musty aroma that I was actually not digging at all. Very diapery, lesser notes of wet hay and cobwebs. Not sure if I just got the bottom of the barrel pour with this one or what, but I almost had to hold my breath to get close. Really bad. Fortunately the taste was not quite as gnarly. Toasted wheat, slightly tart fruits, pear, citrus, grape skins, grass and hay, musty funk, with some of that diaper from the aroma inevitably getting onto the palate, but not in quite an overbearing or offensive way. Light-medium body, crisp, soft. Drinkable for sure, but that smell wasn't convincing me to come back for more. Yeesh.

Photo of robbee
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE-Golden/peachy/hazy/small bubbles


TASTE-quite a bit of citrus and maybe some pickle??

MOUTHFEEL-Doesn't seem "fizzy" on the first swig but then you feel it. Went down smooth

Overall- was a good beer to me but I'm new to craft beers. I'd buy it again but it hasn't been the best I've had.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy lemon with a light white head that doesn't hang around too much except for a ring around the edge. Soapy lacing.

S- Funky notes with big a citrus, fruity nose. Lemon grass and pineapple. Dank and muskylike basement

T- Tart, dry apples, moderate funk, haystraw, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, grapes, sweet malt. Slight acid and clove. Touch of oak barrels is noticeable , but primary sweet juicy fruits.

M- Love the feel. Smooth than most sours without losing the tartness. Mid body, but very, very drinkable. Tingles the tongue wonderfully.

O- Outstanding combo of sour tart, sweet fruits, and mild musky funk. Interesting flavor profile while remaining quite balanced. I would say it doesn't have that wow factor that many Prairie beers have, but one of the better sours i've had.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes after drinking way back on 3/6/14. Enjoyed out of a 500 mL brown bottle without any discernible bottling or "best by" date that I can find. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a hazy straw yellow with just the faintest of shading from the refraction of the light through the liquid, giving the side of the glass that is away from the light source a sort of dirty straw look, while the side facing the light is bright and clean. Some faint particulate drifts through the body, and atop sits two fingers of clean white head that sticks around for a couple minutes before fading into a quarter-finger permafilm on the surface of the liquid. Lacing is sparse and intermittent.

Smell (4.25) - So far so good, as the oak barrel aging on this one has brought a whole host of funky, musty aromas to the party. Wet hay, damp wood, ripe apricot and starfruit all dance above an earthy, spicy element from the grain bill that brings to mind white pepper and coriander. On first blush, this beer seems like it will be a straight up sour-style farmhouse, and has me very excited.

Taste (3.75) - Letdown. It's my own fault, as I let the aroma shape my expectations of this beer to be more sour/tart than it really was. In the end, a faint bit of subdued lemony tartness is present, but the overwhelming majority of the flavor profile sits more along the lines of a rustic, spicy saison, with any sourness seeming more like that bready sourdough note that rye can bring rather than any kind of pinching sourness from lactobacillus. Notes of light spice and coriander come through, with a component of rustic barley and more of the wet hay component from the smell.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Light-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a dry finish and a spicy disposition that makes this one refreshing, but far from a simple beer.

Overall (4.0), not a bad offering at all, and I'd like to have it again sometime without my expectations clouding my experience of the beer. I wish there was a bit more spiciness from the rye if it wasn't going to have any more pinch to the sour-smelling element.

Photo of Braseltonage
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a stemless white wine glass. Perfectly uniform hazy gold. 1/2" bright white head, Fluffy. Retreats quickly but leaves pretty thorough lacing.
S: Tart fruity bite up front. Sour apple, some light bready character. Some musty, wine tannin funkiness.
T: The roots of a classic Saison briefly flash on the palate. Fleeting wheat-like softness with hint of fruit. Mid sip brings the mix of funk. Noticeable oak character runs parallel to a slight sour note. Some brett-style must toward the finish. But just a hint of sweet to round it out. Fantastic complexity.
M: Dry finish, but more body than expected. Refreshing finish, but maybe it's the oak or the fruit, don't know but it very nicely maintains a beautiful balance.
O: Really outstanding. I think it's lower than expected rating has to lie in that it doesn't fit comfortably into the Saison realm. Judged as a funky oaked specialty ale it just wins.

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Prairie Puncheon from Prairie Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.