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Prairie Puncheon - Prairie Artisan Ales

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89
very good

385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 13
Gots: 70 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BierGartenok on 08-07-2013)
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bradgsanford

Oklahoma

1/5  rDev -74.7%

12-08-2013 04:41:23 | More by bradgsanford
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drummermattie02

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

08-18-2013 12:55:40 | More by drummermattie02
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deonreds

New York

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

04-23-2014 10:34:26 | More by deonreds
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Mbpike

Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

01-27-2014 02:50:29 | More by Mbpike
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

08-15-2013 01:19:11 | More by DonFrap
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scottfrie

California

2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours a very pale straw yellow with two fingers of active, soft looking, bright white head that fizzed away into a wispy collar. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Tart and earthy notes of lemon zest, musty oak, damp basement, and a rather unpleasant aroma of sulfury rotten eggs.
T: Not as tart as the nose suggested but there is still a clean lactic bit alongside some lemon juice, green apple and damp earthy must. The finish is sweet thin with a citrus pith bitterness to it, and the aftertaste has notes of sulfur and drying oak barrel.
M: Lower carbonation and a heavier mouthfeel than expected. The body is thicker and fuller than I would have liked, and the oak barrel doesn’t add nearly enough dryness to the mouthfeel as it should for how mild the carbonation is.
O: Decent flavors but the sulfur throws me off a bit. Also beer doesn’t sit that great in my mouth. Not the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 01:57:51 | More by scottfrie
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AndyEdgar

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.2%

07-16-2014 14:47:26 | More by AndyEdgar
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -24.2%

08-20-2013 04:45:55 | More by chippo33
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justforrazors

Missouri

3/5  rDev -24.2%

09-04-2013 01:00:55 | More by justforrazors
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.2%

08-22-2013 14:12:49 | More by CypherEnigma
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huddyball

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -24.2%

09-14-2013 11:33:55 | More by huddyball
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -24.2%

08-10-2013 12:58:31 | More by ubenumber2
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Bamwaterski

Missouri

3/5  rDev -24.2%

02-19-2014 01:53:55 | More by Bamwaterski
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eulerthegrape

California

3/5  rDev -24.2%

04-14-2014 17:36:49 | More by eulerthegrape
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 22:02:04 | More by Rifugium
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kojevergas

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Farmhouse ale fermented in oak barrels" per the label. Reviewed as a farmhouse ale. 750ml brown glass bottle with fun label art and black unbranded hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork acquired at a Fort Collins bottle shop and served into a Guinness stem-goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. 7% ABV confirmed. 2013 vintage.

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

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour. Foamy and fluffy. Decent creaminess and thickness. It's a full head. Retention is good - about 6-7+ minutes. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear albeit hazy yellow-copper of average vibrance. It's clean: no floating yeast particles or sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a decent appearance for a farmhouse ale but isn't unique or special. I'm a bit surprised at how transparent it is. No egregious flaws are noticeable.

Sm: Light farmhouse character: a hint of brettanomyces-induced funkiness, some rustic flaked wheat, and straw/hay. Hop character is entirely floral, complementing the other notes. Clove. Some biscuity yeast. Cereals. Some hints of leather. I won't be so pretentious as to say horse blanket. I'm not picking up on any real oak or barrel notes.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength. No alcohol is detectable. Not as alive an aroma as I'd like.

T: Light funkiness from brettanomyces yeast. Floral hop character. Belgian pale malts. Flaked wheat. Straw/hay. Sadly, I'm not getting any oak. Clean barley. Vague clove. Light bready malts. No doughiness, really. Light lemongrass. Some light white pepper; I want far more. No milky notes, to its detriment. Light biscuity yeast character. A biteen starchy.

Balanced and cohesive, but not gestalt. Decent build. Nowhere near as complex as the best farmhouse ales/saisons. I'm unimpressed. Has decent subtlety, though. Not intricate or nuanced, really. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and refreshing. Approachable and enjoyable. Suits the flavour profile well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Nice presence on the palate. Well-carbonated.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from impressive. The cats at Prairie/Krebs can do better (and have in the past). I wouldn't buy this again or recommend it to friends, but it's a decent little farmhouse ale. I'll easily kill this bottle. Hides its ABV well. Above all else, I'm most disappointed that the oak never manifested. How long was it "aged"? Could've been a month with how bereft of oak the flavour profile is. Overpriced for the quality. Not really worth trying; it's a lot like any other boring farmhouse ale.

Overall, it offers little of interest to the discerning farmhouse ale drinker. It's a very middle-of-the-road farmhouse ale with no unique or special characteristics.

Drinks well from a Guinness goblet.

C+

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05/13/14: Truncated notes.

Head is five fingers in a tulip and lasts a good 8-10 minutes.

Body is a very pale light copper and isn't apt for a farmhouse ale; very filtered.

Aroma is lime heavy, with some crackery malts and Belgian pale malts. White pepper is present.

White pepper, lemon rind, Belgian pale malts, crackery malts, and a hint of vague farmhouse yeast.

A bit smacky on the palate. Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated.

It's a drinkable enjoyable farmhouse ale, but it can't hold a candle to the greats in the style. It's a nice offering from Prairie, but is far from their best work. I like it, but it isn't worth the price.

High C+

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 04:03:31 | More by kojevergas
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Bierlerner

Oklahoma

3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours a golden straw color. Very hazy. Nice bubblies.

S - smells of hay and tons of citrusy fruits. Peaches and grapefruit. Pepper. A little oaky earthiness.

T - Eh, Tastes like a fuller bodied Standard Ale. Somewhat disappointing and uninspiring.

M - Great mouthfeel. Fun, playful, prickly, and dry. Refreshing.

O - Had it once. Seems rather one dimensional and nothing spectacular. Would pass if I saw it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 12:03:07 | More by Bierlerner
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Adkins1203

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

02-15-2014 17:13:37 | More by Adkins1203
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

11-26-2013 05:03:27 | More by Gonzoillini
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Faroveryonder

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

07-12-2014 16:32:16 | More by Faroveryonder
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dhbiker0889

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

10-11-2013 01:22:30 | More by dhbiker0889
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powerlaces

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

04-15-2014 04:54:46 | More by powerlaces
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ThurmondTX

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

05-22-2014 18:51:37 | More by ThurmondTX
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hops202

District of Columbia

3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into spiegelau glass

A - Hazy lemon yellow

S - lots of lemon citrus and yeast

T - lots of Belgian yeast and citrus sweetness - not getting any sort of barrel notes here

M - meh

O - not impressed at all with this. Prairie has some good beers, but I find this one to be way overvalued and lacking the barrel flavor that is promised.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 23:12:03 | More by hops202
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dr_stevebrule


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-09-2014 00:42:37 | More by dr_stevebrule
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Prairie Puncheon from Prairie Artisan Ales
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