Prairie Puncheon - Prairie Artisan Ales
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2.98/5 rDev -24.7%
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.
12-04-2013 01:57:51 | More by scottfrie
3.11/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
08-10-2013 22:02:04 | More by Rifugium
3.2/5 rDev -19.2%
"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.
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.
12-22-2013 04:03:31 | More by kojevergas
3.24/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
08-14-2013 12:03:07 | More by Bierlerner
Prairie Puncheon from Prairie Artisan Ales
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