Prairie Puncheon - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

518 Ratings
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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 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 cvm4
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Has a hay straw and golden colored body with a white one finger head.

S - Funky nose with hints of tart lemon, oak and juicy sweet fruits.

T - Acidic lemon/orange profile, white wine busts through and it has a oak wood finish.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Dry finish and tannic/acidic too.

O - Enjoyable and has enough twists & turns in the beer to make it an interesting drink.

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 BMMillsy
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples. Pours cloudy yellow with a big bubbly white head on top. Bretty funky tart aroma, lemon peels, dry dusty oakiness, funky yeast. Nice. Flavor is dry oaky Brett, yeast funk, some pineapple notes, apricot, a bit of tart citrus peel. Some juiciness and dryness, sweet and bitter. Light to medium bodied, medium plus plus carbonation, very crisp finish. These guys really kill it with their funky farmhouse brews. Good stuff!

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

Pours a hazy-almost-cloudy dull gold with 2 fingers thick soapy white head. A sheet of wispy lace coats the glass to the end. Smell: herbal, doughy, dried pineapple, fruity... nice but muted. Taste: mildly tart and extremely juicy peach, herbal and grassy, some vinous + oak character, but it's really about the fruity brett action. Peach skin and herbal finish, medium bodied with building carbonation, drying throughout. Nice.

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 UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light yellow-orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fruit, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, grain, fruit, and wood 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 pretty good beer with a nice combination of sour and wood qualities.

Photo of MarcWP
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into belgian tulip.

Pours a lemon rind yellow, super hazy unfiltered, with big billowy eggshell head that lingers gloriously.

Aroma is succulent. Lots of citrus but mainly fresh lemon, a pinch of pineapple, nice farmhouse (brett) yeast giving off good mustiness, white wine, chewy vanillin oak tannins, crisp Fuji apple, and a touch of earthy spiciness.

On the palate you get lemon peel, some peach, watered down white grape juice, a little sweet malt character, and earthy/musty yeast character. A notch lighter than what I expected off the nose. You get the oak tannins which lend a nice depth to the beer when otherwise it may have turned a bit monotonous.

The mouthfeel is very good but not great. Seems to be lacking a bit of body which turns down the flavor presence a bit. I feel as if it had more body my taste rating would have jumped a notch or two.

Overall a very tasty and well crafted brew. This beer seems to have the potential for greatness but falls short. Just needs to be a bit more integrated in some way. More malt character? But besides that criticism I can say I fully enjoyed the beer and it's an excellent offering to the farmhouse category. I'll say it again, too much attention to the Prairie stouts not enough to the Saisons. It's really where they excel.

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 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 ThePorterSorter
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy, monochromatic caramel color with a wickedly fluffy white head that grabs desperately for the glass throughout drinking. The nose is ripe and citrusy, with more lemon than oranges, and notes of white grape, but this is definitely not syrupy sweet as it has a certain mouthwatering tartness in the nose that I've rarely experienced. The taste is equally bright and citrusy with heavy handed hay and grains, a honey-like sweetness, zesty citrus, and yeast in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and well attenuated, effervescent, promoting grain and citrus in the middle, but has a semi-dry, lingering yeastiness that makes for a pleasant aftertaste. This beer is seriously classy as hell and absolutely meets my expectations for the style.

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

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear hue with some thin half finger head that left thin blanket.

S - Aromas of loads of brett, peaches, tangerine, fruity goodness.

T - Taste is nicely brett, peaches, tangerine, tasty fruit. Really bright.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, super drinkable.

O - Overall this beer was a nice balanced fruit and brett. Super tasty.

Photo of BierJager89
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy straw in color with a short white head.

S: Funky Belgian yeast, orange, wheat and peach in the nose.

T: Lemon, orange, tangerine, pine and peach. Really tasty.

M: Medium bodied and smooth for a saison.

O: This beer is really good. I've only had a few from the brewery, but they've all been great. It's a nice fruit, somewhat tropical saison, and that's exactly what I want from a saison, minus the spice, which seems to characterize the style.

Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
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+

Photo of scottfrie
2.97/5  rDev -25%
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.

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 tbeckett
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Winooski Bevereage Warehouse.

A - Very light golden pour. Lager-esque colour. Hazy with strong carbonation. One finger of white head.Minimal spotty lace and virtually no retention.

S - Tart aroma at first moves into a grainy note. Lemon, wheat, tropical fruit.

T - Obvious tropical and fruity notes, big tartness with lemon candy and some wheatiness. Apple-like flavours. Potentially a note of rye there, but I wouldn't pick up on it unless it was listed in the website description. There's an odd flavour note which might be alcohol, but it seems a bit like spoiled fruits as well.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body but seems alot lighter when you're drinking it, tart and dry to finish.

O/D - A decent saison here. Fairly one dimensional, but punches way below it's belt. Mildly tart and nicely drinkable, but a touch harsh with that spoiled fruit/lemon note. Good nonetheless.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Shared with my wife.

Pours a very nice pale golden color. There is a nice thine white head that is about a quarter of an inch tall. It is medium dense and recedes pretty quickly down to a thin film.

Slight notes of tartness mixed in with some nice wheaty notes. Subtle and yummy mild lemon notes and some nice grainy bread notes and sweetness. It is very clean with some nice slight fruity sweetness in the nose. There are some nice woody barrel notes in the nose with some barnyard funk and mild sweet yeasty esters.

Flavor starts off with a very nice mild lemony tartness mixed in with some good woody funk. Nice notes of mild hay and musty wood. There are nice vinous and white wine notes of mild sugary sweetness. Bready notes of grain are present and intermingled with some slight fruit juice sweetness, nice funk and good vinous tartness. Body is light and refreshing.

Overall this is a very nice saison. Seems to have more traditional notes and some good woody funk. Nice job!

Photo of spoony
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a fat finger of short-lived, white foam. The head sits atop a light, straw-colored, murky brew. No carbonation is visible and no lacing is left behind.

S-The smell is tart and slightly lactic with lemon curd, orange, and a musty funk that suggests wet wheat and straw. As the brew warms I detect a saccharine -like sweetness that is sort-of odd, but not entirely out-of-place compared the other flavors.

T-The taste is less tart than the smell would lead you to expect. There is still a funky, musty, brett-like flavor that combines with a little grassy flavor to produce a traditional saison palate. I also get some pineapple, citrus, and white grape flavors, and again, that saccharine flavor.

M-The feel is medium body to heavier-than-average for the style with below-average carbonation.

O-Some beers grow on me as I drink them...this one is the opposite. I really enjoyed my first few sniffs and sips, but the strange artificial sweetness kept growing on my palate with each quaff. It isn't enough to overwhelm or ruin the beer, but the saccharine flavor does drop it down a peg or two from the first few sips, which were really enjoyable. I will have to try this beer again and start colder.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Shared in Sydney with Sam and Rich.

Pours a bright, slightly hazed, but extremely pale yellow colour, only a notch above a witbier. Head is a fine but relatively persistent film of white. Some spotty lacing forms on the glass. Carbonation is extremely fine but a little listless. Looks pretty good overall though.

Nose is bright with fresh crisp vegetative characters and classic saison notes, and undertoned slightly by a very earthy, almost savoury character. There's a straight yeastiness to it which gives it a bit more of a meaty tone than I'd really like, but it's all wrapped up in the same package so perhaps it can be forgiven somewhat. Some oak comes through a little, but so does a slight oxidative character. It's okay all up, but it should be better.

Taste is much cleaner though, and indeed a great deal tarter than I expected. Pronounced, slightly metallic sharpness through the centre of the palate that drags along some classic Bretted characters with it. Bitterness on the back is noticeable: with the Brett it gives it a slightly harsh, somewhat medicinal flavour—something like unripe peachskin and aspirin. It makes it feel a little more like an acquired taste: something perhaps I'll come back to and enjoy more the second time.

Feel is clean and bright, but a touch watery.

Pretty drinkable for all of this though, and there's something that enamours me of the whole more than the individual parts suggest. I think I've enjoyed Prairie's other beers more than this one, but when this is the low point, you're on to a good thing.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is very hazy and straw white with a thin white head. The aroma brings funk, yeast, citrus, wheat, grass. Smells quite nice. Lots of citrus flavor. Medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. A touch of grass with mild hop flavor. Really nice. Easy going. Good stuff.

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.

Photo of denver10
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangey-yellow with a white head, that recedes to the edges in somewhat quick measure. Aroma is a touch tart, white- wine and apple skin like and sweet, with a bit of woodiness and some spice. Good for what it is, but not really my preference for a saison aroma. Aroma starts off tart, fruity (apples and lemons), some pepper, woody. Mouthfeel is medium bodied,some activity, and dry. Overall, another winner by Prairie. Not quite 'Merica great, but still very good. Would drink again, but wouldn't spend the money on another bottle of this either.

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 SavvyStudent
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This farmhouse was more towards the sour side and had a definitive lemon flavor in the palate. Heavy mouthfeel and slight lacing from pour. Overall a very unique blend that is worth a try but not the whiskey flavor or saison that is advertised on the bottle. Solid nose that does hold true to the style but a definitive sour back-end.

Prairie offering is unique and worth a try if in the neighborhood but not public ally available from what I can tell. The bomb or IPA were a must try but I have this at a lower rating due to the amount of sour added outside of the normal profile.

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