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Prairie Puncheon - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

384 Ratings
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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 12
Gots: 69 | 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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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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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-30-2013 22:29:44 | More by oline73
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 23:42:33 | More by Justin_Neff
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-26-2013 22:59:09 | More by jklecko2
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-26-2013 20:50:35 | More by starrdogg
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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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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-25-2013 19:06:45 | More by Kmlund
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Carl_R

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +1%

11-24-2013 06:41:35 | More by Carl_R
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 01:48:45 | More by tbeckett
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 02:55:21 | More by JoEBoBpr
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gueuzegossage

California

4/5  rDev +1%

11-20-2013 17:01:07 | More by gueuzegossage
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1%

11-20-2013 15:17:28 | More by bradfordjohnson
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spoony

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 03:18:04 | More by spoony
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

11-18-2013 23:40:16 | More by Cynic-ale
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

11-16-2013 14:52:45 | More by fdig23
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 07:36:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
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videofrog

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-16-2013 02:54:14 | More by videofrog
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22Blue

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

11-15-2013 05:38:30 | More by 22Blue
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-15-2013 00:18:09 | More by polishkaz
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev +1%

11-14-2013 03:46:42 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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crhea89

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

11-13-2013 07:54:22 | More by crhea89
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%

11-04-2013 03:37:32 | More by StubFaceJoe
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volta

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-03-2013 21:55:49 | More by volta
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cw13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

11-03-2013 20:09:40 | More by cw13
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WVUbrew

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-03-2013 03:00:52 | More by WVUbrew
Prairie Puncheon from Prairie Artisan Ales
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