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Prairie Puncheon - Prairie Artisan Ales

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 524
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 27.41%
Wants: 20
Gots: 75 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 524
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of BeerTwigs
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In OKC for a short business trip and saw this in the local liquor store and had to try it.

A - Strawy/Off-white and cloudy. About 1 finger of head, good lacing.

S - The sour/punky smell comes to the front. The Brett in the beer definitely dominates but there is definitely so lingering fruits.

T - Similar to the nose, as expected. Lightly sour and fruity. Not overly sour, so its definitely enjoyable and hints of grapefruit and pear. I definitely start to get the oakiness at the end, which is nice.

M - Light body, lightly carbonated and smooth. This definitely a drinkable beer.

O - This is a solid beer and definitely enjoyable. I would probably drink it again. The sour definitely dominates the saison and it was more enjoyable as it warmed up and opened up a little bit. Glad I found this beer. I wish I could try more of their stuff. Cheers!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brewery who has shown the propensity for churning out world-class Saison after world-class Saison shows no signs of fatigue as Puncheon celebrates all things that can fit within a cask. And by the label, what spills out is quite ubiquitous.

The classic Belgianesque pour delivers a light golden color that resembles canary yellow. Deeply hazy, there's a ton of suspended yeast and wheaty proteins that cloud up the beer. As a billowing cotton white head builds, it recedes slowly to allow strong retention and broken lace at every drink.

Pungent aromas of musty sourness, earthy grain and citrusy spice fills the nose. Where a highly hopped grapefruit scent couples with tangerine, apricot, and lemons a grounded scent of crisp whole wheat, cellar-like must and attic-dried wood provides a mature aroma that's a perfect blend of popular hops and rustic ale profiling.

Its distinct taste is refreshingly acidic at the flavors of lemons, limes, tangerines, mangoes, apricots and white grapes captivate its taste. Backed by a soft wheaty pillow, any sweetness is short lived as it quickly dissolves into the beer's acidity. Its crisp bready start turns spicy with white pepper, wood tannin, and with a hint of sage and cilantro. As the taste concludes, the beer is far from over- a mustier undertone provides waves of earthiness that include sweat, brine, parmesan, shellfish, and saltwater taffee all provided the most earthy and fruity taste that can be imagined.

Mid-light in its weight on the palate, its arid creaminess is attributed to the beer's tightly knit bubbles and its resulting semi-fullness. But as the beer turns to white wine acidity and the carbonation subsides, its feel is light, tart, and powdery-dry. Though oxidated, it seems as though the wood spices outweigh and powdery texture with ease. Finishing dry, tart and feathery, its warmth is understated as its drinkability is highly rewarded.

I absolutely love how this ale bridges the old rustic world of Belgian Sour Ales and newer hop varieties together. Its citrusy juiciness and concluding dryness are both alluring for the palate and refreshing at the same time.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash glass. Vintage 2013.

A: Light fizzy head tops a hazy, straw-colored beer with a tad of effervescence.

S: Funky and lightly sweet.

T: My devoted reviewers (hah) will remember that the funkier the saison, the better I like it. True to form, this is crazy spicy/fruity/funky beer smacks of Brett and Belgian yeast.

M: Smooth, sweetish, with a light pucker.

O: I really liked this beer, but it was not outstanding. I would have liked more carbonation.

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Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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Photo of bump8628
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy banana peel yellow with a white head that throws some lace on the glass. A sharp tartness along with an almost salty note stand out first followed by spicy black pepper, bubblegum, green apple, mustiness, dirt, and a grassy bitterness. Long acidic finish, reminds me of stomach acid. Puncheon has a lot of interesting flavors going on, but seems incomplete and disjointed. Worth a try for sure, but not worth hoarding bottles. I'll be interested to see what comes out of these barrels in the future.

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Photo of robbee
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Bierlerner
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750->Prairie Teku Glass

A - Peach/Straw/Gold in color. Less carbonation than I expected. Appearances can be deceiving.

S - Sliced pear, Overripe Orange, Funk, Pepper, Wood, & A whole bunch of Farmhouse goodness.

T - Lot's of fruit flavors: Peach, Pears, Persimmon, Grape, Citrus, & Hawaiian Fruit (mostly Guava, my favorite!)
Hops are mild, yet add a bit of pepper/earth/grass to the already wildly complex flavors the yeast provide. Also a slight Candi Sugar/Spun Sugar thing going on that I am loving. There's that classic undercurrent of Brett that I see in all PAA saisons.

M ~ The mouthfeel on this is perfection. The Saison yeast PAA uses is already very dry & paired w/ the 100% French oak fermentation, it really shows in the finish.

D - leaves you feeling completely satisfied w/ sitting & waiting for that next sip, with an undetectable ABV.
Well done again guys.


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Photo of BierGartenok
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Prairie's Newest Farmhouse Ale....and it doesn't disappoint folks!

Into a Prairie Teku, Pour is straw and lightly cloudy. Carbonation is full and wonderful. White tightly packed coarse bubbles cling to the glass and each other. The smell is a wonderful bouquet of spice, fruit and earth. There is a very light Brett funk at the 1st sniff, Mango, pineapple, wheat grass and red earth follow through. The taste is of ripe peaches and lemon citrus. Slightly sour, but is completely balanced by the malt sweetness and yeast dryness. The finish is slightly dry, but welcome. The drinkability is extremely high and the 7% ABV creeps up on you. Some cloudy dregs were noticed in the last glass, but it's expected with a bottle conditioned Farmhouse Ale.

This is in my top 3 Prairie Beers. I believe this to be the finest Saison style they have done to date, and it is only going to get better. It's almost the best of both worlds..like a combination of Ale and Hop. Extremely delicious. Another home-run from the Healey Bros at Prairie! Seek this one out!! Cheers!

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Prairie Puncheon from Prairie Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.