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Prairie Puncheon - Prairie Artisan Ales

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510 Ratings
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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 17
Gots: 76 | FT: 13
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes after drinking way back on 3/6/14. Enjoyed out of a 500 mL brown bottle without any discernible bottling or "best by" date that I can find. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a hazy straw yellow with just the faintest of shading from the refraction of the light through the liquid, giving the side of the glass that is away from the light source a sort of dirty straw look, while the side facing the light is bright and clean. Some faint particulate drifts through the body, and atop sits two fingers of clean white head that sticks around for a couple minutes before fading into a quarter-finger permafilm on the surface of the liquid. Lacing is sparse and intermittent.

Smell (4.25) - So far so good, as the oak barrel aging on this one has brought a whole host of funky, musty aromas to the party. Wet hay, damp wood, ripe apricot and starfruit all dance above an earthy, spicy element from the grain bill that brings to mind white pepper and coriander. On first blush, this beer seems like it will be a straight up sour-style farmhouse, and has me very excited.

Taste (3.75) - Letdown. It's my own fault, as I let the aroma shape my expectations of this beer to be more sour/tart than it really was. In the end, a faint bit of subdued lemony tartness is present, but the overwhelming majority of the flavor profile sits more along the lines of a rustic, spicy saison, with any sourness seeming more like that bready sourdough note that rye can bring rather than any kind of pinching sourness from lactobacillus. Notes of light spice and coriander come through, with a component of rustic barley and more of the wet hay component from the smell.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Light-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a dry finish and a spicy disposition that makes this one refreshing, but far from a simple beer.

Overall (4.0), not a bad offering at all, and I'd like to have it again sometime without my expectations clouding my experience of the beer. I wish there was a bit more spiciness from the rye if it wasn't going to have any more pinch to the sour-smelling element.

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A: 4.5 Yellow-gold and crystal clear. There’s a fluffy, three-inch, off-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: 4 Apple and funk dominate the nose at first. A bit of clove and grass fill in the background with a bit of tart lemon at the end.

T: 4 Similar to the nose. Lots of funk up front with a pretty sweet, apple juice flavor. The spice, funk, and esters are pretty nice, but they could use a bit more tartness to bring them all together.

M: 4.25 Nice body on this beer with the carbonation making it feel a bit creamy.

O: 4 I like this beer, but the apple and funk dominate a bit too much and overshadow some of the other flavors and aromas. It would be nice if there was a bit more oak and tart flavors.

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A-hazy golden orange color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grains, lemon, rye, spices, yeast funk

T-lemon, toasted grains, yeasty funk, rye spice, oak, earthy

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and a little tart

O-liked this saison, different than their other offerings

Prairie Puncheon from Prairie Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.