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Belgian Prairie Moon Farmhouse Ale - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Belgian Prairie Moon Farmhouse AleBelgian Prairie Moon Farmhouse Ale

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cokes on 08-20-2002

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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 49
Photo of jsash10
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Described as a farmhouse ale and was hoping for a saison but it's definitely a wit.

A: pale yellow color, nice creamy head
S: medium nose, grassy, spicy, good balance, has a tinge of saison in nose
T: a little bit on the lighter side but it is a wit, well-balanced, refreshing with nice graininess and spices, pales in grittiness and spices compared to some other wits
M: easy drinking and thirst quenching

Photo of SykDoc
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a clear straw/yellow color with a 1.5 inch basically white head that slowly reduces leaving a fluffy full-coverage lacing. Carbonation is visible.

The aroma is a blend of lemon zest and grass with some coriander notes. A few earthy and spicy hints are noted.

The taste is a bit weak, given the nice nose. Lemon is again most prominent to me with a bit of yeast and some coriander and pepper notes again come through.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and the flavor comes across somewhat thin. Carbonation is frothy and subdued. Mildly dry finish.

This beer is reasonable overall. I think it is somewhat easier to drink due to the weakness in taste and would be better with a bit more kick and a stronger overall feel.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is a yellow-gold with a huge white head and quite a bit of sticky lacing as the beer goes down. The nose is nice with a bit of light spicing plus some citrus and floral notes. The taste is really nice with a bit of light pepper and spice. Light lemon. Good feel with nice carbonation and a good body. Drinks well enough, but not at the top of the style.

Photo of ffejherb
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass on 10/18/10.

A - Gritty looking pale golden body with the slightest light green tint, lots of floating particles suspended within and a thin white bubbly head that quickly diminished to a thin ring of retention and some spotty lacing around the edge of the glass.

S - Barnyard and basement notes are at the forefront and suggest wet hay, musty earth and cement. Slight citrus and spicy yeast notes emerge from underneath the funk as well. Very nice saison nose overall.

T - Flavor is quite complex, actually. You've got the requisite funky barnyard notes with the aforementioned wet hay and musty aspects, but there is also a slight citrus and earthy hop presence. Then there's the lightly toasted grainy malt character of a Belgian Witbier. Finishes with earthy bitter notes and a moderate sour aspect. You know what? I am digging this brew!

M - Light bodied with bristly effervescence and a watery (not to be confused with thin) texture. Slightly bitter and mildly sour on the palate with a hint of sweetness.

D - This is a light and drinkable Belgian-style ale that's complex to boot and remains refreshing throughout. This was a great introduction to this brewery and I will definitely seek out more stuff next time I find myself in Wisconsin.

Photo of akorsak
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle. With a name like this, shouldn't it be a saison?

A: The witbier is clear, bright and translucent. The clarity accentuates the steady stream of bubbles rising from the nucleation site. Golden yellow, moderately pale, best describes it. A small head, genereally is unremarkable.

S: The nose is tart, refreshingly so, thanks to the wheat. Coriander and curacao are in strong supply as well, a sweet complement to the tartness.

T: Peppery coriander is much stronger, at least up front, than the nose lets on. The short blast is followed by wheat and barley. I specifically mentioned the barley because the wheat tartness doesn't stand out as much as in the nose. Fruits, citrus in particular, linger around with orange and lemon standing out. The witbier leaves a dry, grainy finish that is redeemed only by the spritzy carbonation.

M: The pepper and fruit starts things off well but the witbier doesn't hold up well. The wheat disappears into barley and the spices never come to the forefront.

D: The carbonation works but I struggle to stick with the rest of the flavor profile.

Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for the trade...
Appears a hazy light gold with steady streams of carbonation pumping towards the top of the glass. A foamy white head of fluff slowly collapses. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of lemon, pumelo, vanilla, chamomile, basil, orange, and light cardamom.
Taste is of the aromas with Dried apricots, poached pears, and an interesting, lightly tart flavor with a touch of key limes.
Mouthfeel is semi sweet, with orangepeel resounding, spritzy, and dry in the finish.

Photo of Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours a cloudy gold (lot of suspended solids here) with a solid finger of brite-white foamy head. Mostly retains around the edges, leaving a smattering of frothy lace behind. The aroma is sweet and fruity with spice and yeast giving this a very zest feel in the nose.

The sweetness in the taste has more more of a gentleness to it, with a light toasted feel and a rich amount of more soft fruit character, like apricot, pear, and orange. Yeast is more subdued in the flavor profile, mostly showing up with spice in the finish to give off a hearty dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with not a lot of crispness to it but more of a softer bubbly feel.

This was a bit odd, as it come off as more of a Saison-Wit hybrid with its' relatively strong yeast profile. The rich fruitiness of this though is what made it for me and kept this interesting and drinkable.

Photo of drpimento
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not bad. Poured with a huge frothy, foamy off white head and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is mild and a bit spicy, malty, yeasty. Flavor's the same but with a bit of home brew flavor and more accent on spice and yeast. Body is soft and carbonation is ok. Personally prefer a less soft belgian style farmhouse/wit. Finish is ok. Again personally, not a session for me, but maybe for some.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow with a half inch of bone white head on top. Fizzy bubbles. Aromas of spicy lemon-lime and light sun dried malts. Somewhat earthy with a touch of sourness. Yeasty undertone.

First sip is crisp light malts met by lemon and lime zest and a mellow spiciness. Earthy yeast accents along with a tart twang. Mild funkiness on the way down. Mellow overall but quite tasty.

Light and easy drinking. Would be a good summer brew on the beach for sure. Not gonna blow you away with complexity but a nice Belgian style farmhouse ale overall. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of tart malt, yeast, slight citrus, and slight hops. This fits the style of a Farmhouse Ale (mistakenly labeled as a Witbier). Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, yeast, slight citrus, hops, and slight acidity. Overall, a good blend, body, and aroma.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded yellow with an orange/gold hue. Thinner white head in my goblet. Nose is soapy and lemon when cold. Leather is more prevalent after warming. Flavor is better after warming for a few minutes. Tangy citrus tones don't overdo it and the funky yeast tones are quite noticeable, but not overpowering or overdone. Becomes more even and subdued warmer also. Feel is a bit thicker on liquid than normal I think. Nice to drink. More of a sipper.

Photo of Fartknocker
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a globe glass.
A- Typical amber color with a great deal of dark floating sediment. The most I have seen in a beer.
S- light spicy aroma
T- a somewhat mild spicy/cinnamon/clove flavor, with a bit of an odd flat aftertaste
M- While there was much sediment to see, it was not noticeable while drinking
D- Definitley good for a few

Photo of Pauly2X
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy straw yellow, one finger head.

S- Camilmille, with light hints of citrus and corriander.

T- Wonderfully bready and silky maltyness. This quickly takes a backseat to an assertive yet light on the palate blend of citrusy spices. Finishes crisp and inviting.

M- Light and crisp with a nice amount of carbonation.

D- For a Wit, this is tops.

I'm not a huge Wit fan but this is worth taking notice.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color. The head is a one inch cap of bright white foam that recedes very slowly, and leaves good lacing. The aroma is of lemon zest, coriander, and orange peel. It is very vibrant, and lively. The taste is just as alive as the aroma with lingering lemon and orange, and enough coriander to add complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sprightly carbonation, and a slightly chewy texture. Overall, this is one very good witbier. I would love to have this available as a summertime session beer.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.48/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pours a cloudy gold with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, spices, light fruits, and sweet corn. Flavor of spicy odd flavors, sweet corn, stale wheat. Doesn't taste anything like a saison. Pretty bad although to give it one redeemable quality, it didn't have a terrible palate. The bad flavors were easy to gulp down, if you wanted to (which I didn't).
6/4/4/3/10 (2.7/5)

Photo of daledeee
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very limited distribution Wisconsin brewery.

This beer pours nice hazy yellow with very white head and some chunks of yeast. I find the chucks an interesting feature in a beer.

Nose is very nice with pears, lemon, spice and hops until it warmed up. Then the flavor became less appealing; not as fresh smelling.

Taste is citrus, spice and hops with a nice fruity finish. Very nice beer and easy to drink. It could have just a little more depth. Alcohol appears to be not very high. 5-6%??

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy yellow body with a good carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a thin wisp of white foam that swirls around in the glass after each sip.

S- The soft dry pine note has a tartness to it that fades into a perfumed yeasty note. The finish has an earthy bubblegum hint that turns musty as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a smooth tartness of grapefruit with a tangy lemon cologne hint and a club soda taste to it. The finish is a pine note with a soft bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz in the finish.

D- This beer is light and crisp but has some nice fruity hints to it. There were some flavors that were a bit odd but not offensive.

Photo of kmeves
2.74/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a decent frothy white head. Aroma is lightly sweet fruit but really overpowered by the coriander. Flavor is the same, only the spices come on strong late. Light bodied, creamy texture. Too bad, they would have nailed this one were it not for the over spicing.

Photo of Winter
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C- Cloudy yellow with a bleached white head.

A- Delightful aroma. Spicy yeast, coriander, vanilla, wheat malt, hint of orange peel and touch of banana.

MF- Light and airy on the tongue.

T- Creamy vanilla and wheat malt upfront. The middle has a touch of lemony citrus to it. There's also coriander and a spicy yeast that emerges. The finish has almost a peppery quality to it.

D- I'd have to say this is one of the better American made Belgian-style witbiers out there. I'll take a Prairie Moon over a Blue Moon any day!

Photo of botham
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a hazy straw color with a mild haze and fine sediment floating throughout. no head after a semi-hard pour, only a soapy rim.

aroma is of lemony citrus, with wheat malt and a light spiced quality, possibly from hops. overall light in aroma with a refreshing quality.

taste is of lemon and citrus up front, with a yeasty quality and wheat malt note, giving the brew a bready profile and imparting a very subtle grainy quality to the brew. finishes on a citrus and lightly spiced note, leaving a slick mouth.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a lightly tart texture and a finish of residual citrus, mainly lemon. the wheat malt gives the brew a bit of body, while a lack of a sweet backbone gives the citrus a flat character. finishes smooth.

drinkability is good. this is a good example of a belgian wit, which lacks the sweetness that these brews tend to showcase. the brew is refreshing, and would make a good compliment to a summer afternoon without being overly fruity or sweet.

Photo of mawacki
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a cloudy, hazy yellow exactly how a witbier should look.

S: It did smell a little bit like bologna at first (Like another reviewer mentioned). I had to try to shake that as I am not a fan of processed meat. After it warmed that aroma gave way to a strong pine scent with some lemon and pepper. Not my favorite smells

T: Tasted was much milder than the smell. Wheat, lemon, Orange peel with a little pepper.

M: Mild carbination, light and smooth

D:I am not a big fan of this style I can only handle one now and then.

There is alot going on here and fans of the style will most likily love this beer.

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle cellared 3 months from date of purchase.

Thanks to nchrist13 for his informative post about the storage conditions for this Wit.

An audible hiss with smoke once the bottle is opened. Bright citrus and spice are evident in the nose as the beer is decanted into a Hoegaarden glass. I've left the sediment in the bottle this time. When fresh, there was a big wheaty/yeast presence that muted the citrus flavors. 2+ fingers of active white foam on a hazy orange body. Lots of tiny racing streams of carbonation. Thick, 3-D lacing develops, and the foam surface resembles whipped egg whites.

A pleasant tartness in the first sip, with the barest hint of rustic funk. Orange pith and rind blend with coriander and wheat. Wheat is most present in the semi-dry aftertaste. Spritzy and bright like a Mimosa. Some distant residual bitterness, more like orange peel than hops. Very light phenolic presence in the back, suggesting wild yeast or bacteria (the good kind). Fairly well carbonated, almost gassy. Not distracting, it fits the style well. Overall very refreshing, wish the bottles I had fresh were this good. Short term cellaring works wonders with this one.

It's a nice twist on the style, especially coming from the Midwest. So many bland "summer seasonal" attempts at Witbier out there, this one is unique. It follows the Belgian tradition, but takes a fresh approach on it. I'll definitely be getting more next season.

Cellar some until the following summer and you won't be disappointed.

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to autumnaldave for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, awesome carbonation, HUGE creamy white head, tons and tons of sticky lacing to follow. The nose is tangy, yeasty, malty, some spice's thrown in. The taste is sour/tangy at first, getting a lemony taste, then it kicks in with the malts/yeast/spice. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice Witbier.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of saisons, bier de gardes, witbiers and others are over the top with cloviness and coriander. This one has those elements, but is mild and drinkable. I really liked it.

It pours a dirty hazy yellow with a nice head composed of tiny bubbles. Aroma was of clove and coriander. Flavor was almost coconut in nature, in addition to the usual spices represented in this style. Quite nice. I really enjoyed it.

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Belgian Prairie Moon Farmhouse Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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