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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 08-20-2002)
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Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

botham, Jul 23, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Weary.

Much improved over last year's. I am quite happy with this. Appearance is spot on for the style. Permanently hazed white that picks up an almost purple tinge from the lighting in the bar. Thin white head. Aroma is more robust and really exploding with coriander. So is the flavor. Mild sourness adds some needed character. Very nice.

DaPeculierDane, May 15, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

orbitalr0x, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

rhoadsrage, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of cokes
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 Edition.
Seems the kinks have beer ironed out. This is now a killer witbier. Lemon and orange rinds. Peppery yeast; big and cracked, and loud. Coriander. Tart-leaning, dry wheat hues on a shimmering pils malt base. Tricky perks of saltiness. Small bodied, but perky. And the most noteworthy change is the upped Saaz quotient. The savory lemon grass finish is captivating.
Growlers are emptied quickly.
This is an absolute top-shelf wit.
Transcends "nice". This is one of the finest summer quaffers I've had.
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2002
1/2 Gallon Growler.
Dusty pale gold in color, big, cloud-like head explodes after a hard pour (minimal if not poured hard, there is no middle ground).
Delicious orange peel and coriander aromas. Absolutely perfect for the style.
Enters the mouth with some orange notes mingled with the doughy yeastiness. A little nutmeg and coriander keeps things lively. But this is not as spicy as many other witbiers. Exits with a quick jab of carmelized sugar, then turns faintly yeasty and citric sour.
Light-bodied, and easy to drink. Texture is generally very creamy, but it exudes a little mushy thiness at times (and only some of the time). Could be a little crisper. But I am nitpicking here.
An fairly solid wit. This is a nice summer time quaffer. (3.95).
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cokes, Aug 21, 2002
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick white head and lace. yeast and wheat and farm aroma. Great citrus sourness. Creamy smooth mouthfeel to compensate. My first Lake Louis. Thanks JPM30. Refreshing on the palate. Average carbonation which was appropriate, though less would have been better.

Sammy, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with flecks of yeast under a finger of snow-white foam leaving nice lacing as well. Nose is very nice for a wit, musty yeast, clove, coriander and juicy citrus. Taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but is still flavorful, with bready yeast, earthy wheat, and spicy citrus making appearances. Best while fresh and cold, as it begins to warm it gets a flat, almost skunky character to it, but I've found this with most wits as they get a little too warm. Overall, a solid wit as long as you catch it while it's cool.

Golden2wenty1, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Riley's, $1.59

Rated this out of a growler last summer...ideal refresher for a hot as hell day in madison

appearance: pours a hazy light golden-lemon colour, a nice snowy cap (LL head presentation never short of great), nice retention, bubbly, pale apple cider look to it

smell: zesty lemon, big wheat aroma, yeasty, corriander, ginger and loads of other spices pack the nose, sweet honey

taste: a very good wit indeed, fresh lemon zest, corriander, moderate belgian yeast feel, a fair amount of honey flavour, light vanilla, ginger, light crisp and refreshing...I will drink plenty of these this summer, hopefully it shows up on tap at some of my frequents

mouthfeel: very nice and refeshing, medium-light body, lively carbonation

drinkability: through the roof

dirtylou, May 25, 2006
Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

akorsak, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.
http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/1002463#1002492

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.

emerge077, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Flyer
2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The label calls this a Belgian Ale, not a saison, and maybe that set up incorrect expectations that colored my review. I was expecting something like a Duvel, and I was disappointed. This pours a pale semi-translucent lemon color, with minimal head and an aroma of pine -- but it reminded me more of pine soap than true pine. The upront has nice flavors of coriander and grassy pine, but they faded quickly, and the aftertaste was a gentle undistinguished bitterness that almost reminded me of a macro. The mouthfeel is disappointingly thin. I may give this another try, but until then, this is not recommended.

Flyer, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of blackie
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The beer is a clear golden in color with a 0.5" white head.

smell: Pretty simple: wheat malt, big coriander, orange peel, and a subtle hop aroma.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is between medium and high, and the body light.

taste: Light wheat grain sweetness, big coriander flavors, orange peel, and red apple. Little hop flavor and a light bitterness. A little spice-heavy and candylike for me, but not bad.

drinkability: pretty easy

taken from the fridge of dirtylou during my 2nd Madison visit

blackie, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

weeare138, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3" off-white head over the cloudy golden brew. Big rocky head fades quite slowly, with heavy foamy lacing. Aroma is wheat sweet but tart as well. Flavor is hearty wheat with tart notes as well, with a bit of a chalky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy, and drinkability is okay. Hoped for a bit more from this one, but nice nonetheless.

ppoitras, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, no date information.

Pale lemon straw. Huge, featherweight head of sizzling bright white bubbles of mixed sizes. Settles at a snail’s pace, dimpling its way down to a sprinkling of light foam. Initial steady core of vibrant carbonation that dissipates to a few sporadic trails. Sweet and spicy nose, a bit of bright orange, crisp white fruits, pears, apples, peaches, along with some peppery spices. Overall a nice, strong, and distinctive aroma. Initially softly crisp and slightly sweet, the fruit flavors indicated in the aroma are sharply reduced, but are still distinct. The spiciness builds through the finish and grabs lightly at the back of the tongue before letting go. While the spiciness is more prominent than the fruit, it is not obtrusive. Light body and soft carbonation, the mouthfeel would have benefited from a bit more carbonation, but was still nice. This was enjoyable and definitely drinkable.

Thanks to Stonecrusher for adding this into an already overflowing box.

hopsaplenty, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of abents
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale gold with huge white head and great lacing. Smells of wheat, corriander, and oranges. Very typicalish type of scent detected. Nothing out of the ordinary, but yet still very pleasant. Very striking taste, hits you with oranges and corriander, then yeasty taste follows in the end. Very smooth drinking beer. Slight nutmeg in there as well which is not appreciated for personal reasons only (bad experience with the nutmeg flavor) but it's not overwhelming and this is still very enjoyable to me. Citrusy hops in there and the wheat is so nice and soothing. Light/medium bodied with good ammount of carbonation seen up the side of the glass. Out of control drinkability here, I could grill out and drink a growler very easily. I don't know if that's such a great idea though. Very good beer. This one might sneak right up in the top 3 for Lake Louie beers, which makes it, IMHO, one damn good brew.

abents, May 31, 2004
Photo of Tone
3.63/5  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.

Tone, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

KarlHungus, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing. Prairie Moon looks typically yeasty, wheaty, with more yellowing than most white-er Wits. Pours a dainty head from the growler that lingers. Laces very well. Smells sweet and spicy. Buttery tones are high, but not a detraction. Herbal aromas jump out. Tastes typically thinly sweet--honey, powdered sugar, and light malt. Spicy with--corriander, camomile, curraco, mild peppery and a little gingery or tea like. Buttery, caramelly flavors abound, maybe diacetyl / maybe not. Body reveals good creaminess and sweet alcohol. Heats up toward the finish. Finishes crisp and clean with those buttery tones still lurking. A very good beer. The butteryness didn't seem to bother me, but it did keep me from rating this one higher.

BEERchitect, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of kmeves
2.73/5  rDev -30%
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.

kmeves, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.93/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

64 ounce growler. Murky yellow. Medium white head. What an aroma! Sugar, orange juice, lemon, coriander, strawberries, vanilla, blueberries. This must be some sort of super-wit. The smell is so complex and delicious, it's amazing. The flavor is equally good. Wheat beer body. Malty sweetness, balanced with bitter orange peels. All the fruits described above. I don't know how all these flavors come together without fighting for dominance. Drinkability is perfect. I could go on with the superlatives all day, but just just forget about what I say and get yourself a growler. Tom Porter can do no wrong.

beveragecaptain, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of terrabyte
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, very pale yellow pour with a small white head.

Aroma is light, flowery, and a sweet/sour orange. A small amount of yeasty wheat.

Very mellow flavors. Lemon zest, honey, grassy, orange, bready, and wheat. The normal complex combination of some wheat beers, but toned down to the lowest volume somehow.

Mouthfeel is extremely light and soft, almost buttery.

I found the first bottle quite drinkable, but not sure how many of these I could have. A bit foamy and sweet for me.

terrabyte, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of SykDoc
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

SykDoc, Aug 26, 2011
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Belgian Prairie Moon Farmhouse Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
87 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.