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Birra | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 896
Photo of Jack_Malts
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Potentially underrated beer here; got a lot going on for such a low abv as well as quite a full mouthfeel. Downright smooth and refreshingly crushable. Lightly tart but with plenty of lovely spiced pear and sweet Apple notes.

Again, underrated. And I think I got it for 3$ for a 12 oz bottle which is on the cheap side for prairie.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A spicy and juicy farmhouse style aroma with a scent of Belgian spice and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with a scent of black pepper, clove, and funk. Citrus fruit hints of orange peel, lemon, and pineapple. Also some fruit hints of banana and pear. Malt hints of wheat, grains, biscuit, and cracker. Also some hints of floral and grassy hops. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity Belgian style taste with notes of Belgian spice and citrus. Belgian yeast with notes of black pepper, clove, and some funk. Juicy citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon, and pineapple. Dried fruit notes of banana, apple, and pear. Malt notes of grains, wheat, biscuit, and cracker. Some floral and grassy hop notes. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good session Farmhouse Ale. Nice mix of spices and fruit notes.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw gold under a 3” sticky white foam column that takes 3 minutes to drop to 1/3 its original size. A continual stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.
S: Citrusy, tart, no funk, hint of lemon.
T: Citrus, fruit, very light biscuit, a hint of herb and a trace of chamomile.
F: Light, crisp, effervescent, refreshing
O: Packed with flavor, very delightful and easy to drink.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills a Three Sheeps fisheye pint glass with clear amber and a short-lived, rocky white head the reaches half an inch and leaves no lacing.

The aroma contains herbal qualities with light peppercorn and light lemon. It is fresh and still earthy.

Apple juice leads the opening with herbal notes. Tends more to the sweet side with some farmhouse spicing and a modest, lingering finish.

A full body with light carbonation. The texture is soft and smooth with faint, but surprising, presence of alcohol.

This is an enjoyable go-to Farmhouse Ale while relaxing after work or with a meal. I found it to be just right on a warm, late afternoon Spring day.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an a chill hazed gold producing slightly more than a finger of shortlived, frothy, off-white head that is reduced to a collar ring & almost no lace. Aroma is musty Belgian funk, wheat, spice, sweet fruitiness of apple, peach, pear & a hint of banana. Taste is a balance of sweetness & Belgian yeast mustiness, wheat, apple, pear, white grape, banana, peppery spice & bitterness. This brew is sweet fronted & slightly tangy with a dry  bitterness in the finish that intensifies into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly juicy, drying in the finish.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a little bit of haze and a lazy effervescence. Head pours a finger of frothy ivory foam that dissipates rather quickly. It's not too bad.

Smell: lightly funky and earthy with a yeasty unctuousness that, bizarrely, reminds me of Kraft dinner. Weird, but not necessarily bad.

Taste: a really good farmhouse funk here; it's definitely got the classic saison flavor but it doesn't go overboard. Quite balanced for the style, and very good for a beer with this low of an ABV. It works for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: good, although that yeasty unctuousness that I like kind of negatively impacts this beer's drinkability a little bit; I probably wouldn't want to session this bad boy.

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Photo of Gus_13
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I could drink all day.

Yellow with orange hue on the color. White head that sticks around a while but not overly carbonated. Belgian yeast and a bit of funk on the nose but just a hint. Flavors are citrus, pepper, and a hint of tartness. SUPER drinkable and easy to pound. Well done, Prairie.

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Photo of Phigg1102
2.79/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Deep orange color bordering on a light brown. About one finger of head with moderate lacing patterns. Phenols are present in the aroma immediately along with over ripe fruit and DMS, the malt characteristic I get is a lot like raw wheat. More DMS in the taste. Very watery feel, completely opposite of my expectation of a saison... I think I may have to revisit this, sounds like I have a bad bottle.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good color and clear. Small starting head but it settles to rim bubbles quickly. Very few lasting spots for lace.

Starts with a floral hop aroma and a Belgian yeast bite.

This beer starts off malty. But the hop is the main feature, particularly in the swallow. The aftertaste has a strong yeast bite to it. Overall it works well. Moderate body with a slightly elevated carbonation level.

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Photo of doremite
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great table beer. Rustic farmhouse profile, slightly tart but only to compliment the ease of the beer itself. Slight Brett character but overall just an easy drinker. Not going to knock anyone's socks off but great for what it is.

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Photo of BeerBrose
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very average as far as what Im looking for from a Saison. The nose isn't enticing and the flavor is dull with very little bringing out the esters usually associated with a good Saison.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" head that drops slowly with some mild lacing. Color very cloudy orange with some sediment sinking to the bottom of the glass. Abundant streaming carbonation.

Aroma: funky belgian yeast, coriander, sweet citrus, bread dough.

Mouthfeel: somewhat sticky and oil with a dry, champagne like finish

Flavor: ripe fruit, coriander, cinnamon, sweet citrus, wheat bread

Overall: well done and appropriate to the style.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold/blonde, hazed like frosted glass. Reasonably stable, but not very big, white head. Smells of thyme, underripe banana, mellow clove, Band-Aids, Bazooka Joe, some strawberry and plaster. In other words: PHENOLIC. The extent to which you find this beer's nose appealing is contingent upon your taste for phenols. Personally: it's NOT BAD.

Lovely, lush, foamy texture carries a balanced yet slightly spicy flavor. Dry, light, and with a slight tartness, and almost painfully little malt flavor, this seems like a particularly highly attenuated beer, leaving the hops and yeast to do all the heavy lifting, taste-wise. Mostly it is like a hybrid hefeweizen-witbier-saison-lambic. Which is to say white wine-ish and faintly earthy with a lemony-green apple fruitiness and a coriander-schnapps spiciness. A pleasant beer for sure, and one that drinks well above its weight, but too lacking in the malt department to be really world-class. Possible drinks pairings: Caesar salad, tonkotsu ramen, pate and other iron-rich offal dishes, biryani, turnips.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip a long time ago (from notes)

A bright yellow, lots of bubbles feeding a loose bone white foam, lots of random lace and even still has a little foam at the bottom of the glass

S lemon, wheat, dried banana chips, a hint of spice, farmhouse yeast works well, not a bad little session

T not far from the smell at all, faint earthy tones, lots of cereal and a little yeast to go with it

M light and lively, some spice and fruit, a little slippery after the fact, rather dry

O not a bad sunny day beer, enough going on to please and you wont fall over after having a few

would make for a good session under a hot summer sun

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Photo of PGD120
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden color with 2 finger white fluffy head, good retention.

aroma: yeast aroma is strong, some citrus, lemongrass, coriander, banana, white wine grapes

taste: some pepperyness, little bit of citrus, saltine cracker, pretty dry but could be more dry for a saison. not much earthiness

feel: high carbonation, and a light body, not very chewy or creamy. its very bright and refreshing.

overall: although it ha s a strong Belgian yeast characteristic, it lacks some of the qualities i look for in a good saison. could have more earthiness and be more dry. lots of nice flavors though especially the citrus part. great saison for the summer.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very good saison, from a great brewery. Poured from a bottle. It's a very golden color, with a perfect amount of head. Has a lot of summer fruit on the nose and a fizzy light hop/malt combo. A very good summer drinker. I could get into this one for awhile.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
4.4% abv on my bottle

This beer pours golden in color and hazy. It is topped with a gigantic, sticky, white head. The side of the glass is covered in lacing as the head subsides.

I get some citrus. Orange and lemongrass come to mind with just a little funk.

The taste leans more towards orange with a slight bitter taste. Some of the funk/mold/mildew comes through in the back end and lingers a little with some of the bitterness.

Effervescent mouthfeel. The carbonation scrubs my palate leaving me ready for another sip.

This is a decent saison. It is nothing special but well done.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
A - hazed golden ale, creamy white head holds decent retention
S - yeast, grass, banana, bubblegum, earthy hops, juicy fruit
T - grass, earth, bold yeast, juicy fruit, tangy orange
M - medium body, very smooth, finishes dry and semi-bitter with earthy grass lingering
O - pretty good saison, but I can't see myself buying it again, especially for its price.

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Photo of tomfneph
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a large tulip glass. Was clear yellow until the sediment from the bottom of the bottle came in and gave it a cloudy peach haze. Creamy white 1 inch head fizzed up nicely then dissipated. I had lacing until the beer warmed up. The sediment left an unappetizing stain on the head, overall not a great look.

Not a whole lot going on with the nose. Mostly bread and peppery spices with coriander lingering. Very disappointing. My wife's nose is much better than mine and she says she did not get much either.

The taste is ok. Very light and refreshing, pleasingly sour and peppery, went well with cheese and charcuterie. Surprisingly, little to no "funk" for a farmhouse ale.

The mouthfeel is light and silky. Perfect to start out a multi course meal with appetizers before heading into more substantive fare.

If someone gave this to me early in the afternoon or as a substitute for champagne, I would happily drink it, but I don't think I will be buying any more for myself.

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Photo of Mikus
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep tangerine hue, very little head. Clearer than I thought it would be. Good looking, maybe expecting something a little bit more rustic and cloudy? Hints of overripe citrus and stonefruit, slightly bready character, peppery yeast notes summing the aromas up. Overarching peppery yeast notes on the taste. Subtle peach and apricot are really quite pleasant. Slight metallic taste on the finish. Crisp and refreshing, minor lingering flavors (the metallic finish too unfortunately)... still wanted that next sip! Enjoying Prairie's simple, clean takes on classic styles. Very good brew. Might not need to buy THIS one again, but growing increasingly impressed with PAA.

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Photo of atremains
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks big cheeks. Prairie labels are a gas.
A- Head dissipates rather quickly on top of a deep golden honey beer. Looks great in my favorite pint glass, with the light near sunset. Lacing does not develop, I'm okay with it.
A- Orange peel and other citrus rind, young grapes, pepper, honey. Papery almost.
T- Pepper, green grape. Quite herbal like cooking herbs. Has some flavors akin to drinking a young beer. Bready and honey, lots of honey.
M- To me, very creamy. At first it was cumbersome but as I settle in it seems about right and is enjoyable on the palate.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful hazy honey color. A complex nose that I can't really explain: Slightly fruity but with a vague almost peppery smell. The taste is solid but I wish the nose came out more in the taste. The body is light and make this an intriguing and very drinkable beer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Matt for gifting this bottle to me.

A- Stubby 12oz gives a fairly hazy deep golden beer to my tumbler glass. A fizzy head makes it to about half a finger before falling quickly to a small belt at the edges. Lacing is not a valid entity in my glass.

S- For me it lies on the spicy and herbal side of things with large fruit notes integrated into that equation. Coriander, peppercorn, cooking herbs, apricots, oranges and pale grapes come to mind with rustic cracked grains lending some bready hints.

T- On my palate the fruit aspect of the brew gains some major momentum here becoming just about equal to the spicy yeast notes. Rather pungent for only 4.2%. A melange of white grapes, coriander, lemongrass, herbal tea, apple, orange zest, cracked crusty grains, slight stone fruit like apricot and white wine hints.

MF- Certainly leading towards the lighter side of things with a minimally creamy consistency; just a bit foamy. Carbonation not as high as one might expect at a medium-low level.

Interesting mix of spicy and fruity yeast tones with a ton of flavor for such a low end ABV. The body was a bit of a letdown considering the very big Saison type flavors but in the end it is still rather solid.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Birra is brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Available in year round 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a pearl white color over a golden yellow body with mild haze and abundant lively carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Malted wheat, pale grain malts build the bulk of the malt body, with a moderate sweetness and moderate body. The yeast profile comes off as more of a Belgian pale than a saison, with limited farmhouse and spice aromas, a subtle note of citrus zest and lemongrass and a soft spice note of white pepper and grains of paradise. There is little to no discernible hop profile, but much of the balance comes from the aforementioned drying spiciness and moderate grain body of the malt bill. Potency is moderate. 3.25

(Taste) The malt profile is more reserved in sweetness and more pronounced in dry cracker and wheat malt flavor. Light, moderately peppery and markedly dry. The yeast profile is distinctively drying with little fruit, soft citrus juices, no farmhouse and an unchallenged blend of earthy spices, including white pepper and soft coriander and clove. Finishes dry with a lingering drag of white pepper on a saltine malt lightness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky slick, lightly chewy clean, and moderately dry. Carbonation is high generating a moderate frothiness and a spirited full carbonation on the finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly spiced and dry over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Birra has a limited flavor range mostly due to the yeast profile, which doesn't help this beer stand out over more balanced and yeastier farmhouse ales. There isn't much fruit, funk or farmhouse to be had in the yeast profile, which calls most of my attention to the drying effect of the pepper spices, which are more noticeable out in the open. I was a bit disappointed by this beer as I know Prairie for making excellent stouts I considered an equally flavorful Saison from them, but I think this beer needs some work to improve the flavor dimensions. 3.5

Prairie Artisan Ales'

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with some coded bottling information on the side, but Shelton Brothers just started bringing lots of stuff in, so I know this beer is fresh. My second beer from Prairie Artisan Ales, and my first of their saison / farmhouse style ales. "Brewed and bottled by Krebs Brewing Co., Krebs, OK". My bottle lists a 4.40% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a strange, thick golden orange body, weakly carbonated, with hardly any conjuring of head at all, merely some white foam that thins to a ring. Appears thick, heavy, & strange, especially for a farmhouse ale of such moderate alcohol strength.

S - The nose is again, strange - lots of diacetyl, mild alcohol fumes, and some peppercorns / saison yeast sort of aromas lurking in the background. Otherwise, this is not on par with what I was expecting at all.

T - The taste follows the nose - weakly fruity, citrusy, & peppery. Fair amount of yeast presence, mainly steals the show. Poor depth and duration of flavor. Maybe a touch metallic on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth & clean. Bready finish. Low, weak carbonation, which seems strange in comparison to what others have said, so I'm not sure what went wrong here, as the beer itself seemed fine.

Overall, I don't know if I got a bad batch of this stuff or what, but this one was definitely a miss for me as it was. I look forward to trying more farmhouse style ales from Prairie.

Prairie Birra -----3/5.

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