Prairie Ace
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #568
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,975
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 9.07%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
107
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this one - great flavors and looked amazing. No date printed on can. Day 2 of saison event. Pours a beautiful looking chestnut color with some abundant off-white fluffy white head and some small rings of lingering lacing. Smells of some tea tannins, malt, caramel, vanilla, bread, pepper, a little yeast but quite faint. Not much mustiness or funkiness. Taste follows the nose, great balance, goes down easy and pairs well with savory food. Smooth, mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. Slightly sticky on the palate. Very nicely done!

Apr 04, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange straw color; looks very rustic. A large billowing white foam head displays excellent retention.

A yeast driven nose evokes big fruity notes of melon, peach, grapes and overripe tangerines and clementines. The yeast also yields a hint of tart and zesty lemon and lime, and notes of spice, particularly coriander and grass.

Dry rustic and funky flavors; I get a visceral reaction where I imagine myself back in time, a Belgian worker who has toiled in the fields and is enjoying a refreshing break amidst a pastoral scene. Zesty and tangy flavors evoking overripe citrus. A light tartness is redolent of lemon and lime. Woodsy, earthy, and grassy hops flavors yield an easy going bitterness. Yeast provides peppery spices and notes of coriander. Additional flavors of melon, pear, peach, white grape, dry cracker and bready malt that emit a muted sweetness.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and relatively soft carbonation for the style. Vinous, fruity, peppery and tart, along with a dry finish on par for the style.

One of the more rustic examples of Saison , perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but certainly to mine. Interesting complexity of flavors. I enjoyed it.

Dec 27, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Out of a 500 ml. bottle with no bottling or best by date. Sampled on February 26, 2019.

The pour is a handsome copper tone with moderate clarity and a long lasting cream colored foamy head. Lacing.

My first aroma sensation is raspberries or strawberries and then I pick up a yeasty and toasted sourdough character with a funky hayfield behind it all.

Light to medium and smooth body.

Sweet and funky taste with a slightly tart bite leading to a moderately dry finale.

Feb 26, 2019
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jopezu from Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a murky, golden amber with a large fluffy head. nose; light hay, light drupey peach, & chamomile. taste; cracker malt, roll yeast, hay, grassy hops, light tangerine, & light bretty funk. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. overall, pretty subdued (almost anemic) for a saison. decent.

Nov 20, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Saison is my favorite style (over 120, most were reviewed.)
Seemingly, it is the second-favored style for Prairie. (They have this knock-dead RIS line.)
So, how is it that this is my first of Prairie's brews ?
Have I been living under a rock ?

As a borderline curmudgeon compared to today's world of extreme experimentation, I am not a big fan of how dry-hopping
and has elbowed its way into saisons. So, I approached this Prairie Ace as a sceptic. That was wrong.

First impressions were good: it Looked inviting to drink and it Smelled better, lots of lemon and grass. Taste added some herbs and an earthy yeast that brought ingredients into a nice medley and balance. A bit perplexed, I discover Sorachi Ace is the secret ingredient; a big player in some of my favorite saisons.

Had with corn-on-the-cob (buttered and peppered), this somehow seemed an appropriate pairing when a lager would usually do. I will try a few more Prairie saisons before I return to its Ace.

Aug 27, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a slightly hazy golden orange topped by a finger of dense off white head which retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of light funk and fruity esters with some spicy yeast. Slight hay with a hint of lemon zest as well.
T: Taste is slight funk up front with some orchard fruits, hay and grass, spicy yeast notes along with a little lemongrass. Swallow is dry pale malts, orchard fruits, and lingering spicy yeast notes with just a slight hint of funk and lemon at the very back end.
M: This beer has a medium body that's slightly creamy. Carbonation is effervescent but not prickly while the beer has a slightly drying finish
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It has good flavors and a nice amount of complexity. It drinks well and also represents the style well. It's worth a try if you can find it.

Jul 30, 2018
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donspublic from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, good 2+ finger cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Clear golden in the glass. Sorachi Ace hops on the nose, big lemongrass, lemon and spice. Taste follows the nose, big burst of lemongrass on the palate, candi sugar, underlying floral notes and a peppery finish. Finish carries with it the lemongrass/peppery aftertaste, not in a bad way. Good mouthfeel for a saison, pretty good body.

Apr 06, 2018
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very interesting saison with the dry hops being tastefully incorporated instead of turning it into an IPA pretending to be a farmhouse ale. Nice citrusy tastes blended with vanilla and peppery. I'll be trying more of this pending availability.

Feb 15, 2018
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Gobearswalter34 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky, dark orange with a two-finger, white, fluffy head.
Slight funky fruit smell, not very big.
Taste has a good amount of funk up front with yeast and orange. Faint orange. Plenty of good hop.
I'm not big on Saisons but this is enjoyable.

Feb 04, 2018
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA. The beer has a very dark orange (almost brown) color and a medium head. The aromas are very delicious and a little all over the place, but i mostly smelled an aroma mix of vanilla and oranges. The taste does follow the nose; its admittingly hard for me to tell every aspect of this, but the beer has very complex flavor profiles. Generally bittersweet, but it has a sharp aftertaste that is reminiscent of that nose. Medium body. Overall, this surprised me; i really enjoyed the aromas and taste dimensions to this beer a lot.

Jan 20, 2018
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McStagger from California

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trifling ass Julian code. 20061D53. As far as I can tell that's the 200th day of 2016. So July 18th of last year for a hoppy Saison.

A: Pours a slightly burnt orange. Murky. Finger off white head. Massive dissipation. Good swirling agitates the head back up and it retains a bit better.

S: Hops are still there. Black pepper, cheese and pear with some juiciness.

T: Tart goodness. Slightly funky, with fruit notes peeking through and a distinct spice note. White pepper and maybe a bit of Chinese 5 spice? Finish is apple skin and lemon with more of the spice peeking through.

M: Lean for the abv. Alcohol gives this one some body, but it flied low at 7.5%. Crisp, bone dry finish.

O: Good stuff. I'm not a huge Saison guy, but this one really hit the spot with my chicken noodle soup.

Dec 27, 2017
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Purchased at Arrow Wing for $9.99/pint. Poured into a stemmed tulip.

Maybe the most disappointing Prairie beer I have ever drank. An ugly beer that reminds me of some slightly off, maybe rotten, fruit. 3.0

A – Pours a cloudy ruddy orange with a two-finger off-white faintly red-tinged head. 3.25

S – Floral, roses, some brett, odd but somewhat appealing aroma. 3.5

T – Funky, dark fruit, almost like a dubbel mixed with a saison. Also some white wine/vinous qualities, fermented grapes. 3.0

MF – Medium bodied with a smooth dry finish. 3.75

Sep 26, 2017
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marcobrau from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft. Massively dry hopped. Wow. This one is bursting with Sorachi Ace aroma. It is otherwise appropriately dry with a touch of sweetness in the middle. Big time lemon and a touch of soapiness. I really like the saisons from Prairie.

Sep 15, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very murky unfiltered amber color with lots of head and no lacing.

Lots of fruity aroma.

Taste follows the smell with lots of fruity flavor and a lot of carbonation.

A fruity lightness.

Well done farmhouse ale.

Aug 27, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt golden straw with three fingers of foamy white head. Head retention is good with very little lacing left behind. Aroma is grassy, with fruits - cherry, and orange. Flavor profile follows the nose with notes of grass, yeast esters, cherry, and orange. Smooth. Mouth feel is a little grainy, but otherwise smooth with a fine texture. Overall, a flavorful farmhouse, with good drink-ability. There are some hallmark tasting notes from Prairie that add to the uniqueness of this beer. The labeling is great.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Feb 18, 2017
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arizcards from Arizona

4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from Craft Beer Hop Stop on Veteran's Day for $9.99. Bottled on 2-21-16.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head that has some nice hang time.

Nose is lemon barnyard with some band aids - nice yeast strain!

Taste is very good, lemon forward, light pepper, a touch of leather, and band aids.

Feel is very good as well; light in body and very graceful across the palate.

Overall this is definitely a legit Saison. I definitely would pick this up again. Give it a shot if you have the extra cash and you like the style.

Feb 11, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has floral yeast notes and sweet pollen. Taste follows, quite yeast forward, somehow lactic but not tart, floral, really balanced on the finish. Medium, milky body, medium carbonation. Overall it's a quite interesting and different farmhouse ale but I don't get any popping hop flavors.

Jan 13, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Prairie's Ace for $10,99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer ever since I first head about it and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a teku.

A- The label is great, it's very eye catching and it goes great with the name. It poured a cloudy orange color that didn't really change when held to the light and it has a little over three fingers worth of fluffy and chunky off white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a fruity hop aroma being the first to show up and it impart a nice mix of fruity hop aromas with some grapefruit sticking out the most. Up next comes the farmhouse ale yeast which impart a little bit of a funky barnyard aroma with a slight medicinal aroma and that goes into the malts which impart some pale malt, sweet malt and light bready aromas. This beer has a good aroma, I like the hop profile and all the different aspects seem to work well together.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the fruity hops still being the first to show up and this time they are a good amount later, but they impart all the same aspects with no single fruit seeming to stick out the most this time. Up next comes that funky farmhouse yeast which imparts all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are a little lighter this time. On the finish comes the malts which show up just about as much as they did in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects and there's a medium amount of lower bitterness with some dryness and a yeast, malty and slightly hoppy aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish it was a little bolder like the aroma was.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, a little clean, a little dry on the finish, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and solid example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I was looking for in the style, but when it came to the taste I was hoping it would have been a little more bolder like the aroma was. This beer had nice drinkability, two would be a good amount for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, to me those are the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is that the taste couldn't be a little more bolder like the aroma was. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone feeling the same. A;; in all I was happy with this beer and I enjoyed it for what it is, but I still think it has a potential to be a better with a little more work. It's not a favorite Prairie beer and it's a solid example of the style. Nice jog buys, this is a pretty tasty Farmhouse style Ale.

Jan 03, 2017
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nickfl from Florida

3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Oddly blue cheese like is the overarching takeaway from this beer. Sorachi ace always seems ready to express itself in new and unwelcome ways, but blue cheese is a unique one, so that's something at least.

Oct 21, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow in color with a hazy complexion. There's a quarter inch of off white head. I smell grassy hops and the distinct peppery to earthy saison yeast. The taste showcases very lightly sweet biscuity malt and the back of the palate is dominated by the earthy saison yeast. The mouth is very delicate. light, and quaffable.

Oct 15, 2016
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Tommo from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Disclaimer, Im trying not to be overly harsh, and infact maybe i just hate ace hops, but this is horrendous. Like, disgusting. Had it on draft in OKC

The beer pours a very hazy yellow, looks like trillium/NE hops. The smell is all ace hops.. The flavor follows similarly, typical prairie saison with buckets of ace hops. To me, its induces nausea and almost makes me feel like im gonna puke. It honestly reminds me of the characteristic of drinking vomit. Not that gastric flavor, but the perception of nausea induction that would follow. I hate this beer

Oct 14, 2016
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wethorseblanket from California

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle, dated 20416, a slightly hazy yellowish with a solid one-inch thick white rocky head which leaves clumpy lace. Aromas of hay/grass, herbal yeast, orange citrus. Slightly sweet candy sugar, barnyard yeasty. Pleasant creamy softness with a drying finish. This is complex, juicy mimosa-like prickles. Would have a lot more of this.

Oct 14, 2016
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zonker17 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured to Duvel tulip. Minimal white head on hazy golden beer, no lacing or retention. Nose floral, lemon, elderberry. Taste heavy on funk backed up by lemon. Below medium body and almost zero carbonation.

Oct 11, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

gosh this is good, but i am a huge sucker for sorachi ace hops, so it should come as no surprise that i like it so much. i love what these hops do, especially in saison type ales like this. this is a cleaner one, pretty clear from the tap, bright golden color under two inches of thick white foam. the aroma is my favorite! i love these hops! creamy lemon and grassy flavors, so distinct to sorachi ace, slight dill and other botanicals, and a belgian type saison yeast far less funky than some other prairie strains. its really hoppy in the flavor too, with more bitterness than i am used to in beers that feature this hop, almost more of a belgian pale than a saison, especially considering the relative absence of any real wheat malt flavor in here, its more of a pils type and pale barley grain base, clean and subtle. huge lemon custard notes from the hops, lime, wet lawn, golden raisin, herbs, really alive and vibrant and awesome. i think you could dry hop urine with sorachi ace and it would be appealing to me, so maybe i am jaded here and not objective enough, but i loved this beer, credit the hops or not it doesnt matter. this is awesome!

Oct 08, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a quite hazy golden amber with a half finger white head with good retentiona and lacing. Aroma of lemon and orange citrus, green apple, saison yeast, lightly spicy. Flavor is lemon and lemon grass, grapefruit rind, white grapes, light woodiness, finishes with lemon and citrus and grassy hops with an interesting peppery, light woodiness. Light to medium bodied with sharp peppery carbonation. A nice lemony saison, mostly dry, but with light hits of estery, lightly sweet fruit flavors. Hints of wood and enhance the wood flavors in the finish. Interesting mixture of lemony flavors. A very nice fruit forward semi-dry saison with good complexity and a light tartness, well within my tastes. Enjoyable.

Sep 22, 2016
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