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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prairie Ale is our classic saison. We brew this beer with pilsner malt, wheat malt, flaked wheat, and cane sugar. A healthy dose of saaz hops are used to add a spicy element to the beer. Prairie Ale is fermented with a mix of ale yeast, wine yeast, and brettanomyces. Notes of black pepper and pineapple can be found in this beer.

Added by BierGartenok on 11-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
994
Reviews:
169
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.51%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
186
For Trade:
10
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Ratings: 994 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of fathercharles
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hop_God
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first ever beer from Prairie Artisan Ales, good saison, the warmth from the alcohol is just great!

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Photo of DioS
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iCabaLLero
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet malt, yeast notes, some meadow flowers and apricot notes. Taste starts slightly malty and sweet with floral notes, slightly astringent on the finish. Lingers with floral yeast notes. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's decent but slightly too sweet and yeasty for my taste.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Prairie artisan ales Prairie ale. Poured into a Teku glass with an ample 2 plus fingers of fluffy head. Supreme carbonation streaming up from the glass.

Aroma is a bouquet of Belgian yeast character. A bit dry on the nose and a bit funky, almost like that of Brett. Some white wine character with a surprising amount of oak.

Taste is pure Belgian bliss. I would compare this to any of the best Belgian ales available. I prefer this, as it remains relatively dry throughout the sip. Moderate amount of Belgian spice, some fresh cut hay, a little bit of funk. A light citrusy kick in the middle with a mild dry bittering finish.

Overall, this is a superb beer. It is paired with Brie, truffled Gouda, chorizo, salami, and Serrano ham. It gets a 97/100.

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Photo of arizcards
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from Craft Beer Hop Stop on Veteran's Day for $9.99. Bottled on 11-23-15.

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

Nose is barnyard all the way - legit!

Taste is awesome, lemongrass, peppery, and a touch of leather and band aids.

Feel is just as great, light in body and each sip dances so lightly across the palate.

Overall i have to say this is definitely in my top 3 of saisons world wide - beautiful job Prairie!

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle pour slightly hazy straw yellow that begins with significant foam and lacing, but dissipates over drinking.
Initial sour/tart taste is balanced out as well. Most prominent notes are citrus and spice and a classic Belgian style farmhouse/saison dankness. Slight, but balanced carbonation. Prairie Artisan Ales are always outstanding, and this one only further confirms that.
ABV 8.2%

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Photo of dsshuck
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BGriff
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: I could feel the cork wanting to explode so I got the bottle into the sink just in time and was able to pour it into the glass before it gushed; as often happens when pressure builds, the head in the glass is not as big as anticipated and, in this case, it fades rather quickly above the clear golden liquid; a few squiggles of lace hang around

Smell: Belgian yeast, leathery funk, grassy, fruity and spicy

Taste: Floral and apple tones bring sweetness to the tip of the tongue with grassy, peppery, phenolic elements building; funky, through the middle, with a leathery character; some resdual fruity sweetness blends with the funk in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Not a classic Saison but a fascinating beer, nonetheless; a lot going on in many directions that somehow work well together

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a frothy, white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus zest, floral notes, and some spice.

Tastes of some fruity notes along with plenty of spice and some malt sweetness underneath it. Fruity note lead off with tart apples, pear, and some apricot along with white grapes. Malts add net with a bit of wheat and some syrupy sweetness. Floral notes come next along with grassy notes. Spicy notes come towards the end with white pepper and clove, as well as some coriander. Finishes with a bit of spice and some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty saison.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a slightly hazed straw yellow with a three finger dense and rocky white head that retains very well and leaves good lacing
S: Smells of light lemony tartness, barnyard funk, dry pale malts with some spicy saaz hops. Hints of band aids on the nose too
T: Taste is slight lemony tartness up front with that barnyard funk, band aids come in as well, some spicy hop as well as some light doughy malt. Swallow is light tartness and more band aids and barnyard with some slight honey sweetness and lingering spice.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in body with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: This is a very good Saison. The flavors are all there and there aren't many faults to this beer. It's very complex and drinks very well. It's perfect for a hot summer day. It's not too spicy if spicy saisons aren't your thing though.

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Photo of Hallu
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This a great saison. The smell is very complex, didn't find the pineapple, but smelled orange/tangerine in there. It's got the classic belgian saison tastes, although it's more sour than most belgian saisons. Like other successes from Prairie, it's quite a complex brew, and that makes it all the more enjoyable. It's got very fresh hop aromas, there's also a clear fresh herb or grass component in there. It was perfect with neufchatel cheese. This is now the best American saison I've had.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Nice lacing.

Smell: A spicy and fruity Farmhouse style aroma with a scent of Belgian style spices and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with a scent of clove, peppers, farmhouse funk, and brett. Citrus hop scent of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Some grassy hop hints. Malt hints of grains and cracker. Also some fruit hints of banana, pear, and apple. Hints of candied sugar. A really solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity Farmhouse style taste with notes of spices and tropical fruit. Belgian yeast with notes of clove, pepper, farmhouse funk, and brett. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon, and pineapple. Also some fruit notes of banana, apple, and pear along with some grassy hops. Malt notes of cracker, grains, and biscuit. Sweet notes of honey and candied sugar. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and drying.

Overall: A very good juicy take on a Belgian Saison. Good mix of spicy yeast flavor and citrus hops.

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Photo of aufie
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jonbonfondle
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gatornation
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light hazed lemon gold nice fluffy brilliant white head with nice lacing, smell is citrus and lemon grass and funky farm house, with a malt sweetness, taste has crisp hops to start with citrus and grass a touch of funk with sweet malts, dry mouth feel with above average carbonation , liked the saaz hops in this its crisp dry and refreshing slight funked a great saison

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Photo of TildenKatz
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of imnodoctorbut
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

served chilled from bomber to tulip

A: cloudy light gold with a frothy pillowy slightly off white head (about 2 fingers) with good retention and a little lacing.
S: funky light sourness, grassy, light pine, and tropical fruit lushness with a touch of malt.
T: lush tropical fruit, spicy cracked pepper bread malt backer, and a light honey sweetness. slightly bitter finish
F: medium/light body, high carbonation, crisp with a nice dry finish

bottomline (aka personal opinion time):
absolute killer example of the style. the yeast is in fine form here, nailing what the style calls for. there are more funky saison's out there for sure, but if you're new to the style, this is the one you'll want to base all other's upon, as it balances the funk to a near perfect degree, letting the brew get weird with the yeast while still maintaining a controlled aspect. this one could very well be your pad from which to jump into actual wild brews (with wild yeast!) so take notes and savor the experience.

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