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Prairie Ale | Prairie Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

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.

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Reviews:
170
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1,003
pDev:
9.58%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,003 |  Reviews: 170
Reviews by travolta:
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperaance: A very light and slightly opaque straw. Egg whipped head with tiny bubbles. Average head retention, good lacing.

Nose: White crackers, lemon, pepper, brett yeast and faint coriander with spice.

Taste: Lightly sweet malt, coriander, white saltine crackers, brett yeast, peppercorns, and spice. Pilsner crispness.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its so gratifying to, after tasting a zillion beers that meet the parameters of the style, to taste a beer that exceeds what defines the style and becomes and exemplary example of the saison style. This beer does just that!

The saison pours with a hazy gold hue, that's tinted a shade deeper due to the suspended yeast. The somewhat murky beer develops a rich meringue of foam, stark white in color, that not only caps the beer for the long haul, but also laces intricately along the glass as the beer falls.

Fruit and spice align for the balanced scent while aromas of funky-fresh farmhouse character wraps around the scattered esters and phenols and pulls them all together. Lemons, limes, spiced pear, sandalwood, sea air, dried wood, apples, and dry white wine all define the nose in a very rustic and inviting scent.

Its assertive taste delivers a dry malt taste of crackers, whole wheat, and rye breads. It's terse sweetness is shunned as the taste prefers dry fruit flavors of dried lemons and limes, tart green apples, and sour white grapes. Sultans, plantains, and dehydrated apricot provide rich improvission of fruit, but without the associated sweetness of the fruit. The tropical and citric acids and balanced by spicy white pepper, paradise seed, mild cumin, and fennel. Funky flavors of saddle leather, fragrant sandalwood, hay and grass all provide pungent complexities that balance the fruit and malt effortlessly and exponentially.

Medium-light in body, the malt and fruit springs from the tongue from the explosive carbonation that carries the taste over the tongue and against the palate for a quick finish of fruit, spice, and earth. The beer finishes before the taste buds are able to fully appreciate its taste- leading to a high rate of refreshment and drinkability. Closing with high peppery spice, high acidity, and strong alcohol warmth- the beer resonates with the tart dryness of the most arid wines.

This is an incredible saison that not only delivers on the promise of dry fruit, high spice, and ultimate dryness; but does so boldly and with the glaring envelops of earthen must in such a way that is rarely delivered outside of the farmhouses of Belgium.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, cool to see this American prairie (heh) brewer make it up here to Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with four fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rather creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some roiling sea foam lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-sweet, doughy and crackery pale malt, orange and lemon citrus flesh/rind, perky earthy and mildly phenolic yeast, white pepper and coriander spice, and some odd, but still welcoming piney and tropical fruit bitter notes. The taste is bready, doughy pale malt, more than a touch of caramel sweetness, sugary coriander, black and white peppercorns, laid-back earthy, and ethereally funky yeast, somewhat candied orange and lemon citrus, and further leafy, piney, and herbal hops. No real trace of the elevated ABV, save a subtle warming.

The carbonation is quite involved and uplifting in its tight frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, a slight yeast and hop incursion merely a trifle. It finishes off-dry, the pilsner malt really showing off its stuff, amongst the heady detritus of fruit, spice, yeast, and hop. As for the alcohol, an APB has just been issued for its whereabouts.

I'm always psyched when I come across an excellent example of a style with which I am typically less than enamoured, and from an even less likely point of origin. Ladies and germs, exhibit A, then, of a saison made right, in the American sub-genre - hoppy, boozy (apparently), and the genuine article otherwise. Yum.

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Photo of imnodoctorbut
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cork opened with a pop, and racing carbonation began accumulating in the neck, and the foam slowly pushed out of the bottle. Served in a small snifter glass, 6-8 oz.

Opaque straw color charged with champagne-level carbonation. Despite this, there was only a thin layer of foam on the surface. This may have been a result of rinsing the glass before the pour.

Aromas of damp hay, brett yeast, grassy herbals. Lightly funky.

Tastes moderately bitter and earthy, tangy brett yeast that coats the palate and grabs hold. Dried citrus peel, grassy bitter hops, funky wet hay from the brett. Medium bodied, seemingly effervescent, though it loses steam eventually. A nice saison that showcases Brettanomyces well.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy pale light yellow in color—almost what you would expect from a Berliner Weissbier. It poured with a quarter finger high white heat that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of brett yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of spices from the Saaz hops. The brett becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is a little sour from the brett and has notes of peppery spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a nice hybrid between a saison and a wild ale; you can pick up the characteristics of both of these styles, both of which are balanced together.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of rangerred
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a very full and fluffy two finger white head. Outstanding head retention but the lacing is somewhat lacking.

Aroma is very spicy and peppery mixed with lemon peel and coriander. Some nice Brett funk going on too. Very complex and enjoyable.

The flavor is not quite as bold as the aroma but still hits the mark for the style. Coriander and lemon with the barnyard notes more restrained. Nice peppery dryness throughout and the alcohol is absolutely nowhere to be found. This beer is extremely drinkable.

Overall, a very nice Saison and interesting for a style that seems hard to perfect. The Brett adds a nice twist and really works well in this beer.

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright hazy yellow-gold with one finger of rich white head. Loads of stick lacing left behind.

Aroma of tropical fruit, lemon zest, light barnyard funk, Belgian yeast, and caramel malts.

The taste was bright with floral hops, lemon zest, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, white pepper, and earthy notes. Light pepper notes to the finish.

Medium bodied and sticky with a fairly sharp carbonation.

A very tasty and highly recommended Saison from the folks at Prairie.

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Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Beer21
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sandalwood
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a huge four finger foamy white head. There is a lot of carbonation and the lacing is thick. The odor is farmhouse like, funky, champagne like, citrus lemon, grapefruit, spices, earthy, herbal, some pineapple. The taste is very refreshing, crisp, very spicy clove, lemon, herbal, dry finish, slight bitterness.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to willandperry for sending me a bunch of stuff from these guys and many more great brews. Cheers!

Appearance. Pours a very nice lemon-straw colour with a ton of haze and almost 3 fingers of frothy white head that leaves some nice lace behind.

Smell. Lemons and funky herbal saison yeast, dry old wood from the ocean (slightly briny) and a little bit of apple and pear.

Taste, Earthy, herbal funky saison yeast and light brett, lemon rind, ocean driftwood again, some light exotic spice that I can't put my finger on, maybe a little lemongrass and lime. Nice stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, prorbably on the low side. Medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Fantastic stuff. Really well made beer here with a ton of flavour. Glad I have most of the lineup to try. Thanks again willandperry!

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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