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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%
 
 
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77
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with floral, fruit, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with Brett and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is what i love about prairie, a simple, yet elegant and highly refined saison style with a unique flavor profile of its own while still falling squarely within the style guidelines. this is a blond beer, hazy and pale with some yeast sediment and a massive three inches of frothy white head that only slowly recedes. the smell is awesome, i definitely get the saaz hops, but this is all about the yeast. there is a zesty citrus profile not dissimilar to their birra, but less lemon. a spice aroma is there too, white pepper and plantain, interesting, the flavor is wheat malt on the front end, soft and fresh, and a grassy hop and yeast complexion as it finishes. really grassy and summery, almost bitter and vegetal as it swallows, remarkable. its a combination of hops and yeast doing that, but i get some brighter fruits too, maybe white peach or white grape. a very enjoyable and refreshing beer, that drinks much lighter than it is. the body is a bit full, but the carbonation makes it impressively sessionable. this is simple compared to their other beers, but it is nearly flawless, and reflects how awesome prairie is. less can be more when it tastes like this.

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4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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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4.47/5  rDev +9%
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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4.1/5  rDev 0%
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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3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Belgian style saison." 1 pint 9.4 fl z brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a branded cork acquired at Jester King brewery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. I dig the label art. 8.2% ABV confirmed. Expectations are high as I've enjoyed other beers from this brewery and this beer is currently in the top 50 Southwest. 2013 vintage. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Not creamy at all. Lacks frothiness. Complexion is subpar. Not soft. Kind of soapy. Spotty "legs" cling to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the ABV - about 5-6 minutes.

Body colour is a hazy translucent yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Not really transparent.

Overall, it looks pretty standard for a saison. I'm a bit surprised it's not yeasty. Doesn't have the milky appearance of the finest saisons. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Belgian pale malts. Floral hops. Vague orchard fruit. Lemongrass. Tinges of lemon. Grains. Straw/hay. Some citrus zest. Restrained brettanomyces funkiness. Some spice - clove. Orchard apple. Sea salt. Lime. Dry white wine. Light crackery malts.

I'm not finding the deep funkiness or white pepper notes that indicate a great saison. Nor is it very milky.

A somewhat dry aroma of surprisingly light strength. Pleasant and inviting, if a bit weak.

Mf/T: The first thing I notice is its dry cidery crisp mouthfeel, which is more coarse than I'm used to in the style. The result is that the texture really brings out the flavours, but it's a bit rough as a trade-off, reducing its ability to refresh. Well-carbonated. Medium bodied. A bit too assertive a texture for the style, which is meant to be the king of complexity and subtlety. Interesting presence on the palate. Good acidity, to style. Not as juicy

Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Lemongrass is abundant, layered atop Belgian pale malts, crackery malts, straw/hay, and rye. There's plenty of spicing here, but none of the spices are particularly evocative or distinct - maybe clove and allspice, along with some sea salt. White pepper does make an appearance, but it's a bit too in-your-face and lacks the masterful subtlety of the best saisons. Has some slight citrusy twang - tinges of lemon, lime, and orange rind all make an appearance. The brettanomyces yeast isn't as funky as I'd like; the farmhouse character isn't as pronounced as it should be as a result.

Hopping is timid but complementary: the fruity and floral character the hops impart is welcome if indistinct.

Alcohol is noticeable, which is surprising in a saison.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the high ABV. I like the dry assertive texture; Prairie committed to its mouthfeel and I respect that. It's more of a farmhouse ale than a saison if we're being all nitpicky and pretentious. At the end of the day, it's not up there with the best beers in the style, and at this price I wouldn't get it again. There are imports at or below this price point that are superior in quality. Might be interesting aged. I wouldn't explicitly recommend it to friends, but it's worth trying.

I was ready to gush over this beer, but it just isn't fantastic. Like it, don't love it. Good stuff, but not Prairie's strongest work.

B-

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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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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a layer of white head that fades to a small ring around the pour. The smell is very crisp with some banana and an herbal note. Just a touch sweet with a hint of citrus. The flavor is also quite light with a lightly fruity note. This is a very herbal beer with a yeasty component. There is a hint of banana and citrus fruit. The carbonation level is very high and the finish is very dry.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with great carbonation and excellent retention with some good lacing. Aroma consists of rustic malt with some dry hoppy notes with great floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by great floral hoppy notes with great rustic malt presence and a light spicy yeast flavours. Body is full with great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Wonderful saison with great hops profile which brings complexity while retaining some good drinkability.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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