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Prairie AlePrairie Ale

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Photo of PHBoiler
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful straw colored body with a big foamy white head. A little hazy in the body, which is really what you're looking for with the style. There isn't a lot going on in the nose. You get some esters and flowery notes. I don't get this type of beer for the nose though. Very drinkable and satisfying saison. Almost like a table beer. I don't pick up the ABV at all. Drinks like 4%. Some light pepper notes and flowery notes like a typical farmhouse beer. Very solid beer that I'm sure pairs great with food.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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 laituegonflable
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale champagne colour, cloudy with floaties. Head is foamy, white and like an obliging madam - reassuring and sexy. Looks good.

Smells tart and funky. Citric, acidic with a decent, earthy barnyard funk. Touch of caramel vanilla in there, and green apple. Funky, but inviting, like a lonely John Travolta c. 1978.

Taste is buttery, funky. Lots of Chardonnay oak with that smooth buttery flavour that gets a little sweet at the back. Notes of horse blanket, damp basement and some mild peppery dry spice. That buttery oak is a little strong; could use more tartness in the back (not just funk) to freshen it up.

Bit of pull from yeasts, but also a little fizzy. Not enough body to carry it off.

Nice enough, but leans quite heavily on some strong flavours which end up subjugating the overall drinkability.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 16.9oz bottle.

Pours a nice slightly hazy straw golden color. There is a nice dense white head that forms and recedes pretty slowly leaving a nice sticky lacing as it goes down.

Aroma is pretty nice and straight forward. Notes of slightly sweet grain with sweet farmhouse yeast notes and esters. Mild clove notes are present along with some musty barnyard hints. Earthy grain notes are alos present in the nose with some nice grassy hop notes.

Flavor follows the nose pretty well. Dry saison notes with spicy hints and notes of earthy grain. Nice mild grainy sweetness with some fruit juice notes in there as well. The hop notes are very mild but compliment the brew really well. Pretty nice earthy grain flavors with a good dry finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
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.


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Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy pale straw yellow with a big fluffy white head. Set the bottle down after I opened it and returned a few minutes later to a small puddle that had slowly flowed out of the bottle.

S - Green apple, white pepper, wet hay, lemon, brett with a little yeasty funk.

T - Earthy, green apple, white pepper, grassy hops, floral, wet hay, brett funk, light hint of guava and pineapple in the aftertaste.

M - Light and effervescent mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Dry lingering finish with a bit of funk.

D - Wonderfully simple but complex at the same time. This is how I imagine a rustic saison of days past.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-wheat, toasted grain, yeasty funk, lemon, pepper

T-wheat, grain, lemon, pineapple, yeasty funk, pepper, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and lively

O-I really enjoyed this Saison, solid flavor and balance

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from Whole Foods SoMa in San Francisco. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Rich and Sam.

Pours a solidly hazed bright yellow with a full and frothy head of white that leaves rich sudsy lace. Body is quite light, but pleasant, holding its fine carbonation well enough. Colour is so consistent: it looks really very good.

Nose is wonderful. Big, fresh funk and acidity, with a crisp citrus character coming through and some brighter coconut characters. Slight solvent character comes through giving a hint of putty or plastic—it sharpens the olfactory nerves, which makes me more receptive to the other characters. Indeed, it at once smells rustic and dry, and humid and tropical. It's quite an amazing aroma.

Taste is smooth and fresh, with some vegetative crispness around the edges which gives it a container for the slightly funky tones which play around on the mid-palate. Peppery tones move in towards the back, but there's a slick citrus to counterbalance it, leaving the back supremely refreshing and bright. Awesome.

Feel is smooth but bright, with a lightness to the body accentuated by some supple, fine carbonation.

This is an absolutely cracking Saison. This is superbly made stuff that shows its craft and skill throughout. It's so well integrated, but with such lovely characters dancing around to explore. And it's so fresh, bright and wonderfully drinkable. Stunning stuff.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger foamy and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, clove, pepper, hay, grass, white wine, wheat, light vinegar, funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast notes with funk; and great strength. Taste of lemon, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, pepper, clove, hay, grass, white wine, wheat, light vinegar, funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, light fruits, clove, pepper, hay, grass, wheat, white wine, funk ,and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hop, and brett flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible saison style! All around fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, hop, and brett flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A near world class offering in my opinion.

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

Apricots, toilet funk. Grassy spices that linger in the finish. A bit soft in acidity, would've liked more. Leaves kind of a bittersweet taste which I'm not a fan of. Nice medium-body mouthfeel with high carbonation. Overall, not bad, light and quaffable, but doesn't quite reach greatness because of a misbalance in bitter/sweet/sour axis and too much going on (i.e. not elegant). I remember enjoying the hoppy version of this beer more.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22.

A bright golden pour with a thick stark white head. It smelled bright with a hint of fruit.
It has a light taste with hints of grass and citrus. I enjoyed the champagne like bubblyness of the mouth feel.

i am not normally a Saison fan, but I liked this one.

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Photo of joe1510
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Binny's, Bloomingdale

I love the sensory stimulation from the uncorking of a well made saison. The pop of the cork, the gunsmoke creeping from the bottle, the crackle of tight carbonation being let loose, and the glugging of a golden pour all make for something to be appreciated. The powder white head immediately crackles to two fingers in height, caps off, and slowly recedes to a skimming along the surface leaving spotty lacing in it's path. The body is hazy, straw golden, and glowing around the edges.

A light angel food cake maltiness lays down a solid foundation for the yeast character which seems to dominate the nose. Dusty barnyard hay, underripe pineapple, and a funky lactic quality make for a complex aroma. Tangy wheat emerges as the saison warms. The brett and wine yeast produce a welcoming nose.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to expectations from the nose but most aspects are present. The same angel food cake mild sweetness leads the way. Wheat twang hits mid-palate before the dusty hay, pineapple, and mild lactic funk hit in the back of the throat. Mild grapefruit seems to linger and mildly spicy, grassy hops stick around after the swallow.

The moderate-light body is good but the snappy carbonation is what really puts the mouthfeel in the right place. The bubbles really leaves the sides of the tongue tingly and awake. I would like the finish to be a touch drier but as is stands slightly dry.

I think this beer would really benefit from a few months of aging by getting some of the sweetness cleaned up and creating a drier finish. With that said, this is a damn fine saison right where it stands. The malt profile is no slouch but the yeast profile defines this beer and they did a great job of combining different products. If I had to guess the abv I would never even consider 7%. Drinks like 5%.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit before sinking down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Nice and funky saison yeast aroma bears notes of lemongrass, wheat and a tinge of hops. Some Brett might be in there as there's some musty barnyard action going on.

T- Yep, definitely some Brett in there as there's immediate notes of green olive. The funkiness isn't overbearing though as there's room for the light hops and crisp malt to bring some equality to the overall profile. Alcohol is superbly well masked as I keep going back for more and more sips.

M- As said before, crisp and spritzy with medium-high carbonation and a light body.

O- This is a wonderfully balanced saison that's a fantastic example of how this style should be done.

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Photo of TexasBeerGuy
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy lemon body with a thick white head. Lots of bubbles that don't stop through the entire bottle. Really nice, thick lacing.

S - Bread, pepper and Brett. Nice and earthy.

T - Tart, bready, and spice with a little sweetness. Very rustic. The balance of flavors is very well done.

M - Medium high carbonation. Dry. Nice and refreshing.

O - This is just a really well balanced beer. Prairie continues to put out incredible beers. This is great, but Prairie Hop edges this one out by a hair.

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Photo of bum732
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

S: Sweet grainiess, some funk in the background, musty, damp, slightly floral, slight maltiness.

L: Hazy, golden yellow, carbonated head with a little retention.

T: Sweet, grain up front with a medium strength Brett taste following. Quite musty and slightly funky. Medium low, spicy bitterness followed by additional barnyard and mustiness. Finishes with a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium high carbonation, effervescent, medium bodied.

Really enjoyed this saison, a lot of complex flavors with just a enough Brett to keep things interesting without being completely out of control. Not sure if its worth the price tag, but delicious.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, wagenvolks and xpimptastikx!

Careful! Gusher, here! The cork hit me in the forehead after untying the wire cage.

A lighter than anticipated golden and yellow. Nearly clear, though some slight, floating sediment can be seen. Very large, huge, incredibly persistent, large-bubbled head. This one had an incredible amount of carbonation and leaves thick, chunky spiderwebs of gorgeous lace all the way down the glass.

Complete and appropriate aroma of earth, hay, dried grasses, a hint of musty barnyard, and a complementary, almost juicy, fruit character of perhaps peach, strawberry, and mild citrus.

The flavor is similar, and incredibly drinkable. Earthy, barnyard flavors complement hay, grass, earth, fruit (citrus, melon, and strawberry) and a bit of black pepper. Some very mild lemon as well. Really delicious. One of my favorite straightforward, to-style, American saisons.

Thinner to medium bodied with high carbonation. Incredibly drinkable and very well crafted.

I love this beer. Fantastic American version of what is perhaps my favorite style.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cork came out rather easily with a nice pop. Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top that reduces to a 1/2 inch cap on top, rather foamy.

S: Nice saison aroma, yeasty with a bit of bretty funk. Some light fruit, mostly grapefruit. Faint hop presence.

T: Very brett forward with some cheese and funk mixed with lemon and lemon zest. A bit of floral hops and light tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

O: Another solid beer from Prairie, like what these guys are putting out. As it warms a little too funky for my taste, but still nice.

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Photo of harrymel
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled: unk

Pours a light lemon yellow, almost neon yellow ale with a solid sheet of bone whites. Smells of lemongrass, some hay, some pineapple and grass. Flavor has a hint of alcohol (surprisingly), some sweet grain, some corn, some bitterness and chalky yeast, I'm really having a tough time getting away from the grain alcohol character I'm getting. Light bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish. The mouthfeel is really spot on for my satisfaction, great for the hot weather. I like this beers concept, the nuances and most of the aspects, my issue is with the alcohol character I get, and I'm certainly surprised by its presence. So much so that I wouldn't buy this again at the $17 I was charged here in the great state of Massachusetts.

EDIT: as it has warmed some more, the alcohol flavor I was getting has died down and the original flavor has been modified from 3.25 up to 3.75. I would probably drink again, but the price point still steers me toward something like Upright, Stillwater or the newly found Propolis for my money.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear lemonade straw with a finger of white head, so so retention and lacing

S - Funky grain, tart and funky yeasts

T - awesome combination of grainy funky and lemony, slight spice

M - somewhat heavy for the style. Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation

O - Very will balanced, substantial feeling but lightish flavors.

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Photo of daledeee
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another new arrival to try.

Pours a cloudy yellow with some lacing and white head.

Nose is funky and Brett.

Taste classic Saison. Nice lemon, pepper and brett. Really easy to drink and satisfying.

Mouth feel is nicely carbonated but not overly dry. Perfect.

This is a classic beer with great appeal. I am trying to think of a better Saison.

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Photo of 18tony
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

appearance- golden yellow, high white head. small tight bubbles. my cork also popped with a vigor.

smell- fresh, coriander. no hops as expected, plenty of yeast.

taste- this is a good classic Saison, dry. not as sharp as some Saisons, little bit of wild funk, little pepper.

mouthfeel- light and refreshing.

Overall- very reminiscent of blvd- tank 7, great divide- collette. less alcohol then some but enough especially for a bomber. little more funk then some. very good, every day brew. with out a every day price. i can see where this brew can vary from bottle to bottle or at least batch to batch as the yeast seems to be let lose a little more. Great job Oklahoma.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- cork pulls out like a shot with a lemon yellow body having just a touch of haze. There is a snow white head supported by lots of strands of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. The second glass is quite murky.

S- The rich saison yeast aroma gives way to a nice white cheese mold Brett character with some grapefruit pith Brett smells to follow.

T- The nice full Brett cheese rind has some lemon tartness as it opens but it is covered a bit by the scrubbing fizz. There is a fleeting pineapple hint with some big herbal pungent bite of hops in the finish. A touch of sweetness in the finish compliments all the flavors nicely. A tartness and raw wheat flavor come though as it opens and the fizz dries out the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a big scrubbing fizz and no alcohol or astringency noticed.

O- The fizz and bitterness component is a bit too big but this is one of the best Brett beers I have had from the states. The saison qualities are nice but outshined by its wild cousin. Very drinkable and sessionable with lots of great character.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy bright lemon color with a huge, dense, thick, and rocky bright white head that slowly faded into a heavy film. Great head retention: a thick layer of foam persisted until the last drop.
S: Very inviting nose with scents of creamy wheat, light brett, lightly vinous white wine, earthy, spicy hops and faint lemon and apricot. Smells wonderful.
T: Follows the nose except with more pronounced yeast. Wine, almost champagne-like yeast comes through alongside huge notes of earthy brett. Golden fruits, pear and slight lemon mixed with spicy, herbal and earthy hops, black pepper, and crisp wheat kick in the middle. The finish is drying and spicy, and the aftertaste has a sharp bitterness and lingering creaminess to it. Vinous white wine-like flavors linger as well.
M: Medium body but a rather light mouthfeel with a good chew to it. The carbonation is very active and froths up on my palate. Fairly dry, fairly crisp, very foamy.
O: A great mixture of flavors and a mighty fine saison. I will have to check out more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle shared with a fellow admirer of craft beer.

Poured a golden hazy color into the nonics we used and developed a massive snow white mound of rocky foam. Foam stayed for the duration and lacing was thick and peaked.

Aroma was all classic farmhouse - hay loft funk, lemon grass, citrus fruits, earthy, and a bit dank.

Flavors back up the aromas - minty funk yeast, lemon/lime/banana, grassy, cracked wheat, herbal hop zing, and very peppery.

Feel is nice and airy. Soothing. Sparkling. Slightly dry.

Another great beer from Prairie. These guys just keep throwing strikes! Will buy again.

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