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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 popery
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy banana yellow with a smallish white cap. The head is a bit small, but otherwise, it's a perfectly nice looking saison. The aroma is dried out fresh grain with fruity, barnyard-y saison yeast notes and a dash of funk. The fruitiness is a mix of light citrus and light stone fruits, lemons meet apricots. It has that dry yeasty smell of a well-fermented saison. Very farmhouse fresh. The brett still seems young, but it adds on a pleasant complexity. The taste starts surprisingly sweet and fruity before drying out and pushing into a lasting, almost acrid bitterness. The transition from fresh light grain and apricots to yeasty peppercorns and lemon peels is fast, nearly jarring, but it works for me. I particularly like that dry, bitter, spicy finish. The mouthfeel is light but full. Lots of flavor. No booze. Carbonation is somewhat high, though not abnormal for the style. This is a very well done beer. Great to see more quality saisons being produced by American brewers.

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Photo of oline73
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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Photo of EvanGundy
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

While I have loved everything Prairie Artisan Ales has been doing, I thought Prairie Ale was a little off. I did enjoy it, but the sweetness I got from it seemed to go against the hop and bite I had as well. Still a great beer, but I like the standard and Hop more!

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

P: A murky organic apple cider body with a billowing mountain of off white creamy froth.

S: Musty wood, dirt, aged potpourri, lemon curd, clove, white pepper, coriander, timid vinegar funk and faint lime.

T/M: Taste follows the nose and delivers big spices with a nice subtle floral and citrus zest hop flavor. Bret funk forward but clean and complementing. Well balanced flavors deliver a smooth dry saison that is sure to please. Medium creamy body with kisses of carbonation and a soapy hop finish. Hints of rose petals in grain alcohol once warned.

O: A great saison from a great new brewery that is producing some fantastic stuff. I love that Oklahoma is growing in the craft beer realm. With this being the first beer brewed by Praire I am anxious to try the rest. Cheers!

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden color with about an inch of head with a moderately vigorous pour. This beer certainly looks less carbonated than pretty much any Saison I've ever had.

S: Starts off with moderate Brett funk balanced by a light, pineapple acidity. I get a nice amount of lemon in this as well, going very well with the tartness and slight sourness. A grassy note comes in afterwards to round out the flavors. Very, very nice.

T: Spicy yeast starts off with a musty brett flavor. Mango and pineapple fruitiness isn't far behind making this beer nice and juicy. There is a lot of yeast in the flavor, but the spicy/fruity combination go very well together. On the dry side for the style, but not really dry for a brett Saison.

M: Moderate thickness for the style with medium carbonation.

O: I will revisit this when the yeast settles. The aroma on this was amazing, though, and the flavor is just OK.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Cantillon gueuze glass. The bottle is beautiful, one of the highest quality beer labels I've ever seen.

Pours super hazy straw color with a huge creamy head.

Smells very dry, bretty, wet hay and pepper and some kind of spice I can't place. Some mild hops. No acidity but some funk.

Taste is similar. Very dry, nice funk, brett is strong but not overpowering. Nice hops too but not a super hoppy saison--more hops in the taste than the nose though. As the beer airs the hops become more prominent, they're spicy and tropical (pineapple?) but not much citrus. Very slightly tangy in the finish but no real acidicity, this is not a sour beer but also not at all a sweet one. Great balance of hops and brett and malt!

Nice mouthfeel, great carbonation but doesn't call attention to itself.

This is a really good saison, very dry even for the style without being sour or very hoppy either. I like this a lot! Great and memorable example of the style, wonderful balance and really well crafted. Grows on you as you drink more of it too.


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Photo of Clonies720
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow. Nice, creamy white head.

Aroma: Barnyard funk that makes me say Brettanomyces. Lemon, earthy notes, and white pepper/spices.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. Wet and light on the tongue.

Overall: A really tasty and refreshing farmhouse saison. I love the estery profile, and the mouthfeel keeps me coming back for more. A solid brew.

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Photo of ThirstyHerf
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A- cloudy straw appearance, soapy white head that lingers (very Bretty looking). Shaking it releases a lot of carbonation.

S- pineapples, hops, wet horse blanket, pissy barn stall, apples, citrus. Freshly inseminated goats vagina. So much going on here!!

T- SO much BRETT!! A touch of hops, a slight bit citrus and tropical fruit. This reminds of one of one of my favorite Brett beers, Wild Devil. The farm/barnyard really comes alive in this beer!!

M- a little thin and quite dry. I wish this were just a bit richer or creamier on the palate but all in all, not a disappointment in any way shape, or form.

O- what a fantastic new beer from OK! The brewer knocked this out of parked and past the parking lot! Awesome farmhouse Brett beer!

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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of willandperry
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a little late.
C&C bottled poured into tulip.

A-the beer pours a straw color but pretty hazy.

S-woah, this beer smells awesome. Funk, wet hay. Bret. More funk. Spice. the bret comes thru much more than the first time around(when it first hit shelves)

T-real light and dry with a great bret flavor. Spicy pepperness(from the yeast?) Very nice and refreshing. Very drinkable, dangerously so.

M- light and maybe a little grassy. Easy drinking while being pretty complex as well.

O-I really like this beer. Have had it a few times and each time the bret seems to have come forward more. Defiantly worth trading for and picking up(if its in your market)

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Photo of crusian
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from memory a few hours ago.
Bottle from will, thanks for bringing it down!
Pours a nice light mustard yellow with a slowly growing fluffy head. After about 5 minutes it begins to flow out of the glass, amazing retention.
Nose is yeasty farmhouse with a nice funk. Almost expect a bit of sour, it is so funky smelling... But no noticeable tartness on the nose. Great smelling saison.
Very crisp clean tasting, easy smooth finish. Had to check the abv, as it is so drinkable. I guessed it was like 4-5% it is so smooth and easy. A bit soapy when it warms, so I chugged the last quarter, much to my chagrin.
Overall a nice saison, been a while since I had a good one, thanks will!

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Photo of MtnBiker
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe it's due to living in a wasteland for craft beers, or maybe I'm really lucky to have this in my state, but this is one of the best saisons I've had. The bottle itself is just fun to look at with the great hand drawn artwork, corked and caged. Poured into a Duvel tulip with a thick white head. Smells of citrus, mostly orange, and lemon to me with some pepper. The Brett funk comes through as well. Smells amazing. The taste is a light body with moderate carb. Spice, citrus, and the Brett, much like it smelled. This beer was a definite "wow" for me in local beers, I hope Chase has raised the bar for Oklahoma brewers. I'm holding back a few bottles to see how these mature, can't wait to pop one open in the hot Oklahoma summer!

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to jtmiller03 for sending this, much appreciated.

A-Hazy straw color with a big foamy head that settles to a thick skim, nice lacing.

S-Brett, horse blanket and some herbal grassy notes. Really impressive

T-Crisp brett straight away opening into slightly sweet honey and cereal grain. Spicy white pepper and clove with a clean dry finish. Absolutely delicious and bordering on perfection, hits all the notes of what I like in a saison. Wow

M-gassy and effervescent enough to wash away cleanly. really nice

O- flat out great Saison with Brett. I really wish I could get this on a weekly basis, it holds it's own with all of the Hill Farmstead saisons I've tried. I hope that production can keep up with what I assume will be an insane growing demand. I'd hate for the few bottles I have to be the last.

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Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Much anticipated, Prairie Artisan Ales seems to be doing exciting things. 750 mL corked and caged bottle. Great looking label.

Pours up with a foamy head of white suds on top of a hazed straw-colored body. A gentle pour yields a thick froth that eventually collapses into a thin mat.

Aggressive brettanomyces is the first thing that hits the nose. Strong spicy funk, fresh leather. On the palate the brett yields to a soft, clean graininess and peppery saison yeast. Rustic, leafy hops give a nice counterbalance. More dirty, earthy wild yeast tones emerge as it warms, as does a subtle fruitiness (pineapple and lemon rind). Classic saison dryness keeps the drinker coming back for more.

A funk-forward saison - lacking subtlety, but damn good. If this is a clue to the direction that PAA is going, then the Oklahoma beer scene is about to go up a notch (or two).

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Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a big pillowy white head that recedes very slowly to a soapy cap. Lacing is delicate and sticky.

Bright citrusy nose with lemon zest and some white pepper. There is also plenty of earthy notes with the Brett beginning to show, but just starting to emerge.

The taste is excellent and has the same general feel with some lemon grass and spicy Belgian yeast. There is a peppery spice note that leaves a bit of zing on the palate after each sip.

Mouthfeel is dry and clean with some bitterness in the finish. The Brett leaves some earthiness on the palate as well. A little funky.

This is a great saison from an up and coming brewery. I look forward to more from Prairie.

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Photo of kilik693
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My best friend brought one back for me for christmas because he lives near the brewery. I got it in a Liter bottle, and tried it from there.

I poured it into a standard pint glass, Nothing too fancy. It pours extremely cloudy, and is a fairly pale, yellow orange. The head was relatively light and dissipated quickly There was little lacing on the side of the glass.

It smelled fairly standard for a Saison, with few extra scents jumping out at me.

The flavor is also fairly standard. Some barley and wheat. Very little flavor of hops, and very few added flavors.

It is fairly good in the mouth, not leaving any strong or unpleasant flavors.

In the end I would say this is a fairly light, standard American version of a belgium style saison. Its interesting to try once, especially since its a fairly new brewery and will hopefully add to the breweries in Oklahoma, which I find lacking. Its a good starter saison, but not impressive for the experienced saison taster.

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Photo of ericandersnavy
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired through a friend. Prairie Artisan Ales is the newest brewery to hit the OK scene. Many people will probably recognize the accomplishments of head brewery Chase Healey once they taste his great saisons.

Appearance: poured yellow with a lasting fluffy white head that left ample lace behind on the glass.

Aroma: orange, brett, pepper, and what seemed to be a bit of spearmint. The nose was absolutely wonderful that had tons of depth and character.

Flavor: brett, pepper, spice, citrus, and some lingering hops on the finish. The flavor was a symphony of flavors that danced around my mouth.

Body was light and dry with a creamy fizzy carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer and a wonderful interpretation of a saison. Chase really makes some great saisons and I look forward to trying some more of his new brews from his new venture out of Krebs, OK.

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Photo of stephens101
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Loud pop of the cork and quickly into a goblet pours a cloudy pale yellow ale with a mountain of dense, off-white head. A few cracks in the frothy armor begin in the middle and slowly work their way out toward the edges until there is nothing left except a white sheet around the glass.

Extremely pleasant to the nose with some tart light fruits up front, quickly followed some sour notes, phenols, spice and damp leaves.

Spicy up front with a near perfect amount of fruit (green apples, oranges, lemon) and brett funk which is countered by a dollop of grain and then a hit of hop bitterness. A little later some taffy sweetness is noticed, adding a very nice touch.

Perfectly dry going down with a lingering heat in the throat which seems a bit much for the ABV, but gives this one an edge that I find enjoyable. Medium bodied and fairly airy.

This beer provides the perfect companion to an unseasonably warm December day. And while homerism abounds with a lot of local beer reviews, a fact that is in no way exclusive to Oklahoma, I can unashamedly attest to the excellence of the Prairie Ale.


Blind review (update 04/05/14)

A white froth grows large and quick with staying power to match. Color is yellow-orange.

Smells of grain, lemon zest, various overripe fruits, yeast and bold pepper.

On the tongue big brett plays right into the hands of a melange of sour fruits (orange, grapefruit, pear) and spice. I'm reminded of Orval, but with a bit more kick.

The 8.2% alcohol is obvious. Mouth-feel is medium and dry. Also a bit crackery with soft edges.

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Photo of BierGartenok
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oklahoma’s newest brewery to hit the scene in full force, Prairie Ales is making a statement. Currently gypsy-brewed out of Choc Beer Company in Krebs, Prairie Artisan Ales is the brain child of Chase and Colin Healey, previously of COOP and Redbud. Chase is following his dream to brew world-class Belgian Ales that are available right here in his home state of Oklahoma, and for that we are grateful. With his brother by his side, is there any stopping them? Prairie Ales has also currently been picked up to be distributed by none other than the infamous Shelton Brothers of Belchertown MA. Very big news for Chase and Colin’s crew and we are all behind them. Prairie Artisan Ales is so new that they only currently have one beer on the market, “Prairie Ale.” Prairie Ale is a Belgian-style Saison with a mild Brett character to put a slight spin on the classic example. Chase and Colin make sure to keep all their beers in the more “Craft” side of the brewing process. Prairie Ales currently has three other beers in development that are going to be available at any time. Standard Ale, Noir and Prairie Hop are their names and I am anxiously awaiting their arrival. Now to the beer!

Mango, pineapple, hay, orange and some slight hints of earth and tangerines. Pour is slightly cloudy straw color with a good head that reduces and maintains great retention and consistency. Now a narrow strip in the glass the bubbles are creamy and tightly packed and cling nicely to the glass. Citrus fruit is the first flavor to come through, mango, pineapple and orange with small amount of lemon peeking through. Moderate carbonation is apparent throughout the taste. Coarse bubbles hold all the way through to the finish. Prickly sensations as you swallow. The Brett character is extremely mild at this point, but is noticeable and should mature as time goes on. The finish is slightly sweet with a dry *ting* right at the end and very well done. The alcohol is well hidden and doesnt have an impact on the flavor or finish. This is one extremely well brewed Saison! I love the way the fruit flavors are not overpowering, but help to balance the slightly dry low Brett character. Hopefully the balance will maintain as the yeast develops in the bottle. If this is an example of what Chase and Colin Healey have in store for us, then WATCH OUT, because the ride has only begun!

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