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Prairie Ale | Prairie Artisan Ales

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4.07/5
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998 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#2,570
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
998
pDev:
9.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 998 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of Austin_Cohen
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Premo88
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: yellow, hazy ... the color is consistent, quite light with no gold, amber, red or any kind of orange in it; it's yellow; the haziness is not complete, for you can see through it to a degree; HUGE head, classic Prairie carbonation producing a thick, big-bubbled head of white foam well over an inch tall; the bubbles clinging to the glass are huge; disappears with a quick, steady pace with only a little, occasional lacing; does keep a thick cover of foam and watching the bubbles race up the column is a show.

S: sour/tart citrusy lemons ... some grass (from the Saaz?) ... almost vinegary and definitely a white-wine/sour grapes smell; classic saison with a pinch of hop spiciness; if it's funky from the brett, it's a clean funk, if you can imagine ... as in, almost sweet; more lemon than in the taste notes

T: follows the nose pretty closely -- tart, sour grapes, white wine, DRY white wine, maybe a pinch of something from the hops (grass, black pepper?); more grass-hop flavor than the nose ... again, seems classic saison and not overly dry

F: perfect ... i could drink this SO fast it's so light, easy but full of carbonation

O: great American-made saison by one of our farmhouse ale specialists ... it's light, tart, easy to down with no alcohol burn whatsoever, and it has just the sneakiest hints of sweetness both in the nose and the taste to keep you wanting to search for more. it also has what I'm learning might be a hallmark of the Prairie Artisan saison: hop flavor. it's not much, but there's some green vegetation-like tastes in here that blend into something lemon-limey from a strong grass presence

full disclosure: it's a bit pricey at over 55 cents per ounce, but there's no denying it's a great brew and strong contender for an American standard in the style.

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Photo of Kuges
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of humuloner22
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a good saison. I have enjoyed almost everything I have drank from Prairie so far.

Appearance: Light straw yellow, some haziness going on, good amount of fluffy head which remains pretty solid throughout the pour.

Aroma: Grassy farmyard aroma's very delicate and not really overly aromatic. A mild citrus aroma like lemongrass is there as well. Not really funky or earthy though just subtle aromas.

Taste: Very pleasant, some mild saison characteristics going on, some coriander, very mild aromatic spiciness there but not too much. A mild funk but nothing that screams at you on this one. Its a very clean brew. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than some but pretty much spot on for the style.

Overall: Not my favorite Prairie beer but certainly not a bad beer either. Nice clean finish and very tasty. I would drink this more if I could get it, as a matter of fact I would drink any of this breweries offerings if i could get them. Top notch outfit one of the best in the country in my opinion!

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Photo of tastesogood
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waitwhatamidrinking
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phiky07
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylesobrien
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite a gusher! I popped the cap, and in less than 5 seconds a fountain of foam slowly emerged from the bottle. The colour is an attractive hazy shade of lemonade with a slight orangish cast. Plenty of fine carbonation supports a lacy off-white head.

To me, the aroma is a floral mix of noble aroma hops coupled with a faint scent of citrus.

The first taste is really interesting -- prickly carbonation, and a bit of sourness up front, with a sweetish aftertaste. This is a more complex brew than I anticipated. It's almost a cross between Orval and Saison Dupont, though not quite as dry as the former. I wonder if this was brewed with a bit of brettanomyces? I can't detect the alcohol at all, it's fairly well hidden by the mix of flavours.

Overall, a really nice saison from a brewery I'd never heard of until this afternoon. This might pair well with grilled meats or cheeses, but drinks just fine on its own too. The bottle I purchased was a bit smaller than the one in the photo (1 pint, 0.9 fluid ounces).

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeccaH
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlaskaAg
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SteveB3014
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
3.19/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

overly sweet- tasted like an allagash

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

Photo of JNForsyth
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Budinetz
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of travolta
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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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 Benesi88
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Ken_P
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 998 ratings
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