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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:
997
Reviews:
170
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.51%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
188
For Trade:
10
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Photo of gatornation
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light hazed lemon gold nice fluffy brilliant white head with nice lacing, smell is citrus and lemon grass and funky farm house, with a malt sweetness, taste has crisp hops to start with citrus and grass a touch of funk with sweet malts, dry mouth feel with above average carbonation , liked the saaz hops in this its crisp dry and refreshing slight funked a great saison

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Photo of TildenKatz
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of imnodoctorbut
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Mantooth
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Invinciblejets
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vylo
4.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of khargro2
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've made soups clearer and less chunky than the contents of this bottle. Many great things can (and have been) said about Prairie Ale but, if we're being honest, it's got a look only a mother could love. Riddled with crouton-sized sediment, this flat, ghastly pale, utterly opaque beer looks like pineapple nectar.

Sourness typically reflects an infection or lack of quality control but, under the right circumstances, controlled inoculation with wild yeasts and bacteria can make for ales of unrivaled complexity that are mysteriously irresistible. This Brett-induced Saison is definitely one of those examples.

While tasting notes that list yogurt, cheese rinds and festering fruits may sound unappetizing, I assure you it's anything but. The soured, stinky features of the aroma have a strange magnetism that draws you in, then flavours of pulpy puree, fruit blossoms, and spicy coriander keep you going back. Mmmm.

Things aren't as exciting on the palate even though it consists of the same elements. Still, while tastes of grapefruit and apricot are relatively mild, be ready for a tidal wave of refreshment! A mouthfeel made up of crisp wheat, zestful spice, nervy acidity and lemonade-like tartness is capital P pleasing.

Wait - this is 8.2% alcohol? Wow. Didn't notice it one bit.

Prairie Ale has far too much Brettanomyces to be called a "classic Saison" in the traditional sense, but it's pretty classic in the modern American microbrewery context: it's a fun, funky, sour rendition of a farmhouse ale that, as I hope I've made clear, is both immensely approachable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Skellbop
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickCT
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kitch
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 16.9 fl oz (500ml) bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 24114, meaning it was bottled on 29th August 2014. It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy golden colour with a 2 finger pillowy white head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Aroma: Nice funky farmhouse aromas with some pineapple, sour apple, light honey, some citrus and pepper.

Taste: Lemon juice, green apple, honey and pepper. Surprisingly a little on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: Great colour and aromas although it was surprisingly on the sweet side for me.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beantown_hopster
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - a deep orange encroaching the brown spectrum.

S - Smells like pine, fresh cut grass and tropical fruit. Very pleasant but light.

T- very very nice, pineapple, mango, papaya? you get that type of deal on the frontand middle with the malt, the hops are pleasant. Very bready on the finish.

MF - enjoyable. light but not thin.

O - solid solid contribution to the beer world. Classic Saison is nail on the head. Very nice.

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Photo of gkjhawk
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heerboth
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of thampel09
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really great beer! Poured into a pint glass. This beer is so fragrant, sweet and floral. Great head, light lacing with a cloudy yellow color. Great saison taste, orange and citrus, sweet spice, and pepper corn. Would drink more often except for the price!

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Photo of Babbatron
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
4.1 out of 5 based on 997 ratings.
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