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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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186
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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

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought from Kris Wines in Islington, North London for the record price for a bottle for me of £10, So I'm expecting something special! Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a foamy white head. Aromas of spice, coriander & orange. Tastes has a fresh feel to it with orange, lemon, coriander & spice present with a medium carbonation. Aftertaste has a orange & lemon with sweet mild alcoholic. Overall a outstanding Saison worth the money and better than some Saison's I've tasted from some Belgium breweries.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Prairie Ale from Prairie Artisan Ales
4.1 out of 5 based on 994 ratings.
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