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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prairie Standard is our everyday beer. Its a light, crisp saison with a hoppy finish. This beer is dry hopped 1lb per bbl with Motueka hops. A lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours one finger of white head into my can-style glass. Head is somewhat soapy, and I can hear it fizzing away. Within about two minutes the head is gone. Leaving behind a small amount of film on top of the body. Could get some nice lacing here, we'll see. The body is a perfect, cloudy orange. When held up to the light the carbonation appears to be medium-low. The head wasn't stellar, but I actually like the way this beer looks so far.

The aroma is very flowery, with a borderline honey aroma. Maybe even caramely. Fruity esters are hidden in here, along with some clove. The traditional saison aroma takes a backseat to this, somehow even sweeter aroma. For being a "hoppy" saison, I don't get much I’m the way of hops on the nose. Anyways, a very nice nose here. It's different from your average saison, while still having the classic flavors as a subtle supporting cast. Close to a 4.25, but not quite there.

I may be drinking this a tad warm, but still well below room temperature. The flavor reminds me of the nose in the sense that those traditional flavors are there, the clove, esters, etc. And they are not huge flavors, just like they weren't huge aromas. The difference is that I'm not getting those other smoother, sweeter flavors that I was picking up in the aroma. It's a nice beer, tasty and drinkable, but it's a little simple and doesn't pack quite a big enough flavor for me. The beer finishes with a lingering dryness, which is to be expected. Still not much in the way of a hop presence though.

The mouthfeel is good for a saison. Medium body, with a medium carbonation, and a dry finish. Very nice and drinkable.

Drinkability is very good as already mentioned, it's a light and tasty brew.

Overall there is nothing wrong with this beer. Perhaps the flavor is getting a harsh grade because I was intrigued by the aroma, and it didn't come through on the flavor. Either way, this is a nice beer, but not one that is knocking my socks off. I would still be happy to drink this any day though.

The appearance turned out pretty meh. I basically got no lacing at all here. Frankly for a beer with no lacing, and a sub par head, I actually still liked the look. Maybe it's just been a while since I've had a good cloudy Belgian beer, but it still didn't look too bad.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Belgium in a Box. After dinner. In Teku glass. Not as hoppy as the label suggested me. A nice standard saison with a pleasant funkyness. There are other similar much cheaper alternatives, like the Leifur I recently had. Overhyped. More foam tha desiderable requiring 2 pours.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours cloudy hazy pale yellow-gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like tart lemony citrus, lime, orange, grapefruit, some banana, clove, funky peppercorn medley, vanilla, bready crackery pale malts, with dank earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like tart lemony citrus, orange, grapefruit, lime, banana, clove, vanilla, funky peppercorn spice, crackery pale malts, with dank earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice hoppy farmhouse ale.

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Photo of zshaft
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

so im not a huge saison fan but giving this a go. pours a dirty yellow color with dishsoap head. nose is typical pear and apple with funk. got some lime peel in there as well. taste is light bodied and fizzy lime and funky pear taste with yeast giving way to a nice ending earthy bitterness with lime juice ending a dry finish. this beer was a good saison and it seems like the body gets more full as it progresses through the palate. probably won't revisit this cause I'm not a huge saison fan but this was a good beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy yellow with a medium sized head. The aroma is a little ctirusy, with some lemon and lime zest, as well as bubblegum, hay, lemongrass, and underripe banana.The flavor is a bit less bright than the aroma, with straw, pine, melon rind, and a vague herbal quality. The mouthfeel is light, with classically exuberant saison carbonation. Overall this is a well done beer, and I would perhaps have done better to taste with a meal, as it seems very food friendly. However, I found it a touch too grassy and herbal, just not quite to my taste.

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Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, light tropical fruit, yeast, and spices.

T: Tasted of a lot of tropical fruit (passion fruit, mango), banana, citrus (lemon, in particular), Belgian yeast, pepper, cloves, coriander, and a light bready quality. A much fruitier flavor than you find with most saisons, but this isn't a bad thing. It's sweet, lively, and fairly complex.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a vibrant finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Standard is a solidly made, easy to drink saison. Drinkable and perfect for the summer.

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Photo of 57md
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw with over a finger of white head. The nose is yeasty and slightly soapy. The flavor has the classic peppery essence but the promised hoppiness is fairly muted.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour from the 12 oz. bottle is a clearer yellow than I expected; perhaps it is me, but I associate farmhouse with turbid, clouded, & murky. Smells like pine, yeast, slightly dank pine. Modest.

Hoppy Farmhouse is suffering from hefe envy. A pec of bananas here, along with plenty of wheat, grainy, touch of citrus & lemon.

I have nothing else to say. Straight bland, straight mediocre. Nothing to see here.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus, passionfruit, bread dough, and flowers in the aroma. Seems a little tangy. Oranges, mandarins, kumquats. Chamomile and honey. A touch of white pepper and vanilla. Juicy and sweet.

Full and juicy. Kumquats and meyer lemons. Loads of fruit. Doughy malt character. A touch of spicy Saaz-like hops. Some bubblegum.

Pours hazy straw with a small white head. Not much retention, little lacing.

Medium light body, medium low carbonation. Though the body is light, juicy fruits and doughy malt fill the palate. Tons of flavor. A touch more carbonation might be appreciated. Very dry.

Juicy and fruit forward. Tons going on. Refreshing.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Cloudy yellow with this white head decent lacing.

Smell - Little bit of lemon zest, Belgian yeast little but of spice some banana and clove.

Taste - The taste was a little more mild than the smell, yeast little bit of lemon and orange. slightly hop taste.

Feel - Medium body good carbonation slightly dry on the back end.

Overall - A very good beer very nice balance I really like the taste.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color, with a one-finger large head. Decent head retention.

Smells of honey, wheat, and some surprising hefeweize yeast. Also grape and honey. It's quite cool.

This taste's like a fairly generic American wheat ale, although admittedly one of the best I've had. Like the smell, this is dominated by wheat and honey sweetness. Hefeweize/Belgian yeast are present. Mouthfeel is generally light, with a quite dry body. Overall, a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A zesty and spicy Farmhouse style aroma with a scent of Belgian yeast, spices, and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some farmhouse funk and spice hints of clove and pepper. Citrus hop scent of lemon zest, lime, and orange. Also some Belgian style fruit hints of white grape, banana, and pear. Hints of candied sugar. Malt hints of grains, straw, and cracker. A really solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a zesty and spicy Farmhouse style taste with notes of yeast, spices, and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with notes of clove, pepper, and farmhouse funk. Zesty citrus hop notes of lemon, lime, and orange. Notes of white grape juice along with some banana, pear, and green apple. Some candied sugar sweetness. Malt notes of straw, grains, and cracker.A really nice zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and drying.

Overall:A really good hoppy take on a Saison. Nice blend of citrus hop tones with the Belgian yeast notes.

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden color with yellow highlight and a very white head, smells of cut grass,lemon,citrus and hay, taste is a fruity tropical hop taste with a lemon malty dry finish,crisp mouth feel leads way to tropical and fruity hops, crisp a delicious as a summer saison

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.85/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy (not turbid) straw color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Man, the head looks rough, plus the retention is poor. Tiny specks of lacing stick to the glass.

I definitely pick up much of the promised lime on the aroma, along with touches of grassiness (hey, Motueka is an offshoot of Saaz...) There does seem to be a rustic, spicy character to this, which endlessly pleases me at first whiff - but it's far from a perfect one. I get some coriander, and it verges close to deviled ham territory at times. Also, it seems a touch too sweet malt-wise. Ultimately an up-and-down nose, but I'm pleased with more of the aspects than I am displeased.

A big hit of lime-esque hops open it up, ultimately my favorite part of the flavor profile. The spice character on the second half seems weird to me - it seems oddly heavy on the sesame seed and coriander. Maybe there's some rosemary, too? I'm really intrigued by the spiciness, but nothing here seems to balance very well. Add in the simplistic nature, and I'm left let down by this one.

It feels oddly thick, lumpy, and sweet; only relatively so for a smaller saison. Still, I'm not sure I agree with most others here saying how crisp and light it is. To me, it isn't, as it leaves behind a sweet residue on the palate that hampers its drinkability some. While carbonation is vibrant, it fails to scrub off the residual sugars. This would be a good feel for a standard wheat ale - I find it very lacking for a saison.

Prairie can do better than this, even for a "standard" offering. It drinks more like a nicely hoppy, slightly spicy witbier than a proper saison. I'm left to ponder if I've been spoiled by brett-laden saisons (like some of Prairie's, for instance), but I can think of a few standard (THERE IT IS AGAIN) saisons I'd take over this. I likely won't return to this one.

2.85/5: Standard, eh? You can say that again!

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finely balanced farmhouse/saison ale; Belgian overtones. Clean and balanced: hops there, but not overwhelming; carbonation perfect for this FSA/ bitterness and dry finish balanced and complementary. Spring/Summer warm weather drinkable!!

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Photo of IlCraftWjgman
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden. About quarter inch head which remained for most of the beer. Smells heavily of malts. Tastes exactly like I'd want a spring beer to taste like. Crisp ans clean taste kept me happy as I drank.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a half pint glass.

looking pretty good. hazy yellow white with a good fluffy white head. good lacing.

aroma of spices and citrus fruit.

tastes of mixed citrus fruit with a spicy finish.

mouth is about medium with a dry finish.

overall an interesting take on a saison and worth another look.

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Photo of Sweet_Hammy
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Wow...bouncy! Quite a refreshing spin on a farmhouse ale! I love the carbonation...champagne like almost.

A...clear golden straw...lots of lively bubbles! Light but tall 2" head when poured into a tulip.

A...farmhouse usual notes with fresh oranges, a bit of pineapple.

T...fresh orange juice, lemon peel, coriander, pleasant bitter finish.

M...extremely crisp. Cider like initially then back down to the farmhouse...mouthful the best part of this experience

Very decent! I generally do jot go to the farmhouse style but as the weather is turning towards HOT this is a very refreshing and interesting ale.

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Photo of kitch
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 15415, meaning it was bottled on 3rd June 2015. It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden colour with a two finger puffy white head with good retention and decent stringy lacing.

Aroma: Strong tropical mango followed by some tangy citrus lemon, fresh orange juice, coriander, honeydew, cantaloupe.

Taste: Lemon, lime, orange, light barnyard, white pepper spice and slight grass hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: There was less barnyard funk than I expected, but the light sourness, crispness and strong fruitiness made it very easy and nice to drink.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Prairie Standard has a medium, off-white head, a cloudy, yellow-gold appearance, with tight bubble streams. The beer becomes sort of white-yellow, once the bottom sediment is swished and poured in. Lacing is fairly substantial. The aroma is on the low-profile side, but the drinker can detect subtle horse blanket, lemon pith, white bread, and coriander. Taste is the same- low profile, but the same elements of the aroma are noticeable. A little white pepper and mild hop aroma show up, too. Mouthfeel is high medium, Prairie Standard finishes on the dry side of the equation.


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Photo of SFNC
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is pale, slightly hazy straw yellow with a pillowy white head. Plenty of bubble activity. The smell is cirtusy with a strong yeast presence. Taste is tart lemon, lime, wheat, some yeasty funk. Very light, dry and thirst quenching. Overall, it's a very good Saison.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. Brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale, available in 12 oz. bottles and on year-round draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy fizzed head of a pearl white over a moderately hazy pale amber body with ample and active carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Pale and biscuit malts with a potent hop profile of fruit, citrus rinds, soft grass with a modest perceived bitterness. Yeast characters are perceived as enjoyable per the style, a nice saison yeast that solidifies the style and accents the fruit and citrus characters of the hop profile with light acidity, delicate effervescence and tanginess. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor finds a nice, centralized balance between the malt, hop and yeast profiles that maintains from the front to the finish. Pale malts with a touch of biscuit grain body and a moderate sweetness, ample fruity hop character with a slight citrus and spice bite, and an equally prevalent yeast note that doesn't dry out the profile, but rather presents a more comprehensive fresh fruit flavor and delicate, but pleasing and complimentary finish with a trailing of coriander and peppercorn spiciness. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, smooth, clean, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate for the style, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to hoppy bitter and earthy spice. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A very satisfactory and highly drinkable Saison ale from Prairie, and it's good to see a nicely balanced American-brewed Saison without a flavor overhaul in any one direction. All of the components play nicely off of one-another. It's hard to tell by the website, but if this is a year-round release, it's an easy buy to justify in large quantities. Atlanta's Prairie supply is unfortunately at a trickle so it's difficult to tell which of their releases are one-offs from year-rounds, but regardless, I'm patiently awaiting an opportunity to get more outstanding beers like this one and would love to have this in my regular rotation. Recommended. 4

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Photo of hitter114
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a halfway hazy burnt yellow/orange with a slowly forming tiny bubble coating of a head that dissipates into a ring that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Active bubbles. Smells a little farmhouse funky, but in a somewhat clean way with some traditional Belgian smells and some brett. A lot more flavor comes through with the taste a little funk, some bardyard, some lemon, and for sure lime from the NZ hop. A dry Champagne like coating gives way quickly to funky barnyard goodness that is interesting and really refreshing.

I really have been diggin' this one lately. It is one of my favorite Prairie beers and its only 3$ a bottle. Really a great farmhouse offering from these guys. A great "standard" from Prairie.

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Photo of grtr3521
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours to a substantial 2 finger head, beautiful hazy yellow hue, yeast sediment noticeable
S - Lots of citrus on the nose, particularly bright lemon, melon
T - Crisp, wheat dominates the grain bill, lemon, mint, juicy, peppery phenol, sandlewood, finishes with a hint of hot alcohol
M - strong carbonation makes it lively on the tongue, not syrupy, good light body
O - A chorus of elements off the beaten path make for a fantastic, drinkable, different, well executed Saison

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours your typical and expected hazy yellow straw color. Aromas are apple, pear, spicy and peppery. Taste is same with a slightly tangy lemon touch. Mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp for what I expect from the style. I actually really like this saison because it's unique. Overall, really well done and probably my favorite Prairie offering.

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