Prairie Standard
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #330
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,893
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 8.46%
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
1,469
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Oklahoma, United States
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Notes: 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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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can. Decided to try another variety of beer from Prairie since all I have had are some of their stouts.

Pours a light orange-y pale yellow. Head is a thick foam but doesn’t retain much. No lacing.

Smell is mainly citrus (maybe some pineapple) and floral notes. Something sweet is there too, but subtlety (I think it is banana but I cannot be sure). Not bad but not special.

Taste is follows the nose. At first it is sweet and citrusy, followed by a strong showing of hops, then the finish is long, hoppy and floral, and I would say somewhere between semi-dry and dry. Spices show themselves throughout, mainly clove and pepper. The floral characteristic lingers longer than anything else.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated. Very easy to drink, which is what I suppose one would want in a saison.

Overall, it’s nowhere near the level of their stouts for me, but a good showing from Prairie here too.

May 14, 2020
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a really good beer. Was told
Like Allagash white and I agree. It’s either drink this or talk to Mike Sondel who is telling me semiconductors are good. What a dud. Good beer. Perfect summer beer

Feb 09, 2020
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beershawn from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

NEW REVIEW:
This is actually quite nice. Really mellows out once you pour it in a glass. When I drank it from the can, it was too harsh. It still has that kind of Belgian Witbier spiciness to it, which isn't what I seek out these days. And it doesn't have enough funk or tartness to make it all that unique. But totally crushable and crowd pleasing for sure. Probably wouldn't buy it to crush though as I believe it was somewhat pricy for a 4-pack.

OLD REVIEW:
I actually don't like this. It has a sort of a gritty, spicy mouthfeel with a dry, sandpaper finish. The taste of burnt limes. I immediately thought of Leinenkugel and their interminable line of flavored beers. Or a hoppy Blue Moon. I wanted funk and tartness; none of that here.

Feb 02, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 1/27/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy pale yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE bright white head (careful pouring!); frothy tree-rung lace.

Banana, pineapple & fresh flower notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana & pineapple flavors up front; dry flower notes on the finish.

A nice, fruity saison; it's not transcendent but it's certainly above average.

Oct 11, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Prairie Artisan rocks - and so does this!

Never been much into these farmhouse ales, but this one is the best I have had so far. Great light orange coloration, it pours out a foamy head with little staying power and no lacing. The smell is sweet, sweet citrus (tangerines, oranges, a little grapefruit), with a mouthfeel that is well carbonated but not distracting. I enjoyed the hoppy nature of the brew without being so bitter that it detracted from the citrus notes dancing across my tongue. Anyway, a great beer, a great beer for the summer, and one that would be a gateway for many to come over to craft.

Jul 24, 2019
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erk0607 from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pale, clear gold with a sudsy white head that lingers with a mixture of bubble sizes
Smell: Smells of earthy green, slightly spicy hops, minor barnyard hay notes, and some toast. Some citrus zest as well. I like that you can smell it above the glass rim.
Taste: I actually like the taste better than the smell. Floral and orange/lime fruityness tempered down by the addition of the presumably noble hops that give an earthy, pepperyness. Also of note is the saison yeast contributions.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, light foam, medium body density. Clinging bitterness in the background.
Overall: I like this beer, it’d be good on a hot summer day. Probably won’t seek it out unless I’m out of other things to try in the story, but good none-the-less.

Jun 04, 2019
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a pretty and clear. Rich gold. Aroma is great. Strong yeastiness and a notable hop note. It tastes great as well. An awesome Belgian-y yeast that is robust but not overpowering. Powerful enough hoppiness. It adds a great balance. Then it cleans up and finishes trim and pleasantly. Like a strong lager. Really, really good beer.

Jun 01, 2019
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Dave, thanks for the hookup. Slightly hazy lemon yellow with a decent sized bubbly white head that persists. Earthy clove and light pepper with bits of fruit at the edges.

May 01, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy dark straw yellow with a chartreuse cast, and a finger of loose white head that settles quickly to a dancing spot in the middle and a soapy collar.

Nose: Saison yeast is hard to miss. Unripe fruit skins, white grape, clove, and a minty note. Definitely a grainy backbone. Certainly lots of wheat, and considerable dry-hop notes. Digging further, I find more mint, lime, cinnamon, black pepper, and laurel. It has this really interesting note I can also attribute to laurel (West Coast people know what I'm talking about).

Palate: Saisons are difficult to give tasting notes on. There's just so much going on. Grains, yes. A mouthful of wheat, rye, and various other grass grains. Spicy, but in a phenol/ester way. Unripe banana and clove esters, and sharper, more pungent phenolic notes of black pepper, tree sap, and musty fruit. I suspect there's brett in here as well. Overripe peach, plum, and mango that have begun to ferment. Dried oramge peel. There's a citrus note that leans more towards lime than anything else. Lots of floral notes. A whole bouquet of plants, flowers, blossoms, grasses, etc... That laurel note still shows up. Almost camphoraceous. The finish builds quickly with hop oils, bringing a quick touch of pine resin bitterness, and then immediately drops, leaving fresh cut grass, dried orange peel, baking spice, and lingering graininess.

Mouthfeel/Body: The body is crisp and drinkable, but has a surprising presence, and almost creaminess for its 5.6% weight. Wheat tends to lend a creamy feel, but this is quite full bodied for sub-6% ABV. Restrained effervescence. Ultimately dry.

Overall: This is actually my first offering from Prairie thus far (I have three ready to review). I hear they specialize in saisons and farmhouse ales, so I had some high hopes. It's good, yes, but it's also very wheat-heavy, and quite hopped - two things that I always associate with American saisons. Less wheat, less grainy flavour, and less hopping, and if prefer this a little more. Nevertheless. It's bold, it's rough, it's raw, and it's very rustic - everything a good, true saison should be.

Apr 04, 2019
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a single 12 oz. bottle into a willibecher, this pours a clear deep honey with some orange tints, the head is pill-white and about 1 1/2 fingers high and sticks around a bit but also subsides quickly. Nose is grapes, a little floral, some white pepper, and maybe a little honeydew melon or something like that. Taste follows, adding in a lining of sweet honey that dances around with the pepper and some grainy woodiness...a little limey zest at the end that lingers a bit, but it isn't too much, which is nice imo, because I'm not crazy about lime notes in beer. Feel isn't quite as crisp and lively as I was hoping for, but...on second thought, maybe it is better this way. Anyway, it is quite clean and it dries up nicely at the end. This is great.

Dec 08, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm...started off good and I loved the bright hoppiness and grain. But then the yeast and tartness quickly reminded me that it was a saison, which to be fair just isn't my cup of tea. Nice orange-yellow color with a little lingering head. Smells of citrus zest and floral hops. Tastes initially of nice fruity hops with some mild bitterness, as well as some biscuit, grain, malt, vanilla, caramel and just a hint of floral hops. But then the stronger yeast and tartness hits the palate and for me, it was just too much. Smooth mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. Just not my type of beer.

Oct 15, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a lightly hazy medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to thick patches, with light lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, saison yeast, orange, light citrus hops; spicy. Flavor follows with the same grainy malt and saison yeast, hints of citrus hops, light funk, lemon, orange and citrus rind. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A nice, lightly spicy saison with classic malt and yeast, slightly sweet at first but dry in the finish. The hops may provide some of the fruit flavors, but only mildly bitter in the finish. Pleasant, to style and refreshing.

Oct 11, 2018
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright tangerine orange coloring has a dense nature and a glass fulfilling nature or micro-effervesce. A chalky white head is slight, with a creamy froth consistency that holds rather well.

S: Wet barn wood, musky grains, with a touch of musky floral. Lightly dried lemon pepper spicing with spicy oranges.

T: Semi-dry oranges for flavor, musky floral with a lemon-pepper spicing for flavor. Spicy lemon, apple-plum with some pear drop yeastiness. Doughy, earthy, and tart with some dried grapefruit peel and grapes. Spicy herbaceous in between.

M: Medium body, frothy on the tongue, spicy and dry finish with a lively and active carbonation feel on the tongue.

O: Overall, musky and fruity and very cleanly brewed. Strong drinkability, excellent to style with a very smooth flavor and feel. Great first impression.

Oct 03, 2018
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into the the test glass, included the yeasty base at the end of the pour.
A - Initial pour was quite clear with gentle carbonation that fed a thick white frothy cap. Color of goldenrod is quite beautiful
S - Musty grapes, mesh with light toasted grains, hints of melon rine and grassy hops.
T - A shift from the aromatics, sweet grains, and less melon, more white pepper, a touch of clove, apricot and sourdough crackers.
M - Medium in body, sweet start, then a wave of not quite tart rolls through, the finish is dry and reminiscent of dried pineapple slices.
O - What a nice offering, complex and compelling. The saison model twisted a bit with this one. Fruity in the nose, grainy and dry on the palate. Very enjoyable offering

Sep 30, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The clear deep golden yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 2” white head that recedes slowly to a cap and then a thin irregular island of foam on the liquid with a thin ring of foam around the edge of the liquid. The sides of the glass have an open pattern of patches and legs of lacing that slowly disappears. Sipping creates a couple of arches and lots of small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include some wheat and malt, a bit of lime and a touch of green orchard fruit. There’s also a some spicy white pepper and some yeast in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the lime and a touch of green orchard fruit. There’s some sweetness and graininess from the wheat and the malt. This is all nicely contrasted with some lightly spicy white pepper, a bit of yeast and some light herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth but still a bit crisp with the light to moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness starts to fade and the fruit starts to disappear. Meanwhile the lime and some spicy white pepper are noticeable all the way through to the clean, crisp, semi-dry lightly bitter ending.

Overall this is a drinkable beer and one I’d be happy to have again, especially since it’s a beer that that has some unexpected aromas/flavors for a Saison. I expect to have another to do a better job of sorting out the aromas and flavors, and I’d certainly be willing to have more than one in a row.

Aug 19, 2018
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that caught me by surprise! It’s refreshing and crisp. Bought it for the first time when I was camping in 85+ degree heat and this beer was perfect. Poured a bright straw color with a heavy white head. It smelled and tasted fragrant lemon. Flavor was just lightly bready with a yeasty component. Hops were light but gave a subtle citrus kick. Medium bodied in the mouth yet very drinkable and refreshing. Overall: a perfectly balanced saison without being heavy on the yeast and spicy!

Jun 19, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4pack bought at Liquor Shed. I couldn't find a date.

It pours a cloudy pale yellow, looks like one of them NE style IPAs. Foam and lacing are great. Just a word of warning. If you serve it at room temperature, like I am, get your glass ready

Very cool aromas of cloves and coriander, the 2 smells that always get me stoked from a Saison..Farmhouse Ale. Yeah, it has hoppy aromas as well but it is less obvious and doesn't detract from what truly defines the smells of the style.

The taste is hoppier than the smell but again, the Farmhouse flavours are allowed to shine. And man do they. As I mentioned, the bottle isn't dated so I have no idea how young this is. Perhaps it's not so fresh and a fresher example would bring different results regarding the hoppiness but that's pure speculation on my part.

Fairly light bodied with the carbonation not overdone.

I give this a highly recommended mark.
I'm definitely going to enjoy the other 3 bottles granted, somewhat colder than this one. ;)

Jun 08, 2018
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark gold with lots of sediment, great foam and very good lacing.
N: Dank, with some hops and grainy notes.
T: Follows the nose, very nice flavors and refreshing.
M: Light/Medium
O: Very nice beer, great flavors and easy to drink.

May 16, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know Prairie most for its Farmhouse Ales, from Oklahoma, endless fields of the Midwest, the land of natural crops and agriculture, at least this is how it comes through to me.
Last time I had a fantastic dry hopped sour tasting and smelling like a barn, this one is perhaps close to a lambic or a belgian for its nasty yeast. I regret for not being able to evaluate it properly as I don't really like this belgian yeast but I appreciate the cleanness and well craftedness of this beer, straight from the US. Maybe because it's just 5.6% it feels alright and comfortable enough to drink despite the yeast. It is okay but I expected slightly a bit more from Prairie as a saison, as an exciting experience from the Midwest. Maybe the next one.
P.s. Now I know what it's worth: it is like "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" but you need to get there from the inland not from California - maybe then you will appreciate it more.

Apr 25, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a clear medium golden body, slight coppery hue, one finger white head, good retention. Not much in way of lacing. Smell is citrus and spice, a bit of mineral, a fair bit of tart green apple and mild grain sweetness. Flavour is a bit of cidery green apple tartness, lemon, a bit of hard mineral- sort of a minimal sulfuric type- minimal grain sweetness, a bit of grapefruit sweetness on the finish as well. It's sort of farmhouse-y, with that distinct mineral flavour lingering on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly lower in carbonation than expected- a little more effervescence would be great. Slightly sulfuric finish. A decent farmhouse ale; I thought the green apple tartness was a bit off-putting, otherwise the hops in this works quite nicely.

Apr 13, 2018
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MinerBob from Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a hazy yellow with a small white head and some lacing. The smell is the hop used. The flavor is surprisingly good with a slightly hoppy flavor. Nice and smooth overall a really good beer!

Mar 31, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle at the 2017 Decatur Beer Festival.
Hazy very pale golden body with a huge white head.
Lightly funky aroma.
Moderately tart and mild flavor for style, with light funk and fruitiness.
Lively carbonation.

Oct 21, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy gold with a small white head. Smells of lime, yeast, spices, and malt. Tastes of light hops, slightly sweet malt, spices, yeast, and lime. Medium in body and medium-light carbonation. Overall an incredible saison.

Sep 27, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is whitish yellow no visibility, with tons of foamy head and beading. Farmy yeast with spices, champagne, and floral hops. Dry with some spices, nice mild bitterness which increases with time. Not sour but lightly tart. Somewhere between a saison and a tripel for me. It looks like and smells like a wonderful saison, but has hoppy spiciness.

Sep 02, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(February

L: yellow to dark yellow, murky, not quite full gold but with gold highlights, like browning golden hay; almost a gusher, very Prairie Artisan with so much carbonation that even a careful pour renders a one-inch tall head of white foam that sticks some; huge amount of activity keeps a full collar and skin of white foam; clears up some over time but never gets fully clear, a classically rustic look and craft ale gorgeous

S: fruity sweet, pina colada, orange candy/sherbert, pineapple, cantaloupe ... as it warms some of the yeasty earth notes show up, slight bit of hay and wet hay

T: earthy yeast, lime peel, lemon ... hint of allspice or clove from the yeast; not sour or even that tart but it does have some of citrus flavor of lime/lemon; very earthy to the point of almost being bitter, especially compared to the super sweet nose; biscuit malt backbone, hint of sweetness, almost caramel or mango rinds/skins

F: fluffy light with a finishing crispness, very nice and a signature of the brewery

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