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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

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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Reviews: 256 | Ratings: 1,452
Photo of erk0607
4.2/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of SABERG
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Benish
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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. ;)

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of monkist
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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!

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Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip

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

Taste: crisp cracker bread yeast notes with herbs. Wheat grain yeast nose. Gold, clear, white head with ring lattice of lace. Medium body. Tangy herbal Farmhouse, but not overly hopped. 25 IBUs

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having a nice summer lunch out on the deck calls for a Saison. Prairie Standard answered the call.
From the bottle it pours a cloudy and hazy straw that is reminiscent of a rustic or barnyard setting. Carbonation is visible. A thumbnail length head retains decently.
The initial smelling of it emits a slight wild yeast funk. This is followed by a good helping of fruity esters that produce aromas of pear and citrus peel. The malt aroma rounds out things and consists of cracker and honey.
Served cold, the initial flavors are simple. They consist of mild pear with a soft coating of honey malt. Beyond that, the overall palate is relatively dry and with a clean finish. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. As the drink warms, the flavors unlock and bring about more understated complexity. For one, the crackery malt flavor opens up as does a sense of rustic artisanal bread. As this bready quality becomes more pronounced, it is accompanied by a moderate peppery spice and mild hops bitterness. In addition, the finish becomes more lemony as well the onset of a touch of bret tones.
I though this was a nice Saison that developed nicely. A good pairing with food.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’ve had the Prairie Standard Saison from Prairie Artisan Ales many times. It’s becoming my “standard Saison”. I love it, like so much else from Prairie Artisan Ales.

Look: semi-clear yellow with a thin bubbly white head.

Aroma: citrus, yeast, pepper

Taste: It is a somewhat hoppy Farmhouse Ale. The taste is wheat, lemon, grapefruit, some brett, perhaps pepper.

Feel: Dry, crisp and very refreshing and thirst quenching.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very delightful mellow glow with a happy, creamy cap of 2 fingers. Exquisite.

Nose is of lemon, yeast, pepper, berry, fruity candy, dry grass.

Flavor is just insanely delicious. Lots of great peppery yeast notes, lemon rind, clove, banana, with a grassy hop bite and fruity candy at the finish.

Feel is another bull's eye. It's extremely refreshing, crisp, almost too carbonated but just right, and has a dry, grassy finish.

An outstanding, stellar Farmhouse Ale. I'll be picking more up.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: pours a pale straw gold with a smooth, bright white, half finger head
S: immediate pine and grassy hop character melding wonderfully with a very zippy, yeasty tartness, some peppery notes and citrus along with pine, serious lemon (smells wonderful)
T:dry and grainy, with subtle yeast notes, and a crisp, clean finish. Plenty of citrus but not nearly as tart as one might guess from the nose, there is a subtle minerality and straw-like character to the finish that is very nice
M: very dry
O: an excellent saison, one of the best "less traditional" saisons that I've had, way better than 'merica, which I honestly hated.

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Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 1,452 ratings