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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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Reviews: 213 | Ratings: 1,305
Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.95/5  rDev +23.4%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: 5 - What a beautiful beer! An orange/tan color, quite hazy. Poured about a finger of white, foamy head. Looks wonderful!

S: 4.8 - This smells awesome. A lot of citrus. Orange, a little lime. A very floral scent. Grapefruit.

T: 5 - Holy shit. It's an absolute mouthful of flavor. Grapefruit and orange jump out. There is a wonderful tartness about it, like it hugs my tongue. The citrus is strong on the taste like it was on the nose. Super impressive.

M: 5 - It's comfortable to drink. It goes down easy, no burn. Good stuff.

O: 4.95 - I went in to this review expecting to give this probably around a 4. Maybe I rated this so highly because I haven't had many Saison/Farmhouse Ales, I don't know. This was my first one to review, and I will definitely be trying some more of this style. I thought the big imperial stouts reigned supreme, but damn I enjoyed this beer. 3/3 for Prairie so far.

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Photo of JezyGray
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy and straw-colored into a mason jar. Craggy white head, half-finger retention with nice lacing. Bright lemon/lime zest characters on the nose. Tart, slightly sour at the front of the tongue. Middle of the mouth: grass, hay, Sweet Tarts. Finishes slightly dry, but not intensely so. Super refreshing. Perfect session beer. Drink outdoors.

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Photo of denver10
4.76/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma is fruity, grainy, funk, peppery, gingery. Flavor follows suit. A medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, this has quickly become become my favorite (American) saison, tied with Funkwerks Saison. Not sure what more I could ask for in a saison. Just a wonderful beer from Prairie.

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Photo of papman
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cant help but coerce some members to find this wonderful beer. A very underestimated beer.

A – Slightly cloudy - straw yeller

S – Smell is outstanding - Lime/lemon zest

T – Session? Certainly doesn't taste like one . Immediate slight sour taste, followed crisp finish. Absolutely perfect

M – Medium to high carb - dry mouth feel. Exactly where it should be.

O – Took me by surprise. One of the finest brews I have ever been fortunate enough to sample. I am partial to high alcohol, high complex brews, but this beer should be a year around staple. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of chefjack428
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These guys recently entered the Philly market and I couldn't be happier.
Bottle poured into a Deschutes Teku.
Really nice copper orange color with a small head that quickly dissipates.
Aroma is very nice. The first thing that hits is big bright lime, some musty hay, slight brett and a bit of orange. Great farmhouse aromas.
Taste is also very nice, grains, fresh cracked pepper, bread yeast, brett and a nice bitter citrus finish. Carbonation is very nice, some what prickly on the tongue.
This is a very nice beer and I am sure I will have no problem going through the case I picked up. Sort of reminds me of a batch of Fantome Printemps I recently had.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours the color of white gold-yellow. It’s pale and inviting with just enough foaming.

In my notes I used the descriptor “zesty” a lot—for both aroma and flavor it is zesty, vibrant, active and lively. I found a delicate citrusy character with some clear lemongrass aromas. Tasty to boot, with a fresh lemon/lemongrass character to it while finishing dry. Having been introduced to this on tap I’m more than curious to see how it comes across in the bottle.

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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 J_Dub
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with a slight orange head. The smell that immediately hit was a grassy, hoppy, peppery grains. The taste was very similar. Prickly spices. Earthy grains. Citrus hops. Lots of carbonation added to the peppery flavors and made my tongue tingle. One of the best examples of a true Belgian style farmhouse ale.

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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 humuloner22
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I didn't know what to think of this one at first.

Appearance: Hazy light golden color. Like a Saison. Decent amount of light head that sticks around.

Smell: When I first opened this one, my first thought was "is this a sour?" it has a sour note on the nose initially, however after it opened up it developed those tell tell saison aromas. Clove, cardamom, yeasty Belgian style aromas. Lots going on on the nose of this one for sure!

Taste: Not so much sour, but it does have a little acidity going on. Maybe you could attribute that to the hops, considering it has a New Zealand style of hops that the brewery describes as lime like. Definitely some clove and funk on the taste. Kind of thin, like many Saisons are. I don't know how to describe this beer other than it is different. Its like a lot of beers but unlike any I have ever had too!

Overall: I was impressed by this one. Its a good brew. My only complaint is I wish it had a bit more body other than that is is solid. I could drink this one more often if it were more readily available.

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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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw with a quickly dissipating off-white foam collar.

S: Aromas of lemon, citrus, fruit, light grains and a hint of over ripe fruit rise form the glass.

T: Lemony tart, stone fruit with some light biscuit seasoned with a mildly assertive bitterness on the finish. Fruit flavors are medium to medium high, tartness is medium and malt flavors are medium to medium low. Hop bitterness is medium. Flavors are layered and well balanced.

F: Light and highly effervescent with a mild tingle.

O: Another stellar farmhouse ale from Prairie Artisan Ales.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very balanced and high drink-ability. Picked up a 4 pk and can't wait to pop the rest. I got spoiled by the other stuff Prairie offers or ells I would have scored this higher. Pours very murky, will not make that mistake next time.

Massive head on a light pour and full of carbonation.
Body is light and crisp.
Definitely worth picking up if you find it.

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Photo of leadpaint76
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice farmhouse ale. My bottle was about 2.5 months old. I would not call this a hoppy farmhouse ale at all. It is nice, to sit down and have a couple with dinner. I would drink again. Have a great day my friends

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Photo of Tridement
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

#1 First Beer Review on BA.

Pours a soft and murky yellow with a lasting thin head. When spun in glass to release the bouquet, it leaves a light doily of small, tightly packed bubbles....spot on for a proper Saison.

The nose is of lemongrass and freshly cut hay, with an undertone of citrusy hops. As one would hope (I'm one), it is a good balance of acid and earthiness.

Carbonation is spot on, opening up the taste buds to a citrusy, spicy blanket of refreshing bubbles and followed with a peppery, slightly bitter finish. There's an initial lemony astringent bite that mellows out into a peppered, coriander sort of earth bomb. I can't help but want to drink more.

A purist's saison with a very welcomed hop addition. Spice, acidity, soft carbonation and mouth feel are right on. This was my first Prairie beer, but will definitely not be my last. Next up, BOMB!

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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 jngrizzaffi
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is a good amount. Has the funky farmhouse, sour fruit aroma. Slightly hoppy up front with some spicy carbonation and sour fruit funk at the end. Typical farmhouse funky aftertaste. Very representative of the type of beer. Enjoyable.

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Photo of take_it_sleazy
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into hill farmstead pint glass. Been waitin awhile to try something from this brewery.

A: straw color, a slight neon haze to it with a solid, but not overwhelming, amount of carbonation. Standard size head for a saison.

S: wonderful combination of floral accents and bretty funk. Faint scent of lemon zest and coriander in the background. Not much hops coming through after initial pour. That funk though!! Love that in a farmhouse.

T: very balenced with hops and lemon shining through. A strong malt backbone that holds this beer together. Smooth and light drinking for sure. Great beer for this 85 degree day.

M: as good as a saison gets. Medium to strong carbonation with a medium body.

O: great saison with a lot of quality characteristics going on. Aside from just looking pretty, it's a very enjoyable saison with drinkability absolutely in it's favor. Would recommend to the farmhouse ale fan, or those just getting into the wonderful world of brettanomyces.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a cloudy pale gold with a head that leaves minimal lacing. The smell is lime juice and yeast. A very bright and inviting smell. The taste is reminiscent of a wheat beer with pepper, coriander and spices but followed by a bright lime flavor. A nice hoppiness at the end rounds it all out. This is such a delicious and refreshing beer.

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste a lot of citrus with a toned down barnyard funk. Hoppy but not on the same level as an IPA or barleywine. Fine carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. So dry and refreshing that I could easily see myself pounding 8 or 10 of these suckers on a serious college football Saturday.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously sent from jtmiller03, can't thank you enough buddy.

A-Hazy light gold with rocking pillowy head and clingy retention

S-Full on barnyard funk and citrus. Horse blanket, clove, orange, tangerine and lemon

T-Slight sweet cereal grain notes, yeast funk, and orange peel. Very refreshing yet complex.

M-Dry and crisp with a nice amount of gas

O-Such a great session saison. They hoppy notes of citrus really take this one way over the top. I only wish I had this on the shelves locally. Also worth noting: the best beer label I've seen in some years... absolutely hilarious.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle sealed with Prairie catfish logo pressure cap.

poured into Crooked Stave hybrid tulip/snifter glass.

222nd Saison that I have rated/reviewed.

Appearance: Opaque straw gold bodied beer with large billowing bone white head. Easily three fingers tall of creamy, highly dense head that has long term staying power. Head coats everywhere that it touches the glass. Fantastic looking beer.

Smell: The citrusy hops and saison yeast are showcased to near perfect in the nose of this saison! Hops smell like a fresh cut lime. Yeast profile is really nice too; fruity, spicy, banana, clove, white pepper, and bubblegum notes wafting off this beer from that Prairie farmhouse yeast. Nice malty aroma of bread, grain, and wheat.

Taste: The flavor of this saison encompasses everything that the aroma promises! Light bitterness from the hops. Citrusy limes and lime zest. Yeast is a huge driver of the complexity of this beer. Fruity yeast is a prominent character of the yeast with hints of champagne, white pepper, clove, and spiciness. Malts are grainy and wheaty adding a slightly sweet contrast. Very balanced beer that is simple, yet requires some contemplation to discover all the vast complexities found in the beer.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied saison with moderate carbonation levels. Light dryness in the finish that is outstanding. Very, very drinkable saison. Crisp, clean, and bright.

Overall: Prairie really surprised and impressed me with this saison. How have I not tried this saison yet? That reason is beyond my understanding... Better yet it is available on the shelf year around and it comes in 4 pack format at approximately 3 bucks per 12 oz serving! In summary: High quality saison that is readily available and this is a affordable craft beer option. Sign me up; I will be picking this up on a regular basis.

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Photo of Jaysauras
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pale straw color. Golden. With a nice creamy and foamy head to it and good lacing.

S: Fresh, dewey, sweet, and somewhat citrusy. Not overpowering, but a nice lemon zest style scent with sweet hay and grass.

T: Exceptional flavor. Zesty, citrus bite that is somewhere between lemon, lime, orange and even a hint of grapefruit. Has a nice dry peppery flavor to it on the backend as well. Good balance, and an altogether enjoyable and flavorful drink. Well blended with sweet up front, hoppy, bready, malt in the middle to end.

F: Sessionable. Straight up. This is a flavorful yet easy drinking beer. Was very impressed with it and did not go in with much of an expectation having read zero reviews. Very good though. It's light, dry, crisp, and refreshing, but not void of flavor.

O: Damn good. Like I said in feel, was not expecting much given the low key presentation, price, and un-noteworthyness of the brewer. Walked away very impressed and am not going to try and find more Prairie Artisan ales when I go to my local stores. A well crafted, well balanced, and altogether drinkable Saison that is true to the style but with a nice American flare to it.

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Photo of bigsteve45
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: very small head. light golden color. very hazy.

aroma: very funky. strong brett smell. farmhouse funk at its finest. wet hay and mushrooms.

taste: typical belgian ale flavor. Bready belgian yeast with banana. It differs in that it has a slight sour finish and is tangy and funky.

Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation on the finish but a light viscosity. Crisp

Overall: Very enjoyable beer from Prairie. One of my favorite offerings from them. I would definitely buy again and would recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, part of a trade thanks to Newkidroundhere

Really solid label work first off, love the details of noodlin on the front! Pours a cloudy yet vibrant hay color. White head pillows up from some good carbonation.

Aroma is interesting. Salty tang-like phenols, spice, sweet coriander mixed with some lemon peel. There's a grassy, floral hop character that melds in as well. Reminiscent of the modern Belgian IPA.

Palate is mild, fruity, slightly bitter in the finish. Slightly tart up front, funky, sweet lemon, fruit esters, mild tropical fruit.

Moderately high carbonation, slight bitterness in the back. Dry finish, with a near salty aspect to it. And no I did not eat any salty foods prior to this tasting.

Overall, really solid beer. At first, I did not much care for it, but it really grew on me throughout the tasting. Love the take on the style, shows hops do have a place in the Saison style.

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