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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

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.

Added by StaveHooks on 12-20-2012

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Photo of popery
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowy golden color, relatively light. Mildly cloudy. Big white head puffs up quickly and sticks around for some time. Lots of big bubbles. Aroma is apple/pear cider, earthy and mineral-ish flavors and a grassy hoppiness. There's a little spice of spice in the mix, possibly from the hops. Some nice bready grain notes. It's nice just a bit weak, and that apple cider flavor dominates. Mild funk. The taste is an improvement for me. On the palate, it's a pleasant, mildly sweet saison with a light spicy hoppiness. Quite refreshing. Dries out in the finish. Bright malt flavor and a spicy, floral hop bitterness. More funk. Very nice beer. Pretty gentle carbonation for the style. Light mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Another very good beer from Prairie. I preferred Prairie Hop and Prarie Ale, but this is an impressive beer to see in 12 ounce packs. I look forward to more from the brewery.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with some sort of smeared coded bottling information on the side. Shelton Brothers just recently hit my area with lots of bottles, so I know this one is fresh. My third beer from Prairie Artisan Ales, and my second of their saison / farmhouse ale offerings. My bottle lists a 5.60% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright cloudy golden orange, with just a bit of yeast sedimentation noticeable, and one finger of soft fluffy white head. Doesn't leave much lacing behind, but it looks solid either way.

S - The aroma is much more on par with what I expect from a saison than their Prairie Birra was. Floral, herbal, & malty, with an almost gose-like sour / saltiness to it.

T - Taste is crisp & zesty, lemony & citrusy, herbal & floral. Grainy & bready with crisp saison yeast. As noted, the Motueka hops add a nice lemon / lime citrus flavor to the brew.

M - Crisp, clean, & zesty. Medium-bodied with excellent carbonation.

Overall, an excellent every day easy-drinking saison. By far one of those most solid representations of the style that I've yet to try, and I continue to look forward to more from Prairie.

Prairie Standard -----4/5.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Hazy golden-yellow with 2 fingers of loose, white head. Moderate carbonation and good retention.

Nose
Lime, barnyard, potpourri and lemon.

Taste
Dried hay, potpourri and rose hips. Very distinct lime aromas from the hops as well as a touch of pineapple. Hints of lemon and spent grains. Finishes earthy with good doses of black and pink peppercorn.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean and uber-dry.

Overall
Very rustic with a very unique hop profile. A really nice American interpretation of a Belgian Saison.

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Photo of philbe311
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of crisp uniform bone white colored froth with a few big chunky bubbles mixed in... Audibly fizzy... Solid retention gives way an even uniform veil of lush lacing... The color is a vibrant pale gold... There is a slight haziness... A light to moderate bit of slightly sluggish to moderate paced carbonation...

S - The Belgian yeast is at the forefront... Next are a mix of grassy and earthy notes... Then a slight hoppiness begins to emerge... There are also some subtle and pleasant spice components as well... Just a touch of cotton candy on the finish...

T - Belgian yeast... There is the addition of a pleasant honey component on the palate... A touch of pepper and sage... Drinks a bit more like a Tripel rather than a Saison (that isn't a complaint, just an observation)... Some lime zest??? Opens up a bit more as it warms to room temperature... Not too much in terms of hoppiness...

M - Medium bodied... Dry throughout... A bit chalky... Saliva inducing on the finish... Clean and consistent...

D - An very interesting American interpretation of the classic Belgian style... Easy enough to drink... Enough nuance to keep it interesting, but this one falls a bit short of top notch... Still a highly enjoyable offering worth seeking out...

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

Poured from the bottle a cloudy gold color with two fingers of off-white head. A good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Soft aroma of grassy and citrus hops.

The taste was much vibrant than the aroma with grassy hops, some funk and yeast, white pepper and wheat notes. Slight tartness to the finish.

Medium bodied with a sticky dryness and a moderate carbonation.

A delicious and sessionable Saison from Prairie.

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

Reviewing from notes after enjoying on 12/16/13 out of a 12 oz brown bottle. No dating to be found for bottling or freshness. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy pineapple rum cake colored body with a steady gradient from sunny lemon yellow to golden brown. Atop the body sits a crown of faintly golden white, one-and-a-half fingers thick. Retains for a few minutes before shrinking to a moderate mottling of film across the surface and spotty streaks of lace around the sides of the glass.

Smell - Bright and hoppy, with elements of lemongrass and lime zest along with a nice crackery pale grain base as well as faint hints of black peppercorn. More on the citric/peppery side of the farmhouse style than it is funky/musty. I love the pungency provided by the extra hopping.

Taste - From the aroma, the less astringent lime characteristic and a nice hay-like presence stand out, but they are both complimented by herbal and grassy hops and some pleasant bitterness to break up the slightly sweet bready element from the grains. Peppercorn is again present, but it's fainter and gentler than on the nose, and only in the finish, lending a hint of spice on the tongue. In spite of the faint sweetness of the grains, the finish is dry and stark, pleading for the next sip.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and possessing moderate-to-high carbonation.Pleasantly effervescent mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Overall, just a solid, everyday drinking saison. It doesn't quite measure up to the best "hoppy" saisons in the style, but it's only barely below. I have to say that the lime-like characteristic isn't something I'm used to coming across in beer, so it definitely has unique points going in its favor. Not sure if it's release is seasonal, but I will probably pick up a 4-pack whenever I see it on shelves, which so far has been rather infrequently.

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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 Celtics17
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This had the funk that you want in a saison. I get a subtle puckering mouth feel. I get some bitter hops, with a refreshing aftertaste. The nose has a certain sweet smell that I can't pin point, but the saison doesn't have a fruit character that often get with saisons.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a murky gold, nice billowing head.

S - Earthy, floral hops, funky brett.

T - A slightly tart, slightly citrus-y yeast funk leads the palate, with a sage-like spice fading in. Earthy noble hops fade in, adding an extra bite to the mix before the funk takes over.

M - Medium-light body, slick body, light carbonation. Very slight dryness.

O - Very complex earthiness and tartness. Very well-done Saison.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to UncleJazz for the bottle. A really nice, understated brew, soft and well balanced. It has a nice mix of yeast notes as well as hop herbaceousness and spice. Pleasent and easy to drink.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks Sam!). If there's a bottling date I was unable to locate it. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a cloudy, opaque orange straw color with a robust finger and a half of white head. The foam recedes to a modest cap that leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells of old hay, straw, some earthy and floral hops, a touch of lime and quite a bit of that typical farmhouse yeastyness that I associate with saisons.

Flavor is crisp and dry. Lots of hay/straw up front, earth, pepper, clove, lightly citrusy lime, bread, yeast, corn and a little funk. Well layered and interestingly refreshing.

Light, crisp body with peppy carbonation. Farmhouse funk, hay and thise weird limey hops are present in the rather clean finish.

I'll admit up front that I'm not a huge fan of saisons but this was quite drinkable. It never went over the top in any direction. A crisp, smooth easy daily drinker- for folks that look for such things...

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The pour is a light hazy orange color with a perfect 2 fingers of dense foam. On the nose I'm getting dry, floral notes and some citrus-like American hops that smell like oranges and pineapples.

Light body and a nice, firm feel. Not overly carbonated. Soft, wheat-like grainy flavors up front and a nice spicy hop component at mid-palate. Citrus flavors of oranges, lemons, and pineapples take over from the grain and dry out the finish with a light tartness. Very thirst-quenching, but without the stony dryness many Saisons have.

What a nice beer! It kind of combines the feel and character of a Saison with the flavor of an American Pale Ale or American Pale Wheat Ale. Very refreshing and easy-drinking, but with some complexity. I predict I will be buying 6-packs of this beer over the summer to serve as a go-to thirst-quencher.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my Hennepin stemmed glass a hazed straw color with a fluffy bone white head that settles into a frothy mass after quite awhile.Lemon oils really stand out in the nose with a hint of funk and toasted cereal grain.Quite refreshing on the palate with lemon really standing out along with mild yeasty phenols,a hint of white pepper and some toasted cereal grains in the finish.A great "table" beer to be had.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw with a white and bubbly head, seems to have plenty of carbonation.
Aroma is slightly fruity with a touch of pepper.
Quite tasty with an appropriate level of yeasty funk, some grassiness, a little pepper bite and a slightly bitter and drying finish that seems to last forever.
Mouthfeel is medium and bubbly yet dry.
Overall, quite nice. I'd like another, please.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a hazed gold color with a modest cap of off-white head. Decent retention and not much lace.

Nose is tropical/citric hops and plenty of saison yeast! Wow...lemony, fruity, grainy and bready. Im impressed already.

Hops carry more than their fair share of the load with some zesty yeast and sourdough bread. Yeast is there, but it is not as soft and complex as say, a Saison Dupont. A touch overcarbonated, but nothing a few swirls of the glass cant fix. Id rather a saison be overcarbed than under. Its a pretty damn good saison, one of the most rustic versions you will find this side of the Atlantic...I am really happy to have a good pseudo-local saison producer so close. Cheers to you Prairie.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant, hazy gold with a bubbly white head that takes some time to settle, leaving a moderate amount of white lace around the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is dominated by funky, spicy Belgian yeast scents, imparting aromas of kumquats, unripened grapes, unripened pineapple, baking spices, and papaya. As the beer settles a bit, aromas of crackers, minerals, must, biscuit, grass, lemon, lime, herbs, and hay become more prevalent.

T: Notes of must, oak, unripened grapes, unripened pineapple, minerals, chalk, papaya, mango, kumquat, bitter orange, lemon, lime, biscuit, crackers, hay, straw, grass, spices, and green apple grip the palate. The finish is tart, fruity, spicy, and funky with mildly sour, lactic, musty yeast notes blending with cracker, biscuit, citrus, and herb flavors.

M: Light in body and very dry. Bubbly, frothy feeling ale with a firm texture. Carbonation is very crisp. A bit gassy, but still very drinkable in the summer sun.

O: Really unique American take on a Wallonian saison. So far, Prairie is three for three in my book. I highly recommend this beer and this brewery to fans of funky, idiosyncratic Belgian-inspired ales.

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Photo of impending
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-

12oz into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear light orange copper, small but dense yellowish head, ok lacing.

The scent is rich of citrus, mango, pineapple and pear. No mustiness but a nice phenolic camphor, indubitably a high hopped saison.

Mildly sweet, mildly dry. Plenty of hops in the taste as well but relatively low in bitter. Thin bodied appropriate mouthfeel. The aftertaste has a pleasant but steep decline to just an echo. Excellent barbecue brew. This is a perfect hot mid day drinking brew.
cheers
jd

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Photo of tastybeer
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden straw colored beer with a nice cakey white head that in due time fades to a lumpy layer leaving a sticky ring of sheety lace on the glass. Aroma is a bit wacky farmhouse. First thing that comes to mind is an unidentified stinky fruit that is somewhere between tropical and fig and bergamot. A little wine-like, slightly phenolic, certainly floral, with maybe honey, and an interesting array of spicy yeasty aromas. Taste follows right along the same lines. White wine nuances, slight tart bitterness, rooty veggies, a shroomy earthiness, spicy hop, and wild flowers or potpourri. Mouthfeel is smooth, evenly and finely carbonated, approaching dryness, and somewhat fluffy in texture. Overall an enjoyably farmy, earthy, and fairly unusual saison.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour to a tulip glass is hazy pale orange. Big white head falls to a patchy cap and thick ring.

Nice scent, pretty good strength. Nice mix of light fruity and spicy hops, yeasty+biscuit tones, wheat.

Taste is also well-balanced, smooth and tasty. Subtle+interesting hop flavors of citrus, rye-like spice, lime, grassiness. Great backing of toasted bread, grains, some farmy twang, mineral-y.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp with ample carbonation. Dry, toasty finish.

Very drinkable and interesting, nice flavors for the ABV. Definitely looking forward to checking out more from this brewery.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear golden until the avalanche of sediment cascades into the glass. Yikes, I didn't see that coming. Now it's hazy. Like a diluted orange juice. Nice white head either way. Decent lacing and retention.

Smell - Lots of esters and doughy malts. Citrusy orange and lemon. Yeasty.

Taste - Hoppy right up front. Definitely a distinct hoppiness to it that separates itself from the yeasty flavors. Lemon zest and some grassy hops. Pale malt right behind it. Bitterness builds into the finish. The finish belies its farmhouse roots, with more esters and Belgian yeastiness. Lingering lemony hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light and drinkable. Well carbonated. A little bitter.

Overall - Quite enjoyable. Light and flavorful. Won't knock your socks off, but it's a great summer afternoon beer.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy yellow color with a white head with nice retention
S-spicy peppercorns, lemon, lime
T-nice spicy yeast character, with more lemon and lime citrus carried throughout, finishes dry and clean
M-light-medium bodied, high carbonation
O-Very crisp and refreshing beer. Great saison character with a citrus twist

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy, golden straw beer with a big foamy head that poofs. nose; not very odiferous at all, even when agitated - maybe light hops and very light banana? taste; clean wheat grain profile, belgian yeast and lemongrass. the moteuka hops lends an unmistakable light lime citrus-soda flavor. finishes a little dry and black pepper spicy. a very odd mix here, almost like a hoppy pale ale and saison combined. at 5.2% abv and mellow, it's not a challenging brew, but really easy to drink.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and little lacing

S-bready malt, lemongrass, slightly earthy funk, hint of pineapple

T-lemon, toasted malt, light pepper, pineapple, earthy, moderately bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, clean and crisp mouthfeel

O-a nice sessionable Saison with good flavor, a great summer beer

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%

Not bad for the Raul man. Light with clove and slight banana-like qualities, but it's the Posh Spice spice that gives this lil sucker a lil junk in the trunk. Smooth and sexy like Raul after a sunday wash, this bad boy could be a constant thing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't be happier to see more Belgian ales brewed in America that demonstrates true "farmhouse" character. The folks behind Prairie Ales have captured the essence of Belgium farmlands in its unadulterated form,.

Bright of golden straw, the beer carries a bold lively appearance that throws its champgne-like bubbly-ness through the grain and malt appearances. It's a beautiful color and visual lightness that grows a frothy white head of cottony substrate that retains in creamy fashion while lacing intricately along the way. It's a great looking beer that's more lively than your average German lager.

Straight forward aromas of fresh kilned grain, supple sweet scents, and earthy overtones of hay, lemongrass, and pepper carry the tone. Grassy with its earthen hop character and slight wheat bread notes promote a cracker-like note that's simple yet celebrates quality in brewing.

Lovin' the taste of the ale, the grain sweetness is of cracker-like malts that celebrates its dry bread character above any lumbering sweetness. Slightly honey-like, the taste of fresh baking breads are rounded out with a middle palate of earth, straw, hay, and pepper. The grassy tone shifts to firm bitterness of lemongrass, white pepper, and light sulfury apple. All these variants come together seamlessly in a straight-forward taste that's simple and elegant.

Reasonably light on the palate, the beer has the crisp and clean drinkability of lager, but with the highly zesty carbonation of Belgian ale or French sparkling wine. The beer bounced off the tongue with sprite and zeal that ushers in a quick finish that forces much of the taste to be appreciated more in aftertaste than in its middle palate. The Belgians call this "digestability", I call it drinkability. It's effortless on both the palate and the stomach, but is yet complex enough to make me take notice.

The beer's high rate of drinkability makes it seducing. It's easy to ignore its clean taste as lacking complexity. But its balance and subtlties rewards the patient drinker drink after drink. It's about as close as Belgians get to session ales.

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