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Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

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 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 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 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 dar482
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma offers grassiness and lots of tropical fruit character.

The flavor follows with that green pineapple/mango flavor up front that is familiar of Motueka. A touch of wheat and light bready sweetness in the middle. The beer moves onto a grassiness as the beer then ends up slightly bitter and very dry.

A flavorful and refreshing beer from Prairie.

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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 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 dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark straw yellow in color with moderate to significant amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy white head that quickly reduces to a medium to large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale and grainy malts with slightly heavier aromas of citrus/lime, citrus/lime zest, and spicy/pepper hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts along with a light amount of slightly sweet grainy malts. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/lime and citrus/lime zest hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which does not ling for long. There is a light amount of spicy/black pepper yeast flavors as well.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable - definitely an every day type of beer. I really enjoy the hoppy presence to a saison/farmhouse ale.

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

Pours hazy deep straw producing 3+ fingers of foamy, lasting, white head that leaves a wash of stringy lace. Aroma is barnyard wet hay, earthy Belgian yeast funk, fruity tart citrus (lemon /lime/orange) with hints of sour white fruits, peppery spice, egg whites, thin banana, thin cloves & onion. Taste is fruity lemon, lime, orange, green apple, pear, with Belgian funk, earth, floral, a clove hint with increased white fruit in the dry finish. The shortlived dry aftertaste is earthy, mineral & lightly fruity. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with high carbonation & lively in the mouth with a prickly, peppery bite, tight & dry.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice slightly hazy mild copper color with some golden honey hues. There is a nice 1 inch white head that is pretty dense and frothy. When held up to the light the brew has a nice amber brightness.

Aroma is pretty delicious dry yet resinous grassy hop notes come up first. Fresh cut grass with some mild citrus notes of tangerine and some nice mild piney notes. There is some good dry and earthy grain notes present in the nose as well.

Flavor starts off with yummy earthy grain and some nice malty sweetness. Notes of pear juice and some apple can be perceived mixed in with the earthyness and dryness. Then there is a nice grassy and herbal hop note with some mild citrusy undertones that gives the beer a nice complete roundness. The hop notes are present but not overwhelming and are balanced perfectly by some more yeasty esters and sweetness that jumps out along the middle of the ride. The body is nice and clean with a good dry finish. Notes of funk and some cornhusk are definitely present along with the grainy earth tones.

Yet to have a bad beer by Prairie. These guys know how to make Saisons. Nice traditional notes mixed i with a tinge of Americana and NZ at that.

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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 Roguer
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful thick and hazy - truly opaque - golden yellow brew, topped by a massive, fluffy snow-white head. Great retention, leaving behind clouds of lacing.

Aroma lives up to the description: traditional BPA/sweet Saison aroma of lemon, yeast, straw, sugar, and wheat melds with a relatively subdued dry-hop aroma carrying notes of tropical and citrus fruit, a touch of pine, and a bit of dankness.

Flavor is a bit sharper, but otherwise represents the nose quite well. Tart up front; followed by straw and sugar; that followed by bananas, yeast, and cloves; and finally finished off by a sharp lemony bite and a hoppy bitterness.

Quite a bit of bite to the mouthfeel; slick; very lively. Just thin enough that you could gulp it, but just thick and milky enough that you don't want to.

Of the American-style dry-hopped Saisons, this might be the most delicate presentation I've had yet. The hops are present (but not overbearing) in the aroma, and the flavor is just fantastically melded together. Wonderful daily drinker, and at a very accessible ABV.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter at Churchkey DC.

Large foamy white head off the pour, with a very rocky clumpy appearance. Body is a dull brass yellow gold, with a head that falls slowly and leaves lots of ring like lacing.

Nose is really nice. Soft orange citrus, juicy and full. Mild brett sensations and farmhouse yeast funk, with a big sensing chewy wheat and light sweetness feeling. Big and large but not overpowering, great smelling brew.

Palate comes with a light malted body, and mild brett flavors of funk and earth. Subtle and subdued more than the nose would suggest. Muted orange and tangerine citrus washes over the palate, with a very wet but luckily not too fleeting flavor on the swallow.

The nose seems to be the ideal highlight of the beer, but even it's light body doesn't distract from the palate and flavors. This is a real easy drinking flavorful saison, could easily be the beer a non saison beer drinker would get into.

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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 rudzud
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear golden hue with a nice almost two finger white head that faded to leave light lacing and a big creamy blanket. Lots of effervescence.

S - Aromas of honey, spicy hops, light alcohol and incredibly light funk. Maybe some peppercorns.

T - Taste is not as sweet as the nose. Peppercorn is more pronounced, super faint citrus lemon and funk, pretty straightforward and well crafted saison here. Light spicy hops, earthy grain and malt sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is good, very sessionable with nice carbonation.

O - Overall, a good saison. Straight forward and well crafted.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.99 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. I don't see a bottling date, but as far as I know, Prairie just recently started distributing to Michigan, so I'm expecting this bottle to be at least sort of fresh.

Appearance: Extremely effervescent to the point of being a champagne. By the time the full bottle gets in the glass, the beer becomes very hazy. This is a pale yellow colored beer with a two-finger white, soapy head on top that doesn't go anywhere, and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smell: Funk and hops, as expected -- definite trunk-esque vibe from the yeast, which mixed with the hops, provides an almost ocean-like aroma. This just smells like an excellently crafted saison, and that's just about the best way I can describe it. The hops perfectly compliment the saison base.

Taste/feel: That champagney look translates right over to the tastebuds. I immediately get an intense, bubbly carbonation that is higher than most I've had in the style, if not any... a Champaison, if you will. After the initial burn of carbonation, there's a fairly typical saison flavor (wet trunk, some banana/clove combination), but the accentuating hops and sweet/bitter balance is what makes this a head above the rest. The hops are subtle in flavor, providing a slight resinous, dank quality, but they're what differentiates this beer from many other "normal" saisons. There's a very modest hop bitterness that works exceptionally well with the biscuity malt sweetness on the finish. Each sip of this beer ends super clean and refreshing, and leaves me wanting another sip the moment I set the beer down.

Prairie Standard, to me, sets the... well... standard for how a good saison should be. I haven't had an overwhelming amount of saisons to this point, but few are as balanced as this one is. Its subtleties add up to make a delicious beer, and one of my new personal favorites in the style.

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

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Pours out a hazy golden with medium creamy, head. Aroma brings back memories of Belgium, yeasty funk. Taste follows with more of the same herbal , floral, yeast flavors. Only thing this misses on is the finish, which is sort of abrupt. All else is right on the money for an exemplary saison.

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Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,339 ratings.
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