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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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1,339
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4.01
pDev:
8.73%
 
 
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Photo of ichorNet
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A low ABV, light-bodied saison with Motueka in the dry-hop? I can already sense that this will be thirst-quenching and extremely drinkable, so let's get right in.

Pours a pale light golden color with a medium body haze and a nicely-building head that retains very, very well. Intense carbonation pushes up from the bottom of my glass quite consistently, rising in streams with each small pour. Swirling the head re-rouses it slightly to several fingers and allows some nice lace to appear. Very nice-looking saison.

Nose is bright, citrusy and slightly funky with big notes of lime peel (which Motueka hops are well-known for), doughy yeast, freshly-baked rye bread and white pepper. Spicy and slightly phenolic, Prairie Standard bears more than a few similarities to a beer Trillium released somewhat recently, Permutation #2. A grisette with Brett and Motueka hops, it bore similar bright citrus notes and rustic funkiness, and drinking this (which came first, by the way) reminds me a lot of that. The flavor is similarly citrusy and has some nice, chewy maltiness combined with a peppery/spicy zing from the saison yeast. The lime notes from Motueka really pop with this beer, I must say, and I think this hop may be at its best in a light-bodied, dry, semi-malty beer like this.

The feel is crisp and airy with some biting dryness and slight bitter pushiness towards the end. The spicy/phenolic edge keeps this from being an overly-citrusy affair, and overall it feels very well-balanced. Absolutely worth drinking, and probably worth drinking more than once, at that!

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Photo of TerryMills
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weird style of beer but I'm trying to come around to them lol..

Its straw colored ,unfiltered hazy look with 1 finger white head..

Very funky ,kinda smells like wet hay with a hint of hops ..

Taste is pretty much like the smell..

It is what it is, probably decent for the style but not my thing..

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Photo of Badfish
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with beautiful white head.

Nose: Funky Belgian yeast hits up front with a mild citrus, herbal kick at the end.

Taste: Dry Belgian funk immediately hits, get some notes of pepper in the middle, followed by subtle hop finish.

Mouth: Light, dry mouthfeel. Very earthy throughout.

Overall: This is one of my favorite saison/farmhouse beers and one of the beers that Prairie puts out.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A surprise find at the River Valley Co Op in Northhampton, MA

Straw white golden color, hazy with a substantial white foam top.

Sour, funky golden wheat and Belgian yeast all up in the nose. Sour-zesty fruits, mild citrus and major herbal aroma. Very earthy-funky and fruity.

Big 'ol zesty, herbal yeast kick in the face that combines a very unique hop flavor. The hops seem very citrus fruity and dry. The yeast explores the sour, biting funk with notes of dry golden wheat malt and various house hold herbs and spices. Excellent array of flavor's fir this style. Very authentic feeling. White pepper pops out later within an already spicy, herbal edge.

The mouthfeel is zippy with a hop/yeast bite and then becomes full and lush in the finish. Starts out earthy-dry and continues to be dry til the end.

Maybe my first Saison from the prairie lands, very complex and oh, so easy to drink! Very well done.

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

A: Golden Gorgeous

S: Citrus, Lime

T: Slight Hoppy flavor, then spice with a citrus after note

M: Light and sessionable

O: Great Farmhouse. Hops are not overwhelming and the citrus/spice takes precedence. Good beer, good enough to leave a review. Enough said! Drink it if you can find it.

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Photo of hman43
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden with a white head.

Smell: There are earthly aromas with lime. There are hints of pineapple and tropical fruit.

Taste: The flavors are hoppy with spice and lime. There are also low earthly elements, hints of tropical flavors, and a flavor that has vinous elements to it.

Feel: It has a crisp and highly carbonated feel to it. The body is light towards the moderate side. It has a dry finish.

Overall, this is a different take on a saison with the hops taking a more prominent role and the earthly and farmhouse elements being more in the background.

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Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from Craft Beer Hop Stop on 11/11/16 for$2.75. Bottled on 9-21-16.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that had some hang time.

Nose is grassy with light fruits.

Taste has the classic grassy peppery apple notes finishing dry with a bit of a citrus hop bite.

Mouthfeel is light and dances across the palate with each sip.

Overall rates up there with the top shelf American brewers creating Saisons. Would definitely have again!

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Photo of azurel
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color with a egg shell white head. Dissapates quickly with minimal lacing.

Aroma is fruity, citrus, lime, slight lemon....Some funk undertones, grassy, earthy notes.

Taste is fruity esters, heavy lime notes, lemon, light cracker notes. Almost has a slight white grape note mid swallow.
Minimal bitterness....

Mouth feel is light, moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

Wonderful farmhouse ale

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Photo of ordybill
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Douglasville, GA. The appearance is a murky gold straw color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is light hops and fruit. The taste is fruit, hops and some pepper. A really good beer.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a very cloudy light gold with a solid head, looks damn good.

smell is fruity and light, some tartness and grassy notes. a hoppy saison for sure

grassy herbal notes hit first and it ends with a citrus zest. light and clean, nice hops. best saison i've ever had. this is really damn good, could crush these in the summer.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours one finger of white head into my can-style glass. Head is somewhat soapy, and I can hear it fizzing away. Within about two minutes the head is gone. Leaving behind a small amount of film on top of the body. Could get some nice lacing here, we'll see. The body is a perfect, cloudy orange. When held up to the light the carbonation appears to be medium-low. The head wasn't stellar, but I actually like the way this beer looks so far.

The aroma is very flowery, with a borderline honey aroma. Maybe even caramely. Fruity esters are hidden in here, along with some clove. The traditional saison aroma takes a backseat to this, somehow even sweeter aroma. For being a "hoppy" saison, I don't get much I’m the way of hops on the nose. Anyways, a very nice nose here. It's different from your average saison, while still having the classic flavors as a subtle supporting cast. Close to a 4.25, but not quite there.

I may be drinking this a tad warm, but still well below room temperature. The flavor reminds me of the nose in the sense that those traditional flavors are there, the clove, esters, etc. And they are not huge flavors, just like they weren't huge aromas. The difference is that I'm not getting those other smoother, sweeter flavors that I was picking up in the aroma. It's a nice beer, tasty and drinkable, but it's a little simple and doesn't pack quite a big enough flavor for me. The beer finishes with a lingering dryness, which is to be expected. Still not much in the way of a hop presence though.

The mouthfeel is good for a saison. Medium body, with a medium carbonation, and a dry finish. Very nice and drinkable.

Drinkability is very good as already mentioned, it's a light and tasty brew.

Overall there is nothing wrong with this beer. Perhaps the flavor is getting a harsh grade because I was intrigued by the aroma, and it didn't come through on the flavor. Either way, this is a nice beer, but not one that is knocking my socks off. I would still be happy to drink this any day though.

The appearance turned out pretty meh. I basically got no lacing at all here. Frankly for a beer with no lacing, and a sub par head, I actually still liked the look. Maybe it's just been a while since I've had a good cloudy Belgian beer, but it still didn't look too bad.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Belgium in a Box. After dinner. In Teku glass. Not as hoppy as the label suggested me. A nice standard saison with a pleasant funkyness. There are other similar much cheaper alternatives, like the Leifur I recently had. Overhyped. More foam tha desiderable requiring 2 pours.

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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 zshaft
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

so im not a huge saison fan but giving this a go. pours a dirty yellow color with dishsoap head. nose is typical pear and apple with funk. got some lime peel in there as well. taste is light bodied and fizzy lime and funky pear taste with yeast giving way to a nice ending earthy bitterness with lime juice ending a dry finish. this beer was a good saison and it seems like the body gets more full as it progresses through the palate. probably won't revisit this cause I'm not a huge saison fan but this was a good beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy yellow with a medium sized head. The aroma is a little ctirusy, with some lemon and lime zest, as well as bubblegum, hay, lemongrass, and underripe banana.The flavor is a bit less bright than the aroma, with straw, pine, melon rind, and a vague herbal quality. The mouthfeel is light, with classically exuberant saison carbonation. Overall this is a well done beer, and I would perhaps have done better to taste with a meal, as it seems very food friendly. However, I found it a touch too grassy and herbal, just not quite to my taste.

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Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, light tropical fruit, yeast, and spices.

T: Tasted of a lot of tropical fruit (passion fruit, mango), banana, citrus (lemon, in particular), Belgian yeast, pepper, cloves, coriander, and a light bready quality. A much fruitier flavor than you find with most saisons, but this isn't a bad thing. It's sweet, lively, and fairly complex.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a vibrant finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Standard is a solidly made, easy to drink saison. Drinkable and perfect for the summer.

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Photo of 57md
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw with over a finger of white head. The nose is yeasty and slightly soapy. The flavor has the classic peppery essence but the promised hoppiness is fairly muted.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour from the 12 oz. bottle is a clearer yellow than I expected; perhaps it is me, but I associate farmhouse with turbid, clouded, & murky. Smells like pine, yeast, slightly dank pine. Modest.

Hoppy Farmhouse is suffering from hefe envy. A pec of bananas here, along with plenty of wheat, grainy, touch of citrus & lemon.

I have nothing else to say. Straight bland, straight mediocre. Nothing to see here.

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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 Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Cloudy yellow with this white head decent lacing.

Smell - Little bit of lemon zest, Belgian yeast little but of spice some banana and clove.

Taste - The taste was a little more mild than the smell, yeast little bit of lemon and orange. slightly hop taste.

Feel - Medium body good carbonation slightly dry on the back end.

Overall - A very good beer very nice balance I really like the taste.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color, with a one-finger large head. Decent head retention.

Smells of honey, wheat, and some surprising hefeweize yeast. Also grape and honey. It's quite cool.

This taste's like a fairly generic American wheat ale, although admittedly one of the best I've had. Like the smell, this is dominated by wheat and honey sweetness. Hefeweize/Belgian yeast are present. Mouthfeel is generally light, with a quite dry body. Overall, a very satisfying beer.

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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 gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden color with yellow highlight and a very white head, smells of cut grass,lemon,citrus and hay, taste is a fruity tropical hop taste with a lemon malty dry finish,crisp mouth feel leads way to tropical and fruity hops, crisp a delicious as a summer saison

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.85/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy (not turbid) straw color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Man, the head looks rough, plus the retention is poor. Tiny specks of lacing stick to the glass.

I definitely pick up much of the promised lime on the aroma, along with touches of grassiness (hey, Motueka is an offshoot of Saaz...) There does seem to be a rustic, spicy character to this, which endlessly pleases me at first whiff - but it's far from a perfect one. I get some coriander, and it verges close to deviled ham territory at times. Also, it seems a touch too sweet malt-wise. Ultimately an up-and-down nose, but I'm pleased with more of the aspects than I am displeased.

A big hit of lime-esque hops open it up, ultimately my favorite part of the flavor profile. The spice character on the second half seems weird to me - it seems oddly heavy on the sesame seed and coriander. Maybe there's some rosemary, too? I'm really intrigued by the spiciness, but nothing here seems to balance very well. Add in the simplistic nature, and I'm left let down by this one.

It feels oddly thick, lumpy, and sweet; only relatively so for a smaller saison. Still, I'm not sure I agree with most others here saying how crisp and light it is. To me, it isn't, as it leaves behind a sweet residue on the palate that hampers its drinkability some. While carbonation is vibrant, it fails to scrub off the residual sugars. This would be a good feel for a standard wheat ale - I find it very lacking for a saison.

Prairie can do better than this, even for a "standard" offering. It drinks more like a nicely hoppy, slightly spicy witbier than a proper saison. I'm left to ponder if I've been spoiled by brett-laden saisons (like some of Prairie's, for instance), but I can think of a few standard (THERE IT IS AGAIN) saisons I'd take over this. I likely won't return to this one.

2.85/5: Standard, eh? You can say that again!

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finely balanced farmhouse/saison ale; Belgian overtones. Clean and balanced: hops there, but not overwhelming; carbonation perfect for this FSA/ bitterness and dry finish balanced and complementary. Spring/Summer warm weather drinkable!! ABV 5.2%

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