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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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Photo of rorjets
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer came to me from my son in Texas, who is fortunate to be able to purchase Prairie Artisan Ales locally. I had some of their beers last year when I visited him, and was very pleased to find their version of a farmhouse ale in the box he sent me. On the first pour it is golden in color, with a full white head, nice carbonation and great lacing thru the quaff. The aroma is of fresh sweet pickles, and on the first sip you can taste the complex blending of sweet and sour, with a mild hop bitterness and a refreshing finish. The last pour of the beer is totally different in color - totally cloudy, almost opaque, with sediment; but the taste didn't vary - still deeelicous! And I love their labels and the bottle cap featuring the catfish.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; stream of carbonation rising; a dull gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin, uneven cap; OK lacing;

S: coriander, black pepper; orange and lemon in the background;

T: same flavors as the aroma, but the citrus is more pronounced; finish is tart and citrusy; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; effervescent carbonation; semi-dry finish;

O: enjoyable, but I won't chase this one down for a repeat;

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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 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 dar482
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

The aroma offers grassiness and lots of tropicla 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 Tsar_Riga
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale golden color, semi-transparent but with many floaties. White head, thin but persistent. Decent light lacing all the way down.

S - Sour notes of yeast, dry hop notes suggesting limes, and an earthy foundation, with highlights of grass and lemongrass.

T - Spicy and bitter, suggesting cardamom, some more wild yeast elements getting toward barnyard, but mostly these are held in check by brighter fruit esters, floral notes, and the grass element. The close is subtle bitterness, a lighter dry snap than more aggressive turns in IPAs, but still indicative of the hops at play.

M - Bubbly carbonation scrubs the tongue, keeping things clean and light.

O - A nice American take on the Farmhouse style, a saison that brings significant hopping, but does not lose interest in the floral, grass and barnyard of the original style. A nice introduction to the fine work coming out of Prairie Artisan Ales.

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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 flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a little murk that makes it almost silvery. Head is a thin finger of white foam which subsides relatively slowly. I like it.

Smell: lightly funky with just a hint of zesty tartness. Hops are grassy and perhaps a bit lemony. I think it's quite nice.

Taste: brightly hoppy with a light but engaging funk; it's fresh and springy but with a definite maltiness that works. I quite like this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and an OK creaminess.

Overall: highly drinkable, refreshing and satisfying. I would love to be able to get this beer any time.

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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 StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i love this beer, and i love the label. how to noodle for catfish? only these guys right? haha. the beer in the bottle is fantastic. it pours rather clear until the last fifth or so of the bottle when the sediment rolls out. its blonde and hazy, its pale and really really fizzy. tickles my nose as i smell the new zealand lemony hops oozing from it, and a mild french saison yeast that pairs geniusly with the hops. i like that the yeast is subtle here, its distinct, really drying with a touch of white wine esters, but its not dominating, and lets the malt and hops contribute nearly equally. the hops are so cool, i love the new zealand stuff. citrus and that peculiar oil property only these strains have. enough carbonation for a couple of saisons, which i really like. effervescence is always flattering to this style, and with a mildly creamy light to medium body, its the perfect effect for what i like. i plan to drink a whole lot of this while its on shelves. way better then the last four pack they put out, birra.

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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 Tilly
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a golden color with a full white lacy head. Sweet lemon earthy aroma. Earthy, citrus, sweet pineapple. Genuine farmhouse sourness. I like this beer. Its different.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dino glass.

Pours a bright Golden body with a big fluffy white head that reduces slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is beautiful.. Citrus, lime, spices. Taste follow the nose with lime, bright citrus, pineapple, wheat, and a slight farmhouse funk on the finish. Simple yet delicious.

Very refreshing mouthfeel, crisp highly carbonated and medium light body.

I liked it a lot - I can see this being the perfect summer beer.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Bright golden, slight hazy, and a lot of carbonation visible.

Aroma- A great mix of funk, spicy yeast, and bright tropical hops.

Taste- Right off the bat its noticebale how vibrant and easy drinking this is. Bright tropical notes of lemon, pineapple, and at the end the lime mixes with the funky/spice yeast for a great finish. The funk/spice in this is noticeable, but its subtle enough that it isn't at the forefront of flavors. A soft bread malt rounds this incredibly balanced beer out.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, very clean, very carbonated, medium bodied, and an incredibly easy drinking beer overall.

Overall- The perfect afternoon beer with big bright hop flavors, slightly funky finish, and a smooth malt that wipes the palate clean. If this was year round there would be no doubt this would a go-to, especially in the summer. (92/100)

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw colour, steady haze. Head is white, scraggly, settles to a finger of head with no real lacing. Interesting, not overly so though.

Smells mildly Bretty and funky. Green apple, notes of citrus zest with some barnyard and a funny grain-malt note, almost popcorny. Quite pleasant.

Taste is mildly tart. Quite dry, somewhat wheaty, with just a very soft pull from a mild barnyard note that really dries it up without adding much character. Slight fruity notes, somewhat cereal-y, ultimately refreshing but not too interesting.

Quite full; almost unsettlingly so. Bitty, slightly dry. A bit odd.

Dry, refreshing, Champagne-esque beer. Very sessionable, but also because it's at times a bit tame and mild compared to what it feels like it could be.

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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 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 GallowsThief
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a bottle into my tulip. Received in a trade from Zerocrane (thanks Jon!)

A – She poured out a nice hazy amber color with a finger of slightly off white head that stuck around a bit. Spotty lacing across the glass.

S – Smells like a good farmhouse ale should. Grassy, grainy, peppery all with some nice citrus such as lemon, orange and a touch of grapefruit. Nice.

T – Interesting flavors in this one for sure. Starts out with a nice grassy hop flavor but also had a twinge (light) of sourness to it. Hops and sour almost mute each other. It’s quite nice. Pepper flavors roll through and I do get a lime touch as well however again it’s faint. Touch of sweetness at the end.

M – Very light bodied ale here with light to mid carbonation. Dry.

O – Very nice drinking saison. Nothing overwhelms you here with this brew but it’s damn fine. Easy drinking and refreshing. Had this sitting outside when it was 90 out and this hits the spot. Would gladly have another.

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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 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 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 WettNutz
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pale Yellow with a half inch of head that fades.

S - Smells of oranges and limes

T - Mildly spiced, lightly sour and an ultra light hint of tartness

M - Moderately full bodied

O - A whole lot going on here. I wish it tasted like it smelled instead of a spicy sour tart saison. Not a horrible beer though. I can see why this is their everyday beer. Try it if you want, but I'm buying something else.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle purchased from Party House Liquor (Chino Hills, CA), on to the beer:

There's tint to the orange-yellow color, topped with a billowy head which leaves spots of lace on the walls of the glass. With one smell, I had an idea that I was working with a saison. The aroma has lemon peel, vague spice, a moderate farmhouse stink so common of the style. Regarding its taste, it's a somewhat sour flavor overall which doesn't really get funky. Slightly tart lemons, a kick of grass, and vague citrus make the flavor. With its drying and spiced finish, this beer was a pleasant pairing with a home grilled steak.

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Photo of jwchestnut
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently picked up on a trip south.

A - straw colored, tight bubbles, nice thick pillowly and white head and settles to a nice lacing

S - grassy hops, a little honey, freshly cracked pepper

T - similar to the noise though the grassy hops turned almost lime-like which was a bit unusual and also a little spice to hop, lightly toasted sweetness, a little apple, a little bit of funk, little bit of rosewater

M - nice carbonation, little bubbles, easy to drink

O - good saison with the unique and subtle flavor of lime and cracked pepper

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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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