Prairie Standard | Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie StandardPrairie Standard
BA SCORE
86.5%
Liked This Beer
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Prairie StandardPrairie Standard
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,575
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
1,376
Liked:
1,190
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
8.75%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
261
Trade:
8
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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Half finger head with little retention and some lacing on a clear dark golden body. Aroma is excellent with nice presence of the hops including lemon zest, peppercorn, grapefruit, tangerine and mild yeast presence. Flavor of bready malts, belgian yeast, lemon zest, sweet and mildly tart citrus, grass and club soda. Medium body and moderate carbonation with only a semidry finish. Very nice hop additions here with the saison and Belgian presence at the base which is well balanced and not overwhelmed by the hops.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, pepper, lime juice, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with peppery and chalky flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors that make this one super easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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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3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy golden yellow color with a white head on top. The head is fizzy looking but has a good retention and a light scattered lacing. The smell is spicy and herbal. Very interesting on the nose. The taste of the beer is also a little on the spicy side some earthy grain and a dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and light bodied. Overall it's a pretty good Saison, would enjoy trying their other beers.

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3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of limes and spices are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of limes along with some notes of spicy hops (not of the peppery yeast variety).
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: The Motueka hops lend some uniqueness to this saison as they impart aromas and flavors of limes and spiciness, but it lacks the dryness that you normally expect from a saison. It makes for a good summer beer if you are looking for something limey that isn't an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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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2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"A hoppy farmhouse ale. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with thoughtful label art and unbranded pry-off cap acquired earlier tonight as part of a six pack at a local beer store in SoCal, and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 5.2% ABV confirmed. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

Served cold, straight from me freezer. Side-poured with stnadard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. No creaminess or frothiness at all. Lacing is pathetic. Not great for a farmhouse ale. Retention is average - about two minutes.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent pale lemon yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Not looking great for the style. No overt flaws are obvious, but it's far from unique or special.

Sm: Floral hops. Lemongrass. Lime. Salt. Maybe some white pepper? Crackery malts. Clean pale and pilsner malts. Clean barley. Light doughy yeast character is detectable. No alcohol. Way off the mark for the style. Redolent of "cheap Spanish lager meets a saison." The lime really steers it wrong. An aroma of mild strength.

T: Grainy with a heavy emphasis on crackery malts. Clean pilsner malts, some biscuit malt. Floral hop character. A hint of biscuity yeast. Lime. Lemongrass. Salt. Straw. Middling floral hops. White pepper. A bit bready. Green apple and appleskin. A misguided flavour profile overall. Balance is okay. Complexity and subtlety are wanting; they're key in this style, so that's a huge problem. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I don't know that I can honestly say that I like it. Flavour intensity is above average - even a bit scorching - for the style. Flavour duration is also above average. Depth of flavour is low; with the exception of its spiciness, it's rather shallow.

Crackery malts are absolutely dominant here; maybe even overbearing. Shockingly, some alcohol does come through in spite of the low ABV.

Mf: Lightly coarse; lightly dry. Soft. Generally good presence on the palate, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Overcarbonated. Too thick. Too full-bodied for the lack of depth of flavour. Not crisp.

Dr: This is a swing and a miss from Prairie Artisan Ales. Not sure what they're going for, but it's a cracker malt bomb, not a balanced farmhouse ale. I wouldn't get this again, though I'll have no trouble killing the remaining 5 bottles. I wish I didn't buy a 6er, but it's drinkable enough. Their worst beer so far. Wouldn't recommend to friends. I'm confused about its current high ratings; am I missing something? The lime really destroys it.

C

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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cyde. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy bright golden amber color with a 2-3 finger foamy and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, lime, peach, pear, apple, floral, grass, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, pear, apple, lime, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, grass, floral, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, lime, pear, apple, wheat, clove, pepper, bread, grass, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy saison! All around great complexity and balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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