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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.

Added by StaveHooks on 12-20-2012

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Photo of Ri0
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured from 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip. A nice deep golden hazy straw color with a monster fluffy white head all the way to the top of my tulip. Slowly came down; minimal lacing.

S - Fantastic aroma of sour citrus, lemon zest, Maybe some grass and spice with floral hops. Really like the smell.

T - Nice light hop bitter up front follows with lemon zest, clove and grass with slight funk. Hints of spice with malt backbone. Bitter hop finish.

M - It felt light and fizzy in my mouth and left me very refreshed.

O - This is a well crafted Saison that would do well for anyone venturing into this style. Wish I could find beer like this in WI for summer. Thanks to deadonhisfeat for sending one my way.

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Photo of bump8628
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in Prairie Artisan Ales glassware - nice! Looks great, clear goldenrod with an inch-thick cap of white foam that lays down a few rings of lace. Excellent balance of flavors - tropical fruits, honey, lime, pepper, clove, and a punch of spicy hops. Malt is clean with a light sugar cookie sweetness and rustic cereal flavor. More refined than the bottled version. A sessionable, flavorful, locally brewed saison. What's not to like? A new go-to at better beer bars.

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Photo of bmwats
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a footed tulip.

A: Light amber or dark golden. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head which quickly fades from memory. Very spotty lacing, mostly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Plenty of orange, pine resin, a little raspberry, and coriander (methinks).

T: Hay, with a really nice light hop, accentuated with a tinge of fermented raspberry.

M: Light and crisp with a dry, bitter, acidic finish. A bit of a syrupy context.

D: Goes down without much resistance.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Light, shallow hue, with only a slight head and no real lacing. Nose is a really strong combination of pine, honey, and spice. Flavor is a lightly hopped hay with a subtle touch of fermented fruit. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. Brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale, available in 12 oz. bottles and on year-round draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy fizzed head of a pearl white over a moderately hazy pale amber body with ample and active carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Pale and biscuit malts with a potent hop profile of fruit, citrus rinds, soft grass with a modest perceived bitterness. Yeast characters are perceived as enjoyable per the style, a nice saison yeast that solidifies the style and accents the fruit and citrus characters of the hop profile with light acidity, delicate effervescence and tanginess. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor finds a nice, centralized balance between the malt, hop and yeast profiles that maintains from the front to the finish. Pale malts with a touch of biscuit grain body and a moderate sweetness, ample fruity hop character with a slight citrus and spice bite, and an equally prevalent yeast note that doesn't dry out the profile, but rather presents a more comprehensive fresh fruit flavor and delicate, but pleasing and complimentary finish with a trailing of coriander and peppercorn spiciness. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, smooth, clean, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate for the style, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to hoppy bitter and earthy spice. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A very satisfactory and highly drinkable Saison ale from Prairie, and it's good to see a nicely balanced American-brewed Saison without a flavor overhaul in any one direction. All of the components play nicely off of one-another. It's hard to tell by the website, but if this is a year-round release, it's an easy buy to justify in large quantities. Atlanta's Prairie supply is unfortunately at a trickle so it's difficult to tell which of their releases are one-offs from year-rounds, but regardless, I'm patiently awaiting an opportunity to get more outstanding beers like this one and would love to have this in my regular rotation. Recommended. 4

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a cloudy pale gold with a head that leaves minimal lacing. The smell is lime juice and yeast. A very bright and inviting smell. The taste is reminiscent of a wheat beer with pepper, coriander and spices but followed by a bright lime flavor. A nice hoppiness at the end rounds it all out. This is such a delicious and refreshing beer.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light straw colored golden yellow with very lively, but thin carbonation.

This beer includes the entire farmhouse. Tons of funk, biscuity, floral, and slight hints of citrus. The faint whiff of cat piss is what degraded this score for me. Every couple of minutes I'd get a whiff of a very astringent odor of ammonia.

Subtle citrus notes, tons of tart funk, bready malts, and very herbal/floral.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, astringent, and lots of bitter funk.

Overall, while I did enjoy this brew, the unfortunate cat piss-like ammonia aroma got to me after a while.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow and hazy with a bubbly smallish head. Nice base malt but gives me more of a tart finish then i look for in this style. This beer has the basic farmhouse ale category traits but is not a stand out for me.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first Prairie beer and I must say, it was really good. A nice easy drinking beer with good flavor and mouthfeel. Goes down easy and with the lower ABV, you can have a few and still function. I will be trying more of Prairie's stuff based on this experience. Recommended.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chill-hazed golden (SRM 4-5), and clears up with warmth. A wispy fine white head lasts a few minutes before leaving a veil of lace on the PBGC Subtle glass.

The aroma contains faint fresh floral hops and lime. Warmth brings out pepper. Generally this is a nice, simple aroma profile.

The flavor is grain forward, similar to crackers, with a hint of sourdough. The finish lingers with caramel and earthy flavors, both also subtle. Warmth brings out fresh cut hay and honey.

The body is medium with faint alcohol and a cotton texture. Modest carbonation works well with the crisp and clean profile.

This is a fine, refreshing beer to be enjoyed while relaxing with friends on a warm, late spring day.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a Duvel Tulip

A - Burnt golden orange, cloudy, an aggressive pour reveals 2 fingers of white suds. Funny label with "Nooodling" instructions. I would have to have at least a six pack before sticking my hand in a hole for a catfish to bite.

S - Alfalfa, pine, soft floral notes, spicy phenols, apricots, clove, cracked wheat, clean citrus, there's an odd slightly funky aroma I can't nail down.

T - Fresh cracked wheat, dry dusty hay, limes, white pepper, has a bright almost lactic sensation, malts give the impression of sweetness while overall staying very dry. Finishes with a dry herbal hop character and limes sticking to the palate on the aftertaste.

M - Light to medium body, low carbonation, smooth feel.

Love to see a 5% ABV Saison! Awesome aroma, fresh and dry with plenty of hop character while not taking over the other flavors. Needs a little more carbonation, it's low right off the bat and quickly drops off. Very good. This is the first beer I've had from Prairie and I'm excited to try more. I could drink a sixer of this anytime.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Goblinmunkey7
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Moderately hazed gold-yellow. Head is bright-white and creamy with a tight bubble formation. Solid retention keeps the cap around for the duration. Some bits of lacing stick.

Smell: Powdery yeast up front. Hits with some solid ripe banana and an underlying vague spiciness. Sweet pale malts are a bit bready. Some nice floral notes as well. Sweet without being cloying. Some grass and funky esters. Almost like pineapple on the back. Fruity bread with something like lime sitting on the back. Definitely unique.

Taste: Belgian yeast. Powdery and loaded with ripe banana and a soft clove finish. Some bubblegum sweetness. Layers of grass, hay, slightly musty, and some solid fruit flavors from the hops. Peach and orange flesh jump out. A solid lingering bitterness that doesn't overpower. Malts are sweeter than anticipated. Nectarine as it warms with some backing lime, like seriously. Bready and fruity like the nose. Odd.

Mouthfeel: Wet, not quite juicy. Medium to light body with a moderate to high carbonation. Clean. A bit more attenuation would be nice.

Overall: Who needs a deluxe version when this is your standard?

One of the more unique saison-type things I've encountered. A super unique fruitiness that works well with the blatant, yet mellow, Belgian yeast.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass

A: Golden with hazy sediment throughout. A white one-finger head that lingers. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Floral, citrus. Lots o' lemons.

T: Tangy. Lemons rule with a citrus rush. Floral, earthy. Belgian funk. Pleasant hops that don't bite.

M: Medium with high carbonation.

O: A great little saison. Glad I got to try one.

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Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A clear yellow golden color with visible carbonation bubbles and a fingers worth of white head that disappears quickly. Nice aroma of bready malts, citrus fruits, light sweet fruits, and yeast. Taste has a light malt backbone, citrus, mild hop notes. Lightish in body and carbonation. Overall a very refreshing beer, would be great on a summer day.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.1/5  rDev +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 GOBLIN
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours your typical and expected hazy yellow straw color. Aromas are apple, pear, spicy and peppery. Taste is same with a slightly tangy lemon touch. Mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp for what I expect from the style. I actually really like this saison because it's unique. Overall, really well done and probably my favorite Prairie offering.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden color with 1-1.5 finger bubbly white head that doesn't stick around too long. Moderate lacing

S- Big aroma. Citrus, lemon zest, hop oil, grapefruit, hint of fresh cut grass, touch of biscuits, peach, honey, slight amount of bananas. One of the better smelling farmhouse ales i have come across.

T- Sweet, tart, light funk and hoppy. I like it. Lemon zest again, clove, and a touch of spice all over a pale malt backbone. Some biscuits again. Bitter hop finish.

M- Fairly smooth with a warm easy finish. A little wet, but not bad. Maybe a touch under carbonated for the style.

O-A very enjoyable saison and a nice intro to the style for those that want to baby step into the "funk". On the hoppier side for the style. Prairie is kind of taking the state of OK by storm with their brews and I can see why.

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Photo of impending
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist top bottle into a tall tulip. I'm not sure I understand the decision to use twist top...

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with three fingers of white foam. Active carbonation is apparent throughout the beer.

S: Citrus, particularly lemon upfront with some farmhouse funk behind it. Peppercorn spice in the background.

T: Similar to the aroma, I get a nice amount of citrus along with spiciness - clove and peppercorn. Sweetness is moderate. Drinkability is extremely good.

M: Medium to thick mouthfeel for the style with appropriate carbonation for the style.

O: A straight forward, yet tasty Saison. Solid, but nothing special.

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Photo of kevanb
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a blue and green Prairie dinosaur stemmed glass.

The beer pours a hazy apricot color, hues of straw and orange with a light golden hue, very cloudy with two fingers of white, bubbly, soapy head, very loose bubbles that has nice retention and leaves swatches of lace behind. The aroma is pleasant, crisp, citrusy, fruity, yeasty, peppery, a bit grainy, the hops definitely permeate well throughout the farmhouse base, not too barnyardy but not too hoppy as well. The flavors are nice, peppery and yeasty saison base, pale grain that is chewy and rustic, earthy hops, pine, citrus peel, a bit of lime zest, lemongrass, almost salty as well. The mouthfeel is nice, medium body, assertive carbonation, coating, dry with a creamy finish.

Verdict: A nice hoppy farmhouse from Prairie, definitely a unique flavor profile with the heavy citrus rind, and lime-like flavor, bitter from the hoppiness, but almost tart from the citrus, definitely one to make you think. I think the Americanized hoppy farmhouse trend is one that doesn't scream to my palate, but this is a fine beer.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a half pint glass.

looking pretty good. hazy yellow white with a good fluffy white head. good lacing.

aroma of spices and citrus fruit.

tastes of mixed citrus fruit with a spicy finish.

mouth is about medium with a dry finish.

overall an interesting take on a saison and worth another look.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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 BrewAskew
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out to a thin white permanent head and no lasting lace (do any beers that come out of Krebs have much lacing?) Aroma is a spicy, yeasty and hoppy blend with hints of citrus. Flavor is where it shines, with complex blend of the tastes associated with the aforementioned aromas. Spicy, fruity but not very sweet at all. Zesty, spicy finish. This beer has Moutueka hops and it shows (see note below). Mouthfeel is light and the beer has a nice CO2 bite.

Personal note: This reminds me of a New Zealand-made hopped extract beer kit that I brewed in the first year I started homebrewing. I think it was called Black Rock. It was a pale, dry beer that was lightly hopped with Moutueka hops and due to the high fermentation temperature that summer in my apartment it had a yeasty character. The yeastiness of this beer coupled with the distinctive aroma and flavor of the hops reminds me very much of that landmark brew of the Summer of 1995.)

Nostalgia aside, this beer is very well made and is world-class.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy brass color with a thin head. Smell is very grainy, with some citrus, a bit of spicy yeast and a touch of toast. Flavor: crackery malts, citrys hops, resinous lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Yeast has a spicy quality to it, but is subdued. Finishes dry. Bitterness keeps lingering on. Mouthfeel is vibrant. A little heavy for what the flavor profile brings. Tasty saison, I'd say, although I'd rather buy a 4 pack of Rayon Vert for the money.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,333 ratings.
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