Prairie Standard | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie StandardPrairie Standard

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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 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 enelson
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of biegaman
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Standard definitely looks standard. This spotlessly clear, well-bubbled, and resplendently golden ale looks just like any token, ubiquitous mass-produced lager - even if it is far from it. Even the fact it can support a proper sized head suggests it's also better made and brewed with far superior ingredients.

A pound per barrel of Motueka hops definitely makes for a concentrated pulpy and pithy lime-like element. Curiously, the citrus is not at all out of place in this otherwise traditional Saison recipe; the yeast esters that characteristically dominate the style's aroma are typically fruity, often with hints of orange or lemon. These hops have their own voice but really just enhance the existing flavours.

There's a great deal of zesty citrus peel flavour on the palate too. But all that added hoppiness doesn't hide the trademark 'barnyard' funk (nor does it add much bitterness). The taste is still better described by its farm-fresh graininess, soft florals and effervescent yeast, not to mention the earthiness in the finish. This example lacks the usual spiciness but at a mere 5.6% this comes as little surprise.

Not only are the flavours bright, refined and full but each sip offers a nugget of refreshing acidity and crisp sourness, not unlike a small squeeze of lemon juice. Feel free to insert Standard anywhere you'd normally drink lemonade - this is a perfect, ideal hot weather tipple. In fact, I'm having trouble nursing this bottle - I'd prefer to down it in a couple quick, gratifying gulps.

If this passes for "standard" for the folks at Prairie they are spoiled and have high standards and tremendous talents. There's no shortage of online hype backing this brewery and, going by their "everyday" offering, it all seems warranted. It's good to know I'll never go thirsty in Oklahoma.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of Hi-Times,

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange with a frothy white head, gobby lace.

S: Very rustic with bananas and 'shrooms. Barnyard and must.

T: Still has the rusticity in the yeast flavours, but it gets really fruity at times offering a unique note of orange creamsicle along with a lot of pear.

M: Frothy, soft carbonation, medium-bodied, easy drinking.

O: A delightful American saison. Not Americanized, this is to style and very well done.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Bright golden yellow in color. Hazy in appearance. Sweeter style saison. Nice hop bite cuts through some of the sweetness. Reminds me a bit of Tank 7.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kelp
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 waddellc2
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jbaker67
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw with a quickly dissipating off-white foam collar.

S: Aromas of lemon, citrus, fruit, light grains and a hint of over ripe fruit rise form the glass.

T: Lemony tart, stone fruit with some light biscuit seasoned with a mildly assertive bitterness on the finish. Fruit flavors are medium to medium high, tartness is medium and malt flavors are medium to medium low. Hop bitterness is medium. Flavors are layered and well balanced.

F: Light and highly effervescent with a mild tingle.

O: Another stellar farmhouse ale from Prairie Artisan Ales.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

12oz bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA. Brought to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich.

Pours lovely and clear yellow, with a rocky, frothy head of pure white that leaves chunks of lace behind. Body is light and fresh. Clarity is surprisingly good: there's a slight haze to it, but it's much clearer than I expect for a Saison. That's actually no bad thing. Fine carbonation. Overall, it looks really good.

Nose is bright and clean, with a fresh green hoppiness that reminds me of New Zealand hops: crisp and very slightly herbal. Under it is a slight earthiness from the saison yeast, along with a touch of something savoury.

Taste is lovely. The saison body gives it a pleasant smoothness along with some floral rosewater characteristics, while the hops give flavour through the centre and towards the back without providing an overt bitterness. Slight frothiness in the feel lightens everything and helps accentuate some of the faint sweet floral characters and hop notes.

Overall, this is really gorgeous stuff, although why I'm still surprised that Another Beer From Prairie Is Gorgeous I don't really know. This is the third or fourth of theirs I've tried, and they just have such a knack for providing beautifully subdued complexity and wonderful drinkability to their beers. Top notch.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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 Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date. I love how the label gives you a comic strip guide on How to Noodle.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before becoming an 1/8 inch of head with a bump in the center. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- A more vegetal type of hop aroma with some yeast and wheat sweetness rounding it out. Just the slightest bit of wild funk is detected and also some spice.

T- Hop flavors work pretty much the same as the aroma. Vegetal, somewhat spicy even. A small amount of wheat to back up the bitterness and the yeast is still in there struggling to be seen.

M- Lots of snap from the carbonation and the hops but also dry. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- This beer is working on so many different levels. Definitely a hopped up Saison but there's more to it than just that.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
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