Prairie Standard | Prairie Artisan Ales

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding
208 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Prairie StandardPrairie Standard
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

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
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
1,283
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
21.45%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
243
For Trade:
9
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 208 | Ratings: 1,283
Photo of ChrisMon02
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

 273 characters

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;

 443 characters

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

 1,289 characters

Photo of Jadjunk
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Prairie Artisan Ales
/5.00

 2,301 characters

Photo of larryarms847
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

 582 characters

Photo of brewskifan55
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 349 characters

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

 872 characters

Photo of SerialTicker
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

 1,902 characters

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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.

 649 characters

Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

 352 characters

Photo of impending
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-

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.
cheers
jd

 514 characters

Photo of FriedSlug
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

 344 characters

Photo of GOBLIN
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

 340 characters

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.

 913 characters

Photo of EagleTalon
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

 1,011 characters

Photo of goochpunch
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

 467 characters

Photo of kevanb
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

 1,098 characters

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.

 1,891 characters

Photo of cfrances33
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Tired Hands wine glass.

Pour: Mostly clear orange with three fingers of fluffy, cream colored head. Lots of sticky lacing and the head remains at about a half finger for most of the glass.

Smell: Big bright citrus and raw doughiness from the start, followed by grass, some floral aspects, white pepper, and more raw dough.

Taste: More of the nose, but with a bigger emphasis on the raw dough. Very yeast driven, with plenty of white pepper, bread, and oats. Some grass and floral flavors. Finishes mildly bitter with floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Really bright and refreshing. Bitterness lingers, but just barely.

Overall: Nice beer. Not extremely memorable, but tasty. Look forward to more of these guys offerings.

 737 characters

Photo of MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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.

 313 characters

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The pour is a light hazy orange color with a perfect 2 fingers of dense foam. On the nose I'm getting dry, floral notes and some citrus-like American hops that smell like oranges and pineapples.

Light body and a nice, firm feel. Not overly carbonated. Soft, wheat-like grainy flavors up front and a nice spicy hop component at mid-palate. Citrus flavors of oranges, lemons, and pineapples take over from the grain and dry out the finish with a light tartness. Very thirst-quenching, but without the stony dryness many Saisons have.

What a nice beer! It kind of combines the feel and character of a Saison with the flavor of an American Pale Ale or American Pale Wheat Ale. Very refreshing and easy-drinking, but with some complexity. I predict I will be buying 6-packs of this beer over the summer to serve as a go-to thirst-quencher.

 877 characters

Photo of tastybeer
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden straw colored beer with a nice cakey white head that in due time fades to a lumpy layer leaving a sticky ring of sheety lace on the glass. Aroma is a bit wacky farmhouse. First thing that comes to mind is an unidentified stinky fruit that is somewhere between tropical and fig and bergamot. A little wine-like, slightly phenolic, certainly floral, with maybe honey, and an interesting array of spicy yeasty aromas. Taste follows right along the same lines. White wine nuances, slight tart bitterness, rooty veggies, a shroomy earthiness, spicy hop, and wild flowers or potpourri. Mouthfeel is smooth, evenly and finely carbonated, approaching dryness, and somewhat fluffy in texture. Overall an enjoyably farmy, earthy, and fairly unusual saison.

 759 characters

Photo of cvm4
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a bright straw color and is very opaque. Has a bubbly two finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Has a grassy/hay type nose to it. Slight funk with vegetal hops.

T - Light citrus hops, a bit of funk, white peppers, rye like spices and grassy flavors.

S - Crisp, light bodied but a bit over carbed, in my opinion.

O - It's a great offering from Prairie. I'd tone down the carb a bit and make the nose more fragrant. Other than that, spot on saison.

 464 characters

Photo of nataku00
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with a finger of loose off white foamy head. Head dissipates after a minute leaving no lacing to a thin collar.

Nose is typical saison, fruity esters with notes of apple, pear, peach, pineapple, and apricot, coriander, with a sweet light caramel malt and fresh bread.

Taste follows the nose, a lot of yeast ester and hop fruit character with peach and apricot being dominant. A light spice and grassy hop flavor comes mid palate, mingling with some light caramel and bready malt sweetness. Lingering fruit flavors on the tongue.

Light body and very easy to drink. Refreshing and delicious.

 660 characters

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a nice yellow golden color with bubbly white lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - The farmhouse funk is definitely here. Coupled with the funk is a pleasant hoppiness.

Taste - On the initial taste, one gets lemon, lime, grass, and the general funkiness. The hops start to appear toward the back, tickling the sides and back of the tongue. Lemon rind becomes more apparent in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The grittiness of a farmhouse was a little on the weak side, though this is one of the aspects I least like about farmhouse ales. Not a ton of sediment was present either.

Overall - A very easy drinking farmhouse ale.

 660 characters

Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe