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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

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of weonfire
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Golden Color. light carbonated head. little tiny bubbles. 2 full inches of head that dissipates quickly. but never fully. a single stream of tiny tiny bubbles come up from the bottom.

S - light citrus. orange, grapefruit.

T - high carbonation. tiny bit of hops. orange and grapefruit. not bitter what so ever.

M - carbonation hits with a small punch. get a tingle on the tongue. Little bit slippery on the tongue.

O - This is really nice. low ABVs make this real drinkable. real light on the tongue. altho the high carbonation makes this bubble in the tummy. so can't have too many. It could be a bit thicker. that being said - i would buy this again.

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A screw top. Who would've thought?

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a foamy half inch ivory head that dissipates slowly, lacing light lacing.

Grapefruit, tropical fruit, band-aid phenols, and a touch of barnyard funk form the aroma. Fairly sweet and reminiscent of a friendship bread starter.

Flavor reveals more phenols, slightly medicinal and plasticy, but not in a terribly negative way. Tropical fruit underlies the profile, slightly tangy, with earthy notes adding depth. There's an aura if farmhouse funk throughout.

Body is moderate, but lightened a bit by fairly spritzy carbonation. There's a hint of alcohol warmth.

Fairly complex, with enough farmhouse character to add intrigue, and enough supporting flavor to excite the palate, which most examples of the style tend to lack.

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent straw color with a thumb of fast-falling pearl colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, traces of lacing & average head retention

S: Bready, grainy, pears & white grape

T: Bready, grassy, white pepper, lemon & just a touch of apricot & apple skin up front. Hints of pineapple & white grapes sneak in as this warms, pears , light lemon zest, plus white pepper & lemongrass. Finishes slightly fruitty, with white pepper, faint apple peel & with lemon grass

MF: Light bodied, lively carbonation, good balance

Easy drinker, this will be a go to beer as long as I can find it. Fairly subtle, but flavorful enough to make want another. Would love to try this on draft to get a comparison. I could tear up some sushi, Thai or Indian food with this!

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3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of AlexFields
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber color with a thin head. Does not look like a saison!

Doesn't smell like a saison either! Nose is an explosion of tropical hops, pineapple and exptic spices. Reminds me immediately of Lagunitas beers, especially Little Sumpin' Sumpin' and Sucks. Smells awesome!

Taste is a little disappointing after the nose but still very good. Much less fruity and more bitter than I expected. Still some nice pineapple and banana and mango flavors, some grassy hops that I definitely wasn't getting from the nose. Really tastes like an IPA and I'm not sure why this is classified as a saison.

Mouthfeel is great, excellent carbonation and very drinkable.

This is a really good beer, I could session this for sure. Very much my kind of hoppy beer. Really similar to a Lagunitas beer I think.

8.2/10

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Photo of DaveHack
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a CS Cellar Reserve balloon at 50 degrees.

Pours a hazy orange/yellow. Thick head dissapates leaving heavy lacing. This looks great!

Smell reminds of a forest, lol...sort of. Fresh grass, fresh hop aroma, citrus, and a little mustiness. The smell on this is really good. I wanted to give it a 4.25, but it is definitely closer to 4.5 than 4.

First taste is slightly bitter and tart. There is a little bit of citrus tang along with hop flavor. It's kind of a hard thing to pinpoint, but the 'Hoppy Saison' nails it.

There is a slight creaminess to this. You can feel it cover your mouth with flavor, if that makes any sense. Carbonation is about PERFECT.

This beer is really what I search for. There is a ton of flavor in a 5.2% beer. I really enjoyed this a lot and look forward to trying more of Prairie's offerings in the future. (Also, from what I understand, this is the brewer from Redbud....Cuvee 3 and 4 are awesome beers too....someone is doing it right!)

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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a transparent golden with two fingers of white foam. It has an herby, sour smell. The taste is crisp and slightly sour with hints of orange and sour apple. The mouthfeel seemed both crisp and flat. Not too sour along with a manageable ABV make this a very drinkable beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of MinorThreat
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously sent from jtmiller03, can't thank you enough buddy.

A-Hazy light gold with rocking pillowy head and clingy retention

S-Full on barnyard funk and citrus. Horse blanket, clove, orange, tangerine and lemon

T-Slight sweet cereal grain notes, yeast funk, and orange peel. Very refreshing yet complex.

M-Dry and crisp with a nice amount of gas

O-Such a great session saison. They hoppy notes of citrus really take this one way over the top. I only wish I had this on the shelves locally. Also worth noting: the best beer label I've seen in some years... absolutely hilarious.

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4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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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