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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.

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Photo of impending
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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 ehammond1
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, baconsausage!

Murky, hazy golden straw color. Quickly forming head of white bubbles, but not a persistent one. Spots and smears of stick left down the glass.

As the name of the beer implies, this has a very standard, very straightforward saison aroma--which I like very much. Grain, sweetness, dry hay and grass, earthy notes, and some cracker and cereal. Some initial Band-Aid at cooler temperatures.

The flavor is similar to the aroma: sweet grain, hay and grass, mild pepper and lemon notes, moderate bitterness. Incredibly drinkable.

Medium to fuller in body for the style with moderate carbonation. I suppose I wish the body was a bit more lively.

Very nice, traditional saison.

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Photo of babaracas
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with towering soapy head, slowly settling to a thin layer with a couple of rings of sticky lace left behind. Smell: tangerine, spiciness, apricot, dough, dry grass. Taste: grapefruit zest, sweet orange, pepper, grape and grassy notes. Medium bodied, light carbonation, juicy feel. Really nice.

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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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev +2%
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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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.

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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.

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Photo of AMW
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Julio's.

A: Pours cloudy amber-orange. Lots of bubbles and frothy white head.
S: sweet citrus, maybe lemon or grapefruit.
T: Def. a sweet citrus on the front. While being described as a hoppy farmhouse ale, hops are not very present. A bit bready and yeasty.
M: wet. i prefer less carbonated beers and this was a bit too carbonated for me.
O: Can't say farmhouse/saisons are the style of beer I seek, but it's not bad. I'd probably wouldn't choose to have this again, but that's not because of the eer itself as it is to the style.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Super cloudy orange Bellini appearance. Wet speckled lacing grabs the edges and leaves trace layers behind when drank.

S: Sweet citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon and subtle Brett funk. Simplicity at its finest.

T/M: Like drinking a summer afternoon. Sun dried grain, citrus, Brett yeast, and a wild roots. Similarity to tang orange drink with Brett and alcohol mixed in. Spicy carbonation that mixes with the medium body.

O: A fantastic summer saison that is clean and crisp. Super great flavors. I'm proud of this Oklahoma breed creation. I can't wait to pick up a sixer. Cheers!

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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 Sarlacc83
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Belmont Station. The elusive Oklahoma 'tick'.

A: Hazy straw color with a firm, bubbly white head. Body is rife with carbonation bubbles. Very appealing.

N: Lime zest, black pepper, spruce. A lot of grass seed and some banana. There's a hint of rosemary in here. The citrus rides over a deft base of malt, and it leans fundamentally towards the herbaceous. Yeast comes out clean, I'd say.

T: Bitter with a touch of spruce, lemon, lime, and pepper. Lots of hayseed and grassy elements. There's a good yeast element underneath all of the hops.

M: Clean and dry. Spritzy like carbonated water.

O: A solid standard. I do feel like there are too many similar flavors here and they do stumble together rather than having the elements complement each other. I'd still buy this again.

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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.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazy golden-yellow with 2 fingers of loose, white head. Moderate carbonation and good retention.

Lime, barnyard, potpourri and lemon.

Dried hay, potpourri and rose hips. Very distinct lime aromas from the hops as well as a touch of pineapple. Hints of lemon and spent grains. Finishes earthy with good doses of black and pink peppercorn.

Light bodied, crisp, clean and uber-dry.

Very rustic with a very unique hop profile. A really nice American interpretation of a Belgian Saison.

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Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock.

A: Pours a beautiful hazed golden/orange color. A two finger dense white head forms with good retention. Excellent lace as well. Rings of lace left all the way down.
S: Earthy Belgian yeast up front. Bread and biscuit aromas, lots of fruity aromas as well. Mango and peach. Very nice.
T: Follows the nose with the funky/earthy Belgian yeast. Bread and biscuit malt. Slightly tart fruits of mango, peach, and apple. I love it.
M/D: A medium body with very good carbonation. Crisp, effervescent, and dry. So refreshing. Incredibly easy and enjoyable to drink. Tons of character, and something I can enjoy all day.

An excellent saison, and I am so glad I came across another Prairie Artisan offering. Really well done. Highly recommended.

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

Bottle to hfs sniffer

A: dark honey to amber I color with a small white head that goes away fast but leaves an average size lacing at the top of the glass. It is semi translucent to the point I wouldn't call it cloudy

S: the smell is very yeasty upfront but is distinctly farmhouse like and on target for a saison. You can also definitely tell that it is Belgian, but other then that no more to note.

T: follows the nose as the distinct Belgian yeast is the first thing that comes through in the taste. The barnyard nature of the flavor has a strong presence but it is not overwhelming. Pretty much what I would expect from a standard Belgian saison so well done.

M: this is light and nice and crisp the carbonation helps this crispness that makes the beer very easy to drink though the low abv definitely helps this.

O: well the name of the beer really is best way to describe it. This is about as solid as you can get in terms of a Standard Belgian saison it has the farmhouse distinctive smell and taste with a nice light crisp drinkable feel. I highly recommend this beer and I looking forward to trying more from this OK brewery

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hoppy saison is right up my alley these days... if done well. But minus points for screw top! and lack of date... tsk tsk.

Pours a decent fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace reinforced by quite a few bubbles streaming up, leaves a nice layered lacing, very clear pilsner golden slight wheat colored beer.

Nose delivers what it promises, a hoppy saison, with light toasty grainy saison malts, light saison spices, little lemon, lemon grassy, grassy earthy hops, fruity esters, golden malts, quite floral between both saison aromas and hops.

Taste brings more Belgian flavors, even some nice funk actually, a big saison farmhouse funk, not quite Brett level of funk but def a lot more funky than I expected, with saison spices, lemony citrus, lemon grassy, etc. Then grassy floral hops, a little earthy as well, and some lemony hops, with some bitterness but not a lot. Light fruity esters, and very faint hint of phenols from the yeast. Grainy golden malts, little toasty, and nice bready funk all around. There's a touch of an orange vanilla flavor too which is a nice addition. finish dry and grainy, nice lingering bitterness from the grassy floral spicy hops which seems to intensify, little lemony grassy earthy flavors, and just a bit more funk.

Mouth is med bodied, little abrasive, tons of carbonation.

Overall quite a nice beer, the screw top is the only real downer (and lack of date). decent appearance, nice floral nose between the malts, hops, and saison aromas, and quite a nice surprise with the farmhouse funk flavor, and blend of nice hops that get a decent bitterness on the finish. I would drink a lot of these in the summer, and I think i will.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed gold. An inch and a half of head appears and disappears vert quickly. Mediocre lacing.

Smells of bread, funk, herbs, earthy hops and some nice floral and citric notes.

Funk and bread start this one out. Some grassy hops and herbs follow around the middle. Slight citrus and bandaid at the end. Very dry, not much lingering flavor. Goes down light and easy, maybe a little heavy on the carbonation.

A nice, mellow, standard Saison. I'm not sure anything sets this apart from the rest, but nothing draws me away from it either. Great intro Saison. I think it fits its name very well.

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Photo of chefjack428
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These guys recently entered the Philly market and I couldn't be happier.
Bottle poured into a Deschutes Teku.
Really nice copper orange color with a small head that quickly dissipates.
Aroma is very nice. The first thing that hits is big bright lime, some musty hay, slight brett and a bit of orange. Great farmhouse aromas.
Taste is also very nice, grains, fresh cracked pepper, bread yeast, brett and a nice bitter citrus finish. Carbonation is very nice, some what prickly on the tongue.
This is a very nice beer and I am sure I will have no problem going through the case I picked up. Sort of reminds me of a batch of Fantome Printemps I recently had.

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Photo of popery
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowy golden color, relatively light. Mildly cloudy. Big white head puffs up quickly and sticks around for some time. Lots of big bubbles. Aroma is apple/pear cider, earthy and mineral-ish flavors and a grassy hoppiness. There's a little spice of spice in the mix, possibly from the hops. Some nice bready grain notes. It's nice just a bit weak, and that apple cider flavor dominates. Mild funk. The taste is an improvement for me. On the palate, it's a pleasant, mildly sweet saison with a light spicy hoppiness. Quite refreshing. Dries out in the finish. Bright malt flavor and a spicy, floral hop bitterness. More funk. Very nice beer. Pretty gentle carbonation for the style. Light mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Another very good beer from Prairie. I preferred Prairie Hop and Prarie Ale, but this is an impressive beer to see in 12 ounce packs. I look forward to more from the brewery.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of EgadBananas
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the heads up Herf!

Appearance: golden, sunny, cloudy, ample carbonation streams, bright white head, 2 finger, lacy.

Aroma: lemon, Brett, hay, mild funkiness, herbal, floral and grassy hops, light grains.

Taste: grassy, floral hop notes, lemongrass, grains of paradise, pepper, spice, Brett funk, musky hay, bitter hop finish.

***One of the best hoppy Saison ales I think I've had. It's not overly funky and Bretty, but, but the hop and Saison funk marriage is well executed were neither outshine the other. Awesome!

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

Seems like the first west coast review as this is newly distributued to Southern California.
Labeled as a hoppy farmhouse ale with 7 little scenes on "how to noodle" (i.e., catfisting).

A: Gentle pour yields a +2-finger white head over a clear straw yellow with streaming carbonation. Slowly fading head leaves irregular rings and splotches.

N: Bready yeast, peppery spices, floral and fruity, lemony citrus, and mildly funky.

T: Yeasty, and earthy with mild spices. Citrus peel (orange and lemon). Wheat and malt grain.

M: Semi-moderate body and semi-full carbonation. Pleasant yeasty/grainy/citrus finish with a slight bitterness draws you back for another sip.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing. A starter and not something to turn to after having anything bigger since this is more delicate and simple. Look forward to trying others from this brewery.

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Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash stemmed glass. Never heard of the brewery or the beer, so going in blind on this one.

A - Pours a mostly clear pale golden color and a dense two finger cap of white foam that has very good staying power. Foamy lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S - Nice spicy and fruity aroma...cloves, oranges, lemons, a bit of pepper, some sugar and some mild hoppy bitterness. Nice blend of standard saison aromas...very enticing.

T - Flavor doesn't disappoint either. Soft malt base with some spicy cloves, coriander, some pepper...quite estery. Nice fruity, citrusy components too - full of oranges and lemons. Mid level hop bitterness that gives a bit of bite towards the finish and helps dry things out a bit.

M - Medium body with an aggressive higher level carbonation. Nice hoppy bitterness and spicy and fruity flavors.

O - I liked this beer a lot. Very flavorful saison that has good complexity and balance and a nice assertive hop bitterness. Went out on a limb on this one and turned out to be a good find. Definitely see myself buying more of this especially during the summer time. How can you go wrong with a bottle that has artwork showing instructions for "noodling" (i.e. - sticking your hand in underwater holes to catch catfish)...great stuff!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium hazy gold with a foamy white head. A rocky skim of retention. Some lace. Great label -- how to noodle, showing catfish and fist.

Nice malt note up front, some spice, like white pepper, some tropical fruit, and yeast funk. Mine might be too cold, as the strength of aroma is mild. But I still get all those notes.

Some bitter malt up front, some seltzer-like qualities, husk, raw grain, very brief fruit, crackers, bitter herb. My one fault is that taste is fleeting, and it feels a bit thin (I'm holding back the term watery, but it is almost there). Aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Lighter bodied, well carbonated. Almost too much fizz.

A good domestic version of the style. Hits the right points, and has enough complexity. Some flaws, but fairly drinkable.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle served in a Prairie tulip glass. Pours a cloudy, yellow golden color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is a bit of straw, pepper, fruity esters, and earthy/grassy hops. Flavor is pale malts, grainy, pepper, lemon, yeasty, and a hint of funk. Mouthfeel is light, dry, refreshing and slightly bitter. Really good beer, great session beer.

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