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

A-slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and little lacing

S-bready malt, lemongrass, slightly earthy funk, hint of pineapple

T-lemon, toasted malt, light pepper, pineapple, earthy, moderately bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, clean and crisp mouthfeel

O-a nice sessionable Saison with good flavor, a great summer beer

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into a goblet.

The beer is opaque with a tarnished gold color. A white head rests on top. Plenty of carbonation can be spied inside. Pretty good lacing, but there isn't much head retention.

The beer has a very nice hoppy farmhouse aroma. Funky saison yeast is strong, but so are the citrus and grassy hops.

Standard's flavor is an interesting mix of bitter hops and classic saison flavors. It is a citrus-heavy hop flavor; and while the malts are sweet, I am not reminded of fruit juice. The yeast doesn't provide much pepperiness that I've tasted in other saisons. In the finish it does give of some farmhouse funk.

The beer does leave my mouth a little sticky; my lips are sticky too, but not as much. Body and carbonation are average for the style.

This is an enjoyable beer. Anyone looking for a different take on the saison style would enjoy this beer. Personally, I'll probably continue to drink local and buy Oxbow when I want a hoppy saison, but I am excited to see what else Prairie sends to us in Maine.

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Photo of weonfire
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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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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.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +6.5%
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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Photo of bump8628
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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 thefilmcake
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of MinorThreat
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of StaveHooks
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
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