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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.

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Photo of McStagger
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gone noodlin'.

A: Cloudy, murky pale yellow. Splash over two fingers of bleach white head. Massive bubbles. Fairly rapid dissipation. Moderate carbonation rises to the surface, with many tiny little bubbles making up the head.

S: Funky and barnyard like. Horse blanket, musk. Sauvignon blanc tones. Sharp citrus. Maybe a slight pink peppercorn.

T: Very slightly sweet malt up front. Nice esters on the back end. Slightly spicy clove and or/all spice. Rounds out with bubblegum flavors. This is cut by a sudden acidity on the finish, akin to citrus rind. Finishes with dryness and acidity.

M: Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is more subdued on the palate, acting as slightly seltzery balance on the back of the tongue.

O: Pretty nice saison. Not sure about the hoppiness. There's a vein of citrus running through that picks up towards the finish. Not as prevalent in the nose. Still, pretty solid brew.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint at Public at the Brickyard. Not hoppy in my opinion. Disappointing beer from a brewery I have come to like very much. 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a two- finger white head that dissipates quickly but retains a thin film. 3.75
S - A hoppy funk, little to no spice. 3.25
T - Some funk combined with a citrusy orange edge. 3.75
MF - Medium light with a dry finish. 3.75

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Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4-pack of 12oz bottles recently purchased. This was a purchase made because it was spoken very highly of and the description seems like an absolute winner. The brew appears a pale yellow with fizzy cap thats very quick to fade despite constantly streaming bubbles.

The smell is slightly citrus-like with clove and wheat. Some yeasty suggestions of banana, apple and pear. Im surprised to not find much hop character as advertised.

The taste is fruity like apple meets pear skins and a soft hint of lemon. Some wheat is present before yeast comes into play with clove and an overall zesty feeling.

This is light bodied with effervescent carbonation. A nice brew but not nearly as hoppy and exciting as i was expecting based on how this was presented to me. Id certainly drink it again if offered but nothing mind blowing here just a clean and easy saison.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This had the funk that you want in a saison. I get a subtle puckering mouth feel. I get some bitter hops, with a refreshing aftertaste. The nose has a certain sweet smell that I can't pin point, but the saison doesn't have a fruit character that often get with saisons.

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Photo of TH28
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 4/27/15 production date. Appearance: Pale golden, slightly cloudy, and a bright white foam cap with decent lacing. Aroma: Spicy farmhouse yeast, peppery, earthy. Light hop fruitiness. Taste: Light, grainy malt sweetness, with a citric peel flavor in the middle, and a peppery, earthy bitterness on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderately high carbonation. Finish: Very dry finish, with some lingering clove. Overall: Really good, drinkable saison. Nice spicy and peppery yeast character, with a typical dry finish. Hops give a citrus character as well.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a murky gold, nice billowing head.

S - Earthy, floral hops, funky brett.

T - A slightly tart, slightly citrus-y yeast funk leads the palate, with a sage-like spice fading in. Earthy noble hops fade in, adding an extra bite to the mix before the funk takes over.

M - Medium-light body, slick body, light carbonation. Very slight dryness.

O - Very complex earthiness and tartness. Very well-done Saison.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow and hazy with a bubbly smallish head. Nice base malt but gives me more of a tart finish then i look for in this style. This beer has the basic farmhouse ale category traits but is not a stand out for me.

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Photo of silverking
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's a very attractive beer. Murky, bright golden with a fluffy white head. Decent head retention, minimal lacing. It has a very acidic aroma. Lemon and vinegar, some pepper and herbal hops as well. I'm not really detecting any of that signature saison "funk".
The taste seems, well, watered down. There is definitely some lemon that wants to pop through, but it stays subdued and gradually builds up to a grassy and slightly bitter mid palate. The finish does show some bright notes of citrus and citrus peel. Very interesting progression of flavors. It has a watery mouth feel with slightly prickly carbonation. Refreshing.
Overall: enjoyable, recommended.

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Photo of QuadConPana
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Merriam Webster

Standard :
3 :something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example :criterion <quite slow by today's standards>
4 :something set up and established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality

The name is appropriate, because this beer is unremarkable in a very good way. It's not thicker or tarter or hoppier or funkier. It's not anythinger. It's not afraid to be just a good balanced beer.

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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.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of limes and spices are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of limes along with some notes of spicy hops (not of the peppery yeast variety).
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: The Motueka hops lend some uniqueness to this saison as they impart aromas and flavors of limes and spiciness, but it lacks the dryness that you normally expect from a saison. It makes for a good summer beer if you are looking for something limey that isn't an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy, light yellow beer with a three finger high, white head

Nose: Citrus, yeast, lime, grapefruit, pineapple and grassy hops.
Taste: Grapefruit, grass, lime, citrus and hops.
Body: Medium body. Light sour. Medium carbonation. Medium bitterness.
Nice saison. Ok but not any better than the Belgian and French originals and in Sweden it has a to high price.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
A - tall white head slowly fizzles atop a hazed golden ale
S - earthy grassy hops, crackery malt, lemon & lime zest
T - tangy and zesty with lemongrass, lime, yeast, juicy fruit
M - medium bodied, sharp and semi-bitter, while finishing dry
O - very refreshing and unique. I may buy this again if the price is right.

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Photo of bigsteve45
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: very small head. light golden color. very hazy.

aroma: very funky. strong brett smell. farmhouse funk at its finest. wet hay and mushrooms.

taste: typical belgian ale flavor. Bready belgian yeast with banana. It differs in that it has a slight sour finish and is tangy and funky.

Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation on the finish but a light viscosity. Crisp

Overall: Very enjoyable beer from Prairie. One of my favorite offerings from them. I would definitely buy again and would recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle-maybe dated January 2015:
Pours a cloudy straw yellow, fluffy white head that lasts pretty well.
Nose is funky (Brett?), cheese like, with hints of lemon. Hay and grass accent the funkiness; there's also a herbal note, even mint.

Taste starts crisp, with hay/grass farm flavors accented with a lime rind like bitter tartness. The drink is quite dry overall, but with a tingling of carbonation. The funkiness from the nose never quite comes out en force.
A very enjoyable, light feeling saison, with some interesting flavor combinations.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy yellow color with a white head with nice retention
S-spicy peppercorns, lemon, lime
T-nice spicy yeast character, with more lemon and lime citrus carried throughout, finishes dry and clean
M-light-medium bodied, high carbonation
O-Very crisp and refreshing beer. Great saison character with a citrus twist

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemon jelly body with big white foaming head
Cloves & citrus on the aroma
A lot of fruit fighting with saison yeast, citric acid & digestive biscuit
making a whirlwind of flavour
this is amazing

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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: bubbly head on an golden orange body. Hazy, wish it had more clarity.

Smell: pungent, lemon zest, floral, slight funk.

Taste: Very balanced flavors: citrus, peppercorn, sweet fruity finish.

Mouth feel: really enjoyable, super bubbly, medium body.

Overall: I now have a new favorite everytime beer from Prairie! This is outstanding. Simple farmhouse that is well executed all around.

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Photo of pinyin
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A perfect all around farmhouse ale.

Light in color and abv%, heavy in texture and flavor. Nice cloudy yellowish light gold. Very refreshing on a warm day. Yeast profile seems kind of hybrid, with a blend of saison and helles lager. Nose is very citrus, lemon and nectarine tasting notes. Overall this a subdued and well balanced farm house ale. Very sessionable, albeit the heavier texture of a saison, I could easily see drinking 3-4 of these. While this is my first taste Of Prairie Artisan Ales, I am looking forward to trying them all as they become available in NY state thanks to Remarkable Liquids, a high end distribution outlet working hard to get us the best.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a large three-finger foamy white head. Light amount of spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of lemon and peppery yeast.

T - The taste is very refreshing. Lemon and lime upfront followed by peppery yeast. There is some graininess in the finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp and clean mouthfeel.

O - This is a Saison. The flavors are very clean and refreshing. This is a perfect warm weathe beer.

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Photo of ranger7
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Hazy yellow. Thin white head which dissipates quickly. Good lacing. I like the hand-drawn label and bottlecap.
S: Lemon and lime.
T: Lime. Grassy? Nice. Refreshing.
F: Light bodied. Good carbonation.
O: Good. A nice example of the style. The lime taste is a nice change.

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Photo of MtnSoup
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sort of confused by the reviews of this one - beguiled by Prairie perhaps; regardless, it's a decent representation of this style, but it fell short in virtually every category for me...very faint citrus/lemon, and farmhouse flavors, but overall I just get malt and an almost lager taste.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Eh, am I missing something here? Tastes like perfume and flowers. I get dough and bread on the backend and an earthiness as well. I assume this isn't how it normally is. Or at least, I hope not.

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

12 oz. bottle, with some sort of smeared coded bottling information on the side. Shelton Brothers just recently hit my area with lots of bottles, so I know this one is fresh. My third beer from Prairie Artisan Ales, and my second of their saison / farmhouse ale offerings. My bottle lists a 5.60% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright cloudy golden orange, with just a bit of yeast sedimentation noticeable, and one finger of soft fluffy white head. Doesn't leave much lacing behind, but it looks solid either way.

S - The aroma is much more on par with what I expect from a saison than their Prairie Birra was. Floral, herbal, & malty, with an almost gose-like sour / saltiness to it.

T - Taste is crisp & zesty, lemony & citrusy, herbal & floral. Grainy & bready with crisp saison yeast. As noted, the Motueka hops add a nice lemon / lime citrus flavor to the brew.

M - Crisp, clean, & zesty. Medium-bodied with excellent carbonation.

Overall, an excellent every day easy-drinking saison. By far one of those most solid representations of the style that I've yet to try, and I continue to look forward to more from Prairie.

Prairie Standard -----4/5.

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Photo of Evahflow
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- golden with an orange hue, inch of head that doesn't stick around, I'd say average farmhouse coloring

S-toasted malts, citrus zest, spicy earthiness

T- pils malt, citrus zest, lime, grassy dry earthy finish.

M- decent mouth feel, medium carbonation, good crisp dryness

O- this is a decent saison. I expected more coming from prairie. I'd like the saison yeast to shine through a little more. Overalls this is a decent offering that is pretty drinkable

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