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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 zeledonia
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 18 May 2015.

Pours hazy pale golden straw yellow. One plus fingers of white head, fluffy and dense with tiny bubbles. Great retention and lacing.

Smell is outstanding. Floral, yeasty, and spicy, in near-perfect balance. Leans a bit more towards the first two, but the harmony is stunning. A touch of hops in the back end. I could drink this in all day.

Taste is sweet, with all sorts of highlights dancing around the bright honey-like center. Yeast is big and strong, giving it a rich Belgian strong ale sense. Quite tasty, but could be more complex.

Feel is excellent. Medium-bodied, with bright fizzy carbonation. A bit sticky. Great fit to the beer, keeping the flavors in motion so they don't get tedious.

A really good saison, solid across the board. My main complaint is that it's a little too sweet, and that overshadows the other flavors.

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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.

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Photo of mac31
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold

Nose: hoppy/grassy, fresh, honey

Refreshing and enjoyable from start to finish. Right away, the first few sips I get pineapple, white wine, and melon. Pale lemon tartness with banana esters. Fermented orange blossom honey. Not much funk, but noticeable. Belgian yeast is evident. Soft yeasty spiciness. Finishing semi dry. Carbonation seems a little low, per the style. This beer was gone before I knew. Drinkability is the hallmark of a good beer. This is extremely drinkable. Can't wait to grab another.

There was unique flavor component that I could not identify. It was the lime from the Motueka hops. Different. Nice.

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

12 oz bottle. date code of 15315 - 153 day of 2015?

very hazy/cloudy yellow in color, tall white head from pour, but it settles down. aroma is earthy, herbal, spicy, grassy. taste is light, crisp, refreshing. thinner body, higher carbonation. well executed.

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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.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden, slight amber hue. Looser carbonation forms a nice head that sticks around - remains mostly around the rim and slightly coats the surface.

Nose is of a mostly typical saison, banana, bit of spice and ripe bright fruit. Character of the hop gives a bit of a fruity note.

Flavor is solid saison. Light, bright, funky. Nice drying aspect from the hops. A lot of ripe fruit here - typical banana but I get mango too.

Finish is long here, feel a bit of the alcohol which surprised me for as low of an ABV as it is. Adds more sweetness than anything, the hop character fades pretty quickly for me but the fruit and funk linger. Very nice, great at the price. Glad I got more than one.

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

Pours a slightly hazy straw with a white and bubbly head, seems to have plenty of carbonation.
Aroma is slightly fruity with a touch of pepper.
Quite tasty with an appropriate level of yeasty funk, some grassiness, a little pepper bite and a slightly bitter and drying finish that seems to last forever.
Mouthfeel is medium and bubbly yet dry.
Overall, quite nice. I'd like another, please.

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Photo of philbe311
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of crisp uniform bone white colored froth with a few big chunky bubbles mixed in... Audibly fizzy... Solid retention gives way an even uniform veil of lush lacing... The color is a vibrant pale gold... There is a slight haziness... A light to moderate bit of slightly sluggish to moderate paced carbonation...

S - The Belgian yeast is at the forefront... Next are a mix of grassy and earthy notes... Then a slight hoppiness begins to emerge... There are also some subtle and pleasant spice components as well... Just a touch of cotton candy on the finish...

T - Belgian yeast... There is the addition of a pleasant honey component on the palate... A touch of pepper and sage... Drinks a bit more like a Tripel rather than a Saison (that isn't a complaint, just an observation)... Some lime zest??? Opens up a bit more as it warms to room temperature... Not too much in terms of hoppiness...

M - Medium bodied... Dry throughout... A bit chalky... Saliva inducing on the finish... Clean and consistent...

D - An very interesting American interpretation of the classic Belgian style... Easy enough to drink... Enough nuance to keep it interesting, but this one falls a bit short of top notch... Still a highly enjoyable offering worth seeking out...

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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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Prairie Standard from Prairie Artisan Ales
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