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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prairie Hop is our hop driven saison. This beer is packed with Simcoe and Citra hops. Notes of peach, mango, and tangerine can be found in the flavor and aroma of this beer. The beer finishes dry which helps the hops jump out of the glass flavor wise.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Prairie standard, not to be confused with Prairie Standard of course. My 3rd time having this I believe.

A - 500ml pour reveals a bit of pale orange beer with full-on haze and a ton of white foam. Falls and retains easily as a half-finger or so, bits of lace left.

S - Lemongrass, straw, kinda funky white wine grape, earthy orange, farm yeasts, lime.

T - Hops come through here more with amped bitterness and flavors. Lots of farmy hay-laden peach, grapefruit, and lemon-lime, along with general earthy/grassy/winy tones. Light sweetness and and a slightly bready finish.

M - Quite foamy in true Prairie saison fashion, pretty dry+yeasty finish, a somewhat chalky feel. Bitterness is above average for the style but doesn't quite reach IPA territory. Tiny bit of alcohol warmth going on but pretty easy-going for 8%. Light tartness.

O - Seems maybe a bit muddled in the hop/farmhouse intertwining, most of the focus seems to be on the hops, but pretty nice overall. Great flavor, likin' the yeasty foaminess, impressive for 8% too.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour: On draft at The Anchor in Wichita, KS. Poured into a nonic pint. Appearance: Cloudy and light straw in color. Thick white head is present. Aroma: Earthy, spicy, with yeast and hop notes. Taste: Big and bold yeast notes. Heavy citrus/ grapefruit. Dry and spicy. Aftertaste: Citrus that lasts on the backend. Dry and spicy throughout. Overall: Really enjoyed this one. Very good. 4 out of 5.

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this over the weekend.

A- Cloudy medium orange bodied pour from the 500ml bottle into a wine glass. A large, thick white cap with a creamy texture forms over a finger with good retention. Ample sheets of lace down the sides.

S- Earthy, spicy Belgian yeast mixed with Citra and Simcoe fruity hops giving notes of tangerine, apricot, orange zest, mango and even a touch of lime.

T- The Prairie Belgian yeast imparts a lot on the beer with a drying, straw flavor and a earthy spicy feel. It could contribute some citrus but that could also be from the hops. Mango, peach, apricot stone fruits, tangerine, oranges, lime, lemon, floral and herbal hop blast after the yeasty flavors subside.

MF- Highly foamy with a massive dose of carbonation and a thick, somewhat chewy texture; frothy. Grassy, earthy bitter finish. A touch of warming from the alcohol. Puffy.

I have said this a lot but here it is truly impressive how well the 8% is hidden and how well brewed this is. The yeast is assertive but compliments the fruity and citrus hops very well while still holding its ground.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance - clear golden with a fireworks show of carbonation that builds a frothy, white head. Lacing is minimal to nonexistent. The second pour contained the sediment which made this cloudy like a puréed peach.
Smell - a mouth watering blend of fruity and sweet, with noticeable sour funk!
Taste - the citrus fruit from the nose is there right up front; I get some lemon sweetness, some tangy, bitter notes that remind me of a mix of grapefruit and green apple. Very well done and very refreshing!
Feel - after the nose and then after the first few sips, I anticipated a very bitter or sour finish, but this is surprisingly smooth and so easy to drink!
Overall - well worth the price point for a tremendous saison, but I like a few others just as much that don't break the bank. Tremendous nonetheless!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 poured into Duvel glass.

Pours cloudy orange color. Appearance is akin to that of peach juice. 2.5 fingers of fluffy, retaining head.

Aroma is a medley of hops and yeasty spice. Peach, mango, papaya, black pepper, a slight citrus sourness. Alcohol is present on the aroma.

Taste is surprisingly dry. Two beer styles competing for dominance yet in harmony. The beginning of the sip starts like a saison with the carbonation, slight spice, and yeast. It quickly transitions into a hop-forward beer. However, it doesn't taste/drink like an IPA. The hops approach, lend their mild bitterness, tropical fruits, and a prominent lime flavor, then fade to a big yeasty finish. Alcohol warmth and a slight spice is present. My only complaint is the heaviness of the yeast on the finish. The next time I try this beer (not readily available in AZ), I would decant-off any excess yeast at the bottom. The finish is slightly musty or dusty tasting. Also, this surprisingly is a very dry beer which I am actually a big fan of.

Overall, this is a very good beer; however, decant the beer to avoid the excessive yeast flavor, which is mildly off-putting. I see this pairing well with a spinach and artichoke dip or even more elegant pairings like a Dover Sole filet in a white wine butter sauce. It gets a 89/100.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 500mL bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 7/10/15, making this almost 2 months old.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. 1-finger white head with good lacing.

S: Pineapple, mango, peach, papaya. Slammed with tropical fruits up front, with a subtle Belgian-style yeast in the background.

T: Huge pineapple, mango, peach, tangerine, papaya, passion fruit up front. Middle of the mouth is very bitter and bold. Finishes dry but with a nice lingering tropical sweetness. Really have to work hard to notice that it's Belgian-style, but it's mostly in the aftertaste. This could very well be a citra IPA or DIPA.

M: Full, great carbonation. Alcohol hidden well. Quite dry and bitter on the finish, but not bruising.

O: Very nice work on the hoppy spectrum here from Prairie. Really showcasing the citra and simcoe here. I think it's okay that the Belgian-style aspect gets muted a bit as the hops dominate. Turns this into a nice bitter brew that is surprisingly drinkable. I think the ABV and the body are right in the sweet spot. One of the better hoppy offerings from Prairie, with a unique Belgian twist.

Recommendation: When it comes to hoppy beer from Prairie, this is the one so far. Get it and drink it fresh.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light orange with a gorgeous frothy white head with good distribution. Excellent retention, good clinging. Smells of lemon rind, pine needles, spicy and peppery yeast with a touch grass, banana and melon. Taste is of passion fruit up front followed by citrus rind and a faint hint of watermelon rind. Slightly boozy finish with a lingering bitterness. Thin mouthfeel with a tingle on the back of the tongue. A good beer, but I guess I'm more into the yeasty saisons, rather than hoppy ones.

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Photo of ChupoChupo
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These guys do no wrong

Amazing tropical fruit aromas with some lime like citrus backing intermingling with spicy yeast, slight earth hiding underneath. The palate follows suit with the yeast and citrus forward hops battling it out. The high abv provides a sweeter malt profile that when combined with the esters makes it seem like a hop forward tripel. Pretty interesting stuff

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Photo of kaiyote
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks and feels like a tripel, but tastes like a blend between that and a saison. I would have expected the dry-hopping to add more floral notes to this, but instead it seems to have mellowed it somewhat. There is an interesting amount of hops late in the swallow, however. Solid entry from Prairie Artisan Ales, in my opinion.

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Photo of Lagerhouserules
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This drinks more like a tripel than a saison. You taste the booze. It's pleasant, if abut syrupy. Nice hop presence balances the yeast. Some effervescence but not enough to my liking. Solid but wouldn't buy over a Hennepin

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle on August 11, 2015. Look is cloudy gold with a thick head and lingering lacing. Smell is lemon, some spice and yeast. Taste is a blend a bitter citrus fruit flavors, yeast, and herb and spice notes. Feel is medium in body with a dry finish.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: golden straw, cloudy, 2+ fingers of white head.

Smell: da funk, plus da hops (in da background). Very nice.

Taste: the Belgian funk hits first, nice and tangy, then the hops follow - light citrus, a little pungent. Exquisite.

Feel: lotsa carbonation going on, as I expect with a saison, and it's VERY dry.

Overall: I've been looking forward to this for a bit now, and it didn't disappoint at all. A great example of the style, with a bit more hop punch. Very well executed by Prairie.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is tropical fruit, cloves and herbs/spices. The flavor is citrus, tropical fruit, spices/very mild heat, slightly coarse texture and a tart/bitter finish.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. A very ripe, well-balanced hoppy saison. The hops don't overpower, but will still tickle your tongue. I think this would be a great beer for IPA-lovers to help introduce them to more complex beers. Whereas hops dominate IPAs, the hops in this saison simply add texture and fruit notes to an extremely flavorful ale. My hat goes off to Prairie Artisan Ales.

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Photo of ryaneasterling
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful, subtle, and hop minded Saison/Farmhouse Ale. I didn't catch much "grassy" flavour but I did notice the subtle hop complexity and dangerous drinkability. This is a nod to the hop hysteria of the current beer landscape without being an abrasive hop bomp. It also avoids the trap of malt overload. This is a wonderful beer that just so happens to be up my "alley".

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Photo of kemoarps
3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Turbid orange body with a massive massive white head. Like three fingers+. Stiff peaks. Seriously, I blew on it and it formed a wavecurl and held.

You can tell right away that the yeast is going to play an integral part in this movie: sweet belgian, crisp tart apples are the dominant note here. Some lemon.

Starts off sweet following the apple/lemon blueprint laid out by the nose, but takes a sharp detour into... like baked almond biscotti? Yeah, that reminds me of my classmate's dad's biscotti. NOT what I was expecting. Also, I'm not a huge fan of biscotti in general. I know, I know. Almond gives way and it rededicates to the yeast and hop bitterness of grassy lemon and apple and a slight tart funkiness.
Finish is at once yeasty sweet and sharply bitter.
A unique one per my experience. Probably wouldn't grab it again, but I could see how this would work for some folk

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a huge sudsy head that was almost fist-size in the large tulip glass. It calmed down to a half inch layer that laced sporadically. Hazy orange color. Aromas are spice, lemon, citrus, and sweet grains. Flavor showcases the characteristic twang of a saison with the hoppiness of an APA. Mouthfeel is light and crisp for the style. A very good choice. My sample tasted like it might be past its prime though.

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Photo of VinceP
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely a fine Belgian. I get the Simcoe and Citra as well as the tangerine, bitter orange and spicy Belgian yeasties. However, I get no peach or mango as described. Maybe my pallet needs some work. Good offering but may not order another.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking beer. Very earthy. Kind of a grassy, mildly inky, clay-ish thing going on. Floral and perfume tones are there as well. Very faint touch of sweet with a doughy and yeasty thing there too. Nice Belgian style ale. Love to see American breweries producing Belgian ales on this level.

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Photo of patpbr
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Foamy white head lingers above the deep orange brew
S - Fruity, lemon yeast
T - Grapes, apple and mango and its slightly bitter with a bit of grassy hop flavor.
M - Medium body that finishes dry
O - Great complexity and flavors that make this very good.

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Photo of KATCanada
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice cloudy orange with short white foam. Looks nice, Not a ton of carbonation. Nose is grapefruit. Nice dry with a slight bitterness, just what I'd expect from the style. I feel a bit of the heat from this. Very slight funk taste, less than expected> very crisp and drinkable. Would drink again but I much prefer the Prairie Ale...

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a mostly transparent golden color with a big fluffy white head.

S. Yeasty, lemony. Characteristic for a saison.

T. Nice. Yeasty but not too funky. White grape, maybe apricot or peach. Not overwhelmingly fruity. Slight bitterness. Green apple andgrassy aftertaste. It had that nice bit of hop bitterness and resin. The finish is pretty clean.

M. Body is a 4 on a 1-10 scale. Nice crisp carbonation. A sought warming going down. Finishes just slightly dry much like a green apple.

O. A very nice saison. Not too funky. Nice mild fruitiness. Very nice mouthfeel. Finishes with just enough flavor to make you go back for more. Gets better as it warms a little. Will drink again.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear shiny golden with a small frothy head that doesn't seem to go away to soon.
Smells funky, with some lemon sourness. Hay, herbs, grass, cream, nice orchard fruit (pear, quince, yellow apple), bit of apricot, cherry plum, even tropical hints. A hint of brandy warmth up the nostrils.
There's a great yeasty complexity here, complemented by the hops. Initially, rich orchard fruit, like fresh pear, apple (hints of cider), peach, leading to some musty white grape and even a bit of mango juice. Rich citrus too, getting bitter and bitter, from light tangerine to grapefruit. Light grainy backbone, with a nice splash of honey to help all the flavors stick. The saison funk marries perfectly with the grassy hop, giving off a really strong "field" taste (aside of a light moldy feel), with herbs, green barley, straw, lemongrass, peppermint and lots(!) of floral notes, dry and perfumey to go along with the bitter dry finish. That's not all, there's also clove and some white pepper, trying to shine along with the funk.
Medium body, smooth carbonation. Aftertaste is rich with spices, funky grass, apple peel, citrus peel, light tropical fruit and a bit of alcoholic warmth that reminds of mixed fruit schnapps.
This is not just a hop driven saison, it's a monster of saison with hops integrated perfectly. They never steal the show, only complement the yeasty complexity. Awesome on so many levels.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is almost too clean!

Appearance: Light golden color with lots of light froth!

Smell: Not as hoppy/dank/floral as you would expect it would be. I couldn't find a date on this one, but I wonder if it might be on the older side?

Taste: Light, kind of thin, finishes really really clean! Its amazing really how clean this beer finishes. It could be a very dangerous beer on a hot day, considering it is 8%! Some floral notes, not much alcohol, maybe a little bit of some Belgian yeast going on. But not really dank or funky in that respect. Its an animal all of its own. Thus far my experience with Prairie has been with stouts but this is a very interesting version for sure.

Overall: Its the cleanest beer I think I have ever drank, it leaves no sticky residue in the mouth after drinking it. Its kind of like a saison, but not really. I don't know how to describe this beer because its not really an IPA and its not really a Belgian hopped up ale either. Its very unique really. Totally enjoyable.

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Photo of philbe311
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was excited to stumble upon this recently while traveling through Maryland... A standard pour yields a voluminous three plus fingers worth of light airy fluffy snow white head comprised of mostly huge chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Once settled, there is a mostly full veil of lacing and moderate-to-thick collar... The color is a slightly pale mix of light straw and muted amber... A moderate bit of carbonation some of which clings to the glass and some of which rises briskly throughout... Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head starts to settle... The nose is big and assertive... It's equal parts Belgian yeast blast and citrusy hop goodness... It smells like you're standing right next to the brew kettle... Vibrant lemon and orange zest... Some nice light earthy character as well... Grassy and Belgian yeast to start... A bit of an earthy hop bite throughout... Some light peppery notes on the finish... On the fuller side of light bodied... Very delicate... Limited carbonation... Airy, but not thin in any way... Just a subtle touch of dryness... Quite unique and enjoyable mouthfeel... A very unique and highly enjoyable brew... A tremendous introduction to Prairie Artisan Ales... The Saison character wins out by a bit, but the American hop presence add layers of complexity and dimension that make this a must try for any self respecting beer geek...

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