Prairie 'Merica | Prairie Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
‘Merica is a single malt, single hop farmhouse ale. It’s brewed with floor malted pilsner and 3lbs per bbl Nelson Sauvin hops. The beer is conditioned with 2 brett strains and wine yeast. The Nelson hops provide white wine flavors while Brettanomyces add a juicy quality to the beer.

Added by bump8628 on 03-17-2013

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#4,311
Reviews:
129
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835
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
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Photo of Zylod
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Merica is close to a great saison. Refreshing. Distinctive. Paired well with a simple summer meal (a herby potato salad.)
This ale Looks inviting, big fluffy head that sticks around. Smells get interesting with the brett and fruity Nelson that, later, take on a lavender scent. Tastes largely emerge the same way; fruity then herbal/floral. As this warmed , it became less enjoyable and all the herbs (including hops) left my mouth a bit too dry.

The bottle I have is quite different than the one below. I don't know if the new owners (Krebs) are updating the packaging as they often do. But Overall, this was a good experience and I look forward to more from Prairie (this being only my 2nd.)

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Photo of Dovers
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teromous
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There is a ridiculously small date code printed in yellow lettering which is located about half-way between where the shoulder and neck would be on a regular bottle. I didn't even notice it until 2/3 of the beer had been poured out. The code is: "0977100 09:33 11617"

Appearance: The beer pours with a massive white head that lingers forever, seemingly never wanting to go away. It has a hazy body that is a light shade of gold. Fantastic retention and lacing.

Aroma: It smells a bit like old honeydew melons and wildflowers. After smelling the beer for a while it takes on a bit more of a floral soap aroma. A strong perfume aroma starts to build as the beer is consumed. When the mouth and nose are left alone from the beer they have this urea-like quality that steeps the senses.

Taste: Oddly there is a good deal of alcohol that comes through noticeably on this beer. Even on the first sip it came through along with the potpourri of retronasal aromas and complementary flavors. The beer tastes like a perfume of flowers. It has a very light tart fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels light and well carbonated. It ends perfectly, giving way to both flavor and aroma. The character of the beer on the palate is such that it acts like a canvas. Rather than standing out on its own it acts perfectly as a base for this beer.

Overall: It's always nice to find a surprise, and this beer was one. It is exactly what you want to see, smell, and taste when somebody hands you this style of beer. It's a bit funky, a bit fruity, a bit spicy, it's floral, and it gives you all of it at once. It delivers everything in large and copious amounts. I would buy it again. Farmhouse Ales and Saisons can change from year to year given their unpredictable nature, but for 2018 I can whole-hardheartedly say that you should buy and try this great beer out.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up on my trip out west last month, somewhere in Nevada. Finally got around to this tonight and boy, was this one funky and crazy beer! It exploded out of the bottle when I opened it as it was quite "live" as it tasted that in every sense of the word. This was a slow sipper that had a lot of nuances to it and wouldn't appeal to every imbiber, but I did appreciate how different and unique this was!

Interesting pour to this was the beer was a muted gold, cloudy, and full of head that streamed out of the bottle as I opened it. Lots of sediment on the bottom too, as that had to be swirled out. Once that settled, this looked pleasing as it filled up my pint glass and was oddly pleasing to the nose. Lots of white wine, funky good, yeast, and floral spice. Most of the lacing was scattered and not in the form of rings but it was present, which was on par with the level of thickness of this beer. The hops took a back seat to the funk and earthiness of this beer but it was enjoyable once it warmed up, as it felt like it was aged in wine barrels. Somewhat dry and not as carbonated as the onset of bubbles led me to believe, this had a faint slickness in the aftertaste; serving as proof of the presence of the Nelson Sauvin hops...

The amount of alcohol was just right as I could feel this warm me up a bit when all was said and done. Loved the label and this beer was a good example of the state of American craft brewing - well-done, unique, and artisan. Worth the price for something different from the norm!

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Photo of andyjeigh
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themayorkoch
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bb-magic
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McBraniel
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on draft at Brew and Co. Bedford, NY, and now reviewed from a 1/2 growler.

Pours light and hazy, delicate cap leaves minor spotty lacing.

Faint sniff, with some leafy funkiness.

The excitement here really is when this one is experienced over the palate...light earthy/leafy/forest floor/yeasty/wheaty notes, some ripe subtle fruitiness, dry hops in the finish...gotta love a brett saison...complex, smooth, soft in the mouth n quite tasty....went great with a bite of cheese, crusty bread and peppery salad

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Photo of fitzy84
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA. The beer is a murky, light orange with a really large, bubbly head. The aromas, to me, had a light, almost feather, citrus smell. The taste is a bit more complex than the smell, with a good presence of those citrus hops but its wrapped around some lemon wheat. Very well carbonated and crisp. Overall, this is a great farmhouse ale, especially with its appearance, taste, and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/6//16

Appearance: Kicks up a big, fluffy head that covers the cloudy goldenstraw colored liquid; excellent retention and a good smattering of lace

Smell: White wine and horse blanket in a bed of wet straw; with 15 months in the bottle, the Brett has really taken over

Taste: The malt brings a wisp of biscuit tone that adds just a touch of residual sugar to underpin the hops and the Brett; the funky horse blanket emerges quickly and dominates, though the Nelson Sauvin hops add a white wine character, after the swallow; herbal and wood tones, through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: An interesting beer that I think I would have preferred at an earlier stage of development, before the Brett overwhelmed the hops

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Photo of kingjohnh
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Yancey82
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a glossy pale yellow color with a finger's worth of foamy white head that concaved nicely to allow a slight wisp of a little white semi-sticky lace running here and there.
The aroma had some sweet herbal to white bready and Belgian yeasty character playing with a little bit of mint then some basement funk and touch of vinous sweetness. Light grassiness at the very end. Nice lemon freshness came out as it warmed.
The flavor was moderately sweet flowing through the prior mentioned aromas and touching down on a mild vinous sour edge. Subtle crisp funk popping a little bit of citrus peel seemed to come in nicely. Aftertaste was mainly sweet through a blend of some funk, white wine, mint, herbal character and grassiness.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt as projected. The finish was very nice - it's herbal and sweet with some bready and grassy notes and a super faint white grape (not so much white wine, seemed to be more white grape).
Overall, an absolutely wonderful saison by Prairie well worthy of having again.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle dated 10-07-16. Poured from bottle into NB chalice, nice 2 - 3 finger cream colored head, nice retention and nice lacing. Hazy bright yellow in the glass, some visible yeast. Smells of white wine must, grassy herbal hops, along with slight fruity esters (as it sits and warms, it becomes a little more funky). Taste initially minerally white wine, spicy pepper, clean malt background, middle has some stone fruit, more pepper (throughout the sip), and finish is on the crisp dry side. Man and to think I only picked up one of these. Great beer, good mouthfeel, no lingering aftertaste, just a slight tingle on the tongue.

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

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Prairie 'Merica from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 835 ratings