Prairie Artisan Ales

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #156
Ranked #2,699
4.13 | pDev: 9.93%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Notes: ‘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.
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Photo of WickedBeer
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled April 27, 2017 (117th day of 2017), hoping this has developed nicely.

Pours a great golden hue, with a pressured pop and lots of frothy white head that rises up and bubbles over the brim of the glass. It settles to about a quarter inch and leaves small spots of lace around the inside.

Really nice farmhouse nose to this. Wildflower honey, honeydew, and (agreeing with some other observations) a soapy quality to it. I'm getting a really noticeable rose hip aroma as well, giving the overall smell a perfumey quality. Not in any way offputting, more a unique, inviting profile.

A pretty similar flavor profile to what became indicative of the nose, with a return of that floral rose as well as barnyard funk, and malt. A more present lavender quality also comes out and compliments a predominance of Brett throughout. Not too bad, but a little all over the place. These qualities worked more for the nose than they did for the flavors.

Frothy, full mouthfeel. The carbonation was heavy yet soft, giving a breadiness to the overall feel. There's a finishing hint of boozy warmth on the back end, but the mouthfeel was good and familiar for a more Brett-forward farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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 teromous
4.46/5  rDev +8%
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 JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Billolick
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +2.2%
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 brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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 donspublic
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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 HotDogBikeRide
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gold, slightly translucent ale. Funky, slightly fruity, heavy herbacious scent - like oregano or spices. Smell is incredible and sticks out more than anything. Clear drinking, light ale, almost pilsner-like taste. Warming to the pallet, smooth alcohol hidden within. Some fruit in the foreground with a minor yeasty taste. Clean as hell finish, leaving a light residue of fruity resin. So good on tap.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a slightly hazy light gold topped by a dense three finger white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing.
S: Smells of spicy yeast, grassy hop notes, slight notes that remind me of a chardonnay, and a little cracker like malt
T: Taste is grassy and spicy with some light fruitiness, slight tartness as well along with some white grape juice notes. Swallow is more white grapes, grassy hops and spicy yeast with a little more fruitiness.
M: This beer has a moderate mouthfeel that is slightly creamy with soft carbonation and a dry finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some good flavors and some nice complexity. Well crafted and a decent benchmark for the style. One to try if you like this kind of beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange-yellow color and an extremely cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, very long-lasting head. Sparse lacing, though.

S: Had an aroma of yeast, hops, light fruit, a light vinous quality, and some spices.

T: Tasted of some light tropical fruits (melon), white wine grapes, some spices (pepper), a moderate amount of hops, brettanomyces, and a bit of yeast. This is a very interesting flavor, with the inclusion of the grapes and hops. Not quite as aggressive as some saison flavors, but still quite tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this isn't my favorite Prairie beer, it's still incredibly drinkable. Well made and solid.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i know that i am a sucker for nelson hops, so i was always going to like this one, but its really darn good, one of the better prairie beers i have had of late, wish it didnt take me so long to finally get around to trying this one. clearer than expected for a wild beer, and somewhat less heady from the tap. but a nice pale golden color and some bubbles in my snifter glass. aroma here is nelson all day, and if you are familiar with this hop, the nose will be immediately recognizable. some fruity funk to this as well from the brett, a light wheat malt waft, and a white wine grape thing too. i really like the grassy aspect they have developed in the flavor with the hops, its all the tropical distinct goodness, but there is more too it, almost a european bent, a side of nelson i have not known before, and i think thats rad! white wine and bretty funk all the way with the nelson, and a really simple malt base that doesnt add a whole lot of flavor i dont think. soft notes of melon and dandelion to this, kiwi fruit and some light woodiness, straw, and citrus zest. tons of brett, a little tartness too. its all very cohesive and easy drinking, but i wish it had a little more carbonation, its there but if this were at an effervescent level it would make it that much better, at least for me. another winner from prairie, i tend to like their saison styles more than anything else they do, and this is one of their best!

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I’ve had this Saison many times. It has a distinct and unique flavor profile that surprises you every time, and yet is very drinkable. It is one of my favorites.

Prairie Artisan Ales make a lot of good beer.

Look: semi-clear golden yellow hue with a two-inch frothy white head.

Aroma: grassy, citrus, some funk and pepper

Taste: There's cracker/wheat and lots of fruit, citrus, pineapple, banana, grapefruit, as well as brett funkiness but not too much, and some pepper.

Feel: medium body and it's juicy and fresh tasting.

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

A: Fantastic name and bottle art. Head on the pour isn't as crazy as some saisons. Very bright golden glow. Nice lacing.
S: Big nose. Grassy, peppery.
T: Dry, familiar Prairie taste. Really refreshing for a 7.5% beer. Feel like I could session this. Good thing comes in four packs.
F: Full of flavor and booze well hidden.
O: More fire from Prairie. A joy working through their portfolio.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fruity Belgian farmhouse aroma with a scent of spices, funk, and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some farmhouse funk and spice hints of peppers, clove, and coriander. Funky scent of brett. White wine like scent of white grapes. Big fruit mix with some lemon zest, orange, apricot, green apple, pear, pineapple, and banana. Floral and earthy hops with a scent of grass and pine. Malt hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. A very nice zesty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and juicy Belgian farmhouse style taste with notes of spices, funk, and citrus. Belgian yeast with farmhouse funk and spice notes of clove, pepper, and coriander. Good notes of brett funk. Some white wine notes of white grape and a little oak. Zesty fruit notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, green apple, banana, and pear. Good earthy hop notes of grass and slight pine. Malt notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and very drying.

Overall: A very good take on a Saison. Good mix of spice, funk, and fruit notes.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy yellowish with a nice foamy white head and excellent lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Funk, hay , little citrus, little spice and lemon.

Taste - Very nice flavors, the straw/hay funk is blended well with the lemon/citrus

Feel - Light side of medium well carbonated and pretty dry

Overall - A really well done Farmhouse, aroma and flavors are spot on .

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The first Prairie Ale I tasted was the Prairie Ale Saison.
Excellent. This is also in that class, but very different.

It's a single hop, Nelson Sauvin, one of my favorites. Moa brews with this hop which is native to New Zealand.

Pours a golden yellow color, in a Mikasa tulip, with a 4F head,

Aroma: very distintive. I realize right away this isn't a take on the Prairie Ale. Tropical fruit, citrus, funk. The aroma mellows with warming, but the fruity quality remains.

Very tropical fruit taste, blueberry, funk. I don't usually associate this with Nelson Sauvin which has a Sauvignon Blanc character to it.

The Pilsner malt mellows the MF, and this beer is quite drinkable, far less carbonation than most Saisons.

Relatively mellow finish. Funk, fruit, and lightl bitterness.

Overall-wonderful beers from this brewer. One of the better Saisons I've tasted in a while.

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not good. This was soured, but not in a good way. Like rotten sour. Best way I can sum up, urine and pepper dominate. With some bitterness and lemon on the back end.

Don't revisit.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A Reassessment from a previous review
A: 1-finger head, lemon yellow body with an orange hue with nice lacing
S: a sharp, hoppy, citrus note with lots of pepper, crisp, pungent and pleasant (there’s some melon-esque sweetness here as well)
T: a big citrus smack right out of the gate, with a peppery aftertaste that is subtle and not overstated, also a prominent grassy note quite nice
M: sticky but not overly so
O: Decent and nice, feels more like a not too hoppy IPA than a saison, not too bad

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Photo of MinerBob
1.87/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Cloudy color with a high head so the carbonation is a lot higher than I like. Has the hop that has a nasty cactus flavor very strong and a harsh aftertaste. Cool label and name but this leaves A LOT to be desired.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a rich yellow with a large head. The aroma is fresh clean hay, barnyard, brett, bell pepper, and white pepper. The flavor features honeydew, apricot, white grapes, white pepper, and marzipan. The mouthfeel is light bodied, fizzy, and foamy. Overall this is an absolutely delicious beer - refreshing, and yet marvelously complex, with unusual fruit notes, spice and fun. A real winner.

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Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow gold with a sparse, bubbly white head. Aroma exhibits a funky earthy spice at first before giving way to cereal grain, hay, lime, grape, and fragrant flowers. Hoppy farmhouse flavor, but not as Nelson-forward as expected. Dough, grass, lemon/lime zest, green herbs, peach, anise, and fruity yeast. Brettanomyces is flowery and leathery giving a nice barnyard quality to the hoppy Saison base. Soft, dry, medium-light feel. Tasty and drinkable...wish it was cheaper.

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Photo of Buck89
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A hazy pale yellow color with a frothy and foamy white head. Nice nose with lemon, pepper, white wine, wood, and farmhouse funk. Spicy pepper on the first sip, followed with a heavy dose of funk, Brett, wine, lemon, and dough. Dry and warming on the finish with a pleasantly bitter ring. Love this.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 2016 batch with new label.

Pours a hazy, pale gold with 1/2 finger of head that leads to a thick lace. Smell is full of funk with some floral hop notes. The taste has the hops up front with plenty of rustic farmhouse notes in the middle leading into a clean finish. Outstanding farmhouse ale that really hides the ABV.

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