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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -51.2%
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 -14.9%
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 -54.4%
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 +17.6%
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%
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 +2.9%
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 +4.9%
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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Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow body, mildly cloudy; big, fluffy, white head. Yellow tree fruit aroma with a soft barnyard funk. Biting flavor with some phenolic qualities; white wine; peppery; citrus rinds. Medium body; crisp, bright and dry.

A somewhat interesting beer that doesn't really deliver in the flavor department. Sure, there's the wine-ish quality but there is little "juicy" aspect to this. It's rather dry, harsh and cardboard-like.

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Photo of Evahflow
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

* Not consumed on this date just finally posting my review

A- Very Murky Peachy orange, Deep frothy soapy head that protrudes out of the glass and hangs out forever.
S- Huge Pineapple, White Wine, Berry, Juicy Fruit, Hay, Earthy funk. I want to smell this forever and not bother drinking it
T- Same as smell. Leads with the white wine, Pineapple, Juicy fruit, slight breadyness, earthy umami funkiness
M- Medium bodied, Heavily carbonated, spritzy on the palate and extremely drinkable.
O-This is a white wine/ Juice bomb thanks to the Nelson Sauvin in this beer. Really deep level of funk too that becomes the robin to the hops batman. I'd drink this 3x's a day if I could.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 year old bottle served cold in a wine glass.

Appearance: opaque yellow with tons of haze and sediment. There was a nice and creamy white head.

Nose: immediate lacto sourness and funk. Lemony and citrus, barnyard, very funky.

Taste: follows the nose perfectly. Funky, lemony, citrus, unripe oranges, barnyard, some sweetness and some residual body. Kind of sits on the palate.

Overall: this was a very nice beer and I would have loved to try it fresh to see the showcased Nelson hops. Not as bright as some others and I think that is what kept this beer in the 3s. Very nice offering though.

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Photo of petmoo23
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Hazy, yellow with golden hue, thick full fluffy head, gushed slightly upon opening.
S- Funk, a little barnyard, yeast, a little fruity, hop undertones but no bitterness.
T- sour, dry, funky, yeasty, white pepper, grapefruit rind.
F- Light on the pallet, delightfully lingering.
O- Very good beer, paired very well with sushi, I would enjoy it again.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden orange in color with a huge mountainous head. Great retention through the drink. Pineapple, old hay, lemon and white grapes on the nose. Really wine like. Flavors follow suit with some berry and maybe even pear in there as well. Solid funk and a bit of tartness. Really nice stuff!

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Photo of T-34-85
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing Beer.

Appearance is a vibrant orange creamsicle that is cloudy and opaque with a nice coarse foamy head that dissipates but retains remnants about the glass throughout consumption

Smell is full of funk and sour yeastiness. Wonderful.

Taste is sour and complex with the backbone from the yeast again.

Great beer.

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Photo of Sorphus
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, opalescent golden colour with a frothy white head. Aromas of biscuit, some straw, ligt funk, earthyness and lots of gooseberry develop.
Light biscuit sweetness upfront developping a lovely funky lemon zesty gooseberry infused hop bitterness. Effervescent, lightly slick with a well balanced slender yet somewhat pronounced body.
Lasting light dry fruity finish.

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Photo of peensteen
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazed golden colour, 2.5 fingers of white head, good lace as well. Smell is spicy and musty, hoppy and yeasty, bit of fruit, lemony, touch of cat pee and lightly funky. Taste starts out spicy with some musky fruit, faint bitterness, green apples and lemon, funky and very dry throughout and into the finish. Medium high carbonation, medium body, dry. Very solid stuff, incredibly easy drinking and quite refreshing as well.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky straw colored with substantial white head. Aromas of passion fruit, white whine, bit of lemon, minerals. Taste is similar. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin but there's a crispness in the finish that is really pleasant. Very good, interesting beer that I hope to come back to.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Whoa. Yeah, that's pretty on point for a saison. Huge, towering, pillowy, 5 finger-high head with great retention and lace. Hazy banana yellow body.

S - Bold. Musky horse blanket, kiwi, hay, wheat and yellow raisins.

T - Soft profile. Semi-sweet wheat, banana, dry grass, green apple, touch of that pleasant horse blanket funk from the nose, and a really nice light wasabi backend.

M - Light, almost effervescent body.

O - A delicious, light, funky saison.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange, looks like pineapple juice. Aggressive whit head.

Smells like pineapple, pear, white grapes. Lots of funky brett.

Juicy fruit flavor. White smarties. White wine. Green apple. Tart.

Full body with moderate carbonation. Prickly and puckering.

I enjoyed this one white a bit. Very fruity and funky.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow and extremely hazy with no penetration to light. There's a half inch of eggshell white tightly packed foam. Brussels lacing. Nice citrus hop and acidic Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is tart Brett in the front of the palate and then the citrus hops make their presence known. The mouth is moderately carbonated, dry, and crisp.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malt, funk, vinous, lemon, yeast

T-grainy malt, lemon, yeast, nice funk, white wine, hint of pineapple

F-medium body we lively carbonation crisp and tart

O-nice saison, my favorite from Prairie

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). If (and that is a pretty big "if") I've deciphered their hard-to-read code correctly, this was bottled 1/16/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a fluffy three finger cap of white head. A thin layer of bubbles remains, leaving copious sheets of lace.

Aromas of lemon, grass, wet hay, past-prime white grapes and cracker with a huge, dominant dose of musty, yeasty funk.

Taste follows the nose rather well. A big dose of overarching funk backed by grass, lemon zest, passion fruit, faint grain, a lactobacillus seeming tartness and a mild sugary sweetness. Almost no perceptible alcohol.

Dry, semi chalky, medium light body with fairly sharp carbonation. Potent funk, mild fruit and faintly grainy malt find a nice balance in the finish.

'Merica might not be enough to convert me to a hardcore fan of the style but it is further proof that I need not dismiss it completely. Prairie's particular takes on saison/ farmhouse ales have consistently risen above most others in my opinion. An enjoyable brew that I might not seek out but would certainly not shy away from.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) with coded bottled on date 01615 - January 16, 2015 I believe. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local beer store. My third of the saison / farmhouse style ales from Prairie.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a cloudy golden lemon body with about two to three fingers of soft fluffy thick white head with good staying power. Moderate fluffy lacing left behind. Looks very good for what it is.

S - The aroma is very fresh and juicy still, despite being about two months old. Some lacto sour tartness, some might even say barnyard, with notes of cold leather, vinous grapes, grass, earth, and juicy stone fruits from the Nelson Sauvin hops.

T - Taste follows the nose - lots of juicy stone fruit action from the Nelson Sauvin hopping - grapefruit, lemon, orange rinds. The grainy pilsner malt is lost in the background, with just a touch of moderate lacto sour / tart pucker. Very delicious.

M - The feel is very smooth, crisp, & clean. Medium-bodied, with good carbonation. Easy-drinking for the moderate 7.50% abv.

Overall, probably the best beer I've had from Prairie as of yet, and definitely a stellar example of what an American made farmhouse ale can be. Highly recommend this one.

Prairie 'Merica -----4/5.

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Photo of braingonewrong
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I admit some bias here because Nelson Sauvin is not my favorite hop, something about it often reminds me of day-old Chinese food, yet this brewery has delivered outstanding brews time and time again.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 16.9oz/500ml pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware). Looks like it was bottled on January 16, 2015, at 9:27PM, if I’m reading this code correctly (“00241B2 21:27 01615”), which would make this bottle just under two months old. It’s been refrigerated for over 24 hours since purchase, and given the type of mixed fermentation involved, I’m not too worried about freshness at two months.

Appearance (4.0): This one’s a foamer! Three fingers of light, bubbly, thick foam rise off of the pour immediately, capping a glowing golden, virtually opaque body. VERY hazy. Just a little bit of lacing as the beer recedes, but it still foams eagerly and the carbonation is gorgeous—it improves as time goes on, turning thick and clingy with wide swaths of glass covered on the far side.

Smell (4.25): This is most definitely funk-apparent, which I expected (and hope for!). Fresh-cut grass, vinous aromas—white grapes, a little oak, mineral undertones—moderate passion fruit, a fresh rain, and a little bit of slightly cheesy (in a good way), basement funk. As it warms, passion fruit and a little bit of white grape come to the front. This is goddamn lovely.

Taste (4.5): Passion fruit, for sure, undercut by a moderately strong, minerally bitterness with wet grass thrown in. Dry straw, floury French country bread, orange peel and pith. There’s a tangy, citrusy funk that picks up on the back end of the palate, thickened and boosted by that dry, bready malt character. More passion fruit—on the lighter, pithy, more bitter end of the fruit’s flavor—mixes well with the beer’s minerally, vinous tones. Yellow grapefruit peel’s in there, too . . . especially in the finish, which drops off cleanly and smoothly. Excellent stuff, with a beautiful mix of funk and clean malt and bright fruit.

Mouthfeel (4.75): The body is soft and full but not heavy, the hops are drying and pithy, and the alcohol’s nowhere to be seen. The malt is clean and lean, and the yeast is funky, just barely chalky, complimentary, and it allows the hops to pop. This beer maintains the perfect drinkability for a beer this size: physically, every sip asks for the next one, but the complexity and sturdiness of the flavor slow down the process considerably, pushing you to savor every little bit. This is fantastic.

Overall (4.25): I really, really like this beer, a whole hell of a lot. If I brewed beer, this is exactly the kind of thing I’d want to make every single day. The mix of funk, body, drinkability, and complex mixture of bread, fruit, and vinous character make for a dynamic beer that’s easy for anyone to enjoy. I love this beer, but I sure do wish it didn’t cost $10 a bottle. Ah, well . . . an occasional pleasure, I suppose. But at least it gives me something to shoot for when judging other, similar beers, and hopefully the type of beer I brew in the future. Thanks, Prairie! I’ll definitely be pulling the tigger on your brews more often now.

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