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Prairie 'Merica | Prairie Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by bump8628 on 03-17-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,336
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
816
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky whitish-yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus and tropical fruit, earth, yeast, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour citrus, tropical, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great Brett forward aromas and flavors that make this one tasty and easy to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With the incredible spicy dryness and lightly wine-ish earthen taste of Saisons, Prairie Ales layers upon the recipe with the tropical and citrus hop flavors for a combination of tastes that I can only describe as "funky-fresh".

Goldenrod colors carry a rustic yeast haze that promise full flavor. The beer releases a tall column of foam that's creamy, light, and zesty in its character. High retention and decorative lacing patterns give the beer an elegant all around appearance.

Mouthwatering aromas of fruit and earth alight in nose with everything from dried oranges, limes, apples and white grapes to pineapple, mangoes and papaya. A soft wheaty backbone draws in herbal and earthy notes of chives, tea, cork, and a light catty note.

The taste of dried fruit and fruit peels pile on the taste buds but do so with sweeter, more tart impressions of cantaloupe, Tropical Fruit Punch, and an almost-sherbet taste that's irresistible in taste and approaching sourness. Finishing herbal with the winey taste of grape, sassafras, and with a gin-like twinge- the beer perplexes the palate and refreshes it with ease. All this rests on a light pillow of bread dough and cellar-like must.

Its dry taste achieves much the same in texture as the tart-sweet interplay is pulled from the tongue by the airy and creamy carbonation. The dry spicy finish brings about mild alcohol warmth and light wine astringency. An aftertaste of fruit, wheat and cork must echo in the throat and retro-olfactory senses and cause nearly teeth grinding behavior.

The Nelson Sauvin hops are made for Saisons. But Prairie gives it a powdery-tart taste and texture that seems wood aged and sour blended. Their taste reminds me of Anchorage Brewing Company and what they do to achieve complexity.

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3.14/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Really high expectations for this one - currently #22 on the Top 50 Southwest list and it's got a 93 overall rating. Reviewed live. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. 7.5% ABV confirmed per the label. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with great label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local Whole Foods and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops and farmhouse yeast. "American farmhouse ale." Reviewed as a farmhouse ale since it clearly identifies as such.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Head is horridly thin. No creaminess or frothiness whatsoever. Head retention is very poor - maybe 30 seconds at best. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a murky but translucent and semitransparent yellow of subpar vibrance. I wouldn't call it dull, but it's certainly subdued, and in no way alive or inviting. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: I'm greeted by obvious farmhouse yeast and its accompanying trademark funkiness. Definitely brettanomyces, with a vaguely lactic edge. Straw, clean barley, pilsner malt, cereals, and a generic floral hop character of minimal presence. Papaya, green apple, white wine, ripe vague fruit, mango, and fruit peel. Wheat. White grapes. Pear. It's got a nice light tart sourness. Light citric lemony character.

No alcohol is detectable.

The funkiness is a bit strange here, and I'm not getting quite as on board with it as I usually do. In any case, I'm optimistic, but it's not up to par with the aromas of the best beers I've had in this style.

Aroma is inoffensive and mild in strength.

T: Bready doughy/sourdoughy yeast with a light funkiness accompanied by a young feel. Wheat, pilsner malts, straw, clean barley, and a kiss of crackery malts. Lightly citric, with a lemony note. Some vague fruity notes including white grapes, mango, papaya, and apples. The tartness/sourness I hoped for based on the aroma isn't here. The doughy yeast presence is definitely overdone and detracts from the balance. Build for the style is definitely subpar; no substantial crackery malt presence, white pepper, or milky notes here - not to the mention the lack of spicing. I do get some vague floral hops as well as light citrusy hop character; not quite the assertive complementary presence you'd normally associate with Nelson hops. Not gestalt, but it's cohesive enough I guess.

Unfortunately, I do notice a bit of alcohol presence, which is rare for a beer in the style (regardless of quality).

Extremely poor depth of flavour for the style. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Lacks the complexity and subtlety of the best beers in the style. Feels quite young.

Mf: Has sort of a powdery musty feel to it. Smooth and wet. Too thick for the style and flavour profile. A bit overcarbonated; was this bottle conditioned? If not, that would certainly help. Has something of a bite to it. Definitely needs to be softer. Suits the flavour balance okay, but is far from custom-tailored specifically to it. There's no marriage of texture to taste here. Largely unrefreshing. Has some lemony acidity to it.

Not boozy, hot, oily, gushed, harsh.

Dr: Boy, am I disappointed in this one. As much as I've liked some of Prairie's beers, I'm not sure what happened here. None of the complexity, subtlety, or balance you find in the best farmhouse ales is present here. I imagine it'd get better with age; it feels quite raw and young as-is. Doesn't hide its ABV particularly well, but it's by no means boozy or hot. It's certainly not unique or special, and apart from trades, I won't be buying this again. Drinkable but wanting. Prairie puts out much better work. That said, it's above average overall.

C+

Note: Pouring the yeast from the bottom into the glass yields a more milky appearance that resembles old stale orange juice. It does make the beer a bit better, albeit a bit more sourdoughy.

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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours moderately hazy bright golden straw color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lacing. Minimal lacing on the glass, and some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge peach, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, grape, lemon zest, orange zest, straw, floral, grass, pepper, clove, herbal, cracker, light honey, white wine, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of big tropical/citrus hop and yeast/brett ester notes with moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big peach, pineapple, lemon zest, grape, passion fruit, clove, pepper, straw, grass, floral, herbal, cracker, light honey, white wine, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of fairly tart/earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, pineapple, lemon zest, grape, passion fruit, clove, pepper, straw, grass, herbal, floral, white wine, cracker, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast and brett flavors; with a good malt/spiciness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice saison style. All around good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast/brett ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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