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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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Reviews: 115 | Ratings: 780
Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a FFF teku.

A- pours a hazy golden with a 3" frothy white head. Small bubbles scream from the bottom of the glass to the surface. Large bubbles breakdown deflating the head over a minute or so. Minimal lacing.

S- pale malts, straw, lemon, papaya, some funk, and more citrus.

T- pale malts, lemon zest, sour lemon, peppercorn, some light white grape flavors, light bitterness at the finish.

M- light body and hih carbonation. Carbonation isn't a huge factor at the finish, but does finish dry.

O- very nice saison that has lemon and citrus notes and slight sourness.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another tightly twisted cage over a corked 750ml bottle.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a fluffy white head which leave spotty lace.

N: Freshly pressed white grapes, barnyard, yeast and spices with lemon.

T: Lemony and yeasty with a bright vinous and brett note. Very layered and should be enjoyed slowly. Goes will with spicy Thai food.

M: Semi-medium body and moderate carbonation. Lemony and funky yeasty finish.

O: Yet another nice farmhouse which I would have again.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very light moderately hazy golden color with two fingers of foam which quickly recedes and leaves no lacing.

S: Lots of juicy Nelson Sauvin hops up front, funky with some berries and white wine. Behind that I get a musty, earthy Saison aroma with a bit of stone fruit to balance. Fruit comes through as kumquat and pineapple.

T: Very dry with a strong musty, barnyardy Brett presence. I still get some fruitiness that I got in the aroma, but not nearly as much. I get a nice earthy flavor as well.

M: Light thickness with moderate carbonation for the style.

O: The aroma on this is very nice. Funky, juicy, earthy - just what I like in a Saison. However, the Brett and dryness dominates the flavor a bit too much. I'd like more clove, citrus, sweetness, just more Saison flavors in general. This certainly isn't a bad beer, but I was expecting more after having a few of their other offerings.

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Photo of nataku00
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear pale straw yellow with three plus fingers of fluffy white head. A little bit of carbonation, tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is very funky, earthy barnyard and wet horse hair, combined with some green grape and apple and biscuit malt sweetness. Some of the funkiest brett I've smelled ever.

Taste follows the nose, big brett flavor, funky horseblanket and wet hay, green grass, green grape, and apple flavors. Finishes very dry, with lingering funk and herbal hops.

Light body with just a touch of carbonation, enough to tickle the tongue. Very interesting beer, with the brett really taking over the aroma and flavor. If you don't like bretty, you would probably hate this.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a D'chouffe tulip. The pour is crystal clear, deep gold in color, and sports a huge rocky head that unfortunately dies quickly to a thin layer of foam. On the nose I get lemongrass, sour apples, cider vinegar, and a hint of barnyard funkiness.

Light to medium body with a nice firm feel and a bright, spicy, complex flavor. There are grainy, cracker-like notes up front with a fair amount of grapefruit and lemon flavors, very much like a pilsener. At mid-palate, flowery, spicy hop flavors come in and balance things out nicely. The beer develops to a stony, champagne-like dryness in the back of the mouth and finishes dry and musty with a hint of vinegar-like acidity and a sharp brett-like tanginess that lingers impressively in the mouth. Very easy-drinking and refreshing, but still quite complex and calls for some thoughtful sipping. My only real quibble is over the rather poor head retention.

I'm still exploring this style and don't have a lot of experience with it, but this is one of the best I've had so far. The combination of pilsener-like flavors up front and musty dryness in back is tough to beat. I like the very faint funkiness and appreciate that it contributes to, rather than dominates, the flavor. Definitely a beer worthy of repeated visits.

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Photo of impending
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75


750ml into a tulip. Pours a very pale yellow, slight haze, dense yellowish white head, minor lacing, hyperactive nucleation point.

Aroma reaches from an incredible distance, tangy citrus, mango, pineapple, papaya and under ripe vague light skinned fruits . extremely expressive, superb, wonderful - sits atop a bed of must

Pineapple and grapefruit scream their flavors, a flawless grassy bitter counters the initial sweetness. Aftertaste is reluctant to depart, lingers at great length. Tremendous complexity within a relatively narrow range
so brilliantly simple
Initial sips invoke relentless lip smacking. Taste matches all the scent promised. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel.
outstandingly delicious

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Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opens with a resounding pop! This might be my favorite label of the bunch

Pours slightly hazed apricot with a thumb of pearl colored head, falls off fast. Some head & lacing

S: Grapefruit & lemons, & funk hiding underneath

T: Big time lemon & grapefruit (mostly pink, but regular grapefruit too) & bit of sourness up front; this one smacks you in the face..More puckery notes as this warms, slight breadyness hides beneath the grapefruit, some pineapple & mango, along with faint pear & white grape notes, just so much sourness

MF: Subtle carbonation, smooth body & nice puckeryness, mixed in well with the fruittyness of all ilks

If you like em sour, with some citrus frills; you'll love this. I know I did. Easily my favorite in this line-up; a home-run in my books

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Photo of popery
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orangish yellow, straw color. The beer is quite cloudy. The head puffs up into quite a mass at first, but it proves to be rather fizzy and dissipates quickly. Pretty much no bubbles are left at a minute, and there's no lacing. The aroma is chock full of Nelson Sauvin hops. It's wonderfully and fresh and juicy. I'm getting grape, melon and pineapple flavors primarily with peach, orange, lime, mint, mango and grass adding to the mix. It's a tremendous hop aroma. Underneath all of that hop fruitiness, there's a touch of yeasty, earthy funk. It doesn't hit you in the face like the hops, but the beer is definitely in saison/farmhouse territory when you look for the yeast flavors. Just a touch of soft honey-ish malt. The taste is starts off with sweet fruitiness and more of that honeyed pale malt before developing a firm bitterness of lime rind, lemon/grapefruit pith and earth. There's a spicy, herbal edge of juniper, mint, peppercorns and earl grey bergamot. The yeast dries out the beer and shows off some of that funky prairie flavor, but it's not the focus of this beer. This beer is a celebration of the Nelson Sauvin hop. I absolutely love Alpine Nelson and Keene Idea, but while a rather different take, 'Merica can stand with those beers as the best expression of the hop that I've tried. Mouthfeel is lively with lots of hop oiliness. The finish is drying and the bitterness lingers for some time. This is a wonderful beer. My only slight knock on it is that I think the malt flavor could use a little tweak, maybe a touch of wheat. Regardless, Prairie has proven themselves as a brewery to watch with a second round of excellent releases. I'm thrilled that they have wide distribution and look forward to more beers from them.

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

Bottle poured into HF stem

Pours a very cloudy, peach color. Healthy amount of head settles leaving almost nothing...oddly, there is zero lacing.

Smells of over ripe fruit, mustiness.

Taste is just awesome, there is the fresh hopiness mixed with the earthy flavors of the saison end of business. I'm REALLY starting to love this IPA/saison hybrid thing thats going on in the beer world. Reminds me of an overripe mango (that's the Nelson?) followed by a slight pepper/earthiness.

'Merica is very nice in the pie hole....there is a slight creaminess and just the right amount of body (it's on the heavier side of thin, which fits perfectly IMHO). The carb level is a little on the lower end, but doesn't really hurt this beer much at all.

Prairie has been kicking out some fantastic beers, and this is one of the best examples to date!! Full disclosure, I was a Redbud Cuvee 3 and 4 fanboy, so I call: "In before the hype!" lol Seriously though, I strongly recomend this and or any other things they've been doing.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a winner, had on tap at churchkey in DC.

It has a beautiful look, opaque golden orange with a ring of white head. Some lacing, it just glows.

The smell is amazing, it has a dandelion sort of grassy earthiness with the citrus tropical Nelson sauvin hop character too. Nice stone fruit notes as well.

The taste is amazing, truly drinks like a mix of an American IPA (Nelson by alpine is what I think of because of the hop bill) and an earthy, fruity sort of funky saison, I'm guessing there is some Brett in there. The malt is dry and clean, pilsner malt is what I'd guess, very nice. This would be an amazing beer to pair with cheese!!!!

The feel is good, high carbonation and medium over the palate.

Overall, a very pleasant surprise and a great first beer from OK!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I didn't know anything good came out of Oklahoma, then I tried this beer at When Pigs Fly. What a nice beer!

In a snifter the beer was a cloudy dark yellow color with a large bright white head. There was a small amount of lace.

Earthy aroma, some spice and citrus.

A wow! for the taste. Earthy hops. Coriander. Grapefruit and orange peel. Tropical fruit/melon.

Tart, refreshing. I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of StaveHooks
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy brass golden color with 2 fingers of airy white foam. Melts pretty quick with zero lacing.

S - Pungent grassy hops, musty onions, spicy floral, dirty hay, grapefruit and lemon citrus, dry white wine, it's a very complex and savory aroma. Once warmed up a bit the aroma turns sharp and has more of a pungent potpourri smell going on.

T - Starts off with spicy floral hops with wild onion patch bite, very earthy grassy flavors that are cut by a clean citrus zest, there's almost a saltiness to it as well. The malt is subtle and I wouldn't have known it was floor malted if it wasn't on the label. Finishes spicy with a very dry finish. Notes of lemon and herbs on the aftertaste.

M - Spritzy carbonation, medium body, carbonation drops off a little quick.

One of the best single malt/hop beers I've had. This beer is very complex and pulls flavors and aromas that I've never experienced in one beer before. Well done.

This paired very well with spicy artichoke dip.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours that cloudy off yellow color like many of Prairie's beers, larger head than most, very attractive.

Nose is dominated by huge bright citrusy hops. Lemon, lime, pineapple, bright and hoppy. Amazing.

Taste is pungent lemony citrus, fades into some bitter orange with hints of grapefruit. Some floral character too. This is the brightest and most lemon-lime like Nelson Sauvin beer I've had, and it has some of that pungent Simcoe like character. Very good.

Mouthfeel is good, not as carbonated as I expected but solid.

Excellent beer.


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Photo of bump8628
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a white frothy head that eventually settles to a thin ring. The aroma smacks you with a punch of fresh orange zest and cut spring grass right away. Hops continue to dominate the palate with more citrus, melon rind, grass, dank raw herbs, and the characteristic freshly dug onion flavor that I normally associate with Summit hops. Malt is basically buried beneath the onslaught of hoppiness (not necessarily a bad thing). Bone dry finish further accentuates the sharp bitterness and keeps it flowing down the gullet.

A showcase for Nelson Sauvin hops to be sure. The complexity born from the simplicity of a SMaSH beer is pretty amazing. That said, I guess a small complaint would be that the pungency of the hops completely overwhelms any of the subtle nuance that might have been gained from the floor-malted pils. Still a really enjoyable beer and another great effort from Prairie.

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