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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

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114
Ratings:
767
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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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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Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Big bubble bath foamy head, nice and controlled out of the bottle but balloons nicely like rich shampoo lather. Bleach white and bright, and settles to a smaller puck of about a finger, no lacing except for a hanging cling on one side of the collar. Head keeps getting steady action from a glowing pineapple yellow body, opaque, with a hard to see classic fierce rising column of middle carbonation, and some bright lemon yellow hues. Excellent looker in the glass.

Once again a great saison nose. Tropical hinting notes of pineapple too match, light dry yeast, floral and a bit of ripped hay to go with it. Real nice hint of sweet green herbs as well, mild pepper too. Excellent aroma.

Palate brings those Krebs saison goodness. Big tropical fruit notes, hinting pineapple but even a hint of peach without the sweetness. Saison dryness kicks in with mild pepper almost white hot but much sweeter. Fun front tingling carbonation on the tip of the tongue, giving some nice champagne like qualities. The mouthfeel is just near perfection with playfulness, density, and a touch of sweet chewy malt. Dense finish but also nice and juicy exposing a great sensing tropical hop like quality it seems. Apricots and nectarines really come out, some Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling like grape quality, even some wine Chardonnay butter just a touch as well.

Overall just another delicious tasting Prairie saison to add to the arsenal.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy gold color with dense one finger thick cap of white foam, delicate sheet of glass trails the head by a couple of inches. Massively doughy and grassy; flowery, white grape, white peach, pear, coriander-ish perfumey. Taste: pear, pineapple-ish (where the tiny bit of acidity ties in well), white peach, a little grapeskin, doughy back. A little chalky otherwise pillowy feel, medium bodied. Fruit forward is an understatement. It's good, although gets a bit sweet by the end of the bottle even for 500 ml.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Dogfish Head IPA glass.
A - Pours a hazy yellow with a big pillowy head that settles to a nice cap with lacing down the sides.
S - Aroma is all Belgian yeast.
T - Taste is a little salty, some lemon notes and peppery with a slightly tart finish. There's a lot going on in here!
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation. Very light and dry.
O - I thought this was a very interesting, complex and tasty beer. This was my first beer from Prairie and they have set the bar high with this one.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is a cloudy yellow.
Smell is very sour.
Taste is wine. You can taste the sour hints if the wine up front with some earthynes behind it.
Feel is bitter, shit will hurt a cut in your mouth (so will most sours I guess, Jeeze)
O- It is another awesome brew from Prairie. Something you would very much expect with a sour. Would drink again.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky golden color with a white 1 finger head. Nice staying power. Aroma is straight up funky barnyard mix with some lemon. The Nelson is faint on the nose with a touch of lingering spice. Flavor is where the Nelson hops really come through. It's my fav hop, so no surprise here that I like what's going on. Green onion, subtle spice, cracked pepper, pilsner malts, Belgium yeasts. A lot going on despite such simple components. Body is a touch heavy for what I prefer in the style.
Overall, really good. I prefer this hop in an IPA than a farmhouse. Almost too much raw musky notes going on at once for my liking.

$10 for 500 ml bottle

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Poured a very pale and hazy yellow with white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Lots of bubblegum, chalky Belgian yeast, orange citrus, and lemongrass.

T- Lots of bubblegum and kinda chalky Belgian yeast notes; orange citrus, lemongrass, coriander, and finishes with moderate bitterness.

M- Very dry, very refreshing, prickly carbonation, and medium body.

O- This was a nice and very traditional tasting saison. Great balance between yeast and hop characeter.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

Bottle poured into Teku glass. No date on bottle

A- Very light yellow, big white fluffy head that dies down
S- Smells like of mix of white wine and a farm house ale. White grapes. Bready-yeast
T- Not sure what is off here. There is a very medicine after taste. Like the bad cough syrups that your mom kept too long. The front end has so much potential.
M- Thin to medium, but fine for a saison.

O- I've had my share of saisons and I think there must be something wrong here... I can't even call the after taste "funk". I may try to find a fresher bottle and try this again, but for the mean time, I have to give it a 2.25

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Photo of SportsandJorts
2.46/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: pours a dull straw yellow color. one finger plus of a bubbly white head that fades quickly and leaves nothing behind. Perfectly clear

Smell: tropical fruit juice, white grapes and wine yeast. some tart tropical fruits.

Taste: opens with lots of white grape and vinous character. lots of earthy, leathery brett notes. ends full of grass and slight fruit.

Mouthfeel: super dry but with a strong carbonation. leaves earthiness behind

Overall: smells pretty good but tastes nothing like it in a very bad way. I found this beer very hard to drink due to the harsh earthy acidic flavor and bad dry aftertaste.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is heavily hazed straw yellow with a tight creamy white head. Nose is heavy grapefruit juice, tropical tartness, tons of hop, notes of leather. taste has lots of grapefruit, moderately bitter, light body. Balance of grainy malt, faintly floral and semi dry with a hint of leather. Brett? Rather hoppy.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: straw yellow color. Head of roughly two fingers on the pour which was present while drinking. Active carbonation while drinking is a touch low. No lacing.

Smell: getting a ton of white grapes from the wine yeast on the front. That funky Brett meshes perfectly with bright fruit notes of grapes, apricots, mango, kiwi, and peppercorns. Grassy undertones with continuing linger spices pull this aroma through.

Taste: like the aroma, the dry white wine characteristics lead the way. Prairie grass and straw warm up on the palate and provide a pleasant rustic notes. The grassiness yields to a dry, sprite, lemon/lime, and funky back end. A touch of sourness plays along well with the medium bodied fruits throughout. The finish is very dry yet allows the lingering notes of fruit, grass, and funk to shine through.

Mouthfeel: the front is fairly easy and light on the palate, then a corner is turned and a heavy dryness sets in. Really keeps the drinker on their toes. Carbonation is bright which does well with the fruit and sour notes of this brew.

Overall: this is a truly wonderfully put together brew. Nelson Sauvin was an outstanding choice for this brew, their inherent cutting edge was a perfect marriage with the white wine and Brett aspects. Bravo.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.22/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours three-finger head with very high retention down to half-pinky sized head, white clouds in color. Not as murky as Birra (varies bottle to bottle), but somewhat cloudy looking.

S- The best part of this beer. Crazy bready yeast, lemon zest, corander?, thin malts

T- Kinda off putting at first with yeasty/cleaning liquid taste. This lingers around for awhile kinda ruining the rest of the experience.

M- Harsh swallow, not creamy at all; harsh carb that hurts throat.

O- I love everything that Prairie does except some Vanilla Noir bottles and this. Can't win them all

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light straw yellow with a two finger head of white foam.

Biscuits, toast, slight citrus, very subtle.

Taste matches aroma, biscuity toasted malt sweetness, some light musty funk, slight acidity, and subtle citrus notes.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, slightly acidic.

Overall, rather muted overall but decent.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my DFH snifter...

A. Pale gold, foggy, bountiful three finger head, very thick lacing, pillowy foam.

S. Grape skin, yeast, apple, honeysuckle, wine, sage.

T. Honey, white wine, apricot, grass, cracked pepper.

M. Bone dry, well-carbed, sweet on the edge of the palate but with a cutting, herbal, bitter, dry finish.

O. A very nice beer with an out of balance mouthfeel. Finish is extremely yeasty and dry, to the detriment of all the other pleasant qualities the brew presents. Even so, it glows with craftsmanship. This was made with love and the quality of the ingredients is notable in the flavor profile, which is complex and enjoyable. It's just too bad the finish is so over the top in its dryness and bitterness.

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Photo of mverity
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NYE bottle share at Proof courtesy of Rachel. Pours an opaque creamy yellow. Tons of white frothy head. Head holds really well and by the time I finished the sample, the head was still holding. Aroma is straight floral hops and grass. Such a great, but unique smell. Taste is floral hops with a good amount of banana behind it. Nice high carbonation and medium-thick body.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy, chalky, lemon color with a thick, dense, fluffy bright white head that faded into a thick fuzzy film.
S: Huge notes of Brett and citrus hops dominate the nose. I get scents of earth, straw, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, lemon, peppery yeast and herbal hops as well.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of Belgian style yeast, Brett, tangerine, mineral, and bitter citrus pith. Brett and strong cheese comes through strongly in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of chalky minerally yeast, bitter funk, and lemon rind.
M: Extremely soft and fluffy carbonation, medium full body, drying and bitter mouthfeel.
O: Flavorful, complex and delicious. Well integrated and executed. Definitely potent, cheesey and yeasty.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

A- pours a cloudy pale golden-yellow with a huge bubbly white head that retains for a while, eventually leaving behind some sticky patches of lace

S- Wow, that's a lot of funk, cellar-like must, earthy cheese, cat litter, cardboard and chives. Beyond the funk, there are some nice fruity esters of oranges, lemon zest, green apple, mango and papaya, a touch of hop bitterness poking through

T- Big fruity flavors follow the aroma; sweet cantaloupe, mango, papaya. Some grassy and herbal notes kick in mid-palate with some white wine characteristics, sourdough bready yeast undertones with some powdery and musty flavors mixed in, more catty flavors in the linger

M- medium body with light prickly carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- Lots of brett funk in the aroma with some nice fruity notes mixed in. I definitely pick up that 'cat litter' characteristic in this beer and it's a little overpowering at times, I see that as it's only downfall. Overall, very complex and a nice intro to Prairie for me.

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

Pours a lightly cloudy straw color with a huge dollop of white lather atop. Classic look for sure

Funky and spicy aroma, righteous sweetness too it, grainy and delicious complexity, just how I love it.

Deep earthy funk leads the parade, followed by some hormonal funk, tart yeastiness, pepper and grain, merest hints of sweet backing it up, framed in some solid herbal hop. Complex and yummy, really delicious.

Medium body and carb., yet quite coating, deep funkiness stays clean and the finish is dry and epic.

What can I say? This beer is highly attenuated and wonderful, the earthy funk and hop bitter combine with yeast and bugs to create greatness. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing like a good saison on hump day, am I right? 1 pint 9 oz bottle picked up at the Madison Ave. Hy-Vee in Council Bluffs, IA for $8.99. I really enjoyed Bomb! so I’m eager to try another Prairie beer. Poured into a Tallgrass Brewing cervoise style glass at fridge temp.

Appearance: A gentle pour produced a huge three fingers of thin, fizzy, white head. Light straw colored body; cloudy. Totally looked like a Berliner Weisse at first. Eventually about a fingers worth of head remained with some nice, thick lacing/ring on the edges.

Smell: White grapes, light herbs, tart lemon, orange pith, and grapefruit. Light tropical fruit aromas. Some bitterness/pee. Dusty, dirty hay, and light rubber. Strong dry hopping in the nose.

Taste: Up front I get sweet white grapes and tropical fruits. Strong spicy, ammonia yeastiness. rubber and some farmhouse earthiness. Finishes with nice toasted pilsner maltyness. More bitter than I expected.

Mouthfeel: A very lively, prickly carbonation. Light mouthfeel. Little heat. Dry/chalky.

Overall: A hop forward saison. For me, the hops were a little too heavy handed and did some weird things with the brett. It’s almost like someone peed on a barn floor. Once the beer warmed up a pleasant lactic tangyness appeared in the nose and taste. I did enjoy the nice malty finish, and wouldn’t mind seeing more of that.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a cloudy straw gold color with a frothy couple inch white head that sticks around for a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready malt, yeast, grass/hay, pears, funk and some lemon peel. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some green grapes/white wine and some citrus. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's crisp and also well carbonated. The soft carbonation helps make this brew very smooth and easy to drink. 'Merica is a pretty good brew, I certainly liked it. Definitely worth a try if you come across some. $10.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Shallow_Gravy
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to Bruery Tulip. Reviewed live.

A - Pours a very hazy straw yellow. Huge 3 fingers of fluffy eggshell head on top, which regresses into a half inch pillow after a few minutes. Splotchy lacing around the glass.

S - First thing that hits is yeast. The Nelson hops are definitely very present with the typical white grape skin and tropical flavors. Something else is present, but I can't quite put my finger on it. It smells... Spicy? Everything is in unison and it's really nice.

T - Starts the same as the nose: Bretty funk up front in the form of a bit of Band-Aid. Pineapple follows along with grape and clean malt. A bit biscuity, but this is not at all about the malt. This is a showcase of Brett and Nelson. It works well.

M - Good deal of carbonation. It's thin, but not watery. Mouth is left with a bit of coating and lots of Nelson on the tongue.

O - Really good beer. Nice use of Nelson hops, and the Brett plays off of them well. Tropical and refreshing, it's like a not-so-tart Berliner.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw with a fluffy white head and good retention. Nice lacing. Great farmhouse nose, black pepper, pear, bit of funk. Lots going on palate-wise, fruit on the front, some lemon, grass, and funk, with a tart, pithy finish. Light bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, a tart, funky saison that is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy. Small white head. Pale yellow body. Thin collar.

Smell - Herbal and lemony. Pilsner malt. Grassy.

Taste - Grassy and herbal up front. Lemony hops. Nelson is strong. Pilsner malt. Bitter and grassy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light but very bitter. Makes it seem heavier.

Overall - Overwhemled by Nelson, which isn't a bad thing. But one dimensional.

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Very nice pale gold with about four fingers of frothy white head that linger. Lots of lacing. Supremely foamy.

S: Excellent saison spiciness, pepper, hints of lemon. Maybe a bit of grassy hay.

T: Similar to the nose, but much weaker. The powerful flavors promised by the smell do not come through. Not bad, just a bit underwhelming after smelling it. A bit watery.

M: Decent carbonation, but a bit thin on the body. Again, watery comes to mind. Something is missing.

O: A decent saison, but for a style I've really come to love recently, this one doesn't stand up to many of the greats I've experienced lately.

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Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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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Prairie 'Merica from Prairie Artisan Ales
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