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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 guityler83
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass it produced a bright white, two finger head with mixed sized bubbles, mostly fine, that quickly receeded. No lacing to speak of but a small amount of alcohol legs when swirled in the glass. A moderately hazy, straw yellow to lemon peel yellow color.

S: Strong tart lemon zest with spicey, clove like aromas. The 'barn yard' descripter seams apropriate here. very earthy, but not like dirt more like foresty. light fresh bread malts. very complex.

T: A punch of firm bitterness that surprised me and the aroma didn't elude to (i liked it). barnyard, horsehair vibe throughout but not over powering or clowing. balance is on the sweet side despite the initial bitterness punch. bready, doughy malts are subdued by the huge yeast/fermentation character.

M: Extremely dry finish with moderate carbonation. There is a lingering bitterness in the beer that almost tasted different than when its being consumed. A bit of a sharp carbonic bite that works with the spicey notes.

O: A bitter, zesty, spicey farmhouse that has some unique flavors. I like the beer and might try it again, but probably not something i'd keep on regular rotaion.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a glass into a tulip on 10/8/13. I think this is a relatively fresh bottle.

A: The color of this beer surprised me - it's much lighter than I anticipated. It pours a light straw yellow color more reminiscent of a wheat beer than a saison. The beer is very hazy with no visible sediment. A nice fluffy head lingers a few minutes after pouring. Lacing is excellent.

S: Wow - a powerful nose for such a simple beer! Citrus notes are at the forefront: orange zest, lemon, etc. Next you get a healthy dose of barnyard funk: wet hay and a tad bit of blue cheese. Grassy notes are there but linger in the background. An exceptional nose.

T &M: Great, but not exceptional. It's too hoppy for my taste and the bitterness lingers on the tongue well after drinking. It's also a bit too grass-forward. I was hoping for a more fruity saison with spicy undertones....this beer definitely leans towards the spicy end of that spectrum with fruity undertones.

O: I'm most impressed with how Prairie manages to create such a complex beer with one malt, one hop, and one yeast strain. I give most of the credit to their yeast strain: it produces an excellent Saison/Farmhouse ale that would give most other Saison's a run for their money. I really only have two complaints: 1) the taste is a bit too hoppy for my taste. I'd dial down the IBU's by 5 or so. 2) I wish the hop was more fruit-forward than grass-forward. I prefer my Saisons on the fruity side so a different hop choice would throw this over the top for me.

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Photo of cbutova
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to a good friend. Second time around with this one.

A- Poured into a tulip glass from the 500ml bottle with a hazy, light golden body. Huge, foamy-puffy white head forms to three fingers or even higher with great retention, making me anxious to drink it. The foamy cap never quite falls under a finger tall and leaves massively thick lace piles.

S- Lots of aroma off the top upon pouring and a whole lot of things come to mind. Pungent Nelson hops are pretty big with notes of sour passion fruit, lemon, lime zest, tropical fruits and even some cat pee. Pineapple, stone fruits, farmhouse funk, Brett cherry funk and barnyard grass come to mind.

T- Things translate pretty well from the aroma but there are some big changes. An herbal, almost bitter dry grassy feel comes to mind and something I usually get in Brett beers. The hops are a bit more subdued under the yeast but still nice tropical, stone fruit and citrus comes to mind as well as grapes. Funky barnyard/farmhouse, vinous fruits, cooking herbs, tangerine, orange peel, Belgian yeast spice, pink peppercorns and lightly sweet cracked grains are a few things that come to mind. Juicy peach and mango with warmth.

MF- Foamy and creamy light to moderately thick body. Medium dryness and a pretty bitter spicy finish. Carbonation is super high and works nicely with the funky farmhouse yeast flavors, also helps to accentuate the Nelson hops.

Funky Saison yeast with a nice strong hop influence. Flavors meld nicely and it creates a unique brew. Would really like to know more about their yeast.

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Photo of denver10
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy sandy yellow with a big frothy white head. Aroma is passionfruit, lemon, grapes, sweet apples, a little spice, and a touch of bread. Flavor is huge bitter passionfruit and lemon, grapes come out to offer some sweetness once it begins to noticeably warm up some, pepper, cracker, funk, and grassy bitterness. A crisp, active, dry mouthfeel. Overall, worth the hype. Prairie wowed me with my first beer from them.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy straw, yellow with a thick fluffy white head that retains a convex dish of foam.

S - Lemon, green apple, graham cracker, wheat, white grape, vinous, white pepper.

T - Fruitier and spicier than aroma. Tart lemon, white pepper, crackers and wheat, vinous, white grape, pear, light melon. Hops start to stand out as it warms.

M - Light to medium body, tangy, crisp and airy on the palette. Well carbonated. Long lasting dry finish.

D - A lot going on in this beer for 1 hop and 1 malt. Very nice.

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Photo of Dope
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Don't see a bottling date but this was released in the last month or two.

A: Pours a very cloudy light orange. So cloudy it looks like a witbier. Enormous effervescent white head. Head fades very slowly with great head retention. Spotty but thick chunks of lacing.

S: Very citrusy. Little bit of a lightly tart and dryness to it too. Kinda funky in fact.

T: Big citrus up front. Orange peels primarily I'd say. Grainy malt with a little funkiness and some cloves. Little bit of white wine aura, especially in the finish. Black pepper in the finish too, standing alone in the aftertaste.

M: Nice medium body, somewhat drying.

O: Nice hoppy saison from Prairie. A little bit hoppy, a little bit funky, a little bit wine-y, a little bit spicy. Nice balance of flavors and quite complex overall. Really a quite nice american style saison.

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Photo of Ri0
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Pale yellow and straw hue with a pillowy 2 finger white head on a careful pour. Good retention that fades into a thin ring. No lacing.

S - A tart lemon and yeasty funk with some light cracker malt.

T - Tangy, funky, and spicy. There is less lemon than I thought, with some mild apple and pear. The middle is some wet hay and yeast funk. Ends with a nice touch or pepper and spice.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Has a dry and spicy finish to it.

O - This is a very solid Saison for how simple it is. Quite enjoyable. Thank you Harold for sending me the bottle.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The appearance of a creamsicle -golden yellow like a smoothie with thick white cap with fine bead. The smell is very tropical with lots of pineapple from the wild yeast and slight vinous aroma from the Nelson hops. The feel is very good with high carbonation and moderate bitterness with a dry finish with mild alcohol.

The flavor is great, very nice tropical fruit from the both the hops and some with a little tangy brett augmenting with some light malt sweetness to cushion the bitterness level with a nice tangy white grape tinge of Nelson. This deserves the rating since it melds a nice wild character with a more hop forward saison, nice flavor, aroma and is very drinkable.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz bottle into travel tulip. Purchased at South Philly Tap Room bottle shop while on business trip for $15. A bit pricy, but how often do I see a prairie bottle?
Pours a golden straw color with a massive 3 finger head. Huuuge brett aromas! Funky brett peppery saison notes, with a hint of kiwi hop. Flavor is same...funky brett flavor, straw, wheat, juicy hop...superb. Such an American saison, its awesome. Just not sure why its called Merica...the hop is Australian right?
Either way, its awesome.
Someone below said its reminiscent of Fantome...not in any way is this accurate. Fantome is my favorite "brewery" of all time, but taste nothing like this. Both are amazing, but in different ways.

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Photo of dv8sean
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Pours super-hazy/cloudy with shallow but thick head and leaves only a trace of lace. Smells very lemony and herbal, bright n zesty. Tons of funk of flavor. Barnyard and band-aid. Curious to know the IBU, as it seems quite bitter for the farmhouse style. Dense, small, champagne style bubbles. More than a bit yeasty but without excessive sediment.

A rustic and interesting ale. Glad to have tried it. Was not inspired to drop another nine bucks on a bottle. However, as the beer warmed a bit in the glass, flavors opened up and showed more depth, and my opinion improved. Vaguely reminiscent of Fantome Saison, which is high praise.

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Photo of cvm4
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Has a cloudy straw body with a billowing two finger eggshell head.

S - Very funky, farmhouse, yeast, brett and citrus/lemon hops.

T - Very tart and lemony at first. Hay a funk midway through. Then a peach and pear ending with some bitterness to it.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Has a dry finish to it.

O - It's a bit 1-D, but that's obvious given the ingredients. I can't complain and it's very refreshing to drink.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml, summer 2013
Lost Abbey TEKU

A: Really hazy bright yellow color. Three fingers of fluffy bright white head. Very carbonated. Looks great in glass.

S: Smell it as soon as I popped it. That farmhouse funk from the yeast. Those delicious Nelson hops, one of my favorite. You really pull that white grape vinous note. Smells crisp.

T: Getting those Nelson hops right up front. Amazing vinous. Always get that white grape juice that I love. Smells and tastes awesome. Love that the malt bill is pilsner. Nice and light and thin. Very clean. Much like TH beers I have had. Finish is clean and dry.

M: Light bodied. Very refreshing.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a whole lot of head that seems to have little retention. It does slow down a bit and become more respectable. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a hazy pale straw that seems to darken in the light. Minimal spots of lacing.

Nose- This is literally ripe with Brett. There is all kinds of funk going on here: stinky cheese, blue cheese, mushrooms, straw, horse blanket, armpits, even a hint of manure. Lots of mustiness and some grapefruit in the background. Orange peel, a little bit of coriander, and some banana. This heaven for a Brett lover. Some orange and lemon as well. Floral and perfume notes from the yeast.

Taste- Starts off with loads of citrus (orange and lemon) as it moves into huge phenolic notes of yeast: clove, coriander, and black pepper. Some banana. The Brett definitely isn't as strong as it was on the nose. The yeast really takes over the funk that was on the nose. As it opens up, more funk reveals itself in the form of armpit, stinky cheese, and mushrooms. Lots of straw, earth, and grass appear as well. The yeast and its phenols are a little bit obtrusive but overall, this beer is quite enjoyable. Woody bitterness on the finish along with some matchstick and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very airy, as in voluminous. It seems to expand in your mouth.

Drinkability- Very easygoing but not as crisp and dry as a lot of saisons. Also pretty pricey at 11 bucks a bottle.

Overall- Solid beer to very good beer. A good interpretation of the style and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Here goes my 700th review! Had at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a Unibroue goblet.

A- Pours a very hazy golden color with a full two finger white head that retains good and long before becoming an 1/8 inch head. Resilient lacing leaves kaleidoscopic patterns behind on the glass.

S- Simply wonderful combo of Brett and citrusy hops. It doesn't get any better than this.

T- The Brett comes in first bringing with it notes of green olive and barnyard funk, then come the bright hops that complement very nicely.

M- Crisp, tangy and sharp. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- This is what it's all about boys and girls. Definitely my favorite offering from Prairie this far.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a gorgeous hazy lemony yellow color with some golden yellow hues. Nice i inch dense white head. Lively bubbles are crammed in there tight looking to get out. The retention is pretty great. The 1 inch head sticks around for quite a long time. Very nice.

Wow! Wow! Wow! Aroma is nearly perfect. Starts off with amazing earthy and bready grain notes. Fresh and clean. There is some mild lemony notes and tartness that is then mixed up with some delicious herbal and grassy hop notes. Mild, hop juice sweetness in the nose. Then the nice phenols and funkyness of whatever yeast they use. Sooo excited!

The flavor is amazing to me. Starts off dry and funky and earthy. Notes of fresh grain and funk with some nice herbal and grassy hop character. Some slight resinous pine notes mixed in with some yeasty phenols give the brew and interesting hopped up Saison note or maybe Belgian IPA. The middle of the brew yields some nice belgian sweet phenols of some mild clove and nice fruit juice notes the likes of tart apple and some pear. The middle of the brew yields a very dry and traditional funk to the brew mixed in with the mild sweetness. The finish is of nice juicy hops, strong but not overwhelming bitter hops and some nice dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with some fluffy bubbles that make the brew hard to not gulp.

Overall, this brewery has impressed me so much in the past few days. This Saison reminds me of the outstanding Blvd. Saison-Brett. Its slightly hoppier and a bit dryer but still amazing.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Cloudy straw with 3-4 fingers of fluffy white head and good retention.

Peach, pear, pineapple, peppercorn and farmhouse.

Peach and pear. Notes of lemon juice and hints of pineapple. Wonderful farmhouse funk blended in with notes of hay, dried grass, potpourri, pink peppercorn and earth. Light notes of spent grains and grapefruit pith.

Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean, dry and subtly tart.

Tart, funky, earthy, juicy and dry. Awesome Saison!

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Photo of dowen17
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy lemon color. Massive fluffy white head with great retention.

On the nose is some citrus. Grapefruit is big on the nose. Some funky yeast and barnyard.

Taste is big citrus. Some spicy notes from the yeast. Barnyard funk. Earthy aftertaste. A hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice. Good carbonation. Medium bodied.

Good beer. Would drink again. Really refreshing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -24%
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.


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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Photo of take_it_sleazy
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into hill farmstead pint glass.

A: extremely hazy straw colored beer with an initially large head that dissipates into a single finger off white and bubbly head. More haze in this one than their "standard" offering.

S: funk coming through along with soft malts following. Almost a soapy smell at the end. Hop smell mild but present in the background.

T: citrus fruit and spice. The malt taste is subtler than I initially thought it was going to be. Slight medicinal notes linger on the tounge. The funk from the yeast is matched wonderfully with the hops in this.

M: crisp, medium mouthfeel. Quite a bit of carbonation which is typical of the style. A crisp, refreshing bite at the end.

O: nice example of an American saison. Extremely palatable and especially drinkable for 7.5%.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears extremely hazy and pure yellow with an inch of soapy white head. The aroma is simply fabulous. Dank hops and farmhouse funk. So fresh. Wow. Great flavor as well. Beautiful blend of Nelson hops and saison character. A healthy amount of bitterness in the back, finishing dry. The aroma is slightly superior to the flavor, but the beer is firing on all cylinders. Superb.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy straw color. Plenty of carbonation is noted. A full 1.5" of white head forms, which has excellent retention and lacing. Pretty nice looking brew aside from the turbidity.

Smell: Significant white pepper and spicy notes in this beer. Some bitter grapefruit rind as well. Seems like a unique take.

Taste: Aligns pretty closely with the smell. A small amount of citrus and fruitiness up front, followed by significant white pepper and spicy notes, as well as some grapefruit bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is nice and light, and carbonation is just about perfect. Very nice mouthfeel. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good saison. I am not a huge fan of the heavy white pepper and spicy sharpness, so downgraded it a bit. I like more well roundedness out of my saisons, but I definitely still enjoyed it.

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Photo of jlisuk
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sooo good. Pale, slightly hazy light yellow (nearly a white ale) with a generous billowing white head. Hops and yeast dominate the nose. Citrusy Nelson Sauvin hops and spicy notes from the yeast make a great first impression. First taste lives up to the smell. The single pale malt lets the hops really be king, with the yeast a close second. Refreshing citrus and pine notes are nicely complemented by hints of spice and funk from the yeast. Every drink is as good as the one before. This is a perfect example of the virtues of simplicity in brewing- more brewers ought to follow this lead. Simply beautiful. My only complaint is that I paid $9 for a 500ml bottle, slightly higher than I think is justified.

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Photo of lsummers
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an excellent cloudy glowing lemon yellow with a bright white champagne frothy head.

Smells is appealing and very herbal on the nose. Lots of lemon zest and lemongrass with some peppery yeast notes. Smell leads nicely into the taste and is an excellent example of a beer tasting close to the nose. Nice tartness with lemon and grapefruit bitterness leading into the herbal lemongrass and peppery yeast notes. Moderate to high carbonation lets the full body feel nice and light on the tongue. I would like to try this again and would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle shared with Doug today, 9/6/2013. Poured into a Bell's snifter. Thanks Gary for hooking this up. Review #198.

Pours a nice light straw coloured body, with a fluffy 3cm white head. Looks very well carbonated with a lot of head lacing that disappears relatively quickly.

The smell is straight up Nelson. It's actually very comparable to Alpine Nelson in my book- very pungent, fruity and a dab of spiciness at the end. Very barnyard-esque as well. Great nose.

Flavour is solid too.. its all Nelson hops at this point. The malt backbone just slightly balances it out. All that spiciness and tropical flavours, very complex hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is delicious. It actually compares reasonably well with the Hill Farmstead IPAs that we just had. Pretty creamy, very robust with a nice dry spicy finish. Very good carbonation.

Glad I got to try this one. It's an awesome single hop saison, and the Nelson really complements the malts well on this one. Awesome. I need to try more of the Prairie beers.

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Prairie 'Merica from Prairie Artisan Ales
4.13 out of 5 based on 728 ratings.
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