Prairie Funky Galaxy | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Funky GalaxyPrairie Funky Galaxy

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of JCam9981
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

incredibly underrated, this is a brilliant beer. if the poor marks come from style guidelines, I can sympathize a little. if I close my eyes and drink this, it is not apparent that its the deep cocoa brown color that it is, and it might as well be a black ipa instead of a saison type, because the characteristic saison yeast is almost invisible. that said, the determining factor for me is taste, and the flavor of this beer is absolutely incredibly delicious. the galaxy hops are the perfect compliment to the lightly toast and fluffy textured malts the make up the base of this beer, and their fresh squeezed juicy citrus properties combine with the bittersweet chocolate notes to deliver almost a chocolate covered orange complexion, before the more acidic lemon properties of the galaxy hops take over. the yeast is a let down if you want a saison, but its in perfect balance if you like the flavors here, which I certainly do. its just a little funky, mostly in the nose, bland compared to some other prairie brews, but adding just enough to this one. long hoppy finish with a lot more fruit than bitterness. galaxy hops have become a recent favorite for me, and this beer is a perfect example of why. just fantastic beer.

edit: i have had mixed bottle experiences with this, ranging from unreal to forgettable, but i had it for the first time on tap, and wow is it amazing. almost menthol mouthfeel to it the hops are so abundant, it stays on the palate forever. a truly unique experience from the tap. highly recommended!

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black with an off-white head. Smells of roasted malts, citrus hops, fruity, bretty yeast. Roasted malts are mild in the flavor mix here. Yeast and galaxy hops take center stage. Malt is more chocolatey up front. Citrus and tropical fruits come full force from the hops. Bitterness pops up and lingers. Dry finish. Coffee in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium in body with moderate carbonation. Really nice beer from prairie, although this is not my favorite from them.

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Photo of SFACRKnight
1.88/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into globe.
Pours dark, tan head, didn't know this was a black saison. Hmmm.
A bit of muddled hops hiding some possible lacto (?) scent. No roast malts, no saison yeasts, odd.
First drink yeilds a touch of roast malt that never show their face again, no funk, no brett, no saison yeast flavors. Just some galaxy hops. Now that I'm drinking I attribute thhe faint lacto scent to the galaxy hops. This is a one note beer.
Mouthfeel is okay. Light bodied, doesn't coat the tongue, ok carbonation.
Overall, I'm bummed about this one. I was expecting a nice brett preesence, and not expecting roasted malts. In the end I got a mediocre black ipa with one note of hops. A rare miss from the guys at prairie.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mikecharley
1.76/5  rDev -54%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5


This belgian IPA (or farmhouse as stated on the label) is awful.

Pours a completely murky brownish black. Cloudy with sediment throughout.

Smells alright, just bunches of galaxy hops with a little funk poking through.

Taste is not alright. Tastes like an overly bitter Saison-ish brew. The bitterness is not pleasant at all, and this is coming from someone who loves hoppy beer, and the limited experience I have had with galaxy was pleasing (SS#6, iirc).

I took about half a glass down over an hour, and the rest of the glass and bottle went down the drain. Poor show.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown with a large, dense, light brown head and slowly faded into a fuzzy film. Sticky patches of streaky lace were left down the glass.
S: Huge juicy notes of galaxy hops dominate the nose with scents of tropical fruits and citrus. I get hints of papaya, tangerine, grapefruit and mango. Earthy Belgian yeast just barely pokes through the juicy hoppy onslaught.
T: Follows the nose with galaxy hop notes of tropical fruits mixed with citrus. A mild roasted dark malt presence brings up the rear with flavors of toasted grains and dark chocolate. Belgian yeast comes through in the finish with an earthy, peppery spiciness, and the aftertaste is leafy, roasted, and bitter.
M: Full body, thick, bitter mouthfeel with chewy carbonation. Drying finish.
O: Wonderful galaxy/Belgian nose but I think the ‘dark’ aspect took away from what otherwise could have been an even better Belgian ipa. Still, a very good beer that’s worth checking out, but I probably won’t go for round two.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mdcflacal
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not really easy to categorize this one. It is basically a funky congregation of stuff going on.
It looks nice and dark with a large foamy tan/brown head and all kinds of different bubble sizes.
It smells a little citrusy, a little roasty, a little funky and a little sweetness.
Some roast and happiness in the taste upfront and the funk blends in well. Slowly the hop flavor and bitterness subside and the funky sharpness can standout before finishing with a bit if the bitterness again.
Good, lively mouthfeel.
Again, just a very interesting beer that doesn't go too far in one direction, but also doesn't become muddled. I call it a winner.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Dark brown. Almost opaque. Three fingers of creamy brown head with great retention.

S: Wild yeast. Brett. Funky. Tang. A bit barnyard-y.

T/M: The yeast is intense. Very upfront. Almost overbearing, but either I'm becoming used to it or the intensity is fading. Underneath all the funk are layers of fruit and roasted malt, complemented by a dry finish. Slightly sweet, even. Interesting, complex, and rewarding. Full-bodied.

O: I like Prairie, I think. This is an intriguing, worthy saison worthy of anyone's attention.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

well, glad i opened this carefully! some gushing and tons of head poured into the glass, revealing about 2" of black colored beer. funky citrusy/farmhouse/floral aromas hit you as soon as the cork pops off. TONS of bretty funk on the nose with a very subtle amount of sweet chocolate smell. the flavor up front is a dark roasty flavor infected with brett brux. a VERY funky and strange tasting beer.. you get a nice amount of roasty bitterness, you definitely get a hint of the galaxy hops, but the brett takes the cake.
medium in body, high carbonation, and nice and sticky on the lips.

this is a very strange beer, definitely can't see a lot of people loving it on first try if they've never had a wild ale before. this is definitely full of funk (no sourness), it's like drinking shit covered hay from a horse barn!

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Prairie Funky Galaxy from Prairie Artisan Ales
3.83 out of 5 based on 497 ratings.
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