Prairie Puncheon
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #412
Ranked #7,322
3.99 | pDev: 9.27%
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
Very Good
Prairie PuncheonPrairie Puncheon
Notes: Puncheon is a farmhouse rye ale fermented in large oak barrels with several different wild bacteria strains. Tropical citrus notes and sourness can be detected with hints of oak.
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Photo of kitch
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 16.9 fl oz (500ml) bottle with oddly no bottled on date visible. Poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy golden colour with a big three finger white head that dissipated quickly but settled to a thin cap and leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong earthy musty farmhouse funk and damp wood, citrus lemon and orange as well as tropical apricot.

Taste: Tart, lightly sour, light funk, lemon, honey, apple peel, pepper spice and a touch of alcohol creeping through.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was quite good but there was a distinct lack of oak barrel notes that I had expected. On top of that, it was a little disappointing that a bit of the alcohol creeped out into the taste.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz botte into a pint glass. Thanks Shawn for sending this to me from Cali!

Pours a hazy orange body with a fizzy white effervescent head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing or retention.

Aromas of funk, wine, farmhouse yeast, citrus, tart fruit skins, green apple. On the tongue is tart fruits, farmhouse and funk, followed by a bitterness (hops?) that lingers on the tongue for a while. White wine and spices also present. Easy drinker, light body with high carbonation, really crisp.

Enjoyable. Bitterness was a little off balancing.

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Photo of grover37
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty prototypical Prairie farmhouse saison here. Nice mix of light funk, lemon citrus, and oak in the nose. Brett and light bitterness hit first, then oak and rye linger. Carb is nice and lively.

Good not great. Perhaps slightly under rated, but my bottle had a year plus on it.

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Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy gold color with bunch of sediment floating around that leads up to a thick cloudy white head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing. Active carbonation was visible racing up the brew.

Smells funky and fruity with yeast, lemon zest, orange peel, banana, bubblegum, coriander, pepper, light spices, wet dog hair and earthy funk. Complex with a soft sweetness, there are light oaky notes and candied sugar coming on late in the aroma.

Taste is also funky and fruity with more grains along with rye and some brett, then like the nose there is yeast, lemon, orange peel, bubblegum, coriander, pepper, light spices, barnyard and earthy funk. Its on the sour side but the spices level it out and make it quite complex with a sweetness that seems like it comes from fruit like green apples, tangerine and grapefruit and seem to showcase the hops. There are earthy notes that help hide the 8.5% ABV.

Light, zesty and smooth/slick feeling that went down easy due to very mild carbonation, this was tasty and enjoyable overall. Went well with blackened fish taco lunch and complimented / added to the meal. Way too expensive for a 16 oz bottle, but worth a shot.

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Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle @ beer tasting on 1/31/2015. Pours hazy light golden in color with minimal bubbly effervescent head. Aroma is tart citrus, yeasty funk, and hints of wood. Medium body, nice carbonation with some trub-like particulate. Taste is lemon, white grape, oak and funky yeast elements nicely balanced. Very drinkable saison and the barrel aging adds a nice dimension.

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Photo of draheim
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale lemon yellow w/ a bright white head.

Aroma is sour and acidic, grassy, a little funky.

Taste is pale biscuity malt, acidic, lemony. Wheat malt? Lactic sourness. Oak. A touch of funk.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Maybe a little thin.

Overall a unique, refreshing saison.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased in St. Louis and transported to home in my luggage. Poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A unique vinous taste. A good beer but in this world of great beers, this beer could be called lacking. Lots of sediment in this bottle. 3.75

A – Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow/straw colored with a one-finger off-white slightly rocky head that dissipated too quickly (-). Average Belgian lacing. 3.5

S – Some funk/farmyard, citrus, some sour, minute peppery. 4

T – A tinch of sweetness in the start, some vinous qualities/like white wine – sauvignon blanc, lactic sour. 3.75

MF – Medium-body, dry, clean and acidic in the finish. 4

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes after drinking way back on 3/6/14. Enjoyed out of a 500 mL brown bottle without any discernible bottling or "best by" date that I can find. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a hazy straw yellow with just the faintest of shading from the refraction of the light through the liquid, giving the side of the glass that is away from the light source a sort of dirty straw look, while the side facing the light is bright and clean. Some faint particulate drifts through the body, and atop sits two fingers of clean white head that sticks around for a couple minutes before fading into a quarter-finger permafilm on the surface of the liquid. Lacing is sparse and intermittent.

Smell (4.25) - So far so good, as the oak barrel aging on this one has brought a whole host of funky, musty aromas to the party. Wet hay, damp wood, ripe apricot and starfruit all dance above an earthy, spicy element from the grain bill that brings to mind white pepper and coriander. On first blush, this beer seems like it will be a straight up sour-style farmhouse, and has me very excited.

Taste (3.75) - Letdown. It's my own fault, as I let the aroma shape my expectations of this beer to be more sour/tart than it really was. In the end, a faint bit of subdued lemony tartness is present, but the overwhelming majority of the flavor profile sits more along the lines of a rustic, spicy saison, with any sourness seeming more like that bready sourdough note that rye can bring rather than any kind of pinching sourness from lactobacillus. Notes of light spice and coriander come through, with a component of rustic barley and more of the wet hay component from the smell.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Light-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a dry finish and a spicy disposition that makes this one refreshing, but far from a simple beer.

Overall (4.0), not a bad offering at all, and I'd like to have it again sometime without my expectations clouding my experience of the beer. I wish there was a bit more spiciness from the rye if it wasn't going to have any more pinch to the sour-smelling element.

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Photo of Tele
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

A: 4.5 Yellow-gold and crystal clear. There’s a fluffy, three-inch, off-white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: 4 Apple and funk dominate the nose at first. A bit of clove and grass fill in the background with a bit of tart lemon at the end.

T: 4 Similar to the nose. Lots of funk up front with a pretty sweet, apple juice flavor. The spice, funk, and esters are pretty nice, but they could use a bit more tartness to bring them all together.

M: 4.25 Nice body on this beer with the carbonation making it feel a bit creamy.

O: 4 I like this beer, but the apple and funk dominate a bit too much and overshadow some of the other flavors and aromas. It would be nice if there was a bit more oak and tart flavors.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +0.3%

A-hazy golden orange color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grains, lemon, rye, spices, yeast funk

T-lemon, toasted grains, yeasty funk, rye spice, oak, earthy

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and a little tart

O-liked this saison, different than their other offerings

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with cat litter notes is quite interesting. Taste is also dominated by some rustic malt notes with funky ester and some cat’s litter notes that are quite powerful. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this beer with quite a bit of complexity while retaining super great drinkability.

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Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a rinsed tulip glass, there's a compact head of white foam that fades to a skim fairly quickly. Hazy golden orange color. Not much lace to speak of.

Aroma is faint at first but gets more fruity and slightly funky as it warms. Soft lemon pith, minerals, and wet hay.

Tart and lightly fruity, with some light Brett funk in the dry aftertaste. Lightly citric and vaguely tropical. Effervescent and dry. Overall not too different from other Prairie beers, but it's still pretty good.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Quite a pale straw colour; pretty decently cloudy. Head is thin, cloudy, just a rim of lace. OK I guess.

Smells organic, fairly Bretty and funkadelic. Decent oak aroma, French and buttery, with a touch of lemon and packham pear. Not bad.

Taste is funky, actually fairly bitter. Lots of horse blankety funk, with hints of oak, chartreuse, touch of tobacco, lemon and even honey. Mostly a slightly rubber funk though, and clean on the back enough to be enjoyed.

Bit sharp on the mid, dries up quite a lot on the back. Not too bad.

Funky, organic-tasting beer. Nothing too exciting, but well put together.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Puncheon pours a cloudy, nearly opaque honey color. The head surprisingly is fairly tame, despite a strong tilt.

S-Aroma is pretty exceptional. Funky and tart. Almost Gueuze-like. Musty and lemony. Not picking up much of the oak but that's about the only negative.

T-Not as tart or sour as the nose would lead you to believe; it has a bit of both but the nose is more intense in this aspect. Fruitier and hoppier than the aroma. Lemons and unripe pears. Straw and hay. Bretty fruit flavor. Just a lick of oak on the finish. Dry finish as well.

M-Medium carbonation, medium body. Relatively refreshing. Alcohol is somewhat evident.

O-I enjoyed the nose more than the flavor and I was not in love with the big price tag. Otherwise, it was very solid. Hoping to try more Prairie offerings in the future.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is heavily hazed deep yellow with a tight yellow head. Nose is heavy barnyard Saison yeast, a hint of minerals, light ester behind. Taste is a little bit sweeter, still a fair bit of barnyard Saison yeast, lemon and some candied sugar, faint touch of vanilla. Finish is moderately carbonated, a hint syrupy, a bit sugary.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

My beer guru brought this one over to share and it is my first Prairie Artisan beer. Excellent appearance and the smell is awesome. The taste is also excellent and it is a shockingly easy beer to drink for the alcohol content which gives it very big bonus points overall. Gotta try more of theirs in the future.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). No dicernable bottling information. Served in a goblet.

Pours a hazy pale straw yellow with almost two fingers of near-white head. Maintains a modest layer of froth with a bit of lace.

The nose is tart with acidic fruits, earthy hay and a funky yeasty note.

Flavors of grapefruit skins, lemon/lime rind, bright wheaty malt, wet hay, a rye-like spice, mildly herbal, earthen, dirty water and perhaps a touch of clove. Semi tart but refreshing similar to water with squeezed lemon. As noted previously there is no real oak character here.

Light body with plenty of carbonation. A lemon water quality with wheat and earthy notes in the dry finish.

Easy drinking but lacking the oak character that I was hoping for. Quite refreshing with some nice, light flavors nonetheless.

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Photo of hops202
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into spiegelau glass

A - Hazy lemon yellow

S - lots of lemon citrus and yeast

T - lots of Belgian yeast and citrus sweetness - not getting any sort of barrel notes here

M - meh

O - not impressed at all with this. Prairie has some good beers, but I find this one to be way overvalued and lacking the barrel flavor that is promised.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle purchased at Sunset Corners in Miami, FL, unknown bottling date, drank over 30 minutes out of a hotel-style tumbler

A: 3/3 - straw yellow coloration, murky (cannot read or see through), initial eggshell white head settles into a retained glass lacing with some carb islands, low-to-moderate carbonation for style

S: 8/12 - bright lemon and lime aroma hits immediately, some residual wheat and maybe a hint of alcohol?

T: 14/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a lemon tartness that pops the taste buds and gives way to some other fruit character - lime, passionfruit and maybe even some kiwi; there is a wheat malt presence, some mild alcohol and a slight sweetness but generally dry, especially on the finish; the major flaw from advertised is that I get no oak-barrel character at all here

M: 4/5 - light bodied with high drinkability; moderate carbonation but maybe slightly less than I would like for style

O: 7/10 - quavering between a 7-8 but found it underwhelming with all the Prairie hype; the lack of barrel notes also struck me as false advertising; also not worth the ~$13 pint

TOTAL - 36/50

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured bottle with no date into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours opaque yellow gold with a fizzy white head. Spotty lacing.

S-Smells like yeast, sweet dough, and tart citrus fruit.

T-Tastes like yeast, nicely balanced with dry citrus, some sweet dough, and a bit of floral herbs. Delicious.

M-Mouthfeel has a light body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like yeast, cheese, sweet dough, and tart citrus fruit.

O-Overall pretty enjoyable beer thou it was $13 I wouldn't pay that again.

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Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was excited to see this on the shelf in PA, couldnt pass it up despite the salty $15 per 500ml. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a clear pale golden yellow color with white pillowy topping a finger strong that fades leaving a full wall of lace.

The aroma includes notes of lemon citrus zest almost like lime and a faint clove and pepper spiciness. Some tangy vinous aspect appear as it breathes. This is grassy and herbal with some neutral oak.

The taste has dry wheat and pepper/clove spice. Lemongrass leaning towards notes of coriander faintly before a bit of warming alcohol and dry neutral oakiness breaks things up. Towards the finish, it again shifts the profile slightly towards vinous.

This is a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. It is crisp, complex and super easy drinking. I would buy this again, I would buy a lot of this if the price was more reasonable. The only thing strange about it is how everything plays together nice and then all of a sudden, the alcohol gets amped out of nowhere.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml poured into my Treehouse tulip. 8.5% abv

A: Pours a nice yellow golden sun color with a one finger head and good carbonation. Slight haze, good appearance. Swirled around in the glass which left nice lacing, good look. After pouring the rest of the bottle after reviewing for 15 minutes the fading head left wonderful legs.

S: Great smell off the bat. Light pepper, funk and a hint of tropical fruit in the background. Excited to take a sip. The peppery smell belies the pleasant fruity, tart, slightly funky taste to follow.

T: Mmmm, ooh. Mouth watering flavor. Fruity like the tropics. Hard to really pinpoint the flavors here. Not exactly getting any notes from the barrel but the flavor is exceptional. Juicy, creamy, light tart, possible pepper/spicy esters from the yeast. The more of this I drink the better it gets. Good combination of spice and fruit.

M: Creamy, delicious. Light alcohol warmth. Extremely pleasant on the tongue and in the cheeks.

O: I thoroughly enjoy this beer. This is very drinkable without feeling thin. The barrel is unnoticeable which is unfortunate but everything comes together nicely. I wouldn't say that this is perfectly balanced. The spicy notes and the fruity notes are far from harmonious or complimentary but they do work together. The tropical flavors with slight tart are what really sell me on this beer. I'm happy to have found one and would definitely drink again gladly.

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Photo of Amalak
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The taste is extremely tart at first, but then the lemon and sweetness balances out a bit in the back. Sugary. It's carbonated and refreshing, but the taste is a bit too sweet. A bite of sour bacteria underneath.

It has a light, straw-gold color with a bunch of bubbles popping up throughout. It has a big bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. It's hazy, but semi-clear. There's a big lemon and wheat scent.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale golden body with a thin, bubbly bone-white head. Somewhat cloudy body with a yeasty haze.

S- Tart peaches and apricots, hints of oak, light aroma of toasted grains.

T- Some tart tree fruits give way to some of the toasted grains and hints of earthy oak. Finishes somewhat sour with a grassy an earthy aftertaste.

M- Fizzy and well carbonated, medium to light bodied. Slight alcohol tingle on the finish.

O- A nice barrel aged saison. Not up there with the cream of the crop, but this is a solid and enjoyable beer. The nose is fantastic. It just doesn't have that juiciness or depth of flavor that some of the great saison a have.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

so everyone goes crazy for new prairie beers, and most of the time i get it, they make interesting and high quality beers, but some of them, admittedly, are lost on me, its hype preceding excellence, i dont know. elizabeth was one that i liked just fine, but its just another pretty good wild ale. this one is similar, hyped to high heaven because of the brewer, but somewhere in the middle of its peer group. its pale blonde, all wheat from what i can tell, and has a pretty, sudsy, pure white, and lasting head. the nose is simple to me, brett and oak, white wheat malt, ive been down this road. the taste is a bit more distinct, with a lemon rind finish and a bubble bath sort of palate, but it still seems simple to me, which may be to its credit, not its fault, but it seems so similar to others. lacking any real tartness, but it doesnt need it, its a funky wheat beer, and doesnt hide it. the grain is real sturdy and fresh, real stick to your guts for its color, and i like that part the best, but the yeast complex is just not what people make it out to be, its basic, not generic at all, but its nowhere near to the level of what say, jolly pumpkin is doing. very good, not outstanding, but fairly priced.

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