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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BierGartenok on 08-07-2013

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Photo of scottfrie
2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours a very pale straw yellow with two fingers of active, soft looking, bright white head that fizzed away into a wispy collar. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Tart and earthy notes of lemon zest, musty oak, damp basement, and a rather unpleasant aroma of sulfury rotten eggs.
T: Not as tart as the nose suggested but there is still a clean lactic bit alongside some lemon juice, green apple and damp earthy must. The finish is sweet thin with a citrus pith bitterness to it, and the aftertaste has notes of sulfur and drying oak barrel.
M: Lower carbonation and a heavier mouthfeel than expected. The body is thicker and fuller than I would have liked, and the oak barrel doesn’t add nearly enough dryness to the mouthfeel as it should for how mild the carbonation is.
O: Decent flavors but the sulfur throws me off a bit. Also beer doesn’t sit that great in my mouth. Not the best out there.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: bottle at FoFA13

Hazy yellowish-straw color, floaties in suspension, capped with a fluffy white head that left a bit of clingy lacing on the glass. Musty aroma that I was actually not digging at all. Very diapery, lesser notes of wet hay and cobwebs. Not sure if I just got the bottom of the barrel pour with this one or what, but I almost had to hold my breath to get close. Really bad. Fortunately the taste was not quite as gnarly. Toasted wheat, slightly tart fruits, pear, citrus, grape skins, grass and hay, musty funk, with some of that diaper from the aroma inevitably getting onto the palate, but not in quite an overbearing or offensive way. Light-medium body, crisp, soft. Drinkable for sure, but that smell wasn't convincing me to come back for more. Yeesh.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Farmhouse ale fermented in oak barrels" per the label. Reviewed as a farmhouse ale. 750ml brown glass bottle with fun label art and black unbranded hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork acquired at a Fort Collins bottle shop and served into a Guinness stem-goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. 7% ABV confirmed. 2013 vintage.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour. Foamy and fluffy. Decent creaminess and thickness. It's a full head. Retention is good - about 6-7+ minutes. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear albeit hazy yellow-copper of average vibrance. It's clean: no floating yeast particles or sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a decent appearance for a farmhouse ale but isn't unique or special. I'm a bit surprised at how transparent it is. No egregious flaws are noticeable.

Sm: Light farmhouse character: a hint of brettanomyces-induced funkiness, some rustic flaked wheat, and straw/hay. Hop character is entirely floral, complementing the other notes. Clove. Some biscuity yeast. Cereals. Some hints of leather. I won't be so pretentious as to say horse blanket. I'm not picking up on any real oak or barrel notes.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength. No alcohol is detectable. Not as alive an aroma as I'd like.

T: Light funkiness from brettanomyces yeast. Floral hop character. Belgian pale malts. Flaked wheat. Straw/hay. Sadly, I'm not getting any oak. Clean barley. Vague clove. Light bready malts. No doughiness, really. Light lemongrass. Some light white pepper; I want far more. No milky notes, to its detriment. Light biscuity yeast character. A biteen starchy.

Balanced and cohesive, but not gestalt. Decent build. Nowhere near as complex as the best farmhouse ales/saisons. I'm unimpressed. Has decent subtlety, though. Not intricate or nuanced, really. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and refreshing. Approachable and enjoyable. Suits the flavour profile well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Nice presence on the palate. Well-carbonated.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from impressive. The cats at Prairie/Krebs can do better (and have in the past). I wouldn't buy this again or recommend it to friends, but it's a decent little farmhouse ale. I'll easily kill this bottle. Hides its ABV well. Above all else, I'm most disappointed that the oak never manifested. How long was it "aged"? Could've been a month with how bereft of oak the flavour profile is. Overpriced for the quality. Not really worth trying; it's a lot like any other boring farmhouse ale.

Overall, it offers little of interest to the discerning farmhouse ale drinker. It's a very middle-of-the-road farmhouse ale with no unique or special characteristics.

Drinks well from a Guinness goblet.


05/13/14: Truncated notes.

Head is five fingers in a tulip and lasts a good 8-10 minutes.

Body is a very pale light copper and isn't apt for a farmhouse ale; very filtered.

Aroma is lime heavy, with some crackery malts and Belgian pale malts. White pepper is present.

White pepper, lemon rind, Belgian pale malts, crackery malts, and a hint of vague farmhouse yeast.

A bit smacky on the palate. Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated.

It's a drinkable enjoyable farmhouse ale, but it can't hold a candle to the greats in the style. It's a nice offering from Prairie, but is far from their best work. I like it, but it isn't worth the price.

High C+

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Photo of Bierlerner
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours a golden straw color. Very hazy. Nice bubblies.

S - smells of hay and tons of citrusy fruits. Peaches and grapefruit. Pepper. A little oaky earthiness.

T - Eh, Tastes like a fuller bodied Standard Ale. Somewhat disappointing and uninspiring.

M - Great mouthfeel. Fun, playful, prickly, and dry. Refreshing.

O - Had it once. Seems rather one dimensional and nothing spectacular. Would pass if I saw it again.

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Photo of hops202
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
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 schwemjw
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light pale hazey yellow with a small light head.

S: Sour. tart. pale straw and yeast. citric acid and lemon zest with rotten fruit and dark cherries.

T: Tart funk and sour on the front. Rotten bread and a hint of buttery chardonnay. Straw and then more yeast and light buscuits. sweet tarts almost. very acidic with a fast finish.

M: Very light. low carbonation but you know its there.

O: very citrus forward. tart. unimpressive nose but this beer is better the longer you sip it. /81

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Photo of Amalak
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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 smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Real nice classic opaque body, deep buttery dark yellow and orb glowing. Nice middle rising carbonation of finer yellow bubbles in the middle as well. Head is creamy white, only about two fingers and settles very quickly to a thin puck.

Solid nose, if a little clean and wet. Mild brett sensations, a little bit of floral notes and some mild pepper. Has a little bit of tart lemon juice behind it also.

On first sip, there's a sense of noticeable carbonation but we and cola like flatness. Some of the fruit aromas translate on the tongue a bit, much of it citrus lemon and the like. Finishes easily and clean but very quick with little aftertaste. There's some wet pepper, kool aid watery fruit, and some brett but not much that's really lasting.

It has the reminder of much of the enjoyable saisons the Prairie makes, but feels a bit subdued and wet. Still a decent beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
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 laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
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 bump8628
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy banana peel yellow with a white head that throws some lace on the glass. A sharp tartness along with an almost salty note stand out first followed by spicy black pepper, bubblegum, green apple, mustiness, dirt, and a grassy bitterness. Long acidic finish, reminds me of stomach acid. Puncheon has a lot of interesting flavors going on, but seems incomplete and disjointed. Worth a try for sure, but not worth hoarding bottles. I'll be interested to see what comes out of these barrels in the future.

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Photo of kitch
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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 SavvyStudent
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This farmhouse was more towards the sour side and had a definitive lemon flavor in the palate. Heavy mouthfeel and slight lacing from pour. Overall a very unique blend that is worth a try but not the whiskey flavor or saison that is advertised on the bottle. Solid nose that does hold true to the style but a definitive sour back-end.

Prairie offering is unique and worth a try if in the neighborhood but not public ally available from what I can tell. The bomb or IPA were a must try but I have this at a lower rating due to the amount of sour added outside of the normal profile.

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Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Shared in Sydney with Sam and Rich.

Pours a bright, slightly hazed, but extremely pale yellow colour, only a notch above a witbier. Head is a fine but relatively persistent film of white. Some spotty lacing forms on the glass. Carbonation is extremely fine but a little listless. Looks pretty good overall though.

Nose is bright with fresh crisp vegetative characters and classic saison notes, and undertoned slightly by a very earthy, almost savoury character. There's a straight yeastiness to it which gives it a bit more of a meaty tone than I'd really like, but it's all wrapped up in the same package so perhaps it can be forgiven somewhat. Some oak comes through a little, but so does a slight oxidative character. It's okay all up, but it should be better.

Taste is much cleaner though, and indeed a great deal tarter than I expected. Pronounced, slightly metallic sharpness through the centre of the palate that drags along some classic Bretted characters with it. Bitterness on the back is noticeable: with the Brett it gives it a slightly harsh, somewhat medicinal flavour—something like unripe peachskin and aspirin. It makes it feel a little more like an acquired taste: something perhaps I'll come back to and enjoy more the second time.

Feel is clean and bright, but a touch watery.

Pretty drinkable for all of this though, and there's something that enamours me of the whole more than the individual parts suggest. I think I've enjoyed Prairie's other beers more than this one, but when this is the low point, you're on to a good thing.

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Photo of denver10
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangey-yellow with a white head, that recedes to the edges in somewhat quick measure. Aroma is a touch tart, white- wine and apple skin like and sweet, with a bit of woodiness and some spice. Good for what it is, but not really my preference for a saison aroma. Aroma starts off tart, fruity (apples and lemons), some pepper, woody. Mouthfeel is medium bodied,some activity, and dry. Overall, another winner by Prairie. Not quite 'Merica great, but still very good. Would drink again, but wouldn't spend the money on another bottle of this either.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
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 AgentMunky
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash glass. Vintage 2013.

A: Light fizzy head tops a hazy, straw-colored beer with a tad of effervescence.

S: Funky and lightly sweet.

T: My devoted reviewers (hah) will remember that the funkier the saison, the better I like it. True to form, this is crazy spicy/fruity/funky beer smacks of Brett and Belgian yeast.

M: Smooth, sweetish, with a light pucker.

O: I really liked this beer, but it was not outstanding. I would have liked more carbonation.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Winooski Bevereage Warehouse.

A - Very light golden pour. Lager-esque colour. Hazy with strong carbonation. One finger of white head.Minimal spotty lace and virtually no retention.

S - Tart aroma at first moves into a grainy note. Lemon, wheat, tropical fruit.

T - Obvious tropical and fruity notes, big tartness with lemon candy and some wheatiness. Apple-like flavours. Potentially a note of rye there, but I wouldn't pick up on it unless it was listed in the website description. There's an odd flavour note which might be alcohol, but it seems a bit like spoiled fruits as well.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body but seems alot lighter when you're drinking it, tart and dry to finish.

O/D - A decent saison here. Fairly one dimensional, but punches way below it's belt. Mildly tart and nicely drinkable, but a touch harsh with that spoiled fruit/lemon note. Good nonetheless.

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Photo of robbee
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE-Golden/peachy/hazy/small bubbles


TASTE-quite a bit of citrus and maybe some pickle??

MOUTHFEEL-Doesn't seem "fizzy" on the first swig but then you feel it. Went down smooth

Overall- was a good beer to me but I'm new to craft beers. I'd buy it again but it hasn't been the best I've had.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light yellow-orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fruit, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, grain, fruit, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice combination of sour and wood qualities.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of Sludgeman
3.82/5  rDev -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 draheim
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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 spoony
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a fat finger of short-lived, white foam. The head sits atop a light, straw-colored, murky brew. No carbonation is visible and no lacing is left behind.

S-The smell is tart and slightly lactic with lemon curd, orange, and a musty funk that suggests wet wheat and straw. As the brew warms I detect a saccharine -like sweetness that is sort-of odd, but not entirely out-of-place compared the other flavors.

T-The taste is less tart than the smell would lead you to expect. There is still a funky, musty, brett-like flavor that combines with a little grassy flavor to produce a traditional saison palate. I also get some pineapple, citrus, and white grape flavors, and again, that saccharine flavor.

M-The feel is medium body to heavier-than-average for the style with below-average carbonation.

O-Some beers grow on me as I drink them...this one is the opposite. I really enjoyed my first few sniffs and sips, but the strange artificial sweetness kept growing on my palate with each quaff. It isn't enough to overwhelm or ruin the beer, but the saccharine flavor does drop it down a peg or two from the first few sips, which were really enjoyable. I will have to try this beer again and start colder.

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Prairie Puncheon from Prairie Artisan Ales
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