Prairie Puncheon | Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie PuncheonPrairie Puncheon
BA SCORE
3.96/5
532 Ratings
Prairie PuncheonPrairie Puncheon
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,908
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
532
pDev:
9.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
77
Trade:
10
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brewery who has shown the propensity for churning out world-class Saison after world-class Saison shows no signs of fatigue as Puncheon celebrates all things that can fit within a cask. And by the label, what spills out is quite ubiquitous.

The classic Belgianesque pour delivers a light golden color that resembles canary yellow. Deeply hazy, there's a ton of suspended yeast and wheaty proteins that cloud up the beer. As a billowing cotton white head builds, it recedes slowly to allow strong retention and broken lace at every drink.

Pungent aromas of musty sourness, earthy grain and citrusy spice fills the nose. Where a highly hopped grapefruit scent couples with tangerine, apricot, and lemons a grounded scent of crisp whole wheat, cellar-like must and attic-dried wood provides a mature aroma that's a perfect blend of popular hops and rustic ale profiling.

Its distinct taste is refreshingly acidic at the flavors of lemons, limes, tangerines, mangoes, apricots and white grapes captivate its taste. Backed by a soft wheaty pillow, any sweetness is short lived as it quickly dissolves into the beer's acidity. Its crisp bready start turns spicy with white pepper, wood tannin, and with a hint of sage and cilantro. As the taste concludes, the beer is far from over- a mustier undertone provides waves of earthiness that include sweat, brine, parmesan, shellfish, and saltwater taffee all provided the most earthy and fruity taste that can be imagined.

Mid-light in its weight on the palate, its arid creaminess is attributed to the beer's tightly knit bubbles and its resulting semi-fullness. But as the beer turns to white wine acidity and the carbonation subsides, its feel is light, tart, and powdery-dry. Though oxidated, it seems as though the wood spices outweigh and powdery texture with ease. Finishing dry, tart and feathery, its warmth is understated as its drinkability is highly rewarded.

I absolutely love how this ale bridges the old rustic world of Belgian Sour Ales and newer hop varieties together. Its citrusy juiciness and concluding dryness are both alluring for the palate and refreshing at the same time.

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3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

C+

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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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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Mostly clear semi golden light pilsner color, light head and mild lacing.

Nose super Brett c fruit, little Brett funk, mild tropical fruit, peach like almost, little saison grainy malt and hint spices, little floral like Brett and fruity aromas. Very nice Brett.

Taste brings more Brett, lots of it, little funk, more tropical fruits and general fruity flavours, lemony tartness and little sticky flemmy feel. Light tropical fruit like Brett c, mild saison spices and grainy malts. Little bitterness. Finish is dry, mildly bitter, more Brett funk, little spices and fruit.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb.

Overall quite nice.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.05/5  rDev -23%
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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Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 532 ratings
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