Belgian Prairie Moon Farmhouse Ale
Lake Louie Brewery Company

Belgian Prairie Moon Farmhouse AleBelgian Prairie Moon Farmhouse Ale
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #69
ABV:
not listed
Score:
85
Ranked #18,392
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 12.85%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
55
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Lake Louie Brewery Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
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85
Very Good
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 55
Photo of joe1510
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Prairie Moon pours a cloudy haylike yellow. After swirling the last half inch or so of the bottle and pouring into the weizen glass the yeast mixture turns the body a deeper golden as if falls. Solid amount of carbonation rises to the head. The body looks just like a witbier should but the head is somewhat disappointing. I tried to coax out a head with an aggressive pour but only got a half finger at it's peak and that quickly faded to a swirling.

It's funny but the first from the six pack that I drank had the aroma of bologna. After letting the beer warm to a more appropriate temperature the right kind of aromas come forward. Coriander, mild white pepper and sweet orange peel all show themselves over a twangy wheat base. Mild lemon as well. After warming this beer smells like a good wit should.

The entire flavor is based around twangy wheat. The spicing is very good, not at all overpowering like some other wits tasted in the past. Coriander comes around mid palate along with a sprinkling of white pepper and a couple drops of lemon juice. The sweet orange peel shows up on the finish with a juicy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Actually velvety is more like it. Mildly tingly carbonation kick starts the tongue just enough.

Solid witbier thats made for hot summer days like today. An enjoyable treat that I could put away pretty easy.

Good brew from Lake Louie. Not my favorite style but a good example to enjoy on a day in the upper 80s.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Weary.

Much improved over last year's. I am quite happy with this. Appearance is spot on for the style. Permanently hazed white that picks up an almost purple tinge from the lighting in the bar. Thin white head. Aroma is more robust and really exploding with coriander. So is the flavor. Mild sourness adds some needed character. Very nice.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the chalice lightly hazy pale golden with a white and frothy, neverending, head which lasted to lace the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was lightly spicy with coriander and a hint of pepper. The citrusy component of the aroma was orange with a bit of lemon. A soft wheat character was notable as well.

The flavor was tart and heading toward sour. The tartness seemed too strong and almost forced as if lactic acid was added rather than a natural yeast derived tartness. Lemon and slight orange character were notable, but spice was very low in the flavor and the tartness overshadowed any presence of wheat.

The finish was dry with wheat presence returning once the tartness subsided. The body was medium with a nice roundness and fairly high carbonation which led to a nice mouthfeel. Nice to smell, but a bit rough to consume with all the tartness.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks afatty!

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Photo of terrabyte
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, very pale yellow pour with a small white head.

Aroma is light, flowery, and a sweet/sour orange. A small amount of yeasty wheat.

Very mellow flavors. Lemon zest, honey, grassy, orange, bready, and wheat. The normal complex combination of some wheat beers, but toned down to the lowest volume somehow.

Mouthfeel is extremely light and soft, almost buttery.

I found the first bottle quite drinkable, but not sure how many of these I could have. A bit foamy and sweet for me.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fizzy looking apricot golden brew with a lot of sediment in the bottle. Body is hazy and unfiltered, slightly murky but not too mysterious. Head, or what remains of it, is pure white leaving a small ring around the glass.

S: Spicy yeast, bitter lemon peel, fresh cut grass and kumquat.

T: A lot more brett in this beer than the smell leads you to believe. Slightly buttery and sour with grapefruit notes, wet hay and some funk. Spritzy lemon highs and wheat lows coast the beer to finale. Finishes citrusy with more grass flavors.

M: Medium body, slick but slightly fuzzy at times.

D: I like this. Not sure why its listed as a witbier, tastes much more like a saison except with out the bitterness. Fun beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick white head and lace. yeast and wheat and farm aroma. Great citrus sourness. Creamy smooth mouthfeel to compensate. My first Lake Louis. Thanks JPM30. Refreshing on the palate. Average carbonation which was appropriate, though less would have been better.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3" off-white head over the cloudy golden brew. Big rocky head fades quite slowly, with heavy foamy lacing. Aroma is wheat sweet but tart as well. Flavor is hearty wheat with tart notes as well, with a bit of a chalky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy, and drinkability is okay. Hoped for a bit more from this one, but nice nonetheless.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, no date information.

Pale lemon straw. Huge, featherweight head of sizzling bright white bubbles of mixed sizes. Settles at a snail’s pace, dimpling its way down to a sprinkling of light foam. Initial steady core of vibrant carbonation that dissipates to a few sporadic trails. Sweet and spicy nose, a bit of bright orange, crisp white fruits, pears, apples, peaches, along with some peppery spices. Overall a nice, strong, and distinctive aroma. Initially softly crisp and slightly sweet, the fruit flavors indicated in the aroma are sharply reduced, but are still distinct. The spiciness builds through the finish and grabs lightly at the back of the tongue before letting go. While the spiciness is more prominent than the fruit, it is not obtrusive. Light body and soft carbonation, the mouthfeel would have benefited from a bit more carbonation, but was still nice. This was enjoyable and definitely drinkable.

Thanks to Stonecrusher for adding this into an already overflowing box.

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Photo of DragYourBone
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been hearing so much about Lake Louie that I had to purchase at least a sixer of one of their styles. Since I have had the "belgium bug' the past month, I thought that this would be a good introduction.

I think I made a solid choice...but I need to experiment with their other offerings just to be sure.

Poured a refrigerated bottle into a 12oz goblet - perfect fit.
I had to let it sit for about 15 minutes as I prepped dinner for my kids.

Appearance: When I finished I lokked back at the glass on the counter and only a thin broken foam film sat atop the honey colered ale. Lifting the glass toward the light and, without the few sprigs of rising carbonation, I would have thought that it was honey in a glass. I definitely wanted to try it now...

Smell: My olfactory sense must be out of whack because the scent was at first quite subtle, but then pictures of peaches or was it apricot with lemon came to mind. Maybe I need to train my nose a little more.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Tase: Subtle...subtle...I definitely would have to weigh in on the side of 'subtle' rather than 'weak' for this ale. Initially felt full to the lips, but the weight lifted and it became surprisingly light as it went down. Light non-bitter carbonation at the finish.
Mouthfeel: A little oily, or was it buttery - I'll have to try another to be sure.

Drinkability: Outstanding - this would make a great choice for just chillin' on the patio on a sunny day. This is a fun little refreshing summer ale.

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Photo of blackie
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The beer is a clear golden in color with a 0.5" white head.

smell: Pretty simple: wheat malt, big coriander, orange peel, and a subtle hop aroma.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is between medium and high, and the body light.

taste: Light wheat grain sweetness, big coriander flavors, orange peel, and red apple. Little hop flavor and a light bitterness. A little spice-heavy and candylike for me, but not bad.

drinkability: pretty easy

taken from the fridge of dirtylou during my 2nd Madison visit

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pristine darkest lemon with more than a touch of tangerine peel. The several finger cap isn't a beautifully rocky Belgian masterpiece, although it's still attractive. Bleached wool white in color, densely creamy in consistency, it has enough stickiness to deposit a high collar of nearly unbroken lace. A very nice witbier look.

My oh my! Prairie Moon is an olfactory delight and then some. I don't know that I've ever smelled a wit that is this luciously citrusy. Aromatic clouds of sweet orange and lemon fill my head with each sniff. In fact, I just need to get my nose in the vicinity of the glass in order to appreciate the wonderousness. While there's more than enough coriander to keep the beer solidly in witbier territory, it's all about the sweet and zesty fruit peel.

Thankfully, the flavor profile is in lockstep with the aroma. This is amazingly flavorful, amazingly delicious beer. There just has to something present other than the usual triumvirate of wheat, orange and coriander. My guess is that it's a generous quantity of some hop that I can't identify, but whose flavor I love. Something is giving PMFA an added flavor boost that the vast majority of wits only wished they possessed.

Pale wheat combines with snappy Curacao orange, pink bubblegum and warmly spicy coriander to create a tremedously drinkable version that is balanced in almost all respects. Purists might grouse about too much citrus and too many hops, but those are variations that I'd write into every witbier recipe if I could. It's hard to imagine a better, more drinkable, more refreshing summer beer.

The mouthfeel is as light and as soft as cotton, which is exactly what it needs to be in order to promote maximum quaffability. It's difficult for me to break out the big numbers for a beer that is this light, but suffice it to say that few brewers could wring this much pleasure out of such a body/mouthfeel. I know that 'delicate' isn't a very manly adjective, but it works here.

Is there no end to the magnificence emanating from Arena, Wisconsin? There's no doubt in my mind that Lake Louie is the best brewery in the great beer state of Wisconsin and may even crack the top-5 in the Midwest. It isn't often that I find such immensely drinkable beer, across the entirety of the style spectrum, from a single brewery. Prairie Moon Farmhouse Ale, simply put, is one of the best wits in existence.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Honeycomb yellow, low visibility. 1/3 inch head, heavy suds. Low/medium viscosity. Catches light really nicely.

Aroma: Refreshing combination of bananas, orange rind, and just a little sweet basil.

Taste: Yeast and mild peppery hops, before cloves, basil, banana middle palate. Cleansing yeast finish. Hops in the finish provide just enough bitterness to cleanse the palate leaving the faintest of metallic aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, constant enough for the style.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable summer beer - nice rendition of the witbier style. Another solid offering from Lake Louie that should please people looking for something more full-flavored than Blue Moon or Hoegaarden.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with flecks of yeast under a finger of snow-white foam leaving nice lacing as well. Nose is very nice for a wit, musty yeast, clove, coriander and juicy citrus. Taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but is still flavorful, with bready yeast, earthy wheat, and spicy citrus making appearances. Best while fresh and cold, as it begins to warm it gets a flat, almost skunky character to it, but I've found this with most wits as they get a little too warm. Overall, a solid wit as long as you catch it while it's cool.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack of this in Arena but neglected to visit the brewery itself once we found out they don't sell straight to the consumer (i really wanted to see if he had some impy stout). pours golden and bubbly with a small head. looks nice. spicy odor, bready, yeasty. taste is fairly average...a little spice, a little orange, some malt, not really any hops. smooth mouthfeel but thinner than i'd like. easy to drink but not really all that enjoyable. maybe i should have picked a different one to try.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Riley's, $1.59

Rated this out of a growler last summer...ideal refresher for a hot as hell day in madison

appearance: pours a hazy light golden-lemon colour, a nice snowy cap (LL head presentation never short of great), nice retention, bubbly, pale apple cider look to it

smell: zesty lemon, big wheat aroma, yeasty, corriander, ginger and loads of other spices pack the nose, sweet honey

taste: a very good wit indeed, fresh lemon zest, corriander, moderate belgian yeast feel, a fair amount of honey flavour, light vanilla, ginger, light crisp and refreshing...I will drink plenty of these this summer, hopefully it shows up on tap at some of my frequents

mouthfeel: very nice and refeshing, medium-light body, lively carbonation

drinkability: through the roof

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Photo of ZAP
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Whit's I've tried....awesome nose...a big vanilla aroma...also, ginger, some spicy wheatiness, orange peel, lemon, grains of paradise, perhaps a bit of honey too..some black pepper notes as well..

Body is lighter side of medium...refreshingly citrusy...flavors really blend nicely...from the crisp wheat spiciness, to a bit of a vanilla/honey sweetness, to a lemon grass, orange peel spritziness...

This was highly touted by those close to me and it has met my expectations....better than any otherr American made Whit I've had...would love to taste side-by-side with Hoegarden.

Big Zap thanks to Cokes for this treasure....I

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing. Prairie Moon looks typically yeasty, wheaty, with more yellowing than most white-er Wits. Pours a dainty head from the growler that lingers. Laces very well. Smells sweet and spicy. Buttery tones are high, but not a detraction. Herbal aromas jump out. Tastes typically thinly sweet--honey, powdered sugar, and light malt. Spicy with--corriander, camomile, curraco, mild peppery and a little gingery or tea like. Buttery, caramelly flavors abound, maybe diacetyl / maybe not. Body reveals good creaminess and sweet alcohol. Heats up toward the finish. Finishes crisp and clean with those buttery tones still lurking. A very good beer. The butteryness didn't seem to bother me, but it did keep me from rating this one higher.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whitbier eh. It pours a light, hazy pale yellow color, nearly white, with a 2 finger head that falls to a light coating over top. The nose is ripe with coriander and wheaty goodness. There is a sweetness in there. I think it is chamomile, but it lacks the spicyness that I associate with it, thought I stilll like it. The flavor is better than the nose. I get a light coriander spiceyness and a good dose of wheat creamyness with the chamomile playing a rather strong role. Its lacking that defined orange crispness that I want in a witbier. The feel is moderate to thick, with a light to moderate carbonation. This is a tasty brew and its highly drinkable. I like the addition of the chamomile, but its just not as spicey as I would like it to be.

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Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Take 10 oz of grapefruit juice, mix it with 5 oz. of OJ, and you get the general appearance of this beer. But the beer is much better.

The wheaty sweet sweetness is the first thing that hits me when I take a sip. Candied banana chip nuance, some lemon zest. Clove, chamomile, coriander, orange zest. These are themes to the beer. After a few sips, i've got it, and now i'm ready to rock and roll, insofar as rocking and rolling involves me drinking a growler of wit after work.

Mouthfeel is kickass too. Thick, gritty, smooth, slippery, wet and thirst quenching as you please.
It's ridiculous how quickly i've drank my last 2 growlers of Lake Louie beer.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

64 ounce growler. Murky yellow. Medium white head. What an aroma! Sugar, orange juice, lemon, coriander, strawberries, vanilla, blueberries. This must be some sort of super-wit. The smell is so complex and delicious, it's amazing. The flavor is equally good. Wheat beer body. Malty sweetness, balanced with bitter orange peels. All the fruits described above. I don't know how all these flavors come together without fighting for dominance. Drinkability is perfect. I could go on with the superlatives all day, but just just forget about what I say and get yourself a growler. Tom Porter can do no wrong.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.87/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dirty looking vanilla appearance. Dim tones of yellow accent. Too murky to even see if there's any CO2 surfacing. Thin ivory white head dissipates into a thin film that sticks around. Lacing is adequate. Now I know of a different beer that claims to smell like a summer afternoon, but this one takes the cake in that department. What an awesome aroma! It's the smell of curaco. It's the smell of orange peel. It's the smell of photosynthesis. It's the smell of wheat. It's the smell of vanilla bean. It's the smell of pavement after a quick downpour. It's the smell of freshly cut grass. It's the smell of a brisk carribean ocean breeze blasting into your face. Did I mention I like the smell? One of the best smelling beers I've come across. The taste comes through in a big way as well. Nice yeasty, musty, bready tones. Lemongrass. Doughiness. Sweet orange AND bitter orange. Peppery, spicy kick. A nice lingering dryness. Mouthfeel is good, but lacking a little carbonation. Could be due to the mode of transit (UPS). Body is appropriately medium or so.

If I had a tapper at home, this one would be without a doubt my choice for summer.

This beer only reinforces my thought that Lake Louie IS the best brewery in Wisconsin and one of the best "unheard of" breweries in the country.

Cokes! You're the man for shooting me a growler of this nectar. Thank you.

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Photo of abents
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale gold with huge white head and great lacing. Smells of wheat, corriander, and oranges. Very typicalish type of scent detected. Nothing out of the ordinary, but yet still very pleasant. Very striking taste, hits you with oranges and corriander, then yeasty taste follows in the end. Very smooth drinking beer. Slight nutmeg in there as well which is not appreciated for personal reasons only (bad experience with the nutmeg flavor) but it's not overwhelming and this is still very enjoyable to me. Citrusy hops in there and the wheat is so nice and soothing. Light/medium bodied with good ammount of carbonation seen up the side of the glass. Out of control drinkability here, I could grill out and drink a growler very easily. I don't know if that's such a great idea though. Very good beer. This one might sneak right up in the top 3 for Lake Louie beers, which makes it, IMHO, one damn good brew.

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Photo of Skidz
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving size: 1/2 gallon grolwer.

Pours out the palest of yellows and sits a cloudy light yellow with a nice sized head on top, achieved with little effort. Leaves a good amount of skim on the top with some nice lacings on the sides.

Smells of coriander, sweet orange peel and wheat malt. Nice citrus zest aroma as well as a bit of spice (Saaz). Placing this up against Hoegaarden, it would be hard to pick either one out.

Taste is wonderful. Light citrus, both bitter and sweet orange. Coriander makes a nice background. Good dry feel to this, perfect for the style. Yeast comes out near the finish, in a saltine-like flavor. Again, in a lineup of Hoegaarden clones, this would be near the top of the list.

Mouthfeel is dead on. Rich, smooth and completely refreshing. Carbonation is wonderful, just tickles the tounge without piercing. If you can mange to handle the whole growler, it would make a perfect lawnmower beer, otherwise, you'll have to wait for 6-packs to come out.

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Photo of cokes
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 Edition.
Seems the kinks have beer ironed out. This is now a killer witbier. Lemon and orange rinds. Peppery yeast; big and cracked, and loud. Coriander. Tart-leaning, dry wheat hues on a shimmering pils malt base. Tricky perks of saltiness. Small bodied, but perky. And the most noteworthy change is the upped Saaz quotient. The savory lemon grass finish is captivating.
Growlers are emptied quickly.
This is an absolute top-shelf wit.
Transcends "nice". This is one of the finest summer quaffers I've had.
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2002
1/2 Gallon Growler.
Dusty pale gold in color, big, cloud-like head explodes after a hard pour (minimal if not poured hard, there is no middle ground).
Delicious orange peel and coriander aromas. Absolutely perfect for the style.
Enters the mouth with some orange notes mingled with the doughy yeastiness. A little nutmeg and coriander keeps things lively. But this is not as spicy as many other witbiers. Exits with a quick jab of carmelized sugar, then turns faintly yeasty and citric sour.
Light-bodied, and easy to drink. Texture is generally very creamy, but it exudes a little mushy thiness at times (and only some of the time). Could be a little crisper. But I am nitpicking here.
An fairly solid wit. This is a nice summer time quaffer. (3.95).
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Belgian Prairie Moon Farmhouse Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 55 ratings