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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Prairie Ale is our classic saison. We brew this beer with pilsner malt, wheat malt, flaked wheat, and cane sugar. A healthy dose of saaz hops are used to add a spicy element to the beer. Prairie Ale is fermented with a mix of ale yeast, wine yeast, and brettanomyces. Notes of black pepper and pineapple can be found in this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4172) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle purchased @ 7-11, Kittery. Enjoyed slightly chilled in a tulip. Completely cloudy gold thin a small cap of lasting head retention. Aroma is Brettanomyces dominate with light citrus and thick yeast.

Flavor starts with chewy yeast upfront with a dusty wheat and citrus base. Pepper and light fruit are found right before a large amount of Brett bugs in the finish. Apple crispness with hints of tropical fruits, wouldn’t call it pineapple however. The Brett gets more influential as you continue to drink. Lighter side of medium in body with a very dry texture. Carbonation gives a effervescent mouthfeel. Logging on to rate this I’m surprised it doesn’t have a higher weighted average. I link this is a very nice funky saison, nice job from this brewery!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (7013) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
Draft - Funky lemon and grass. Hazy yellow with a thin white head. Funky, dusty, tart and lemony grass. Love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (9939) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 18, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein trübes goldgelbes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig fruchtig, Citrus, würzig. Geschmack würzig malzig, Citrus, minimal bitter, hefig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1520) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle shared at the Foothills bottle share... thanks for setting it up, Mike! Classic saison here. Not getting the pineapple they mention. Not really acidic or tart. Just a dry solidly done farmhouse ale. Dry, clean, and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4299) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2014
Beautiful hazy lemon rind yellow pour with a thick foamy white head. Wonderful aroma! Very bretty with lots of peppery and spicy notes. Bright and floral with citrus (mandarin orange). Very dry and peppery with an upfront earthy/funky quality. Very light and dry with a prickly carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cobaink2 (158) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle from beer junction. Fantastic saison. Really bright coriander and some hints at a wine yeast possibly. Slightly peppery. Was this outstanding no. But a very good summery beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2680) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2014
Bottle. Hazy hay yellow liquid with medium white head. Aroma of tangerine, white pepper, bread, bubblegum and grain. Taste is dry and light bitter with notes of tangerine, white pepper and light funk. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
XaenDovet (1202) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle share. Cloudy golden yellow and bubbly white cap. Aroma of really funky yeast, spices, fruit juice, lemon, wet barn hay. Taste is citrus sweet and tart. Clean and crisp. Medium dry finish. 8% is balanced so well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2114) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2014 Bottle from Chuck’s. 4/9/2014 Pours deep straw yellow with a nice white head. Lovely funk-and-lemon-juice aroma, leather, freshly-mowed wildflowers, hint of fresh pineapple juice. Flavor is a bit of a surprise after a time spent pondering the aroma -- sweeter and much less tart than I expected. Cracker malts up front, drying out later in the flavor profile. Peppery. A hint of rancid clementine orange late. Quaffable; very little hint of the 8.2% but little excuse for it either. (I wish American breweries would brew 5% saisons instead of focusing in the 8% range) I really wanted to love this one -- and on paper nothing wrong with a saison with exactly this flavor profile --- but the aroma and flavor just don’t match up and the experience ends up unsatisfying. At $11/500ml, this one is just not a contender.

Revisit 12/12/14. Well, the price has dropped at least. I didn’t mean to buy this one; I confused it with the other Prairie ales I’ve had and thought it was a 4-point-something beer. Oh well. Good to revisit these things. The rating above pretty much stands exactly as written. More banana than I noted in the previous, and a dustiness that is pleasant late in the bottle, but yeah--we can do better, especially with the Stillwater series going for $2.99 these days.

tl;dr summary: Flavor can’t deliver what the aroma promises.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricTeusink (704) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle was a gusher. Pours a mega hazy yellow with big white head. Scent is funk, tropical fruit, lemons, and a touch of banana. Earthy sweet flavor finishes with overly bitter flavors. Mild aftertaste. Bottle - Received in Trade

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