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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MJGG (945) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
Bouteille de 750 ml, merci beaucoup à Dany. Arômes invitants de levure phénolique et de brettanomyces. Robe blonde et très trouble (surtout vers la fin de la bouteille) et effervescence active. En bouche, les notes de levure sont à l’avant-plan et les brettanomyces en particulier apportent une forte présence phénolique. Le corps est bien sec, mais l’alcool se montre un peu trop apparent en finale. Énormément de levure dans la bouteille, ce qui rend les derniers verres moins agréables. Agréable, mais pourrait être plus raffinée.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 27, 2013
This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of finely sized bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a hazy yellow colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was semi-sweet and dough. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of bitter Brett mild spice mild hops and floral. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10404) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle. Poured a hazy orange yellow color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate floral hop, citrus and sour yeast aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy spice bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. I drank with and would recommend this to a friend.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
moonbug (66) - Bryan, - JUL 24, 2013
Frothy and persistent head on a light caramel cloudy beer. Aroma of sweetgrass, bread and citrus. Super refreshing taste...like a crisp green salad riddled with fresh fruit and splashed with lime and pepper. Ridiculously light and delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobFrapples (48) - Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Wonderful beer. It's like making sweet love to your soulmate in a barn while singing birds circle around your sweaty passion heap and you won the lottery too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2013
750ml bottle, shared by tmoney99. Mostly clear golden color. Thin white head. Lace doesn’t really stick. Head soon fades to a minimal ring. Great citrusy, spicy, bready, peppery aroma. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, but lighter and kind of crisp carbonation, with a more dry spicy finish. Nice citrus, funky, bretty finish to it. Some zesty orange peel. Moderate bitter, light zesty sweet taste. Good, spicier, bretty citrusy saison, if you like your saisons that way. If you don’t, you’re not going to like this.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tom10101 (2613) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 Bottle (750 ml). Shared by BeerGolem, huge thanks! Hazy bright yellow with a medium easy to revive white head and good lacing. Aroma is of Farmhouse/Saison yeast with citrus, brettanomyces, herbal/floral notes and fruits. Taste is yeasty with fruity brettanomyces, citrus, light malt, lime, light tartness and a nice citrusy finish. Light to medium body. Dry. Good carbonation. Super refreshing and quite complex Saison. I love the citrusy aspect of this one. Really a great beer. So quenching.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerGolem (658) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2013
Robe jaune dorée surmontée d’un collet blanc crémeux. Arôme et goût: levures belges, agrumes, malt, houblon et brets (?). Le mélange est quasi-parfait, on en redemande! Une "textbook saison", hyperrefraichissante et gouteuse.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle from Blue Dog Lansdale. Pours hazy dark straw/golden with fluffy white head that laces well. Nose is heavy yeasty notes, wine grapes, funky, florals, spice, and hopcitrus. Very coomplex nose. Tastes complex as hell, with initial yeasty funky notes, mid-palate hopcitrus, spice, florals, and some grapey fruit. This one is stellar.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This dazzling Saison’s citrusy, herbal hop profile satisfies from aroma to finish, accompanied by precise, soft cereals and delicate yeast rusticity.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam settles atop the cloudy yellow. It fizzes away a bit too quickly for my liking.
-Noble hops and yeast signature combine for truly compelling results.
-Carbonation is intense and prickly, yet manages to create a fluff up the mouthfeel.
-Malt profile is bready, baguette-like.
-This is as quenching as can be without ever being too timid flavor-wise.
-The finish is a return of all that was present in the aroma and flavor profile. Just lovely.
-There is A LOT of yeast in this bottle. The second glass, even though the bottle had been vertical for many hours, is turbid, full of yeast. The aromas and flavors are still there, but in a rougher, murkier state. There must be ways for them to not add so much to each bottle...

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