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RATINGS: 445   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5879) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2013
This was a big-time gusher. As soon as I got done unwinding the cage, but before I had removed it, the cork shot off with a huge popping noise. A few seconds later the beer geyser emerged, resulting in about 1/3 of the bottle being lost. Anyway, on to the beer.

Straw colored with a white head. The aroma has some nice lemon notes, as well as a bit of funk, some Belgian yeast and some white pepper. The flavor is similar. I get some nice funky Belgian character from the yeast, as well as some biscuit malt, wheat, grass, pepper and coriander. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A very nice saison, just wish it was a little less carbonated and not a gusher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Corked bottle and served in tulip: pours a clean golden hue with an initial big fizzy head but little in the way of lacework. The aroma has yeast driven esters of spice and banana, pils and 2-row malts, light handed Saaz hop vapours along with some dusty earthy notes. There is also some sweaty brettanomyces notes that are a bit of a turn off that makes the brew start to go into geuze territory. The taste is mild grains, light fruity notes, moderate spice and a bit of farmyard funk. While I like the bitterness and the spice it is noted I think the grains could be cleaner and the earthiness toned down a tad. Lively and aggressive, dry but metallic. Not all that refreshing really (given the 7% ABV, not a surprise) but overall I like this much much more than the Prairie Hop offering. Tighten up the brewing process and this could be a homerun.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1545) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Brett, baryard, citrus and funk aromas. A cloudy light yellow with a robust bubbly, mostly lasting, white head and no lacing. The taste is somewhat sweet although there is a "sour" presence. Bubble gum, yeast, funk, citrus with a crisp dry finish. Medium-light body and crisp carbonation. Overall, I found this to be a Saison with sour influences. Wonderfully enjoyable. Want to drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Pouring at The Festival in Portland with Kramer, Andrew, and J-Dadmond. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Musk, herbal notes with lemon and funk. Soft wheat, musk, and faint alcohol. Gentle musk, toast, wheat. Light musky wheat on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4579) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Pours a lightly hazy pale golden with a large bubbly white lacing head. Aroma of brett, pineapple, peaches, peppery saison notes. What a wonderful bretty aroma! Flavor of black pepper,tropical fruits, peaches, the brett is there but not as prominant as it was in the aroma. Flavor coming through a bit more fruity. Another amazing beer from this great new "brewery".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1453) - Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Cloudy orange juice body. Large frothy lasting white head. Peppery, citrus, spices, yeast, bit of earth. Lively and spicy medium body. Fantastic! Exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (6251) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
75 cl bottle @ home
Aroma has brettanomyces, some grapefruit, orange, some yeasty notes and hints of urinal cake. Flavour is quite strong on bretta. It has grapefruit, orange, some spices, citrus, urinal cake and distant white wine notes. Reminds me of some Anchorage saisons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4147) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
750ml bottle from Ales by Mail

Pours yellow with a white head. Aroma of bretta, tart fruits, yeast and spices. Taste is fruity, yeasty and spicy with vinous notes, bretta and tart notes. Finish is tart, sourish, yeasty and spicy with some tart fruitiness and bretta. Quite heavy and complex saison with bretta and vinous notes. Reminds me of Anchorage’s brews. Tasty and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6799) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
75 cl bottle.
Pours murky yellow color with a small head. Aroma of yeast, spices, barnyard, bretta and citric fruits. Flavor of citric fruits, yeast, spices, goose berries and some apricot. Strong carbonation, sourish fruity palate. Quite multi-layered saison, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6687) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
650 ml bottle.
Pours a dark bright golden colour with a white foamy head. Aroma is very intense with strong barnyard, hay and toffee. Flavour of caramel malts, barnyard, brett, toffee, biscuit, red wine, pineapple and floral bitterness. Medium bodied, medium carbonation and a fruity, floral, bitter finish. Really refreshing and rather hardcore and heavy for a saison. Tasty stuff.

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