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RATINGS: 410   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tightslice (235) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 10, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2014 Bottle pour. Gusher! Aroma is mineral, hay, rotten fruits. Taste is rotten peaches, hay, some cheese. Very enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (3662) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2014
On tap at Scratch Bar 090814. Possibly the best Saison I have had. Soft white head covers a well carbonated golden amber beer. The flavour is full on and fills the mouth with tropical fruit, lingering long in the mouth well after the beer is gone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1383) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2014
500 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch and a half white head. Both the head retention and lacing are good. The brew smells like yeast, hay, citrus (mostly lemon), pear, bready malt, and peppery spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, but thereís the addition of some bubblegum, minerals, white grapes, and some brett. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís smooth and itís well carbonated. Itís a good, lightly tart saison. Certainly worth trying if youíve never had it before, itís a good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (1989) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle at S&G tasting. APPEARANCE: light clouded blond beer, nice stable white head. NOSE: hoppy, citrus, dry. TASTE: hoppy, citrus, dry, very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (615) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 Cloudy pale. Aroma is tangy yeast, very mild spice, but still some brightness on the nose - lemony. Taste is juicy! Very nice mild spice, mild tang, very drinkable and sessional for a big saison. Perhaps a little too sweet on the finish (lingers), but not much citrus on the flavour which works well. Overall, a delicious saison here.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scottbmunro (4) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2014 does not count
Bottle from Thirsty Dawg in Houlton, MA. Nice summer saison that seemed to have all the right qualities. Not sure what those are yet but tastes like what I think a saison should taste like. Golden color, good carbonation, peppery and refreshing. However, I think the bottle might have been a bit old when I bought it. There was a hint of sourness that I'm not sure was supposed to be there. That and there was enough left over yeast in the bottom that I think I could have probably started my next batch of home brew with it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 31, 2014
50cl bottle. Cloudy apple cider body atop small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy, straw, light Brett, apple. Taste is moderately sweet, hay, some spicy, apple, light lemon, funk/Brett. Light-medium body, fairly dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (515) - - JUL 30, 2014
500 ml bottle purchased from Blackwellís. Pours a hazy opaque bright golden color with a lasting white sponge head. Aroma is full floral bouquet of Belgian yeast, Brett, hops, tropical fruits. Flavor is same with barnyard funk, balanced saison complexity. Solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2650) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2014
The beer is extremely hazy and straw yellow with a soapy white head. The aroma offers lemons, hay, grass, floral hops, citrus. Lots of citrus in the flavor. Delicious. Mild funk with orange rind, floral hops, and a slight herbal note. Medium bodied, complex; and easy drinking. Really tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gription79 (2309) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Poured with a lot of head from a 750ml bottle. The aroma was sulfury white wine as I poured. After the head settled I got notes of peppery, apple/pear skins, funky Brett yeasty, earthy. The flavor is bready, dusty, spicy phenolics, slightly citrus note on the back end. Solid saison, rustic and funky.


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