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RATINGS: 292   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.


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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2013
bottle-conditioned 750ml. hazy wheat colored body with a billowy lasting white head. crunchy grain husks and over-cooked bready malt notes with a wash of sulfuric yeast and sweat sock brett. it’s certainly a powerful smell, it’s not easy to miss the brett character or the hops, but it’s not in balance at all. yeasty chalk and coarse toasted grains and runaway tartness with a big, sloppy, chewy body. woody, nutty, sourish wheat, band aids and sweat socks. overblown brett character and it’s so bitter and astringent that I would guess it underwent an unfortunate oak treatment. an overdose of tropical fruit esters and hop acid.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1425) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3871) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cobaink2 (28) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (1878) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrFecesious (799) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1714) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle from Chuck’s.

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.

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

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricTeusink (631) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2350) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pretty big presence for a straight saison. Funky earthy aroma. Flavor is a little toasty grain and yeast astringent. Lots of bitterness and a dirty gritty finish. Finish is lemon bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy pale yellow with medium bubbly white head. Aroma is brett, lemon, tangerine, hay. Medium to medium light body, assertive carbonation. Taste is lemon, light brett, grass, apricot. Finish is quite dry, just a hint of tartness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (1577) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2014
Found note on a coaster. Might be from Novare Res. Pale hazy gold with white head and lace. Mild funky aroma. Super dry pineapple mild funky barnyard grassy spicy finish. Creamy medium light body. Excellent.


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