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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 (8457) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (1155) - SPAIN - APR 21, 2015
Bottle 66cl / Botella 66cl. @ XXXII The Great Power of Beer & Wine. A: Golden / Dorado. T/S: Yeast, malt, wheat, citrusy / Levadura, malta, trigo, citrico.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (3204) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 21, 2015
Fra fat på Mandag i annen, Cardinal april-15: dette ser ut til å bli kvelden for de gode fatøl! Her finner jeg en interessant mix av pepper og citrus i både aroma og smak (kanskje et godt øl til fårikål?). Fint karbonert. Lang ettersmak, en virkelig god og pepperfrisk øl med pikant syre.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (6078) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 21, 2015
Tap at Cardinal. Pours hazy straw colored with a big creamy white head. Aroma is yeasty with a nice Brett presence, some pepper as well. Taste is moderate dry, lots of yeasty notes, almost too much and overwhelming, but interesting enough to be enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (1560) - NORWAY - APR 20, 2015
From tap at Mi2 at Cardinal 20.04.15. Very cloudy, pale, greyish yellow. Diminishing white head. Sour and complex aroma and tastr, with hints of succade and pepper.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5552) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 20, 2015
On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Hazy pale yellow colour, large white head. Distinct aroma of brettanomyces / farmhouse, wine yeast, lemons and green and black peppercorns. The flavour is medium dry, a slight acidity but not really sour, distinctly yeasty, with loads of green and black peppercorns. Not very bitter. Unusual and interesting, but maybe too yeasty?

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2713) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 20, 2015
The first beer they brewed and still one of their flagships with a goal of being a super dry saison. It pours an inviting mellow gold with a thick creamy white head of foam that lingers. The nose is exactly what I want out of a saison funk, fruits, spice & everything nice. Lively carbonation that sparkles in your mouth. The taste is much funkier/earthier than I was expecting. It has a sweet tart fruity quality that morphs into a Brett like sour funk with a super-dry finish(take that Asahi!). A decent Belgian style saison with a nice aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (476) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 17, 2015
Bottle from Tanakaya. Poured into a Duvel snifter. Hazy gold color with a minimal white head. Aromas of tropical fruit, brett, yeast, and pineapple on the nose. Tart at first then the sweetness jumps out on the palate leading to a dry finish that is a bit boozy. Creamy mouthfeel with a slightly thin mouthfeel. There is a little pepper that stands out as well but mellows as it warms up to room temperature. This is a very complex saison with a lot going on, but it manages to stay together well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpgibbon (393) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2015
Keg at CBC. Slight sweetness, good yeast presence, deep boozy tropical fruit. Medium dry palate. Solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (634) - CANADA - APR 14, 2015
Pours slightly hazy to cloudy and particulate-laden pale gold with two fingers of pillowy white head, good retention and spotty lacing. (4/5) Nose is light yet complex, sweet and yeasty Belgian triple-like tones with light brett funk, wheat, citrus. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter, slightly tart and black pepper spice. (8/10) Light to medium body, lively carbonation, dry bitter and slightly boozy finish. (4/5) A very nice saison - just the right balance of sweet and yeasty Belgian tripel character, with funky cellar brett notes. Light, dry, and fairly crisp, with just a little alcohol heat in the finish, and the use of Saaz hops gives a little black pepper heat as well. Even-handed and well-balanced. (16/20)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alexanderdahl (63) - DENMARK - APR 13, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy golden, looking quite a bit like your average hefeweizen. Lots of grapes and freshness in the nose. Also gives off a lot of wheat-sweetness vibes. Taste is quite a bit like dry white wine and grapes, yet with a lot of the sweetness of the weizbeer in it. Nice, full bitternes to balance it out.


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