Prairie Artisan Ales
from United States (Oklahoma)
Highest RatedPrairie Artisan Ales / Evil Twin Bible Belt (95 / 100) Average score73 / 100 (Very Good)
Lowest Rated4th Anniversary (48 / 100) Number Tried25
Reviewed by Jez on 18.02.18 in bottle
79 / 100
500ml brown bottle purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA.

Pours a very slightly hazed golden colour, with a frothy, voluminous head of crackly off-white that froths despite careful pouring. It leaves pretty amazing lace down the inside of the glass, showing a lot of very persistent cling to the beer. Body has a bit of extra weight to it, but less than you'd expect from 8% ABV. It looks really good.

Nose is mostly filled with that classic Prairie buzz. Lovely bright fruit combo from the dry hops and the brett, which lifts it to a complex, frothy, sherbetty whole. There's lemon in there, and pepper, and pleasant dusty spice. It's really lovely.

Taste is a little more flat, but honestly, that just ensures that it stays clean and drinkable, without blowing off your head with complexity at every sip. It's a clean entry, with a touch of tartness. This turns more peppery, with elements of lemongrass and earth. Finish is nice and clean, but long, with a slight lingering bitterness. It's genuinely pretty tasty.

Feel is frothy—probably slightly too much, but it does give that kind of cushioned feeling to the rest of the beer.

Overall, I really like it. It's yet another very solid outing from Prairie, perhaps not quite delineated enough from their other beers. But when you're this consistent and this good, why mess with a good thing?
appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.25
Vape Tricks
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 09.01.18 from a can
49 / 100
(Not Great)
Day 23 of my 2017 #fletchmas Advent Calendar. Reviewed blind.

Pours a strange, confusing colour; kind of orangey-amber but with a pink tinge to it as well. Head also has a slight pinkish white hue to it, and it fizzes out steadily to leave just a ring of bubbles at the top. A swill encourages some life but it looks pretty fizzy all told so the retention just isn't there. Looks odd; not great but OK.

Smells interesting just based on the fact it came in a can. It's tart and funky, but actually not in a thin, Australio-soured way, it's actually pretty good. Fruity, with raspberry, apple and some blood orange character. A note of vanilla, and some subtle earthy funk behind it. Mildly vinegary with a slight corporeal, salty hint to it as well. Quite like it but I'm not sure it's really clear what it wants to be

Taste is, hmm yeah, definitely Australian or at least being soured by someone without a long tradition of cultured sour ales. Loses all the goodwill it had about midway; starts with a nice, subtle but distinctive tartness. Good use of fruit on it giving it some fresh zest, but it runs out of steam by the mid-palate to be replaced with a cloying bread yeast character that constitutes the entire back. Some light biscuity malt character and an odd phenolic bitterness late, but otherwise it's just a yeasty character that doesn't have enough wild unpredictability to keep that acidity going to the end, and it just dries up. I shouldn't be disappointed really, but I did hope for more from the nose.

Mouthfeel is fine; a little thin and a good pucker without going overboard. Decent construction to the texture.

Drinks alright; with subsequent sips the acidity on the front kind of softens the yeasty note from the previous sip, but it's just riding the coat tails of how dominant that kind of tartness is, rather than earning that flavour itself.
appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | drinkability: 3.0
Prairie-Vous Français
Reviewed by Jez on 08.04.17 in bottle
72 / 100
(Very Good)
750ml brown bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a very pale yellow colour, with a faint hazing through the body. Body is light and airy, with swirling powdery carbonation. Head forms a nice fine film across the top of the glass and leaves some specks of lace. Looks good, all up.

Nose is a fragrant, mildly tart affair, with some pleasant light skunk to it. There's a slight organic character and just a hint of crushed rose petals. Oddly, I can see this really popping with a bit more skunk character. Green-bottle, light struck—it would go nicely with the funk.

Taste is also pretty good. There's a pleasantly constructed organic funk, with some dusty, earthy Brett in the back palate. Front is clean and crisp, with a touch of acid, but mostly driven by a light, effervescent mouthfeel. Back turns slightly rubbery, with a semi-sweet underripe fruit bite in the finish. It's nice.

Overall, it's a refreshing, drinkable beer. Just the right kind of thing for a saison. It's light-weight, but that aids its drinkability in a way that a big 7% beer would not. It's pretty good all up.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 4.25
4th Anniversary
Reviewed by Jez on 06.04.17 in bottle
48 / 100
(Not Great)
500ml brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. It's a "Sour Ale Aged on Ginger", according to the bottle, and comes with a join-the-dots puzzle on the label.

Pours a relatively clear deep golden colour, with a lazy head of fine off-white that sticks around as a ring around the outside of the glass. Carbonation is fine and the body has a little slickness to it, if not a huge amount of weight.

Nose is sharp with fresh cut ginger, with a heat and astringency that actually gives a slight character of ammonia. There's something sweet and sharp about it—it reminds me of a urinal cake, and that's not really the kind of comparison you want people making about the aroma of your beer. It just smells a little bit like it's misguided at this point.

Taste is very similar. There's a sharpness and heat to the ginger, which doesn't sit well with the underlying acidity of the beer. It doesn't have the sweet citrus you expect to pair with ginger in a ginger beer, and tends more towards the pure heat and spice of American ginger ale. Finish is weirdly watery, with a slight lactic sourness but a real lack of body. Feel is weak, but with a tingle of burn from the ginger.

Overall, I don't much like this, and I must say I'm disappointed that a) this is a beer from Prairie, a brewery I have a lot of time for, and b) this is what they chose to do as an anniversary ale. This is probably one of the least appealing beers I've had from the stable.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 2.75 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 2.75 | drinkability: 2.75
Ape Snake
Reviewed by Jez on 03.04.17 in bottle
61 / 100
500ml brown bottle purchased from Whole Foods, Los Altos.

Pours a loose, light-bodied brown-black, with a very effervescent head of pale brown that froths substantially on pouring, but becomes not much more than a thin layer atop the beer. Minimal lace, apart from some sudsy streaks. Looks decent though.

Nose is intriguing. On the surface, there's a pleasant saison funk to it, but it's also laced with a kind of phenolic, plasticky character that reminds me of what you get when you combine oxidation and Brettanomyces. And one I think about it, I can't really get it out of my head. Looking around it, there's a weird sweetness in the base beer—almost a milk stout, lactose sweetness. It's not bad, but I can't help but feel that it's slightly wrong.

Taste is slightly better, but there is still a slight unexpected plastic character towards the back, and a bite of iodine that makes it feel chemical and unpleasantly bitter. But there's also a round softness to the palate, which helps smooth over some imprefections. It integrates the funk in a pleasant kind of way, and the darkness is noticeable as a fine ashy film across the aftertaste.

Overall, this is okay, but I'm not convinced the oddities aren't actually unexpected flaws. Plus, it's only so interesting even if you gloss over the issues. It's still decent enough, but "decent enough" is something of a misstep for Prairie in my opinion.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Prairie Ace
Reviewed by Jez on 09.10.16 in bottle
84 / 100
500ml brown bottle purchased from Chuck's Hop Shop in Greenwood, Seattle.

Pours an immensely cloudy, almost opaque lemon yellow colour, that seems darker for all the haze. Head is a fine, silky white, that settles into some pocked film, leaving some thin, fine lace. Carbonation is thin as is the body, which seems overly sharp in some ways.

Nose is excellent. There's a pronounced saison sharpness, with big aromatic notes of cedar and pepper, which are accentuated by the dry-hop note. This comes through with pine and flighty citrus tones, with aromatics of dried orange peel and pot-pourri. It's exceptionally good.

Taste is surprisingly mellow. There's a smoothness through the palate which evokes cask characters: a lack of carbonation, or a sweetness and slickness that stops the beer—despite its pungent, biting aromas—from being too sharp or harsh. It's a brilliant pivot. Instead, we get some peppery overtones, a little clove and some of the flavours of orange without the concomitant bite. It's a really lovely palate.

Overall, I'm genuinely impressed. There's some lovely earthy characters, there's some lovely hop characters, but they meld in ways that are not only unexpected, but also ways that are coherent: opening up new avenues of flavour combinations. This is a very fine, very drinkable and surprisingly novel beer. I love it.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5
Funky Gold Amarillo
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 18.07.16 in bottle
79 / 100
Pours a yellow-orange-saffron colour, fairly cloudy. Lotza bubbly head when first poured, settles to a few clumps of off-white bubbling. Lacing is OK, not very sticky. Looks alright.

Smells funky and pleasant. Slightly grassy with dried hay, some horse blanket but tilted towards a nice tart fruit note too - sweet orange, mango and a hint of lychee and pepper. Pretty tasty.

Taste is hugely complex. Tart upfront that gets funky bitterness, with lucerne and earthy notes rolling around lemon, big passionfruit flavour and some peppery hop sharpness as well. Finishes fresh, with some piquant citrus notes that linger beautifully. Nice melange, lots of weird and wonderful flavours but reigned in as cleanly tart and fresh in the end. Tasty.

Little bit rough with a fair pull from the wildness. Decent enough body to carry it off, but feels a bit heavy.

Really enjoyable drop. Intriguing, complex but ultimately very palatable.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.0
Funky Gold Amarillo
Reviewed by Jez on 16.07.16 in bottle
66 / 100
500ml brown bottle purchased from Spec's in Houston. Shared with Sam back in Sydney.

Pours a very hazy golden colour, tinged towards peach, with a very coarse-bubbled, almost excessively frothy head of off-white. Minimal lacing, due in part to the lack of cohesion in the head. Body is very light, which is pleasant enough, with some nice if coarse-bubbled carbonation. Looks pretty good.

Nose is great. Very pronounced bretty funk, with a slight lemon sherbet twang. The funk though is earthy, which gives it a gritty full basis. The leavening citrus quality is pleasant though, and it brightens it up substantially. Very nice.

Flavour is more driven towards the funk, and the earthiness in particular. There's a rather course bitterness through the centre, that plays off against the vestige of acidity to create something like aspirin, or orange juice after brushing your teeth. The lemon flavour is subdued here, largely due to the dryness in the body, and the absolute lack of sweetness.

Feel is very bubbly and aerated, which gives froth to the light body, but also makes it feel bloating.

Overall, it's decent, but it looks and smells better than it ends up tasting. It's an interesting beer, but I've had better iterations of the same kind of concept.
appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | drinkability: 3.5
Prairie Somewhere (Saint Somewhere Collaboration)
Reviewed by Jez on 10.10.15 in bottle
64 / 100
500ml brown bottle purchased from Ales Unlimited in San Francisco.

Pours a haze golden amber colour, with a thin, fine head of white that doesn't leave much lacing but stays as a fairly persistent ring. Body has some weight, but surprisingly, the carbonation is a little coarse, forming in moderate streams. Looks okay though.

Nose is a little mild—not properly sour, but not funky and aromatic either. We're given a mild seltzer/carbonic note, which works against a disappointingly prominent malt note, which does seem a little out of place. There's some slightly pleasant peppery notes as it warms, but it's not enough. It's still interesting, but it's not at the peak of what I know Prairie can do.

Palate is similar. There's a thinness that permeates it, and which makes everything seem a little washed out. Sure, there's some mild spicy funk, and a genuine tartness, but there's not the structure or balance to support it—it feels a little like it's slightly acidic for no good reason. That being said, there's nothing unpleasant about it either.

Overall, it's decent enough. I'd certainly not go so far as to say it's not a good beer. Prairie know their shit too well for that to ever happen. But this is not an exciting entry in their oeuvre. I don't mind drinking it, but I'd genuinely prefer... well... almost anything else in their repertoire. They can do better than this—and that's not really much of a slur on this beer.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 3.75
Funky Galaxy
Reviewed by Jez on 17.04.15 in bottle
88 / 100
750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from Southwest Parkway Market in Austin, TX.

Pours a pleasant deep black colour with an initially very frothy head of tan that settles out as a rather coarse-bubbled film and stacks of streaky rings of lace. Body is very light, which is quite suitable for the style, and the carbonation is swift but fine. Overall: fits the bill nicely for a black saison.

Nose is phenomenal. Wonderfully blended fruit from the hops with the fragrant, funky tones from the yeast. Galaxy gives some deep mango and passionfruit tones, while the yeast allows for some sharper fruit tones like persimmon and feijoa. And then, there's a noticeable dark tone from the malt, giving a subtle earthiness and mild toasted depth to the beer as a whole. It's so complex and so beautiful, and yet all of the aromas work in concert to create a perfectly balanced whole. Amazing stuff.

Taste is almost as good. Light prickly entry, accentuated by some forthright carbonation makes way for some fragrant saison tones, bringing to bear all of Prairie's most excellent skills in this area. But in true style, everything is kept light and approachable, without the dank wet hay stank you can get in the more intense saisons. This is partially due to the hops, which are fragrant and fruity throughout, and elevate the beer to a richer place. The back is a little dry and light, which helps persist this as well. Only in the very finish do we get a faint hint of toastiness from the dark malts, and this melds beautifully into the dryness from the yeast and the low body.

Feel is indeed light. It's certainly what you'll get from a beer like this, and it suits it well enough.

Overall: this is brilliant stuff. It's a wonderful integration of disparate elements that just works into a harmonious whole. This is the sort of beer Prairie does so well, especially with their gorgeous control on the wilder, funkier elements. I really loved it a lot. My only regret is that I didn't buy a second bottle to bring back to Australia with me: Sam would have loved it.
appearance: 4.25 | aroma: 5.0 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.5
Limo Tint
Reviewed by Jez on 09.04.15 on tap
77 / 100
Tried on-tap at Easy Tiger in Austin, TX.

Pours a dark brown hue with a mild clarity that gives it the appearance of iced black coffee. Without the darkness of colour, I'm convinced it would be transparent. Body is fairly light and flimsy. Head is almost non-existent, just a thin ring of mild tan bubbles. Overall, I'm not overly impressed.

It gets better though. Nose starts with a nice musty roast quality that suggests a nice dry, clean stout. Slight twang of filter coffee and a depth like toasted rye bread. It's mild overall, but very solid. I like it.

Palate is great. Clean, toasty entry with a dryness that gets spiked with a slight hint of berry. Clean, grainy mid-palate provides some complex toastiness and a smoothness that helps the flavour stay full despite the dryness. Flavours glide into the finish with some mild roast and residual bitterness, cushioned by a slight bready sweetness. Aftertaste is toasty and dry, helping the beer become moreish.

Feel is actually quite thin, but this works okay. If it were too full it might ruin the effect or the balance of the palate.

Very drinkable. There's lots of flavour in there to explore, but it's the sort of beer you could also easily session. That's the sign of a finely crafted brew.
appearance: 3.0 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 4.5
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 09.03.15 in bottle
69 / 100
(Very Good)
Pours a pale yellow colour, lots of sediment. Cloudy throughout. Small white bubbly head. Sinks very slowly; not bad.

Smells wheaty; fruity. Nice tangy hops, some guava, kiwi and passionfruit in there. Citrus, a touch of medicine on the back. Pretty decent drop.

Taste is more weizeny. Notes of banana upfront with some cherry-tinged phenols on the back, giving a slight root beer note. Some fruit and spice notes on the back - apple, pear and pepper with a whisper of fennel. Light; fairly refreshing; bit too much spicy potency though, a bit unbalanced.

Fairly light and insubstantial but some decent bitty texture. OK for style.

Nice summery drop, could have dialled up the fruity esters a bit and gotten some more quenching character.
appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.75
Reviewed by Jez on 20.12.14 in bottle
80 / 100
12oz squat brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars and shared with Sam.

Pours initially very clear and pale golden, but about a third of the way from the bottom of the bottle is Sediment City, so the beer ends up with a fine hazing all the way through. Head forms a rambunctious crest of frothy white, that ends up settling out to a persistent centimetre or so. No lacing but lots of fine vibrant carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is excellent. Crisp, lemon and seltzer brightness, with a touch of deeper vegetative funk. There's a smooth, slightly buttery note underneath, giving a hint of curd-like sweetness and creaminess which wonderfully balances it all. I like it a lot.

Taste is a lot lighter, but still extremely well-balanced and very drinkable. Light, slightly still entry with hints of lemon curd, backed by a brighter bust of pepper. Smooth mid-palate stops it from going flat, but the back is punctuated by a pleasant mild vegetative bitterness, which makes the finish very refreshing.

Feel is light but smooth, never feeling overly thin or too effervescent.

Cracking. I really like it. It's so clean, drinkable and refreshing, and for a sessionable ABV has a good deal of complexity and interest. Another fine beer from Prairie.
appearance: 4.25 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 4.25
Prairie Okie
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 07.11.14 in bottle
74 / 100
(Very Good)
Pours a dark brown colour with red tinge. Head is beige, small bubbly crown. Lace ain't sticking around. Decent, but standard.

Smells sweet, pleasant. Lots of vanilla and caramel with mild floral notes giving good balance. Touch of coffee as well. Pleasant.

Taste is fairly roasty and sweet. Huge caramel character, with English toffee, some herbal medicine character late-mid, floral notes as well. Touch of pear, sherry. Yeah, lots of crystallised sugar and fortified wine. Caramel. Could use a bit more freshing up on the back. But nice.

Smooth, full, somehow very dry on the back though.

Nice desserty drop. Would pair well with some sugar-poached fruit.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 4.0
Prairie Okie
Reviewed by Jez on 01.11.14 in bottle
65 / 100
750ml caged and corked brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I cracked it open with Sam during a brew day.

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a depth of colour that makes it seem opaque. Body is surprisingly light and fluid for such a big beer, but the carbonation is languid when tilted, indicating its strength. Head forms a fairly fine film of beige-brown that leaves little in the way of lace. Overall it looks decent enough, but not as impressive as it might have been.

Nose is barrel-heavy, with a big oaky, boozy richness that actually turns slightly vegetative. Indeed there's not much sweetness to it, and not much in the underlying structure‚ instead there's a lightness like what you'd get from a saison in the aroma. It's not bad, but the characters play against one another.

Taste is actually quite similar, disappointingly. There's a lot of structure here like a nice big, barrel-aged beer—including a well-tempered oak character and a sweet booziness. But the underlying beer really does feel very light. It tastes a little like it's missing body and richness and as a result it feels quite thin. Back has a hint of toastiness, but not enough to provide much in the way of structure.

Feel is also quite thin—again, I could believe that the yeast has attenuated to a higher-than-expected degree here, meaning the beer lacks both sweetness and body.

I'm probably being incredibly harsh on this beer. There's nothing really wrong with it—the oak characters are well-realised, and the flavours are right. But there's something lacking about the concept, about the beer as a whole. In the end it feels like a beer that's just not connected to itself.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | drinkability: 3.75
Prairie Bomb!
Reviewed by Jez on 04.07.14 in bottle
80 / 100
12oz brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars, imported by ExperienceIT.

Pours a very silky and slick black-brown colour, with a fineness to the body that almost makes it looks thin. Head is minimal, forming some dark frothy and settling out to a topological film. Minimal lacing. Body is good however, and there's fine carbonation present when tilted. Looks pretty good all up.

Nose is ripe and biting with bright coffee characters first up. There's a slight smoky vegetative quality to it as well, possibly the ancho. There's plenty of roast as well: surprisingly, there's not a great deal of sweetness though, and it relies much on the coffee for its breadth.

Taste is extremely smooth and fine, with a clean, slick malt roast character glossed over by some malt sweetness—again it's fairly subdued, and it's an interesting way to go. Some coffee characters bite a little around the back as well, laced with some aromatic chilli characters, although no heat. Alcohol is very well hidden. I drank this with breakfast before any other beers, so I wasn't inured to booze by any means—but I still couldn't really sense it.

Overall, yeah, this is another cracking brew from Prairie. I'm yet to have a bad beer from them, and this is probably even pushing up their average despite the average being very high already.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.25
Prairie Artisan Ales / Evil Twin Bible Belt
Reviewed by Jez on 09.05.14 in bottle
95 / 100
(Best of the Best)
12oz brown bottle purchased from Ales Unlimited in San Francisco.

Uncaps without a sound, worryingly. However, it seems my fears of uncarbonation are unfounded, as it pours with a lovely creamy head of pale golden-toned brown, above a thoroughly rich body that looks a bit like melted high-cacao chocolate. Lacing forms solidly as well—relying on both the foam and the weight of the beer to sustain it. It looks pretty magnificent.

And... holy crap. That nose. That. Nose. Wow. Let me just collect myself a little bit here. This is amazing stuff: huge, powerful, rich, supple, complex and potent. Big robust coffee characters puncture everything ripping through characters of chocolate, deep malt, raw cacao, mole and anise. Entwined with this is a crisp capsicum potency: the chilli provides a crispness to the aroma that works with the fresh, fruity coffee tones. This is phenomenal stuff—I hope they know they've created surely one of the best-smelling beers in the world.

Taste is also excellent. Smooth and supple throughout, driven by beautiful layers of cacao-rich chocolate providing a bittersweet base. Spicy aromatics lift the palate and complicate it (in the best possible way), while the coffee lingers towards the back giving a zesty bitterness laced with earthy gravitas. Wow, there is so much going on here. This is unbelievably good stuff.

Feel is perfect—just perfect. I can't believe I was worried about a lack of carbonation. There's such a richness to the feel, lightened both by the subtle spice and the mild creaminess of the carb. Wonderful stuff.

Just, wow. I'm speechless. It's rare that so good a beer comes along, especially when I'm not expecting it, like with this one. I mean, Evil Twin's Even More Jesus is good, and I've really enjoyed Prairie's other beers—but when your strong line is new-world farmhouse ales, I just did not expect such a phenomenal imperial stout to come out of the stable. I'm humbled and awestruck.
appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 5.0 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5.0 | drinkability: 4.75
Prairie Hop
Reviewed by Jez on 29.01.14 in bottle
81 / 100
750ml caged and corked bottle purchased in California, and brought back to Sydney, where I shared it with Rich and Sam.

Pours a bright golden colour with a hazy, solid body. Head is a creamy white, creating a full and frothy crest that's quite gorgeous. Lacing forms in streaky patterns down the glass. Light carbonation forms when tilted. Looks good.

Earthy basis on the nose, sprinkled with lemony hops trending towards a noble overtone: slightly herbal. Some clean acid comes through, sharper notes like fizzing aspirin and round mulchy hay. Very solid and big. Great stuff.

Taste is wonderful. Light, clean, zesty entry with characters of apricot and peach coming through, before the middle smooths out beautifully. Here there's a rounded complexity, green herbal tones, a touch of buttery sweetness cleaned up by a clean acidity. Finish has pepper and spice, a little funk-like acidity, green tomatoes, more apricot. It's just fresh and delicious, with an afterpalate that lingers for a long time.

Feel is bright and buoyant. A wonderful counterpart to the flavours.

This is a superb saison in any case: the hops just raise it to the level where it's genuinely exciting. It's a gorgeous beer.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 4.5
Prairie Ale
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 27.11.13 in bottle
63 / 100
Pale champagne colour, cloudy with floaties. Head is foamy, white and like an obliging madam - reassuring and sexy. Looks good.

Smells tart and funky. Citric, acidic with a decent, earthy barnyard funk. Touch of caramel vanilla in there, and green apple. Funky, but inviting, like a lonely John Travolta c. 1978.

Taste is buttery, funky. Lots of Chardonnay oak with that smooth buttery flavour that gets a little sweet at the back. Notes of horse blanket, damp basement and some mild peppery dry spice. That buttery oak is a little strong; could use more tartness in the back (not just funk) to freshen it up.

Bit of pull from yeasts, but also a little fizzy. Not enough body to carry it off.

Nice enough, but leans quite heavily on some strong flavours which end up subjugating the overall drinkability.
appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Prairie Puncheon
Reviewed by Jez on 16.11.13 in bottle
69 / 100
(Very Good)
750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Shared in Sydney with Sam and Rich.

Pours a bright, slightly hazed, but extremely pale yellow colour, only a notch above a witbier. Head is a fine but relatively persistent film of white. Some spotty lacing forms on the glass. Carbonation is extremely fine but a little listless. Looks pretty good overall though.

Nose is bright with fresh crisp vegetative characters and classic saison notes, and undertoned slightly by a very earthy, almost savoury character. There's a straight yeastiness to it which gives it a bit more of a meaty tone than I'd really like, but it's all wrapped up in the same package so perhaps it can be forgiven somewhat. Some oak comes through a little, but so does a slight oxidative character. It's okay all up, but it should be better.

Taste is much cleaner though, and indeed a great deal tarter than I expected. Pronounced, slightly metallic sharpness through the centre of the palate that drags along some classic Bretted characters with it. Bitterness on the back is noticeable: with the Brett it gives it a slightly harsh, somewhat medicinal flavour—something like unripe peachskin and aspirin. It makes it feel a little more like an acquired taste: something perhaps I'll come back to and enjoy more the second time.

Feel is clean and bright, but a touch watery.

Pretty drinkable for all of this though, and there's something that enamours me of the whole more than the individual parts suggest. I think I've enjoyed Prairie's other beers more than this one, but when this is the low point, you're on to a good thing.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.25 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.75
Prairie Standard
Reviewed by Jez on 26.10.13 in bottle
81 / 100
12oz bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA. Brought to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich.

Pours lovely and clear yellow, with a rocky, frothy head of pure white that leaves chunks of lace behind. Body is light and fresh. Clarity is surprisingly good: there's a slight haze to it, but it's much clearer than I expect for a Saison. That's actually no bad thing. Fine carbonation. Overall, it looks really good.

Nose is bright and clean, with a fresh green hoppiness that reminds me of New Zealand hops: crisp and very slightly herbal. Under it is a slight earthiness from the saison yeast, along with a touch of something savoury.

Taste is lovely. The saison body gives it a pleasant smoothness along with some floral rosewater characteristics, while the hops give flavour through the centre and towards the back without providing an overt bitterness. Slight frothiness in the feel lightens everything and helps accentuate some of the faint sweet floral characters and hop notes.

Overall, this is really gorgeous stuff, although why I'm still surprised that Another Beer From Prairie Is Gorgeous I don't really know. This is the third or fourth of theirs I've tried, and they just have such a knack for providing beautifully subdued complexity and wonderful drinkability to their beers. Top notch.

appearance: 4.25 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.5
Prairie Ale
Reviewed by Jez on 05.10.13 in bottle
88 / 100
750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from Whole Foods SoMa in San Francisco. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Rich and Sam.

Pours a solidly hazed bright yellow with a full and frothy head of white that leaves rich sudsy lace. Body is quite light, but pleasant, holding its fine carbonation well enough. Colour is so consistent: it looks really very good.

Nose is wonderful. Big, fresh funk and acidity, with a crisp citrus character coming through and some brighter coconut characters. Slight solvent character comes through giving a hint of putty or plastic—it sharpens the olfactory nerves, which makes me more receptive to the other characters. Indeed, it at once smells rustic and dry, and humid and tropical. It's quite an amazing aroma.

Taste is smooth and fresh, with some vegetative crispness around the edges which gives it a container for the slightly funky tones which play around on the mid-palate. Peppery tones move in towards the back, but there's a slick citrus to counterbalance it, leaving the back supremely refreshing and bright. Awesome.

Feel is smooth but bright, with a lightness to the body accentuated by some supple, fine carbonation.

This is an absolutely cracking Saison. This is superbly made stuff that shows its craft and skill throughout. It's so well integrated, but with such lovely characters dancing around to explore. And it's so fresh, bright and wonderfully drinkable. Stunning stuff.

appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | drinkability: 4.75
Prairie Hop
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 20.09.13 in bottle
76 / 100
Pours a pink-tinged amber. Head is white, nice and foamy, great lace. Looks good; colour's a bit vague though.

Smells hoppy. Citric, zesty, fairly tart actually and a little wild. Bretty, barnyardy, hints of spice. Some currant notes and cinnamon. Sweet, touch of sour. Nice.

Tastes earthy, funky, spicy. Lots of star anise, pepper, a bit of barnyard, lemon zest, clove and a decent vanilla-tinged malt base. Pleasant, bit phenolic and a bit tangy. Nice.

Foamy, decent body. Nice texture but a bit of a pull.

Drinks quite nicely, fair freshness and zest balanced with a good earthiness. This is clever brewing, and a very nice introduction to the world of Oklahoma beer. Brew on, Sooner State.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.75 | drinkability: 3.75