Prairie Artisan Ales, Prairie Ale… 4.5/5

So I have been lax in getting a review or three posted.  I have been to the Brewpub a couple of times and not completed the reviews from the first trip.  Getting that done now!  So let’s just call this the time of Prairie Artisan Ales for me.  I also went and edited the Brewpub review (click here) with some new info.  The first beer I reviewed was the Dad Bod (review) an exclusive to the brew pub.  The second beer I had on that trip was the Prairie Ale, reviewed below.  The Prairie Ale is a Belgian Style Saison or Farmhouse Ale.  This style is characterized as a complex style, fruity in both aroma and flavor, a bit tart with earthy yeast tones.

From the Brewery…

Prairie Ale“A Belgian Style Saison Ale

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.”
  • ABV: 8.2%
  • IBUs: 25 


The beer, when delivered, had a nice white frothy head that laced well.  The color was a deep orangy gold and a bit hazy.  The nose was dominated by the yeast with a slight fruity smell.  As it warmed a little more of the fruity/yeast funk came out of the beer.  The taste was a bit tart and again yeast dominated.  Flavors included a citrus with a sweeter touch than fully expected.  There was a bit of malt come though but not much.  The finish was dry and clean.  The ABV is a bit higher and contributed to the dry finish.  At the finish of the drink the hops came out in the taste.  Mouth feel was good and full. Carbonation lasted throughout the drink.


Felt like this beer fit its style very well.  The funkiness from the yeast and the dryness from the hops worked well together.  Overall a good balanced beer.  I rated it as 4.5 out of 5.  I will drink it again, depending on if there are other new choices I have not had yet.  As always.  With the updates to the ownership/management of the brewery this week I am also looking forward to see what happens with new beers.

So look to the future, enjoy the beer, sit back, relax and have ABigBeer.

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Mark Layne – Admin/Beer Drinker/Single Father

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