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603. Prairie Artisan Ales Eliza5beth

Prairie Eliza5bethI have really enjoyed almost everything from Prairie with the sole exception being The Beer that Saved Christmas. This was a fairly limited release from Prairie that I picked up at Bier Cellar in Portland.  One of the reasons I wanted to grab this beer is my oldest daughter’s name is Elisabeth.

Eliza5beth pours a pale orange color with a thick bright white head. The aroma was very similar to the prior review of Crooked Stave Vieille with a light funk and some lemon. Taste is kind of sweet to start and has a slightly funky brett finish. The brewer’s says it is brewed with apricot but I’m not sure I have ever had an apricot by itself so not sure what it tastes like.

This beer was incredibly easy to drink for a 7.5% ABV beer and is a very approachable brett beer.
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Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
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Brewers Website: Prairie Artisan Ales
Brewers Description: Eliza5beth is a golden farmhouse ale that we aged on apricots to allow sourness and light fruit flavors to add complexity to the beer.

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585. Prairie Artisan Ales The Beer That Saved Christmas

Prairie ChristmasThis is my least favorite Prairie beer so far and it may have been the style more than the beer itself. I took this out of the beer fridge knowing that it was a dark beer but thinking it was a dark saison not an old ale with a 10% ABV. I really should look at the label before I open beers so I know what I am getting into.

Beer pours an almost black color with a thick tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and malt, nothing too exciting. Taste is very similar to the nose with a slight brett funk added to it. If you want to try some Prairie beer I would recommend you start with their Prairie ale, Merica or Puncheon unless you really like old ales and then you can give this one a shot.
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Alcohol Content: 10% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Prairie Artisan Ales
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557. Prairie Artisan Ales Hop

Prairie HopI’m becoming a big fan of Prairie Artisanal Ales. It took me a while to even try their beer but since I did I have not had a bad one yet. Hop is still a saison but hoppier than most.

Pours a great orange color with a very thick white head. Aroma is a nice mix of hops, earthy spice. Taste has a lot going with plenty of hops that are kept in check by the peppery spice and saison yeast.  Really interesting to mix the hop with the saison style to create something different, complex and tasty. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
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Brewers Website: Prairie Ales
Brewers Description: Prairie Hop is our hop driven saison. This beer is packed with Simcoe and Citra hops. Notes of peach, mango, and tangerine can be found in the flavor and aroma of this beer. The beer finishes dry which helps the hops jump out of the glass flavor wise.

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554. Prairie Artisinal Ales Funky Galaxy

Prairie Funky GalaxyJust a couple of posts ago I was talking about dark colored saisons and how I had not had many of them. I bought this beer without knowing what style it was and didn’t realize until I poured it that it was another dark saison. Been really impressed with Prairie since they came to Maine. I also tried several of their beers at Hill Farmstead’s Festival of Farmhouse Ales.

This one pours almost pitch black color with a huge biscuity tan head. Aroma has an odd mix of citrus hops, roasted malts and funk. Taste is similar with the only addition being a bit of chocolate. Overall the mix of hops, funk and roasted malts simply do not work for me. No question this is a nice beer but not a style that I enjoy.
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
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Brewers Website: Prairie Ales
Brewers Description: Funky Galaxy is a black ‘farmhouse ale brewed with 3lbs per bll Galaxy hops. The beer is conditioned with 2 brett strains and wine yeast.

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533. Prairie Ales ‘Merica

Prairie MericaFirst time I had this beer was at Hill Farmstead’s Festival of Farmhouse Ales. As you might be able to tell I take regular trips to Hill Farmstead and try to make it to all of their events as Shaun and the crew at Hill Farmstead do an amazing job with their events.

I found this bottle on another tour through Vermont at the Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier and brought it home with some other great beers.

This beer has an amazing orange glow with a very thick white head. Aroma is so complex it is hard to describe but it certainly has some funk but also has some spice, earthy hops and a bit of lemon. That doesn’t accurately describe everything that is going on with this beer but if the picture to the right doesn’t make you thirsty than you may as well move on.

Taste again is very complex, if you read the brewers description below you will understand why this beer is hard to describe. So much going on but it all works very well together. Prairie recently changed from full 750 ml bottles to 16.9 ounce bottles on this beer and I have to say I wish I had the larger bottle. Really great beer and certainly worthy of being served along side the saisons from Hill Farmstead and other World class breweries at the FoFA.
Pros: Very complex
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Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Prairie Ales
Brewers Description:‘Merica is a single malt, single hop farmhouse ale. It’s brewed with floor malted pilsner and 3lbs per bbl Nelson Sauvin hops. The beer is conditioned with 2 brett strains and wine yeast. The Nelson hops provide white wine flavors while Brettanomyces add a juicy quality to the beer.

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