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Prairie Gold - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 400
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 21.46%
Wants: 98
Gots: 91 | FT: 12
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Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AlexFields on 03-22-2013

Prairie Gold is a dry, highly effervescent saison fermented with a mix of ale yeast, wine yeast, lactobacillus and 2 strains of brettanomyces. This beer highlights the various yeasts and bacteria used to make it. Lemon, pear, white wine grapes, and a touch of funk dominate the flavor and aroma in this champagne like beer.
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Photo of vfgccp
3.14/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Note of caution, the beer exploded out of the bottle. We lost almost a half of it.

A - Not a great looking body. Hazy wheat body with tons of viscous sediment. Tall white head settles quickly with no lace.

S - Nice nose. Wheat, white grape, kiwi, and lemon.

T - Watery flavor profile with wheat, touch of lemon, and green olives.

M - Dead flat - any carbonation it had seems to have been lost in the initial bottle explosion.

O - Disappointing. Would give it another shot on tap, but I wouldn't buy another bottle.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Prairie now available in MA, very cool! The beer pours a cloudy peach juice color. The bottle was a gusher. Aroma is sour and rustic. I also get a Belgian yeast character, too. It tastes like sour lemon, hay, and cheese rind. Some Belgian phenols. Flavor doesn't linger for too long. Wheaty. Semi-sweet finish. Slightly acidic. Moderate sourness. Light bodies. Refreshing. Paired with a nice, Spanish cheese. Welcome Prairie.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Total gusher upon opening.. half of this was practically lost..

Deep apricot yellow and hinting orange, clear with lots of dregs and trub in the bottom, no surprise there. Head is creamy white manages about a finger, but obviously most of it went cascading down the bottle.

Sharp bread, and a big sensing sourdough. Real nice hints of bread and pineapple tropics, with great funky esters going all around. Large and expansive.. well duh on that note. Some hinting real nice spirtzy and oily lemon makes an appearance as well. Very impressive.

Palate makes nicely and simply. Bready malt notes, and good tropical mid flavors. Juiced pineapple and very mild tartness and low acidity. Finishes with a light body but very supportive of the flavors and quite juicy as well. Mild sensing soda quality, but far more lighter fruit juicy body, with a good matching malt and wild character.

Excellent flavors, but the beer is a bit out of control and unstable.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 500 ml bottle

A - A very strange and cloudy golden straw/orange, two finger bright white bubbly and quickly dissipating head and little to no legs/lacing

S - Sour funkiness, tart pineapple, tart peach, lots of yeast funk and yet a bread like yeast stands strong, crisp water, you can smell the carbonation even though the carbonation in the taste is hardly overwhelming, lots of green earth, sour fruit candy, slight grain and almost non-existent malt

T - Up front it is a sweet and sour mix, very fruity and ends in a bitter hop. Tart peach, some lemon/lime rind, nice musky funk, hop bitterness, floral and sweet/fruity hops and lots of live yeast

M - Medium minus body, nice balance, nice complexity, medium plus acidity, medium plus carbonation and a sweet and sour lovely finish

D/O - Very refreshing, easy to drink the sour is not overwhelming at all but for the lovers of wild/sour ale it is a tad sweet. Has the funk, sour and other things that make these ales different yet adored. An ale for anytime of year and I would gather that this could be aged in the correct conditions for years to come.

Final Thoughts - Not sure of the price as it was a gift but, again knowing this type of ale and its average price it is upwards of $10 a bottle. The 6.5% ABV is perfect and the only stipulation I have about this ale is that there wasn't another to go along with it.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a very faint haziness. There's a fingernail of off white around about a third of the rim. Aroma is of pear and green apples. I taste pear and light apple juice notes. The body is moderately carbonated and crisp and drinks more like a champagne. This is not a very complicated sour. I've had much better by this brewery.

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Photo of TH28
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Appearance: Hazy light golden with a minimal white foam head. Aroma: Lemon and orange, with a distinct brett funk. Hint of lactic acid. Taste: Light malt sweetness and citrus, quickly turning to a sharp, puckering sourness, and citrus peel on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Light body and moderately high carbonation. Finish: Finishes dry with a lingering citrus peel and a hint of brett funk. Overall: A nice, light, and most importantly balanced wild ale with multiple layers of flavors. Not one dimensionally sour. Very refreshing. Brett character is strong in the aroma, while the taste profile is more lacto forward.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold, nice head retains a bit.

Nose if great funk, but not much else. Slight hints of bright fruits, appricot, apple, banana, and grass.

Flavor is solid but a bit standard in terms of a saison. Really nice funk but not much depth beyond it.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Only better one I've had this year is Blvd's brett offering. Decent body, full, round. Very nice.

Finish is fast though - very quick, clean, and bright. A bit less funk retained than I generally like. But man, this is a really good beer.

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Photo of Extol
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - cloudy yellow. Smell - smells like a condom, honestly. Rubber lemon scent. Weird. Taste - lemon and tartness. I do get a faint plain yogurt flavor on the back end. Pretty good. Overall - decent. Not amazing, but I'd drink again.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very musty, dry yeast aroma. A little dry malt & pear is present as well, but overall the nose is a litlle absent. Lots of bubbly, champagne-like carbonation and mouthfeel. Notes of floral hops, white grape and chalky barnyard yeast form the taste. Faint honeycomb as well. Very crisp and quite dry though a little resin is present. Easy to drink with a concise, elegant profile with just a little yeast funk to stir the pot. Great brew.

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Photo of orange85
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very bubbly, nicely sour. Great depth of flavor, fresh but complex. Reminded me of something Craftsman (my favorite brewery) would make. Loved it, would buy again.

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Photo of dd43
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Funktastic. My first ever prairie artisan ales and it didn't disappoint. Awesome white grape and tart/sour lemon flavors and aromas, plus the unmistakeable Brett barny hay like funk. Almost a bit skunky on the nose but in the best possible way. Mouthfeel is crisp and makes each sip a pleasure. I so wish Prairie had distribution to Connecticut.

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Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful light, lemon-yellow brew, topped by a sizable, fluffy snow white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving behind little lace. Brew is fairly clear with a little haze.

Tart, slightly funky aroma. Lemons, sweet yeast, hay. Rustic.

Flavor follows. Tart, slightly sharp; hay and wheat, lemons and Brett; slightly sweet up front, with a very sweet yeast finish.

Very lively brew; dry up front, but with a sticky finish.

Another lovely rustic brew from Prairie. Comes across like a thicker, funkier version of wine. More of a Bretted saison to my palate than a sour American Wild Ale.

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Photo of Benish
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: its translucent, fizzy and bright golden hay in color. Minimal head when pouring.

Smell: predominately notes of wine, vinegar, hoarse blanket and lactic tartness. Also some funkiness. The smell is quite awesome.

Taste: It starts out sweet and spritzy with a strong lactic taste, almost like plain yogurt at the finish. Very tart but not that much sour. Bitter at the finish.

Mouthfeel: not over-carbonated like other reviews stated. Light-bodied and refreshing.

Overall: it seems I've had other beers similar to this. It doesn't stand out a lot except for the fact that the smell was a mash of multiple aromas. Regardless, is very good.

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Photo of Lare453
2.65/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Way overcarbed... Shot right out of the top of the bottle. Eight to one foam to beer ratio. Cloudy and mercy. Barely sour. Very disappointing. This is the second one of this series to explode.

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Photo of Tuckersmth
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Monk's Kettle in SF. Another gem from Prairie. Intense subtle carbonation. Flavor does not change much from start to finish , but the taste is great.

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Photo of Reedbrew
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dry, sour, very carbonated and rather one-note. Refreshing but somewhat boring. Bottle gushed when opened and looking at other reviews this seems common issue with this brew.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This 500ml costs $10 and half the bottle gushed out after I popped the cap off, that is the reason for my low "look" rating. Pours an opaque golden orange hue with no lacing as the glass goes down. Earthy funk scent, lemony, mild brett. I get a lot of brett in the taste, white wine, pear. Not fizzy or over carbed although it gushed when opening. It's not tart sour but it is brett forward. I keep telling myself to quit buying Prairies overpriced shit, but for whatever reason I picked this one up. I wont be doing it again, 1 and done on this offering.

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Photo of M_J_Z
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this for the first time at The Hourglass Brewery in Longwood, FL, where it recently was offered on draft. It's a refreshing, drinkable beer that has tart, and not overly sour, flavoring. None of its characteristics stood out to me, but this is a delicious, well-balanced beer. Like many of the other Prairie farmhouse-style beers, saisons & wild ales, it's above-average (at the very least) in most, if not all, of the important areas.

I would have no problem ordering this again in the future and I recommend it to anyone who has yet to try it. I consider this beer to be worth 4-4.25 stars.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/15/2015. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart lemon, lime, apricot, pear, green apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, light leather, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, lime, apricot, pear, green apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, pepper, light musty funk, light leather, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, apricot, pear, green apple, white grape, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent golden wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from 05/2015 served in a Leffe chalice (wine glass like)

Appearance: the bottle art is awesome on this one. I really love the monochromatic drawings. Very pale golden color, poured thin and clear with a thin wisp of bubbles on the rim.

Nose: Peaches, lemon, funky

Taste: funky, dry, crisp, refreshing, thin mouthfeel, not too strong acidity (I was expecting more from Prairie but I'm not complaining), lemons, oranges, grapefruit, other citrus, peaches, very dry champagne, short and crisp finish that does not linger.

Overall: I'm impressed. I was expecting tooth enamel stripping acidity but instead for a delicious, Boon Oude Geuze like beer. I have one more bottle and would consider buying more.

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Photo of Zach136
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy gold, thin head and lacing.

Aroma: Big funk with moderate acidity.

Flavor: Bright tropical tart fruit.

Mouthfeel: medium light bodied.

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Photo of babaracas
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy gold color, one finger of fizzy white head, settles to nil, nothing on the glass. Smell: lemon peel, vinous, melon note, doughy, lightly herbal brett. Taste: doughy, sweet with some lemon, pear-in-syrup, and dried pineapple-ish flavors; dry white wine and mild but bright herbal notes. Pretty good, enjoy the dry hopped versions better.

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Photo of Sporting_KCBBQ
3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Just breaking into the world of sour beers. So far i have enjoyed sours with extreme fruity or tartness. This one seemed to be in the middle ground of both but not necessarily heavy on either. The description listed for this beer is perfect and if it sounds good for you i'm sure you will love it. Just not my kind of sour. Still hats off to this brewing company as this is one of their few misses for my personal taste.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours a cloudy light yellow orange with fizzy white head that dissipates almost instantly to leave a ring of bubbles where the beer meets the glass.

Smell - Lots of funky brett character, a bit of apricot and peach, faint steely hop aroma. Inviting.

Taste - Fairly fruity with tastes of mango, orange cream, tangerine and lemon. Mostly funky brett, not very tart at all. Slightly bitter finish.

Feel - Slightly grainy, thin to medium bodied. Tingle of sides of tongue.

Overall - A very nice beer, even though no fruit is added there is a huge amount of fruit character, it feels like Peche n Brett' little brother.

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Photo of blastoderm55
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My bottle was a crazy gusher. Lost maybe a quarter of he contents. Remaining beer incredibly opaque. Lots of fruit and slight funk. Lightly tart, a tad heavy on the mouthfeel but that is probably due to loss on account of gusher. Pretty easy drinking. Another great one from Prairie.

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Prairie Gold from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.