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Prairie Gold | Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by AlexFields on 03-22-2013

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage
~1 year since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a pale straw color, slightly hazy, fast rising carbonation bubbles. Two finger thick, white colored head, fizzy / bubbly.

Aroma- Tart acidity, bright fruits, lemon zest, pineapple, sweet white wine grape. Funky, musty yeast, grassy, earthy hay, dry chalk.

Sweet fruits w/ tart acidity, lemon zest, pineapple, pear, juicy apple, fruity creaminess. Sweet white wine grape, vinous character. Funky yeast, musty, grassy, hay, belgian phenols.

Feel- Light bodied, drying, effervescent, mild tartness, refreshing crispness.

Overall- Lots of layers to peel back on this one. Tartness is mild and well balanced with the rest of the beer. Lots of crisp and flavorful fruitiness. Next comes a vinous, wine like quality. Finishes with a nice flash of funky yeast, and belgian saison qualities. Everything is layered incredibly well.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a trade.
Hazy light gold with huge carbonation that constantly feeds a pillowy bubbly white head. Lemons tart cherries and earth funky hit my nostrils first. Earthy with faint bready malts and spice deep underneath. The flavor is mostly tart lemony with bits of sour cherry and vinous notes. Earthy funk rounds this out nicely. Medium body spirited carbonation. Pretty decent funky saison.

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Photo of Eli2814
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Prairie beer!
Such a hazy beer! If you swirl the last of it before pouring, the yeast that comes from that makes it even hazier.
Smells like lemon trees in a barnyard, a pretty even balance between citrus and farmhouse on the nose.
An elegant taste. I feel fancy drinking it. It's practically a farmhouse champagne.
Mouthfeel is smooth and easy. Chuggable if you didn't wish to cherish it. Medium body with a finish that lingers for a considerable amount of time.
Overall, a clear mastery of wild-style. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong bacterial funk, pale malt, hint of alcohol, yeast, slight spice, and a hint of floral. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a distinct tartness. Tastes of strong bacterial funk, pale malt, hint of alcohol, yeast, slight spice, and a hint of floral. Overall, poor appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of kitch
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16.9 fl oz (500ml) bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 13815, meaning it was bottled on 18th May 2015. There was lots of warning that this was likely to be a gusher, so I was very careful opening this. Luckily this opened as a slow gusher, so there was time to pour before it overflowed. Even after pouring one-third of the bottle, you could see it still clearly going up the bottle! It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy straw golden yellow colour with a two finger white head that dissipated slowly to a thinish foam cap and leaves nice streaky lacing.

Aroma: Nice tart, funky barnyard, hay, lemon and pear aromas.

Taste: Tart, sour, lemon, funk followed by some light peppery spice and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium but prickly carbonation.

Overall: A nice sour, tart and funky beer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, available in 16.9 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Major gusher alert! Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a short-lived off-white head. Retention is poor and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Mildly dry tart character, white grapes, soft cracker malts. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the nose with notes of white grape mustiness, delicate tangy fruit juices. Light but accessible and very enjoyable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, lightly frothy, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is light/medium for the style, light+ overall. Balance is nearly even tangy, sour and acidic to sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A pretty enjoyable beer from what little I got to experience- a nice balance of acidity and sourness to the subtle sweetness of the body, fairly complex and yet incredibly light and drinkable. Hopefully I'll get to revisit this again soon, and I'll be sure to open it immediately, if not sooner. Buyer beware! 3.75

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a few of these at the store yesterday and it was great. However, I have to issue a warning. It is a bit foamy and if you bump it around you may have a gusher on your hands. Last evening I opened one it went all over the floor, the counter, and on my pants, and I lost half the beer.

(L) The color is hazy golden with a significant white head.

(A) It has a nice lemony aroma.

(T) The taste is lemon, yeast, its grassy, and has a lot of dankness. Extremely good.

(F) Medium body and easy drinking.

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Photo of jtwhicker
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, I'm a little upset. I had stored in my fridge to chill for the past four days and today I eagerly opened the bottle and have it explode all over my counter, floor and sink. Eventually, I had half a bottle to pour and here it goes...

I am truly saddened that this beer ended up all over my kitchen instead of my belly. It is a really good "saison"that I would hardly classify as a wild american or sour ale. it is Belgian like with funky hit of brett like sour on the front. Really easy and really clean, crisp finish. Pour is transparent gold, thin head that dissipates soon.

I look forward to trying more Prairie beers in the future.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/27...pours thick solid looking pale yellow with fizzy fast white foam. Sharp lemon citrus nose. Taste is a mild sour - citrus sour balanced by a malty ale. Chewy. Sour is present but doesn't dominate. Well balanced flavors/.

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw yellow after gushing out of the bottle into the glass. Bottle dated 13515. After losing 1/4-1/3 of the bottle.. aroma of hay, funk, white wine/grapes, lemon and slight wheat/malt. Flavor follows the aroma with subtle lemon tartness, more wheat, white grape, slight pear, slight apple juice sweetness and a rustic grainy thing going on. The feel is light with obvious HIGH carbonation. I brew sour beers, so I understand that sometimes things happen, so I am not going to beat them up too bad on the rating. Overall, the true "Champagne" of beers. Very good, but not outstanding.

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Photo of brentk56
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: I was lucky as my bottle was only a modest spumer so I didn't lose any beer; the liquid pours out a cloudy golden color and started out at an inch but descended to a film; spotty and streaky lacing

Smell: Lemon funk; grainy, spicy and green grape aromatics; strong barnyard tones

Taste: The barnyard is overwhelming, right up front, with lemon funk, acidic white wine grape, pepper and yeast spices building; quite lactic, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation and a considerable pucker factor

Overall: This beer just doesn't coalesce for me; a lot going on in a variety of different directions; not very drinkable

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a beatiful pale honey, cloudy, little head, no lacing

S: Funky, too funky for me, lemony, pinesol

T: Dried grass, lemons, peppery, coriander?, tart, bubbly, quite dry

F: Body is medium, finishes quite smooth, tastes lingers

O: An above average wild ale

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

16.9 ounce bottle, julian date of 13515 printed on the bottle (May 15, 2015). Well, this one was a gusher. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a couple inch white head that fizzled away quickly. Aroma is nice but subtle. It smells like lemon, hay, and white grapes/wine. The taste also seems muted to me. There was also some pear and earthy flavors noticeable. It's a nice tasting brew, but I just wish the flavors (well, and the aroma) were stronger. Mouthfeel/body is light, and it has a good amount of carbonation. It has the makings of being a pretty good brew, but for whatever reason the flavor and aroma just seemed weak. I'll have to try another batch of this in the future. $9.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz poured into a tulip glass. Code of 11315.

A - Hazy, cloudy, straw gold. A one finger head that dissapears into a thin lace quickly.

S - Funk, lemon, grapes.

T - Follows the nose, with added elements of dirt, pears, and sourness.

M - High carbonation with a sharp mouthfeel.

O- A tasty, semi sour golden ale. A little too dry and sharp for my tastes, but I am coming around to it. I am sure a good food pairing would mitigate that.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy pale grapefruit color with a quickly dissipating slim foamy head. There was barely any lacing. The smell starts with a sour and bitter grapefruit rind, bold lemon pulp and rind - a light sweetness from the lemon rolls in to blend in with some light grape-like vinous-ness. Luckily, that part maintains a nice background. The taste was a moderately sweet to sour balance in the grapefruit and lemon rind. A quick dry grapefruit pith aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a moderate ability of balancing between a sipping and sessionable sour drying feel on my tongue. Overall, this was a pretty nice sour ale that I'm pretty sure I'd have again.

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Photo of Preluderl
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Really disappointed with this one. Everything about it was sort of flat and underwhelming. Easily the weakest saison/wild offering I've had from Prairie.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Whole Foods on Houston St in New York City. I read about these guys in the Ale Street News and couldn't wait to give one of their offerings a go, so I was pretty psyched when I saw this on the shelf recently. This tasted like a typical American Wild Ale but with enough nuanced flavors that drew me in more as I worked my way through it. Toss in a recessed alcoholic content and this beer was a clear winner that was tough to pace my way through!

Interesting pour to this, to say the least. As many others on here have attested to, this was a live one and odds are that if you have this, a good portion will overflow out of your glass! Live and foamy, the head was massive on this and the faded golden hue was a subtle indication of the underlying notes that were in this. Lots of Brettanomyces yeast in the nose along with funk, pear, white grapes, and champagne. All of those were in the taste along with sour grass and a good amount of cheese rind along the lines of a sweet cheddar. Dry and light, there was enough sediment on the bottom of the bottle to indicate that there was a lot going on here and the funk was enough to put any early '70's Motown song to shame. Enough grass and hay could be found underneath this to rival any farmhouse Saison but this was lacking in spice and therefore, true to stylistic form.

Booze? It's here but you wouldn't know it given how tasty this was. I know that this will never rival IPA's and Stouts for the amount of shelf space devoted to something of this order but when these are brewed right, something like this is on the same level as anything from Ballast Point or North Coast. Really impressed with how this came out and how damn enjoyable it was, and I'm not one to go for something this funky, wild, and uninhibited. Any aficionado of good beer wold be wise to seek this out and see what's possible when the edge is pushed. Fabulous stuff!

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Photo of stortore
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A gusher, lucky I noticed and was near the glass. I'd think this was a problem, but from the reviews below mine, it seems to be designed that way...

Poured a bright yellow, with a quickly dissipating two finger head. Not much cling, and it turned pretty much flat as it warmed. Smell is lots of yeast, light malt, some funk and earthiness, a little black pepper. Taste also leads with the yeast, a bit more funk than the nose, tartness, earthiness, a little malt and white wine. A little bitterness on the back end. Dry ,crisp and refreshing- until it went flat.

Seems like a really good beer, but I definitely cut the ratings a bit, since only about a third of it was really good. Probably would try again if I didn't see so many other gushers, and it wasn't at such a high price point....

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that slowly died down, leaving a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of green grapes are present in the nose along with notes of sourness and hints of lemons.
T: The taste follows the smell, having delicate flavors of green grapes, pears, and sour lemons along with slight bits of funk from the Brettanomyces.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Faint amounts of creaminess from the Lactobacillus are present. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a nice, delicate blend of flavors. It just seemed like it was a little lacking in the carbonation and could have benefited some more effervescence.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 1/4 of this bottle ended up on my carpet as I was rushing it to my sink. This left a ton of sediment floating in my glass, too. The bright golden hue was nice. The nose was citrus zest and mild sulfur. (My wife's review was,"uwuguhh, gross") Not a sour fan yet. Taste was almost a traditional geuze. The frothy mouthfeel made this finish creamy.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
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 -4.7%
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 +3.2%
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 +11.1%
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 -9.1%
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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Prairie Gold from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.