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Prairie Gold - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 429
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 21.32%
Wants: 94
Gots: 98 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 429
Photo of bluejacket74
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
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 -2.9%
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 +4.7%
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 -23.5%
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 +8.3%
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 -3.2%
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 -1.5%
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 +3.9%
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 -23%
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 -5.1%
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 +2.7%
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 +10.5%
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 -9.6%
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 -1.7%
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 +2.5%
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 -6.1%
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 +12.3%
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 +10.3%
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 +2%
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 -0.5%
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%
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 +6.4%
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 -16.7%
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 -13.5%
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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Prairie Gold from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.