Prairie Gold - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 98
Gots: 65 | FT: 10
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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 CLCardinal84
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split 4 ways at tasting.

A: Hazy and yellow. 2 finger thick foamy head. Exactly what a sour farmhouse ale should look like.

S: Notes of lemon, hay, brett and citrus. Pretty good nose on this beer. This is what a summer beer should smell like.

T: Wow, I could drink glass after glass of this on a hot day. This to me might be the most perfect beer for summer that I have ever tasted. In layman's terms, it tastes like a earthy, funky saison lemondade. Tart, refreshing, funky and lemon. Delicious.

M: Good carbonation so it really was clean on the finish and on the tongue.

O: I have yet to have anything other than an outstanding beer from Prairie and these guys are quickly becoming my must-have brewery every time I go to the bottle shop. This was outstanding. Nice work PAA.

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

Light straw color with little head. Smell was a little funk with some lemon zest. Taste: nice mixture of light fruits like pear, white grapes and lemon. Just enough tartness and funk. Feel is nice with a bit of acetyl but in a good way. Brett not overpowering.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very cloudy yellow body. Medium sized white head. Big bubbles, but not many of them.

Smell - Much like a berliner. Tartness. Fruity. Grainy malt dominates.

Taste - Again much like a berliner. Tart. Citrusy. Juicy tartness. Slight bit of funk to it, but only a hint. Again very grainy.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Moderate tartness. Light bodied.

Overall - Didn't expect something so Berliner-y. Tasty. Monotonous.

Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super effervescent gold with nice noisiness & a rapidly falling pearl colored head. Some lacing & head retention, bubbles cling to the glass stubbornly

S: Wet grainyness & cereal, apple skins & a bit of dirty funk.

T: Green apples, lemons & tartness, plus a bit of grapefruit up front. Tartness, apple skins & grapefruit as this warms, much sourness as well. Finishes puckery, sour, with pears, grapefruit & a touch of apple skin

MF: Light bodied, lively carbonation, very puckery

Through the roof drinkability, this would be a nice one to put in 4 packs

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to thewimperoo for sharing this one!

Murky orange juice-like appearance, initial frothy foam that settles quickly to a skim. Opaque with tiny champagne streamers around the edges.

Fruity citrus aroma, reminds me of a mimosa.

Bright and tart, quenching and dry in the aftertaste. Spritzy feel. Light grapefruit and unripe grapes. Firm tart feel, puckering and sticks in the teeth. Smooth and medium bodied. Overall a nice sour ale, somewhat similar to Standard and Prairie Ale.

Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks willandperry, just loving this Prairie Artisan stuff!

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw gold with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell. Lemons, dry brett, green grapes and red apples, wood and some musty funk.

Taste. Sour green grapes and woody white wine. There's a bit of dry brett funk and a bit of musty basement as well.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body, medium-strong fine and lively carbonation.

Overall. Probably the worst of the P.A. beers but that's not necessarily a bad thing. A nice sour that I would drink often if available here, just not quite as good at their other offerings.

Photo of n2185
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Solid, though there are some medicinal notes that I'm not a fan of.

Photo of nataku00
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, clear golden yellow color with a finger of soapy white head. Dissipates quickly to a thin collar. Plenty of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is yeast ester forward, pear and green apple, bubble gum sweetness, peppery, with a earthy hop note and some mild damp barnyard funk.

The sourness is present in the taste at least, sharp lactic acid flavor and earthy funk initially, mellowing to the sweet yeast ester fruit flavors, biscuit malt, pepper spice. Lingering lemony flavor on a mostly dry finish.

Light body and highly carbonated, pretty easy to drink. Tastes a bit better than it smells, pretty good.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bottled on May 19, 2015, (13915 per the Julian code). Another new one to me from Prairie Artisan Ales, this one a 'Sour bottle conditioned golden ale' per the label.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy pale lemon-gold body. One and a half fingers of soft fluffy white head. A very juicy apricot colored appearance.

S - The aroma is sour, funky, and cheesy. Notes of barnyard funkiness and white wine grapes. Notes of lemon and pear do appear when looked for.

T - Taste follows the nose: lightly sour / tart / funky, with fruity citrus, pear like notes, and lots of grapey / white wine flavors.

M - Fruity & juicy. Grapey & wine-like with slight tartness / dryness on the finish, invoking the palate for another sip. Medium-light body with excellent carb.

Overall, another excellent farmhouse / sour style ale from Prairie. These guys are definitely on top of the game in that arena. Looking forward to trying more takes on this one. Recommended.

Prairie Gold -----4/5.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A sour farmhouse ale. Poured from a bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip. The pour is light straw-gold color and brilliantly clear with a white fluffy head the dies down a little quickly, leaving faint lacing around the edges of the surface. The nose is quite tart. I get notes of lemon, apple skins, and a white wine-like acidity. Very nice on a sunny spring afternoon.

The flavor is light-medium bodied and the beer has an extremely pleasing tartness. I get slightly sweet fruit flavors up front; primarily pears, apples, and grapes. At mid-palate, a big burst of acidity scours the sweetness from the palate and dries out the mouth with a nice tannic feel. Flavors of lemon, lime, and sour apple predominate. No real hop character and not a lot of funkiness, brett-like character, or odd aftertaste. Just a faint bit of funkiness that lingers on the finish. Overall, a pleasantly sour, refreshing warm weather sipper. Very drinkable. Thoroughly enjoyable.

What a nice beer! It looks, tastes, and drinks a lot like a gueuze, but it's very light in the horseblanket-barnyard aromas. This would make for a nice drinking experience for someone who has had a few sours and is looking to step it up a notch before going on to real sour bombs. At $11.99 for 750ml, it's also an exceptional bargain in this style. Very highly recommended.

Photo of Mohit
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sour beer feels like combination of sour beer and white wine

Photo of ruzzal
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Way over carbonated and gushed when opened. Lost a lot of the beer. Tasty but Prairie needs to work on the QC.

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

Thanks to Roy for sharing this. Corked and caged 750ml. Cage wire is tightly wound.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow and very effervescent, solid one-inch white head which fades slowly to nearly nothing and leaves no lace.

N: Yeasty and lemony with some wheat and tannic crisp. Trace barnyard funk, some white grape and pears.

T: Mildly tart and saision yeast with minerality. Slight bretty funk with lacto bite and vinous/fruity.

M: Semi-moderate body and lively medium carbonation. Tart, lemony, wheat, yeasty and fruity finish.

O: Refreshing and enjoyable, but not on top of the other offerings from this brewery.

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.

Photo of Johnny_Cardboard
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The only knock i have on this is that it explodes everywhere as soon as i open it. Tastes smells looks and feels amazing, but just kind of a waste of a bit of beer. Once this is worked out this will be another amazing prairie sour.

Photo of Ri0
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a very light hazy yellow lemonade like color. Gorgeous 2-3 finger white head that fades as quickly only to leave a thin white ring around the glass. Lacing is not present.

S - Lemons, tart apples and hints of white grape. A slight funk is present with a grass like smell.

T - This is fantastic tasting. Not overly sour to make you pucker, but a nice sharp tartness of lemon. It really is like homemade lemonade. Not much funk in the taste. This is the best "sour" I have probably had.

M - Very nice carbonation with a tart, dry finish that is so refreshing!

O - Hands down my favorite sour that I have tried. Really wish I could get this in WI. Thanks goes out to Ken in OK for sending it my way.

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Think the lemon in this turned me off, had a nasty aftertaste

Photo of MartzMimic
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the tap a cloudy orange. The white head soon reduces to ring the snifter, leaving very little lacing. Smells of citrus, grapes and spices. The taste is predominately lemon, and nicely tart. Medium light mouth, and the tons of carbonation give it refreshing crispness. This isn't terribly complex, but it is nicely done. It is perfect for a warm afternoon.

Photo of macher0
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Light yellow. Opaque. Frothy head that retreats to a bubbly film. Hazy and foggy w/ no sediment.

S: Sour yeast. Earthy and funky.

T: Sour. Tart up front and a little fruity/funky as it goes down. A very nice raw oak appearance.

M: Mild jaw clinch (in a good way). Light body. Moderate smoothness. High carbonation.

O: A very good sour. Fans of light/oaky/sour beers, that are in no way sweet, would greatly enjoy this beer. It is very reminiscent of a Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze, American style. This is the first Prairie beer I’ve had and I was extremely impressed. I will certainly pick this up again.

Photo of HipCzech
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Riedel Vinum Bordeaux glass. Cloudy gold with a frothy white head, not much lace. Nose has plenty of farmyard funk: hay and wet wool. Pear, wine grape and full yeast flavors. Highly carbonated - bottle gushes when uncapped; light to medium bodied. Nice, interesting funk qualities, just lacking enough tartness to balance the big yeast notes.

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.

Photo of cvm4
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours slightly hazy and has a bright golden body. There's a two finger eggshell head that fades as quickly as it rose.

S - Lemon and white grape tartness. Just that kind of funk that pleases and seems so refreshing.

T - Good amount of tartness, not overly sour, with huge lemon qualities. Picking up some saison characteristics with light spices on the end. But, this is all tart & funk.

M - Light bodied, medium to full carbonation and a dry finish that makes you crave more.

O - So so so satisfying! Prairie is doing some great things. Not to mention their labels are so damn cool!

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled acquired for $13.00 at a local SoCal beer store. Love the label; very artsy. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards. "Sour Bottle Conditioned Golden Ale." 6.5% ABV confirmed. Brewed and bottled by Krebs Brewing Co. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork (also called a cage) served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; this is my first beer from this brewery and they have quite a reputation. I also love sours.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I have to note - it hurts to twist open this wire cage. Way too tightly wound. Seriously. Yields a satisfying pop upon removal of the cork.

A: Pours a three finger white colour head - quite thin - of no real cream, and mere average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a translucent pale lemon-yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Vibrant and inviting; I'm excited to try it. I do have to say, I'm underwhelmed by the head. Cloudy.

Sm: Nicely tart and sour. There's definitely lacto yeast here. Lemon zest. Pale malts. Lightly grassy. Fresh and appealing for a sour. Hopping is generic floral in character. Nicely citrus estery. Lemon esters are prominent. A mild strength aroma. No alcohol is detectable. I'm excited to try it.

T: Tart lemon zest. Generic floral hop character. Pale and grassy malts form the body. A dash of lacto keeps it nicely sour without getting puckerworthy. Constructively, the body is a touch weak; it could be fuller. I like the fruity esters. A refreshing approachable flavour profile; not as sour as many beers in the style. Some might say it's not sour enough. Not particularly funky either; if any brett was used it comes across minimally. Clean and pleasant to drink. All around, its biggest flaw is its simplicity. It's well balanced and built for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Good thickness. Good acidity. Complements the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: I can see why this brewery is well regarded. This is a very drinkable sour golden ale and it hides its ABV well. That said, the price point is high for the quality. I could down this all night, and it would pair gloriously with a lightly acidic salad. But it's far from perfect. Well worth trying; I just wish the price was lower. I'd definitely try this aged or on-draught at a better price point. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery. Tasty stuff.

B

Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looking at the label art for Prairie beer, they remind me of $25k Pyramid game show- "Thinks that are gold" would win me a prize for Prairie Gold!

The beer pours, ...well- gold, and does so with a moderate yeasty haze early on. The second of the pour murks it up a bit for a peachy-cream texture. Seemingly ample in carbonation, the beer is reluctant to churn up its froth. A slender necklace beads along the edge of the glass with light retention and low lace.

Its pungent aromas speak all-things-sour as aromas of dried limes, sea air, saddle leather, and light horse hair all waft about the nose. With a quick whiff of wheat and grain- the supple scent of dry bread and dough support the earthy, sweaty notes.

Sharp, crisp, and tart- the distinctive lemony taste is clean and refreshing- a testament to the lactobacillus that's used to sour German wheat beers. Early lemon sweetness turns sour in an instant and welcomes the grain and hop flavors of hay, straw, grass, lemony herbs. Light musty brine notes seem of dried old woods but remain powdery soft as not to turn the focus away from the premiere clean sourness. A late echo of wheat reminds the palate that there's more to the beer than just lemon drop candy character.

Crisp, clean, and refreshing from start to finish, the beer is palate-stripping and pleasantly acidic like sparkling white wine. It refreshes the palate with ease as the tartness disguises any would-be alcohol warmth and ensures ultimate dryness and a snappy finish.

I love Sour Ales, but they seem to wear on me in the 750ml format. No such qualm here- this beer is effortless to drink and provides high reward with every return to the glass. There's no doubt- I struck gold here!

Photo of polloenfuego
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is hazy gold with a thumb's worth of head. Smell is fantastic, funk and sour with a strong citrus presence as well. Taste brought the funk and sour across well, and the citrus subdued, there was the addition some other fruits like sour apple and pear. Feel was quite nice and light, with good prickly/lively carbonation and that good pucker from a sour you expect.

All in all a great beer. I would recommend it to anyone who is just getting a feel for sours as I found it very smooth and welcoming.

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Prairie Gold from Prairie Artisan Ales
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