Prairie Gold - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 332
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 101
Gots: 76 | FT: 11
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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 Johnny_Cardboard
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (233 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of unclejazz
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cage on this bottle wrapped super tight. Cage broke and I had I pull out the trusty pliers.

A-pours a musty yellow with a ton of hazy, almost pulpy. A nice 1.5 finger head that disappears after about half a minute.

S-funk and more funk along with a ton of lemon zest, OJ, and dank cheese.

T- very tart and wild up front, a creaminess in the middle and funk on the back end. The barnyard reminds me of FV13 which I had recently.

M-great carbonation level and just makes the mouth water. This is some really tasty stuff.

O-I can safely say that this wonderful beer beats out Sanctification which I had about a month ago. I am immediately enamoured by Pairie and will pick up all if their beers I can. (705 characters)

Photo of CLCardinal84
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two types of Brett! I cannot differentiate between them! They taste like cherries!
This reminds me of the first time I drank Sofie and I was so, so pleased that a sour could be so lively and yet so drinkable. So very so. But then they mass released Sofie and ruined it by making way less cray-cray. This bad motherfucker, on the other hand, is still terrifying, it’s so goddamn lively.

How do you describe sours? I ain’t yet studied that section of my Pretentiousness Dictionary. Cherries and beligan yeast with a pleasant floral aftertaste. Missing the verdant weediness of my favorite traditional saisons, but that’s more than made up for in the smooth-but-gigantic sour complexities.

Not exactly lifechanging, but maybe that’s what actually makes it lifechanging. I just blow your mind? I should have. Because the real change is incremental, the sort of shit that changes the way you behave day to day. And this kind of imminently drinkable sour may not pack the flavor explosion of Mornin’ Delight or Bomb!, but the fact that it could act as a potential go-to, everyday sort of beer is just mind-boggling. (1,122 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tough to pigeonhole this beer. It tastes and smells like a glass of fresh lemonade but isn't quite as tart/lactic as a berliner. I get a hint of tartness but it is balanced by sweetness. The mouthfeel really carries the flavors without being heavy. Almost wine-like in the body as well as being highly effervescent. I was tipped off that I needed to try this Prairie offering and it couldn't have been more correct. I'd drink this all day especially in the summer. Hard to compare to anything, but delicious all by itself. (522 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.46/5  rDev +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. (512 characters)

Photo of blastoderm55
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (154 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,329 characters)

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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! (591 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, pale orange with an ephemeral white froth.

Smells of melon and spice.

Light, dry and delicious with lingering notes of grain, spice, rind and light, tart, overripe fruits.

Prairie Gold has delectable summer drinking written all over it. (251 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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! (1,716 characters)

Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a sort of pale straw color. It's not really gold, more of a dull yellow lightly tinged with orange. Very cloudy. It's opaque, just a solid glass of matte yellow. The fizzy white head fades to nothing in about a minute. Not even a few bubbles are left. No lacing.

The aroma is heavy on the lacto. It's yogurty with lemon juice and rind. I'm getting a briny note, as well. Some earth and funk, but it's underneath all of that lemon-lime yogurt. There's some nice grain character, backing up the sour. Maybe a little wheat spice, along with doughy bread. I'm also getting some underlying fruitiness - pineapple, green grapes, papaya and apples.

The taste starts with doughy malt sweetness and a floral, lemony character. The middle is tart, but the malt sticks around. It still seems fairly wheaty, though I have no idea if that's actually present in the beer. Lots of yogurt character. Very dry in the finish with lots of lemon rind. The sourness builds through each sip. It certainly tastes like a big Berliner, but it's not sweet or boozy. There's just more malt character, and it blends in surprisingly well.

The mouthfeel is also fairly different from a Berliner. It's relatively creamy and full. It's still quite tart, but for a Berliner-ish beer, it's fairly full. Carbonation starts out pretty fizzy, though.

It's a tasty sour. They pushed up the body of the beer without losing the Berliner character. Very easy to drink. Quite refreshing. Not the most complex beer, but I like it a lot. (1,505 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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 (568 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This year's batch is not as good as the original, but there is a really nice flavor with lemon zest and white wine. I liked it, but there wasn't as much sourness to it. (168 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: fully opaque, looks like pineapple juice bubbling the whole time bottom up
S: wine yeast dominates, lemon background
T: upfront sour wine, lemon, tiny buit of funk backing
M: rolling small bubbles, high carbonation, very dry finish
Overall solid beer but sways far toward the wine flavors on this one (305 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another great label from Prairie. I need some metal tackers of their artwork for my garage.

750 mL into a tulip. Cloudy banana peel yellow, pure white head that forms quickly but fades to a thin ring within minutes. The second pour becomes downright lake-water murky despite decanting it carefully.

The easiest description is something akin to an Imperialized Berliner Weiss. Tart, lactic, and lemony with a squeeze of pineapple juice. Crackery malt, light tropical banana ester with a mild yeasty funk. Refreshing.

The overall experience is enjoyable but it seems a bit rushed. A little maturation might take it to another level. Still not a bad effort in the least for a brewery's first sour. This would be *Gold* in six packs and kegs for the summertime.

*Update on 6/20/2013*

Some maturation time has really taken this beer up a level. Still very reminiscent of a bigger Berliner Weiss, but a spicy Brett note is emerging along with some other nice complexities. A great beer as the temps are beginning to hit the mid 90's. I will definitely be picking up some more to see how this is towards the end of the summer and then again around the end of the year. (1,166 characters)

Photo of M_J_Z
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (601 characters)

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