Prairie Gold - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 334
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 101
Gots: 77 | 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 Reedbrew
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (176 characters)

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (555 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)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,617 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (711 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 babaracas
3.84/5  rDev -7%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of Sporting_KCBBQ
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (420 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 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 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 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 JamesStreet
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are mild. Has a Brett farmhouse ale aroma. More of a Brett farmhouse ale taste. A little on the tart side. Grapes are evident at the end. Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. It doesn't really taste like a wild ale to me, though. It is a farmhouse ale. Still a good beer, though. (378 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (371 characters)

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 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 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 MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with a thin white head.

Lemon, floral, orange, green grapes, slight Brett funk.

Crisp and effervescent. Light tartness on the back end. (152 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 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 BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from an awesome trader. Thanks! Pours a beautiful clear light gold with big fluffy effervescent white head. Aroma is dry and crisp with big lemon peel, tartness, yeast, and musty farmhouse. Flavor is a very light lemon, effervescent, with a nice sour kick. Some notes of Pinot Grigio and some funky yeast in the background. Super light and airy but with lots of zesty flavor. This is nicely done and different from anything I have had before. (449 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 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 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)

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