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Prairie Gold - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 372
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9%
Wants: 99
Gots: 86 | 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 Lare453
2.65/5  rDev -35.5%
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. (198 characters)

Photo of Sporting_KCBBQ
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
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 Reedbrew
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
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 -14.1%
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 ClavisAurea
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
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 kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -9%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

sort of a strange brew here, like an American rendition of a Berliner Weiss, but with a little more funk to it and a little less tart. it pours a very very pale and very very cloudy yellow color, almost the color of the label, with a frothy yet airy white head, it looks like a lemonade that's been carbonated. the nose is very lemony indeed, with some lacto tartness and a distinct white wine element that also transfers to the taste. I don't get as much brett as I thought I might in the flavor, but I do get the taste and feel of the lacto, which is pulling moisture from my mouth and puckering me up a bit. the taste is really very light, and I never would have guessed this to be 6.5% abv. the feel is also light, not watery, but delicate despite its complexity. tart and dry for sure, a little funky, and citrus heavy. the carbonation is amazingly bright, soaring really, and it tickles the palate just right. with wild ales you never know what to expect, but I would have liked this to have a little more meat to it. still, a nice drinkable summer brew for those craving something on the wild side, but to me this is like a sloppy Berliner, as good as it tastes. ive been impressed with prairie so far, and am looking forward to the noir I have waiting for me... (1,269 characters)

Photo of Extol
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (241 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
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 coreyfmcdonald
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a very hazy light golden color with two fingers of foam. The head quickly recedes to a thin film with no lacing.

S: Light lemon sourness present with a tartness reminiscent of a Berliner Weisse. A light funkiness comes through in the background.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavor is very similar to a Berliner Weisse. Quite dry with a touch of cheesiness and a light lactic acid taste. A nice funk comes through, but I wish it was stronger.

M: Very light mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation.

O: A nice beer, but quite odd. The lactic sourness is very reminiscent of a Berliner Weisse, but there is more body and a bit of funk. Solid beer. (690 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LiverBelly for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, fruit, and lactic, acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and refreshing. (564 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 JamesStreet
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
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 nataku00
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a watered down straw color with decent half finger of white head. no lacing, OK retention

S - tart lemony and lemony with complex aromas of various sour fruits

T - tart lemony slightly puckering on the back of the jaw. complex sour flavors, very tasty

M - lighter bodied with decent carbonation. very drinkable

O - good sourish brew.. slightly salty (363 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really murky lemon yellow color with a big frothy white head. Looks wonderful.

Smell is bready, lactic, bright lemon, nice amount of funk...I get bananas, hints of tropical fruit...lots going on, very bright overall, smells like a berlinerweiss.

Pretty sour, funky lemon tartness, lots of breadiness again, touch of citrus. Again, very much like a berlinerweiss. Very good.

Mouthfeel is solid but maybe a tad on the watery side.

Great beer and might get even better with a little.

8.2/10 (500 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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 BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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 dd43
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of M_J_Z
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -0.2%
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)

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Prairie Gold from Prairie Artisan Ales
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