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Prairie Gold - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 430
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 94
Gots: 96 | FT: 13
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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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
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...

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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 russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 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 Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.


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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 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 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 popery
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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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 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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Prairie Gold from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.