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Prairie Gold - Prairie Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
93
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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 107
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: AlexFields on 03-22-2013)
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Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

popery, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of dvmky
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

dvmky, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

BEERchitect, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

largadeer, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of macher0
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

macher0, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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

russpowell, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Nutwood
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Nutwood, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of 1up
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

1up, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of ktblue22
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ktblue22, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of dunix
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

dunix, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Thorpe429, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev -3.8%

MaseFace, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of sirsteve42
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

sirsteve42, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

yourefragile, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -3.8%

nickfl, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

starrdogg, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

nmann08, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

warnerry, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Jeremy6566
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jeremy6566, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of willandperry
4/5  rDev -3.8%

willandperry, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of bump8628
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

bump8628, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of BierGartenok
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BierGartenok, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of PoBear
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

PoBear, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of chaseabeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

chaseabeer, Mar 22, 2013
Prairie Gold from Prairie Artisan Ales
93 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.