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Prairie Gold - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 400
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 21.46%
Wants: 98
Gots: 91 | FT: 12
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Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
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 wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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 popery
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
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 BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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 macher0
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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 bump8628
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Prairie Gold from Prairie Artisan Ales
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.