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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States
prairieales.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

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pDev:
8.6%
 
 
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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 508
Photo of monkist
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am in trouble when reviewing anything brewed by Prairie - simply because whatever they make is so outstanding that is hard to describe by words, let alone adding something new and unique to my reviews about them.
What I can say though is that Prairie has such a talent in craft brewing like no other, and they make such a unique taste like nobody else can even imitate. The ideas, the ways they make a beer with is simply outstanding and every piece becomes an artwork, drinking them will be a joyful event, let alone how rare and expensive it is in foreign countries.
In my opinion, they have such a remarkable Brett yeast that has become almost like a trademark for them. Funny that I say this, because normally I do not like yeasts at all, but the only exception seems to be Prairie, where their yeast is so fascinating that I can't wait to try their beers, being excited how it will taste this time, what flavor they come up with?
This time it was a bottle conditioned Brett that smelled almost like champagne! So dazzling, so finely carbonated, that not only its aroma but its mouthfeel was almost like drinking a champagne! But it was a beer, with hops and malts! It is really amazing, truly a piece of magic they achieved this taste and feeling with!
I am in awe every time and wish their beers would never end... at the same time my biased reviews contribute with nothing useful, still I have to say again and again that Prairie is an amazing brewery and their beers - including this Prairie Gold as well - are among my all-time favorites! They can change your taste and the way you think about beers. Therefore they are highly recommended.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a nice bright light gold with a finger and a half of dense white head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of some nice barnyard funk with a slight hint of band aids. There's a little fruity note on the nose as well.
T: Taste is ever so slightly tart with some nice orchard and tropical fruit notes with some nice underlying funk. Swallow is more light tartness with some more orchard fruits and lingering funk.
M: This beer has a fairly light body but it is not watery. Carbonation is effervescent and slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It has good flavors and is very refreshing with just the slightest amount of light tartness and a hint of funk. Well done and the complexity is very nice.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There is a slight chill haze in this otherwise clear golden ale. Rapidly ascending tiny bubbles of carbonation replenish the inch and a half fine white foam before it eventually settles to half an inch, leaving no lacing. The chill haze completely clears within five minutes.

The aroma opens with a strong lemon funk, followed by light black pepper and celery. Sour lime and sea breeze are discernible after warmth. A consistent light background of pepper and white bread lasts throughout.

Lemon and lime open with moderate tartness followed by celery. The flavor lacks earthiness and is sharp and crisp. The long peppery finish is mild, occasionally touching back with lemon and lime. Equal parts sweet and bitter are both minor. Warmth has a pleasant impact.

Vigorous carbonation helps lighten the medium body and nylon texture. It is drying with faint metallic notes.

This is a relaxed beer that I enjoyed while brewing a batch of Hefeweizen for my aunt and uncle to enjoy mid May.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy pale grapefruit color with a quickly dissipating slim foamy head. There was barely any lacing. The smell starts with a sour and bitter grapefruit rind, bold lemon pulp and rind - a light sweetness from the lemon rolls in to blend in with some light grape-like vinous-ness. Luckily, that part maintains a nice background. The taste was a moderately sweet to sour balance in the grapefruit and lemon rind. A quick dry grapefruit pith aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a moderate ability of balancing between a sipping and sessionable sour drying feel on my tongue. Overall, this was a pretty nice sour ale that I’m pretty sure I’d have again.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle with some Lost Abbey stemware
Last had this on 09/22/15

An okay session but somewhat of a letdown. If you are looking for a sour bomb this not be it.
Bright straw gold. Unfiltered look as it distorts the light creeping through. Frothy white foam topper with some ample hang time and a few mild streaking dots of lace.
The nose is made up of wheat grains and a lemony lactic acid mostly. I get some golden fruitiness with a little white wine and a dusty mineral semblance to it. There is definitely some lemony lactic tartness to this but didn’t find this to be all that sour really. Soaked grains and straw hay, golden pear, grape skin, with an earthy mineral like yeasty note. Very light in body with medium high pop from the carbonation. Frothy and slightly sharp in the finish. Tart and lemony. Sways between being effervescently dry and slightly watered down.
Didn’t hate this one at all but it just lacked depth or complexity.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smell is banana, clove, with slight barnyard funk. Taste is citrus, light tartness, a hint of breadiness, and some stone fruit. A nice, essentially sour saison.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Stein & Vine in Brandon, FL. Served in a snifter.

A: Hazy dark yellow with a one-finger white head and good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Lemon zest, farmhouse funk & earthiness, yeasty, with some citrus tang and grassy hops.

T: Citric bite with a tannic sourness, citrus fruits and some tropical hops. Biscuit malts (with maybe some wheat character here) and some Brettanomyces dry pineapple flavor. A definite Brett and Lacto funk, but this never becomes overboard. It finishes with tannic, almost vinous dryness along with some hop bitterness and mild residual funk.

M: A light crackly body, great carbonation sensation and a low alcohol presence.

O: This is quite tasty, and easy to slip into drinking without thinking and just enjoy. But there’s a lot going here; and my opinion on how well the elements in the beer meshed together seem to be fluid from sip to sip. But still quite enjoyable, and I would certainly be happy to have another glass of this one.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage
~1 year since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a pale straw color, slightly hazy, fast rising carbonation bubbles. Two finger thick, white colored head, fizzy / bubbly.

Aroma- Tart acidity, bright fruits, lemon zest, pineapple, sweet white wine grape. Funky, musty yeast, grassy, earthy hay, dry chalk.

Sweet fruits w/ tart acidity, lemon zest, pineapple, pear, juicy apple, fruity creaminess. Sweet white wine grape, vinous character. Funky yeast, musty, grassy, hay, belgian phenols.

Feel- Light bodied, drying, effervescent, mild tartness, refreshing crispness.

Overall- Lots of layers to peel back on this one. Tartness is mild and well balanced with the rest of the beer. Lots of crisp and flavorful fruitiness. Next comes a vinous, wine like quality. Finishes with a nice flash of funky yeast, and belgian saison qualities. Everything is layered incredibly well.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a trade.
Hazy light gold with huge carbonation that constantly feeds a pillowy bubbly white head. Lemons tart cherries and earth funky hit my nostrils first. Earthy with faint bready malts and spice deep underneath. The flavor is mostly tart lemony with bits of sour cherry and vinous notes. Earthy funk rounds this out nicely. Medium body spirited carbonation. Pretty decent funky saison.

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Photo of Eli2814
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Prairie beer!
Such a hazy beer! If you swirl the last of it before pouring, the yeast that comes from that makes it even hazier.
Smells like lemon trees in a barnyard, a pretty even balance between citrus and farmhouse on the nose.
An elegant taste. I feel fancy drinking it. It's practically a farmhouse champagne.
Mouthfeel is smooth and easy. Chuggable if you didn't wish to cherish it. Medium body with a finish that lingers for a considerable amount of time.
Overall, a clear mastery of wild-style. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong bacterial funk, pale malt, hint of alcohol, yeast, slight spice, and a hint of floral. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a distinct tartness. Tastes of strong bacterial funk, pale malt, hint of alcohol, yeast, slight spice, and a hint of floral. Overall, poor appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of kitch
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16.9 fl oz (500ml) bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 13815, meaning it was bottled on 18th May 2015. There was lots of warning that this was likely to be a gusher, so I was very careful opening this. Luckily this opened as a slow gusher, so there was time to pour before it overflowed. Even after pouring one-third of the bottle, you could see it still clearly going up the bottle! It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy straw golden yellow colour with a two finger white head that dissipated slowly to a thinish foam cap and leaves nice streaky lacing.

Aroma: Nice tart, funky barnyard, hay, lemon and pear aromas.

Taste: Tart, sour, lemon, funk followed by some light peppery spice and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium but prickly carbonation.

Overall: A nice sour, tart and funky beer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, available in 16.9 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Major gusher alert! Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a short-lived off-white head. Retention is poor and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Mildly dry tart character, white grapes, soft cracker malts. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the nose with notes of white grape mustiness, delicate tangy fruit juices. Light but accessible and very enjoyable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, lightly frothy, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is light/medium for the style, light+ overall. Balance is nearly even tangy, sour and acidic to sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A pretty enjoyable beer from what little I got to experience- a nice balance of acidity and sourness to the subtle sweetness of the body, fairly complex and yet incredibly light and drinkable. Hopefully I'll get to revisit this again soon, and I'll be sure to open it immediately, if not sooner. Buyer beware! 3.75

Prairie Artisan Ales'
Prairie Gold
3.71/5.00

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a few of these at the store yesterday and it was great. However, I have to issue a warning. It is a bit foamy and if you bump it around you may have a gusher on your hands. Last evening I opened one it went all over the floor, the counter, and on my pants, and I lost half the beer.

(L) The color is hazy golden with a significant white head.

(A) It has a nice lemony aroma.

(T) The taste is lemon, yeast, its grassy, and has a lot of dankness. Extremely good.

(F) Medium body and easy drinking.

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Photo of jtwhicker
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, I'm a little upset. I had stored in my fridge to chill for the past four days and today I eagerly opened the bottle and have it explode all over my counter, floor and sink. Eventually, I had half a bottle to pour and here it goes...

I am truly saddened that this beer ended up all over my kitchen instead of my belly. It is a really good "saison"that I would hardly classify as a wild american or sour ale. it is Belgian like with funky hit of brett like sour on the front. Really easy and really clean, crisp finish. Pour is transparent gold, thin head that dissipates soon.

I look forward to trying more Prairie beers in the future.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/27...pours thick solid looking pale yellow with fizzy fast white foam. Sharp lemon citrus nose. Taste is a mild sour - citrus sour balanced by a malty ale. Chewy. Sour is present but doesn't dominate. Well balanced flavors/.

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw yellow after gushing out of the bottle into the glass. Bottle dated 13515. After losing 1/4-1/3 of the bottle.. aroma of hay, funk, white wine/grapes, lemon and slight wheat/malt. Flavor follows the aroma with subtle lemon tartness, more wheat, white grape, slight pear, slight apple juice sweetness and a rustic grainy thing going on. The feel is light with obvious HIGH carbonation. I brew sour beers, so I understand that sometimes things happen, so I am not going to beat them up too bad on the rating. Overall, the true "Champagne" of beers. Very good, but not outstanding.

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Photo of brentk56
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: I was lucky as my bottle was only a modest spumer so I didn't lose any beer; the liquid pours out a cloudy golden color and started out at an inch but descended to a film; spotty and streaky lacing

Smell: Lemon funk; grainy, spicy and green grape aromatics; strong barnyard tones

Taste: The barnyard is overwhelming, right up front, with lemon funk, acidic white wine grape, pepper and yeast spices building; quite lactic, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation and a considerable pucker factor

Overall: This beer just doesn't coalesce for me; a lot going on in a variety of different directions; not very drinkable

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a beatiful pale honey, cloudy, little head, no lacing

S: Funky, too funky for me, lemony, pinesol

T: Dried grass, lemons, peppery, coriander?, tart, bubbly, quite dry

F: Body is medium, finishes quite smooth, tastes lingers

O: An above average wild ale

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
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 Apellonious
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz poured into a tulip glass. Code of 11315.

A - Hazy, cloudy, straw gold. A one finger head that dissapears into a thin lace quickly.

S - Funk, lemon, grapes.

T - Follows the nose, with added elements of dirt, pears, and sourness.

M - High carbonation with a sharp mouthfeel.

O- A tasty, semi sour golden ale. A little too dry and sharp for my tastes, but I am coming around to it. I am sure a good food pairing would mitigate that.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy pale grapefruit color with a quickly dissipating slim foamy head. There was barely any lacing. The smell starts with a sour and bitter grapefruit rind, bold lemon pulp and rind - a light sweetness from the lemon rolls in to blend in with some light grape-like vinous-ness. Luckily, that part maintains a nice background. The taste was a moderately sweet to sour balance in the grapefruit and lemon rind. A quick dry grapefruit pith aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a moderate ability of balancing between a sipping and sessionable sour drying feel on my tongue. Overall, this was a pretty nice sour ale that I'm pretty sure I'd have again.

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Photo of Preluderl
3.12/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Really disappointed with this one. Everything about it was sort of flat and underwhelming. Easily the weakest saison/wild offering I've had from Prairie.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Whole Foods on Houston St in New York City. I read about these guys in the Ale Street News and couldn't wait to give one of their offerings a go, so I was pretty psyched when I saw this on the shelf recently. This tasted like a typical American Wild Ale but with enough nuanced flavors that drew me in more as I worked my way through it. Toss in a recessed alcoholic content and this beer was a clear winner that was tough to pace my way through!

Interesting pour to this, to say the least. As many others on here have attested to, this was a live one and odds are that if you have this, a good portion will overflow out of your glass! Live and foamy, the head was massive on this and the faded golden hue was a subtle indication of the underlying notes that were in this. Lots of Brettanomyces yeast in the nose along with funk, pear, white grapes, and champagne. All of those were in the taste along with sour grass and a good amount of cheese rind along the lines of a sweet cheddar. Dry and light, there was enough sediment on the bottom of the bottle to indicate that there was a lot going on here and the funk was enough to put any early '70's Motown song to shame. Enough grass and hay could be found underneath this to rival any farmhouse Saison but this was lacking in spice and therefore, true to stylistic form.

Booze? It's here but you wouldn't know it given how tasty this was. I know that this will never rival IPA's and Stouts for the amount of shelf space devoted to something of this order but when these are brewed right, something like this is on the same level as anything from Ballast Point or North Coast. Really impressed with how this came out and how damn enjoyable it was, and I'm not one to go for something this funky, wild, and uninhibited. Any aficionado of good beer wold be wise to seek this out and see what's possible when the edge is pushed. Fabulous stuff!

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Photo of stortore
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Prairie Gold from Prairie Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 508 ratings