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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States | website

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.

Added by AlexFields on 03-22-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
485
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
20.94%
 
 
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91
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106
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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 485
Reviews by kojevergas:
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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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 ajm5108
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very musty, dry yeast aroma. A little dry malt & pear is present as well, but overall the nose is a litlle absent. Lots of bubbly, champagne-like carbonation and mouthfeel. Notes of floral hops, white grape and chalky barnyard yeast form the taste. Faint honeycomb as well. Very crisp and quite dry though a little resin is present. Easy to drink with a concise, elegant profile with just a little yeast funk to stir the pot. Great brew.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
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 JerzDevl2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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 BaronRVH
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.75-4 I was a little surprised how quickly the flavor dissipated. Look and aroma are the best parts of this beer.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freshflesh
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of codysjb
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrw1zard
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsquared59
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a very faint haziness. There's a fingernail of off white around about a third of the rim. Aroma is of pear and green apples. I taste pear and light apple juice notes. The body is moderately carbonated and crisp and drinks more like a champagne. This is not a very complicated sour. I've had much better by this brewery.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwkdmk
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Beer21
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CLCardinal84
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split 4 ways at tasting.

A: Hazy and yellow. 2 finger thick foamy head. Exactly what a sour farmhouse ale should look like.

S: Notes of lemon, hay, brett and citrus. Pretty good nose on this beer. This is what a summer beer should smell like.

T: Wow, I could drink glass after glass of this on a hot day. This to me might be the most perfect beer for summer that I have ever tasted. In layman's terms, it tastes like a earthy, funky saison lemondade. Tart, refreshing, funky and lemon. Delicious.

M: Good carbonation so it really was clean on the finish and on the tongue.

O: I have yet to have anything other than an outstanding beer from Prairie and these guys are quickly becoming my must-have brewery every time I go to the bottle shop. This was outstanding. Nice work PAA.

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Photo of tappangordo
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Schlafly33
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of striker2160
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Prairie Gold from Prairie Artisan Ales
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