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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.

Added by AlexFields on 03-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
500
Reviews:
83
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
8.64%
 
 
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91
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107
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Ratings: 500 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of acurtis
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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 BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

B

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Photo of brentk56
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
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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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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