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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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle @ Crooked Stave ROY-G-BIV Day. Thanks to whomever shared this! Pours a golden appearance with a white head. A bit musty, champagne-like, funky, white grape, pear aroma. Flavor is super drinkable with notes of apples, light banana, spicy yeast, light funk, and flowers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8478) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, hazy golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of bread, biscuit, vanilla, hints of orange peel into a bit of nice lemon peel, touch of funk and oaky notes. Taste was a mix of lemon, biscuit, bread into a bit of orange, slight oak, finishing fairly dry, slightly tart. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5386) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a cloudy yellow with small frothy off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong funk and lemon zest. Thin mouth strong tart lemon and nice funk, very light, lingering sourness, really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (15104) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle sample. Hazy golden yellow color, fluffy white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of peppery dusty cobwebs and lemons left in attic corners. Taste has barnyard tumbleweeds and citrus. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4980) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Pours orange with good head and lacing. Finishes with light sweetness, a little watery. Light hay, with light florals. A little bitterness in finish as well. Tap at Snallygaster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11972) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Draft, Snallygaster. Medium off-white head atop cloudy apple cider body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, kiwi, some orange, light mint, white wine. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some grapefruit, light kiwi, Brett, white wine dryness. Light-medium body, low carbonation, light stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4580) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Thanks to xmarcnolanx for sharing this one. Pours clear golden / yellow with a white head. The aroma has clean sourness / tartness, mild caramel, sweettarts and lots of bugginess. It has a fairly light husky body with a light amount of sharp carbonation. The flavor starts off with dried leaves, bugs, sweettarts, minerals and saltiness. The finish has light sulfur added. Really enjoyable American sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3353) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle bought @ The Mikkeller Webshop. Pours hazy pale golden with a small frothy and fizzy goldenish white head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is smell is slightly sour, fruity and funky with crackers, pink grapefruit juice, lime juice, pineapple juice, honeydew melon, hay, dry soil, barnyard, yuzu juice, minerals, unflavoured yoghurt, lime zest and lemon zest. Taste is sour, slightly fruity and tiny funky with sourdough crackers, lemon juice, lime juice, unripe pineapple, unripe mango, hay, dry soil, lemon zest and hints of barnyard, sour milk and apple cider vinegar. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, tart and light to medium bodied. Finish is sour with crackers, lemon juice, lime juice, sour apple must, hay, dry soil, lemon zest and hints of barnyard and sour milk. Great complex nose that’s drenched in citric acidity. Good but a pity it’s not as good as it smells.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3084) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2014
Bottled. Pours hazy yellow with a small, lacing white head. Aroma of brett, citrus, yeast and peach notes. Slightly sweet flavor that ends up dry and tart, Medium bodied, oily to watery texture nd soft carbonation. A very nice Saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1388) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle (thanks, DrFabulous!) shared a few nights ago with OldMrCrow. Catching up (from notes). clear gold pour (aptly named), white head dissipates quickly. Aroma: very nice! Citrus, grape, must(??). Funky - some cheese as it warms? White wine with cotton candy and bubble gum. Taste: quite tart and dry, slick texture, body a little thin. Maybe a bit astringent? Wine-like acidity in this. Almost puckering ... Lives nicely in the saison-meets-sour realm. Underlying sweetness catches up as the drink goes on. White wine beer?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2119) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle at my house with Prufrock --- thanks for the hookup!

Straw gold pour, white head. Immediate lemon on the aroma, followed by white wine and a very interesting funk. Corn on the cob? Flavor is only very gently sour: white wine and lemon juice exactly as expected from the aroma. I’d call this a sour saison rather than a sour ale proper -- think Jolly Pumpkin but straightforward in a good way. Brett late provides a really nicely drying leather. Extremely drinkable -- this one would be a delight on a hot summer’s day. I’m delighted that beers like this are being brewed in the US these days; I hope this either makes it to Washington or drives the local places to up their game.

Here’s the thing with this beer. Tonight we paired it with an ’08 Aardmonk, a Sinners ’08, and a batch 2 supplication --- and it totally held its own. We came back to it between each bottle and it was refreshing and delightful and not the least overshadowed by these other bigger and rather epic beers. That says a lot! 0.1 bump to Overall for its staying power.

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