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Prairie Gold by Capital Brewery
Belgian Pale Ale
6.70 % ABV

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Review by Surly Duff on 10/11/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 8 14 4 7 2008
Pours a nice light yellow with a hint of copper to it. Foamy white head atop that sticks around for a good bit. A nice layer of lacing is left clinging to the walls of the mug as the foam settles a bit.

Smells of light caramel malt with a bit of Golden Promise. Bready with a hint of fruit. Nice touch of sweetness. Nice bit of yeast in the nose too. Really does smell like the prairie.

Medium-light body with a nice malt backbone. Some nice sweetness up front with a fruity hop touch. Bread and grain come in nicely. Just a hint of light caramel. Touch of yeast in the middle. Hint of pepper at the end. Flavorful and very drinkable.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 09/18/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 3 8 12 3 6 2008
As I pour this into my 25cl tulip glass an aroma of grassy grain and then a touch of sweet grain hits my nose. The beer pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich gold hue that shows a bright, full gold color when held up to the light. The nose has a touch of fruitiness to it that reminds me just a bit of brandy, green apples, unripe melon and perhaps a touch of something like cucumber. The before mentioned grassy grain notes are noticeable towards the end as is a crushed saltine cracker like aroma. Not overly characterful in the aroma department, this is a bit bland for the type of Belgian-styled beer that I prefer, but it is within the bounds of commercial Belgian examples (especially from the bigger breweries).

Sweet flavors of fruit, malt and alcohol lead the way. There is a bit of clove in the middle and a touch of hot alcohol to the finish. The fruit flavors are a mix of sweet green apples, watermelon rind, and lightly tart green grapes. While this has a only slight heft to it, one that I typically look for in Belgian interpretations, this comes off somehow as thin, which I think is more because the flavors seem a bit bland somehow. Bland may be the wrong description though as there are definitely some characterizing flavors here, it is perhaps more apt to say that this doesn't have the finesse & edge to it that is needed to make this a balanced, characterful brew. A touch of honey-like malt sweetness and a faint grassy grain character, mixed with a light pale-malt biscuit note both of which tend to linger a bit in the finish.

Not a bad beer, but for some reason just doesn't seem to work for me. I am looking for a bit more character and finesse to make this really good. Somehow this just seems to taste a bit too much like cheap malt liquor.

Served In: Tulip

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