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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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very good

891 Ratings
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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 111 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our interpretation of the rustic Wallonian Saison style is a harmonious blend of rustic grains, spicy yeast and unique sauvignon blanc tones. Inviting lemon grass and gooseberry meet peppery spice and fresh grain aromas. Spicy Belgian yeast create a complex yet dry and refreshing canvas with splashes of citrus and stone fruit with a bright tropical white wine finish. Hop bitterness is assertive yet harmonious rounding out slightly tart and refreshing.

(Beer added by: Samuel906 on 03-05-2014)
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

I've looked at this at my local bar's cooler for a while, figured it was high time to pick it up whilst cat-sitting relatively far away. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises flowers, Brett-like lemon zest, and a vague spicy sweetness. The taste brings in more of the same, with the now overly-strong Brett-ish-ness coming through as a strange, puckering bitterness. Yowza. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I just plain didn't like this stuff. It was all in that strange Brett-like character that ended up putting more pain on my tongue than a bite-sized Hitman Hart.

TMoney2591, Friday at 07:27 PM
Photo of The_Jerk
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

The_Jerk, Tuesday at 05:22 PM
Photo of Vivs85
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vivs85, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of MrBoh
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

MrBoh, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

jborg, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of abrethanson
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Picked up a bottle at Whole Foods - been wanting to try for a while. Before trying, assume it will be a solid beer since FW makes all around good beer.

Appearance - pours massive white head that dissapates fairly quickly for how large it is. Probably the yeast, maybe bottled a little early. Leaves good lacing on glass. Color is slight hazing hay but fairly light looking.

Smell -

Taste - all over the place, very complex. Initially very impressed by this but after half the glass it is becoming almost too intense with the heavy spiciness and back end grapefruit rind bitterness. Tastes of light tart citrus, tropical fruit, grass, hay, and finishes strong with grapefruit rind. The end is a little more intense and has a long lasting flavor. Definitely a punch in the face Saison which is very unusual. Much fruitier than it looks. Also a little more heat on the back than I normally like.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated and leaves a fruitiness on the tongue after

Overall - surprising in many ways as I always think of Firestone beers as solid but underwhelming. This beer is definitely on the extreme side of what they make with regards to complexity and what they can do with a beer. "Probably" more extreme than what was originally brewed in Wallonia (session Saisons) especially with the alcohol content, but still one of the most complex/ favorite Saisons (my favorite style) I have ever had. Definitely an inspiring beer for someone who only brews Farmhouse style.

abrethanson, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

TheDudeAbides14, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Westmalle318, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

jaydoc, Nov 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

twillingthenoz, Nov 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Howlader, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of Antnego
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

I agree with Jack, this one is completely underrated. This is a complex beast of a beer, combining traditional ale characteristics with a "wild," brett-y side. The pour is a beautiful straw color with a thick, persistent head and impenetrable lacing. The nose is wet straw, honey, lemon zest, piney hops and booze. There's also a pronounced vinous character. Taste somewhat follows the nose, with tones of Pinot Grigio on the middle of the palate and a subdued hop presence. Definitely picking up strains of tannic oak at the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp, zesty and refreshing, with vigorous carbonation. If the regular version is this good, I can't wait to try the barrel-aged version, Lil' Opal.

Antnego, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of Jack_Malts
5/5  rDev +27.2%

This is one of my favorite beers, and I have yet to review it. A beautiful hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. Aromas of farmhouse funk mixed with amplified hoppy juiciness. Light pineapple and golden apple come to mind on the nose and palate. Dry but lasting finish.

Again, this is in my top 5. No way it deserves an 89. This beer is world class. Definitely recommend.

Jack_Malts, Nov 11, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -5.3%

Syracuse12, Nov 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Donkster46, Nov 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

dagubna, Nov 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

HungarianCount, Nov 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12packpoet, Nov 06, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

SteveB3014, Nov 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

MarioM, Nov 03, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +16%

Taylor88, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of timontheroad
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Hazy straw yellow color with a bit three finger billowy head. Aroma is a bit of that funky barnyard yeast, some tropical fruit, some piney, grassy hops and a bit of spicy peppery notes. The taste is a bit of lemon, some spicy pepper and some yeasty estery flavors. Mouthfeel is exactly what I would expect from a farmhouse style, fairly thin on the palate, but lingering quite nicely and semi-dry. This is a really good saison, one of my favorites.

timontheroad, Nov 02, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Nickgiraud, Nov 01, 2014
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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.