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

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Opal - Proprietor's ReserveOpal - Proprietor's Reserve

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88
very good

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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 32
Gots: 151 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: Samuel906 on 03-05-2014

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.
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Ratings: 1,029 | Reviews: 148
Photo of MissSmisje
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: pretty dark lemon color with two finger head initially that does not fully dissipate. S: Saison yeast, hops, fresh cut grass and wet hay. T: Saison yeast, grass, wet hay, watermelon rind, hard to place citrus - Komquot maybe? Malt and hops in the finish. F: light and effervescent.

Photo of Jmc181
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer surprisingly outstanding! I love Firestone Walker IPAs, so I'm game to try everything they put out, and man I was glad to stumble across this one. It's tart and effervescent and completely refreshing. Very pale in the glass, with a tall head, it's a thirst-quenching delight!

Photo of ElJacobian
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The head dissipates very quickly and the color is almost as light asa macro lager. The smell is overpowered by white wine in my opinion. If I was a fan of white wine I think I'd like this beer a lot more. There is definitely a yeasty smell and taste, but the beer is pretty thin compared to what I'm used to from Firestone Walker. The best part about this beer is definitely the feel- very light, smooth and refreshing; almost effervescent. Overall, though, I'd go with a different Firestone Walker selection if given the choice.

Photo of tlema1
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, sour aroma, tart finish but very enjoyable

Photo of JAFoley
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - White bubbly head over crystal clear pale blonde body. not the best retention or any lacing.

S - tangy citrus fruits and caramel

T - like the aroma, nice tiny citrus fruits with yeasty dough and bananas.

M - medium light body with moderate carbonation. Slick and very drinkable.

O - this was great nice and fresh and clean.

Photo of T100Mark
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Looks like hazy apple cider. Moderate head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Lemon scent. Grassy.

Taste - Mild lemon flavor. Grassy. Peppercorn. Belgian sour yeast finish.

Mouth - Zesty. Good carbonation.

Overall - Imagine a pale ale with a moderate hop hit and a nice Belgian sour kick. Very tasty. This beer is very chugable but buyer beware (7.5% abv).

Photo of salcedo
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.
L: Pale yellow. Slightly cloudy. When first poured I had two inches of white, merengue like head. It dissipated fairly quickly, and I poured more to fill the glass.
S: Strong smell of lemons. This actually smells like several of the light ales I've made recently.
T: Crisp with a sweet lemonade flavor.
Very refreshing. Aftertaste is a nice toasty cereal flavor.
F: Body is on the thin side of medium.
Highly carbonated which enhances the crispness.
O: This is a thirst quenching a beer that you could drink by the pool or on the porch on a hot summer day.

Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a straw-gold in color with a billowy cap of foam. There’s a light aroma of wet hay and a floral note. It's crisp with some wet hay and a floral note in the finish, at once pleasantly floral and lightly, delightfully funky, with a medicinal finish. I’ve tried it fresh (within a week of bottling) and ‘aged’ (six month bottle—not intentionally), and enjoyed it both times.

Photo of MadCat
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a pale straw color with a short white head

Smell: Hay, lemon, orange peel, light malt, and hops

Taste: Citrusy, farmhouse funk, light malts, hops, pepper

Mouthfeel: Light body, full carbonation, slightly dry finish

Overall: A good effort at an American Saison, but not a home run for me. Would gladly get again, but it isn't something I will seek out.

Photo of Salisburyl
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very lite in color nice head and smell tart with a nice hop flavor but low on tart taste

Photo of daBoLTman
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium straw hazy color. Smells of grass, with papaya tropical fruit flavors. Tasted bitter up front, with fruit flavors coming through, finishing up with the hop body, and light carbonation to feel like it cleanses your mouth for the next sip.

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter from a 22 oz
bottle, definitely tastes like a saison with the distinct yeast, smell, and spice.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: June-06-2014

Solid beer with lots of dry herbal hop and phenolic qualities. Pours a kind of dirty chamomile color with some haziness and a pop-like head that evaporates to nothing. Dry fruity yeast notes, juicy apple, spicy phenols, doughy, white pepper. Very clean finish. Pretty substantive flavor-/aroma-wise with a floral chalky character. Very good. Worth a shot if you like FW beers and/or saisons. I just wish I could try it really fresh.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden light yellow, with a small, half inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like slightly skunky yeast, white pepper, light citrusy hops.

There's something off about this to me. The yeast is quite dominant, and hops and malt can't quite overcome that. The yeast feels skunky in a way, slightly estery. It's a pretty hoppy bitter beer, but it's a vague hoppiness, and a finish that's too astringent. I really thought I'd like this, but I can't say that I do.

This is light bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

This just didn't quite work for me. It wasn't bad, per se, it just seemed a bit off to my palate.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden straw yellow with visible carbonation, stongly rising to the top of the tulip.

S: Aroma of hay, sweet lemon, noble hops, fresh clementines and pale malt.

T: Citrus is prominent in this saison, slightly reminds me of Fresh Slice with the dry hopping flavors and a very dry finish like most Saisons should have. A nice belgian farmhouse yeast, citrus flavors and fresh pale malt. White pepper like flavors, very similar to what Allagash White has in terms of yeast profile additions.

M: Light and well carbonated. This is refreshingly bodied and true to style.

O: Overall very good. I would like to do a comparison between Allagash White and this as they are so similar in style.

Photo of JNForsyth
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with a white foamy head. Spiced saison flavors with a faint hop undertone.

Photo of DaverCS
4.65/5  rDev +18%

22oz bottle into Belgian glass.

Appears pale yellow with a soft orange hue.

Smell of lemons, hops, and yeast. More hop forward than a traditional saison.

Taste is excellent. It is a cross between an hoppy pale ale and a saision. Carbonation is above average as is normal with the style. Light mouthfeel. Immediate tastes give traditional Belgian flavors of spicy yeasty-lemony-ness. Then it hits at the end of the sip... an amazing livening burst of hop presence. Its not the traditional Belgian style hops, its more fruity and close to those American grapefruit flavors we all love. This makes the beer extremely sessionable even at 7.5% ABV. Its definitely livens up as it warms with a more hop-forward flavor. I highly recommend drinking this beer with a spicier meal!

This would be a great beer for the summer! Overall impression is that this is a well-balanced and interesting take on a classic. I would recommend it for just about anyone due to the great balance between hops, yeast, and spice. The only draw back is that it isn't as intense in flavor as it could be (or in comparison to others in the style). Additionally, I have only found it in the 750 mL bottle (I would like to see some 12 oz bottles) I would give this 93/100.

Photo of Vixie
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a large white head. The head does stick around for some time, leaving some nice lacing as it reduces.

Smell is very citrus up front, mainly lemon. There's grass and floral notes as well, reminds me of a field of flowers, with some fresh mown grass scents mixed in.

Fruity up front, there's lemon and grapefruit. It is a bit funky, in a good way, from the yeast. Also some grass and floral, leaving a little bitterness at the finish.

Nice smooth feel, with just a little tingling on the tongue.

Overall, one of the better examples of the style I have tried. There's both citrus and citrus peel notes, a bit different, but nice. It puts me in the mood of outdoors, which is what I look for in this style. Nicely complex, I'd easily have more of this.

Photo of Duhast500
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a 1pt. 16oz. bomber into a oversized wine glass.

The color is a clear yellow with three fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass,

The smell is a slight straw aroma with a grassy hop that seems to slight into the nose and then introduce itself. A brightness that is somewhat fruity and touches of a sugary candy aroma as well.

The taste has a slight zing to it that Cotton candy like with a light hop flavor in the background. There is touches of banana and clove that really hold the bitterness in the back but gives it a pepper flavor that melds well with a light malt finish.

The feel of this beer is light and pleasant from start to finish. Like a light blanket for spring this beer just covers over the tongue with a soft flavorful pillow.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of abrethanson
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

Photo of Antnego
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

Photo of Jack_Malts
5/5  rDev +26.9%

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.

Photo of timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of kellyej
4/5  rDev +1.5%

A- Opal pours a light yellow/pear/gold color that puts me in the mind of champagne. It comes with a giant, pillowy head full of big, round bubbles. Very pretty.

S- Really complex nose with the typical saison notes of anise, pepper, and grains of paradise along with the hops that bring in elements of green/unripened fruit and flowers. The whole smell has an underlying farmy aroma.

M- Nice, light body and dry finish.

T- The taste notes largely mirror the smell and is a bit like white wine. The beginning is full of those saison spices (anise, black pepper), the middle brings the hop bitterness, and the finish is nice and dry. Opal also has grassy notes and a lemon acidity that reminds me of a witbier.

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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,029 ratings.