Opal - Proprietor's Reserve - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.84/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: The beer pours a very pale gold into my tulip. It’s quite lively, and a fluffy white head perches on top at first, but then drops away pretty quickly, leaving little lacing.
Smell: The first things that I get is a big nose full of hops, followed by a healthy and somewhat surprising dose of citrus. More familiar Belgian spice and grassy notes round it out. Intriguing, to be sure.
Taste: The hops and citrus continue to play a big role, although they reverse their positions in the nose and let the lemon zest take the lead. Big Belgian spices also figure prominently, and a mild tartness plays around the edges. Somewhat surprisingly, there’s also a vinous, white wine-like acidity, which adds to the overall crispness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation makes this one pretty lively in the mouth, and the hops and tartness combine for a clean, crisp finish.
Drinkability: High – perfect for a summer day.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 21:26:59 | More by rdickey
4.8/5 rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
bottled 060614. bomber split into tulip.
A: couldn't be a paler shade of yellow. super light. bright white frothy head. good retention.
S: great spice and zest but even better fermentation characteristics. mild sulfur level. but really hoppy. earthy, bright citrus hops. smell European but also slightly citra-like. very inviting.
T: spicy, zest, slightly tart. a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish but it is fleeting. a little vinous as well. really getting some tasty white wine, green grape notes that I am thoroughly enjoying.
M: a step below champagne like carb but still manages to be smooth. medium bodied.
D: too drinkable IMO. really refreshing and tasty stuff. the perfect summer saison and another home run from FW.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 01:57:23 | More by Jimmys
Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.