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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

930 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 27
Gots: 121 | 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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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When I saw that FW was releasing this, I was really excited to try it, being a big fan of hop-forward saisons. Unfortunately, this one didn't come to KC right away, so I went out and got a bottle online. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz bottle with a bottling date of 3/7/2014 and instructions to enjoy within 120 days of bottling. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - A pretty attractive looking beer. Pours a multi-hued hazy golden with lemon yellow highlights and faint brassy orange lowlights. Atop the body sits a two-finger head of stark white, active bubbles that dissipate quickly, after about 30 seconds, growing into larger bubbles evoking the texture of a sponge and eventually settling as a thin ringlet around the edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Rustic notes of sourdough and alfalfa with a spicy, almost fruity note from the underlying yeast profile. There is also a gentle bite of white pepper and floral hops to round out the aroma.

Taste - The primary components are definitely the yeast and grain, with spicy-sweet notes of clover, sorghum, and white pepper coming through boldly. However, there is a nice offset from faintly pungent hops, with a slight bitterness like baby greens or lemongrass. Finish has just a kiss of sweetness but is predominantly dry.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation providing for a prickly feel on the tongue.

Overall, a solid offering for the style. As far as I'm concerned, there is a flagship for the American-style, hoppy saison, and while this is a very tasty beer, it still doesn't touch the standard bearer. That said, if it were readily available, I would certainly buy it from time to time as a change up.

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Bomber bottle w/ a 3-7-14 bottling date

Pours lightly hazed darker golden. Off white head, that leaves decent bits and irregular bars of lace.

Pleasant tropical fruit nose

More tropical fruits, including melon on the palate with light pepper.

Nicely done, highly enjoyable and well crafted. Helped wash down some BBQ in a palate cleansing and fat cutting manner.

Go get some.

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Appearance: 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: golden apples and hay

Taste: golden apples, Sauvignon Blanc grapes, Belgian spices, pepper and hay

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a dry bitter finish, light bodied and high carbonation

Overall: I really enjoyed Opal and its complexity. A nice and crisp saison and another great beer from Firestone Walker. I will get this again if I can find it.

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Straw to light gold in color with a fingernail of white head covering the majority of the top. Hazy complexion. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit with pineapple and mango notes. The flavor is strong with tropical hop notes in the forefront. There are some light sourdough bread notes in the mix. It seems so hop forward that it seems like more of an IPA. The mouth is moderately carbonated,dry, crisp,and refreshing.

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Bomber poured into a tulip

It pours a light hazy yellow with a white 1 finger head. Very active carbonation. Honestly, if it was a touch clearer, it could pass as Miller Lite.

The smell is very lemony. There is a definite spice to it. Maybe a little hint of funk.

First sip is slightly tart lemons. White pepper and fruity yeast esters dominate mid-palate. The finish is super dry and clean. The active carb dances on the tongue.

Final thoughts...this is a very drinkable beer. If this was in 12oz 6pks, I'd be able to crush a 6pk or 2 with no sweat. Very enjoyable.

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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 930 ratings.