Opal - Proprietor's Reserve - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
4.19/5 rDev +6.6%
22oz bottle split with the wifey into some Angel City Flute style glasses
Notes taken on 04/06/14
A: Opal pours a very pale straw blonde body with really nice clarity considering the style. Looks champagne like with the effervescence and frothy paper white bubbles bouncing up top. Tightly compacted and with good holding power. A few minor splashes and dots of stick decorate the glass.
S: Grainy malt character meets farmhouse yeast producing aromas of dried lemon peel, pepper corns, and coriander. The malt is definitely sourdough like and there is a low level of honey like malt sweetness coming through. Some tart stone fruit noted. More delicate aromas here. Very pleasant and to the style.
T: The flavor is very lemony, doughy, and yeasty with a peppery dry crisp action. Touch of bready cracker with some tart golden fruit and a soft honey nectar sweetness. Has a mild dose of old world hops lending to more spice, grass, and earthiness. Nice controlled level of bitterness to it and absolutely no alcohol coming through. Incredibly light and refreshing. Could drink quite a few of these.
M: Very light and crisp on the palate. Frothy with some popping carbonation. Finish has a good drying and snappy crisp. Touch watered down but that does not detract from my enjoyment of this brew.
D: This is very good and that’s coming from someone not big on Saisons. Quite sessionable, very light, crisp, and refreshing with its lemony fruit flavors. A bit understated but the balance and drinkability is really is great. A perfect summer beer.
Definitely worth checking out at $6.00US this is a steal.
04-11-2014 18:16:35 | More by Nugganooch
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-18-2014 01:46:23 | More by Billolick
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
05-27-2014 12:39:50 | More by tigg924
4.36/5 rDev +10.9%
Poured a gorgeous clear golden with abundant bubbles, a two finger fluffy white head that receded to a ring of white that left ample lacing down the glass. Scents of apricot, some pear underneath, some orange-like aromas, some pineapple, a hint of lime, slight green apple, a bit of lavender, a faint, wild sour aroma and slight grain. A very fruit forward aroma profile, true to that side of the style, but lacking the phenols of clove and banana that are common. Still quite nice, and very enticing. Flavor follows the aroma, beginning with a light fruity sourness, with notes of green apple, lemon, and indistinct tropical fruit, moving into apricot and pineapple with some light white pepper spiciness, a lighter sour undertone and some light herbal hop bitterness. Finishes dry with white pepper spiciness, herbal hop bitterness and some lemon. Aftertaste is white pepper and herbal hops. A very nice, very true to style flavor, fruity, dry, with nice white pepper and modest bitter herbal hop flavors. Excellent example of the style. Mouthfeel is refreshing, light bodied, puckering, with a nice bubbly carbonation and a drying feel in the mouth. True to style and very easy to drink. Overall this is a very good example of a saison that hits many of aroma and flavor notes of the style and executes the mouthfeel nicely. The only complaint I can find is the lack of other spices and phenols in the aroma and flavor, but they are optional to the style so I cannot fault it much there. A very good saison.
04-22-2014 03:53:59 | More by Auraan
Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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