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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

576 Ratings
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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 15
Gots: 57 | 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:
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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Samuel906

California

3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very bright, light, transparent yellow. Vibrant color, with a very, very thin white head that quickly dissipates. Some malts, lemon zest, and pineapple on the nose, but it is fairly subtle. Taste is similar with lots of citrus, yeast, banana, and chardonnay grapes with a touch of black pepper spice. Some mild hoppy bitterness at the tail. Mildly sweet and tart. No booze whatsoever. Feel is fairly light with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Overall, not one of the more complex saisons I've had, but a smooth, and light mix of all the right notes. Great intro beer for someone looking to get into saisons.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 10:03:50 | More by Samuel906
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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.