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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

556 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 14
Gots: 54 | 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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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Firestone Walker Proprietor's Reserve Series short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a hazy, shimmering light golden topped by a billowing two finger bright white head. Excellent retention, plenty of thin lacing. Wonderful nose full of floral notes, light lemon and mixed citrus, and earthy farmhouse yeast. Opens with some hay and herbal accents, light lemon, mixed citrus and floral notes. Transitions to mild pleasant yeasty general earthiness, more mixed herbal accents; finishes dry and mildly tart with mild citrus rind. Lively carbonation, light to light medium body. Wonderfully smooth and silky. An absolutely wonderfully balanced brew that is incredibly drinkable. A very worthy addition to the Proprietor's Reserve Series.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 03:20:15 | More by chanokokoro
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-24-2014 05:20:56 | More by zeledonia
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screenchef

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-24-2014 02:28:40 | More by screenchef
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33JESUS

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-24-2014 01:40:39 | More by 33JESUS
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, straw-colored in appearance. Head retention is weak for the style, fading all too quickly. Lacing is minimal. The usual phenolic yeast aromas are present. Some nice citrus notes - I'm even getting some pineapple (American hop contribution maybe? Hmmm... Looks like there's some Amarillo in there). Dry white wine character with a slight acidic quality. Not bad.

Dry and fruity flavor with some tartness thrown in. A definite vinous character. Dry white grape, pear, and lemongrass are coming through. Mouthfeel is initially a bit harsh but calms down in short order. No alcohol intrudes into the flavor.

Not among the top saisons, but still a solid offering from Firestone Walker. The tartness is an interesting element and adds to the depth of flavor. Worth a try, at least.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2014 00:44:31 | More by gr0g
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Zonian1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-24-2014 00:08:54 | More by Zonian1
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AlpacaAlpaca

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-23-2014 14:39:21 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
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dannyboygaga

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-23-2014 10:50:20 | More by dannyboygaga
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-23-2014 06:34:31 | More by Sir_Goatman
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Petegrieco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-22-2014 22:26:19 | More by Petegrieco
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TheCondor

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side poured from the 750mL bottle into a pint glass. Excited about this one, love the Firestone Walker Brewing Company and love Saisons, so this should be good.

Appearance - Pours a nice straw yellow color with an ample two finger soapy head that dissipates relatively quickly but leaves behind a nice, sticky lacing on parts of the glass. Packaging is standard FWBC. Beautiful presentation.

Smell - A little floral notes, spices, coriander, and some hay in there. Complex nose, very good smelling brew. Has some citrus and lemon notes as well.\

Taste - An excellent fruity zest right up front which dissipates throughout the drink. A little bit of the saison funk, which is to be expected, as well as some very light hop notes. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Very effervescent, well carbonated, finishes clean and smooth. Very good texture and feel to this brew.

Overall - This is an excellent saison that I would recommend to any fan of the style. FWBC did not disappoint with this offering. Very well balanced, nothing about it overwhelms. Condor recommended and approved.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 01:35:40 | More by TheCondor
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diamond_mind

Utah

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-22-2014 00:54:12 | More by diamond_mind
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-21-2014 02:14:04 | More by polishkaz
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-21-2014 01:11:32 | More by mc4z
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-20-2014 20:58:23 | More by JakerLou
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chris1919

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-20-2014 16:50:39 | More by chris1919
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J-Bonestradamus

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-20-2014 05:50:04 | More by J-Bonestradamus
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle dated 6/20/14 poured into a Kane Brewing snifter.

A - Pours a nearly transparent pale straw with a finger of airy white head that dissipates quickly. Settles to a ring around the glass that sticks around for a while.

S - Wonderfully dense floral, herbal, grassy, piney nose. Some lemon and a dash of pepper too. Really really wonderful.

T - Much of the same as the nose. A bit more subdued though. Belgian yeast really shines through with a lot of herbs. Juicy throughout but finishes with a grassy, earthy dryness.

M - Medium body with medium to light carbonation. Very nice feel to it.

O - Very solid. A lot of saisons tend to be overcarbed to the point where they're abrasive. Opal is nice and smooth yet still dry. Nose is amazing. Taste could be improved on a bit, but its simplicity is almost where it shines. Pretty good beer. Would buy all day long in 4 packs.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 01:50:58 | More by mikeburd1128
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opal is quite a pungent beer. The hops have a tea and apple aroma along with the dank. perhaps some yeast and funk. Personally, I don't like it.

Pours a slightly hazy straw color. A tall wispy head forms then fades away. Very carbonated.

Taste is okay. It's dry and refreshing. I get some mild tea and apples like in the nose. Also I sense some peppery phenolics and bready malts.
Drinks thin on the palate with a refreshing dry and semi bitter finish.

Overall the downfall for me is that the flavors don't really meddled all that well.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 10:45:43 | More by micromaniac129
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-19-2014 03:33:05 | More by IronLover
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afa

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-19-2014 03:21:38 | More by afa
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the_hoptimist

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden straw color and well carbonated. Very lively beer. Much lighter in appearance than I was expecting. 4/5

S - A nice yeasty funk, some hay and a little pineapple with faint hop aroma. Overall a wonderful smelling beer. 4.5/5

T - Nice tangy kick from the carbonation and the dry hopping. Not much fruit or funk, dry and tart, reminds me of champagne. A little underwhelming and bland which was surprising because it smelled so nice. 3/5

M - Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation. I really would have expected a thinner mouthfeel based on how it tasted. 4/5

Overall I was disappointed. It did really well in all categories except for taste. 3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 19:55:23 | More by the_hoptimist
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-18-2014 13:32:56 | More by ShanePB
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Beerampage

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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blindpiggie

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-17-2014 19:27:57 | More by blindpiggie
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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.