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

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 111 | 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 charlzm:
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed May 15th, 2014 from a 22 ounce bomber dated March 17th, 2014. Purchased on first day of release (March 8th, 2014) at Barrelworks, Buellton. Poured into a fat tulip/flute hybrid glass.

Beer is a brilliant, light golden color. Not nearly as cloudy as I'd expect a saison to be. A fine white head about a finger thick is the result of a moderate pour. The head settles down to be a little ring of foam that provides temporary sheeting but leaves nothing on the glass longer than a few moments.

Aroma is appropriately yeasty; juicy and with a dusty straw note. Mild cloves.

Flavor skews towards the bitter, but it doesn't happen right away; first, there's a white pepper and white grape juice note that rolls onto the tongue. Somewhat dry. The bitterness swells up at this point and takes over, lingering long after the rest of the flavors have faded. Zingy, fairly light-flavored and zesty, this is a fine hot weather beer.

Mouthfeel favors dryness and carbonation tingle. A little alcohol on the aftertaste; not surprising, consider the ABV.

Not a style-defining beer, but a solid and refreshing one. I would drink this again.

charlzm, May 16, 2014
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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.

Billolick, Apr 18, 2014
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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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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 891 ratings.