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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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very good

549 Ratings
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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 14
Gots: 51 | 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.