1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Opal - Proprietor's ReserveOpal - Proprietor's Reserve

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

794 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 794
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 23
Gots: 94 | FT: 3
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 794 | Reviews: 111 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jdhowe:
Photo of jdhowe
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3/07/14 Bottle

A: Pours a hazy light golden with 1 finger of bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Plenty of bubbling rises from the base of the glass, but it doesn't sustain any head.

S: Big sweet citrusy and estery aromas of bananas and clementines. Hints of yeast and a light hoppiness, but nothing over the top.

T/M: Medium mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Very slightly drying finish. An acidic carbonation prickliness up front gives way to a slightly yeasty ester sweetness of bananas and cloves alongside a mild malt sweetness. A light bite of hop bitterness mid-sip accents juicy citrus notes of grapefruit and clementine. A slightly earthy hop note on the finish alongside a clean and slightly drying saison character with a lingering astringency and mild hop bitterness. No perceptible alcohol.

O: I had no expectations coming into this beer and picked it up this evening on a whim. I'm pretty happy with my purchase. It's a little bit more Belgian than my favorite saisons, which tend to be the dryer, less estery ones, but I'm still really enjoying this because the dry hopped character really helps to provide a little something extra. The alcohol is very well hidden and the beer is super drinkable. Mouthfeel is maybe just a little heavy for the style, probably right in line with the slightly higher-than-expected ABV. This is probably not a beer I'll go back to, although if I'm in the mood for a saison and don't want to spend the money on Prairie's, this is probably as good as any at its price point, if not better.

jdhowe, Apr 01, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

tectactoe, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev +1.8%

CavemanRamblin, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Tiernan, May 24, 2014
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

BubalooBrewMaster, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

freshflesh, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

warnerry, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

JakerLou, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

mctizzz, May 05, 2014
Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

tigg924, May 27, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

aquazr1, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Meyers1023
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Meyers1023, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Prospero
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Prospero, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of ccurrid
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

ccurrid, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

KOP_Beer_OUtlet, May 17, 2014
Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

sourdog, May 02, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Cynic-ale, May 11, 2014
Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

amstokesdb9, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

williamjbauer, May 11, 2014
Photo of 01001111
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

01001111, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Zonian1, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Beer21, May 17, 2014
Photo of CLCardinal84
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

CLCardinal84, Aug 20, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.