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

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very good

901 Ratings
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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 112 | 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 jdhowe:
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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
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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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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
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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.

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