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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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559 Ratings
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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 13
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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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 06:08:01 | More by jdhowe
More User Reviews:
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4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottled 060614. bomber split into tulip.

A: couldn't be a paler shade of yellow. super light. bright white frothy head. good retention.

S: great spice and zest but even better fermentation characteristics. mild sulfur level. but really hoppy. earthy, bright citrus hops. smell European but also slightly citra-like. very inviting.

T: spicy, zest, slightly tart. a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish but it is fleeting. a little vinous as well. really getting some tasty white wine, green grape notes that I am thoroughly enjoying.

M: a step below champagne like carb but still manages to be smooth. medium bodied.

D: too drinkable IMO. really refreshing and tasty stuff. the perfect summer saison and another home run from FW.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 01:57:23 | More by Jimmys
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-24-2014 23:40:11 | More by rolltide8425
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-24-2014 17:12:37 | More by FrankHammer
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-24-2014 05:20:56 | More by zeledonia
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-24-2014 02:28:40 | More by screenchef
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-24-2014 01:40:39 | More by 33JESUS
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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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-23-2014 14:39:21 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-23-2014 10:50:20 | More by dannyboygaga
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-23-2014 06:34:31 | More by Sir_Goatman
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-22-2014 22:26:19 | More by Petegrieco
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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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-22-2014 00:54:12 | More by diamond_mind
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-21-2014 02:14:04 | More by polishkaz
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-20-2014 20:58:23 | More by JakerLou
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-20-2014 16:50:39 | More by chris1919
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-20-2014 05:50:04 | More by J-Bonestradamus
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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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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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-19-2014 03:33:05 | More by IronLover
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-19-2014 03:21:38 | More by afa
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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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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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