Opal - Proprietor's Reserve - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jdhowe:
4.06/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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
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3.84/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: The beer pours a very pale gold into my tulip. It’s quite lively, and a fluffy white head perches on top at first, but then drops away pretty quickly, leaving little lacing.
Smell: The first things that I get is a big nose full of hops, followed by a healthy and somewhat surprising dose of citrus. More familiar Belgian spice and grassy notes round it out. Intriguing, to be sure.
Taste: The hops and citrus continue to play a big role, although they reverse their positions in the nose and let the lemon zest take the lead. Big Belgian spices also figure prominently, and a mild tartness plays around the edges. Somewhat surprisingly, there’s also a vinous, white wine-like acidity, which adds to the overall crispness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation makes this one pretty lively in the mouth, and the hops and tartness combine for a clean, crisp finish.
Drinkability: High – perfect for a summer day.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 21:26:59 | More by rdickey
Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.