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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

899 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 111 | 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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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle
$6.49
Herman's Package Store - Ottawa

Opal is a good looking Saison. The body is straw golden and surprisingly clear. Active carbonation shows up in every form, large bubbles crawl to the surface one at a time while streams of tiny bubbles rush up together. The foam is white and frothy, easily growing to a couple fingers tall on the pour but fading to a thick cap just as quickly. The lace isn't as sticky as could be and slides back into the glass.

I could smell the dry hopping immediately upon opening the bottle. The nose is pretty choice, it smells like some of the fresher Belgian Saisons I have happened across over the years. The dry hopping is heavily grassy with a touch of spice. Orchard fruits are well represented with peach, apricot, and green apple making their presence known. Mild bubblegum esters blow through but spicy white pepper pushes that aside. The malt profile is pale and sugar cookie driven with a drizzle of honey like sweetness. Smells very authentic.

The flavor profile is very similar to the nose. Fresh cut grass cuts through upfront before the orchard fruits kick in. Spicy peach and apricot flow through the middle, that spice again leaning toward white pepper. The base is even more sugar cookie forward than the nose led on and while I don't believe honey is used in the brewing process there's sugary depth that reminds me of honey. The finish is another buzzsaw of grassy happiness. Nicely done.

The body has a weight between light and moderate but the carbonation gives it a light, frothy feel. There's a light bitterness that tingle the cheeks after each drink along with a dry finish and fruity brightness that lingers. The drinkability is high with this one.

Firestone did a great job brewing a traditional Saison. It's fresher than most of the Belgian's you see on the shelves, so it's brighter, and about 2/3 the price. A bright, freshly hoppy, and highly drinkable Saison will have me buying more in the future. The price doesn't hurt either.

joe1510, May 12, 2014
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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.

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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.

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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.