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

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3.99
pDev:
24.81%
 
 
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Opal - Proprietor's ReserveOpal - Proprietor's Reserve
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by Samuel906 on 03-05-2014

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Reviews: 173 | Ratings: 1,158
Reviews by joe1510:
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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden light yellow, with a small, half inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like slightly skunky yeast, white pepper, light citrusy hops.

There's something off about this to me. The yeast is quite dominant, and hops and malt can't quite overcome that. The yeast feels skunky in a way, slightly estery. It's a pretty hoppy bitter beer, but it's a vague hoppiness, and a finish that's too astringent. I really thought I'd like this, but I can't say that I do.

This is light bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

This just didn't quite work for me. It wasn't bad, per se, it just seemed a bit off to my palate.

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Photo of ricke49
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the perfect earthy barnyard/fruity balance. Bottle I'm enjoying is 8 months old, or about 4 mos. past recommendation on label. Still fresh and tasty though. Firestone Walker has produced an enjoyable, interesting, and darn fun brew!

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Photo of Sanjaybh
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why BA has two entries for the same beer....oh well.... A highly under-rated saison IMHO. This is what I want from a saison. A perfect balance of earthy, funky, hoppy and dry. This is the type of beer I would always have on hand. Problem is, this one doesn't get sold and re-stocked with any frequency. The only bottles I can find on the shelves these days are one that are over 1 1/2 years old. And that is a sad shame.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of gr8ful
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

outstanding beer.
look: pours hazy straw color. decent head. no lace
smell...has that certain almost sour smell prevalent with saissons and farmhouse ales.
taste...this one has an almost sweet first impression, but settles into a sort of sour (not like a "sour" though). not hoppy but you can sense the hops somewhere in there. complex, i think is the word the "experts" use. this one is.
feel....almost like sparkling wine a first bit settled into a nice mellow "round" mouthfeel. can't figure out how to describe it any other way.
overall..fine, fine beer. whenever it shows up at Total Wine and Beer, I snatch up a few bottles.
poured from a big bottle into a sort of snifter glass.

this was a little too cold when i opened it..let it warm up a bit to really enjoy this complex ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.99/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of tigg924
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Meyers1023
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of vntbc_chuck
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +14.3%

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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.