Opal - Proprietor's Reserve - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by joeseppy:
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
Pours a pale yellow watery appearance. Generous white head quickly ebbs to the rim.
Sour mash approach then trace banana, celery, yeast and lemon pepper zest and honey.
Yeast and hop envelop the tongue. Lemon peel aswirl and white pepper in the nose. I love the Sauvignon Blanc presence that in Opal has a bolder approach. It has a green and herbaceous presence. I pick up on celery and concur on the lemongrass. Since I'm digging this there is an underlying of peach and lime. Really a phenomenal quaff to spend time with and explore if you have the time.
Creamy texture with maybe too much carbonation that prickles the tongue. Finish is very dry. Hops add a fantastic dimension of bittering.
Overall I'm very pleased to have even obtained a scarce FW Opal of any kind. A saison that's fun with impeccable character that one should be proud to put out there. More to Chicago please. Good times indeed.
03-21-2014 00:51:51 | More by joeseppy
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-18-2014 01:46:23 | More by Billolick
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
05-27-2014 12:39:50 | More by tigg924
4.36/5 rDev +10.9%
Poured a gorgeous clear golden with abundant bubbles, a two finger fluffy white head that receded to a ring of white that left ample lacing down the glass. Scents of apricot, some pear underneath, some orange-like aromas, some pineapple, a hint of lime, slight green apple, a bit of lavender, a faint, wild sour aroma and slight grain. A very fruit forward aroma profile, true to that side of the style, but lacking the phenols of clove and banana that are common. Still quite nice, and very enticing. Flavor follows the aroma, beginning with a light fruity sourness, with notes of green apple, lemon, and indistinct tropical fruit, moving into apricot and pineapple with some light white pepper spiciness, a lighter sour undertone and some light herbal hop bitterness. Finishes dry with white pepper spiciness, herbal hop bitterness and some lemon. Aftertaste is white pepper and herbal hops. A very nice, very true to style flavor, fruity, dry, with nice white pepper and modest bitter herbal hop flavors. Excellent example of the style. Mouthfeel is refreshing, light bodied, puckering, with a nice bubbly carbonation and a drying feel in the mouth. True to style and very easy to drink. Overall this is a very good example of a saison that hits many of aroma and flavor notes of the style and executes the mouthfeel nicely. The only complaint I can find is the lack of other spices and phenols in the aroma and flavor, but they are optional to the style so I cannot fault it much there. A very good saison.
04-22-2014 03:53:59 | More by Auraan
Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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