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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

959 Ratings
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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 28
Gots: 131 | 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:
Beer added by: Samuel906 on 03-05-2014

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.
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Reviews by maxcoinage:
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4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 22oz bottle (3/7/14) to tulip big 3 finger fluffy white head, beer is a clear light golden color. Noticeable bubbles

S - Lemon zest, biscuity, white wine

T - Taste follows the nose, also a nice hop bite and a little bit of tartness on the finish

M - light and crisp, higher carb, dry finish

O - Very quaffable a different type of saison I like it. Wonder if they didn't use belgian yeast

More User Reviews:
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.31/5  rDev -16%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of aquazr1
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.56/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Straw to light gold in color with a fingernail of white head covering the majority of the top. Hazy complexion. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit with pineapple and mango notes. The flavor is strong with tropical hop notes in the forefront. There are some light sourdough bread notes in the mix. It seems so hop forward that it seems like more of an IPA. The mouth is moderately carbonated,dry, crisp,and refreshing.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip

It pours a light hazy yellow with a white 1 finger head. Very active carbonation. Honestly, if it was a touch clearer, it could pass as Miller Lite.

The smell is very lemony. There is a definite spice to it. Maybe a little hint of funk.

First sip is slightly tart lemons. White pepper and fruity yeast esters dominate mid-palate. The finish is super dry and clean. The active carb dances on the tongue.

Final thoughts...this is a very drinkable beer. If this was in 12oz 6pks, I'd be able to crush a 6pk or 2 with no sweat. Very enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.