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

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842 Ratings
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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 26
Gots: 101 | FT: 2
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the Feral One release party at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, yeast, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly mild set of aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

djrn2, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

zestar, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Thorpe429, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.8%

From a bottle, pours a pale straw yellow with a thin wispy head.

Nose is very bright, citrus and floral hops, some spice and peppercorn, grass. Flavor is more herbal, hay, straw, floral hops, moderately sweet on the finish. This is a very balanced and even beer. Very solid and drinkable.

I would drink this again.

nmann08, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lemony and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of both lemony and spicy hops, both of which persist through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison feels very light and refreshing. It almost tastes a little like a white wine.

metter98, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Texasfan549, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Looks like a wheat beer, with a hazy goldenstraw color and a foamy cap that leaves a decent amount of lace

Smell: Smells like a hoppy Sauvignon Blanc; quite vinous, with some apple, banana and lemon grass tones

Taste: Wheat bread and banana, up front, with the vinous Sauvignon Blanc character building in the middle; grassy, peppery and lemony, after the swallow, with a tart but rather dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I want to like this beer more than I do but the execution of this beer is less interesting than the concept; the austere, grassy and vinous hop flavors just don't mesh well for me with the saison yeast

brentk56, Apr 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

kjkinsey, Apr 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

GRG1313, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

kylehay2004, Jun 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Knapp85, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

largadeer, Apr 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

SocalKicks, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thomas for sharing, quick review from notes.

Extremely bright pale gold, racing carbonation, creamily textured foam, sudsy on the surface, leaving arcs of drippy lacing in its wake. Lasting surface coverage.

Aroma is grassy and grainy with a odd note of sulfur or something similar.

Taste is slightly floral with earthy hop elements and a toasted popcorn kernel malt character. Didn't get any advertised fruit, but wish I did, oh well. Brisk and dry across the palate. It quenches and keeps you coming back for more. Thankfully not overly phenolic as many American saisons can be.

emerge077, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of zeff80
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

zeff80, May 17, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

what cant firestone walker do? this saison is proof to me that they can absolutely nail any style they chose to brew. definitely one of the more refreshing and easy drinking saisons on the market, and also the most impressive beer in the five to six dollar range i can remember ever drinking. super pale blonde yellow in color with some haze. almost a faint lime green tint to it in the right light, with a lasting but relaxed opaque white head. the nose is the dry hopping first. not sure the varietal or varietals here, but its something quite citrusy. hardly a lick of bitterness in it, but the hops are nevertheless extremely prominent. refreshing and zesty i would say. the saison yeast is faint, just farmy enough without crossing into the french saison wet animal realm, and maintaining a grassy summer vibe all the way through. malt is light, probably pilsener mixed in with the wheat here just based on its color and lightness of feel. carbonation is strong, and its necessary. the hops make the mouth water for more, and one would never ever know that this beer was over 7% abv, it drinks like 4% even. i hope this is available all the time, i could see my fridge full of basically nothing else all summer. this beer is pure genius. a must try this spring.

StonedTrippin, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

TheManiacalOne, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 04/11/14

Pours an effervescent gold with a 3 inches of pearl white head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Pears, slightly earthy; grassyness & sweet breadyness/pineapple

Follows the nose, lemons & grapefruit as well up front, slight lemongrass zip to it as well, faint doughy sweetness as well. A little bit of funk surfaces as this warms, grapefruit peel & grassiness, plus some dryness. Finishes grapefruitty, with lemongrass & dryness

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation; great balance

Great drinkability; not quite as good as Tank 7, but right on its heels

russpowell, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this from Craft Beer cellar, enjoyed chilled in a saison glass.

The color is golden with hazed clarity and thick white cap w/ lots of head and tight bead. The smell is fragrant with floral/herbal hop aroma and light yeast ester which has a light mineral note with slight pine scent and some gentle tropical fruit -pretty complex smell.
The feel is very good light body with mild sweetness and spice texture and medium high carbonation with yeast in the feel and dry finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is very good, lots of yeast flavors which give a vinous white grape and light herbal flavor with some citrus type noble flavors in the hops which are balanced by the slight pilsner flavor in the malt. This is a very drinkable saison -met and exceeded my expectations. I recommend this if you like a spicy, but not overly hoppy saison.

Slatetank, Jun 12, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/06/14

Pours a white fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly, very little lacing, very clear golden lemon yellow color.

Nose brings nice farmhouse saison aromas, mild funk but enough, grainy toasty malts, straw, hay, little pilsner like straw but not much, toasty, nice lemony note, a little lemongrass even, mild grassy floral hop aromas as well, little cereal and general citrus.

Taste brings more toasty grainy malts, cereal grains with saison malt and a little toasty pilsner and straw. Mild saison farmhouse funk, not a lot of funk, but plenty of saison farmhouse grainy and lemony grassy flavors. Plenty of grassy flavors, lemongrass, straw, even a little hay, and strait grassy notes, even some grassy floral hops in there, a little earthy note as well, nice floral almost dandelion like floral hops and esters from the yeast. Nice bitterness to cut through it all, adds nicely to the lemon zest and floral slight earthy hop characters, as well as mild esters. Nice farmhouse open field like flowery characters and grainy malts lingering on the dry finish, bit more bitterness, little sticky too, faint estery booze note, floral characters too.

Mouth is med bod, plenty of effervescent carb.

Overall pretty nice, not quite as funky as I tend to enjoy in saisons, but still pretty nice for a farmhouse saison, nice yeast funk-like characters, great floral overones, nice grassy aromatics and earthy grassy characters in general, nice lemony zest, etc, pretty enjoyable.

jlindros, Sep 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

oline73, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful light buttercup yellow brew with a white, fine-grained head in the Affligem chalice. Sprightly on the tongue but not quite the creamy dream you might hope for.

Fruity sweet flavors swarm on the palate. Fermenting pineapple, sweet Meyer lemon, Persian lime. It's malty and tangy with a smooth mouthfeel. The hops provide another layer of aromatics that is just sensational. The yeasty notes are plenty funky, given all the delicate fruit, but there's a tart edge and an overripe deep taste that is everything a Saison should be.

One of the best Saisons I've had. Overall, I love the crackery malt with passion fruit in the nose and a sudsy, tangy mouthfeel. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Community Coop Market in Bellingham, Washington.

mactrail, May 02, 2014
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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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