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

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Opal - Proprietor's ReserveOpal - Proprietor's Reserve

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Ratings: 1,074
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 36
Gots: 178 | 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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Photo of Rshersnow
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I just didn't find this appealing. There are much better entries in this category. Lacking the depth and spice of most farmhouse ales.

Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale blonde/golden colour, 2 fingers of white head and some lace. Smell is spicy and yeasty, big hop presence, lemony points and a bit fruity, light funky yeast as it warms. Taste is quite hoppy leading to dpicy and fruity, medium bitterness, dry lemon and green apple, drying finish. Very dry, medium carbonation and medium body. Solid stuff, perhaps a bit too hoppy then I prefer for the style, still quite nice though.

Photo of Kolbfusion
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a saison I could drink all day..except that's is on the stronger side. I love the additional citrus which must be from the dry hopping. Golden straw yellow. Minimal head. Less spicy than a traditional saison more hoppy..which ends up being very refreshing.

Session dry hopped saison's anyone?

Photo of BottleConditioned
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice light structure dances on the tongue. Great Nose with hints of grapefruit.

Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into tulip. Clear crisp light gold, with good initial head and lacing.

S - aromas of spicy yeast with some pepper and coriander, creamy custard notes, banana toffee and white grapes. Florals, nice note aromas spring up with a great freshness and spring floral tones.

T - light grassy start, some nice acidic fruit notes, quite similar to sauvignon blanc notes. Pear and grape notes, rich malt flavour as well, slightly bready and crisp, rich, with some of the silky florals coming in and then it gets rich and fruity toward the finish with really pleasant drying fruity/spice. Just enough sweetness, and a creamy textured mouthfeel.

M - good effervescence, and a robust body but not overly assertive, it is very refreshing and the alcohol is not very detectable, it certainly has a satisfying nature to it.

Lovely saison, full of wonderful florals aromas, great flavour with a bright and slightly acidic palate, lots of crisp floral and fruit notes with a rustic maltiness. Very satisfying, yeast notes are well balanced.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 11/17/2014. Served at cellar temps in a tulip glass.

Appearance: pale gold with a bright and bubbly head that sank to a thin wisp of bubbles on the edges of the glass. Very clear and bright. Nice looking farmhouse ale.

Nose: Belgian candi sugar, Belgian saison yeast, bright citrus aroma with lemons, limes and a slight orange. The hops are still present even after a few months in the bottle.

Taste: citrus hops bomb! Round and full flavored, crisp and very refreshing. The Belgian yeast did its job and made this a very classic and enjoyable saison. Dry, crisp and slightly bitter finish.

Overall: outstanding farmhouse ale. The dry hopping is a great addition and makes for a very bright and wonderful beer. I found these for $6.99 with a buy one get one free offer at a local shop in Buffalo, NY. What a steal at $3,50 for a bomber of fantastic saison.

Photo of Preluderl
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Full disclosure, this bottle is almost exactly one year old. Bottled 5/2/2014 and consumed on 4/30/2015.

That being said, I thought it was delicious. A lot of the hop bitterness has likely faded, but I really, really enjoyed this. If I get another bottle, I'll let it sit for the same amount of time. Really hit a sweet spot for me.

Photo of Sandalwood
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear yellow color with a huge five finger frothy white head. There is a ton if carbonation and good lacing. The odor citrus lemon, clean, refreshing, pear, apple, spicy, clove, grapes, white wine, slightly bread like. The taste is refreshing, wine like, spicy, clove, slightly bitter, dry on the finish.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a barely hazy medium golden straw color with one inch of frothy head.
Aromas are light but are slightly hoppy with good yeastiness present.
Taste is light, not quite as hoppy as possible, but clean and quenching.
Mouthfeel was very nice finished a touch dry.
Overall this is a quenching and slightly delicate saison. Could use more hops based on the label.

Photo of MissSmisje
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: pretty dark lemon color with two finger head initially that does not fully dissipate. S: Saison yeast, hops, fresh cut grass and wet hay. T: Saison yeast, grass, wet hay, watermelon rind, hard to place citrus - Komquot maybe? Malt and hops in the finish. F: light and effervescent.

Photo of Jmc181
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer surprisingly outstanding! I love Firestone Walker IPAs, so I'm game to try everything they put out, and man I was glad to stumble across this one. It's tart and effervescent and completely refreshing. Very pale in the glass, with a tall head, it's a thirst-quenching delight!

Photo of ElJacobian
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The head dissipates very quickly and the color is almost as light asa macro lager. The smell is overpowered by white wine in my opinion. If I was a fan of white wine I think I'd like this beer a lot more. There is definitely a yeasty smell and taste, but the beer is pretty thin compared to what I'm used to from Firestone Walker. The best part about this beer is definitely the feel- very light, smooth and refreshing; almost effervescent. Overall, though, I'd go with a different Firestone Walker selection if given the choice.

Photo of tlema1
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, sour aroma, tart finish but very enjoyable

Photo of JAFoley
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - White bubbly head over crystal clear pale blonde body. not the best retention or any lacing.

S - tangy citrus fruits and caramel

T - like the aroma, nice tiny citrus fruits with yeasty dough and bananas.

M - medium light body with moderate carbonation. Slick and very drinkable.

O - this was great nice and fresh and clean.

Photo of T100Mark
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Looks like hazy apple cider. Moderate head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Lemon scent. Grassy.

Taste - Mild lemon flavor. Grassy. Peppercorn. Belgian sour yeast finish.

Mouth - Zesty. Good carbonation.

Overall - Imagine a pale ale with a moderate hop hit and a nice Belgian sour kick. Very tasty. This beer is very chugable but buyer beware (7.5% abv).

Photo of salcedo
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.
L: Pale yellow. Slightly cloudy. When first poured I had two inches of white, merengue like head. It dissipated fairly quickly, and I poured more to fill the glass.
S: Strong smell of lemons. This actually smells like several of the light ales I've made recently.
T: Crisp with a sweet lemonade flavor.
Very refreshing. Aftertaste is a nice toasty cereal flavor.
F: Body is on the thin side of medium.
Highly carbonated which enhances the crispness.
O: This is a thirst quenching a beer that you could drink by the pool or on the porch on a hot summer day.

Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a straw-gold in color with a billowy cap of foam. There’s a light aroma of wet hay and a floral note. It's crisp with some wet hay and a floral note in the finish, at once pleasantly floral and lightly, delightfully funky, with a medicinal finish. I’ve tried it fresh (within a week of bottling) and ‘aged’ (six month bottle—not intentionally), and enjoyed it both times.

Photo of MadCat
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a pale straw color with a short white head

Smell: Hay, lemon, orange peel, light malt, and hops

Taste: Citrusy, farmhouse funk, light malts, hops, pepper

Mouthfeel: Light body, full carbonation, slightly dry finish

Overall: A good effort at an American Saison, but not a home run for me. Would gladly get again, but it isn't something I will seek out.

Photo of Salisburyl
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very lite in color nice head and smell tart with a nice hop flavor but low on tart taste

Photo of daBoLTman
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium straw hazy color. Smells of grass, with papaya tropical fruit flavors. Tasted bitter up front, with fruit flavors coming through, finishing up with the hop body, and light carbonation to feel like it cleanses your mouth for the next sip.

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter from a 22 oz
bottle, definitely tastes like a saison with the distinct yeast, smell, and spice.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: June-06-2014

Solid beer with lots of dry herbal hop and phenolic qualities. Pours a kind of dirty chamomile color with some haziness and a pop-like head that evaporates to nothing. Dry fruity yeast notes, juicy apple, spicy phenols, doughy, white pepper. Very clean finish. Pretty substantive flavor-/aroma-wise with a floral chalky character. Very good. Worth a shot if you like FW beers and/or saisons. I just wish I could try it really fresh.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden straw yellow with visible carbonation, stongly rising to the top of the tulip.

S: Aroma of hay, sweet lemon, noble hops, fresh clementines and pale malt.

T: Citrus is prominent in this saison, slightly reminds me of Fresh Slice with the dry hopping flavors and a very dry finish like most Saisons should have. A nice belgian farmhouse yeast, citrus flavors and fresh pale malt. White pepper like flavors, very similar to what Allagash White has in terms of yeast profile additions.

M: Light and well carbonated. This is refreshingly bodied and true to style.

O: Overall very good. I would like to do a comparison between Allagash White and this as they are so similar in style.

Photo of JNForsyth
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with a white foamy head. Spiced saison flavors with a faint hop undertone.

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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.