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

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Opal - Proprietor's ReserveOpal - Proprietor's Reserve

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Reviews: 153
Hads: 1,087
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 36
Gots: 181 | FT: 5
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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 TheBlueWaffle
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/28/14, so almost a year old. FW recommends drinking within 4 months.

Besides this fact, I enjoyed this beer. So clear I could see right through it to the ball game on tv.

Earthy, barnyard, citrus, very dry finish with bitter after notes.

Will look for a fresh bottle.

UPDATE:

Filled a growler at Ronnies Beverage Watehouse

Has some slight sour notes with a nice dry oak finish. Really great, and way better than the old bottle. Seek this out fresh. (468 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of Kolbfusion
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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? (301 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of Preluderl
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of Sandalwood
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of MissSmisje
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of Jmc181
4.59/5  rDev +15%
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! (296 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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). (442 characters)

Photo of salcedo
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Man, this is an interesting spin on a saison, and I find the brewer's description right on -- similarities to white wine notes, spicy dry hop notes, and a palatable bitterness. Way different than your standard Hennepin or something like that. It kinda grew on me the more I drank it, and I find myself craving it sometimes. You've gotta be in the mood for a saison like this, as it's kind of a niche take on the style, but I think it works well overall. (453 characters)

Photo of MadCat
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of daBoLTman
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (244 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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. (481 characters)

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. (732 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%

22oz bottle into Belgian glass.

Appears pale yellow with a soft orange hue.

Smell of lemons, hops, and yeast. More hop forward than a traditional saison.

Taste is excellent. It is a cross between an hoppy pale ale and a saision. Carbonation is above average as is normal with the style. Light mouthfeel. Immediate tastes give traditional Belgian flavors of spicy yeasty-lemony-ness. Then it hits at the end of the sip... an amazing livening burst of hop presence. Its not the traditional Belgian style hops, its more fruity and close to those American grapefruit flavors we all love. This makes the beer extremely sessionable even at 7.5% ABV. Its definitely livens up as it warms with a more hop-forward flavor. I highly recommend drinking this beer with a spicier meal!

This would be a great beer for the summer! Overall impression is that this is a well-balanced and interesting take on a classic. I would recommend it for just about anyone due to the great balance between hops, yeast, and spice. The only draw back is that it isn't as intense in flavor as it could be (or in comparison to others in the style). Additionally, I have only found it in the 750 mL bottle (I would like to see some 12 oz bottles) I would give this 93/100. (1,244 characters)

Photo of Vixie
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a large white head. The head does stick around for some time, leaving some nice lacing as it reduces.

Smell is very citrus up front, mainly lemon. There's grass and floral notes as well, reminds me of a field of flowers, with some fresh mown grass scents mixed in.

Fruity up front, there's lemon and grapefruit. It is a bit funky, in a good way, from the yeast. Also some grass and floral, leaving a little bitterness at the finish.

Nice smooth feel, with just a little tingling on the tongue.

Overall, one of the better examples of the style I have tried. There's both citrus and citrus peel notes, a bit different, but nice. It puts me in the mood of outdoors, which is what I look for in this style. Nicely complex, I'd easily have more of this. (791 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Poured from a 1pt. 16oz. bomber into a oversized wine glass.

The color is a clear yellow with three fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass,

The smell is a slight straw aroma with a grassy hop that seems to slight into the nose and then introduce itself. A brightness that is somewhat fruity and touches of a sugary candy aroma as well.

The taste has a slight zing to it that Cotton candy like with a light hop flavor in the background. There is touches of banana and clove that really hold the bitterness in the back but gives it a pepper flavor that melds well with a light malt finish.

The feel of this beer is light and pleasant from start to finish. Like a light blanket for spring this beer just covers over the tongue with a soft flavorful pillow. (785 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

I've looked at this at my local bar's cooler for a while, figured it was high time to pick it up whilst cat-sitting relatively far away. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises flowers, Brett-like lemon zest, and a vague spicy sweetness. The taste brings in more of the same, with the now overly-strong Brett-ish-ness coming through as a strange, puckering bitterness. Yowza. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I just plain didn't like this stuff. It was all in that strange Brett-like character that ended up putting more pain on my tongue than a bite-sized Hitman Hart. (717 characters)

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