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

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Opal - Proprietor's ReserveOpal - Proprietor's Reserve

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BA SCORE
89
very good

166 Reviews
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Reviews: 166
Hads: 1,134
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 38
Gots: 211 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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: 166 | Hads: 1,134
Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is fresh cut orange and lemon zest.
The taste light and refreshing but contains flavor complexity: orange, tart, lemon.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Quite nice.

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Photo of Sanjaybh
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why BA has two entries for the same beer....oh well.... A highly under-rated saison IMHO. This is what I want from a saison. A perfect balance of earthy, funky, hoppy and dry. This is the type of beer I would always have on hand. Problem is, this one doesn't get sold and re-stocked with any frequency. The only bottles I can find on the shelves these days are one that are over 1 1/2 years old. And that is a sad shame.

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Photo of droomyster
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden body with a small white head with good retention. Aromas are yeasty and full of tart fruits like green apples and unripened cherries. Taste is sweet upfront, spicy like white pepper on the mid-palate, and full of yeastiness throughout and lingering long on the finish. A terrific saison.

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Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 9, 2014

Appearance: Sparkling clear straw-yellow with a modest white head that gradually subsides. Good looking beer.

Smell: Hay/grassy notes, mild barnyard funk, and mild fruity notes.

Taste: Mild grassy/hay notes, mild nondescript fruit notes and mild funk notes. The beer finishes moderately dry with some mild hop notes.

Mouth-feel: Light-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. good mouth-feel for the style.

Overall: Good Saison. Classic taste profile.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very delicious Saison. A somewhat hazy straw yellow color with decent head retention. At first smell I got a nice apricot aroma then it moved to a white grape. At first taste I get a peppery grape which carries to the middle and finishes with a hoppy/wheat bitterness. Wish I had more than one!

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Photo of Gus_13
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color and pretty clear. Decent head but it didn't linger long. Spicy floral notes, a bit of a white grape, and hints of citrus on the nose. More spice in the flavor and medium-light mouthfeel. Some hints of the citrus. Not outstanding but a great brew! If it was around here I'd keep it in the fridge.

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Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear yellow but no much head or lacing. Nicely pungent. Taste develops well as the beer warm. It is floral and earthy, a good saison taste. I love saisons. This ones not my favorite, but it is a very good beer.

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Photo of braker649er
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This seemed a successful blend of saison fun and farmhouse with some hop kick. I actually rated it a bit higher than my personal take on the beer ... I don't know that I enjoy the saison-hop combo and didn't find it fair to hold it against this beer. The look was cloudy and pretty orange-gold with a foamy head.

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Photo of SaulFox
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing straw yellow with huge foamy head. Spicy and grassy yet slightly zesty (citrus). Dry finish followed by citrus notes and spicy beligium type yeast. Decent summer brew

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Photo of mothman
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw yellow. White bubbly head.

A lot of spices. Peppercorn. Grassy and earthy. Very green and herbal. Bready and dry. Yeasty. Very Belgian like. Lemon fruitiness.

A bit on the spiced side so not my favorite, but enjoyable.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: straw yellow; clear; effervescent; huge frothy white head when poured into a tulip glass

Smell: grassy; peppery; citrus

Taste: very dry right up front; hops come in pretty quickly with lots of citrus; finishes dry with the hops lingering at the end

Mouthfeel: medium body with good amount of carbonation

Remarks: great example of a saison, although the amarillo hops dominate the flavor to me, making it more of a US saison. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of ricke49
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the perfect earthy barnyard/fruity balance. Bottle I'm enjoying is 8 months old, or about 4 mos. past recommendation on label. Still fresh and tasty though. Firestone Walker has produced an enjoyable, interesting, and darn fun brew!

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Kolbfusion
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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?

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Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Preluderl
4.34/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice but saison, but it's very mild or timid. I feel like the typical spice and banana flavors are there, but are incredibly subtle. This drinks more like a session beer - the carbonation is light and fizzy but goes down very smoothly.

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Photo of MissSmisje
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Jmc181
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.