1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Opal - Proprietor's ReserveOpal - Proprietor's Reserve

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

900 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 900
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 111 | FT: 4
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 900 | Reviews: 131 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dagubna
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

dagubna, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of HungarianCount
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

HungarianCount, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of 12packpoet
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12packpoet, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of SteveB3014
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

SteveB3014, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of MarioM
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

MarioM, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of Taylor88
4.56/5  rDev +16%

Taylor88, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of timontheroad
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Hazy straw yellow color with a bit three finger billowy head. Aroma is a bit of that funky barnyard yeast, some tropical fruit, some piney, grassy hops and a bit of spicy peppery notes. The taste is a bit of lemon, some spicy pepper and some yeasty estery flavors. Mouthfeel is exactly what I would expect from a farmhouse style, fairly thin on the palate, but lingering quite nicely and semi-dry. This is a really good saison, one of my favorites.

timontheroad, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of Nickgiraud
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Nickgiraud, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of Mjcostello
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%

Mjcostello, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of ninjembro
4/5  rDev +1.8%

ninjembro, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of stomioka
4/5  rDev +1.8%

stomioka, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of MimDIPA
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%

MimDIPA, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%

cjgator3, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of brentusaurus
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

brentusaurus, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of HoneyLamb
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

HoneyLamb, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of TheBeerSipper
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%

TheBeerSipper, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of ariceclemson
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

ariceclemson, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of NumberNone
4/5  rDev +1.8%

NumberNone, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of SFC21
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

SFC21, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of Goatdavemac
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%

Goatdavemac, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of kellyej
4/5  rDev +1.8%

A- Opal pours a light yellow/pear/gold color that puts me in the mind of champagne. It comes with a giant, pillowy head full of big, round bubbles. Very pretty.

S- Really complex nose with the typical saison notes of anise, pepper, and grains of paradise along with the hops that bring in elements of green/unripened fruit and flowers. The whole smell has an underlying farmy aroma.

M- Nice, light body and dry finish.

T- The taste notes largely mirror the smell and is a bit like white wine. The beginning is full of those saison spices (anise, black pepper), the middle brings the hop bitterness, and the finish is nice and dry. Opal also has grassy notes and a lemon acidity that reminds me of a witbier.

kellyej, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of sdm
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

sdm, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of dasenebler
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10.25.14
Firestone Walker Opal
22oz, bottled 6.20.14

Hazy, straw yellow with a greenish tinge. Three-finger head is white, with excellent lacing. (4)

Aroma has notes of apricot, spice, Belgian funk, alcohol and acidity. Nice, but was expecting more from a dry-hopped Saison. (3.5)

Flavor is fantastic. Lots of tangy, fruity hop flavors pair with the earthy, phenolic elements of the yeast. There is also an interesting white wine character coming through. Lots of rustic wheat notes. The light acidity, restrained bitterness and dryness all work together to make a delicious and quenching Saison. ABV is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is dry and medium-thin, with effervescent carbonation. (5, 4.5)

This is a great Saison. As far as I’m concerned, Firestone Walker and Matt Brynildson can do no wrong. These are some baller beers coming out of Paso Robles. (4.5)

dasenebler, Oct 26, 2014
Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.