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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
88
very good

965 Ratings
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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 28
Gots: 131 | 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:
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 matthewbc
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerMeCJS
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Hozat
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 DangerDawg
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dgeebs07
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Kuges
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mbertrand2
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nitty703
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of McNazz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Rbodacious
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JimmyVortex
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of russwilliam
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ross84
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mattszczesiul
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DaverCS
4.65/5  rDev +18%

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.

Photo of Kdowney1
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of CUBeerBuff
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.