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

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very good

844 Ratings
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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 101 | FT: 2
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)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Moose90, Oct 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Beerandboards, Oct 06, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +19.4%

BJasny, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange color with a huge head of fizzy looking white foam. The head fades very fast leaving a rather tiny bit of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell The aroma big of a wheat and citrus smell with the citrus being of a mix of tangerine, lemon, an a whole bunch of grapefruit hop. Along with these aromas comes some rather decently strong smells of grass and hay as well as a decent showing of some spice smells of coriander and clove. A little bit of a yeasty smell are there as well producing a rather nice citrus hop saison smell overall.

Taste – The taste on this one is rather interesting, but quite enjoyable. It starts out much sweeter then I would have anticipated from the nose with a rather strong showing of a lemonade like taste. Along with this flavor are a rather decent showing of a more wheaty and slightly spiced taste of coriander and clove. As the taste advances more and more grapefruit comes to the tongue as well as flavors of yeast and some lighter grassy flavors. While lighter initially the grassy flavors grow stronger to the end and are joined by some more hay-like taste to leave a rather crisp, sweet, and nicely citrus hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner to average side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The mix of lighter body and slightly higher carbonation are fantastic for the style and the sweeter flavors of the brew, making for a quite refreshing and enjoyable brew overall.

Overall – This was a farmhouse that was super easy drinking, very refreshing, and packed with flavor. This is a winner!! Try it if you can!!

Darkmagus82, Oct 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bkwhoppa66, Oct 05, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

AnitaBrewski, Oct 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Zuidman, Oct 04, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -1%

jaywes754, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a clear straw yellow color with a fluffy, merangue-esque white head. Decent retention and good lace.

Nose is a pleasant interplay of lemony hops and tart farmhouse yeast. Smells promising, light malts, plenty of hops and a nice yeasty base.

Taste leans a little more hoppy than yeasty, but at least the hops compliment the yeast - lemons, grass, herbs. Malt is one of the lightest I have ever encountered and the yeast is nice, but I wouldnt mind a little more assertiveness. Its pretty good, but I dont think I would see myself going back for more.

twiggamortis420, Oct 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bcm75, Oct 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

JulianTellez, Oct 02, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -5.1%

paulrwelch, Oct 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

smokeypeat, Oct 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

JMUbrewz, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

brywhite, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

ColForbinBC, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: A nice two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Pepper, spicy yeast, vanilla, pilsner malts, apple, floral, grassy, tropical, and grape.

Taste: Definitely get the tropical, citrus, and grape hop notes with the grassy, bready, slight sweet, apple, chewy, and tart notes in the rear.

Mouthfeel: A bit dry, crisp, refreshing, a bit tart, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, and light to medium bodied.

Overall: I will have to admit that this saison stands atop all the ones I have had before. Bravo FW, bravo. I will be enjoying this one again in the future.

Flounder57, Sep 29, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/06/14

Pours a white fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly, very little lacing, very clear golden lemon yellow color.

Nose brings nice farmhouse saison aromas, mild funk but enough, grainy toasty malts, straw, hay, little pilsner like straw but not much, toasty, nice lemony note, a little lemongrass even, mild grassy floral hop aromas as well, little cereal and general citrus.

Taste brings more toasty grainy malts, cereal grains with saison malt and a little toasty pilsner and straw. Mild saison farmhouse funk, not a lot of funk, but plenty of saison farmhouse grainy and lemony grassy flavors. Plenty of grassy flavors, lemongrass, straw, even a little hay, and strait grassy notes, even some grassy floral hops in there, a little earthy note as well, nice floral almost dandelion like floral hops and esters from the yeast. Nice bitterness to cut through it all, adds nicely to the lemon zest and floral slight earthy hop characters, as well as mild esters. Nice farmhouse open field like flowery characters and grainy malts lingering on the dry finish, bit more bitterness, little sticky too, faint estery booze note, floral characters too.

Mouth is med bod, plenty of effervescent carb.

Overall pretty nice, not quite as funky as I tend to enjoy in saisons, but still pretty nice for a farmhouse saison, nice yeast funk-like characters, great floral overones, nice grassy aromatics and earthy grassy characters in general, nice lemony zest, etc, pretty enjoyable.

jlindros, Sep 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Pale gold body. Towering foamy white head. The head collapsed and left a island of bubbly foam in the middle. Good soapy lacing. Didn’t have to taste this one to know it was going to be well carbonated… bubbles circulated very well throughout.

Big notes of citrus and pineapple juice. Sweeter fruity notes were also prominent… similar to sparkling grape juice. Notes of spice and yeast were also detected, yet fruit dominated this nose.

Mild citrus notes up front. Notes of pineapple made this taste somewhat tropical. Lemongrass. Spicy herbal notes in the yeast. Not much from the malts other than a light bready base. Finished dry. Tart notes of apple really kicked in. I hate to bring wine into this but there were definitely similarities between the finish of this brew and stronger Pinot Grigios. Moderate-high carbonation. Medium body.

First Saison for this young beer enthusiast. After drinking this brew I noticed it shared many characteristics with Tripel style beers. This was definitely a great introduction into the style!

Chiefy770, Sep 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Loveyourbeer, Sep 28, 2014
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4.17/5  rDev +6.4%

robotiks, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

NappyB, Sep 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Such_a_b-tch, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of delta490
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold with a big foamy white head. The head lasts throughout and leaves great soapy lacing. The aroma is great, with notes of tropical fruit esters and yeast. The taste is equally interesting, with the hops and the yeast/malt blending to provide a unique and flavorful quaff. The feel is dry and crisp and with the carbonation almost reminiscent of champagne. As mentioned before, unique and delicious.

delta490, Sep 24, 2014
Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.