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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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Sspeer1, Sep 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

mcdsports, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

TheMultiYeast, Sep 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

kmos27, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.84/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Nightrain87, Sep 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

dsm45, Sep 19, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Zetcha7x, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Smells of lemongrass and even a hint of green tea. Light in color. Leaves a pleasant taste in mouth, goes down smooth and dry. Seems it could even pass for a wine.
I will surely be buying again

Ryan82, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

brureview, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

kristougher, Sep 15, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a teku glass. Date on the label reads 5/2/14

Pours a beautiful pale straw color with a nice frothy, white head that dissipates within a minute of pouring.

Smells of tropical fruit, fresh cut grass, unripe green apple, white wine. Amazing nose on this one. Not sure of the yeast being used but I detect a bit of Brett or Brett-like characteristics. The tropical fruit aroma is amazing!

Tastes a bit sweet initially on the tongue, but finishes dry like a Sauvignon blanc. First initial sip is outstanding! It really tastes like a dry white wine! Again, the tropical fruit is very present, along with some green apple.

Feels quite prickly on the tongue due to the high carbonation. Very drinkable despite the 7.5% abv. Drinks more like a 4.8% beer. Awesome mouthfeel.

Overall one of the best saison style beers I have ever had. Great tropical fruit/pineapple notes combined with a great aroma and awesome drinkability make for a new favorite of mine. Would definitely seek this out again.


Budinetz, Sep 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Jamison85, Sep 14, 2014
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seanchai, Sep 14, 2014
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captainbearcat, Sep 14, 2014
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ckollias, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

st9647v3, Sep 13, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle dated 6/6/2014:
Pours a light pale yellow, almost like a white ale, but more clear-to the point of being translucent. The head started a medium size soapy bubble froth, but reduced to almost nothingness within a few minutes, although a little agitation brings some back.

The nose is quite strong, pure farm/meadow, hay, grass, a little lemon, and even some herb (I get like a mint tea, but also another smell a recognize but yet can't identify). There is also a hint of yeasty tartness.

The first sip brings a strong carbonated feel, which adds a bite (peppery) feel to the earthy flavors. As the initial taste fade, I get the hay/grass tastes from the nose, but well balanced against a lemon-tinted earthy backbone. The end has an almost tart fruit feel added to the mix.

My first thoughts were this would by a dry, grass-bitter dominant beer. However, the flavors ended up more complex (while they couldn't match the nose) and not overpowering in any sense. The feel overall to me is still a bit dry, but this is definitely something I'd have again in a style I can generally take or leave.

cjgiant, Sep 13, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%

QuadriderMX, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

FUwolfpacker, Sep 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

sjroseen, Sep 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Earthy, rustic and enjoyable. This is a decent Saison but I feel the carbonation level is too high. Would I buy again...maybe. All in all, it's a decent take on one of my favorite styles but falls short for me do to carbonation. This may simply be a personal preference.

Bottom Line: Glad I tried it.

themind, Sep 12, 2014
Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.