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

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Ratings: 1,008
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 29
Gots: 146 | FT: 4
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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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Bottled 03/07/14, poured into a tulip

A- pours crystal clear bright yellow-golden straw color with a big foamy and sudsy white head that retains long after the pout, as carbonation bubbles continue to shoot up the glass, some short lasting lace left behind as it settles

S- peppery spice is immediately noticed from the yeast with aromas of lemon-grass and fresh grain. Stone fruit and other fruity tones kick in, before ending with earthy, musty and earthy aromas

T- fruity and peppery up front with notes of cellar must and yeast. The addition of dry hopping adds just enough bitter hops to provide a complimentary balance, slight tangy note on the back end that actually gives a vinous character, finishes dry with citrus peel, grain and lemon grass

M- medium body with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp-yet-dry finish, just a hint of alcohol lingers

O- another winner from FW, super-refreshing saison that hides the abv quite well. The dry finish leaves you wanting more

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed May 15th, 2014 from a 22 ounce bomber dated March 17th, 2014. Purchased on first day of release (March 8th, 2014) at Barrelworks, Buellton. Poured into a fat tulip/flute hybrid glass.

Beer is a brilliant, light golden color. Not nearly as cloudy as I'd expect a saison to be. A fine white head about a finger thick is the result of a moderate pour. The head settles down to be a little ring of foam that provides temporary sheeting but leaves nothing on the glass longer than a few moments.

Aroma is appropriately yeasty; juicy and with a dusty straw note. Mild cloves.

Flavor skews towards the bitter, but it doesn't happen right away; first, there's a white pepper and white grape juice note that rolls onto the tongue. Somewhat dry. The bitterness swells up at this point and takes over, lingering long after the rest of the flavors have faded. Zingy, fairly light-flavored and zesty, this is a fine hot weather beer.

Mouthfeel favors dryness and carbonation tingle. A little alcohol on the aftertaste; not surprising, consider the ABV.

Not a style-defining beer, but a solid and refreshing one. I would drink this again.

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650ml bottle dated 4/11/2014. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 5/14/2014.

A- Clear straw yellow body, one finger white head with somewhat lower retention than I'd expect. Lacing appears briefly as the level goes down. The body looks quite refreshing, although a bit less than effervescent.

S- Tart golden raisins, earthy funk with a slight burnt rubber nose, spicy yeast. Some citrus and earthy hop presence. Definitely above average profile when it comes to saisons.

F- Grapefruity, peppery bite mixed in with an earthy funk and a mild stone fruit/golden raison tartness. There is a nice bready pale malt presence as well. Finish is primarily a spicy yeast flavour.

M- Medium bodied, a bit lower in carbonation than I'd like- prefer a bit more of effervescence to my saisons. The finish isn't the most conducive to a drinkable saison- the burnt rubber mixed in with spicy yeast makes drinking the full bomber feel like a bit of work.

O- More than a solid saison. I wouldn't mind having this once in a while if I saw this on shelves here in Wisconsin as we don't have a ton of good locally-produced saisons. Alas, it is not to be found on shelves here. The finish of a combined spicy yeast + burnt rubber isn't offensive, but it does detract from the drinkability.

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