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

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very good

928 Ratings
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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 27
Gots: 122 | 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)
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4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 3/7/14

A: Pours a slightly hazy powdery lemon straw color with a huge, dense, billowing, egg-shell white head that took forever and a day to slowly collapse into a thick rocky film. Wispy streaks of lace were left down the glass.
S: Yeast dominates the nose with earthy and spicy scents of pepper, wheat, straw, vinous white wine and chalk. I get hints of lemon zest and stone fruits as well. Nose is bright and strong.
T: Follows the nose but with more depth and body. Flavors of chalky yeast, dried grains, leafy herbal hops, earthy peppery spice, white wine, come through easily. The finish is drying with more notes of vinous white wine, and the aftertaste has a slight barnyard funkiness to it and is very slightly tart. The lemon comes through in the finish as well, and I get minerally hints of mineral water as well.
M: Effervescent and soft carbonation froths up a little bit on my palate. Medium body, drying and crisp mouthfeel. Refreshing.
O: Surprisingly dry and clean. Flavors are crisp, and the slight tart funkiness rounds out the flavors nicely. Well done, I would definitely drink this again.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright! As they all said when Raul spent some time abroad in Europa, "super!" Peppery and barnyard-esqe like Charlotte just spun a web. Raul is into it like a bag of Have'a Chips at midnight. (Look it up, my peeps.)

Raul feels it well good.

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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. A straw yellow color with a full white head, lots so lacing on the glass. Smells of lemon, grass, and a hint of bread. The mouth feel was dry and crisp. Over all taste was like a dry white wine. There was lemon, sweet grass and fruits. Crisp and dry with lots of carbonation . A very flavorful and refreshing brew. Tasted refreshing on this SoCal May Day 90 degrees outside.

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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful light buttercup yellow brew with a white, fine-grained head in the Affligem chalice. Sprightly on the tongue but not quite the creamy dream you might hope for.

Fruity sweet flavors swarm on the palate. Fermenting pineapple, sweet Meyer lemon, Persian lime. It's malty and tangy with a smooth mouthfeel. The hops provide another layer of aromatics that is just sensational. The yeasty notes are plenty funky, given all the delicate fruit, but there's a tart edge and an overripe deep taste that is everything a Saison should be.

One of the best Saisons I've had. Overall, I love the crackery malt with passion fruit in the nose and a sudsy, tangy mouthfeel. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Community Coop Market in Bellingham, Washington.

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3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: Bottle

A- pours hazy golden yellow with an off white head, high amounts of carbonation, with tons off bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

S- floral fruity citrus with a hint lemon. Peppery notes on the nose with a pleasant hops at the end

T- front of the tongue, mild bitterness light piney notes large amounts of carbonation and again with the floral notes at the end. Leaves a spicy peppery aftertaste

Overall- pleasant refreshing beer. Defnitely everything i expected from this saison, more impressed for the dry hopped flavors. Awesome stuff

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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When I saw that FW was releasing this, I was really excited to try it, being a big fan of hop-forward saisons. Unfortunately, this one didn't come to KC right away, so I went out and got a bottle online. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz bottle with a bottling date of 3/7/2014 and instructions to enjoy within 120 days of bottling. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - A pretty attractive looking beer. Pours a multi-hued hazy golden with lemon yellow highlights and faint brassy orange lowlights. Atop the body sits a two-finger head of stark white, active bubbles that dissipate quickly, after about 30 seconds, growing into larger bubbles evoking the texture of a sponge and eventually settling as a thin ringlet around the edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Rustic notes of sourdough and alfalfa with a spicy, almost fruity note from the underlying yeast profile. There is also a gentle bite of white pepper and floral hops to round out the aroma.

Taste - The primary components are definitely the yeast and grain, with spicy-sweet notes of clover, sorghum, and white pepper coming through boldly. However, there is a nice offset from faintly pungent hops, with a slight bitterness like baby greens or lemongrass. Finish has just a kiss of sweetness but is predominantly dry.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation providing for a prickly feel on the tongue.

Overall, a solid offering for the style. As far as I'm concerned, there is a flagship for the American-style, hoppy saison, and while this is a very tasty beer, it still doesn't touch the standard bearer. That said, if it were readily available, I would certainly buy it from time to time as a change up.

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3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head that fades quickly leaving little to no lacing.

Smells of grass and grain notes mostly with some bright fruits.

Tastes of the bright fruits with some spicy notes to round it out. Fruity malts lead off with apple, pear, and white grapes leading into some grainy sweetness. Yeast notes come through next with a touch of spice. Grassy hops come through next along with some citrus notes. Finishes slightly tart and peppery.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice saison, but I would prefer a bit of funk tossed in.

Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.