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

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794 Ratings
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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 23
Gots: 94 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Metaltildeath, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of ISmith87
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.5 - Pale Gold/yellow color. Nice white head that sticks forever. leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S - 4.5 - white wine, citrus fruits, sour/tartness, lemon/lime, grapes, very fresh smelling.
T - 4.5 - follows the nose, citrus fruits, lemon lime almost like sprite, white grapes, white wine, a little bit of a tart/sour taste, bready malts in the background, some farm/barnyard type flavor but it' in the background. Really dry.
M - 4.5 - light - medium mouthfeel. alc completely covered. aftertaste is barnyard, bready, biscuity malt.
O - 4.5 - One of the best saisons I've had. Ranks up there with Prairie Artisan Prairie Ale as far as I'm concerned.

ISmith87, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +1.8%

twelveinches, Apr 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

random846, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of vitALEity
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale/gold, small head that quickly settles. Leaves a white ring around the edge of the glass and a whirlpool of white in the center. Lots of tiny bubbles.

S: Meyer lemon, white wine, pears, grass and warm spice. Nice hop presence but I wish it was a bit funkier.

T: The taste is lighter than it smells. Subtle hops, a lot of white wine and lemon. Not super funky.

M: Very smooth and very nice.

Very balanced, clean, fresh and easy to drink. I wish it was a bit more complex and farmhousey.

vitALEity, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw color with a short wispy white head that quickly settles into a light ring. Very bud light in appearance.

Nice hay and farmyard aromas. Sugary lemon and apple mixes with clovey phenols from the yeast nicely. Subtle pepper and grassy hop presence. Almost has an oak like presence.

The taste is of hay, grass and stuff that might be laying around a barn. Light apple presence, though not very tart, slight lemon. Perhaps some white grapes. The flavors are soft so nothing stands out. Not much from the malt, though not very dry.

Insanely drinkable. The soft flavors lead to a highly quaffable brew. Slightly sweet on the palate but has a slight grassy finish.

The flavor is nice but needs a bit more pop. Other than that, pretty good saison.

Gmann, Apr 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

CEDAMA, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

sneaks2210, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of TechBrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

TechBrew, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ThePaleRider, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

dleiner, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Birdlegs, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DIPAFAN, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

March 7th 2014 bottle, opened April 3rd 2014.

A - Clear, bright yellow body. Solid, clean white head has nice retention and ok lace.

S - Awesome nose. Apples, pears, banana, green grass, flaked oat, old dusty shed, and a steely dryness.

T - Light and softly bitter with surprisingly little fruit. Dandelion, celery, sweet wheat, touch of lemon, and bitter white pith.

M - Medium body, but missing the burst of carbonation that you really need with this style.

O - Pitch-perfect nose, but the mouthfeel and sweetness detract from what's otherwise a really nice beer.

vfgccp, Apr 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jdhasse, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Looks like a wheat beer, with a hazy goldenstraw color and a foamy cap that leaves a decent amount of lace

Smell: Smells like a hoppy Sauvignon Blanc; quite vinous, with some apple, banana and lemon grass tones

Taste: Wheat bread and banana, up front, with the vinous Sauvignon Blanc character building in the middle; grassy, peppery and lemony, after the swallow, with a tart but rather dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I want to like this beer more than I do but the execution of this beer is less interesting than the concept; the austere, grassy and vinous hop flavors just don't mesh well for me with the saison yeast

brentk56, Apr 02, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and pale yellow in color with a white 2-finger head. Great retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the surface.

Smell - Light saison funkiness. Banana and clove. Light citrus.

Taste - Light, but consistent flavors, hitting on some fruity esters and fair lemony citrus character upfront. Green apple tartness. Green banana notes. Clove spiciness kicks in about mid-taste, then a faint orange rind and light pine bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium with lively carbonation. Smooth, dry finish.

Overall - Light at first, but gets better as it warms, and the flavor strengthens in a snowball effect. Approachable. Interesting take on a saison that hits close to being an IPA hybrid. One I'd like to try again in the future.

TheSixthRing, Apr 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

EyePeeAyBryan, Apr 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Spike-likes-beer, Apr 01, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3/07/14 Bottle

A: Pours a hazy light golden with 1 finger of bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Plenty of bubbling rises from the base of the glass, but it doesn't sustain any head.

S: Big sweet citrusy and estery aromas of bananas and clementines. Hints of yeast and a light hoppiness, but nothing over the top.

T/M: Medium mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Very slightly drying finish. An acidic carbonation prickliness up front gives way to a slightly yeasty ester sweetness of bananas and cloves alongside a mild malt sweetness. A light bite of hop bitterness mid-sip accents juicy citrus notes of grapefruit and clementine. A slightly earthy hop note on the finish alongside a clean and slightly drying saison character with a lingering astringency and mild hop bitterness. No perceptible alcohol.

O: I had no expectations coming into this beer and picked it up this evening on a whim. I'm pretty happy with my purchase. It's a little bit more Belgian than my favorite saisons, which tend to be the dryer, less estery ones, but I'm still really enjoying this because the dry hopped character really helps to provide a little something extra. The alcohol is very well hidden and the beer is super drinkable. Mouthfeel is maybe just a little heavy for the style, probably right in line with the slightly higher-than-expected ABV. This is probably not a beer I'll go back to, although if I'm in the mood for a saison and don't want to spend the money on Prairie's, this is probably as good as any at its price point, if not better.

jdhowe, Apr 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

ACB, Mar 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Mar 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

tectactoe, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Erik-P, Mar 31, 2014
Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.