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

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very good

901 Ratings
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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 112 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

bennetj17, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Growler Guys (Eugene) the other day.

The beer pours a striking gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all saison goodness, as I pick up considerable honey, light ranier cherry, coriandor (and lot's of it), pepper and dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but I really appreciate the amoutnt of hoppy bitterness on the finish, that completely dries out the modest sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, clean, bitter finish. Alcohol is nearly undectable, and drinkability is very high (this is a very easy to drink beer).

Price is a bit on the high side for a domestic saison style beer, but that's really my only quibble otherwise. Would love to try this side by side the straight saison from Dupont, as at least for me, I found them to be fairly similar. Very nice effort from the folks at FW.

John_M, Apr 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Domvan, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

CoryR, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a wine glass. From two days ago.

A: Pours a semi-hazy straw color. There's a finger worth of white-colored head, retaining itself decently. Some lacing is left on the glass.

S: Very lemony. There's a decent herbaceous component hiding in the background (I want to say similar to sage or coriander), but there isn't much of the saison yeast I wanted. An unabashedly 'Murican interpretation, to be sure - that's not a bad thing, though. The lemon, at least, is handled well.

T: I could have just put down "LEMON LEMON LEMON LEMON LEMON" here, and it wouldn't have been too far off what the flavor profile offers. Basically, it's little more than LEMON LEMON LEMON LEMON...and a touch of mid-taste herbs. At least this singular note is satisfying and handled well.

M: Low on both carbonation and dryness for the style. It definitely doesn't evaporate off the tongue the way Orval or Dupont does; frankly, it should. It is a refreshing, easy to drink brew nonetheless. The feel is a bit too syrupy, though.

O: One would expect a solid brewery such as FW to nail their first retail Belgian ale quite well, and indeed it does. However, it's missing a few details - it isn't rustic, it's a bit too syrupy, and far too one note (a properly great saison should have a gentle complexity to it). Having said that, it's damn enjoyable for what it is: a total lemon bomb.

ThisWangsChung, Apr 28, 2014
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3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

10 oz. into a stemless wine glass on April 28th, 2014.

A - Semi-hazy golden, initially a lot of eggshell foam that delicately reduces down to thin wisps.

S - Ample yeast. Smells a lot like a Vivant offering with some German elements. Dry hay, lightly dank, honey cashews, armpit, light bubblegum, chives, white sugar, chardonnay.

T - Late arrival. Soft, herbal hops. Twizzlers, almonds, lemon grass, green tea.

M - Light body, appropriate carbonation, lightly sour but mostly bitter finish.

D - Mixed feelings on this one. It's a peculiar take on a normally refreshing style that I can't get on-board with.

Auracom, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

alwaysplayin, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Beermazter310, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

ralphw56, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

grze, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

jim_carignan, Apr 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Karibourgeois, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Griffith, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

zestar, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of MarcWP
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Barrelworks Teku.

Pours a brilliant light yellow with two finger white head that leaves nices frothy lacing as it subdues. Somewhat hazy.

Aroma is bountiful of hops and saison yeast. Soft citrus, pear, apple, star fruit, yellow nectarine, kumquat, yuzu, coriander, pepper, subtle earth, and Pilsner malt. Very nice nose and I like the approach from Firestone dry hopping this with the variants they used.

The palate brings a very rounded flavor profile between the malts, yeast esters, and dry hopping. From the nose I expected a hoppier presence in the taste. There definitely some hop bitterness but just enough to help balance out the other characteristics. Instead the hops play brilliantly off of the lemony, spicy, and floral yeast esters and sharp biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of light with a lively carbonation which helps the beer finish clean. Pretty dry throughout makes the beer super drinkable.

What can I say other than Firestone does it again. This beer isn't in your face, extravagant, or mind blowing. It's simply a greatly crafted brew with a brilliant interplay of hops to yeast strain flavor profiles. The malts support it all but it's that unique dry hopping an addition to the belgian yeast esters that make this beer special. An awesome summer drinker with an awesome price tag.

MarcWP, Apr 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

-NESTO-, Apr 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

BullBearHawk, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

IllicitEloquence, Apr 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

01001111, Apr 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

TrojanRB, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

raulazzer, Apr 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

shredder83, Apr 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

brycevolk, Apr 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Omer4176, Apr 23, 2014
Opal - Proprietor's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.