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Lil' Opal - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 27
Gots: 51 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2008

A low alcohol Belgian-style Saison session beer aged for 17 months in lightly-used medium-plus toasted American oak barrels.
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On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazy golden with a finger of creamy near-white head. Not great retention or stick, but this is a very low ABV beer. A pretty color. Looks inviting.

A cornucopia of bright, juicy fruit character: lots of peaches, apricots, and maybe even some mango. A tiny bit of wheat grain and mild grass with a bit of wood. Interesting, complementary, earthy and fruity yeast as well. This is a really wonderful beer.

A juicy, delicious, complex, but incredibly drinkable beer. Peach and apricot character combine nicely with mild funk and grass, a little bit of oak, and some citrus zest. Somewhat dry.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Fantastic creation. I really want to see this in bottles.

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Picked up the bottle at the Bretta Rose/Stickee Monkee release
Think they changed the recipe from when this was added
Bottle says 5.9% ABV, time spent in barrels 14 months, 75% aged in French Oak, and 25% aged in American oak
A: Pours a slightly hazy goldfish yellow color and leaves a small white bubbly head on an aggressive pour, nice nucleation occurring, pretty good look to this beer

S: The room immediately is filled with some light fruit, barnyard hay, some funk and a hint of tartness, as you delve deeper you find, some vinegar, lemon zest, white grapes, and vanilla from the french and american oak barrels, it smells really good!

T: Initial flavor is Brett and tartness, then followed by some lemon zest, white grapes, more wine characteristics, slight presence of hops, then finishes with some hop bitterness, more wine characteristics and vanilla, the barrels really come through at the end and it’s fantastic, a little Brett on the finish as well, the tartness is medium in the start and slowly fades until you hit the crisp finish, no real lingering at all, great flavor profile for a Saison, possibly one of my new favorite saison

M: Tart, crisp, light, and refreshing, this is going to be an excellent summer beer!

O: Great beer, especially for a saison, hope I can make it back to FW to pick up some more!

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Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.