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Lil' Opal - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 20
Gots: 37 | 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:
A low alcohol Belgian-style Saison session beer aged for 17 months in lightly-used medium-plus toasted American oak barrels.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2008)
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Spaz7

California

5/5  rDev +29.2%

07-18-2013 20:57:02 | More by Spaz7
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Davihaw

Illinois

5/5  rDev +29.2%

05-18-2013 21:47:44 | More by Davihaw
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mrbubbler

California

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

06-05-2014 01:16:21 | More by mrbubbler
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ehammond1


4.59/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

06-19-2013 16:14:27 | More by ehammond1
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-30-2014 18:49:00 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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NRo

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-29-2014 18:42:36 | More by NRo
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csmalley

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-20-2014 21:23:48 | More by csmalley
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jimmmmeeerrsssss

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-17-2013 02:42:19 | More by jimmmmeeerrsssss
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Flip4beers

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-22-2014 18:44:05 | More by Flip4beers
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Ssconberg


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-05-2014 01:53:44 | More by Ssconberg
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-18-2014 17:43:04 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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sustyhops

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-30-2013 23:13:29 | More by sustyhops
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NBaxter

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-20-2012 19:22:49 | More by NBaxter
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-06-2012 00:04:35 | More by JAHMUR
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TotallyHosed

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-22-2012 15:41:35 | More by TotallyHosed
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bpasquini

California

4.49/5  rDev +16%

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!

05-20-2014 05:35:07 | More by bpasquini
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Arbitrator

California

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%

On tap at the Rose & Crown's Firestone night.

A: Pours a hazy golden body that is capped by a finger of light beige head. Retention is short, with some nice sudsing down the sides as I drink.

S: Peach, apricots, hints of mango. Wheat, lemon rind, spice, and yeast.

T: Deliciously fruity, with orchard fruits like peach and apricot. Light hints of mango throughout. A wheaty mid-taste that is nicely complemented by lemon rind and undercurrents of yeast. A spicy finish (coriander?). Not very bitter, even slightly dry.

M: Very tasty and flavorful for something so low in ABV. I was very impressed.

D: This definitely changed my opinion re: Firestone's low-ABV beers. Now I'm beginning to feel like I haven't given them enough credit. This is a great beer. I really want to get six-packs of this.

02-16-2010 04:04:01 | More by Arbitrator
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

on tap from notes

light golden amber quickly filled up the glass with tons of bubbling white foam. Crowning the top and hanging on for what seems like an eternity thick, coating lace is dropped all over the glass.

The aroma was thick with peppery spice, grassy notes, lots of herbal, earthy, and grainy hops. A touch of light peach or pear in here as well. Really just a nice well rounded aroma. Taste rolls through with loads of pepper, coriander, touches of grain. A gritty, earthy taste and feel to it as it was light in body but I felt as though I was chewing it. Light finish, light tartness, dry, very dry with a touch of a peppery spray

08-27-2011 02:07:19 | More by mikesgroove
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

Had this on tap at Toronado San Francisco. Poured a yellow/gold with no head but good carbonation. Smells slightly fruity like a wit with lemon, coriander, and apple. The taste is similar with nice clean, vibrant flavors of lemon, coriander, clove, and slightly sweet apple as well as some herbal flavors with a spicy finish. Very nice. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and smooth. Super refreshing, very tasty and a nice summer drink.

09-09-2008 02:03:32 | More by Georgiabeer
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ILikeGoodCider

California

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Sampled on-tap 08-24-08 at JJ Brewsky's in Camarillo, CA.

A - Poured a slighty cloudy dark straw color. White head with good lacing most of the way. Half Hefe/half Saison to me...

S - A pepper spice up-front. Some acidic fruit sneaking in there.

T - My girlfriend put it well: "Tastes a little boozey. A little buttershots, a little dark rum & a little Red Bull." Haha True.

M - Light but distinct carbonation. It plays well w/ the spice notes.

D - Quite drinkable. I'm digging Saisons lately...maybe its the lazy days of summer kicking in.

If you see this handle on the row, give it a full pint. Paired really well with a Seared Ahi Salad.

08-26-2008 05:22:40 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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sourdog

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-07-2014 02:39:11 | More by sourdog
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Velunas

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-20-2014 19:10:32 | More by Velunas
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LakerLeith

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-10-2014 11:24:53 | More by LakerLeith
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griffeyb

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-08-2014 23:24:15 | More by griffeyb
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DavidHume

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-06-2014 23:58:53 | More by DavidHume
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Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.