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Lil' Opal - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

276 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 24
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
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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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

sean_paul, Oct 05, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Moc513, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Overlord
2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ugh.

Pours a pale yellow with a big white, soapy foam head. Smells like yeast and light citrus.

Taste ... too much spice. Some lemony/zesty citrus, some orange rind, and just way too much coriander/whatever for what otherwise would be a nice, drinkable, brew. For a backing this mild to have this much going on ... too much.

Thin mouthfeel. Wouldn't revisit.

Overlord, Oct 06, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

dirtylou, May 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

jtladner, Sep 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, May 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Eighty, May 30, 2013
Photo of JamesP123
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from tap - into pint glass - at Pint Sized Bar in San Rafael.

A. Cloudy/Hazy yello color, didn;t watch the pour, but when it came to me it had almost zero head and no lacing.

S. Smelled a tangy wheat, with aa little funkyness, but not much. Didn't pick up any hop presense, just a little tang from the yeast and some herbal/spicy notes.

T. Definately some corriander coming through. Tastes like it smells, tangy wheat beer with a good amount of spices. Light bodied with a slightly dry finish.

M. Light mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation.

D. The tangyness was a little much for me, couldn't see myslef having a second of these, if there are other decent options. Overall a decent beer, nothing over the top, nothing stands out as bad.

JamesP123, Jun 15, 2009
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Joe_Mahma, May 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

birchstick, Aug 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

blue-dream, Jun 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

mendvicdog, May 07, 2014
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KevSal, May 31, 2014
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IrishColonial, Jun 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

bird22, Jun 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

EB1, Jun 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Stevedore, Apr 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

mwillums, Aug 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Tom-Peters, Jun 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

IndyDad, Apr 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Chingringo, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of augustgarage
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a generic tulip.

Pour is a golden amber with a magnolia head. Lacing seems good at first, but doesn't stick around. I detected a slight haze at first, but the beer actually has a surprising (atypical) clarity for the style.

Aroma is unusual. Many have pegged it as wheat, but I also detect hops, and an herbaceous savory character, almost like tarragon. There is a slight funk, but it reminds me of hops more than yeast. I wouldn't mistake this for a Belgian brew...

That said, there is no bitterness in the taste, just a continuation and emphasis of the flavors suggested by the nose. Finish is not particularly distinctive, but simply follows the lead of funky wheat smell on the palate.

Mouthfeel is relatively thin, though the carbonation is sufficient. ABV isn't too high (3-5%?). Quite drinkable, but not particularly exciting. A unique, if simplistic take on a farmhouse ale.

augustgarage, May 08, 2009
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Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.