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Lil' Opal - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 26
Gots: 41 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Moc513, Jul 23, 2014
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2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


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 -29.1%

dirtylou, May 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

jtladner, Sep 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, May 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Eighty, May 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%
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 -22.7%

Joe_Mahma, May 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

birchstick, Aug 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

blue-dream, Jun 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

mendvicdog, May 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

KevSal, May 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

IrishColonial, Jun 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

bird22, Jun 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

EB1, Jun 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Stevedore, Apr 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

mwillums, Aug 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Tom-Peters, Jun 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

IndyDad, Apr 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Chingringo, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of augustgarage
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
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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3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very good looking beer, this poured with a big pillowy pure white head into a bubble pint glass on tap at the Firestone Taproom in Paso Robles. A sign indicated 3.5% abv

Smell was really all wheat and honey to me...nothing like any saison I've ever had.

Taste followed suit. Lots of wheat flavor with some mild lemony, tangerine citrus notes. Very "wet" tasting...I wouldn't say watery, but its getting there. Not the best...kinda boring tasting, just generic sweet wheat...not a lot of depth here. Also, I'm not sure where all this immense spice talk is coming from. Maybe some mild nutmeggy type stuff going on here, but I really don't get much spice at all.

I have to agree that this tastes more like a wit or a weissbier than anything. Maybe like Blue Moon's tastier older brother.

The mouthfeel was rather smooth, clean ad refreshing, but I ended up with a bit of a cloying sensation after a while. Not a super sweet beer, but what sweetness there was really got to me.

This led to a rather low drinkability. 12 oz into my pint, I wasn't very interested in finishing it, but I was glad I tried it. This could be good very cold on a front lawn during summer, but not the best beer I've had. Would not buy again.

photomike, Mar 22, 2009
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Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.