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Lil' Opal - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 21
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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Moc513

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

07-23-2014 02:41:58 | More by Moc513
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Overlord

California

2.58/5  rDev -33.3%

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.

10-06-2008 05:05:29 | More by Overlord
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dirtylou

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

05-20-2013 00:41:54 | More by dirtylou
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-13-2014 03:51:36 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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Eighty

Washington

3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-30-2013 16:16:45 | More by Eighty
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JamesP123

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

06-15-2009 19:57:20 | More by JamesP123
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Joe_Mahma

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-20-2014 20:42:07 | More by Joe_Mahma
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Kaveman

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.5%

08-25-2013 20:55:24 | More by Kaveman
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-20-2011 19:11:58 | More by xnicknj
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-14-2011 19:10:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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blue-dream

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-11-2014 13:24:02 | More by blue-dream
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -16%

05-07-2014 13:16:03 | More by mendvicdog
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KevSal

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

05-31-2014 03:17:17 | More by KevSal
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-25-2014 02:00:33 | More by IrishColonial
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bird22

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-03-2013 04:43:07 | More by bird22
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EB1

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-07-2014 23:57:49 | More by EB1
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PG2G

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-30-2014 02:28:25 | More by PG2G
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -16%

04-27-2014 17:29:12 | More by Stevedore
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Tom-Peters

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-13-2014 15:51:25 | More by Tom-Peters
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IndyDad

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16%

04-01-2014 23:56:52 | More by IndyDad
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Chingringo

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16%

06-18-2014 18:24:53 | More by Chingringo
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augustgarage

California

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

05-08-2009 04:33:58 | More by augustgarage
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photomike

California

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

03-22-2009 08:35:03 | More by photomike
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

Taster glass. Blue Palms 4th Anniversary party.

A: Pours with a finger of cola-esque white head on golden straw-like body. Decent retention and good clarity.

S: Lots and lots of oak and barrel characteristics (spice), like a chardonnay, with floral and rose very prominent and banana and stone fruit there as well.

T: The taste is quite weak. Overly oaked and a bit thin, some fruity esters and harsh tannins. I'm not sure I would ID this as a tart beer if it weren't advertised that way.

M: Medium body, medium-light carbonation, and creamy mouthfeel.

O: So-so overall, like a poor man's Temptation. Smells good, but taste is lackluster.

08-18-2012 01:25:59 | More by pmarlowe
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emilylee

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-25-2013 06:07:39 | More by emilylee
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Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.