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Lil' Opal - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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87
very good

206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 17
Gots: 29 | FT: 4
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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t0rin0

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First some notes given to me by the brewer at Blue Palms tonight. This is made from the 2nd runnings of the Wheatwine they did. Its fermented with Saison Dupont yeast. 50% wheat and 50% of that is Torrified Wheat, which contributes to the body.

Pours a murky yellow color, not overly attractive but for a "saison" I guess its alright. Small head, not much retention or lacing. I don't expect a beer made with 50% wheat to be real clear although I was surprised at the lack of head retention.

Aroma was spicy and sweet. Upon closer inspection the wheat became noticeable but mostly the belgian goodness of the yeast was dominant.

Flavor was an interesting mix of saison, belgian pale, and wheatwine. Wheaty, spicy, very sweet and belgian, no hops, and minimal bitterness.

Full bodied, good CO2 (duh, on tap), highly drinkable. No idea on abv but my guess is 5.0%.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2008 10:06:24 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap for Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and wood. Taste is much the same along with a distinct pickle juice flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell but the pickle juice flavor in this one is pretty weird.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 01:15:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-19-2012 15:30:07 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours clean blonde color with a good white head and a ring or two of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some oak and light acidity plus a bit of white wine. Fairly strong sourness comes around along with a bit of funk. The flavor is fairly-funky and brings some white-wine acidity as well as a bit of lemon. Oak comes in as well. Mouthfeel is really nice with the acidity pairing well with a bit of a tannic presence. Really tasty and another solid experiment into the wild category from Firestone. I really hope this becomes a bigger program in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 11:12:11 | More by Thorpe429
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 02:07:19 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-07-2012 14:59:54 | More by nmann08
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchill's

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a finger's worth of white foam.

S: The nose is fairly fruity (tropical and stone fruits) and sweet with nice notes of citrus and a light hoppiness.

T: The flavor is similarly fruity with lemon, peaches, and apricot? Some wheat and a light breadiness give the beer some backbone and a touch of bitterness for balance.

M: The body is fairly light with a refreshing, crisp carbonation.

D: I've been looking forward to trying this beer for awhile and it was actually pretty nice. If only Firestone would actually make these beers available more often.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 08:21:42 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-17-2014 23:05:44 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-17-2014 23:22:26 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-15-2013 01:25:47 | More by spycow
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-06-2013 22:00:48 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-24-2013 00:00:56 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

just when i thought normal opal was the best saison going, i go and have a glass of this one, wow is it delicious. refreshing light wheat malt base with copious brett and oak characteristics, and just enough tartness to be both citrusy and refreshing. maybe a little less dramatically hopped than regular opal, which i loved for its hoppy finish. this replaces hops with funk, and its a great tradeoff. so much sweet oak in the middle, it almost feels more substantial than its low alcohol really is. plush fuller body for a lighter beer too, with brett moving from almost grassy up front to all the way funked out as it finishes. super dry, just a little oak left on the tongue after i swallow. a joyous beer that i really need about a pony keg of to enjoy to the fullest. this is all day drinking wild ale, it would make a great sixes for firestone walker, although i bet we never see that. it would really do well i think, i would be a regular on it in that format! great accompaniment to almost any cuisine, versatile and delicious wild ale all around. maybe not the most complex or distinct, but its flawlessly put together.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2014 22:54:00 | More by StonedTrippin
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Halcyondays

California

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with a small white head out of the tap, fair retention, light lacing.

S: Light bretty funk, white bread.

T: Definitely funkier than your average saison, similar to Avery 15, but with more refinement. Raw earthy, dry funk is there, sourdough bread, a somewhat unexpected flavour, but pretty tasty.

M: Carbonation is light, gets almost flat by the end of the tulip, but easily drinkable and complex at the same time.

D: A good saison, flavours aren't dramatic, but they are interesting; I enjoyed this ale from Firestone.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2008 00:37:23 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

05-07-2014 13:16:03 | More by mendvicdog
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-28-2013 00:05:54 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-20-2012 18:45:57 | More by imperialking
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Firestone in Buellton.
Poured a somewhat cloudy, straw yellow. The server immediately dropped an orange into it and I was PO'd. Leave it alone. Nose was of light citrus and wheat. Really light on the wheat and the ABV was light which made it very drinkable. It was a little spicy but smooth all the way.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2009 03:49:38 | More by barleywinefiend
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-16-2014 17:54:43 | More by orangesol
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Zorro

California

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Spikes in San Luis Obispo.

Slightly hazy orange colored beer with a decent head.

Smell is dead one for a Belgian wheat beer, lots of spicy phenols from Belgian witbier yeast. Also has scents of English style hops, earthy and leather with a hint of herbs.

Taste begins semi sweet with a big hit of spice to the tongue. Unexpected strong bitterness and herbal and woody. Something of a fusion beer this Belgian Witbier crossed with British Pale Ale. This is something like Gumball head with an English accent and a Belgian passport. The worst thing you could say is that 3F makes the American version with North Western Hops and calls it Gumball Head. Gets quite dry and herbal as you finish the glass.

Mouthfeel is good.

Easy drinking here. A natural summer session beer with low alcohol and an interesting flavor profile that is both Belgian witbier and English Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2008 09:56:40 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Stone World Bistro, on to the beer:

The ABV was listed around 4.2% on the menu, so I wasn't surprised to get a lighter tasting beer. It has a hazy yellow-orange glow to it with little head on top, an assortment of mixed fruits (predominantely peach and apricots) in the nose, and the taste....it was a little floral upfront, but it quiclky chnages to bits of citrus, yeast, and apricots. Slightly tart, I might add. Light in the mouth, but with some body and a sprinkle of carbonation. Very dry overall.

I had heard of this beer, but wasn't sure what I was getting. Quite interesting for a small beer. I found it to be a good mid-day beer and palate cleanser. Oddly, it reminded me of the Eisenbahn Pale Ale I had in Brazil back in January.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 04:45:00 | More by DoubleJ
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-17-2013 05:39:05 | More by zestar
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Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.