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Lil' Opal - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 52 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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%.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.