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Lil' Opal - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Jul 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. Not good. Kind of like George Cloony and his career: Lil' Opal pours gorgeously, and it has good traits, but it's also kind of, 'meh.'

Beautiful orange glow, while the aroma is inviting like a betacaratin sorority party. But once inside... a bit flat, a bit, "yeah, I'm ok with being here, but I could be doing something better."

It's ok, but it's just a Lil' (see what Raul did there?) of a letdown from the powerhouse that is Firestone Walker.

RaulMondesi, Jul 13, 2014
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Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.