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Lil' Opal - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 17
Gots: 28 | 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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California

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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

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06-07-2014 02:39:11 | More by sourdog
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California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-06-2014 16:33:24 | More by rowbow
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California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-05-2014 22:27:14 | More by Tyrus
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01001111

California

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear, golden yellow with no head.

S: Flowers, brett funk, and a faint tartness.

T: Rich light malts, a quick wash faint tartness, then a very funky finish. Aftertaste is of strong wood flavors.

M: Medium body, light carbonation.

O: Interesting but not my favorite saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 03:23:34 | More by 01001111
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mrbubbler

California

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

06-05-2014 01:16:21 | More by mrbubbler
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Saudereth

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-03-2014 18:28:07 | More by Saudereth
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California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-01-2014 23:05:23 | More by Smarty_Pints
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MastaShonuf

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-01-2014 20:48:04 | More by MastaShonuf
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KevSal

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-29-2014 18:42:36 | More by NRo
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Drucifer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-29-2014 13:31:09 | More by Drucifer
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Samuel906

California

4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a 375mL bottle that I happened to find at the Paso Robles brewery and tasting room. Found it totally by chance while I was in there looking for some Stickee Monkee. Poured into a Firestone Walker Pivo Pils pilsner stange. Pours a bright, transluscent golden yellow with a vibrant white, thick head with lots of retention. Vigorous effervescing makes it seem alive. Honestly one of the best looking beers I've seen in a glass; it is the definition of looking inviting. Smell is interesting and complex: you can definitely smell the funk and tartness right of the bat and some brettanomyces musk. Some lemon, grapes and oak too. Taste is light, tart, and crisp, citrus. Amazingly easy to drink. Feel is very refreshing, leaves a great after taste. Overall, I really, REALLY enjoyed this beer. It has lots of good flavors, supremely refreshing, and looks amazing! Only downside is it is a bit pricey. This really bares nothing in common with it's namesake, Opal, and I really wish they had decided to make this a year round, widely distributed release instead.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 04:29:17 | More by Samuel906
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California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-26-2014 09:16:41 | More by alwaysplayin
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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gueuzegossage

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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sloelco

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-25-2014 06:50:04 | More by sloelco
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Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-25-2014 01:32:29 | More by sunsjammer
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California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-24-2014 18:13:53 | More by Bubbles
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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DCLAguy11

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-20-2014 22:32:53 | More by DCLAguy11
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Joe_Mahma

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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

California

4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the bottle at the Bretta Rose/Stickee Monkee release
Think they changed the recipe from when this was added
Bottle says 5.9% ABV, time spent in barrels 14 months, 75% aged in French Oak, and 25% aged in American oak
A: Pours a slightly hazy goldfish yellow color and leaves a small white bubbly head on an aggressive pour, nice nucleation occurring, pretty good look to this beer

S: The room immediately is filled with some light fruit, barnyard hay, some funk and a hint of tartness, as you delve deeper you find, some vinegar, lemon zest, white grapes, and vanilla from the french and american oak barrels, it smells really good!

T: Initial flavor is Brett and tartness, then followed by some lemon zest, white grapes, more wine characteristics, slight presence of hops, then finishes with some hop bitterness, more wine characteristics and vanilla, the barrels really come through at the end and it’s fantastic, a little Brett on the finish as well, the tartness is medium in the start and slowly fades until you hit the crisp finish, no real lingering at all, great flavor profile for a Saison, possibly one of my new favorite saison

M: Tart, crisp, light, and refreshing, this is going to be an excellent summer beer!

O: Great beer, especially for a saison, hope I can make it back to FW to pick up some more!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 05:35:07 | More by bpasquini
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California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.