Opal - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.24/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Poured from a growler I got from Hops and Barley Market in Queensbury, NY. Fresh keg, so it doesn't seem to be as retired as this page might suggest... unless it's a different Firestone Walker Opal and they didn't specify. But I digress. Beautiful hazy straw in color with no floaties and a very faint effervescence. 1-finger white head that would best be described as airy. Minimal lacing.
S: Sweet, bright, spicy (but not too) and fruity. Notes of orange, banana, cloves, creme brulee, crystal malts, and a touch of grass clippings on the finish. Flavorful, inviting, and complex without overpowering in any one area. Very nice nose.
T: Crisp on the tongue in-mouth with sweetness dominating up-front and a savory swallow. Fresh fruit on the aftertaste. This has a lot: honey, wheat, fried plantains, a hint of whiskey sour, lemon, burnt caramel, and even some spices like cloves all round out the complex flavor bill. Less peppery than most Saisons I've had, and this I find to be a good thing. It's not overly sweet, and doesn't fall back on overwhelming spiciness either. It's a refreshing, well-balanced farmhouse ale that really does the name justice.
M: Light but well-bodied with a smooth and crisp feel. A bit seltzery on the swallow, which I find refreshing on a warm summer's day. It isn't terribly substantial, but I suppose that is what one would want from a lighter farmhouse ale.
O: For me this beer sets the bar for saisons. Above it, and you're world-class, below it and you have some work to do. I personally find the term "farmhouse ale" perfectly descriptive for this beer: straw colored with an ambiance that oozes old-world country beer.
07-01-2014 01:34:13 | More by TangTKE402
5/5 rDev +20.2%
They put this in a bottle!! Shouts out to #craftylady24_7 for the hook up. She's on point. Haven't been brave enough to crack into the Ferel 1's.
Nice appearance clear orange-bright. First "dry-hopped saison" I've had; very interesting.
Subtle fruits and sweets all over.
Booziness seems to dissipate quickly.
Flavor definitely lingers a while. Hints of fruit/tropical and a bit sour/tart but easy to drink. Don't know about 14%. Bottle says 7.5% but still great.
For the moment, my new favorite beer period.
Great work once again FW/BW.
04-04-2014 04:09:56 | More by Yby1acb
3.53/5 rDev -15.1%
Note: I was told this is 13% on tap
A - A golden color, cloudy with a moderate off white head and minimal lacing.
S - Sugar, candied fruit, butterscotch, apricots, anything sweet.
T - Butterscotch was the best description I heard for this. Super sweet and wheat laced.
M - Thick and sticky.
D - I'm glad this has got a high ABV cause I'm not sure how many of these I could take. I can taste why they used this to blend in the 12. However, not as good standing alone.
11-23-2008 11:28:37 | More by bifrostguard
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
On tap at Toronado's FW12 event on 11/12. Had another glass on 11/13 at City Beer Store's release
A: Nice hazy, reddish copper color. Poured with a nice white head
S: Awesome. Coconut and candi sugar. Toffee.
T/M: Same as the smell but even more intense. Coconut and sugary toffee dominate and are excellently balanced. A little viscous, full-bodied. Great stuff.
D: Super high abv makes what would otherwise be a beer I would love to drink a lot of not so possible.
This was up there with the FW 10 and 12. Consider them the pour man's version. This is just awesome.
11-16-2008 02:34:31 | More by abfraser
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
On tap at Toronado during the Firestone Walker 12 release party. The writeup described this as an 11% wheatwine aged in bourbon barrels for 6 months. Blond in color, cloudy and nearly opaque, with half an inch of white foam that dissipates pretty quickly. The nose on this stuff is unbelievable - toasted coconut immediately comes to mind, with a dash of bourbon behind it. This is an absolute malt bomb of a beer, sweet and rich with overtones of tropical fruit (coconut, banana, mango) and vanilla. I get more coconut rum than bourbon from the barrel. The finish is semi-sweet, and this could certainly get cloying in large quantities, but I finished my 13 oz glass with no trouble. As someone else mentioned, despite the lack of hype this beer was every bit as good as 12.
11-13-2008 19:25:28 | More by largadeer
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
On tap at Toronado last night. This was right up there with Firestone Ten and Twelve for me. Really nice looking beer - hazy, bright, golden color with white head. The first thing that jumps out at me on tasting is toasted coconut. Also toffee. Overall, a very sweet beer, so hop lovers will likely be disappointed. With such high ABV and having this after a few rounds of Ten and Twelve, I wasn't able to finish my glass. But I loved this one.
11-13-2008 16:40:18 | More by waltonc
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
this was my first wheatwine so i have nothing to compare it to...but of all the firestone beers i have tried this would have to be my favorite. you will definitely noticed the strong presence of toffee in the smell and taste, very yummy stuff i definitely recommend this one. its pretty obvious why they used this stuff in the blending of beers to make the 12th.
11-13-2008 06:01:45 | More by space
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
6 ounce serving served in a huge wine glass for $7.50 at the Linkery in San Diego, I was told this was actually 14% ABV but that might vary by batch, reviewed from notes
A-Golden orange color with amber tint, big one inch creamy white head that lasted a long time, great retention, some lacing
S-Booze, cream, plums, cloves, bananas, blackberries, sweet malts, prunes, caramel, light citrus, wheat, toffee, oak, vanilla, cocoa, and numerous spices
T-Starts off with a big fruit character that is mostly dark, some caramel and toffee along with other sweet malty characteristics in the middle, finish is slightly boozy with some spice and more fruit, as it warms a little milk chocolate is present along with more variety of fruits, wheat causes some chewiness at times, this tastes very similar to a barleywine but with a much bigger fruit character, more grapes and berries and the wheat gives it some nice spice and a fuller mouthfeel, very enjoyable
M-Sweet, spicy, boozy, and fruity mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, nice level of carbonation that prevented this from being too thick, taste lingers a long time
D-Could have drank a few more servings of this size, alcohol is hidden pretty well for how strong it is, smooth and inviting, relatively light on the stomach, ABV is high though
I will start off by saying that I have never had a better wheat wine, hopefully we will see this beer as one of the major components in one of their anniversary blends in the future, stuff was flat out good and I wish I could have had more, cannot wait to drink again, highly recommended
10-30-2008 20:15:55 | More by Floydster
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
On tap at Firestone brewery pub, served in a snifter. They were calling this one Big Opal, assuming its the same, just differentiating because of the Lil' Opal they brewed. This one was listed at 13%.
Pours a hazy golden orange, big and bubbly white head, drops a ton of lacing, great retention, looks pretty damn nice. Smell is insane, tons of toffee, sweet malt, oak, vanilla, some apricot, floral, light fruits, kind of flowery, rich biscuity malt, wheat, toast, a bit buttery. Taste is great too, huge buttery toffee/caramel maltiness, alcohol, oak, vanilla, biscuits, some light fruits, melon, floral, honey, nice balanced finish. To sum this up on flavour so you can relate, it kind of tastes like waffles with butter and corn syrup, very good stuff. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth going down but the alcohol is well hidden. Firestone hits another grand slam, this stuff is great.
09-05-2008 20:38:35 | More by Viggo
4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
What a great beer. It pours a bit cloudy but that's about the only negative with this beer. I don't know if it was barrel aged or not but it has a big vanilla and caramel nose. It tastes of honey sweetness and it mantains a crispness uncommon in beers this large. It remindes me of an english barleywine but it finishes dry and extremely drinkable. I highly recommend this beer and sincerely hope firestone adds it to the seasonals lineup.
06-29-2008 19:47:44 | More by TheEremite
Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.