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Opal - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 223
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 8
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheEremite on 06-29-2008

Bringing down the Farmhouse! Our interpretation of the rustic Wallonian Saison style is a harmonious blend of rustic grains, spicy yeast and unique sauvignon blanc tones. Inviting lemon grass and gooseberry meet peppery spice and fresh grain aromas. Spicy Belgian yeast create a complex yet dry and refreshing canvas with splashes of citrus and stone fruit with a bright tropical white wine finish. Hop bitterness is assertive yet harmonious rounding out slightly tart and refreshing.
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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 223
Reviews by JohnParadee:
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bot. 6/14/14. Consumed 2/27/15.

A: An explosive dense shower of effervesce within a pale, straw colored body that had a pristine clarity. A gentle 45 degree pour into a spiegelau ipa glass produced a monstrous cornsilk white head that consumed the vast majority of the vessel. A patient wait allowed the head to tamper off leaving sloppy patches of foam lace of good coverage on the vessel. Large cavenous soapy pockets along the glass walls while the carbonation maintains its constant rampage long after the pour. A finishing pour into the vessel yields some cloudy, yeasty nutrients.

S: Tart lemon and lightly musky barn scents, hard to get much attention beneath the monster head. Cobwebs, dried honey suckle, and warm pineapple slice.

T: Flavor was dried honey malt and wheat, honey suckle, and lemon grind. Sweet, musky fruit, soft barnwood tones, with hints of applesauce and cinnamon. Spicy belgian hops, grapes, sweet malt sugars, lightly dry tangerine, and peppery straw finish. Musky barnyard fade.

M: Razor sharp tongue dancing carbonation, nice milky malt texture and depth per style.

O: Overall great color, feverish sharp pitch of effervesce that provides crispness, monstrous lasting head with a very good flavor and a 7.5% abv that feels/drinks sessionable. Great drinkability factor, even when consumed 8 months past bottling date this is still as fresh and sharp as ever. (1,401 characters)

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3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 11/14/14.Pours into a large tulip glass a slightly orange tinged lemon yellow with a large sticky white head atop.Tropical fruitiness stands out most in the nose with a bit of funk and phenols.A little sharpness in the mouth,slightly fizzy.Hay and light funk at the onset of the palate with some tropical fruits and yeasty phenols coming in the finish.The beer doesn't seem as big as it is,it's refreshing but the mouthfeel seems it bit off,other than that pretty darn good. (485 characters)

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3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -28.1%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (362 characters)

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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.