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Opal - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: TheEremite on 06-29-2008)
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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.