SLOambic - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 61
Gots: 28 | FT: 4
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 02-18-2013

Wild ale fermented with Ollalieberries.

1500 lbs. of berries were added to Sour Opal, a beer matured 18 months in French oak barrels, then fermented using our proprietary blend of microflora for an additional 4 months. Bursting with ripe berries, brambles, as well as jam, the fruit eventually gives way to a tease of funky yeast, spicy oak, and a robust mouth-watering acidity.
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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 6
Photo of apasternak
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the best Olallieberry beer I've ever had

Photo of vitALEity
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale red/purple with a huge head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is woody, vanilla, funky, sour, wild berry jam

Taste is an oak filled, funky, astringent, deep berry flavor


Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark mauve color with a modest lavender head; a few spots of lace here and there

Smell: Jammy berry aromatics with a strong lactic presence; funky and oaky

Taste: Huge berry flavors, up front, and, since I have never tasted an ollalieberry, I can only describe it as a combination of blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry; lactic and funky tones build through the middle and the finish adds an oaky dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: When you think of Firestone Walker, fruity lambics are far from the top of the list of things they are known for; with this beer, they can certainly shake up that reputation as this is top notch

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375mL Bottle

-Pours a deep ruby red with pink foam which fades almost immediately.

-Smell is a nice musty barnyard funk mixed with some berry fruitiness.

- Taste is quite puckering sour and yogurt lactic funky. The fruit hits with good raspberry/blackberry flavors (I have no idea what an olallieberry is). Flavors fade quickly and finish is dry. Slightly jammy.

- Overall an extremely drinkable and pleasant sour that is well balanced. Decent complexity. Flavors fade a bit quickly (would've liked it to be more jammy), but still excellent. Reminds me of the two jester king sours I've had, Atrial and Nocturn.

Photo of MarcWP
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a beautiful lavender spiked purple with a light soft pink head which whisks down to a delicate ring with tiny floating islands in the center of the glass.

Aroma is pungent with berries. Raspberry, blueberry, boysenberry, mulberry, and more. Strong oak presence offers wet wood, vanilla, and faint cinnamon. Lactic strawberry yogurt also presents itself.

Taste is major berry fruit compote, oak tannins, lactic acid, unsweetened vanilla Greek yogurt, and cranberry jam. Some acetic acid luckily compliments the lactic notes.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, with supple carbonation, with a tart and somewhat astringent finish.

A very nice fruited sour by FW. Not exactly groundbreaking but easily on par with any De Garde, Cascade, and other "lactic" aggressive sours out there. Like other FW sours I've had though, this maintains somewhat of a balance and little more acid restraint than other breweries out there.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, this brew is so different than the SLO-ambic listed that it needsa new catagory. I spoke with David Walker at City Beer Store and he said to expect it on shelves at some point.

"Olallieberry Lambic aged 2 years in retired Firestone Union barrels. 6%"

Poured out a nice gold with half inch head. Lacing was ok.

Fruit, yeast and pale malts on the smell. Nice and tart.

Pucker up because this is sour! Sour berries and pale malts to start. Oak at the finish, but you still get a nice, tart aftertaste. Goes down smooth.

I can't wait for the bottle release!!!

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SLOambic from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.