Opal
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #546
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,047
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 9.64%
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
1,242
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 24, 2021
Added:
Jun 29, 2008
Wants:
  59
Gots:
  297
SCORE
88
Very Good
OpalOpal
Notes: 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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Rated: 4 by drstalker from Illinois

Aug 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Nov 03, 2020
 
Rated: 3.93 by DOCRW from Washington

Jul 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

May 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.41 by evanwoertz from California

Oct 15, 2019
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Reviewed by iguanodon from Utah

3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
[Original rating 2015-12-12] Pours clear gold with a huge white head. Aroma of spice, white pepper, faint clove, yeast. Taste is bitter, dry, peppery. A good but not exceptional saison.
Oct 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Jul 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by WadeBridgman from Illinois

Jun 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.03 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Nov 02, 2017
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A 650ml bottle with a bottled-on date of March 26, 2015. The label says enjoy within 120 days, however as this bottle is now 948 days old it's fair to say that it's out of date. Purchased ages ago from the Brewdog webshop. Described on the label as a dry-hopped saison; let's see how it holds up....

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright, hazy golden hue with fine suspended sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before slowly settling as a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of intense, fruity yeast esters with hints of spice, mild herbs, subtle banana, soft anise, earthiness, a touch of grain and a vague leafiness. No aromatic hops to speak of. Excellent nonetheless - yeast character is superb.

T: Tastes of fruity Belgian yeast with notes of spice, light herbs, faint banana, earthiness, subtle grainy malt and stewed hops. Dry, with a delicate bitterness upon swallowing. No aroma hop character.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and great body. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of earthy yeast, mild fruity esters, subtle stewed hops and faint grain.

O: A quality saison which has held up well despite its age. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are a solid blend of fruity yeast esters, spice, subtle herbs and earthiness. Nice body; smooth and textured. The loss of aromatic hops is unsurprising, however this still goes down a treat. A fantastic brew that is certainly worth sampling.
Oct 29, 2017
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Reviewed by andrewh995 from Arizona

4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a perfect and hazy yellowish gold with a finger of white head. Smells of spices, yeast, light malt, and fruit. Tastes of belgian yeast, grains, non-bitter hops, spices, and some slightly sweet fruits. Medium in body and medium-low in carbonation. Wait, this is a 7% beer? I swear you wouldn't even think it was close to that. Anyways this is an incredible example of a Saison. My bottle is about 1 year aged as that's how I found it at the store. Are you supposed to age Saisons? I don't know but it's still damn good.
Sep 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Jul 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.8 by nodder from New York

Jul 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-hazy crisp burnt colored yellow. Rimmed finger’s worth of lacing appears after the head dissipates. The smell starts off with Belgian sweet yeasty to some light Belgian sugars. Sweet grass, light citrus, white pepper and some black pepper. Runs together into the aftertaste and gives off a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Some yeasty stickiness hits but isn’t cloying. Overall, an absolutely wonderful saison, boom!
Jun 25, 2017
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A beautifully sandy opaque color with a 2 finger puffy head with lots of lace left behind. A great appearance.

Nose - Clove and pepper notes, with some orange pith and lemon. Slight banana.

Taste - Starts pretty peppery, with a nice soft fruity explosion in the middle, full of banana, pineapple, and lemon. It fades off to what I'd imagine sticky notes tasting like. Kind of papery, adhesive-like.

Feel is effervescent and carbonated, pretty creamy from the left over head. A slight dryness on the finish.

Overall a pretty decent Saison. I'd give it another try.
Apr 25, 2017
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Rated by fx20736 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
nice and solid
Apr 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri

Mar 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by BEER88 from Washington

Mar 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A lovely amber color, clear as day with a constant steam of tiny bubbles rising to a modest white head. Aromas of grain, spices & yeast. Salt & pepper up front, some fruitiness but not sweet, slightly spicy, with a bitter & grain finish. Spiced & carbonation make for nice mouthfeel. Very good farmhouse ale.
Mar 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by OregonGrown7 from Oregon

Feb 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by BdM from Netherlands

Feb 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.07 by ABabbidge from Kansas

Jan 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by Gregf51 from Ohio

Jan 22, 2017
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Reviewed by atr2605 from New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A-pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color with a white foamy head with good retention
S-lemon, grassy, floral, spicy, honey
T-grassy, herbal, cracked peppercorn, nice malt balance
M-medium-light bodied with above average carbonation
O-nice interpretation of the style, bright flavors and excellent balance
Jan 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.67 by jmg480 from Pennsylvania

Dec 29, 2016
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright yellow color and a somewhat cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of light fruit, citrus, Belgian-style yeast, spices and a malty quality.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of Belgian yeast (less than other saisons), a good amount of citrus (lemon, in particular), some nice vinous tones, a bit of pepper and other spices, and a bit of the typical barnyard saison funk. A slightly different take on a saison flavor that seems to work. Light and interesting.

S: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Opal is a somewhat unusual take on the saison style, but it manages to satisfy. Drinkable.
Dec 28, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Golden yellow pour, average amount of haze to it, good 3/4" white head, although it dissipates. Good bready, farmhouse humid hay aroma going on.

Taste, some lemon, wheat, that farmhouse humidity again, high carbonation. Way more than average amount of citrus stuff going on here, and it doesn't appear to be hop derived because this doesn't taste hoppy. Similar to Goose Island's Sofie. Mild pepper presence boosted by the carbonation levels. A good summer beer around the pool.
Dec 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.68 by smi69 from New York

Dec 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.17 by shagal from Canada (AB)

Dec 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.17 by DrKarl from Illinois

Dec 14, 2016
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Reviewed by sjdevel from Utah

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Looks great. Pale gold in color. 2 finger head. Not the best retention. Foam ring remains. Smells spicy and very hoppy. Not much on the floral hops, but more of the pine side...like a heavy citra laden beer. Some Belgan yeast. Tastes a bit grassy like youd expect from a Saison at first, then it jumps into more of a Belgian IPA style beer. A bit citrusy. Not much in the bitter side, but exlposive hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and it stays a bit fizzy. Overall it is a good beer, but not enough in the Saison category for me. Still gave it straight 4s.
Nov 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by elglueckert from Montana

Nov 21, 2016
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance - Pours a warm apricot/gold with three fingers of foamy white head. Quite effervescent.

Smell - Belgian yeast, spicy hops, bready malts, lemon, orange, coriander, black pepper.

Taste - Surprisingly on the malty scale of flavours, followed along by the spicy hops. Yeast/fruity ester flavours are present, just not as much as I would expect.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate-to-high carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering light bitterness.

Overall - A saison that utilizes the dry-hopping technique very well. I was expecting the traditional saison yeast flavours to play more of a role, as I found the upfront malt flavour a little surprising, but the hop flavour was spot on.
Nov 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Impetuous from Montana

3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Beautiful golden colour with moderate head leaving

Tastes wonderful. Lightly bitter from the hops with yeast flavor with light maltiness. Refreshing. Feels surprisingly light for the alcohol content.

Quite good.
Nov 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.22 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Nov 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.07 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Oct 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.66 by Nmgreen from New York

Oct 25, 2016
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, lemon, saison yeast. Flavor follows, with smooth grainy malt, saison yeast, light brett, lemon citrus, light pepper, light grass hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Covers all the bases for a pleasant, mellow saison. A bit smooth and easy for a farmhouse style ale, but makes up for lack of rusticness with a nice integration of malt with light funk and citrus. Very easy to drink and ABV well covered. I'd go elsewhere for a truly traditional saison, but this tasted great.
Oct 21, 2016
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Reviewed by EnzymaticHops from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Deep straw yellow with a quickly dissipating head. Lovely aromas with esters then hops. One of the hoppiest saisons I have tasted. The hops kind of knock out the saison yeast. A tasty brew but a bit unbalanced for a proper saison. Nonetheless, it appeals to the hophead in me.
Oct 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Sep 20, 2016
Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1471 ratings