Opal | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by TheEremite on 06-29-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
1,449
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
297
For Trade:
6
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Reviews by dalahodson:
Photo of dalahodson
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. A straw yellow color with a full white head, lots so lacing on the glass. Smells of lemon, grass, and a hint of bread. The mouth feel was dry and crisp. Over all taste was like a dry white wine. There was lemon, sweet grass and fruits. Crisp and dry with lots of carbonation . A very flavorful and refreshing brew. Tasted refreshing on this SoCal May Day 90 degrees outside.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden light yellow, with a small, half inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells like slightly skunky yeast, white pepper, light citrusy hops.

There's something off about this to me. The yeast is quite dominant, and hops and malt can't quite overcome that. The yeast feels skunky in a way, slightly estery. It's a pretty hoppy bitter beer, but it's a vague hoppiness, and a finish that's too astringent. I really thought I'd like this, but I can't say that I do.

This is light bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

This just didn't quite work for me. It wasn't bad, per se, it just seemed a bit off to my palate.

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Photo of ricke49
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love the perfect earthy barnyard/fruity balance. Bottle I'm enjoying is 8 months old, or about 4 mos. past recommendation on label. Still fresh and tasty though. Firestone Walker has produced an enjoyable, interesting, and darn fun brew!

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Photo of Sanjaybh
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why BA has two entries for the same beer....oh well.... A highly under-rated saison IMHO. This is what I want from a saison. A perfect balance of earthy, funky, hoppy and dry. This is the type of beer I would always have on hand. Problem is, this one doesn't get sold and re-stocked with any frequency. The only bottles I can find on the shelves these days are one that are over 1 1/2 years old. And that is a sad shame.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of gr8ful
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

outstanding beer.
look: pours hazy straw color. decent head. no lace
smell...has that certain almost sour smell prevalent with saissons and farmhouse ales.
taste...this one has an almost sweet first impression, but settles into a sort of sour (not like a "sour" though). not hoppy but you can sense the hops somewhere in there. complex, i think is the word the "experts" use. this one is.
feel....almost like sparkling wine a first bit settled into a nice mellow "round" mouthfeel. can't figure out how to describe it any other way.
overall..fine, fine beer. whenever it shows up at Total Wine and Beer, I snatch up a few bottles.
poured from a big bottle into a sort of snifter glass.

this was a little too cold when i opened it..let it warm up a bit to really enjoy this complex ale.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Beerswag
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle w/ a 3-7-14 bottling date

Pours lightly hazed darker golden. Off white head, that leaves decent bits and irregular bars of lace.

Pleasant tropical fruit nose

More tropical fruits, including melon on the palate with light pepper.

Nicely done, highly enjoyable and well crafted. Helped wash down some BBQ in a palate cleansing and fat cutting manner.

Go get some.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of tigg924
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: golden apples and hay

Taste: golden apples, Sauvignon Blanc grapes, Belgian spices, pepper and hay

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a dry bitter finish, light bodied and high carbonation

Overall: I really enjoyed Opal and its complexity. A nice and crisp saison and another great beer from Firestone Walker. I will get this again if I can find it.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Meyers1023
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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