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Opal | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crafted by Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Opal is a dry hopped Saison Farmhouse Ale.

The smell of citrus, stone fruit, Saison, and Belgian yeast are noted as you drink. A faint dank is sensed in the mouthfeel. The finish is pleasantly dry. The Saison is felt as the finish waters down.

The flavor of lemon is tasted from beginning to end. The citrus found is orange. The orange is easier to notice at the start of the finish. The finish has a pear taste to it.

The Belgian yeast brings out the orange and lemon flavors. The yeast itself is spicy. The bite is noted on the initial drink and as the finish prolongs. Pepper is noted alongside the yeast.

Opal is a spectacular dry hopped Ale. The Saison is a characteristic to the complexity of the beer. The dryness dominates the beverage. The fruit are complimentary to the Belgian yeast body and lemony body. An unexpected dankness is noted as well that must be due to the presence of the Farmhouse yeast used. Incredible and complex, Opal is like a catchy song that gets stuck in your head.

Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%
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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5/5  rDev +26.9%

This is one of my favorite beers, and I have yet to review it. A beautiful hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. Aromas of farmhouse funk mixed with amplified hoppy juiciness. Light pineapple and golden apple come to mind on the nose and palate. Dry but lasting finish.

Again, this is in my top 5. No way it deserves an 89. This beer is world class. Definitely recommend.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.98/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.84/5  rDev +22.8%

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4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

With a shade of straw evoking the serene, Opal is not only a rare beauty for the eyes... A creamy, funky aroma begins the experience of the other senses, followed by a unique partnership of grains, a wine-like, white grape quality, and a crisp bitterness in the finish that is no doubt thanks to the dry-hopping. Clean and balanced, with just enough mystery overall. A rare treat I'm grateful to have enjoyed.

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4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottled 060614. bomber split into tulip.

A: couldn't be a paler shade of yellow. super light. bright white frothy head. good retention.

S: great spice and zest but even better fermentation characteristics. mild sulfur level. but really hoppy. earthy, bright citrus hops. smell European but also slightly citra-like. very inviting.

T: spicy, zest, slightly tart. a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish but it is fleeting. a little vinous as well. really getting some tasty white wine, green grape notes that I am thoroughly enjoying.

M: a step below champagne like carb but still manages to be smooth. medium bodied.

D: too drinkable IMO. really refreshing and tasty stuff. the perfect summer saison and another home run from FW.

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4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautifully clear light golden yellow tone with a decent sized bubbly white head that leaves lacing through the session. Aromas and flavors are of fresh grain, funk, sauvignon blanc, pear, some oak character, a hint of citrus, and a white-pepper finish. Effervescent mouthfeel, super drinkable. An underrated saison.

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Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,464 ratings
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