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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Photo of Simon212
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
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 The label says enjoy within 120 days, however as this bottle is now 948 days old it's fair to say that it's out of date.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.

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Photo of andrewh995
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.

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Photo of madelf66
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nodder
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of fx20736
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice and solid

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Viaduck
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.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ABabbidge
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregf51
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atr2605
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

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Photo of jmg480
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of smi69
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shagal
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrKarl
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjdevel
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.

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Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leaddog
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.

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Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,463 ratings