Opal | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 221 | Ratings: 1,449
Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared at tasting. Pale yellow pour, high carbonation, thin white head.Smells of farmhouse funk and honey. Bitter and dry, with notes of citrus, honey, grapefruit and brett.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is really fresh and fruity, floral and citrusy. Taste is also fresh, citrusy floral with some rustic farmhouse notes. Body is light and effervescent. Really fresh and easy drinking.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nothing too overly exciting. Hardly any head, mild farmhouse smell and not much of a mouthfeel to speak of. Not unpleasant by any means but for the price I was expecting something much more exciting.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - clear golden color
Smell - Citrus, yeast, orangey, barnyard
Taste - Lemon peel, peppery spice, fruity, hay, earthy

Overall - A very nice, easy drinking (especially for 7.5%) saison from FW. Not the best of the Prop series but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is fresh cut orange and lemon zest.
The taste light and refreshing but contains flavor complexity: orange, tart, lemon.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Quite nice.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is white grape juice, straw, lemon - very much like a sparkling cider.

Taste is Belgian yeast, lemon citrus, with a clean and slightly bitter finish.

Overall, a really nice hoppy saison.

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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 SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/16/14. Picked up fairly recently. Yay for pre aged beers

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a clear golden yellow with a dense two finger head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of spicy yeast, a little lemony citrus, and some cracker like malt
T: Taste is spicy yeast, some slightly musty grain flavors, slight citrus, and some grape notes. Swallow is faint white grape juice, some fruity estery goodness and some lingering spice. Slight alcohol on the finish
M: Fairly light but not watery with soft and slightly prickly carbonation. this beer finishes on the dryer side.
O: Firestone Walker doesn't mess around and this beer is a very good representation of the style. I'm sure with some fresher hop notes this beer is killer. It can hold its own when aged a little as well though. If you like Saisons this is a good one to get your hands on

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Photo of droomyster
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden body with a small white head with good retention. Aromas are yeasty and full of tart fruits like green apples and unripened cherries. Taste is sweet upfront, spicy like white pepper on the mid-palate, and full of yeastiness throughout and lingering long on the finish. A terrific saison.

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Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 9, 2014

Appearance: Sparkling clear straw-yellow with a modest white head that gradually subsides. Good looking beer.

Smell: Hay/grassy notes, mild barnyard funk, and mild fruity notes.

Taste: Mild grassy/hay notes, mild nondescript fruit notes and mild funk notes. The beer finishes moderately dry with some mild hop notes.

Mouth-feel: Light-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. good mouth-feel for the style.

Overall: Good Saison. Classic taste profile.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very delicious Saison. A somewhat hazy straw yellow color with decent head retention. At first smell I got a nice apricot aroma then it moved to a white grape. At first taste I get a peppery grape which carries to the middle and finishes with a hoppy/wheat bitterness. Wish I had more than one!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
Copper Foil/Capped
Bottled On: 06/06/15

Poured into a chalice a clean/clear pale yellow color, very nice carbonation with a very nice one-finger foamy white head, which leave minimal sticky lacing. The nose is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, with some nice banana/coriander notes, spices, peppery, slight citrus. The taste is malty, with a very nice touch of yeast, pepper, spices. Medium body, with a slight bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color and pretty clear. Decent head but it didn't linger long. Spicy floral notes, a bit of a white grape, and hints of citrus on the nose. More spice in the flavor and medium-light mouthfeel. Some hints of the citrus. Not outstanding but a great brew! If it was around here I'd keep it in the fridge.

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Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear yellow but no much head or lacing. Nicely pungent. Taste develops well as the beer warm. It is floral and earthy, a good saison taste. I love saisons. This ones not my favorite, but it is a very good beer.

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Photo of braker649er
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This seemed a successful blend of saison fun and farmhouse with some hop kick. I actually rated it a bit higher than my personal take on the beer ... I don't know that I enjoy the saison-hop combo and didn't find it fair to hold it against this beer. The look was cloudy and pretty orange-gold with a foamy head.

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Photo of SaulFox
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing straw yellow with huge foamy head. Spicy and grassy yet slightly zesty (citrus). Dry finish followed by citrus notes and spicy beligium type yeast. Decent summer brew

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Photo of mothman
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw yellow. White bubbly head.

A lot of spices. Peppercorn. Grassy and earthy. Very green and herbal. Bready and dry. Yeasty. Very Belgian like. Lemon fruitiness.

A bit on the spiced side so not my favorite, but enjoyable.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: straw yellow; clear; effervescent; huge frothy white head when poured into a tulip glass

Smell: grassy; peppery; citrus

Taste: very dry right up front; hops come in pretty quickly with lots of citrus; finishes dry with the hops lingering at the end

Mouthfeel: medium body with good amount of carbonation

Remarks: great example of a saison, although the amarillo hops dominate the flavor to me, making it more of a US saison. I'd drink it again.

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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 Neorebel
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
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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Photo of captaincoffee
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice yeast and citrus on the nose, but was hoping for more. Flavor was as expected...refreshing with some very light spice and citrus, but not much. Overall, a good beer, but maybe I was hoping for too much. Lacked complexity of a great saison.

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Photo of TH28
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml. 210 days old (Bottled on 6/6/14). Appearance: crystal clear pale yellow with a quickly dissipating white head. Looks like a glass of champagne. Aroma: Peppery Belgian saison yeast dominates. A hint of herbal/ earthy hop notes, that are very faint given the age of this beer. Also a bit of lemongrass apparent. Taste: Light malt sweetness giving way to flavors of lemon, pepper, and tart orange peel, with a sharp bitterness that has some herbal tones. Mouthfeel: Very light and dry on the palate, with high carbonation. Finish: Dry with a bit of lemony citrus and lingering bitterness. Overall: Good but not great saison, but that is likely due to this beer being well past it’s optimal condition. I picks up none of the dry hop characteristics I’d expect from the description, and some of the typical saison characteristics such as pepper were fairly restrained. I’ll try to pick up a fresher version next time for comparison.

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/28/14, so almost a year old. FW recommends drinking within 4 months.

Besides this fact, I enjoyed this beer. So clear I could see right through it to the ball game on tv.

Earthy, barnyard, citrus, very dry finish with bitter after notes.

Will look for a fresh bottle.


Filled a growler at Ronnies Beverage Watehouse

Has some slight sour notes with a nice dry oak finish. Really great, and way better than the old bottle. Seek this out fresh.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a bright, straw gold coloring, with carbonation bubbling in the body into a sparse, filmy, white head. Nose of toasted grains, a herbal blend, tangy sweet candy sugar, caramel, grassy and peppery hops, bubblegum, and hints of anise. Flavors are crisp and refreshing lemon and herbs forward, with a subtle booze kick, floral highlights, and a cracker backbone. Some solid clove, all spice, and grains of paradise in there, as well. Smooth and effervesced, with a sweet, tangy, and herbal aftertaste. The finish is light, smooth, and crisp, with a herbal linger. Very refreshing.

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Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale blonde/golden colour, 2 fingers of white head and some lace. Smell is spicy and yeasty, big hop presence, lemony points and a bit fruity, light funky yeast as it warms. Taste is quite hoppy leading to dpicy and fruity, medium bitterness, dry lemon and green apple, drying finish. Very dry, medium carbonation and medium body. Solid stuff, perhaps a bit too hoppy then I prefer for the style, still quite nice though.

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Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,449 ratings.
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