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
Ratings:
1,460
Reviews:
225
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
298
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 1,460 |  Reviews: 225
Photo of Studfarm69
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jewellrunner
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atone315
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of h4ger
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a yellow color with 2 fingers of fluffy head that sticks around for a great while. Leaves some good lacing

S: Spicy yeast and some fruity phenolics up front, along with some wheat and graininess. Hops throw in a bit more spiciness and light citrus

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with Belgian yeast notes of fruit and spice, and then goes into some wheat and grainy malt notes. Grainy notes really take ahold mid-palate, followed by some spicy and very lightly citrusy hops. Finishes with more yeast notes

M: Medium bodied with fine carbonation

O: A solid farmhouse ale with a nice dry-hop addition that doesn't overwhelm the base. Very easy to drink and hides it's abv fantastically well

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Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cozmo
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmoriarty
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrob22278
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

**
10/10/2015
CJ beer festival. Very bubbly. Sweet. Nice. Earthy, but light. Notes of ester, hops.
**
06/22/2016
Bottle to pint glass. ratings from Festival are spot on, I'll just up the "look" from 2.5 to a 3.0. No reason to suggest it is below average with a nice big white frothy head and bright yellow color.
TASTE: has a bit of a lemon mixed in with the ester, touch of yeast.

It all goes down very smoothly as I made this 22oz disappear watching my kids swimming in the pool. A top notch Saison.

Firestone Walker is becoming a favorite (and I still haven't yet opened any of my Parabolas).
**

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

Photo of the_awesometeer
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is hazy straw yellow, with a thick white, soap-like head. The head does fizz down but continues to lace the glass. At first I got a whiff of mild hops but it was quickly followed by the citrus scents of orange and lemon. It had almost a sour smell to it as well. The beer tasted similar to the nose but with a stronger taste a wheat/grass flavor in it. I wish I got more of the sour and citrus flavors but oh well. Very drinkable beer, short flavor nice carbonation. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of paullmcm25
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of That_Turtle
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drpimento
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Now here is where they took a traditional beer, kept the significant parts of it and improved on some others. An amazing combination of old and new. There are the old yeasty, slightly tart, pungent flavors and aromas that are upgraded with the hops that have not degraded in the least. Splendid! Incredibly drinkable. Wish I could get lots more.

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Photo of hockeypuck
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a style I drink a lot, but liked this. Drunk at the brewery, Paso Robles, May 2016

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Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,460 ratings.
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