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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A good Saison with some hoppy undertones that enhance rather than interfere with the Saison elements. Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a good size, long lasting head and good lacing on the pint glass.

All the Saison elements are there in the aroma: lemony aroma, Belgian yeast, some funky barnyard presence .

Taste is very good. All of the aroma elements shine plus there is a hoppy background presence that complements rather than interferes with the rest of the beer.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and has a surprisingly well balanced bitterness. Alcohol absolutely masked. Drinks like a much lighter beer. A great summertime brew.

This is a great summer

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A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. A large, pillowing, fluffy white head rises to over two fingers. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Citrus, lemon, lightly tart. Phenolic and spicy in the good way, certainly not overly plasticy that can be a downfall to many American Saisons. White pepper and grapes in the finish. I assume from the wine.
T: Light tart and refreshing fruits up front. Citrus, lemony, and grapes. Crackers, and a light grainy flavor. Spicy white pepper and earthy yeast that gives this a rustic feel. A mix of lightly vinous wine notes and dry grassy hops finish everything off.
M/D: A light body that is perfectly crisp. Refreshing and finishes dry. Really enjoyable and easy to drink.

This is delicate and subtle, but deceptively complex. I am enjoying this more and more as I work my way through the bottle. Very moreish, and highly recommended. This is one style I did not think FW could pull off, but really well done. It reminds me of a less tart version of one of the Prairie saisons. Which is a good thing.

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Bottled 6/6/14

A: A lightly hazy straw pour with a very large and very fluffy white head. Head fizzes out at a decent pace, leaving just little smidges of lacing behind. Good retention, however.

S: Nice sweet pear aroma. Immediately follows is a white wine. I don't see any indication that this is wine barrel aged but it certainly smells it. Little hints of grass and pears in there too.

T: Taste is very similar. Pears and maybe apples, followed by a sort of generic white wine flavor that I can't quite place (I'm not a wine guy, sorry). Lots of it, especially through the middle. Get crackery malt and a little earthy spiciness, perhaps some black pepper? Finish is grassy, mildly bitter and drying.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, dry and spicy.

O: Interesting saison. Not sure what it's dry-hopped with. Lots of wine and pears/apples in this one. It's better up front than the finish, which ends up a little bit too spicy and dry. Not bad, fairly solid.

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