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:
1,457
Reviews:
224
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
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55
Gots:
298
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6
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3.76/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.08/5  rDev -22.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.74/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.6/5  rDev -9.8%

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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3.64/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.2/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.6/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.56/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

From a bottle, pours a pale straw yellow with a thin wispy head.

Nose is very bright, citrus and floral hops, some spice and peppercorn, grass. Flavor is more herbal, hay, straw, floral hops, moderately sweet on the finish. This is a very balanced and even beer. Very solid and drinkable.

I would drink this again.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,457 ratings.
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