Lil' Opal | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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460 Ratings
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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): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A low alcohol Belgian-style Saison session beer aged for 17 months in lightly-used medium-plus toasted American oak barrels.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
460
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
77
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 460 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by CHickman:
Photo of CHickman
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch No. 002, Bottled: 05/09/16; popped the cork and poured into a tulip, the color was cloudy bright yellow gold with a lot of active carbonation and bubbled racing up to the gigantic 3 finger frothy,foamy bright white head that was packed with tiny bubbles. The head did not budge and dissipated very, very slowly - I ran my finger through it and made a canyon, and it still stuck around for a few more minutes. The brew left excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down. A great looking beer.

Smells of barnyard funk, wet cardboard, lemon zest and fruity candy like Razzles up front. Got lots of fruit notes, wheat and earthy dry grains as well as a soapy aroma too. Last wave gets some peppery spices, brett, coriander and orange peel, then some more soft earthy notes. Complex with nice nimble citrus and grainy parts equally balancing it out.

Flavor is almost exactly like the aroma but with the additions of tart green apple, white wine, light oaky notes, wet grass, bubblegum and grapefruit. The barnyard funk, wet cardboard, lemon zest and fruity candy remain the most dominant parts of the taste, and even though it's only listed at 6.1% ABV, this brings some minor heat. I really like the way the citrus mixes with the toasted grains and peppery spices. It's refreshing and indeed a session saison.

Mouthfeel is light, thin and almost watery with a tart citrus attack that gives way to barnyard funk and then some mild spices that finish it clean and dry. It's quite a drinking experience to have so many shifts from a single beer. I really liked this beer and will seek it out. It's a bit expensive for a 375 ml bottle, but a definite treat from the BarrelWorks program.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light gold in color with just a faint trace of head. There's abundant carbonation bubbles erupting from within. The aroma is of tart wild yeast, tart raspberries, plum, and woodsy oak. The mouth is reminiscent of carbonated seltzer water, but is somehow watery and fairly quaffable for a wild ale.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazy golden with a finger of creamy near-white head. Not great retention or stick, but this is a very low ABV beer. A pretty color. Looks inviting.

A cornucopia of bright, juicy fruit character: lots of peaches, apricots, and maybe even some mango. A tiny bit of wheat grain and mild grass with a bit of wood. Interesting, complementary, earthy and fruity yeast as well. This is a really wonderful beer.

A juicy, delicious, complex, but incredibly drinkable beer. Peach and apricot character combine nicely with mild funk and grass, a little bit of oak, and some citrus zest. Somewhat dry.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Fantastic creation. I really want to see this in bottles.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into teku:

A vigorous pour leaves a small, weak, soapy, quickly-dissipating bright white head that has medium-large bubbles. The beer is quite effervescent overall. A beautifully vivid, moderately hazy, golden orange hue paints the body.

The nose is a luscious combination of peach, tangerine, lemon peel, and an earthy breadiness that shows a hint of vinegary acidity (the faintest) surprisingly intermingled with a luscious orange-peach marmalade sweetness.

Everything else comes along with no surprises (except a surprising amount of carb), following the previously mentioned attributes, but with perhaps with a touch of wood, and a surprisingly firm level of sourness. It's complex, it's delicate, yet intense. Notes of peach, lemon, apple, and a touch of a honey-like sweetness, yield near the end to a smoky, oaky, barrel-driven funk that finishes dry, but more woody than one might expect.

Overall, an exquisite beer. Complexity is the name of the game here. I appreciate this, considering my recent string of quite one-dimensional sours. I think this is an underrated brew.

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Photo of boogerisu
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear, golden yellow with no head.

S: Flowers, brett funk, and a faint tartness.

T: Rich light malts, a quick wash faint tartness, then a very funky finish. Aftertaste is of strong wood flavors.

M: Medium body, light carbonation.

O: Interesting but not my favorite saison.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 460 ratings.
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