Lil' 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): 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

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2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours a pale yellow with a big white, soapy foam head. Smells like yeast and light citrus.

Taste ... too much spice. Some lemony/zesty citrus, some orange rind, and just way too much coriander/whatever for what otherwise would be a nice, drinkable, brew. For a backing this mild to have this much going on ... too much.

Thin mouthfeel. Wouldn't revisit.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from tap - into pint glass - at Pint Sized Bar in San Rafael.

A. Cloudy/Hazy yello color, didn;t watch the pour, but when it came to me it had almost zero head and no lacing.

S. Smelled a tangy wheat, with aa little funkyness, but not much. Didn't pick up any hop presense, just a little tang from the yeast and some herbal/spicy notes.

T. Definately some corriander coming through. Tastes like it smells, tangy wheat beer with a good amount of spices. Light bodied with a slightly dry finish.

M. Light mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation.

D. The tangyness was a little much for me, couldn't see myslef having a second of these, if there are other decent options. Overall a decent beer, nothing over the top, nothing stands out as bad.

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Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82.3% out of 100 with 468 ratings
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