Lil' Opal | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3.95/5
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479 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
Ranking:
#6,345
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
479
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
73
Trade:
7
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Photo of HopHunter19
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - kind of a rusty, hazy golden amber color with minimal white head, no lacing
S - big lemon, white pepper, tart citrus peel, funk, sour cherry, slight barnyard
T - again big lemon, sour cherry, funk, barnyard, overly ripe fruits, white pepper
M - light to medium mouthfeel, carbonation appropriate for a sour, alcohol covered, aftertaste is funky barnyard, slight tart lemon
O - solid sour beer. Funky. But a refined funky.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avatar113
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a slightly dark rusted orange color, with a small fluffy head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like pear, apple cider, lemon, grassiness, mild skunky funk, vanilla, and oak.

The base saison here feels a little simple, but it's definitely pleasant, with light pear and apple flavors, a little bit of grassiness, a funk that feels a little skunky, but not in an overall unpleasant way. The real star of this show, though, is the barrel character- they managed to get a wonderful creamy vanilla flavor, and a warm toasty oak flavor out of it, as well. FW seems to be the master at coaxing awesome barrel flavors out of beers, and this is no exception.

This is very light bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a nice effervescence to it.

I'd wish for a bit more funky saison complexity in this one., if I could change anything about it. However, it's still quite tasty, with a killer barrel profile.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Date: 5/9/16
Palate Contaminants: none

Appearance is a translucent light-medium gold. There's a little bit of fine head.

The smell is like a nice, lemony saison. It lacks the graininess that I usually find a little offputting. It's also slightly herbal.

The taste is a bit lighter than I've found in some of the better saisons I've had. The lemon zest is still there, but it's also slightly skunky. Slightly sweet, slightly sour, and not notably bitter. It all fades surprisingly quickly. I had high hopes, but it's just not that good.

The thickness is right down the middle, but the carbonation is a little coarse.

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Photo of spark3148857
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CraftFan5
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of MTKATL
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bjlynch83
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden haze, very foamy and good lacing. Smells of vinegar and pickles, very sour. The taste is like apple cider vinegar, very strong acid flavors. Overall a good sour beer but not my type of beer. Will give it credit for it's style but to me this was a very stand off beer and not something I would get again.

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Photo of Philcassella
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArrogantB
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle of batch 002. Bright yellow-orange, great clarity, looks fantastic. Aroma is very nice, brett, lemon, classy. Flavor is top notch, delicate, not really sour but brettanomyces, lemons, mild oak, just really good. Impressive.

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Photo of BEER88
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of impending
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 479 ratings