Lil' Opal | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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464 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:
464
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
78
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 464 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of CHickman
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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 InfernoBoss
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of boogerisu
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stengelfoot
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rick778
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brianmandell
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brureview
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper light copper color with a 3F head in a tulip glass. Nice looking beer.
Very prominent oak aroma. Some berry.

Tart, sour, puckering MF- as expected.

Taste is oak, light berry and an overwhelming Brett presence.

Is this a Saison or an approach like the Saison Brett from Boulevard?
Very smooth, and light Brett finish.Excellent balance of oak, Brett, and fruit.
This is more like a hybrid style beer, making it a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of M_chav
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dar482
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Beer comes in a straw color.

Aroma offers butter, floral, grass, grainy malts, lemon, oak, funk.

Flavor is bright and refreshing with grass and lemony tart, a bit of green apple, light funk, effervescent carbonation, a bit of dry oak on finish. Wonderful combination of medium tart, a light and crisp Brett character and malt body.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnlatona
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grackos
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly. The beer pours a very beautiful and metallic medium gold. The beer's appearance is a bit darker than most other saisons but this one's still looks very good.

The beer smell is very good and is absolutely wonderful for the style. The beer has a slight tart note that cuts through the other notes. It isn't super sharp such that it covers all the other notes but strong enough to make itself noticed. The hop bitterness is a bit earthy that mixes well with this tart note such that it is sometimes hard to distinguish the two but still provides a nice bitterness. The notes that really make this beer worth it are the swirling vanilla and wooden oak notes that swirl around the tart and hops.

The taste is very good and while it isn't as good as the smell, it's certainly good on its own. The taste is much more bitter and acidic than the smell but none of the vanilla and oak notes are lost. The lactic acid and the brett are bit more present in the taste but it's still pretty good because they aren't overwhelming.

The feel is pretty good. It's unusually smooth and creamy for the style but the tingling carbonation gives it a nice dry feel to it.

Overall, a pretty good beer worth getting your hands and enjoying on a nice day.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ambruns1979
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rab53
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyHops
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheWolf
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good farmhouse ale. Easy drinking.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass. The beer is akin in appearance to that of a sparkling wine. Little head that dissipates quickly. I tried this beer on tap at barrelworks, but this is a full review from the bottle.

Aroma is of citrus, lactic acid, oak, and some brett-like characteristics. Only a little bit of spice notes.

Taste is very similar to a funky sparkling wine. Great notes of funk, lemon, and grape. The oak does come through quite a bit. Vanilla and some Belgian spice are also prevalent. A bit grassy. Clean and crisp with moderate-to-high carbonation and a bone dry finish.

Overall, this could convert any white wine or champagne drinker. This beer is great. Previously at barrelworks I was comparing all world class sours, so I originally rated it a 83. I was wrong. It is definitely a 91. I see it pairing well well then higher end cuisine like pan seared halibut or scallops.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 464 ratings.
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