Lil' Opal | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Lil' OpalLil' Opal
BA SCORE
3.95/5
Very Good
474 Ratings
Lil' OpalLil' Opal
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:
#5,657
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
474
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
74
Trade:
7
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 474 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of Grackos
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

 1,292 characters

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ambruns1979
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rab53
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TheWolf
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good farmhouse ale. Easy drinking.

39 characters

Photo of DaverCS
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

 888 characters

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

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Gotti311
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MeLoynes
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stillyman11
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sheenisgod
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AlexFields
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 7Sport
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of gcamparone
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz corked bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange body with a small white head that leaves little lacing or retention.

Aromas of tart lactic, lemony citrus, farmhouse funk, light oak, white wine. Really nice and inviting.

Taste is moderately tart with citrus, lactic tartness, wheat, peppery, light oak, finishes crisp and dry with medium low carbonation and a light easy drinking body.

Overall a very nice representation of the style, one of the better farmhouse ales I've had. Super balanced and really easy drinking.

 563 characters

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lil' Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 474 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.