Opal | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bringing down the Farmhouse! Our interpretation of the rustic Wallonian Saison style is a harmonious blend of rustic grains, spicy yeast and unique sauvignon blanc tones. Inviting lemon grass and gooseberry meet peppery spice and fresh grain aromas. Spicy Belgian yeast create a complex yet dry and refreshing canvas with splashes of citrus and stone fruit with a bright tropical white wine finish. Hop bitterness is assertive yet harmonious rounding out slightly tart and refreshing.

Added by TheEremite on 06-29-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
329
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
25.5%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
65
For Trade:
2
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Reviews by JohnParadee:
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bot. 6/14/14. Consumed 2/27/15.

A: An explosive dense shower of effervesce within a pale, straw colored body that had a pristine clarity. A gentle 45 degree pour into a spiegelau ipa glass produced a monstrous cornsilk white head that consumed the vast majority of the vessel. A patient wait allowed the head to tamper off leaving sloppy patches of foam lace of good coverage on the vessel. Large cavenous soapy pockets along the glass walls while the carbonation maintains its constant rampage long after the pour. A finishing pour into the vessel yields some cloudy, yeasty nutrients.

S: Tart lemon and lightly musky barn scents, hard to get much attention beneath the monster head. Cobwebs, dried honey suckle, and warm pineapple slice.

T: Flavor was dried honey malt and wheat, honey suckle, and lemon grind. Sweet, musky fruit, soft barnwood tones, with hints of applesauce and cinnamon. Spicy belgian hops, grapes, sweet malt sugars, lightly dry tangerine, and peppery straw finish. Musky barnyard fade.

M: Razor sharp tongue dancing carbonation, nice milky malt texture and depth per style.

O: Overall great color, feverish sharp pitch of effervesce that provides crispness, monstrous lasting head with a very good flavor and a 7.5% abv that feels/drinks sessionable. Great drinkability factor, even when consumed 8 months past bottling date this is still as fresh and sharp as ever.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 11/14/14.Pours into a large tulip glass a slightly orange tinged lemon yellow with a large sticky white head atop.Tropical fruitiness stands out most in the nose with a bit of funk and phenols.A little sharpness in the mouth,slightly fizzy.Hay and light funk at the onset of the palate with some tropical fruits and yeasty phenols coming in the finish.The beer doesn't seem as big as it is,it's refreshing but the mouthfeel seems it bit off,other than that pretty darn good.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerswag
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mctizzz
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared at tasting. Pale yellow pour, high carbonation, thin white head.Smells of farmhouse funk and honey. Bitter and dry, with notes of citrus, honey, grapefruit and brett.

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Photo of Studfarm69
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of RobertH50
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of dcbeers
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - again, I like the home winemaking seal, with the easy-rip opener - it beats the hell out of those impenetrable wax dealios.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves some randomly splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it lazily recedes - hello, gorgeous!

It smells of edgy and spicy yeast, musky florals, gritty and grainy wheat malt, some citrus, dried apple, and pear fruitiness, white pepper and clove, a free-range, if well-understated sugar syrup thing, and some tame leafy, weedy, and hay-like hoppiness. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, an equal to the task zingy wheatiness, softened Belgian yeast, muddled earthy spice, some lemon/lime and pome fruitiness, ethereal notes of funk, more sassy leafy, floral, and grassy hop bitters, and a wee sense of metallic alcohol.

The carbonation is quite active in its probing and poking frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the yeast provides a small challenge to the success of that particular metric here. It finishes off-dry, but not by much, as the mixed malt sheds any sugary predilections it made have been holding onto.

Overall, this is one well-rendered version of the style, with the late addition of (presumably) West Coast hops adding a nice bittering and flavourful offset to the spice and yeast esters. Easy and enjoyable to drink, even with the generally undetectable booze and sort of aggressive bubbles. Good, good stuff.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nick29
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kmbeer
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is really fresh and fruity, floral and citrusy. Taste is also fresh, citrusy floral with some rustic farmhouse notes. Body is light and effervescent. Really fresh and easy drinking.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of let8it8grow
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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