Sour Opal
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #138
ABV:
5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,106
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 7.46%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
311
From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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SCORE
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Notes: We’ve patiently waited for two years to offer you this exquisite ale! Sour Opal retraces its roots to the lambic cellars of the town of Brussels and the Senne River valley, in Belgium. This American “Gueuze” represents a spectrum of flavors from a traditional barrel aged sour ale, complete with aromas of aged cheese and a distinct earthy mustiness that can only be found in a well cellared barrel aged sour. The complexity and balanced flavors of Sour Opal can be attributed first to the crisp assertive tannic acidity of the Viognier barrels. Oak-derived flavors and aromas mingle with guava, passion fruit, pineapple and tart cherry notes. This beer rounds out with a crisp clean and quenching acidity as well as a mild grape fruitiness that is intensified by a higher carbonation level.
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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 311
Reviews by Juan611:
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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2.48/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like water with a bit of lemon. Maybe exaggerating a bit but no need to ever have this again

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4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a perfect sour. It works well, and get's the flavor profile that many want. It leaves a nice sour kick to the cold air. Overall, you need space, but they try in he deeper end.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 2, bottled 4/27/2016, 6.6% ABV

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a bright white head that dissipated quickly, nice stream of tiny bubbles going up the glass's side, no lacing.

A: Lots of tart aromas, green apples, berries, slight funky notes like wet hay and barnyard, stone fruits like peaches and apricots, some pear, complex and deep aromas, not picking up any oak on the nose, smells very nice.

T: Very tart, green apples, tart berries, stone fruits like peaches, pears, slight oak from the barrels, white wine and white grapes, great balance of flavors.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, finish is very dry and acidic.

O: Another solid wild ale from Barrelworks, this one is more tart than sour, it's aged well as it's over a year old as I rate it, going to cellar a few to these how much better this ages.

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4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
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Sour Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 311 ratings