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SLOambic | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild ale fermented with Ollalieberries.

1500 lbs. of berries were added to Sour Opal, a beer matured 18 months in French oak barrels, then fermented using our proprietary blend of microflora for an additional 4 months. Bursting with ripe berries, brambles, as well as jam, the fruit eventually gives way to a tease of funky yeast, spicy oak, and a robust mouth-watering acidity.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 240
Photo of vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10/9/15 bottle, opened 10/23/16

Blackberry edition

A - Hazy plum jelly body with a light violet head. Nice rention and ok lace.

S - Acidic lemon, blueberry skins, and tart blackberries.

T - Loaded with juicy tart blackberries. Lemon, tanniny grape skins, and a touch of wood.

M -Light and crisp. Shade thin.

O - A nice, juicy American Wild.

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Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby red with a pink hue.

Smell is a bit better than the flavor. I have no idea what the berries are, but they are there. Sour and tart with light acidity. Lemony. Has a cranberry and green apple flavor to it.

Light bodied. Nice carbonation.

Solid beer. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep maroon w/ a half finger head that quickly recedes into a ring, some lacing
AR: Berries (black & boysen), lactic funk, oak
T: Follows nose, oak tannins and lactic funk on the back, fruity sweetness and a slight astringency
M: Good carbonation, medium body, dry yet slightly sticky on the finish

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful purple with a slightly pinkish-purple head that has excellent retention and leaves lacing on the glass. The aromas and flavors are immediately of tart blackberries, boysenberry jam, spicy oak, some farmhouse funkiness, and even a hint of mint too. Mouthfeel is fairly light and juicy but mouth puckering tartness is evident and enjoyable. Love this beer.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.87/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draft pour at Barrelworks. Bright colorful purple color, smells of blackberries (i know its not blackberries but you can't tell the difference). Taste is berry forward with smooth oaky layers at the end. Easily the best sour I have had from FW.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a fruit lambic. Dark ruby red with a lingering white head. Smells a straightforward black berry earthy. Taste is straightforward sour blackberry. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. All good parts but nothing stands out. Good but not great fruited sour.

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Photo of Raj
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 12oz bottle.
A: pours a pretty dark red, almost maroon with wispy off-white head that fades quickly. moderate carbonation.
S: lots of fruit notes on the nose, raspberry, blackberry, dark currants. lemon and fruit skin smell lets you know that it its going to be sour. wood notes, vanilla.
T: very tart upfront with lemon, lemon rind, fruit (plum?) skins. Nice raspberry / blackberry jam as the sourness fades, fruity but not particularly sweet. some wood notes from the barrel, hay, little earthy funk. finishes clean without much lingering sourness.
M: a little thinner than some fruit sours. carbonation was nice but faded by the last 1/3 of the glass.
O: overall i liked this a lot. i'm not overly familiar with olallieberries, but sort reminded me of a cross between raspberry and currants. liked the wood notes. definitely no off flavors and not an acid bomb. this is a nitpicking, but for my taste i would have liked a little more funk, more carbonation, and a slightly less tartness. i've been impressed with barrelworks, they have been making really nice consistent wild ales with only a few stinkers.

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Photo of benzalman
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My personal favorite of the firestone walker wild / sour beers. Had it on tap at barrelworks in buellton, california. Hoping to snag a bottle of this at some point!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Raspberries (or what I guess are ollieberries), good deal of them that provide a great fruit flavor, nicely balanced with the rest of the beer with a mild tartness.

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Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into tulip

Pours reddish with pinkish head

smells of funk and berries

Taste tart up front then berries, then barnyard, then usual belgian lambic finish

Mouthfeel and overall (from previous review):
Nice and crisp, finishes pretty dry but nice lingering aftertaste.

Pretty much the best beer that exists. American Gueuze style with Olaliberries. As good as it can get.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dark, dull maroon with minimal sediment and a thin head that fades within 5 minutes. It gives off the impression that the sour opal base was deeply penetrated by the berry adjunct, indeed it's very enticing. The nose is ripe with tart berries, but still delivers some funk. Likewise, it drinks with an expected tartness - a very berry forward taste, but it still gets its oak & buggy grove on in the finish. It's well carbonated and has a juicy bite from a moderate acidic dryness, and basically drinks the way I'd expect a world class american wild to drink. This is a great fruit-forward wild that delivers as expected.

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Photo of vitALEity
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale red/purple with a huge head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is woody, vanilla, funky, sour, wild berry jam

Taste is an oak filled, funky, astringent, deep berry flavor


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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark mauve color with a modest lavender head; a few spots of lace here and there

Smell: Jammy berry aromatics with a strong lactic presence; funky and oaky

Taste: Huge berry flavors, up front, and, since I have never tasted an ollalieberry, I can only describe it as a combination of blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry; lactic and funky tones build through the middle and the finish adds an oaky dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: When you think of Firestone Walker, fruity lambics are far from the top of the list of things they are known for; with this beer, they can certainly shake up that reputation as this is top notch

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375mL Bottle

-Pours a deep ruby red with pink foam which fades almost immediately.

-Smell is a nice musty barnyard funk mixed with some berry fruitiness.

- Taste is quite puckering sour and yogurt lactic funky. The fruit hits with good raspberry/blackberry flavors (I have no idea what an olallieberry is). Flavors fade quickly and finish is dry. Slightly jammy.

- Overall an extremely drinkable and pleasant sour that is well balanced. Decent complexity. Flavors fade a bit quickly (would've liked it to be more jammy), but still excellent. Reminds me of the two jester king sours I've had, Atrial and Nocturn.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a beautiful lavender spiked purple with a light soft pink head which whisks down to a delicate ring with tiny floating islands in the center of the glass.

Aroma is pungent with berries. Raspberry, blueberry, boysenberry, mulberry, and more. Strong oak presence offers wet wood, vanilla, and faint cinnamon. Lactic strawberry yogurt also presents itself.

Taste is major berry fruit compote, oak tannins, lactic acid, unsweetened vanilla Greek yogurt, and cranberry jam. Some acetic acid luckily compliments the lactic notes.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, with supple carbonation, with a tart and somewhat astringent finish.

A very nice fruited sour by FW. Not exactly groundbreaking but easily on par with any De Garde, Cascade, and other "lactic" aggressive sours out there. Like other FW sours I've had though, this maintains somewhat of a balance and little more acid restraint than other breweries out there.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, this brew is so different than the SLO-ambic listed that it needsa new catagory. I spoke with David Walker at City Beer Store and he said to expect it on shelves at some point.

"Olallieberry Lambic aged 2 years in retired Firestone Union barrels. 6%"

Poured out a nice gold with half inch head. Lacing was ok.

Fruit, yeast and pale malts on the smell. Nice and tart.

Pucker up because this is sour! Sour berries and pale malts to start. Oak at the finish, but you still get a nice, tart aftertaste. Goes down smooth.

I can't wait for the bottle release!!!

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SLOambic from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.44 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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