Firestone Walker Lil Opal
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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Saison aged for 14 months in French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels with Brettanomyces lambicus and Lactobacillus brevis.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steve_0 (2229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Pour at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV. Appearance is hazy copper with a small white head. Herbs, coriander, toffee, caramel, and yeast in the aroma. Taste is sour fruit peel, champagne, yeast, bread, and caramel. Kind-of weird and muddled. Medium body with high carbonation. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (1878) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 11, 2012
sample EBF has a dark golden color. Aroma has light funk, some sweetness, and a bit of wood. Mouth feel is light and it is easy drinking. Flavor Has a bit more barrel influence, vanilla, wine grape sweetness, and a light acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Pouring at the Saturday afternoon session of EBF. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Floral grapes, skins. Light toast, grape skins again. Acid, tart and lightly sweet. More tart acid leads into some slightly early chewy grain notes on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours clean blonde color with a good white head and a ring or two of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some oak and light acidity plus a bit of white wine. Fairly strong sourness comes around along with a bit of funk. The flavor is fairly-funky and brings some white-wine acidity as well as a bit of lemon. Oak comes in as well. Mouthfeel is really nice with the acidity pairing well with a bit of a tannic presence. Really tasty and another solid experiment into the wild category from Firestone. I really hope this becomes a bigger program in the future.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Tasted on draft at FoBAB. Pours cloudy orange with a thick white head that leaves thick lace. The nose is buttered popcorn, light yeast, and white grapes. This smells like an over-oaked 100% malo California Chardonnay. It tastes the same with the buttered popcorn, somewhat creamy, and just a bit of saison yeast letting me know that I am, in fact, still drinking beer and not Sonoma Cutrer. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long buttered popcorn finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. super dry and very drinkable, not the best saison, but one of the most drinkable ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (9921) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
A: The pour is a clear golden color with a finger’s worth of white foam. S: The nose is fairly fruity (tropical and stone fruits) and sweet with nice notes of citrus and a light hoppiness. T: The flavor is similarly fruity with lemon, peaches, and apricot? Some wheat and a light breadiness give the beer some backbone and a touch of bitterness for balance. M: The body is fairly light with a refreshing, crisp carbonation. D: I’ve been looking forward to trying this beer for awhile and it was actually pretty nice. If only Firestone would actually make these beers available more often.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1299) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Had this on tap at Toronado. Translucent yellow-haze appearance. Head fades away quickly. Subtle fruit aroma along with some yeast. Not aromatic whatsoever. Generally, I like a Saison to have a funk/sour/fruit mixture, but this is geared towards being slightly fruity and boring. Flavor is light fruit and sweet yeast. Slight touches of some citrus are coming and going. Not substantially creamy i.e. the texture is kind of lame. The beer is decent, just extremely boring. A sweet sugary flavor is starting to develop. Meh...this beer is just a boring Saison lacking much needed character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 7, 2010
On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown. Pours hazy gold with a thick white head of good retention. Has a mild earthy aroma with a tinge of sourness. Flavor is nicely tart with a mild sour finish. The beer produces a bread dough aroma at warming. It has an interesting sweetness. Towards the end of the beer it tastes a bit like a lime lollipop

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - NOV 22, 2009
On tap, Blue Palms Brewhouse. Pours clear gold with a brief white head. Aroma is biscuit and sugar, musty pear. Flavor is surprisingly mild: a blend of fruit, pilsner malt, mild herbal hops. Flavor kind of peters out by the middle. Palate is light with sparkling carbonation. Not Firestone’s best.

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