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Firestone Walker Sour Opal
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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 4.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (4627) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle thanks to thome50! Pours hazy golden, small off-white head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is barnyard, vinous, oaky, fruity, light stonefruits. Flavor is light plus tart, light funk, vinous and oaky. Clean. Medium body. Quite lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7554) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle shared at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours dark golden with a modest off-white head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a sour malt flavor with a tart oaky finish. Complex and tasty.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
krumbum (704) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Light sour white grape. Beautiful peach with slight haze. Smooth sour turns slight buttery ends back tart.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Top notch US sour. Lots of yeast depth. Not sticky, thick, leathery. Easy going for the ABV. The yeast is well incorporated, Really comes together well, closer to a Belgian feel than most US sours. Lots of awesome tropical fruity tones. Pretty excellent stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (3333) - California, USA - MAY 29, 2015
29 May 2015, tap at FW Barrelworks. Yellow, clear, no bubbles. Nose is tart, lightly sour, sour candy. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Lightly sour, faintly tart, slightly earthy. Nice enough.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (3935) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Tap, gold pour, white head, nose and taste are tart, oak, berries, pineapple, awesome

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (605) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Smell is light sourness, brett, and dough. Taste is pretty much the same. Low carbonation, medium creamy body, and very mild foam.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (7099) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 1, 2015
they call this a geuze there at barrelworks. good good beer. got 2nds. lemony tartness and oak and acidity. very approachable and delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (3173) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2015
(En fût chez Firestone Walker Barrelworks): Un liquide très complexe avec ses notes mentholées, sa poussière, sa rusticité, son côté vineux franc et croustillant et son volet acétique. Certains aspects rappellent la Cantillon Classique mais le profil reste très américain, savoureux.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2015
[ Tap ][ 4oz ][ FW Barrelworks ][ $2.50 ][ Tasting Snifter ][ 2.22.15 ]
>> Sour Opal. Clear orange pour, wispy white foam, effervescent. Nose is more funky than the other sours on tap at today, mild mildew oddity that isn’t the first time to rear its head in the tasting room today, tamarind, salted tomato, tamarind bean. Sharply sour beginning, lemon water end. As it warms up, this beer cleans up quite nicely to be more lambic-esque with leathery red grapefruit, sharp lime acid, oak, and tamarind bean. Sharply acidic throughout, but mostly citric/lactic. More aggressive than Feral One and more lambic than any of the others. Quite impressive.


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