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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jake65 (3160) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Bottle share, thanks to Toby for this one. Clear crisp golden color with a tiny thin ring of head. Huge aroma of sour and tropical fruits. Love the balance of sour and acidity, great fruity vibe. Barrel treatment adds a nice warm oak presence. Really really good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (3332) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle share. Tart, sharp sour accents in aroma and taste. Still relatively smooth and drinkable. Bone dry finish, lingering excellence.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (4486) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2016
375ml bottle thanks to Toby. pours out cloudy straw topped with a small head. nose is coconut sour notes and lots of barrels. Taste is more of the coconut plenty of tart sour pucker and a nice sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3163) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle from a recent trade. Smooth earthy and woody flavor. Big body for a sour. Light on the tartness at first. Much more earthy and funky. Gritty metallic and granular flavor. Complex and tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2015
sample at fobab pours a hazy yellow with a white head. lemon citrus peach and slight oak taste.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tderoeck (7259) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2015
20/XI/15 - 37.5cl bottle @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: III/20/15, batch 2 (2015-1634) Thanks to ElManana+1 for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, small irregular white head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: funky, dry, fruity touch, stone fruit, lactobacillus, hint of urine. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very sour, lemon juice, lots of acidity, slightly fruity. Aftertaste: very sour, astringent, lemony, almost vinegar, very acidic. Too harsh, no subtlety at all.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (1018) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Draft at Max’s in Baltimore. Pours a pale yellow color with a small white head. Aroma is tart, dry, light citrus and sour grapes. Not really a huge sour in the flavor, but definitely quenchable. Smooth for a sour. Decent stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (2168) - Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Fobab 2015. Draft pour to taster. Light yellow. Very vineous. White wine. Tart, low sour. Low carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElManana (1383) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle at tderoeck's place. Nose is awesome, citrus, oak, fruity. Taste is citrus sour, tanines, oaky mouthfeel, very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5165) - Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Finest beer of the night, the sour project at firestone is incredible. Tons and tons of complexity, flavors everywhere from spices, to white grapes, some stone fruits, some woods (lighter than oak). Tart is lactic and slightly acidic. Very nicely made.


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