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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
Weve 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1364) - California, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Pours a golden orange color with a white head. Funk, tart, fruit and biscuit aroma. Funk, vinegar, lemon, pineapple, mango, oak, wheat, white wine and biscuit flavors. Light body and average carbonation with a funk, citrus and biscuit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Tap at sb. Ohhhh, man. Pours a very slightly hazy medium gold with a creamy white head. Big tangy sweet nose showing lemon zest, light white vinegar, and a bit of oak. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Beautifully balanced mid palate showing crisp lemonade notes with minimal acidic bite, soft oak, mineral dryness, and a little carbonic bite to tie it together. Beautiful dry finish. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (4587) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
On draft at Tap 25. It pours a semi clear orange gold color with a white head. The aroma is super vinous and tropical with pineapple, mango, oak, white wine and a little acid. The flavor is delish with strong oak, sauvignon blanc, tart lemony mango, pineapple and a little funk. Vanilla oaky finish. Not harsh. Really pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2993) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2015 Bottle thanks to dogday! Aromas are apple cider vinegar, cedar, barnyard, funky cheese, cotton, and a faint generic fruitiness. Tastes so good. Moderately sour. Huge oak and cedar, lots of tart green apples, some vinegar, pineapple, cherries, and grape juice. Each sip brings something different. Still getting new flavors like barnyard, cheddar, blueberries, grass, and flowers. Im blown away by the complexity of this. Another great sour from Firestone Walker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4591) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Draught at Row 34, 9/9/15.
Very cool that Boston got a keg of this seemingly rare-ish beer.
Lightly hazy blonde beer has some deeper copper notes with light carbonation apparent creating a small white head without much staying power.
The nose really caught me off guard here. Not that Ive had any sours from Firestone (nor many beers at all from them), but Id never heard of them having any great reputation for their sours. Outstanding, very authentic gueuze-like nose showcases just the right amount of oak, with a very harmonious blend of lacto/pedio/brett and even a bit of honey-like maltiness breaking through. Its funky, cheesey, complex and thoroughly sniffable/enjoyable. I do get just a touch of peppery, perhaps alcoholic-like phenol that is a bit out of place, but its pretty minor and this remains a captivating nose that any Belgian lambic producer could be proud of.
The flavor, upon first few sips, seems to match the nose, with the brett jumping out brightly, followed by a good lactic sourness and soft, not-overdone woody barrel notes. The more I drink, however, the alcohol level really cuts in to the body, loosening the texture a bit too much. As well, there are hints of acetone and diacetyl. Certainly not enough to be problematic, but there. Honeyish malts provide a bit more sweetness than Id like, but in the end, the loose texture really bothered me the most. That being said, they really did a phenomenal job with the bacteria/yeast and Id happily drink this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2022) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - SEP 12, 2015
On tap at Capones Post Falls. Pours slightly hazy orange with a thin white head. Aroma is oaky, lactic, lemon and vinegar, Band-Aid love. Taste is mid-level sour, oaky, lotion, vanilla. Fairly soft carbonation, medium to light body. Nice, but not as good as I was expecting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerdrinker79 (1807) - Idaho, USA - SEP 12, 2015
7 oz draft pour- Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is funky, tart, Brett, lacto, wood yum. Taste is funky, tart, lacto, grassy, wood barrel, fruity esters, nice dry finish. Body is a bit thin, carbonation is prickly. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2462) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2015
On tap at Barrelworks... Golden orange... Aroma of light vanilla, coconut, oak... Flavor is not overwhelmingly tart, light funk, vanilla and light citrus, Chardonnay butter notes prevail... Great beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1816) - Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Draft. Lovely aroma! Dry sour. Woody, cobwebby. Delicate fruity. Lemon. Firm medium sour, tart. Simple but complex and interesting at the same time. A standout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (9317) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Levis place. Thanks Levi. Golden. Sour aroma, cobwebs, oak, vinegar, some fruitiness. Sour flavor with lacto, vinegar, fruitiness, oak, bone-dry finish. Medium-bodied. Very good.

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