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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (15805) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2015
Draught at Stone Liberty Station, San Dieo. "Sour Saturday" during SDBW 2015. Hazy golden beer with a decent offwhite head. Sourish earthy funky aroma, brett, woody, citrus, peach, grapes, some pine apples, grapefruit, some rubber, tart and a bit floral. Sourish woody flavor, funky, brett, hay, citrus, peach, some pine apples, earthy, cheese, some floral notes. Absolutely amazing, world class-sour. Love how the fruits are still showing along with the funk.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2015
On tap at tap takeover at blue palms, LA. Nice sour, refreshing, the hops in the opal have faded. Forgot the details :-/ must have again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2015
Draft @ Max’s Taphouse, Baltimore. Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity sour tart weak funky woody aroma. Fruity sour tart weak funky woody flavor. Has a fruity sour tart funky finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2015
Keg at Beer Run. Hazy pale golden, thin fizzy head. Aroma of white wine, lemon, funk, pale malt. The taste is pale malt, grape, lemon and a mild tart finish. Medium bodied, low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 20, 2015
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Tart/light sour aroma. Sour and light fruity flavor. Medium bodied. Sour and lemon lingers with light acetic notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2760) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2015
Aroma: Hay, Grassy, Mild Funk Appearance: Mildly Hazy, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing Taste: Hay, Sour Mash, Grassy, Mild Cheese Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter, Mildly Funky

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1525) - California, USA - OCT 10, 2015
On tap at Beercraft. Pours a golden color with a bit of head. Nice complexity, crisp medium sourness. A little oaky and slight mustiness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1438) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (7061) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (4872) - 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.


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