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Firestone Walker Sour Opal
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 4.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
on tap better weather fest. An amazing sour wild ale with oak and grape skins coming through a nice refreshing pucker. pours brown nice head, clear. aroma is sour vinegar, oak, grape, with a bit of bread. taste is puckering and refreshing, palate is thin and not to clingy to you want more. overall and amazing beer.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6578) - 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 (2821) - 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 (9165) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy yellow-golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of tart lemon, oak, earth into a bit of white wine, more funky, cheesy notes into a bit of bretty earthy notes as well. Taste is a mix of earth, grass, bread, white wine, hints of funk into a bit of brett, cheese, tart lemon, finishing tart, funky.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1426) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Tap @ Barrelworks. Slightly hazy yellow pour with a scattering of white foam. White wine like grapes with clean sour and tart notes in the aroma. Taste is quenching sour with apple and tart notes and some sharper acidic notes. Clean and dry mouthfeel. Impressive sour.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10045) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Cloudy yellow, white head. Man this is badass. Sour, white wine notes, perfect amount of wood imparted. Lemony goodness with a bit of yogurt. Its quite sour but soooo drinkable. YES!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (618) - Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Sample at the 2014 Boulders on Broadway Beer Fest. Nice nose of spicy wheat, Brett farmhouse funk, cloves, lemon zest, and citrusy esters. Pours a hazy lemon with a fluffy head. Perfectly tart taste of lemon, a sweet grassy note, and a light white wine note. A darn good refreshing Brett saison.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JPDurden24 (1626) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2014
On tap for the Boulders on Broadway festival 2014, hazy orange pour, small white head. White wine aroma with some tart fruity notes. A nice and tart sour flavor and white wine notes. Phenomenal!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChinoSkillzian (178) - The Hills, California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Tap at FW Barrelworks. Pours a hazy orange color with minimal head. Amazing bouquet of lemon zest, acid, citrus, cut grass, and excellent 3F-like funk. The palate is juicy and drying at the same time, with an intense mix of orange-lemon-lime flavors, acid, and Sour Patch Kid. Looking at earlier reviews, I feel that this beer must have been released too young at the time or has been tweaked, because it is definitely one of the best American-made oak aged sours.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
want1DIPA (227) - - FEB 10, 2014
On draft at FW Barrel Works. Simply put, the best sour I’ve had to date. Extremely fresh grape tartness explodes on the scene with a great mild citrus verbena aroma. I’m still in shock over the perfection in this brew!


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