Firestone Walker Sour Opal
     click to upload
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 4.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13278) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Hazy copper pour with a white head. Intense wine aroma, mild vinegar, dark fruits, and a solid acidity. Dry wood and earthy funk, berries, and perhaps just a hint of Worcestershire sauce. Combination of acetic and lactic sourness on the tongue. Lots of berry, hints of cherry, and a strong wine note. Drying oak, mild earthy funk, and a fairly sour finish. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10281) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9360) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8632) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
On tap. Pours with a clear golden hued body with minimal head. Aromas are funky, earthy, dark fruit, tangerine, tamarind, oak and funk with additional toasty and nutty oak notes, medium funky and a light tangy note. Flavors are toasty, nutty, marmalade, low funk with tamarind, tannic, fully fruity and medium acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7564) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (7105) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6297) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Draft on tap at the ICBG FoBAB 2012 Brewers/Sponsors Dinner (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich ruby coppe hue, a more hazy middle with deeper glowing edges. A frothy offwhite head dies to a firm film, laces ok. Aromas are a richer sour slant, oak and lactic sourness, citrus and gentle cherry, bit of berry mixes with richer oak, big white wine grape, gentle funky brett grows on the nose. Touches of bready malts, cherry, white wine. Initial is firm lighter end of the fold body preaching a bold sour edge. Lactic, sour cherries and grapes, berry, and white wine hit the palate firmly, taking the middle by storm with citrus, gentle funk grows with touches of melon, some more oak, gentle toasty oak, some bready malts. Richer sour grape and lemon, lactic acidity, moving into a lingering rich funky and sour backend. Gentle carbonation, funk, and spritzy edge gives some nice life. A touch cheesy, some dryness, but a sour light liveliness really sets the table here. Finish is cheesy, a bit more funk ridden, lingering grapes, oak, sour lactic twang. Really nice beer here, giving solid flavors, firm sourness without overiding, good complexity, and a great drinkability without growing into the acedic realm. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (5490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Semi hazy copper with a thin dissipating head. Nose of a subtle tart sourness, a certain oak funkiness, and some acidic apple ester. Flavor is much more tart (though less acidic), with a dry bretty oak tone and lots of sour fruits. A little spiciness hanging around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5072) - 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.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50