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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (39411) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2016
From tap. Pours cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is herbal. Citric. Smooth fruity. Wineous. Wooden. Dry and slight citric. Smooth fruity and wineous fruity finish. Dry and crisp fruity finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (33771) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2016
A hazy golden beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of lemons, cinnamon, straw, and malt. The flavor is sour with notes of straw, lemons, and citrus fruits, leading.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22242) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 14, 2016
Keg at cbc16.. Golden amber.. Thin white lacing.. Soft sweet funk fruit nose.. Big herbal barnyard funk

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (17116) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (16505) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2016
CBC. Hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, barnyard and fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and light acidic. Dry and light acidic finish. 140516

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (15444) - Dublin, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (15231) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 14, 2016
CBC2016. Fast klare goldgelbe Farbe, geringe weiße Schaumkrone. Geruch süß malzig, leicht hopfig. Geschmack leicht säuerlich fruchtig, helle Früchte leicht hopfig.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13726) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy gold with a white head that did some lacing. Aroma is firmly sour - suggesting light stone fruits with a bit of citrus. Med body. Flavor is like moderately sour peach/apricot with some citrus. Gets earthy, maybe a touch of pedio, note in the finish. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (13483) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2016
Bottle - pours gold white head - nose/taste of oak, sour, wine, lactic - medium body.


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