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Firestone Walker Sour Opal
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 4.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12169) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10007) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9064) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7890) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (7270) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6119) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4964) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (2756) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bacterial (1878) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Slightly hazy yellow pour with a big thick white head at Barrelworks. Very nice hints of lemon and funk in the nose. Great taste - lots of flavors flying around, complex sourness, a touch of barnyard, finishing with sweet lemon and some other juicy fruits that I can’t put my finger on. Very well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
At Better Weather Fest, part of "Walker’s Wild Ride"

Appearance: Pours a bright amber brown, kinda hazy. A thin tan cap of head. Aroma: Soured fruit skin, vanilla, oak, bourbon.

Taste: Sour fruit, bready malt and a lil vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty tasty, fairly complex for a newly developed recipe.


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