Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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.

LtDan's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1806) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (2037) - Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Fobab 2015. Draft pour to taster. Light yellow. Very vineous. White wine. Tart, low sour. Low carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElManana (1307) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle at tderoeck's place. Nose is awesome, citrus, oak, fruity. Taste is citrus sour, tanines, oaky mouthfeel, very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Finest beer of the night, the sour project at firestone is incredible. Tons and tons of complexity, flavors everywhere from spices, to white grapes, some stone fruits, some woods (lighter than oak). Tart is lactic and slightly acidic. Very nicely made.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (15335) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RafeAU (558) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20474) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11156) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7754) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2715) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1406) - 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.

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 4 5

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