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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 4.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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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3.6
   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (8610) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Levi’s place. Thanks Levi. Golden. Sour aroma, cobwebs, oak, vinegar, some fruitiness. Sour flavor with lacto, vinegar, fruitiness, oak, bone-dry finish. Medium-bodied. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (9730) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2015
On tap at Apex, pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out a lovely tartness, some funk, and saison yeast. Flavour is complex, with barnyard funk, tartness, and saison yeast. Really well-balanced and cohesive. The tartness in this is wonderful. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12585) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1381) - sacramento, California, USA - AUG 8, 2015
On tap at capitol beer and taproom. Pours golden copper with white head. Taste is very tart. With a dry finish. Great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (4749) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle thanks to thome50! Pours hazy golden, small off-white head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is barnyard, vinous, oaky, fruity, light stonefruits. Flavor is light plus tart, light funk, vinous and oaky. Clean. Medium body. Quite lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7671) - 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.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
krumbum (727) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Light sour white grape. Beautiful peach with slight haze. Smooth sour turns slight buttery ends back tart.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5090) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (3391) - California, USA - MAY 29, 2015
29 May 2015, tap at FW Barrelworks. Yellow, clear, no bubbles. Nose is tart, lightly sour, sour candy. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Lightly sour, faintly tart, slightly earthy. Nice enough.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Tap, gold pour, white head, nose and taste are tart, oak, berries, pineapple, awesome


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