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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Saison aged for 14 months in French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels with Brettanomyces lambicus and Lactobacillus brevis.

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3.6
Plovmand (8683) - Grindsted, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2017
Sample at MBCC2017. It pours hazy golden with a creamy white head. The aroma is light acidic and bretty with fruity notes. The flavor is acidic and fruity hoppy. Light oak and woody notes.

3.6
Karstenborg (1157) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2017
Hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is lime, grass and hops. Taste is lime, fruit

3.9
popway (229) - California, USA - APR 22, 2017
Lemongrass, refreshing, clear as cat piss, pear, apple, white grapes, chardonay, wine or beer? Earthy.

3.8
tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2017
Tap at Citizen Burger. Blonde with thin white head and decent lacing. Nice light tart aroma with a little funk. Flavor follows. I like this better than I expected.

3.6
BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 10, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours nearly clear gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium-short retention with light lacing. Aroma is moderate Chardonnay grapes and light oak with medium cracker malt, light peach and citrus esters and earthy, farmhouse Brettanomyces. Flavor is lightly tart Chardonnay grapes, light oak notes, medium cracker malt, medium-light earthy and farmhouse Brettanomyces, light peach and citrus esters, well balanced and a dry finish. Medium-light body and light carbonation.

3.7
tmoreau (4739) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Shared 12.7 oz. bottle poured to a fest glass displaying a hazed, golden color, with a sudsy layer of white froth, and waves & spots of lacing. The nose was tart, subtle, yeasty funk, light tannins, spice, and fruity, with esters as citrus & pit fruit. A bit better than light bodied, with pleasant effervescence, the taste leaned more toward sour, with a touch of vinous character, light earthy & tannic astringency, and a dry finish. Very appealing Farmhouse.

4.2
MetalNHopHead (2264) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Firestone Walker absolutely deserves accolades for the versatility of its brewers. They’re just as adept with bacteria as they are with blackened malts and fresh hops. Lil Opal is a funky, tart, and vinous brew. It pours gold. Effervescent and somewhat fizzy body. Notes of lemon, oak, earth, barnyard (but only a little), and stone fruit. There’s just a bit of vinegar-like sourness. Medium body. The texture is bright and dry at the finish. This is a complex, balanced beer that could pair with about any food that would be appropriate for dry white wine.

3.7
italianjohn (3310) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Hazy golden pour with a thin white head .... aroma of funky Brett, strong oak, grapes, citrusy and grassy hops, spices saison yeast ..... taste is of funky Brett, dry oak, citrusy and rindy fruits lemon mostly, sour, spicy saison yeast, and grapes ... has a sparkling lively mouthfeel .... backend is dry with lingering oak and citrusy lemon and saison yeast into the finish .... nice fruity flavors, good balance, nice sour and zesty bite

3.7
HuskerTan (2449) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Draft. A- Slight funk, mild spices, citrus. A- Gold color, clear liquid, minimal head. T- Mild funk, watery, lemon juice. P- Medium body, thin texture, average carbonation, balanced finish. O- The perfect amount of funk for me. A bit unique though. Thinner on the body that I think it should be. Nonetheless, I liked this one. Now to try the regular Opal.

3.9
VinegarStroke (452) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle: Lil Opal No.002 at 6.1%. Slight hazy, dull straw, with little head and no lace. The nose is certainly sour, Brett and funky. There’s a fresh citrus zest. The palate is great. Very sour and well balanced. You me this is a great example of what Saison would have looked like without the modern sanitation.


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