RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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.

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LtDan's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1808) - 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.

jbruner (5277) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2017
2017 edition, on tap at side project cellar. Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with bubbly white head that leaves light lace. Aroma of strong barnyard funk notes over a clean lactic acidity and light lemony citrus notes. Taste is less funk, more acidity, less fruit, gets a little off here. Great at first, got tougher the more I drank, but still pretty awesome.

numalee13 (25) - THAILAND - NOV 5, 2017
AROMA : barnyard , hay , pineapple , Oak APPEARANCE : SRM16 , Haze with some sediment , frothy, white foam TASTE : light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness well balance PALATE : medium body, lively, long finish

beerplace (2040) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 29, 2017
375ml bottle at Kump's during non-Belgian lambics tasting. Batch #1, 2015. Pours a hazy golden with a weak white head. Aroma is funky and slightly fruity. Similar taste. Moderate acidity. Quite good.

Batch #3, 2017. Aroma and taste by some reason has some lager notes. Ok.

Ferris (16498) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 29, 2017
Bottle - Sour and lacto with some lemon. Clear gold with a small white head. Light grain sourness with a lemon and grape finish.

Westchesterco (2188) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2017
From a bottle at the DC RB gathering October 15, 2017. It is a clear golden color with an off white head. The Aroma Is isour grapes. Very tart flavors.with a grapefruit finish interesting

Iphonephan (7282) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2017
From a bottle at the DC RB gathering October 15, 2017. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Aroma of vinyl and sour grapes. Very tart flavors.

MickieDee (59) - Spokane, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2017
Tasted @ The Lantern's Sour Fest. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

HopsTamer57 (16) - - SEP 15, 2017
..........,,,,,........................,,,,,...... via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ajnepple (7059) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2017
On tap at Goed Zuur. Orange colored and pretty clear in appearance with a fluffy, lingering white head. Aroma of oak, rustic yeast, light sour funk, mild barnyard, white wine and light citrus zest. Similar flavor, complex, rustic and lightly tart with a hint of peppery spice. Soft, smooth carbonation with a light puckering feel and a lasting oaky finish. Pretty nice overall.

neongolden (1824) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2017
(On tap @ CBC 2016 Red Session, Copenhagen) Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma is quite tart, a mix of pale malts, a fair amount of oak, some sour citrus, tart white grapes, unripe pit fruit, musty funk. Flavour is a balance of acidity and some sweetness from pale malt, citrus, tart white wine, vague pale fruity notes, quite oaky, tannic, a bit of dry earthy funk. Pretty dry in the finish with lots of tannic woody notes, slightly dusty, lingering acidity. Light to medium bodied, average carb. Doesn’t quite feel like a gueuze, being rather sour and balancing that with oak. Pleasant though.

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