ABV: 7.5 IBU: 35
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Opal
What the brewers say
Lemon grass and gooseberry meet peppery spice and fresh grain aromas. Spicy Belgian yeast creates a complex yet dry and refreshing canvas with splashes of citrus and stone fruit with a bright tropical white wine finish. Hop bitterness is assertive yet harmonious rounding out slightly tart and refreshing.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Nice floral rose notes with some pepper and sweetness from the malt. Lemony citrus with a faint hint of solvent and prominent peppercorn. Noble hop aroma and light continental malt sweetness.”
Flavor: “Balance of moderate malt sweetness and fruity character with slight herbal spice. Some earthy hop and slight funkiness. Very nice fruity character and moderate tartness. Good balance. Effervescent, dry finish.”
Overall: “Liked this one a lot, but really hard to articulate exactly why. Tartness is excellent and well balanced. Well hopped, but not over-hopped. A very drinkable, beautiful beer. Excellent saison.”
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