(4.30% ABV) Drunk at Tiger Tiger in San Diego during a Firestone Walker tap takeover for the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference:
Li'l Opal was poured into a snifter, and appeared a tawny color, like a weak brand of iced tea. The smell was a bit of funk, grass and lemon on the nose, accompanied by the rich sweetness of oaky barrel aging.
Li'l Opal Tastes like a traditional saison, and then the bourbon hits you. It's like someone has surreptitiously spiked your saison with a few drops of Jack Daniels. It displays a decent level of lemon acidity up front, followed by the mellow smoothness of the oak barrels.
Li'l Opal is easy drinking; definitely something you could have a few of during the summer months, especially given the beer's low ABV. It's thinnish in mouth feel, but paired with a nice amount of carbonation, it feels good going down.
I definitely liked this and would seek it out again: A