Saturday, May 5, 2012

Game Day Beer Review: Firestone Walker Brewing Li'l Opal Barrel Aged Saison

(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.

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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

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