FestiveAle - Rogue Ales

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 18.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yen157 on 09-27-2005)
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Photo of apintofknowledge
4.75/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was lucky enough to be one of the first to get a growler full of this JLS (John's Locker Stock) limited release from a fresh keg at Half Time.

This one pours a warm honey-amber-orange, somewhat hazy, with a foamy white head. Aromas of honey and spice rise from my glass. And they are there in the taste as well. The initial honey-like sweetness is followed by funky, spicy, herbal flavors... earthy barnyard tastes that are somehow balanced and smooth if that's even possible. Some fruity yeast character comes through as well. There's a subtle bitterness that adds to the whole complexity, but it happily doesn't linger in the finish. After three glasses, I still can't place my finger on all the flavors in there... but in one word I'd say "tangy" seems to sum up the beer well.

Overall, an amazingly complex yet simultaneously smooth drinking beer, with a slightly thick and chewy mouthfeel. Definitely not your typical Saison... this one has more meat (i.e. more malty richness and fruity sweetness) than a textbook example, and in this case, I truly enjoy that.

On a pairing note, match this one with a good crusty French/Italian bread, good ham and mild cheese. The flavors are subtle and won't dominate the beer, but instead brings out the spicy, earthy flavors even more, while bringing out the smoke and cloves of the ham. Such an enjoyable food/beer combination, I just couldn't help including it with my review.

Photo of EvanWilliams
4.5/5  rDev +36%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.43/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

it pays to be cool w your local beer guy. not being able to find anything new to try, he remembered a case of various rogue and stone ales from last year tucked away in the cooler that he sold to me at a discount ROCK ON!!!!

although, this is much more like a hefe or witbier than a saison, the hops and herbs totally complement the huge amount of yeast packed at the bottom of this bottle conditioned ale. this beer's gettin kind of a bad rep but i say cellar it for a year cuz this 06 vintage i have here is amazing.

A- pours a totally opaque honey-orange-apricot with 2in of bubbly active baby swiss type off white head that settles rather quickly to a sopy ring then disappears altogether. one can barely notice the heavy trails of yeast swirling throughout the brew. appreciate and drink the yeast dammit it's good for ya!

S- yeast gives a fruity wheat like aroma, old dry spice cabinet, leather, fermenting fruit, orange & lemon candy, white pepper, but above all the ginger seems to stand out and tingle my nose. malty and floral with an odd yet inviting aroma of fermenting tropical fruit and something i can't place. (myrtle leaves?)

T-sweet & sour orange/lemon (like a tasty dish soap if that makes sense) becomes bitter like unripe orange peel or curacao, lemonade, spicy ginger comes out again along with a kick of sweet pale malt, hay, and a prickly leafy herbal hop finish that fades into a sour orange candy.

MF- chewy, powdery and refreshing haha. it's like a thick glass of OJ i can't believe it's this juicy but a summer thirst quencher for sure. light, tight, yet stinging carb washes it down effortlessly.

D- well done rogue. i don't care what the haters say. american brewing is all about reinventing the style whilst maintaining the traditional methods and ingredients! (with a few mutative exceptions) get it? this is undoubtedly belgian, very herbal, and full of flavor. the yeast is HUGE but it is saison yeast, and that just increases its belgianinity! the saison of the future is rogue festive ale.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.33/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutley a very good tasting beer. But, you'll have to let it warm up a little.

The color when poured was a deep hazy golden yellow with loads of foam, but very little lace on the side of the glass. The smell was of herbs and spices. I could really pick up cloves and coriander with the first smell. What a pleasant aroma. The taste was absoultley fantastic, for me. It was a well balanced Festive Ale, with all the trimmings. Cloves, coriander, orange to name just a few. Maybe letting it sit around for half a year and not getting this ale to cold could be a plus when drinking this ale.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy bright orange topped with voluminous frothy khaki head that leaves light lacing. The aroma is filled with spice. There's coriander and pepper smells (I'm guessing from the Grains of Paradise) along with some lightly fruity malt.

The flavor is also dominated by the considerable spice. I can't pick out the ginger root but the orange peel is quite evident in the middle of the spice. Some sweet fruity malt. Quite big flavors. Not too sweet as the spice tend to dry the palate a bit. Spices dominate the finish and aftertaste.

This is clearly the best American brewed Saison I've ever tasted.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a recent trip to Knoxville's Brewer's Jam, this is the jewel of the weekend. Being a big fan of Saisons, I couldn't wait to jump into this one. Pours a hazy orange-appricot color with a stubborn white head. Serious fruity and tart aromas filled the rim of the glass. Smells like over-ripe oranges, mangos, appricots, pears, and peaches with the tartness of a granny smith apple. One sip drives the sides of the toung nuts. Seriously flavored with the fruits in the nose, with mild nutmeg spices, light hops and more light sourness. The flavors constantly change in the mouth. The body is medium (strange for such flavor complexity). Alcohols are pronounce throughout and may take on low plastic or medicinal flavors, but not to deter. Aftertaste is fruity and tart. I highly recomend.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.22/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly hazy honey-orange with a big (2") creamy, off-white head that drops slowly & evenly. No lace left behind.
Smell is grape juice, orange, spice and malt, overall quite a sweet smell.
Taste is grape juice (purple, not white or red), spice, alcohol, malt, hops and a hint of yeast. Almost like a grape juice infused beer. Good but unexpected.
A rich, medium-full body with light effervescence makes this an easily quaffable brew. Good stuff, John.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allways a treat to try a new saison or a new Rogue selection. This one was on tap at the BTAH in NYC. Poured dark almond and cloudy, with a tiny bubble, yet minimal head, and leaving just minor scattered lacing. Nose is pepper and corainder. Fruity, complex and tasty concoction. Notes of smoke, pepper, honey and caramel. Simply yummy, yeasty and good. Rogue movers and shakers please bottle this asap...

Photo of bruachan
4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

some nice friends gave this brew to me as a gift. here we go! fat foamy head crowns some gold brew with an amber tint. nice lacing appears as the foam disappears into the drink. a very hoppy aroma is released as this happens, along with some spicy elements

the flavor is quite complex...and different from your average saison (is there such a thing as an average saison? yes). i don't know if i pick out all of the ingredients cited on the bottle but i definitely dig it. very hoppy, and extra additives join in the party

it is not as dry as a typical belgian example of the style might be, but the purpose of the mouthfeel seems to be served

Photo of NolanGTI
4.18/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this, but it was still missing one or two elements for me to consider this a truly great Saison..although I am reviewing it very high when I look at my scores. It was stunner in the glass and had an amazing nose that made it hard for me to pinpoint distinct smells. It was sort of a chameleon.

In the mouth, the most notable charecteristics were that it was a bit thicker than most Saisons and overall slightly less drinkable. But the contrast to that was an amazingly complex beer that had all kinds of funky-ness going on. I did not find this to be overly tart, as some Saisons tend to be, but also found it to be a bit less pleasant (more flavor doesn't always = more gooder).

Photo of NitroGen
4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle- Brown bomber

Cloudy amber pour with a huge head that lowers to a cover and lace.

Spice and sweet oranges and bread

T: grainey orange with a hint of ginger spice aftertaste to savor

M: Vvery balanced as it has the spicy ginger, slightly sweet orange and a smooth and mellow aftertaste to savor.

D: I could, and would be happy to do so, drink this all day/night as it so balanced and smooth. I recommend.

Photo of atsprings
4.13/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light amber with a decent head that slowly diminished. The aroma was a little weak, some spice and yeast present. The taste came through much better than the aroma. A good blend of spices, sweet malts, and some citrus hops. The yeast was not overbearing at all. The beer was somewhat light and you could barely tell it was over 6%. This is an enjoyable saison. Another very decent beer from Rogue.

Photo of KyleVick4
4.13/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz

A: Pours with a tremendous head, that sticks together nicely. Lots of bubbles and a cloudy beer that is gold on the edges and deep gold in the center. Virtually no lacing but good head retention.

S: Very tart lactobacteria smells straight away. A little bit of spicyness but was expecting more. A little bit fruity. But sourness is prominent.

T: I like this. Its very tart straight away, then you get fruity rindy taste followed by a bit of alcohol. The taste is not very complex, with mostly tart yeasts coming through. But I really like it and can see this as being a superbly refreshing beer during the heat of a summer.

M: Good body, full and nice carbonation for the style.

D: very drinkable, I am putting it down pretty easily. Keep on taking that next sip. Would have another bottle is I had another...

Photo of SwillinBrew
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A saison style with herbs and spices it says on the bottle. Just had to try it.

A nice coppery pinesap color filled my pint glass and was topped by a solid finger of white head. The smell was delicious and of dehydrated apricots and maybe slight bread crust. Upon tasting, my mouth was filled with a jubiliant spring fruit harvest of apricot and peaches, very tasty and not overpowering but just tasty. It was like walking in a orchard of fruit trees. I dont know if saissons taste like this but i'm going to be pouring some on thanksgiving. Good carbonation and body. Good brew.

Photo of jmalex
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's getting to the point where Rogue beers that I haven't tried are ever more elusive. Check one more off the list with FestiveAle.

APPEARANCE: Poured off a HUGE pale golden white head into my weizen glass and has great staying power. The beer itself is a hazy golden orange. Looks great!

SMELL: A bit funky and very fruity (apricot, raisin). It's also gingery, spicy, peppery, and contains just the faintest hint of alcohol. Many aromas come together well in this beer.

TASTE: Starts out very sweet and the same fruits come through in the taste as in the smell. A Belgian-style yeast flavor becomes very prominent and makes this taste more like a Belgian golden ale more than a saison. A small bit of funk is only detectable in the finish, and it finishes very clean otherwise.

MOUTHFEEL: It's sharp carbonation is very appropriate and the body is medium-light but still fairly refreshing.

DRINKABILITY: Overall, a nice beer though it doesn't scream saison. I'm really enjoying drinking this, and it's hard to find any big fault in it.

Sitting out on the back deck with FestiveAle is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Sure, there are many better and more style-appropriate saisons out there, but this one is worth a repeat purchase - if I can find it again.

Photo of horshack7
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearamce: Pours an orang copper color with a very foamy head decent head retention.

Aromas: Notes of apricots hints of apple skins and dried fruits.

Taste: Flavors of cinnamon nutmeg allspice a bit more like a winter brew a medium body.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp and bubbly but not too much.

Notes: I have only had one saison other than this one and this one tastes more towards a winter warmer yet still tasty. Cheers!

Photo of KroMagnon
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden - orangey. Its clear unless you swirl in some yeast, which I did, and the head is great, rocky & big. The aroma is nice, too, with some slight grainy spiciness, faint mustiness, and a little floral note, but its a little too subtle. I think it would be nice if it were a little bigger. The flavor is nice, reminds me a lot of honey (but not mead) - the flavor is dominated by a maltiness and has a slight sweetness, that seems to be cut by some alcoholic warmth and flavor. There is a little dash of hop bitterness to help cut the malt as well and also a dash of tartness. Again, though, it really reminds me of honey. The mouthfeel is fine, as you'd expect here its kind of zippy and brisk, not really heavy but a little warm. The beer is tasty and would be great year-round for special occaisions.

Photo of shroompod
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very rocky head when pouring. Nice hazy golden color.

Smell has a hint of brett , coriander.

Apple juice bitterness on tasting. Somewhat yeasty, and sweet.Odd spiciness that I thought was coriander. turns out to be Grains of Paradise, Myrtle leaves, Orange peel & ginger root (per the bottle).

Mouthfeel is medium , drying with spices.

Overall a nice American Saison I'll be drinking more of.

Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden glow with slow bubbliness rising within. Tall inch cap of soft whitish fluffy foam keeps for a bit, fading to a hold a solid skimming cap of foam and sturdy collaring built along the sides. Loafy, lazy lacing creeps back down leaving a pattern of spots and globs.

Aroma of high ended grasses and dried herbs make the forefront with a slight sweet pale malt backing and a spritz of orange peel zest.

Taste is snappy, yet calm with an active body of lightly enhanced flavors of herbs and grasses. Saaz hops make up a good portion of the dryness that takes place along the sweetened pale malt backing. Which stays nicely behind as it pokes through in areas where needed. Nice subtle entry of the herbal and grassy things are delicately woven and placed along the entire palate. Interestingly flavored. Finish is herbal dry with notes of Saaz hop leafyness and grassyness. Narry a bitterness to it really, mostly dry and grassy with a mild disposition about its character.

Steady, firm, and close to medium in body with a clean, dryish carbonation. Perfect sweet and paled malt balance and backing to its overall dry herbalness.

An accommodatingly fair drinker too. Sits well and balanced with a fairly smooth tender snap. Finish has a very lovely air about it that carries orange peel and grains of Paradise very late in a slight Saaz hop drying heat in the back of the throat. Kinda nice actually. Another Rogue solid brewed ale; or Saison, or whatever it is.

Photo of MattBrooks
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a beautiful amber hue and a nice, big, rich, frothy head. I didn't experience much of the herbs and spices it claimed to have on the label, but in all I found this to be a very tasty brew. The mouthfeel was rich and complex and the aftertaste clean and crisp. At the very end I did the traditional "swirl" of the last two ounces and then topped off what was left in my glass and was greeted by gritty, dirty, cloudy beer. And boy was it goood!

Photo of OStrungT
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a thick white head. The head fades slightly quick leaving decent laces.

I smell a strong yeasty aroma. It has an earthy smell. I can also detect a spicy, pepper aroma. There is an ever so slight citrus aroma present, but hidden.

This flavors of this beer are all mild, and are slightly hard to pick apart. I taste a slight citrus, orange peel flavor. Also, a peppery taste is very slightly detectable. It has a good yeasty taste. It also has a nice subtle hoppy flavor.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth leaving a slight orange aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is not high in alcohol, and the non aggressive flavor is not overbearing. This is a good beer. I will have to get a few more before they sell out.

Photo of scooter231
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber color with white head, no lacing to be found. Nose is spicy and zesty- lots of lemon rind with a bare hint of sweet malt. Tart, and nicely so. Taste is bursting with flavor- spicey but not overpoweringly so, just lots going on that's hard to describe.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and bubbly, with a tingley champagne-like thing going on over the tongue. Very warming. Pretty easy to drink and flavorful.

This one had me thinking for a while, pondering exactly what to like. It was the most unique saison I've had so far, with flavors hard to pinpoint. I'm not sure it really qualifies exactly as a saison- thus slightly lowered ratings- but for the most part, I dug it.

Photo of gunnerman
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange color with a very heavy thick head that stayed that entire drink and left some good lacing on mug. Smell is of fruits some apples with a bit of spice and cantolope in there as well. This has a very sweet taste to it with a bit of hoppy tart added in there as well. Beer went down very smooth and I did enjoy this from Rogue, but its not one of their best that they put out, still all in all very good offering.

Photo of blindseer
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy head Batman. I poured this without realizing it was a form of Belgian ales. Still, it has a beautiful color of gold. The head features large bubbles and at least four fingers; slow to die and quite white.

Strong Belgian aromas of malt and soured sugars. "Crisp" smells, very clean as well. Slight citrus (lemon); absolutely no nuttiness.

Okay, this is hard to discribe--I didn't expect this flavoring. It's more balanced than most ales I associate in the Belgian style. The malt is the melody here as expected, but there are nice citrus flavors of Seville oranges. It's also very dry! The body is full with high carbonation.

In many ways, I'm not a fan of the silky, sweet Belgian ales. This one doesn't fit that profile, so I am rating it higher. I'm guessing that true fans of Belgian ales will find this odd; I find it refreshing.

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FestiveAle from Rogue Ales
76 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.