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FestiveAle - Rogue Ales


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200 Ratings

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 18.13%

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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 Redrover


3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Gibney’s in downtown Atlanta. Gibney’s has a decent beer list and there are not many better options in the immediate area (Near the Marriott Marquis).

Served in a special Rouge glass, the beer was a cloudy bronze with good lacing & a compact head.

Sweet candy nose with hints of malts.

The taste is very sweet (think hard candy) with some nice bitterness. As I worked through the beer it became a bit more grainy, but unfortunately it stayed way to sweet.

The mouth is pleasantly thick. To sweet to be sessionable but it is a somewhat enjoyable one off.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2006 17:46:47 | More by Redrover
Photo of RedDiamond


2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has no appeal to me. It moves in disjointed directions with a slightly soapy taste ending in a peppery bite. The ginger is edgy and it didn’t help matters to be served a flat-bodied pint at Rogue’s new Public House in Astoria. Stylistically, this beer is very un-Rogue, perhaps because Rogue abandons its hallmark yeast strain in favor of a Belgian import. It is densely unfiltered tarnished brass, headless, morose, and the aroma is a rank, corrupted spice.
A stylistic aberration.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2006 20:07:45 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Also at Smokin' Joe's one of two JLS series the bartender wasn't sure what this was but said it's a Belgian style I'm saying it's the Saison from the JLS series. Appears a golden semi cloudy hue with a large white quickly dwindling head leaves fine lacing around the glass. Aroma has a slight spice character with a touch of honey orange blossom esque tones flowery might as well lay down in a field during spring time somewhere but much less dramatic and much more tame considering I really had to focus to detect those tones. Taste of course a florally hopped belgian style some more spice notes coming through herbal, citrus, and what turns out to be ginger and myrtle my two distant cousins these tones blend in with a biscuit orange blossom honey taste that works in the end. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body spices coat the palate yet it's hard to pick each one out individually the carbonation isn't as fine as the typical Belgian saison. Drinkability refreshing and interesting but I'll pass on this one and order another Frosty Frog.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2006 07:24:02 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep amber with golden highlights. Thin white head fades quickly to a thin collar. Minor lacing. Medium body. Somewhat restrained carbonation. Yeasty, wheaty, and malty in the nose. Some minor fruitiness. Quite basic. Lacking Belgian character. The flavor is fuller but with the same yeast, wheat malt with a drop of candy sweetness, some mild yeasty fruitiness, leafy hops, and a nice touch of spice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2006 23:39:40 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of mcallister


3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this draft a couple of nights ago. Very light brown and cloudyin color with a white quickly diminishing head. I found this brew very easy to drink but wouldn't really want more than one due to all the other good beer around to try. Worth trying if you're in the festive spirit. Other wise a very thin average brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2006 23:47:12 | More by mcallister
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).

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2006 19:52:15 | More by NolanGTI
Photo of jaluria


3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at RFD in DC and it was a pleasant surprise to find it listed among the various taps.

Appeared a charcoal black color with a soft, tan-colored head that didn't waver throughout the session and left behind some nice spots of lacing. Aromas of dried tropical fruit, honey, caramel, earth, and toasted grains seemed to come out. The taste was a blend of dry, caramelized sugar sweetness with a mellow fruit finish that was soft and lingering. The taste was not nearly as complex as the aromas led me to believe; somewhat of a let down. The mouthfeel was smooth but not very rich or carbonated as might be expected for this style. The lack of earthy flavors and grains made this not really fit the style and hence I did not want another pint.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2006 14:44:48 | More by jaluria
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will be forever impressed with the Rogue bottles. I always love the artwork and silkscreening. Bottle states this is a Belgian style Saison Ale. Darker than I would expect. Hazy dark tan color. I forgot to metion this is a 22 oz bomber.

The smell is grainy and spicy with hints of pepper some orange peel. Appears to be lower in carbonation as not many bubbles are present and the head is small. Taste, to be honest, is a mangled mix of flavors and aromas. Almost like a strong home brew. The spicy ending doesn't help much as the alcohol seems to hit you in the face at the end. (and this isn't even that high in %)

I think that I see where they were going with this beer. Unfortunately I think they might have missed. It is just too much all around. The flavors are unbalanced. Maybe I am just being hard on them cuz this is Rogue?

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2006 22:22:47 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a fruity yeast aroma along with dark wheat malts and a bit of spice. The taste is average. I really don't care for the flavor at all. It has a bitter, dry wheat flavor with some spice and a fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average saison. It doesn't do much for me. I'll probably never buy this one again. This was my worst Rogue experience ever.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2006 16:07:10 | More by WesWes
Photo of shbobdb


1.35/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I wrote a review of this beer the first time I drank it and I will post it below. However, before you read the review, I want you to understand that this was my first saison. I, quite mistakenly, thought the entire style tasted like this beer and with that false impression, began lambasting Belgian beers quite unfairly. I still think this particular beer is truly god-awful; however, my original comments on Belgians are something of an anachronism. Thank goodness I tried Hennepin and it turned me around.
So, without further ado, the review I wrote while I was drinking this beer the first time:
Why do I bother with Rogue? This beer tastes absolutely . . . Belgian. I mean that in the worst possible way. The yeast flavours are, to use the parlance of our times, ‘off the hiz-zzay’. This beer reminds me of Skittle-brau. Nasty, Nasty, Nasty. If you like the yeast off-flavours that other BA’s seem to covet, then this is the beer for you: No head, no hops, nasty yeast/skittles flavour. Bad, bad beer!!!
After experiencing a few more saisons, here is my more recent review:
Nasty, bad, nasty. Skittle-brau is correct, nasty. Not good, avoid, avoid. This beer tasts nothing like other saisons I've had, and it suffers for it. Terrible stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2005 03:58:35 | More by shbobdb
Photo of Jason


2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Redbones in a 12 oz flute.

Deep golden amber hue, cloudy with a thin white lacing on top. Smells a bit tart with some spice, tastes is similar with an odd tartness upfront. Moderate body, mildly crisp. Just can get over the tartness ... stale lemon comes to mind. Spicing is lost within this tartness as well.

Not sure what to think of this brew but I know it falls short of the Saison style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2005 01:18:42 | More by Jason
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer arrived on the table a murky medium amber with a white and low, yet long lasting, head which laced the glass.

The aroma was floral and malty with a strong caramel aspect. The aroma was also fruity and spicy with a slight waft of alcohol.

The flavor was caramel with spicy toffee and a flavor that was difficult to place until the beer warmed and then it came through as an earthiness, but not in a great way. The beer contained a bit of diacetyl and a citrusy orange flavor coupled with a bit of biscuit.

The finish was dry with lasting caramel and citrus lasting long and fruity into the aftertaste with a bit too much of that odd earthiness. The body was medium. This beer was a bit of a mess.

Pint at Tyler's in Durham, NC.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2005 16:04:52 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of kozmo


2.3/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Charleston, SC. Served in the traditional pint glass. I was hopeful as I know that the establishment sells lots of Rogue, and I believe they were granted this keg as the biggest outlet for Rogue in the state.

Poured medium dark to dark brown. No noticable head. Somewhat carbonated, but basically flat. First sip was surprising -- very heavy in the mouth, with an off-taste that was reminiscent of dishwater or perhaps just something stale.

As I continued, the impresstions were: somewhat flat, thick, murky, with some growing complexity. However, the off flavors continued as my taste buds searched for some of the fruit and yeast that I expect in a saison.

Overall, the beer was quite heavy and syrupy, with very unsubtle malt and sweetness that overpowered the hint of hop that I had to search for.

Not what I expect from a saison (too heavy and none of the fruitiness I'd hoped for). Perhaps a bad keg, and the server said that first keg they had was really different.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2005 18:29:52 | More by kozmo
Photo of NEhophead


3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Eli's.

A barely noticeable off white sheet that recedes almost instantly, leaving a few trails of lace down the pint. A murky, bright copper/camel in color.

Light citrusy fruit aromatics: pear, sour apple, orange, and even pineapple. Some hints of pepper and clove.

Up front is a rather tart sour apple, lemon, and pear that lingers throughout the sip. A mix of spices that have a hard time in balancing the tartness. A sharp alcohol presence is noticed at mid-sip that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Light bodied; slick on the palate from the alcohol fumes and sour combination.

A decent effort at the style. The alcohol could've been hidden a lot better, and the sourness is a bit one-sided.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2005 16:02:30 | More by NEhophead
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy, dirty golden amber pour with a fluffy white head that doesn't last quite as long as I'd like. Delicate streams of lace decorate my goblet.

Aroma is nice, but not atypical of a saison. Light and fruity, pepper, coriander, with a surprising malty sweetness. Hoppier than expected a la Rogue.

Flavor is fruity sweet upfront with cherries, pinapple, and puckery white grape. It has an annoying malty sweetness that definately should not be. There's a slight notion of pepper and spice, with some drying crushed rock minerality. It's plenty hoppy for the style, spicey and German tasting. Too malty, too sweet, too hoppy to be a winner.

Body is medium, a bit dense for this style. Mouthfeel is crisp and full. One is enough for me, not a session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2005 23:22:16 | More by AlexJ
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It poured a murky ruby-brown, the cloudiness hardly speckled by carbonation. A finger of large-bubbled tan head popped away quickly. A few feathers of lacing remained behind as the glass drained.

The aroma carried a mildly spicy nose of pepper and coriander, along with a tart fruitiness seemingly centered on cherries, but with a hint of grape as well. A hoppy aura flirted at the outside along with an ephemeral measure of funk.

Upon sipping, an initial wave of fruit sweetness bore a current of cherries, along with a vinous presence that boosted the inherent tartness. An eddy of grapefruit, orange, and some more vague earthy elements clippered about the middle. The finish was rather quick, with a light hoppy dryness dropping away promptly. An unusual take on the style.

A bit sht of medium bodied, it has a relatively crisp feel considering the business going on elsewhere.

Well, as I'm no expert, I'll take their word it's a saison. Still, it's not at all what I expected. In fact, it seems to me to fill a category all its own, but I'm not sure what that would be. It's got a bit going on, and it's not always especially well-meshed, but neither did it put me off at any point. It was good enough to enjoy the one I had, and I'd not refuse another, but I won't go seeking it out for another go round, if only because if I'm hankering for a Saison, there are some more rewarding routes I can choose to travel.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2005 14:57:24 | More by Foxman
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

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

Had this on-tap at the Grey Lodge in Philly.

Cloudy and brownish. Murky, but in a very good way. A yeasty-type look.

Cherries and pineapple in the taste. Not dry like your Duponts. Not like the Hennepins of the world. But fruity is a nice change of pace.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2005 13:07:18 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2005 17:50:26 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Billolick

New York

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...

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2005 21:24:47 | More by Billolick
Photo of jakester


3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. It came in a snifter.

This stuff looks exactly like apple cider; a murky rotten peach with light brown tints. When it arrived, it had only splotches of off-white bubbles on top, which disappeared to absolutely no head or anything on top of the beer.

Aroma is slightly farmy, fruity, phenolicy. with a strong alcohol smell. Also aromas of caramel, grapes, and apples. Smell doesn't do much for me.

Flavor is sweet at first, a little farmy, gets a little sour later, with notes of old grapes, old apples, and sweet caramel. The flavor dries out in mid-sip, with the aftertaste being winey and really dry. Alcohol is not as noticeable in the taste as it is in the smell, but it is still there.

Mouthfeel is pretty sweet at first, with medium carbonation. It very quickly dries out, eventually becoming almost bone dry. The finish is warm from alcohol.

This was OK as a different style saison, but it's not one I would have again. Maybe I'm spoiled by Southampton's saisons, I don't know. This would very quickly get tiresome.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2005 22:23:02 | More by jakester
Photo of ElGordo


3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never in a million years would I guess that this is a Rogue beer. Pours a murky, turbid brown with a whispy white head and very large bubbles. Not particularly appetizing, though in all fairness, I think I got the first pint from the keg. Nose is faintly sweet, with notes of light fruit (white grapes?). Palate is nice and complex, with a backbone of sweet malt complemented by tangy, bubblegum Belgian yeast and notes of plum, brown sugar, and a touch of hoppy bitterness. Body is nice and sturdy, a good fit for the style. Worth a try, but not as fantastic as some of the other beers in the JLS line.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2005 01:17:40 | More by ElGordo
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2005 17:15:00 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Shaw


3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had two glasses of this beer at my local pub, The Cock & Bull. I think it's funny that I'm adding a Rogue beer that I had in Florida. I'm surprised no one in Oregon has reviewed this brew.

It is a orange in color without much head. It smells of spices and malt. No hop aroma, which is very off-character for Rogue!

The tastes is spicy and a little dry. It isn't bitter but it also isn't sweet. I've only had one or two other saisons, so I don't have that much of a background to compare it to. Since BA says the style has lots of leeway, I'll say this is a good-tasting beer. I liked it, after all, and that's what's important.

It is very drinkable and I look forward to having it again.

This is a good beer and a nice change from Rogue's usually hoppy brews.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2005 03:50:09 | More by Shaw
Photo of mactrail


3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rogue says this is a "Belgian style Saison" with Grains of Paradise, myrtle leaves, bitter orange peel, ginger root, and Czech Saaz hops.

One of their better beers, I thought. Rather hoppy but fruity wierd flavors and plenty of malty sweetness to balance. Spice is not over-powering, but blends well with the odd sharp notes. Maybe the orange peel is adding more bitterness than fruit. Rogue claims this is only 18 IBU. So what is the Bitterness Units of orange peel? They claimed this was 8.5% so I don't know why the two percent discrepancy.

Interesting big Saison. [transcribed from notes, tasted in Reno on Valentine's Day of 2006.]

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:34:20 | More by mactrail
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden yellow color came through immediately. Lots of sediment in here now as well. Huge carbonation profile could be seen with lots of chains of bubbles cascading up to the top of the glass to reinforce the huge champagne like head that came over the top of it. Lots of side glass lacing and a copious foam that would not quit. Very nice aroma here, lots of light grain, hints of grass, light lemon and a touch of grape. Nice airy smell gave way to a very nice flavor. Very light, and perfect for this summer day. First way was a slightly tart fresh grass like flavor. Some hints of peaches, pears, and a touch of tartness as well. Very nice light cereal grain flavor in the middle which became a touch bready as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 01:43:07 | More by mikesgroove
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FestiveAle from Rogue Ales
76 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.