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Wild Oats Series No. 4 - Festivale Plus Sticke Alt - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

30 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 6.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Festivale Plus is brewed with lots of extra malts, lots of extra hops – including a first wort hopping, and aged extra-long on oak.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 08-26-2008)
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ECBS

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

09-17-2013 14:24:59 | More by ECBS
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 600ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber colour. Somewhere between a copper and a blood red - quite striking. On top sits 2 fingers of decidedly thick, bright white head which dissipates at a snails pace, leaving behing some incredibly dense lacing.

Smell - A predominant oak smell from the barrel aging dominates the nose, along with some faint some toffee and caramel malt. There are also some light spiced.

Taste - Holy malts. The first sip was like being punched in the face with malty goodness, but it mellows to a point where it becomes almost perfectly balanced with the oak flavours. Towards the finish there is a strong hop bitterness that lingers for a good time afterwards, bringing with it some light fruity flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium body that feels almost creamy. Low carbonation with a very dry finish.

Overall - 4.25/5 By far and away my favorite Beau's offering to date... definitely looking to try out some more from the Wild Oats line up.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 04:38:44 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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gloryhole

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-31-2013 01:21:37 | More by gloryhole
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

600 mL bottle from the LCBO; packaged June 17 2013. I've only tried one altbier previously... and also only one beer from Beau's, for that matter (a Lug Tread out of a random OCB sampler pack). Neither altbiers nor Beau beers seem to make their way to this area very often, so I was strongly tempted by this one when I spotted it while stopping in London. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a gorgeous, deep ruby-amber colour, topped with slightly more than one finger's worth of frothy, foamy, light beige-coloured head. It weakens over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin cap and collar; minimal lacing. Pleasant, very malt-forward aroma, with big notes of toffee and vanilla, accompanied by some prunes and raisins. Oak is also detectable, with the overall bouquet giving off a sort of cream soda vibe that I really like.

Very tasty stuff; the malts are dominant but satisfyingly balanced with a solid dose of hop dryness. Caramel and butterscotch sweetness start off the initial malt assault, alongside a strong vanilla presence. Raisins and dark cherries also come through mid-sip, with the oak contributing a woody character toward the finish. Leafy, earthy hops finish it off, and then linger gently into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with carbonation that provides a solid bite - a bit too much in my opinion, but this is a very minor objection. Otherwise, the mouthfeel is rather creamy and quite smooth, with the 7% alcohol nowhere to be found. Extremely quaffable for something of its abv, but tasty enough to warrant savouring.

Final Grade: 4.25, a solid A-. I don't know much about altbiers, but I knows what I likes, and Beau's Festivale Plus Sticke Alt is a brew that I likes a lot. I have no clue if barrel-aging is something traditionally done when brewing sticke alts, but it works out very nicely here - the oak and vanilla generating another level of complexity beneath the sturdy malt backbone and the drying effects of the hops. A superb ale that I would certainly purchase again; its relatively light, balanced, drinkable nature makes it a great summer sipper for any fan of oaked beers or malt-focused ales in general.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 06:55:50 | More by thehyperduck
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-23-2013 02:08:28 | More by KeKeKumba
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-04-2013 00:50:39 | More by jmkoscie
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-16-2013 00:45:16 | More by Molson2000
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Brydens.

Pours a rich brown with red highlights and a good finger of creamy off white head that laced beautifully on the Beau's glass (huge plus points to Tash for the correct glassware). Vanilla, toasty malt, bread, some grassiness all in the nose. Good intense balance of hops and malt with a prominent oak character.

Taste is neat, and showcases the oak character wonderfully, without letting it dominate. There's a decent breadiness throughout, which provides a bit of an English brown backbone, though the earthiness and mineral character remind us that this is an alt. Some evident sweetness and a good hoppy bite create a fine balance. Strong oak character grows as the beer warms, with vanilla to the fore. The use of oak reminds me of the same trait in the Screaming beaver. Medium body and carb work well.

Kudos to Beau's for the one day release of this beer in the spirit of the tradition of the true sticke alts!

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 19:09:31 | More by bobsy
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Chancey Smith's. My first Sticke! The base of this beer is virtually identical to the original Festivale, which I have reviewed here: <http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/15435/53746/?ba=cratez>. However, the Plus has way more fresh, earthy hops on the nose, with some yeast, traces of vanilla, a subtle oakiness, bigger and breadier malts, musty-leafy flavours, and a stronger hop bitterness that briefly lingers in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit fuller than the Festivale and yet I find this version more drinkable. Overall, a surprisingly easy quaff given the 7% ABV. Cheers to Beau's for sending this southward and thanks to Milos for getting it down to London!

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2010 17:54:42 | More by cratez
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

600ml bottle poured into a mug. ABV 7%.

A - Poured a clear deep brick red with a thick foamy off white 2cm head. Foam reduced to an everlasting cap. Some lacing.

S - During the pour I immediately got a whiff of vanilla. Aroma is of caramel, vanilla, cream soda, oak, earthy. As it warms the cream soda notes leave and the oak becomes more prominent.

T - Roasted malts, some caramel, vanilla, cherries, wood, hint of smoke, herbal bitterness in the finish has a bit of a kick to it. Overall the flavours are well blended and balanced.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, creamy, sticky, dry finish.

O - Oh this is good. The 7% ABV is undetectable. (Until it hits you!)

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:19:48 | More by decimator
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at C'est What. Pours a amber brown colour (dependig on how the light hit it) with about a finger of white head that never dissipated. Lacing down the glass. The hops immediately jump out at me in the smell comapred the normal Festivale. Lots of bready malts to to compliment this well. Some bitterness, but a lot of sweetness as well. This was delicious.

I think having one day only beers like this is a great idea from Beau's. It re-affirms why they won the top Ontario microbrewery award from The Bar Towel.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 17:23:30 | More by kwjd
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Getting pumped for Beau's Oktoberfest tomorrow!

Appearance: It has a nice orangy/brown/amber color to it. It has a nice thick beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of caramelly malts, some dark fruit, earthy hops, bready malts and faint oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet caramel upfront, a nice earthy bitterness, some breadiness, faint fruit and some oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 19:49:12 | More by SebD
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-08-2014 18:58:24 | More by beerhunter13
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-30-2013 19:50:05 | More by RedAleMan
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What, pint glass. Brewed in the German 'Sticke' tradition (meaning 'secret') whereby the public was only noitified of the beer's release a day or so prior. Thank you BarTowel for revealing the secret!

Poured a clear mahoghany/dark amber with a cream coloured head. Not a ton of retention and but some good lace otherwise. Nose is filled with caramel, some oak, earthy malt and some darker breads. Flavour almost follows this, with some upfront hop bitterness, touch of smoke, dark breads again and a nice earthy feel to it. Oak really keeps everything in check, and works nicely again with the caramels and breadiness. Moderately high carbonation, medium mouthfeel and very drinkable given the alcohol. A nice treat for sure!

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2010 18:42:37 | More by liamt07
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-03-2013 23:11:47 | More by Long813
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-30-2013 11:10:05 | More by bigox420
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery red under a good-sized head. that settles to a film, spotty lace throughout.

Vanilla, cherry and wood to the nose. Very malty up front, sweet down the middle, and finally drying oak to finish. Noticeably woody in a good way. Interesting brew across the board. Lingering dryness and gentle bitterness from hops. Very long on the bitter side, stays with you for some time. Mouthfeel offers some bite from carbonation.

Overall worth a try. Lots of stuff happening here.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 21:39:31 | More by TerryW
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-29-2013 21:29:27 | More by peensteen
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

600ml brown bottle with a batch number and year.

Mild chill haze, deep amber hue with a lovely looking lace. Malty nose, brown bread, faint hop spice, raisins, and toasted grain. Big smoothness, creamy full-ish body, sweet, toasted bread, ample hop bitterness, hint of caramel, vagueness of golden raisins, spice, faint woody herbal hop, slightly warming, semi-sweet finish

A big malt bomb with balance, a whole lot of fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 02:29:56 | More by Jason
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Generously received from mtomlins and a very pleasant surprise: quite a respectable alt bier. A style I loved in Germany (many moons ago) but don't often find without massive caramelized sweetness in North America...

Bottle pours a clear and beautiful amber colour with a limited off-white head that has respectable retention. Malt forward aroma has enough tannins to off-set the caramel. The flavour transitions across a reasonable malt sweetness to a genuinely enjoyable bitterness (that I don't remember from Duesseldorf). Has a nicely lingering finish...

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:32:07 | More by hopsolutely
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maltier, hoppier, aged version of the Festivale that Beau's premiered at this years Golden Tap awards. Had this on tap at Volo.

Pours a clear dark orange, some brownish hues, thin white head forms, drops a few spots on the glass and settles down to a thin ring. Smell is nice, very malty, grains, bread, some biscuit, brown sugar and caramel, light floral, very malty aroma. Taste is similar, very biscuity, grains, caramel, touch of fruit, malty finish with a bit of spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty drinkable stuff. Good offering from Beau's, nothing thats going to blow me away but a solid and drinkable beer, I could put back quite a few pints of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2008 17:17:03 | More by Viggo
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Caramel, hops, malts, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, dark fruits, and dry hops. There is also some caramel and vanilla and a light woodiness. It ends with a malty yet dry hop aftertaste.

Overall – I wasn't all that impressed with my first sip, but the beer grew on me as I progressed through the bottle. Maybe it's better at warmer temperatures. I didn't get a whole lot of the wood aging flavorful, but there was a fair amount of hop bitterness. Not something I'd buy again, but one of the better beers I've had from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 15:43:37 | More by spinrsx
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-07-2013 15:43:57 | More by yancot
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-03-2013 02:08:56 | More by tbeckett
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Wild Oats Series No. 4 - Festivale Plus Sticke Alt from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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