Wild Oats Series No. 4 - Festivale Plus Sticke Alt - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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3.19/5 rDev -19.8%
Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color alt with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of caramelized sugar and oak is stronger than I was expecting. Taste is also a mix of caramelized sugar with some oak notes which brings out a dry edge to this beer. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. I am not sure the dry caramel malt notes, cereal notes and the oak notes were very well balanced together.
10-03-2013 20:05:52 | More by Phyl21ca
3.6/5 rDev -9.5%
At wellington gastropub- Transparent deep mahogany, pours a frothed eggshell cap. Nose of intense caramel malts, very earthy and woodsy, quite toasty, with prune and floral hops. Tastes sweet, of toffee and caramel, fresh floral hops, sugary prune, quite oaky. Nice long bitter finish, medium full body. Seems a bit boozy.
03-05-2011 00:01:25 | More by mrmanning
3.69/5 rDev -7.3%
Beau's Festivale Plus pours a brick red tone that is clear and has its highlights set to full brightness. The off-white head is big enough that it could possibly be seen from space and it leaves a web of lacing that would make a spider jealous.
The caramelly notes from the malt and vanilla pod flavours from the wood are in some sense a natural pairing, although their sweetness can be a wee overwhelming. Dark cherry notes and rum-raisin flavours stem from this malt and oak combo; the earthy hops do what they can but fall way short of stunting that overall butterscotch-y sweetness.
The barrel-aging is apparent from the first sip. The flavour of oak is strong, stark and imparts additional dryness via an enduring woody texture. Super sleek vanillin notes arise also and conjure thoughts of vanilla ice cream and the raisin and plum-like esters of a well-aged aged port.
The wood also creates a mouthfeel that is so creamy-thick that as well as tasting like a rich, full-fat french vanilla ice cream, it also *feels* like one in the mouth. The big, bold flavours of the barrel don’t overshadow the contoured maltiness one wants in an altbier but they do add a stronger dimension that distracts from the drinkability.
This beer drinks a classic German lager that's been impregnated by an oak barrel. The taste is good but the drinkability teeters on a razor’s edge. Beau's seems to have oak-aged just about every single style there is and while many have been unexpected successes, I'm not entirely sure altbiers are the ideal fit. I'd leave the barrels out of it next time.
06-04-2013 22:17:11 | More by biegaman
3.76/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
06-05-2013 15:43:37 | More by spinrsx
3.8/5 rDev -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.
08-26-2008 17:17:03 | More by Viggo
3.81/5 rDev -4.3%
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...
10-05-2013 01:32:07 | More by hopsolutely
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
10-16-2013 02:29:56 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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!
09-10-2010 18:42:37 | More by liamt07
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
06-27-2013 21:39:31 | More by TerryW
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
10-03-2013 19:49:12 | More by SebD
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
09-09-2010 17:23:30 | More by kwjd
4.18/5 rDev +5%
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!)
06-15-2013 02:19:48 | More by decimator
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
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!
09-10-2010 17:54:42 | More by cratez
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
08-02-2013 06:55:50 | More by thehyperduck
Wild Oats Series No. 4 - Festivale Plus Sticke Alt from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.