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Festivale - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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83
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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Festivale is an amber ale, with balanced high-intensity maltiness and hop presence. Caramunich malts give Festivale its colour and a rich caramel sweetness. Festivale bucks the trend of pale summer beers, offering up amber hues and tastiness for a unique result that is both quaffable and refreshing.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: mrmanning on 10-29-2009)
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Reviews by MeisterBurger:
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a deep clear mahogany topped by a bright, lively 3/4" head that dissipates into a thin collar that leaves streaks of lacing.

Aroma of cereal and brown sugar and caramelized sugar with a light, pear-like fruitiness.

Taste of bready malts, a little nutty like a brown ale, earthy, bitter with a hop bite reminiscent of a steam beer. Finishes dry with a pleasing metallic, floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, with a crisp carbonation that helps keep the sweetness of the malt in check.

Overall there's good flavor here, but it doesn't feel...integrated. I guess. It's a little rough around the edges.

08-18-2011 01:03:00 | More by MeisterBurger
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottle from the LCBO, as their spring seasonal offering.

Poured into a dimpled beer mug. Deep amber brown, with an almost ruby hue when held to the light. Half inch of foam. Decent looking brew.

Caramel, bread, a little bit of yeast, fruit.

Decent brew - bready, assertive hop bitterness to the finish, caramel. Some fruit as well, perhaps grape or plum. Thinner bodied, carbonation has some zip to it.

I like this style of beer, and I enjoyed this. Probably won't be a repeat purchase, but still worth trying.

05-26-2012 03:22:48 | More by JohnnyBarman
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

From notes:

Appearance: strong amber; big suds that quickly dissipate; clear and clean

Aroma: light malt and light hops; on the caramel side

Taste & Mouthfeel: more hops than expected, but very clean, not bitter, and flavour lasts; first hit on the tongue is very refreshing, bringing to mind stone fruit; well balanced at the start, then turns to pleasant hops fairly quick

Overall: a great summer beer and incredibly clean taste

02-18-2012 01:40:06 | More by BGDrock
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

600ml bottle, 4.7% ABV, obtained via a trade with tbeckett - thanks! August-something 2011 date, as that part of the label is pretty much illegible.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of creamy pale beige head, which leaves some macabre swaths of reaching lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of mildly toasted biscuity grain, and floral, leafy, meadow-esque hops. Malt is the key word in the flavour, at least at first, as the biscuit and dry toast character from the nose really projects, until the dry, somewhat bitter, noble dusty field hops arise to balance things out nicely. The carbonation is present, but knows when to lay low, the body a decent medium weight, a wee bit astringent, but only in a way that taints some ideal of perfect smoothness. It finishes off-dry, or even a little more, the bready sweetness winning out over the still punchy weedy, somewhat lemony (huh?) hops.

An agreeable, flavourful, and enjoyable 'old' beer, it stays with you, taunting one to have more. Easy to drink, session-strength, good stuff.

09-08-2011 23:46:47 | More by biboergosum
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Enjoyed on tap at Chancey Smith. Brown unfiltered body with a whisp of a white head. Suitable carboantion and average mouthfeel. Hoppy,generous noble hops, is most of the flavour. European malts, earthy.Aromas of what's to ome, a little hop and malts.

07-29-2010 12:24:50 | More by Sammy
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

I've always been impressed that Beau's went with an Altbier for their summer seasonal.

Their effort is beautiful. Amber and clear, like maple syrup. Nice lively head, two fingers off an aggressive pour. Settles to a really nice film after a couple minutes.

Aroma is pretty subtle, just a touch of caramel sweetness really. Hops register as slightly metallic.

Continental hops right up front, characterised almost completely by their bitterness. This beer is defined by a relatively pronounced hop bitterness. Expecting a good deal more malt I was surprised to find it comes through mostly in the finish, and then mainly as toasted bread.

This is a good beer. I would like some more aromatic hops and/or a more pronounced malt backbone. The end-note of toasted grain is really nice, more please!

08-31-2011 19:24:35 | More by CanuckRover
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avisong

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-29-2014 12:42:07 | More by avisong
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-15-2014 04:47:54 | More by joemcgrath27
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

Pours a clear dark amber with three fingers of light cream foamy head. Leaves some decent lacing down the mug.
Nose is caramel malt foremost, wheat, grain - like a lager basically.
Taste is pretty smooth; amber notes, caramel malt backbone, bread. Not much else to speak of. On the nicely done up placard that compliments the attractive bottle it mentions a "fairly assertive hoppiness", but unfortunately I get none in any fields...
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, a bit thin, a tad dry.
Overall, it's a cousin to their Lug Tread ale and fairly unimpressive. The presentation is all there, nice looking, perhaps why the price is a bit high too, but Beau's has yet to win me over into multiple bottle purchases and that continues with this summer seasonal. One and done.

09-10-2011 20:52:29 | More by heebes
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Purchased at the LCBO 600ml bottle for $4.85. Served at 5deg C in q draught glass

A- Very good. Opens well and pours dark almost red color. Lots of head that stays forever

S- Pretty good. Light malt.

T- Pretty good. Caramel, roasted malt and heavy on the tongue

M- Ok at best. Nothing special

O- Pretty good. Good for the price. Raise it a buck and I won't buy again. Not complex at all. Very simple recipe producing simple results.

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with... BBQ'd hamburgers

Enjoy

06-04-2014 21:37:43 | More by DaveBar
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-28-2012 04:53:13 | More by Stocean1
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color altbier with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light caramelized malt with dry cereal notes. Taste is quite refreshing with nice notes of caramelized malt and dry cereal with very subtle lingering sweetness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed for style and pleasantly drinkable.

08-17-2011 20:13:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Bottle to LB pint glass. Bottle date appeared to be 6/17/12, which seemed unlikely given that I was drinking this on 6/20/12. At any rate, this seasonal was recently released so likely fairly fresh.

A - Light to medium brown. Two fingers of cream coloured head.

S - Bready malts up front along with a crisp hop bitterness with floral and some herbal notes. The hop profile is reminiscent of saaz hops. Some sweetness from the malts in the background.

T - Fairly sweet malt profile up front with grainy/bready notes, toffee and caramel. A nice crisp hop profile with some floral and herbal notes. Somewhat dry, bitter finish.

M - Light to medium bodt with light to moderate carbonation.

06-24-2012 00:13:21 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-24-2013 21:54:29 | More by WillAndSarah
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-03-2014 15:33:51 | More by mtomlins
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-26-2013 03:36:33 | More by montrealbcr89
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-12-2012 14:34:30 | More by ssmack
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

A working pint at The Only. Pours a nice amber, roasty brown color though there's nary a head on this pint, a faint collar and that's that.

Nose is fruity, cherries and dark fruits. Caramel and biscuity malt, a hint of honey. Flavor reveals more of the alt characteristics, a slight metallic nature, earthy dryness, quite a hop bite on this one as per style. Still some fruit, a light sweetness in the body. A little thin on the body, a little low on the carb. Some flaws but I'm still enjoying it enough. Perhaps it's not in top condition, I'll have to revisit again.

06-21-2011 17:44:31 | More by ritzkiss
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

04-12-2014 14:36:00 | More by Caudalie
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Draft

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an above average size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes or so before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, hops, breads/grains, barnyard funk

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. There is also a fair amount of hop bitterness. Unfortunately the beer has the standard Beau's farm/barn/straw taste to it which I don't particularly care for. It finishes with a malty aftertaste with some lingering bitterness.

Overall – A solid beer from a local brewer. It's very similar to the beaver river ipeh, but perhaps a little more earthiness. Anyways, it's worth a try - especially if you are a fan of their other beers.

06-06-2011 13:32:16 | More by spinrsx
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-30-2013 19:04:27 | More by RedAleMan
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml (or whatever size these Beau's bottles are) into a footed pilsner glass. Bottled on August 4, 2011 - batch 1573.

Pours a rusty copper, with a couple of fingers of offwhite head. Moderate retention, and some pretty good lacing. Nose is earthy and woody, some caramel and dark malts, dark breads and more earthy/spicy hop notes. Fairly standard from what I've come to expect from altbiers. Taste has more earthiness, dark bread, some light sweetness and moderate grassiness. Characteristic 'organic' flavour I've come to expect from a lot of Beau's offerings. Quite light in the mouthfeel, moderate bitterness and a somewhat crisp finish. Easily drinkable, and nice within the style. I hope they plan on barrel-aging this as part of the Greener Futures project.

09-04-2011 13:34:50 | More by liamt07
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance: It has a nice amber/copper colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready and caramely malts, grassy hops and a slight fruitiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice grassy/earthy hop flavour adding a nice bitterness with a sweet bready/caramely malt character to it.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas but not quite what I expected.

09-10-2011 20:25:46 | More by SebD
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

On tap at Allium, in Ottawa, ON- A beautiful and slightly hazed amber pour with a frothy beige froth. Nice lace. malty nose is earthy, with caramel, some floral notes, dark bread, quite nutty too. Tastes of sweet toasty malts, caramel, some dark sweet fruit, with a very nice fresh hop presence. Quite bitter on the finish with a fresh hoppy linger. Creamy and very drinkable. Excellent.

10-29-2009 11:45:56 | More by mrmanning
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Yoozeo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

01-03-2013 19:45:47 | More by Yoozeo
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Festivale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.