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Festivale - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 93
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: mrmanning on 10-29-2009

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
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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 93
Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Chancey Smith's in London, Ontario. Taps a dark copper red with brownish hues and a thick ring of yellowy beige head. Some speckles of lace cling to the shaker. Smell and taste are HUGE bready malts, pumpernickel rye, very fresh, doughy, and aromatic, light biscuit, dried fruit, licorice, sweet cereal grains, whole wheat toast, and caramel. Noble hops are mildly floral and earthy with a clean, citric bitterness to end. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, chewy-medium, bold spiciness mid-palate, ultra dry and husky finish. If this is an ale, Beau's has me fooled. Amazing lager-like thirst quencher.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of R_Kole
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Red amber with a bit of white head that goes quickly bit leaves huge lacing on the side of the glass.
A: Malt, earthy tones, grains slightly hoppy.
T: Caramelized malt, oats, some floral and very natural earthiness.
M: Crisp and clean. Slight bitterness
O: Another great beer from Beau's!!!

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Danomeister
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A tad uninteresting, but a nicely rounded, sessionable, thirsty quenching altbier. My instincts impell to pour a can of peaches in this and make it an altbierbowle

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of heebes
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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


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Photo of Stocean1
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.65/5  rDev 0%

Its been a long time I wanted to try this one. Finally got my hands on one. Clear beer. Effervescent too. Amber color. Nice creamy head thrones on top of it. Malty and some burnt caramel in the nose. Tastewise, the beer is more roasted malts than anything else. Very refreshing. Effervescent too but still sweet in the mouth. Light body to medium. Refreshing and delicious. A good summer beer with lots of taste! Cheers!

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Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mtomlins
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of montrealbcr89
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ssmack
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of BushwyckCraft
3.76/5  rDev +3%

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Festivale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.