Festivale - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 86
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 4.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with amber highlights and a good finger of white head that showed good retention. This is markedly different to the cask pour I had, which was a murky mud colour and not all that appetising... one of those beers that works better when not on cask. Earthy, nutty aromas, with a strong bread background and floral hopping, which is exactly as it should be.

Great bready spine in the flavour, with a nutty bitterness mingling with floral and steely hops and an earthy finish. Works really well, and makes for a pleasant drink. Medium body and carbonation hits the spot.

After tasting this three times (bottled, cask and keg) I've finally found the ideal serving format, and this makes for a tasty quaff. Nice job, guys! (738 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; packaged May 13 2014 and served well-chilled. I've never tried an alt that I didn't like, and I loved their Sticke Alt so this German-style brew from the prolific Beau's portfolio seemed like a pretty safe bet.

Pours a clear, dark amber colour, topped with nearly two fingers of frothy, sparkling white head. Great retention, and lots of lacing; as attractive an amber ale as I've ever seen. The aroma is relatively subdued, but nonetheless quite clean and enjoyable - bready malts, caramel, toasted nuts and grass stick out, resulting in an enjoyable traditional bouquet.

A very tasty little ale - biscuity malts and caramel start things off, with a slightly nutty vibe to complement. The second half of the profile showcases the hops beautifully - quite grassy and earthy, with a lingering bitterness that begs for another sip. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation appropriate for the style. I could drink this all night.

Final Grade: 4.04, an impressive A-. Beau's Festivale is a fine session amber, offering an interesting harmony between the sweet, biscuity sweet malts and its grassy noble hop bill. This is probably one of my favourite offerings from this brewery - this is the second bottle I've purchased, and I could certainly see myself picking up a few more before it's out of season. Highly recommended to any fan of balanced, quaffable amber ales. (1,429 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,082 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (387 characters)

Photo of cratez
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

600ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear amber with creamy head. Head reduces to a bubbly cap. Light lacing.

S - Malts, Caramel, fruity sourness, mild hops.

T - Sweet, toasted grains, light sourness, bitter hops taste much stronger than the aroma let on.

M - Tangy, bubbly, crisp finish with a bite in the aftertaste.

O - I love this beer on tap but it's pretty good in bottle form too. (408 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber-brown colour with nice white head. Smells of noble hops and bready malt. Taste has a nice amount of bitterness to go with the sweetness of the malt. Some nuttiness too. A very well balanced beer. This went down very quickly, carbonation level was great. (273 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Festiveale is so gorgeous a beer that I get nervous around it, my palms all sweaty and I start stumbling over my words. There's no way a beer like this would go out with a guy like me. It is a deep, immaculately clear amber-brown that shimmers like polished bronze and it has a blossomed head that could win an Oscar for its costume design of the glass.

Gritty yet flowery hops, succulently sweet but toasty malts, sulfury yeast - nothing appears to be deadwood here except a clean, neutral water. This rich, somewhat fruity and caramelly scent raises expectations big time for how this beer will play out; by the smell of it, this will be every bit the flavourful, drinkable lager that you'd get in Düsseldorf.

The maltiness is flavourful but not terribly deep; its base of pils malt is very biscuity and doubles the richer, more caramelly flavour of any roasted malt or dark crystal malt that obviously must have been added to achieve such a resplendent colour. The hops are fairly pronounced, or rather their bitterness is. This has more flavour than most organic lagers on the market.

As stated, Festiveale isn't the richest example of the style on the market. Still, however, it has enough earthy, distinctively Noble hop flavour and sweet and toasty malt character to ensure that some of it lingers. The nectarous, bitter-sweet serum is distorted only by a strong sulfur quality that is customary for the style. The bomber disappears quickly.

Beau's brewmaster is very adept at reproducing German styles - as the flagship Lug Tread Ale would attest - but few people outside of the Rhineland have succeeded in emulating this distinct style; I had no expectations that Festiveale would be as good as it actually is. Then again, I'm not at all surprised. Beau's doesn't make a habit of releasing bad beers. (1,817 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (788 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (434 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently released 600 mL seasonal from Beau's. Listed as 4.7% on the bottle. Bottle date of July 3, 2011. Poured into a slender cylinder.

Pours a dark, rusty amber colour with a large, frothy tan-coloured head that leaves some moderate lacing.

Smells like freshwater and thick and bready toasted malts. Canned green pea smell and a sweet, buttery caramel tone. Grainy hop note and a fruitiness come through after warming.

Very thick malt taste. Heavy and bready. A nice, crisp hoppy tang on the tongue helps to balance the taste. Strong earthiness, slight sourness in the finish.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel at first aided by a long-lasting collar of head. Strong bitterness on the back of the tongue, surprisingly crisp and clean given the overall thickness of the beer.

Yet another strong entry from Beau's and a nice summer seasonal alternative to a glut of wheat beers and IPA that line the shelves this time of year. (927 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tumbler.
Bottle date is illegible but this is the current Summer release so freshness isn't in question.

A- Crystal clear caramel colored pour with a slightly thin finger and a half off white head. Lacing is good.

S- Caramel and toffee, slight stone fruits with a slight metallic aroma. Floral hops are noticeable but not overpowering.

T- Bitter floral hops overcome your taste buds than quickly subside to a sweet caramel backing and a biscuit finish.

M- Light bodied, great carbonation.

O- I really enjoy Beau's beers, not just for their beers themselves but their eagerness to brew beers that are less than favorable to the masses. They seem to brew what they want/like and not worry so much about what the other guy is doing. Without these types of thinkers alternative styles would probably have disappeared long ago. (842 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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! (801 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a copper brown with two fingers of frothy tan head.

Smell - caramel/biscuity malts, light noble hops, some fruity esters, light pepperiness.

Taste - Very similar to the aromas but the flavours are more pronounced. You get a moderate bitterness from the noble hops. Fruity esters and touch of pepper chime in as well. Finishes with the caramel/biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. A pleasant stickiness to the body.

Overall - An altbier that hits all the marks of the style. Although the aroma lacked compared to the taste, this brew is still an enjoyable one. (624 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

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! (420 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (609 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (589 characters)

Photo of Ralphus
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler from the brewery..

Pours an a clear rusty brown. The little offwhite head dissapates to a small cap of foam.

Smell is fresh summer flowers, nuts and honey.

Taste has a nice hop bitterness initially giving way to softer nutty malts and honey.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Recommended. (338 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Enjoy (508 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated July 18, 2011.

Beer is caramel-brown in colour, with a sticky-looking off-white head of generous size. Good lacing, decent retention.

Scent is filled with toasted malt. An earthy hop scent is present as well. A bit of caramel. There is something about the toasted malt scent that I find a little unpleasant, though I am not sure why.

Taste is just like the smell. Toasty malts, an earthy, grassy flavour and a bit of caramel. Slightly sweet, but pretty balanced.

Body is on the lighter side, with moderate carbonation.

A good looking beer, but not the most exciting in flavour. Fine, but I doubt I would have it again. (638 characters)

Photo of shamus
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fine product from Beau's of VanKleek Hill. Whereas Beau's lugtread reallly stands out especially amongst Ontario beers, Festivale is merely good. i say merely because I was hoping that it would be exceptional. This however is not a complaint. it's a fine malty treat with a butterscotch chocolate bottom.so some will love it. (333 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

How odd is it that in the span of a week I can find three Beau's seasonals at the LCBO for Summer, Fall and Winter.

Appearance: A solid finger and a half of frothy head that retained exceptionally well and did leave respectable lacing. The body is a crimson read boasting solid and steady carbonation. A little more lacing would have earned the perfect score.

Smell: Dry peppery, almost dusty yeast dominated the nose backed by a respectable toffee presence in the background the is complimented by the smell of walnuts still in the shell, which I think is contributing slightly to the dusty note. Warming doesn't do a lot here.

Taste: A very balanced start as caramel malt and peppery yeast balance each other out that leads to a bit more of a mixed nut taste. It then rounds itself off with some earthy hops, but the note seems to carry the nut, pepper and caramel taste with it.

Mouthfeel: The finish is a bit too dry for my liking and a dusty pepper aftertaste isn't something I quite enjoy. The actual drinking and transitioning of the beer is well done and the carbonation help out the entire beer, it's just the aftertaste leaves something to be desired.

Drinkability: It's pretty good, like I said dry aftertaste doesn't do me many favours in this department. However it is on the lighter end of medium bodied and certainly has character which makes this an excellent dinner or even couple beer drinker.

Final Thoughts: Well, being my second Altbier, I think this one fared better then the first. The yeast was toned down and offered other nuances that were interesting. It strikes me as a beer that would go well with stuffed peppers and rice of all things. Give it a shot. (1,688 characters)

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Festivale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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