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Festivale - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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83
good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -45.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Caudalie
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Caudalie, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of montrealbcr89
3/5  rDev -18.3%

montrealbcr89, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Yeoman9459
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark amber, bubbly head that ends up being a layer ontop of the beer.

Smell - bready, caramel, little bit of fruit that smells almost sugary.

Taste - follows the smell,

Mouthfeel - fair amount of carbonation, bit of bitterness.

Overall - nice beer from a great brewery, good summer drinking. Didn't think I would care for the style but I could see myself buying another.

Yeoman9459, May 23, 2012
Photo of Kremlock
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Head poured about 1/2" think and then thinned out to about 1/8". Colour is a clear orange/copper with hues of red present.

S: Hint of bread and caramel. Picked up on the crystal/caramel malts on the nose. Hints of citrus/pin on the nose

T: Low caramel and toffee flavour. hop flavour is hard to identify. Flavour is lacking on this beer. I was almost 1/2 done my pint as I kept taking sips to get deeper in the tasting notes but alas, this beer is not all the deep in flavours

M: Well carbonated, slick on the tongue and the bitterness lingers

O: Smell and mouthfeel are great but the taste of the beer is lacking.

Kremlock, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of heebes
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

heebes, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

600 ml bottle served fairly cold into galssware. purchased from LCBO for $4.35 CDN.

Appearance - Clear copper color, a few effervescent bubbles. Dense off-white head. Some lacing sticks to the interior of the glass.

Smell - Bready, metallic blend with earthy notes too. Some mild floral aromas, but I can sense that this beer will be bitter by the nose even.

Taste - Very bitterness, but and earthy-dirt like bitterness as opposed to a citrusy or even spruce-like bitterness. Slightly metallic flavors too.

Mouthfeel - Thin feeling, dry finish and a long lasting aftertaste. Thinness evolves into smoothness after a few sips. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Too much bitterness for my liking without any counterbalance. Decent enough, but I liked others of the style a little better.

DenisKolkin, May 25, 2014
Photo of JohnKenn
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

JohnKenn, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Mack
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Mack, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had both this and the Festivale Plus and I remember both being quite good. Glad to see their seasonals getting into the LCBO.

A - The Festivale pours a medium to dark copper colour with a nice three finger khaki head that fades to a half finger with a slight amount of lacing. . Bright with mild carbonation.

S - Rich dark malts. Kinda mild. Strong earthy notes. Caramel and fruits.

T - Earthy, caramel, grassy. The balance seems off with hops and malt competing instead of mixing. A little odd.

M - The carbonation is where it should be with a medium body and a slightly bitter finish but also sweet at the same time.

O/D - I'm a little torn. It's got alot of flavour, I'm just not sure I like it alot. It's good but not a jaw dropper. A little too earthy. It's really smooth but not exactly refreshing.

tbeckett, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of slackt
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

slackt, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

mtomlins, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of ritzkiss
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

ritzkiss, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

spinrsx, Jun 06, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Hoppy_McGee, May 19, 2014
Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Long813, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of MattPS
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

MattPS, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of WeissBoy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

WeissBoy, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Cycle69
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Cycle69, May 31, 2014
Photo of TheHammer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

TheHammer, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of cyrenaica
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml draught
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on June 24, 2011 at "The Beerbistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent red colour with a thin white cap. The aroma was mild caramel malt, some grains, floral hops, and spices. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet malt, toffee, fruity, and spice, and had a nice bitter bite to it.

cyrenaica, Jun 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Vyronian, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TerryW, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Sammy, Jul 29, 2010
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Festivale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.