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Festivale - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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83
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.44%


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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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 13:29:01 | More by Kremlock
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 21:53:44 | More by cyrenaica
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown colour with a little white head. This smells similar to most things I've tried from Beau's, a slight malty sweetness with a big earthy aroma. Very well balanced slightly bitter with a nice roasted malt finish. Medium body, very nice weight. I would drink this again, I think that this should be there flagship and not Lug Tread.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 00:49:01 | More by peensteen
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 00:53:19 | More by bobsy
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 00:35:05 | More by kwjd
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 03:30:50 | More by cratez
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 03:25:20 | More by TheHammer
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 19:14:30 | More by korguy123
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:24:19 | More by decimator
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 03:22:48 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Yeoman9459

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 03:40:35 | More by Yeoman9459
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 04:00:40 | More by jrenihan
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 02:34:14 | More by biegaman
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 01:03:00 | More by MeisterBurger
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Festivale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.