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Festivale - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +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.

Photo of liamt07
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of kwjd
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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!

Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of peensteen
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SebD
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of thehyperduck
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Festivale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.