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Festivale - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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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
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 tbeckett
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of shamus
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of bryehn
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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


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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of kwjd
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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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 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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Photo of Ralphus
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of mrmanning
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Festivale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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