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Festivale - Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

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86
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terminal Gravity Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HiroProtagonist on 01-04-2004)
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Photo of olmatty
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark brown liquid with a low light tan head

Smell- Creamy, Earthy and a bit sour maltiness

Taste-A touch roasty, chocolatey, caramel and biscuit. Dark and lightly spicy. Complex with a slight sourness to the malts, pleasantly smooth yeast presence and very nicely balanced. Probably one of the best beers I've had.

Mouthfeel- Smooth carbonation and a silky warming sensation

Drinkability- Very easy drinking, especially for a beer with this much flavor. A testament to balance. May be the smoothest beer at this level of ABV.

Now available in bottles.

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy auburn hue with a finger's worth of foam on top; quite a few strips of streaky lace

Smell: The powerful caramel and fruit cake backbone buttresses the resinous hops; spruce tips redolent of the Pacific northwest waft above

Taste: The resin and the caramel play back and forth on the front end, with the spruce flavors building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors continue to build, though the fruit cake flavors emerge in the background to round out the profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit of warmth in the gullet

Overall: A complex and flavorful old ale with some winter warmer elements, to boot

Thanks, hannont (from the other site), for the opportunity

Photo of Spikester
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I have seen this beer from Terminal Gravity. Picked up a six pack at Market of Choice in West Linn. Dark hazy red with a good three fingers of tan head. Good amount of lacing and the foam cap lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass. Aroma of floral hops and sugary malts. Taste is big bitter fruity hops with plentiful malts to lend support. Mouthfeel is good with just enough carbonation and a medium body. Alcohol is obvious but not bothersome on the palate. Drinkability is perhaps too good given the 8.4% abv. A couple of these could really give you an attitude adjustment. A powerfull Old Ale that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of Reidrover
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single from "Lifesource". S.Salem. $1.75 Dark murky brown/amber ale with a lovelly thick light tan head. Pretty hoppy aromas..resiny,spruce like type...a little caramel malt. Despite the hoppy nose the flavour is full on chewy,toffee,caramel maltiness..hops you can feel them underneath..stopping this from being over sweet. Nice palate..strong and smooth..very chewy. Overall a very very nice malty winter ale.

Photo of djbreezy
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - reddish brown, opaque, not much head or retention

Smell - caramel malt aroma

Taste - caramel and toffee notes in the malt with some light alcohol burn on the finish

Mouthfeel - full body but ever so slightly undercarbonated, not that noticeable however or could be something else

Overall - really enjoyed the flavor, great winter beer, better than I expected

Photo of cbarrett4
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass at Nano-brew festival PDX.

I love the brews from Terminal Gravity and have seen it in 6 packs, but couldn't pull the trigger for a $12 six pack of a seasonal I haven't tried.

This batch claims to be from the last keg and aged 16 months.

Pours with a darkly amber hue, short head and light lace. The nose assails you like a jackhammer, but a jackhammer that is fun and hammers little bursts of joy into your head. I was getting raisin and toffee at first, then earth, some malt, roasted meat, cigar tobacco, and English bread pudding. Soooo complex!

The palate was disappointing after the amazing aromatics. Mainly malts and dark fruit with lingering sweetness. Very good, but not as complex as I had hoped. Imminently drinkable though, despite the 8.4% abv.

Texture was nice, big but not over the top with balance of alcohol, tannins, and acids. Finished nice though a little sweet.

Very good. I wonder if this was a batch aged longer than most? I don't know if I am to be disappointed when I buy it from the store next time!

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at EOU Faculty Lounge in The Big, OR, poured into frosted pint glass (arghh), $5, 12.27.10. Had this many, many times before, review based on 2010 version.

Light tan one-finger head over fairly dark brown clear body, significant amount of lacing after fairly slow dissipation. Really surprised at the nose, the traditional Festivale aroma, huge maltiness, bready, sweet, some raisins, balance by big hop noble hop infusion. Taste mirrors nose, quite a bit of roast, not overly sweet and nice hop bitterness on back end. Mouthfeel halfway between medium and full, sticky finish. Really drinkable. IMHO, upon significant reflection, this doesn't taste anything like the bottled version. I like the tap version much better, more of a full boutique, and esp. a fuller mouthfeel. One of Eastern Oregon's better beers. Check it out.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at Horse Brass in Portland in a 10 oz mini-imperial pint glass. Color was a hazy orange-brown/copper with a low fine tan head. FestiveAle smelled of mild sweet malts with an assertive resiny hop profile, typical of a barleywine. The taste was lightly sweet but crisp followed by an extremely hoppy bitterness; probably 100 BU's. The flavors were well balanced and tasty. The brew was a bit thinner than I thought it should be, but it still was adequately smooth and full. The drinkability was similar to any barleywine...a glass or pint is the right amount for a sitting. Overall a good barley wine that is comparable to Fish Tale's 10th anniversary.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy rich reddish brown amber with a healthy two finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. Light but pleasant aroma of bready malt and a hint of toasted malt and nuts. Flavor of well integrated caramel, bready and light toasted malt, a little caramel and nuts. Very light holiday spicing and light hops. Finishes with dark malt and mild spices. Fairly understated, reminiscent of a British ale, but well balanced and interesting. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. I liked this as an alternate to some of the more boldly hopped and spiced winter ales. Well done.

Photo of BastardKing24
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a small head that falls to a ring and some bubbles. Decent

Smell is dark fruit, floral and piney hops, raisin, plum, roasted malts. Kind of some musty smells, like decaying fruit.

Taste is pretty good with a good hop punch right off the bat, with a long malty, bready, yeasty taste in the middle. Has a danky roasty malty pleasing taste that melds good with 8.7%. Some caramel and coffee notes are there as well.

Maybe a bit on the lighter side, not a huge malt bomb, but plenty of carbonation to keep things interesting.

I am enjoying this for the price and will get some more from my store, as its a good value and a pretty good tasting beer.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm...this amber American Winter Warmer is darn tasty....sweet with a softly hoppy nose and body. really easy to drink so I had another pint.

Very nice and I liked it a lot. Nicely caramel with the hops keeping the malt from going overboard. Doesn't coat the mouth so it's tasty in that good way without being smackingly overwhelming.

Photo of Docer
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)
- A nice mostly clear dark ruby brown brew. Big fingers of fluffy off-white head which slowly settled to a very spotty thin blanket with lace up and down the sides. Not bad.

Smell: (3.5)
- Certainly a healthy dose of caramel malts here. Perhaps other sweet grainy and bready malts like Munich or Marris Otter perhaps. A sweet English aroma to the malt. Little brown sugar, perhaps a touch of spice, fig, clove, and cinnamon. Surprisingly little hop presence. Maybe some floral and earthy hops in the finish.

Taste: (4.0)
- Certainly a flavorful beer. Sweet brown sugar, light molasses, caramel malts, bready grain, and some bitter pine hops in the flavor. The aroma of the beer hid a bit of what the flavor is packing. Light spice which I can dig. Heavily spiced winter beers make me want to vomit. Not this one. Very well rounded.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Overall a medium bodied brew, plenty carbonated, and certainly chewy and drying. Overall it's balance keeps the mouth watering though. Still just seems a touch thin for what it boasts.

Overall: (4.0)
- Not a bad winter beer at all, and not too spicy. Overall it is a heavy hitter, warms you up, and drinks well. Certainly worth having a few of these kicking around in the fridge this year.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of head on a dark and cloudy brown colored body.
Smell is all rich dark fruit with a little barnyard yeast.
Strong flavor of plum. Alcohol and bitterness bring up the end.
Crisp texture with a lower carbonation and medium body.
A nice dig on the Old Ale style. A winner in the Winter Ale category.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of PDXHops
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

According to the brewer this is an English Strong Ale or Old Ale, not an American Barleywine. No argument from me after tasting it, and that's how I'm reviewing it. On tap for "Christmas in May" at the Green Dragon.

Deep reddish brown yet see-thru body. Generous cream colored head with decent retention and lacing.

Definitely smells like it's gonna be good. Strong port aroma with plentiful dark fruit and a bit boozy (9.1%, says the description in front of me).

Pretty nice tasting stuff here.. Again, port is very present, with lots of fruitiness and smooth sweetness. Figs, raisins, a hint of cherry and some oranges. A hint of mulled cider. Medium bodied, lightish carbonation with some lingering bitterness in the warm boozy finish.

Overall impression: Complex, enjoyable and warming brew. Recommended for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Festivale from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.