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Festivale - Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

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85
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HiroProtagonist on 01-04-2004)
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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

brentk56, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is dark amber / red and hazy (served with sediment) form a big off white head of small and medium bubbles, tons of lacing on this one, looks pretty nice.

Beer smells a little like spice but overall the aroma is quite weak.

Beer is medium to big in body and has some odd dryness at the back that brings forward some spiciness to the whole thing. It's OK overall but not my favorite old ale / spiced ale. Just an average experience overall.

drabmuh, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

MarkyMOD, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured out a heady mix of brown and red color, with a decent 5/8" head on it. Aroma was winter warmer warmth, mild tinge of toffee, decent hopping along what I'd guess to be the 45 ibu variety.

Taste, pretty nice and chunky, more caramel, still some toffee, cocao powder, brought enough stuff to hold down some of the bitterness. Held the alcohol of the tongue nicely, the aroma had me wondering if that would be the case. A little bit of dark fruit raisin type of mouthfeel. Good degree of chewiness and viscosity to it, probably from the respectable amount of caramel and breadiness in the beer.

One of the better beers TG bottles. They're always the preeminent example of a good brewery that doesn't bottle their best stuff. This is better than their ipa or golden ale.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

dmorgan310, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

The brewery classifies this beer as an Old Ale, not a Barleywine, my review is based on the breweries description.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lovely mahogany-brown color with a thick deep tan head that had medium retention and lacing.

A slightly sweet malt aroma is the first thing you notice, behind the sweetness is a hint of spice. I couldn't quite tell if it was from or spices, but I liked that scent. The flavors followed closely to the lead of aroma, with malty goodness upfront and a tickle of hop on the finish.

The body was nicely rounded without being heavy. Drinkabilty was very good for this style, which is generally not a style you have more than a couple of at a time.

Overall a very nice beer, worth your time.

beertunes, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

LiquidAmber, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of ccrida
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

4oz. snifter at Lucky Lab fest, the appearance is light burnt gold/amber with a thick, 1 finger white head. Looks like an IPA.

The aroma is sweet and rich malt, nice but not very complex.

The taste is pleasant, rich but not to malty, tart, with a dry, fuselly bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel was creamy.

Drinkablity was nothing special, a bit sour and not notable enough to warrant seeking out again, but good nevertheless.

ccrida, May 24, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

Reidrover, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of harrymel
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

Bottled: unk

A: ruddy dark clay brown. single finger of taupe foam falls to a sheet of the same. No lace. murky.
S: Hops, cardboard, toffee, darker malts. Nice, almost well-aged barley wine nose.
T: Sweet malts have tones of caramel, spicy hops and some alcohol.
M: thin with hi carb. Initially feels creamy, then gets really carbed, weird. slick finish.
O: decent enough.

harrymel, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +5%

flexabull, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +5%

shelby415, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a murky, chestnut body topped with a pinky finger of off-white head. It retreats into a milky swirl of bubbles with a spotty, broken collar around the edges.

S: Caramel malts and bread are abundant. Without knowing the style, I find myself expecting a doppelbock, though the fruit aromas aren't quite there. Even as an old ale this is a bit simplistic, though not bad.

T: Caramel, with a touch of toffee. A small raisin flavor. Grainy flavors are noticeable, along with leaves and pine hops that pull into the finish. They leave a small bitterness that offsets the initial sweeter flavors.

M: Mild bitterness in the finish along with some very light spice exhalations (can't place it). It's medium-plus bodied, with very light heat.

O: It's hard to have an old ale from the land of my favorite old ale (Adam) and not make a comparison. This isn't in the same league -- at all -- but it's enjoyable enough.

Arbitrator, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +5%

Kopfschuss, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

Fatehunter, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours an orange-amber brown color with a slightly cloudy body and a small tan head. Malt-forward aroma with a good dose of citrusy hops - notes of some dark fruit, maple, a touch of brown sugar, and a good whiff of booze. Palate is again rather malty up front, with a decent balance of citrusy hops to balance things out before the swallow. The sweetness of the malt lingers for a while, with a trailing hoppy bitterness that sticks around after the swallow. More than a little alcohol heat on the finish. Maltier than most TG beers, but still with a decidedly hoppy kick.

ElGordo, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

jdense, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of artoolemomo
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance- Pours an okay amount of head which has a little retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a medium maroon which appears as a mix of light crimson and dark amber when held up to the light. Lacing approaches sheeting or is sheeting.

Nose- Strong earwax, almost acrid, that fades quickly. Some burnt caramel. Maybe a little bit of grapefruit initially. Tiny bit of toasted coconut. Toast in general. The glass pretty much just shows caramel and perhaps some brown bread. Swirling reveals a citrus profile- light orange, stronger lemon- and some armpit/dirty sock. As bad as it may sound, the mustiness is nice.

Taste- This is a pretty odd beer that syncs in with the aroma somewhat. Starts off a bit unpromising- very sweet raisins that start to break into a coffee note that is way too sour and acrid. This, however, is assuaged by a faint chocolate hint followed by caramel, burnt caramel, leather, and a finish of oak. Alcohol is noticeable but works to tame the messiness of the beer or at least make some sense of it. Seems a lot like a Scotch Ale mixed with a light barleywine. Some citrus notes, most lemon and grapefruit but also some orange. Some earwax, armpit, and mustiness but more in the background than in the front like on the nose. Definitely didn't expect much from this beer as I've never had anything from Terminal Gravity that was terribly memorable. Above average to good but I could see it mellowing out with age to become strictly good. I might buy a six pack just to do that.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with some syrup to the texture. The carbonation is a little to heavy and is a little carbonic at times.

Drinkability- Was a little messy at first but has mellowed out some. Has some flaws but seems pretty fair at 9 bucks a sixer when you factor in the 8.4%.

Overall- Above average to good. Not perfect but at least, it's interesting. I would give it a try. Six months of aging would probably be just right for this beer.

artoolemomo, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Docer
3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

Docer, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

PDXHops, May 14, 2009
Photo of Spikester
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

Spikester, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Eighty
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Eighty, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of danwho
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

danwho, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Murrhey
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live in high altitude Libby, Mont.

A- One-finger light-tan colored head. Long linger for the high ABV. Dark, mahogany look. Looks vinous and cloudy as well. Not sure what to make of it.

S- Strong hops in the aroma which is a bit of a surprise. Red grapes, pineapple and a little bit of mustiness that must come from the live yeast. Not really sure. Attractive if subdued.

T- Very hoppy, grapefruit and pine hops. Strong and bitter. Overpowers the maltiness, but the malts are still there providing a stiff backbone. Some floral notes as well, but the hops are clearly the centerpiece of this beer. Not complex enough for me to warrant a truly great score. Above average.

M- Medium bodied, semi-vinous and small bubbles for carbonation. Finishes dry.

O- Tasty, but too harsh to make a sessionable beer and not complex enough for a game-changer. Slightly above average for the style. If you are a fan of hops, but not of Old Ales, this would be a good middle ground perhaps.

Murrhey, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

The Festive ale was poured downtown at the Pilsner room in Portland. It was nice to get to taste something other than their money IPA which I love. The Festive was dark reddish brown and had a tiny foam head with little retention.

The aroma was definitely spicy which should be the case and I smelled some deep caramel and nutmeg.

The taste was smooth but didn't have a complete depth to it.

The mouth feel was semi carbonated with a nice touch in the back of the throat.

Overall I would try it again if I could find it in someplace other than an obscure place near downtown.

cswhitehorse, Dec 18, 2007
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Festivale from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.