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FestiveAle | Rogue Ales

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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Shaw on 09-26-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rogue says this is a "Belgian style Saison" with Grains of Paradise, myrtle leaves, bitter orange peel, ginger root, and Czech Saaz hops.

One of their better beers, I thought. Rather hoppy but fruity wierd flavors and plenty of malty sweetness to balance. Spice is not over-powering, but blends well with the odd sharp notes. Maybe the orange peel is adding more bitterness than fruit. Rogue claims this is only 18 IBU. So what is the Bitterness Units of orange peel? They claimed this was 8.5% so I don't know why the two percent discrepancy.

Interesting big Saison. [transcribed from notes, tasted in Reno on Valentine's Day of 2006.]

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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden yellow color came through immediately. Lots of sediment in here now as well. Huge carbonation profile could be seen with lots of chains of bubbles cascading up to the top of the glass to reinforce the huge champagne like head that came over the top of it. Lots of side glass lacing and a copious foam that would not quit. Very nice aroma here, lots of light grain, hints of grass, light lemon and a touch of grape. Nice airy smell gave way to a very nice flavor. Very light, and perfect for this summer day. First way was a slightly tart fresh grass like flavor. Some hints of peaches, pears, and a touch of tartness as well. Very nice light cereal grain flavor in the middle which became a touch bready as it warmed.

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2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

last bottle of my first beer trade, and also the last review of my initial saison kick and obsession that happened

i don't know when this thing was bottled i tried to look for a date could not find it, anyways poured it into my glass the head was not as big and pillowy as the other saisons i had still it had some staying power

aroma was weird i did not get much at all i got a little spice in the background but that's about it

taste was a let down for me it did not taste like that good american saison flavor i had with the hennepin it was a weird combination of flavors that did not go well very spicey but not in a pleasant way

mouthfeel was OK but not refreshing like the others

overall an average beer, this was the first rogue beer that i did not fall in love with, very strange considering i have absolutely loved everything they have done so far

all in all i think this is the only rogue beer i didnt' like they are still my original favorite craft brewery they make awesome beer but this one is not the right one for me, i just didnt like it

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4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, golden body with a frothy, white head that drops down to a thin covering fairly quickly.

Smell: Sweet-scented bouquet of lightly spiced, oven-baked cookies and grains with a ladle full of honey and almond syrup on the side.

Taste: Sweet taste of honey-coated cookies and crisp wheat crackers with a hint of background citrus. Slight almond accents. The once glaring spice component has toned down in the two or so years, leaving just a nice level of zesty spice. No apparent hop character or remaining bitterness. Sweet, succulent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Boy, oh boy, did I ever dislike this beer when initially released. Frankly, I though it a complete mess; a weak attempt at a saison with an unpleasant spice component. Now, though, it's aged into a smooth, mellow, sweetish brew.

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2.64/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 6/17/2007 (Draft @ Alamo Drafthouse, TX):

Pours an amber brown color, no head. Little aroma. Very sweet salty taste, like candy. Sweet acidic taste, very unlike a malty beer. A sour taste, but not fruity. Warming up a bit. More malty & beer like as it warms up. Still a little acidic. Didn't realize this was a saison until now..

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3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This ale pours a hazy orange with a huge, white, meringue-like head. The aroma is of bread, fruit and spice. It is medium bodied and extremely smooth. The flavor is spicy, fruity, wooden, grassy, a touch sour and a touch bitter. Unique.
(rated May 25, 2007)

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2.71/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a hefe with the pour, murky yellow with a massive white head Aroma is...unusual. Fruity and wheaty, with some soap and something sour. The taste is okay. Its mostly malts with ginger and orange flavors, but nothing really stands out. The mouthfeel is sticky and the finish is thin. I wanted this to be better.

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3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep dirty orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and no lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast with a good Belgian style malt and some weird conflicting spices. Taste is also a weird mix between some Belgian style malt with some weird spices mix and a spicy yeasty finish. Full body with average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Definitely lacking some typical Saison ester and very unfocused (seems to be a cross between a Saison, Tripel, Wit and a Belgian Strong Ale). Not the best from this usually good brewery.

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3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 22oz Bottle

Pours a nice Hazy orange with white head. Nice citrus aroma and flavor. Sharp carbonation which was a little overpowering. Sweet, ginger like, as well with a very fruity crisp finish. Smooth drink but not one i would search out.

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4.01/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very rocky head when pouring. Nice hazy golden color.

Smell has a hint of brett , coriander.

Apple juice bitterness on tasting. Somewhat yeasty, and sweet.Odd spiciness that I thought was coriander. turns out to be Grains of Paradise, Myrtle leaves, Orange peel & ginger root (per the bottle).

Mouthfeel is medium , drying with spices.

Overall a nice American Saison I'll be drinking more of.

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