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FestiveAle | Rogue Ales

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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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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 186
Photo of mwilbur
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 650 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Bottle opens with loud pop...tons of carbonation. Pours a pale orange-yellow...cloudy with sediment. Huge frothy white head produced by the high carbonation...decent retention.
S: Toast, yeast, and spice (cinnamon and all-spice).
T: Unfortunately, this tastes quite bad. Alcohol is most predominant...which says something with an ABV of only 6.2%.
M: Tons of carbonation is too distracting. Light body...fizzy.
D: I love Rogue, but I would advise people to pass on this one. Oh, and I don't know what this is, but it is NOT a saison.

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Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Straw-colored and fairly clear with an off-white head. Mediocre retention.

Smell - A bit tart and musty. Very spicy, but certainly not the most pleasant spice aroma I can think of. Ginger and lemongrass come to mind.

Taste & mouthfeel - Weird, unpleasant spiciness coupled with a somewhat astringent citrus bite. Dry in the finish with more of the funky spice flavor lingering in the aftertaste. Not particularly estery or phenolic. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. What the hell, Rogue? This is the worst saison I've ever had.

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Photo of BeaBeerWife
2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was expecting a bit more from Rogue. Poured highly carbinated opaque gold. Lots of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. As for taste, The guy who wrote 'dirty sweet tarts' I think had it head-on. Reading the earlier reviews with high marks, and the later reviews with low marks, makes me wonder if they bottled up a sub-par batch and sold it anyway?

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Photo of dciBA
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a 22 of this at whole foods. Popped the cap and was immediately met with foam, not sure if this was shaken up or what. Poured a hazy, light gold into my DFH snifter. Tons of head. Initial smell was just plain pungent. Not pleasant at all. After the head settled, sour grapes, lemon, and a touch of generic spice. Honestly can't put my finer on what spice I'm smelling.

Taste was OK, and I'm a noob to this style so don't really have much to compare to. Overall, quite harsh tasting. Tart, sour, but not completely undrinkable. Quite a bit of carbonation, that doesn't ruin the beer, but also doesn't do anything for it. Drank this 22, but no chance I'll buy another. Definitely disappointed as I love other Rogue beers. This one just does not measure up though.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.4/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

No freshness info.

a: Muddy gold. Tons of debris, very hazy. Thin white head.

s: Spices and tart sweetness.

t: Very tart, tastes like something is off. Stale tasting. Not pleasing, worst Saison I've had.

m: Again, tartness is what comes to mind, not in a pleasant way.

d: I don't know if this is just a bad bottle or what, but this was not good. And at the price Rogue is charging, this is very disappointing. Didn't finish my glass, let alone the bottle. Rogue makes some great beer, but this is not one of them.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold...this is a saison? Nose is like dirty sweet tarts. Dirty sweet tarts. The candy. Yeah. Flavor is like drinking those dirty sweet tarts. Feel is standard for a regular old beer...but I don’t feel like this is anywhere near what a saison should be. Drinkable? Hell no. This is my least favorite saison out of all I have tried. I love Rogue and all they do, but really man. This is just bad. Bad with all capital letters. Bad as in a waste of money. Bad as in a waste of water. Ack. Really. What were they thinking. This is a saison? I can’t believe I am considering flushing a Rogue brew. Atrocious.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.23/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy bright orange topped with voluminous frothy khaki head that leaves light lacing. The aroma is filled with spice. There's coriander and pepper smells (I'm guessing from the Grains of Paradise) along with some lightly fruity malt.

The flavor is also dominated by the considerable spice. I can't pick out the ginger root but the orange peel is quite evident in the middle of the spice. Some sweet fruity malt. Quite big flavors. Not too sweet as the spice tend to dry the palate a bit. Spices dominate the finish and aftertaste.

This is clearly the best American brewed Saison I've ever tasted.

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Photo of NitroGen
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle- Brown bomber

Cloudy amber pour with a huge head that lowers to a cover and lace.

Spice and sweet oranges and bread

T: grainey orange with a hint of ginger spice aftertaste to savor

M: Vvery balanced as it has the spicy ginger, slightly sweet orange and a smooth and mellow aftertaste to savor.

D: I could, and would be happy to do so, drink this all day/night as it so balanced and smooth. I recommend.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

it pays to be cool w your local beer guy. not being able to find anything new to try, he remembered a case of various rogue and stone ales from last year tucked away in the cooler that he sold to me at a discount ROCK ON!!!!

although, this is much more like a hefe or witbier than a saison, the hops and herbs totally complement the huge amount of yeast packed at the bottom of this bottle conditioned ale. this beer's gettin kind of a bad rep but i say cellar it for a year cuz this 06 vintage i have here is amazing.

A- pours a totally opaque honey-orange-apricot with 2in of bubbly active baby swiss type off white head that settles rather quickly to a sopy ring then disappears altogether. one can barely notice the heavy trails of yeast swirling throughout the brew. appreciate and drink the yeast dammit it's good for ya!

S- yeast gives a fruity wheat like aroma, old dry spice cabinet, leather, fermenting fruit, orange & lemon candy, white pepper, but above all the ginger seems to stand out and tingle my nose. malty and floral with an odd yet inviting aroma of fermenting tropical fruit and something i can't place. (myrtle leaves?)

T-sweet & sour orange/lemon (like a tasty dish soap if that makes sense) becomes bitter like unripe orange peel or curacao, lemonade, spicy ginger comes out again along with a kick of sweet pale malt, hay, and a prickly leafy herbal hop finish that fades into a sour orange candy.

MF- chewy, powdery and refreshing haha. it's like a thick glass of OJ i can't believe it's this juicy but a summer thirst quencher for sure. light, tight, yet stinging carb washes it down effortlessly.

D- well done rogue. i don't care what the haters say. american brewing is all about reinventing the style whilst maintaining the traditional methods and ingredients! (with a few mutative exceptions) get it? this is undoubtedly belgian, very herbal, and full of flavor. the yeast is HUGE but it is saison yeast, and that just increases its belgianinity! the saison of the future is rogue festive ale.

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Photo of Floydster
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber from Naja's Place in Redondo Beach

Could have drank this one all day long, great saison

Poured a deep golden color into a pint glass with a thick soapy white head

Smell was great filled with citrus and strong hops

Taste has nice blend of herbs and spices to go along with its sweetness

Very nice beer, too bad only available in winter time

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Photo of bruachan
4.17/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

some nice friends gave this brew to me as a gift. here we go! fat foamy head crowns some gold brew with an amber tint. nice lacing appears as the foam disappears into the drink. a very hoppy aroma is released as this happens, along with some spicy elements

the flavor is quite complex...and different from your average saison (is there such a thing as an average saison? yes). i don't know if i pick out all of the ingredients cited on the bottle but i definitely dig it. very hoppy, and extra additives join in the party

it is not as dry as a typical belgian example of the style might be, but the purpose of the mouthfeel seems to be served

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light amber with a decent head that slowly diminished. The aroma was a little weak, some spice and yeast present. The taste came through much better than the aroma. A good blend of spices, sweet malts, and some citrus hops. The yeast was not overbearing at all. The beer was somewhat light and you could barely tell it was over 6%. This is an enjoyable saison. Another very decent beer from Rogue.

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

Pour is dark gold, with a solid 1 inch white head on top. The nose is full of tangy barnyard aspects, heavy yeast, green grapes, good stuff.

Taste starts out sweetly spicy, very light citrus aspects (just a tad sour), but mainly sweet malts. The hops mainly add a bit of light tingle on the tongue. Very gentle hop kick on the finish. A very clean, refreshing, Summer style saison flavour...I quite like it.

The mouth is medium bodied, with a wonderful light tingly bitter throughout, I thought it was good. The drinkability is also solid, easy to drink.

The bottom line: A tasty treat that I'm sure I'll be picking up again. I think people who are interested in getting into sour beers might be well served by trying this out first, because it has a very light sour tinge to it that might give you some idea as to whether or not trying the bigger sours (i.e.: anything by Jolly Pumpkin) is a good idea for you.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy gold color with copper tint and massive rocky foam head. Bubbles are very active and bustling about along with a few coatings of chunky sticky lacing

Smell: spice and malty caramel sweetness nothing much more. I was expecting more from a Saison style.

Taste: unique sour or pucker taste at first sip. Then I tasted sweet candied malts and few, very few hops. Has lemon and orange twist, but very sutle. After a few more sips the spice flavors are kind of nice and not to overpowering. But kind of a strange brew overall. I can not put my finger on the taste? It is just leaving me hanging. Mild carbonation and medium body make this somewhat enjoyable and give it a few positives.

Lacks in comparison to Belgian styles that I have had in the past.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy orange color with a thick white head – tight bubbles. The aroma is mostly sour with some notes of spice. The taste is spicy and slightly sour. The mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. Overall, this is a refreshing beer – definitely something for a hot summer day.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

decent inital head, that fades after a while. Smell is spicy mainly orange, but not anything remarkably pleasant.

The tannins are slightly out of control, but not too bad. THis beer has a nice spiciness with a faint bitterness to follow. I taste orange and a little ginger.

Mouthfeel falls a little short as this beer is a little thin, but has a decent crispness.

This is a so so beer at best and not really worth seeking out.

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Photo of jmalex
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's getting to the point where Rogue beers that I haven't tried are ever more elusive. Check one more off the list with FestiveAle.

APPEARANCE: Poured off a HUGE pale golden white head into my weizen glass and has great staying power. The beer itself is a hazy golden orange. Looks great!

SMELL: A bit funky and very fruity (apricot, raisin). It's also gingery, spicy, peppery, and contains just the faintest hint of alcohol. Many aromas come together well in this beer.

TASTE: Starts out very sweet and the same fruits come through in the taste as in the smell. A Belgian-style yeast flavor becomes very prominent and makes this taste more like a Belgian golden ale more than a saison. A small bit of funk is only detectable in the finish, and it finishes very clean otherwise.

MOUTHFEEL: It's sharp carbonation is very appropriate and the body is medium-light but still fairly refreshing.

DRINKABILITY: Overall, a nice beer though it doesn't scream saison. I'm really enjoying drinking this, and it's hard to find any big fault in it.

Sitting out on the back deck with FestiveAle is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Sure, there are many better and more style-appropriate saisons out there, but this one is worth a repeat purchase - if I can find it again.

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Photo of brdc
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden/orange color, with a plentiful, airy and bubbly white head that shows good retention.
Pleasant nose, yeasty and doughy, spicy with orange and other citric fruits.
Taste and body are milder/lighter than I expected, but still pleasant. Spicy, yeasty and most noticeably, orange, although all somewhat faint.
Reasonably good beer, went well on a hot day, certainly not great but worthwhile.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange tinted gold with rushing bubbles. Head is substantial and creamy. Looks good. Looks like a good Saison. Nose is strong. Yeasty, some tart apple, slightly funky. Interesting. Taste is not quite what I had in mind. Hard to pin down. I'm getting some nasty pink bubblegum, no fruit, no spice. A bit harsh tastewise. Mothfeel is not bad. It is highly carbonated. Drinkability is just OK. It is not an alcohol problem - that is not noticable. The combination of taste and high carbonation makes this a sipper. And in my opinion, that makes for a subpar Saison. Won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of SMark
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 PT 6 FL OZ poured at 47 degrees with a thick luscious head and a cloudy pale amber color with very little lacing as head subsided. Very noticeable aromatics as beer was poured.

Slight bread and yeast with underlying spices.

Somewhat acidic with no detectable herbs, spices or flavors from the aromas.

Nothing really off here but neither impressed nor could I say it was good.

Carbonation seemed to mess up what I was expecting in the taste. More like one of my home made efforts which are usually average and sometimes I get it right.

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Photo of jkaufman
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quickly decanted an entire 22oz bomber into a tankard.

A: Pours golden-orange, cloudy, with a very large -- but quickly fading -- white, fluffy head. Carbonation is visible. Looks good.

S: Very citrusy and fruity, with a hint of malt sweetness.

T and M: The first few sips remind me of apple cider, but they soon mellow out. Moderate to high carbonation. Mild tartness and bitterness. Goes down dry and finishes with an earthy aftertaste.

D: Moderately drinkable, but I wouldn't want to drink it all night.

Worth a try.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

FestiveAle pours and looks beautiful. It pours with a very good amount of head and retains very well. This brew looks very orangish hazy and I can see bits of unfiltered particles. For an ale though, it seems to give off more lager type aromas of freshly mown straw than floral or citrusy aromas. It also kind of smells a bit like cheddar cheese too. I detect tastes of vanilla, orange rind, and an unexplainable doughyness. This brew finishes off warmly. Not too bad of a brew to me.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Poured a nice head, that mostly disappeared, but a ring lingered the whole time, with some side clings. Started off a golden yellow. Each successive pint got darker and cloudier. The aroma was definately spiced, but hard to place. Very slightly sweet, with maybe pepper or some similar spice?? Tasted as such. Hints of the yeast came through, but the flavor was mostly the spice. There was carbonation that lasted the whole glass. The bubbles were prominent in my mouth, which was a little strange. Fairly easy to drink, but definately a sipping beer.

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Photo of meadhead
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A less than stellar "farmhouse" ale
(from the three types I've tried)
nonetheless quality ingredients go down easy
although nowhere near as pronounced
as in other
finer Saisons
a sort of general wild yeast taste seems to dominate
hard to pinpoint specific qualities
a little ginger and
a little over-carbonated with a slightly metallic finish
yet still "good" to this
relatively saison neophyte
there are much better for the money
but not bad

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Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a not quite clear peach tea color with a 3 fingers+ whipped offwhite head. Some lacing & alittle bit of film all the way down

S: Pepper & appleskins

T: Pepper, apples & pears up fornt. Herbal hops & some brown/candy sugar arrive as this warms. I pick up some licorice & yeasty notes as well. As this gets warmer still breadyness comes to the fore. Apricots also here. Finishes with pepper, lemons, appleskins & a little salty taste

MF: Slick with quite bit of carbonation, but it seems to work

Drinks okay, pretty comples, therefore not a quaffer, but good in its own right. I'm not a huge saison fan, they work as an occasional one-off, & this has little flair to it

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FestiveAle from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 201 ratings
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