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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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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Photo of bluejacket74
2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a chalice, the beer pours an orange/gold color with a good size white head. It has a citrusy/apple smell to it, along with a bit of a yeasty farmhouse smell. The beer tastes like apples, oranges, and bananas, with a good bit of tartness and sourness in the finish. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel isn't good at all. It's way, way too carbonated, to the point where it feels like you're drinking lots of little bubbles instead of beer. Because of that, the drinkability isn't good either. I haven't tried many Saisons, but I'm not impressed with this one at all. Maybe in a couple years I'll try it again to see if another batch is better, maybe there will be less carbonation next time.

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Photo of sleazo
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a orange/coppper hue with a nice two finger head. An attractive beer to look at. Quite cloudy which i generally tend to appreciate. Smell was musty, yeasty. good aroma overall.

Taste wise this was sour upon first hitting your tongue with some sweetness in the aftertaste. Not as funky as i like my Saisons, but tasty enough. The residual sweetness was perhaps a little too strong as well.

Mouthfeel was pleasant, good carbonation, slightly thin for the cloudiness..

I split a bomber and probably could have split two more. However I am trying to show the woman I can have one beer and not keep going and going...

Perhaps this beer isn't the best representation of the style but i do think it is better than the overall score indicates.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.01/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to granite (Birthday BIF) for this double duece which I am enjoying with BA Danfield.

This saison starts out a slightly hazy peach/light orange with a large eggshell white head that's incredibly fluffy. I don't get tired of that site. The lacing is initially thick and spotty and later thins out a bit.

The smell is like apples/apple juice with a slight farmhouse smell. There really isn't enough barnyard funk to this one for me. Oddly enough, there is a sweet banana aroma floating about.

This one starts out with a very sweet almost overpowering apple flavor which turns strongly dry and slightly sour. As I said earlier, this one doesn't have the same funky taste I've come to expect and love from this style. Rogue claims to use a strain of "Fantome Saison yeast" but it tastes like they made more of a FantoRogue Pacson yeast. I think Rogue tried to spin this one toward their strain of yeast and it just didn't work out. I'm still getting a bit of banana in this one for some reason... Maybe they decided to splice in some Weihenstephaner weiss yeast as well. I'm not really sure but this one ended up being a little disappointing.

I enjoyed this one early on but it's come to really let me down. It's not bad by any standard I can imagine, just not what I was hoping to experience in one of my more favored styles.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 22 ounze bottle at Tank's Taproom in Tampa, Fl. It poured a cloudy orange color. The head was huge, but disapated very very fast. The lacing left about a bit and was thin. The smell was a mild hoppy smell. The taste was a great blend between orange and hops. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth. A solid brew. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Festive Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a hazy golden orange with an excellent fluffy head. The head is super puffy and leaves random trails of lacings all over the tulip glass.

The nose is interesting and not quite in line with most other Saisons that I've smelled. Whiffs of a chalky yeast, exotic fruit and spicy hops in the background.

The flavor and taste is interesting as well. Yeasty and grainy come to mind with a juicy fruit flavor underneath. Hints of ripe berries & tart citrus with a sweet honey drizzle.

A true Saison style? Nope. Clearly not one of Rogue's better offerings, but still an enjoyable beer to try.

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Photo of belgaridub
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer looks good coming out of the bottle, a nice dark golden color with some carbonation, makes a large white head that take a few to disspiate. Smell is dominated by a yeasty characteristic. Smells dry, not detecting much fruitiness, the smell is dominated by an earthy/yeasty-ness. Taste reinforces that earthiness, with moderate dryness throughout the taste, and a tartness that hits at the end. This brew isn't as complex as I would have liked, feels kind of flat (not in terms of carbonation or age, but in terms of flavors coming to the palate). The mouthfeel is pretty light, but I think it fits in well with the style. I don't know why this is a winter release for rogue, I can better imagine myself enjoying this brew on a hot summer evening than on a cold winter day. This is definitely worth a try, but it's my first experience with the style, so maybe I just didn't know what to expect. I like it, but it definitely isn't my first choice from Rogue.

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Photo of MVassar
2.24/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The first disappointment I've had from Rogue.

Not really sure what they were going for here...

Murky butterscotch appearance. Little head, which disappears quickly.

Smells of brown bread, overripe fruit, steamed vegetables.

Overripe fruit, root vegetables in the taste. Touch of bubblegum, maybe a hint of clove. Not a particularly pleasant combo.

Adequate carbonation, decent texture.

Just not to my taste. Won't drink it again.

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Photo of phisig137
3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Undated bomber pours a murky/cloudy/dirty light brown color, similar to pressure treated pine. One finger head, little retention and no lace. I hate to say it, but it's flat out ugly.

Aroma is better though. Spicy, slightly malty, and a hint of hops. Smells a little sweet for a saison, and could use more yeast character, but pretty good overall.

Flavor is odd. Slightly sweet from front to back, and the yeast just doesn't do it. The spice blend used is nice and quite enjoyable. Even though it isn't listed as an ingredient on the bottle, I swear that I taste a bit of peppermint. No hop presence, sweet finish, and no yeast character. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Drinkability is actually great.... the sweetness makes this a bit more drinkable than some other saisons.

A shocking disappointment from a great brewery. I think it's just laking so much from the yeast, that it wouldn't surprise me if this is brewed with the uber-clean Pacman yeast. Not bad by any means, just not what it could be. I expect more from a brewery as great as Rogue. This is their only Belgian style ale, and it shows. They should really stick to the more American styles which they make so damn well.

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Photo of xav33
1.92/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Rogue FestiveAle
22 oz bomber
Unknown bottling, celebrated 11/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a hazy orange copper with a large rocky off-white fully lasting with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate oranges, bubble gum, cloves, and ginger.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet candied ginger and oranges followed a strong awkward bitter sweaty yeast taste on an average length bitter tasteless affront. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, dry, lively carbonated with light to moderate astringency, mostly on the finish, and faint alcoholic burn.

Overall, a very disappointing Rogue beer and saison beer, as the bitterness seems too strong and overwhelms the other flavors. Not a pleasant saison by any means. I'm so disappointed by Rogue right now, hopefully they will tweak their recipe. They are so ashame of this beer they don't even have it listed on their website...

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to preface this, I was expecting a winter/Christmas beer, and was slightly disappointed when I realized it was a Saison. Not that I have a problem with Saisons, I just wasn't expecting it.

A - Cloudy light amber, big white head that dissolves to a nice layer and laces the glass.

S - Fruity aromas, some sourness, yeast/bread aromas. Subtle hopping.

T - Slightly tart/sour, citrusey, also sweet. Again, the hops are subtle but present.

M - Medium body, appropriate level of carbonation, not quite as clean as I would have liked it.

D - There are better saisons out there, but this is still a pretty good one. Not what I was expecting, but certainly glad I tried it.

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Photo of tempest
2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My first, and probably only disappointment from Rogue. This beer was just a mess. It poured a hazy gold, but went downhill from the smell: sour and funky without any balance. I could find nice malt and hops in the flavor, but it was just too off-putting. I dont know what happened here, I guess no brewery can make you happy all the time.

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

Not really thrilled about this one. Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, lots of carbonation, huge foamy white head, tons of lacing follows. Scents of malts, hops, citrus, and slight yeast. The taste is kinda sweet or malts/hop blend. Medium body, very carbonated brew. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but will have to think about buying again.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - The head pours very large and mostly soapy with some of it creamy here and there. The head is off-white and about five fingers high at pour. It dissipates irregularly, leaving a rocky and soapy dissipating head, eventually settling at a thin film of lace just atop the beer. Moderate lacing is left as you drink this beer. The color of the brew is a very cloudy honey-amber.

Smell - Some champagne-like grape aromas right away, with a musty fruitiness...mainly lighter-colored fruits: pear, apple, peach etc. Has a slightly unpleasant sourness in the aroma that seems distinctly out-of-place. Mild peppery/nutmeg-like spiciness with a very slight warming alcohol. Some mild malt aromas in the background with a mostly light/floral hop aroma.

Taste - Has a somewhat wild or lambic ale-like character. Some musty and bitter champagne grape character shows right away, with a slight sourness just behind this. Some light floral hops with a very pleasant fruity pairing of pear, peach, apple, kiwi, and mango. Lots of different fruit flavors in this beer...I mean A LOT. Strong warming alcohol in the middle. Raw and mild malt character comes through in the finish with alcohol burn and some peppery spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with mainly harsh carbonation. It has a lot of bite right away and lasts through most of the taste. Moderate smoothness and some oily fruity characters. The carbonation turns the beer into foam in your mouth quickly.

Drinkability - Strong flavors, but nothing extreme. The beer has some interesting flavors and it is definitely complex in the fruits department. Strong but refreshing carbonation. I could drink a few of these without a problem.

A good beer. Much different from some of the other saisons I've had, but I can't expect a carbon-copy beer from a brewer like Rogue! It has a wonderfully diverse fruity character, with a very pleasant floral hop character. Recommended.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz

A: Pours with a tremendous head, that sticks together nicely. Lots of bubbles and a cloudy beer that is gold on the edges and deep gold in the center. Virtually no lacing but good head retention.

S: Very tart lactobacteria smells straight away. A little bit of spicyness but was expecting more. A little bit fruity. But sourness is prominent.

T: I like this. Its very tart straight away, then you get fruity rindy taste followed by a bit of alcohol. The taste is not very complex, with mostly tart yeasts coming through. But I really like it and can see this as being a superbly refreshing beer during the heat of a summer.

M: Good body, full and nice carbonation for the style.

D: very drinkable, I am putting it down pretty easily. Keep on taking that next sip. Would have another bottle is I had another...

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Photo of BlindPig
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For the price this beer is very good (I picked it up for $2 at Holiday wine cellar).
A-Poured with a huge 3" head in a pint glass. Cloudy orange golden color. A nice lacing the covers all top and bits stick to side of glass but not to much.
S- floral hops, light spices, light breads, light malts, earthy tones, sweeter, maybe hints of oranges and lemons.
T- Lighter fruits, mild bitterness. Is on the sweeter side with some spices in there. It has a floral taste to it along with some bananas and yeast. Pretty complex beer. Some light bitterness in aftertaste along with some spices and maybe a bit of floral and fruit flavors.
M- Medium body, medium carbonation and a bit sticky.
D- It is good. I think I preferred the Three Floyds Rabbid Rabbit I had last night (only 2 I have had from the style so far).

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FestiveAle from Rogue Ales
3.32 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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