Festivale
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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From:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
 
Ontario, Canada
Style:
Altbier
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 9.81%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
56
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 29, 2017
Added:
Oct 29, 2009
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  13
SCORE
83
Good
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Notes: Festivale is an amber ale, with balanced high-intensity maltiness and hop presence. Caramunich malts give Festivale its colour and a rich caramel sweetness. Festivale bucks the trend of pale summer beers, offering up amber hues and tastiness for a unique result that is both quaffable and refreshing.

40 IBU
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Rated: 3.97 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.67 by ikidunot from Canada (ON)

Aug 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by fortyfield from Canada (ON)

Jan 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by Jaydee01 from Canada (QC)

Nov 22, 2015
 
Rated: 3.85 by CanadianBeerBlogger from Canada (MB)

Sep 08, 2015
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Reviewed by EricVonStein from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Dark red amber colour and slightly opaque, really shines nicely in the light. Topped with a handsome frothy head of thick mocha foam. Looks rich.

Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose, a bit burnt even, a bit bready in the background with roasty toasty notes hanging around but quite faint. Scents cut off after that and malts dont linger too long, not a tonne of depth in the nose.

Taste follows the caramel malts, toasty whole grain bread. Earthy hops roll in and bring a bitterness that gets more substantial as I work my way through the glass, a bit too substantial eventually. Finish is bitter with lingering burnt caramel aftertaste.

Decent body on this one and comes off creamy and smooth. Overall nice malt balance and quite rich flavours, including the earthy hops, though the bitterness on the back end throws the balance off some. Still, nice mouthful of malt and handsome flavours are here. Solid all around if off kilter a bit.
Sep 01, 2015
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Reviewed by Tilly from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
P: Red amber with a bit of white head that goes quickly bit leaves huge lacing on the side of the glass.
A: Malt, earthy tones, grains slightly hoppy.
T: Caramelized malt, oats, some floral and very natural earthiness.
M: Crisp and clean. Slight bitterness
O: Another great beer from Beau's!!!
Aug 21, 2015
 
Rated: 3.77 by CantankerousCaveBear from Canada (ON)

Aug 12, 2015
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Reviewed by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Jun-19-2015 (consumed Aug-3)


A:
Pours a crystal clear ruby-tinged copper with two + fingers of fluffy beige head that settles slowly to an easily roused film. Decent retention; lots of sticky lacing. (3.75)

S:
Toasted malts with a slight medicinal hop aroma. Cereals, caramel, oats with molasses, herbal spicy hops, black tea. (3.75)

T:
Similar to nose. Lots of caramelized malts, some leafy green hops flavors underneath, molasses, nuts, hard water and tea-like astringency. (3.75)

M:
Rich and crisp, almost creamy, medium carbonation medium-ish body, smooth finish with a slight malt/hop character linger. (4)

O:
Very good well-balanced Alt.
This is an easy-drinking, not too boozy beer to sip on a nice summer evening. It looks and feels nice and both the aroma and flavor are packed full of layers of malt flavor without being jumbled or in-your-face. Well-made German style (something that seems few and far between sometimes). In general I feel like the caramel, toasted, molasses flavors are the most predominate, but there is also a decent dose of medicinal/spicy hops that sit in the background but round it all out quite nice; in addition there is a slight tea-like/hard water feel to it that is not distracting, but I don't know that it necessarily adds to it either.
All-in-all this is a good, well-made beer that I would certainly have again; worth a shot if you see it. (4)
Aug 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.54 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Aug 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4.2 by f3el from Canada (QC)

Jul 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.43 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Jun 30, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

Jun 21, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by Mr_Rocca from Canada (ON)

Jun 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by hunterjames from Canada (ON)

Jun 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.65 by Tyler_V2 from Canada (ON)

Jun 06, 2015
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Reviewed by Danomeister from Canada (BC)

3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
A tad uninteresting, but a nicely rounded, sessionable, thirsty quenching altbier. My instincts impell to pour a can of peaches in this and make it an altbierbowle
Jun 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by CurtisD from Canada (NB)

Apr 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.25 by R_Kole from Canada (AB)

Nov 01, 2014
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Reviewed by ZorPrime from Canada (QC)

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
Its been a long time I wanted to try this one. Finally got my hands on one. Clear beer. Effervescent too. Amber color. Nice creamy head thrones on top of it. Malty and some burnt caramel in the nose. Tastewise, the beer is more roasted malts than anything else. Very refreshing. Effervescent too but still sweet in the mouth. Light body to medium. Refreshing and delicious. A good summer beer with lots of taste! Cheers!
Sep 14, 2014
 
Rated: 3.76 by BushwyckCraft from New York

Sep 04, 2014
 
Rated: 3.4 by slackt

Aug 28, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Orionigel from Canada (ON)

Aug 18, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by CRObighit2 from Canada (ON)

Aug 12, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Tremount

Aug 09, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by mjacquard from Canada (ON)

Jul 22, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by nhaimes from Canada (ON)

Jul 19, 2014
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - Pours a copper brown with two fingers of frothy tan head.

Smell - caramel/biscuity malts, light noble hops, some fruity esters, light pepperiness.

Taste - Very similar to the aromas but the flavours are more pronounced. You get a moderate bitterness from the noble hops. Fruity esters and touch of pepper chime in as well. Finishes with the caramel/biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. A pleasant stickiness to the body.

Overall - An altbier that hits all the marks of the style. Although the aroma lacked compared to the taste, this brew is still an enjoyable one.
Jul 17, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by real_human_bean from Canada (ON)

Jul 16, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by avisong from Virginia

Jun 29, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Jotora from Canada (ON)

Jun 21, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by JohnKenn from Canada (ON)

Jun 21, 2014
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Reviewed by DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Purchased at the LCBO 600ml bottle for $4.85. Served at 5deg C in q draught glass

A- Very good. Opens well and pours dark almost red color. Lots of head that stays forever

S- Pretty good. Light malt.

T- Pretty good. Caramel, roasted malt and heavy on the tongue

M- Ok at best. Nothing special

O- Pretty good. Good for the price. Raise it a buck and I won't buy again. Not complex at all. Very simple recipe producing simple results.

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with... BBQ'd hamburgers

Enjoy
Jun 04, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by mtomlins from Canada (ON)

Jun 03, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Mack from Canada (QC)

Jun 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Cycle69 from Canada (ON)

May 31, 2014
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
600 ml bottle served fairly cold into galssware. purchased from LCBO for $4.35 CDN.

Appearance - Clear copper color, a few effervescent bubbles. Dense off-white head. Some lacing sticks to the interior of the glass.

Smell - Bready, metallic blend with earthy notes too. Some mild floral aromas, but I can sense that this beer will be bitter by the nose even.

Taste - Very bitterness, but and earthy-dirt like bitterness as opposed to a citrusy or even spruce-like bitterness. Slightly metallic flavors too.

Mouthfeel - Thin feeling, dry finish and a long lasting aftertaste. Thinness evolves into smoothness after a few sips. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Too much bitterness for my liking without any counterbalance. Decent enough, but I liked others of the style a little better.
May 25, 2014
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; packaged May 13 2014 and served well-chilled. I've never tried an alt that I didn't like, and I loved their Sticke Alt so this German-style brew from the prolific Beau's portfolio seemed like a pretty safe bet.

Pours a clear, dark amber colour, topped with nearly two fingers of frothy, sparkling white head. Great retention, and lots of lacing; as attractive an amber ale as I've ever seen. The aroma is relatively subdued, but nonetheless quite clean and enjoyable - bready malts, caramel, toasted nuts and grass stick out, resulting in an enjoyable traditional bouquet.

A very tasty little ale - biscuity malts and caramel start things off, with a slightly nutty vibe to complement. The second half of the profile showcases the hops beautifully - quite grassy and earthy, with a lingering bitterness that begs for another sip. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation appropriate for the style. I could drink this all night.

Final Grade: 4.04, an impressive A-. Beau's Festivale is a fine session amber, offering an interesting harmony between the sweet, biscuity sweet malts and its grassy noble hop bill. This is probably one of my favourite offerings from this brewery - this is the second bottle I've purchased, and I could certainly see myself picking up a few more before it's out of season. Highly recommended to any fan of balanced, quaffable amber ales.
May 22, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Hoppy_McGee from Canada (ON)

May 19, 2014
 
Rated: 2.75 by Caudalie from Canada (QC)

Apr 12, 2014
Festivale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 95 ratings