Festivale | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
beaus.ca

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by mrmanning on 10-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
9.86%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with amber highlights and a good finger of white head that showed good retention. This is markedly different to the cask pour I had, which was a murky mud colour and not all that appetising... one of those beers that works better when not on cask. Earthy, nutty aromas, with a strong bread background and floral hopping, which is exactly as it should be.

Great bready spine in the flavour, with a nutty bitterness mingling with floral and steely hops and an earthy finish. Works really well, and makes for a pleasant drink. Medium body and carbonation hits the spot.

After tasting this three times (bottled, cask and keg) I've finally found the ideal serving format, and this makes for a tasty quaff. Nice job, guys!

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
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!!!

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle, 4.7% ABV, obtained via a trade with tbeckett - thanks! August-something 2011 date, as that part of the label is pretty much illegible.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of creamy pale beige head, which leaves some macabre swaths of reaching lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of mildly toasted biscuity grain, and floral, leafy, meadow-esque hops. Malt is the key word in the flavour, at least at first, as the biscuit and dry toast character from the nose really projects, until the dry, somewhat bitter, noble dusty field hops arise to balance things out nicely. The carbonation is present, but knows when to lay low, the body a decent medium weight, a wee bit astringent, but only in a way that taints some ideal of perfect smoothness. It finishes off-dry, or even a little more, the bready sweetness winning out over the still punchy weedy, somewhat lemony (huh?) hops.

An agreeable, flavourful, and enjoyable 'old' beer, it stays with you, taunting one to have more. Easy to drink, session-strength, good stuff.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Allium, in Ottawa, ON- A beautiful and slightly hazed amber pour with a frothy beige froth. Nice lace. malty nose is earthy, with caramel, some floral notes, dark bread, quite nutty too. Tastes of sweet toasty malts, caramel, some dark sweet fruit, with a very nice fresh hop presence. Quite bitter on the finish with a fresh hoppy linger. Creamy and very drinkable. Excellent.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of cratez
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Chancey Smith's in London, Ontario. Taps a dark copper red with brownish hues and a thick ring of yellowy beige head. Some speckles of lace cling to the shaker. Smell and taste are HUGE bready malts, pumpernickel rye, very fresh, doughy, and aromatic, light biscuit, dried fruit, licorice, sweet cereal grains, whole wheat toast, and caramel. Noble hops are mildly floral and earthy with a clean, citric bitterness to end. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, chewy-medium, bold spiciness mid-palate, ultra dry and husky finish. If this is an ale, Beau's has me fooled. Amazing lager-like thirst quencher.

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3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

600ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear amber with creamy head. Head reduces to a bubbly cap. Light lacing.

S - Malts, Caramel, fruity sourness, mild hops.

T - Sweet, toasted grains, light sourness, bitter hops taste much stronger than the aroma let on.

M - Tangy, bubbly, crisp finish with a bite in the aftertaste.

O - I love this beer on tap but it's pretty good in bottle form too.

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3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber-brown colour with nice white head. Smells of noble hops and bready malt. Taste has a nice amount of bitterness to go with the sweetness of the malt. Some nuttiness too. A very well balanced beer. This went down very quickly, carbonation level was great.

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Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Festiveale is so gorgeous a beer that I get nervous around it, my palms all sweaty and I start stumbling over my words. There's no way a beer like this would go out with a guy like me. It is a deep, immaculately clear amber-brown that shimmers like polished bronze and it has a blossomed head that could win an Oscar for its costume design of the glass.

Gritty yet flowery hops, succulently sweet but toasty malts, sulfury yeast - nothing appears to be deadwood here except a clean, neutral water. This rich, somewhat fruity and caramelly scent raises expectations big time for how this beer will play out; by the smell of it, this will be every bit the flavourful, drinkable lager that you'd get in Düsseldorf.

The maltiness is flavourful but not terribly deep; its base of pils malt is very biscuity and doubles the richer, more caramelly flavour of any roasted malt or dark crystal malt that obviously must have been added to achieve such a resplendent colour. The hops are fairly pronounced, or rather their bitterness is. This has more flavour than most organic lagers on the market.

As stated, Festiveale isn't the richest example of the style on the market. Still, however, it has enough earthy, distinctively Noble hop flavour and sweet and toasty malt character to ensure that some of it lingers. The nectarous, bitter-sweet serum is distorted only by a strong sulfur quality that is customary for the style. The bomber disappears quickly.

Beau's brewmaster is very adept at reproducing German styles - as the flagship Lug Tread Ale would attest - but few people outside of the Rhineland have succeeded in emulating this distinct style; I had no expectations that Festiveale would be as good as it actually is. Then again, I'm not at all surprised. Beau's doesn't make a habit of releasing bad beers.

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3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml (or whatever size these Beau's bottles are) into a footed pilsner glass. Bottled on August 4, 2011 - batch 1573.

Pours a rusty copper, with a couple of fingers of offwhite head. Moderate retention, and some pretty good lacing. Nose is earthy and woody, some caramel and dark malts, dark breads and more earthy/spicy hop notes. Fairly standard from what I've come to expect from altbiers. Taste has more earthiness, dark bread, some light sweetness and moderate grassiness. Characteristic 'organic' flavour I've come to expect from a lot of Beau's offerings. Quite light in the mouthfeel, moderate bitterness and a somewhat crisp finish. Easily drinkable, and nice within the style. I hope they plan on barrel-aging this as part of the Greener Futures project.

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Festivale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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