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Festivale | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
95
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
15.34%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
14
For Trade:
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 95
Photo of Yeoman9459
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark amber, bubbly head that ends up being a layer ontop of the beer.

Smell - bready, caramel, little bit of fruit that smells almost sugary.

Taste - follows the smell,

Mouthfeel - fair amount of carbonation, bit of bitterness.

Overall - nice beer from a great brewery, good summer drinking. Didn't think I would care for the style but I could see myself buying another.

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Photo of heebes
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber with three fingers of light cream foamy head. Leaves some decent lacing down the mug.
Nose is caramel malt foremost, wheat, grain - like a lager basically.
Taste is pretty smooth; amber notes, caramel malt backbone, bread. Not much else to speak of. On the nicely done up placard that compliments the attractive bottle it mentions a "fairly assertive hoppiness", but unfortunately I get none in any fields...
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, a bit thin, a tad dry.
Overall, it's a cousin to their Lug Tread ale and fairly unimpressive. The presentation is all there, nice looking, perhaps why the price is a bit high too, but Beau's has yet to win me over into multiple bottle purchases and that continues with this summer seasonal. One and done.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Head poured about 1/2" think and then thinned out to about 1/8". Colour is a clear orange/copper with hues of red present.

S: Hint of bread and caramel. Picked up on the crystal/caramel malts on the nose. Hints of citrus/pin on the nose

T: Low caramel and toffee flavour. hop flavour is hard to identify. Flavour is lacking on this beer. I was almost 1/2 done my pint as I kept taking sips to get deeper in the tasting notes but alas, this beer is not all the deep in flavours

M: Well carbonated, slick on the tongue and the bitterness lingers

O: Smell and mouthfeel are great but the taste of the beer is lacking.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of Danomeister
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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

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Photo of bylerteck
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had both this and the Festivale Plus and I remember both being quite good. Glad to see their seasonals getting into the LCBO.

A - The Festivale pours a medium to dark copper colour with a nice three finger khaki head that fades to a half finger with a slight amount of lacing. . Bright with mild carbonation.

S - Rich dark malts. Kinda mild. Strong earthy notes. Caramel and fruits.

T - Earthy, caramel, grassy. The balance seems off with hops and malt competing instead of mixing. A little odd.

M - The carbonation is where it should be with a medium body and a slightly bitter finish but also sweet at the same time.

O/D - I'm a little torn. It's got alot of flavour, I'm just not sure I like it alot. It's good but not a jaw dropper. A little too earthy. It's really smooth but not exactly refreshing.

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Photo of peensteen
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown colour with a little white head. This smells similar to most things I've tried from Beau's, a slight malty sweetness with a big earthy aroma. Very well balanced slightly bitter with a nice roasted malt finish. Medium body, very nice weight. I would drink this again, I think that this should be there flagship and not Lug Tread.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color altbier with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light caramelized malt with dry cereal notes. Taste is quite refreshing with nice notes of caramelized malt and dry cereal with very subtle lingering sweetness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed for style and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A working pint at The Only. Pours a nice amber, roasty brown color though there's nary a head on this pint, a faint collar and that's that.

Nose is fruity, cherries and dark fruits. Caramel and biscuity malt, a hint of honey. Flavor reveals more of the alt characteristics, a slight metallic nature, earthy dryness, quite a hop bite on this one as per style. Still some fruit, a light sweetness in the body. A little thin on the body, a little low on the carb. Some flaws but I'm still enjoying it enough. Perhaps it's not in top condition, I'll have to revisit again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an above average size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes or so before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, hops, breads/grains, barnyard funk

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. There is also a fair amount of hop bitterness. Unfortunately the beer has the standard Beau's farm/barn/straw taste to it which I don't particularly care for. It finishes with a malty aftertaste with some lingering bitterness.

Overall – A solid beer from a local brewer. It's very similar to the beaver river ipeh, but perhaps a little more earthiness. Anyways, it's worth a try - especially if you are a fan of their other beers.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml draught
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on June 24, 2011 at "The Beerbistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent red colour with a thin white cap. The aroma was mild caramel malt, some grains, floral hops, and spices. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet malt, toffee, fruity, and spice, and had a nice bitter bite to it.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

How odd is it that in the span of a week I can find three Beau's seasonals at the LCBO for Summer, Fall and Winter.

Appearance: A solid finger and a half of frothy head that retained exceptionally well and did leave respectable lacing. The body is a crimson read boasting solid and steady carbonation. A little more lacing would have earned the perfect score.

Smell: Dry peppery, almost dusty yeast dominated the nose backed by a respectable toffee presence in the background the is complimented by the smell of walnuts still in the shell, which I think is contributing slightly to the dusty note. Warming doesn't do a lot here.

Taste: A very balanced start as caramel malt and peppery yeast balance each other out that leads to a bit more of a mixed nut taste. It then rounds itself off with some earthy hops, but the note seems to carry the nut, pepper and caramel taste with it.

Mouthfeel: The finish is a bit too dry for my liking and a dusty pepper aftertaste isn't something I quite enjoy. The actual drinking and transitioning of the beer is well done and the carbonation help out the entire beer, it's just the aftertaste leaves something to be desired.

Drinkability: It's pretty good, like I said dry aftertaste doesn't do me many favours in this department. However it is on the lighter end of medium bodied and certainly has character which makes this an excellent dinner or even couple beer drinker.

Final Thoughts: Well, being my second Altbier, I think this one fared better then the first. The yeast was toned down and offered other nuances that were interesting. It strikes me as a beer that would go well with stuffed peppers and rice of all things. Give it a shot.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Chancey Smith. Brown unfiltered body with a whisp of a white head. Suitable carboantion and average mouthfeel. Hoppy,generous noble hops, is most of the flavour. European malts, earthy.Aromas of what's to ome, a little hop and malts.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated July 18, 2011.

Beer is caramel-brown in colour, with a sticky-looking off-white head of generous size. Good lacing, decent retention.

Scent is filled with toasted malt. An earthy hop scent is present as well. A bit of caramel. There is something about the toasted malt scent that I find a little unpleasant, though I am not sure why.

Taste is just like the smell. Toasty malts, an earthy, grassy flavour and a bit of caramel. Slightly sweet, but pretty balanced.

Body is on the lighter side, with moderate carbonation.

A good looking beer, but not the most exciting in flavour. Fine, but I doubt I would have it again.

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Photo of shamus
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fine product from Beau's of VanKleek Hill. Whereas Beau's lugtread reallly stands out especially amongst Ontario beers, Festivale is merely good. i say merely because I was hoping that it would be exceptional. This however is not a complaint. it's a fine malty treat with a butterscotch chocolate bottom.so some will love it.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of Ralphus
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler from the brewery..

Pours an a clear rusty brown. The little offwhite head dissapates to a small cap of foam.

Smell is fresh summer flowers, nuts and honey.

Taste has a nice hop bitterness initially giving way to softer nutty malts and honey.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. Recommended.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to LB pint glass. Bottle date appeared to be 6/17/12, which seemed unlikely given that I was drinking this on 6/20/12. At any rate, this seasonal was recently released so likely fairly fresh.

A - Light to medium brown. Two fingers of cream coloured head.

S - Bready malts up front along with a crisp hop bitterness with floral and some herbal notes. The hop profile is reminiscent of saaz hops. Some sweetness from the malts in the background.

T - Fairly sweet malt profile up front with grainy/bready notes, toffee and caramel. A nice crisp hop profile with some floral and herbal notes. Somewhat dry, bitter finish.

M - Light to medium bodt with light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of SebD
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice amber/copper colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready and caramely malts, grassy hops and a slight fruitiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice grassy/earthy hop flavour adding a nice bitterness with a sweet bready/caramely malt character to it.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas but not quite what I expected.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear mahogany topped by a bright, lively 3/4" head that dissipates into a thin collar that leaves streaks of lacing.

Aroma of cereal and brown sugar and caramelized sugar with a light, pear-like fruitiness.

Taste of bready malts, a little nutty like a brown ale, earthy, bitter with a hop bite reminiscent of a steam beer. Finishes dry with a pleasing metallic, floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, with a crisp carbonation that helps keep the sweetness of the malt in check.

Overall there's good flavor here, but it doesn't feel...integrated. I guess. It's a little rough around the edges.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.65/5  rDev 0%

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!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, as their spring seasonal offering.

Poured into a dimpled beer mug. Deep amber brown, with an almost ruby hue when held to the light. Half inch of foam. Decent looking brew.

Caramel, bread, a little bit of yeast, fruit.

Decent brew - bready, assertive hop bitterness to the finish, caramel. Some fruit as well, perhaps grape or plum. Thinner bodied, carbonation has some zip to it.

I like this style of beer, and I enjoyed this. Probably won't be a repeat purchase, but still worth trying.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always been impressed that Beau's went with an Altbier for their summer seasonal.

Their effort is beautiful. Amber and clear, like maple syrup. Nice lively head, two fingers off an aggressive pour. Settles to a really nice film after a couple minutes.

Aroma is pretty subtle, just a touch of caramel sweetness really. Hops register as slightly metallic.

Continental hops right up front, characterised almost completely by their bitterness. This beer is defined by a relatively pronounced hop bitterness. Expecting a good deal more malt I was surprised to find it comes through mostly in the finish, and then mainly as toasted bread.

This is a good beer. I would like some more aromatic hops and/or a more pronounced malt backbone. The end-note of toasted grain is really nice, more please!

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Photo of leaddog
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tumbler.
Bottle date is illegible but this is the current Summer release so freshness isn't in question.

A- Crystal clear caramel colored pour with a slightly thin finger and a half off white head. Lacing is good.

S- Caramel and toffee, slight stone fruits with a slight metallic aroma. Floral hops are noticeable but not overpowering.

T- Bitter floral hops overcome your taste buds than quickly subside to a sweet caramel backing and a biscuit finish.

M- Light bodied, great carbonation.

O- I really enjoy Beau's beers, not just for their beers themselves but their eagerness to brew beers that are less than favorable to the masses. They seem to brew what they want/like and not worry so much about what the other guy is doing. Without these types of thinkers alternative styles would probably have disappeared long ago.

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Festivale from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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