Festivale | Terminal Gravity Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by HiroProtagonist on 01-04-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
54
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
3
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Photo of PDXHops
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

According to the brewer this is an English Strong Ale or Old Ale, not an American Barleywine. No argument from me after tasting it, and that's how I'm reviewing it. On tap for "Christmas in May" at the Green Dragon.

Deep reddish brown yet see-thru body. Generous cream colored head with decent retention and lacing.

Definitely smells like it's gonna be good. Strong port aroma with plentiful dark fruit and a bit boozy (9.1%, says the description in front of me).

Pretty nice tasting stuff here.. Again, port is very present, with lots of fruitiness and smooth sweetness. Figs, raisins, a hint of cherry and some oranges. A hint of mulled cider. Medium bodied, lightish carbonation with some lingering bitterness in the warm boozy finish.

Overall impression: Complex, enjoyable and warming brew. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of olmatty
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark brown liquid with a low light tan head

Smell- Creamy, Earthy and a bit sour maltiness

Taste-A touch roasty, chocolatey, caramel and biscuit. Dark and lightly spicy. Complex with a slight sourness to the malts, pleasantly smooth yeast presence and very nicely balanced. Probably one of the best beers I've had.

Mouthfeel- Smooth carbonation and a silky warming sensation

Drinkability- Very easy drinking, especially for a beer with this much flavor. A testament to balance. May be the smoothest beer at this level of ABV.

Now available in bottles.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Festive ale was poured downtown at the Pilsner room in Portland. It was nice to get to taste something other than their money IPA which I love. The Festive was dark reddish brown and had a tiny foam head with little retention.

The aroma was definitely spicy which should be the case and I smelled some deep caramel and nutmeg.

The taste was smooth but didn't have a complete depth to it.

The mouth feel was semi carbonated with a nice touch in the back of the throat.

Overall I would try it again if I could find it in someplace other than an obscure place near downtown.

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Photo of ccrida
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4oz. snifter at Lucky Lab fest, the appearance is light burnt gold/amber with a thick, 1 finger white head. Looks like an IPA.

The aroma is sweet and rich malt, nice but not very complex.

The taste is pleasant, rich but not to malty, tart, with a dry, fuselly bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel was creamy.

Drinkablity was nothing special, a bit sour and not notable enough to warrant seeking out again, but good nevertheless.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm...this amber American Winter Warmer is darn tasty....sweet with a softly hoppy nose and body. really easy to drink so I had another pint.

Very nice and I liked it a lot. Nicely caramel with the hops keeping the malt from going overboard. Doesn't coat the mouth so it's tasty in that good way without being smackingly overwhelming.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at Horse Brass in Portland in a 10 oz mini-imperial pint glass. Color was a hazy orange-brown/copper with a low fine tan head. FestiveAle smelled of mild sweet malts with an assertive resiny hop profile, typical of a barleywine. The taste was lightly sweet but crisp followed by an extremely hoppy bitterness; probably 100 BU's. The flavors were well balanced and tasty. The brew was a bit thinner than I thought it should be, but it still was adequately smooth and full. The drinkability was similar to any barleywine...a glass or pint is the right amount for a sitting. Overall a good barley wine that is comparable to Fish Tale's 10th anniversary.

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Festivale from Terminal Gravity Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.
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