Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Saison
Newport, Oregon USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
A SAISON FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON! Made with traditional farm house brewing methods from the Flanders region of Belgium. A unique Belgian yeast coupled with avaiable spices, Belgian malts and European hops deliver a delightfully pleasant Belgian-style Saison. FestivAle is made from Weyerman Pilsner Malt, Belgian Malted Wheat, Saaz Hops, Grains of Paradise, Ginger Root, Sweet Gale, and Curacao Orange. No Chemicals, Additives or Preservatives. Measurements: 14.5 degrees plato, 18 IBUs, 12 AA, 8.5 lovibond, 6.2 ABV

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (14089) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Aroma of spice and orange with a bit of candi. Golden amber color with tiny bubbles. The beige head is a monster. Near medium body. Creamy fizzy carbonation. Itís sweet, with orange and ginger. Malt and hop tend to get lost in the complex blend. As the sweet oozes away a veg/ginger/bitter taste remains. Seems more bitter than 18 IBU, so perhaps the ginger is fooling me. The orange comes out best in the end, although it is arguably detectable at the beginning. Itís really a bit different, but itís pretty innovatively good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2007
Cloudy blond color. The aroma smells of malt but also of orange soda (Fanta?). Some malt body, but the spicy mix (and orange peels) makes of it a horrible brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Iíve had good saisons, bad saisons and middle of the road saisons. This fits squarely in the "middle of the road" catergory. The nose is malty sweet, with a bit of light fruits and spices coming off it. Nothing overwhelming or outstanding. Appearance is a hazy orange color with lots of floaties..uh...floating about. The flavor was just not interesting enough to get higher marks. Heavy yeast (perhaps thatís the floaties) really trumps the fruits that are there but canít escape the yeastís shadow. Slightly spicy with a tannic finish. Far from being a drainpour, but far from being a repeat purchase too.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Not a bad beer. I never really thought of this as a saison...but not bad. I wouldnít seek it out again I donít think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Huge head from the pour but with minimal carbonation once it settles. Stinky cheese aroma. Some sour cherries, candied fruits. You know the gelatinous ones that are in fruitcake. Cloudy golden orange. Palate is chalky, bitter and dry. Fizzy in the mouth with light fruit and some bitter hops. Some lingering spices but your typical nutmeg and cinnamon holiday spices. A strange but ok brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2007
Kind of a muddled cider scent and flavour, despite all the exotic ingredients. I see what they were going for here, and the flavours are rather straightforward, but the end result is painfully fizzy. It was so gaseous that it made it tough to drink. Looks good and all, but itís not what Iím looking for in a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2007
Orangy peach and opaque. Very fizzy with a thick dissipating head. Based on the description there seems to be a lot in this beer. The smell however, is so varried that I canít really identify anything from it except that it smells very fruity and sweet with a hint of orange. Tastes a little bit like a cider with a bitter aftertaste. Itís not great, but itís certainly drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2007
from the bottle. poured a cloudy dirty honey color with no head. aroma, a sour sweetness combo, orange, wheat, hops, some ginger. flavor, sour orange, hops, ginger, fruity, the alcohol comes out when it warms up and orange becomes more prominent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Dark yellow in color with haze and solids. A little too sweet. The spice is about just right. An OK beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34334) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2007
Bottled. A unclear orange beer with gunk floating around under a fast disappearing beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with light notes of fruit. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of spices, fruit, yeast, and coriander, leading to a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.

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