Festivale Altbier from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario pours a deep and bright rusty amber colour with a large, frothy tan-coloured head that leaves some moderate lacing. This “old” beer smells like freshwater and thick, bready toasted malts. It takes on a canned green pea smell and a sweet, buttery caramel tone as well. A grainy hop note and a fruitiness come through after warming.
Festivale Altbier has a very thick malt taste that is heavy and bready. A nice, crisp hoppy tang on the tongue helps to balance the taste. There are a strong earthiness and slight sourness in the finish. This seldom-brewed style has a thick and creamy mouthfeel at first, aided by a long-lasting collar of head. A strong bitterness that comes through on the back of the tongue and the beer is surprisingly crisp and clean given the its overall thickness.
The packaging of Festivale Altbier is similar to other products from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company products, using a simple ovoid logo printed in earth tones and a rusty red colour. The 600 mL bottle is draped by a card containing a description of the beer and tied on using thick twine. The back label contains an ingredients list, bottling date and organic certification.
Festivale Altbier is yet another strong seasonal entry from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company and a nice summer alternative to the glut of wheat beers and hopped-out IPAs that line the shelves this time of year. The brewery welcomes visitors seven days a week and this beer can be found in limited supply at select LCBO outlets; mostly in eastern Ontario.
Region: Ontario, Vankleek Hill
Brewery: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 600 mL
Alcohol Content: 4.7%