Holiday Ale - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Two Roads Holiday Ale is inspired by the little known Biere de Noel style, on subset of Biere de Garde, both of which originated on small farmhouse breweries in the north of France. Biere de Noel, which translates as “Christmas Beer”, tends to exhibit a more malty profile than a typical Biere de Garde.

In its native France this special type of ale is brewed by just a handful of small breweries and is only available for the few weeks leading up to Christmas.

(Beer added by: tigg924 on 01-03-2013)
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Photo of Boto
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, coppery amber color. There was a small off white head that didn’t leave much lacing. The nose is good. A bit spicy: nutmeg and cinnamon, clove, faint malts. The flavor is quite good. A but bready and malty, with some of the spices in there. A faint earthiness to it. I’ll be looking for this again next year.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at their tasting room. Poured into a tulip

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, amber in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and cinnamon

Taste: toasted malt, slight berry, and cinnamon and other holiday spices

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet with slight earthy bitterness, moderate-high carbonation

Overall: Nice to see Two Roads can do a malty big beer well. This was easily the maltiest of their offerings to date. A nice and complex holiday sipper. I will certainly get this again if it is on tap when I am in town.

Photo of far333
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Burnished copper colored with a rocky beige head of firm foam that slowly recedes. Low aroma of clovey yeastiness. Subtle toasted malt flavor, some bready notes, semi-sweet, clove and yeastiness. A peppery bite lingers. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Okay beer overall, could use a bit more depth of flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of B-J-B
4/5  rDev +9.9%

This was a very enjoyable brew. I appreciated the subtleties of yeast aromas and different malts with the slight spice from the continental hops. Not a "hit-you-in-the-face" brew, but a delightful one nonetheless.

Photo of dd43
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

On tap at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar in Norwalk CT, 25-Nov 14. Poured into a tulip, thanks bartender!

Reddish amber in color, haze free, a finger of head that receded quite quickly and left little in the way of lacing as I drank.

Mouthfeel is more crisp than the carbonation level would lead you to believe. Somewhat watery for a Belgian de garde but I didn't find it off putting.

Aroma is definitely that of a spiced Belgian, the typical yeasty bready quality is there. Great cinnamon and clove quality on the palate. Finishes dry with little malt cling.

One of the better brews from Two Roads that I've tried. This is worth picking up from your local package store in the large format to share with a friend.

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3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of cbutova
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Amber red bodied and free of any haze after being poured from the 22oz to a few pint glasses. A puffy white crown rises to just about one finger with decent retention. Spotty lacing results from a big ring and a pillow.

S- Well-rounded and nothing really jumps out to me but the balance is struck between notes of raisin, Belgian spicy yeast, brown sugars, nutmeg, a hint of cinnamon, caramel and fruits.

T- As in the nose, it really just finds a balance without anything totally blatant dominating the flavor profile; this is a desireable property. Notes of red fruits, apple, cinnamon, clove, yeast bread, caramelized sugars, spicy yeast, nutmeg, toast, grape and a vanilla and caramel sweetness.

MF- Right around medium body overall with a consistency just between frothy and foamy. Carbonation is right above a moderate level and it all finishes silky smooth. Slight bitterness.

Strikes a balance between spices and a Belgian-feeling yeast. Fruits and caramelized sugars are fairly big but overall I think it finds its flavor well and delivers without relying on blatant, in your face flavors. A solid brew all around.

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Holiday Ale from Two Roads Brewing Company
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