Festivus Holiday Ale
Market Garden Brewery

Festivus Holiday AleFestivus Holiday Ale
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Winter Warmer
Ranked #30
Ranked #13,318
3.98 | pDev: 9.55%
Market Garden Brewery
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Festivus Holiday AleFestivus Holiday Ale
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Photo of willcull78
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A spicy holiday ale. Upon opening, it had a hint of the spicy goodness to come, the aroma of the nutmeg and ginger did come through. When poured it gave a slight foamy-head with some good lacing. It was clear, dark-amber in color, almost like bourbon. The taste gave a slight spicy lingering tingle. Certainly not a bad beer but there is so much spiciness one could enjoy before you ready to move on. Certainly worth trying, and having a couple of more.

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Photo of DDiFran
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: pale for a holiday ale with very little head
S: typical holiday spices
T: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, all present and well balanced
F: goes flat too soon. Thin for this style.
O: nothing spectacular though the ABV helps on a cold wet Cleveland night

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Photo of Caveworm
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Festivus Holiday Ale | Market Garden Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, I got a two finger thick head, spotty lacing, and a deep amber body.

I smell lighter "holiday spices" mentioned on the label. Also some caramelized malts.

Yep, what I smell is what I taste here. Not too spiced and actually refreshing.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I've decided to rate Festivus Holiday Ale | Market Garden Brewery with an overall 4.25

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Festivus Holiday Ale brewed by Market Garden Brewery, with an ABV of 7.50% This winter warmer pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color of this brew is a deep golden amber color with a a small white head. There is a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with spicy, mirror roasted goodness. You also pick up on a nice amount of grains and malts in the smell as well. So far Festivus Holiday Ale is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Rich with spices, cinnamon, ginger an a hit of nutmag, mixed with grains and malts. This brew puts you in the holiday spirit. The body of Festivus Holiday Ale is a solid medium. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.50% ABV in this brew , it is just that smooth. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The spices are a nice touch to this brew. The mouth feel is Bold, Spicy,Rich, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Festivus Holiday Ale a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Market Garden Brewery did a super nice job with this winter warmer.
If you are looking for a spicy holiday brew, you should look this brew up.

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Photo of erk0607
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Amber/golden colored clear body with white head, lacing lingers for most of the beer. Slightly effervescent.
Smell: Strong enough to smell from outside of the glass, but not from a few feet away. Aromas of gingerbread, spices, and toasty bread. Christmasy but still slightly hoppy.
Taste: Spices first, then gingerbread. Floral hops hiding among the malt. I'd call it spice forward if anything. I couldn't pick out much more than maybe cinnamon or clove and ginger, but it's a good mix.
Feel: Popping effervescence, a bit sticky/resinous on the tongue and teeth despite not being syrupy, more of a medium density beer. Refreshing. 7.5% is well hidden.
Overall: Not a fireplace sipper, but a winter beer that tastes 100x better than the bud lights your friends are drinking because they don't know better.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a brilliant amber color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with less than an inch of beige head that leaves no lacing.

I smell the ginger and nutmeg. I swear I get a pear and peach aroma as well.

The ginger is the first flavor that I notice. The nutmeg is more subtle. I get some stone fruit as well.

Medium bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel

This is an easy drinking spiced ale. Plus it commemorates my favorite holiday. It's a Festivus miracle!

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was from a 12 oz. bottle that I picked up at a local craft beer store.

The beer poured a very light copper color with a thin white head that disapated quickly. There was a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma was sweet and almost honey-like, but the alcohol is definitely up front on the nose.

The beer was quite sweet in the beginning with some spices, perhaps nutmeg. In the middle the taste has some ginger and a rich honey taste. At the end the alcohol is very present as it warms on the tongue.

The mouth feel was thin, but well balanced - smooth at the beginning with a crisp finish.

Overall, this was a nice winter warmer. More on the light side than others from the style (almost too thin), but it had a nice blend of flavors. A bit heavy on the taste of alcohol, but otherwise a nice balanced example of the style.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/29/2018. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, clove, honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of caramel, golden raisin, pear, red apple, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of spices, brown sugar, bready malt, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, clove, honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of caramel, golden raisin, pear, red apple, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spice bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, clove, honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, golden raisin, pear, red apple, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of spices, brown sugar, bready malt, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 7.5%. Overall this is an excellent winter warmer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of spices, brown sugar, bready malt, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/spicy finish. Nearly identical to the other popular Xmas ales from Ohio. Perfectly balanced bready malts/spices, with some mild complementing English yeast fruitiness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a white head, the aroma is cinnamon, ginger, and a touch of clove. The flavor tends towards the malty side, with the spice blending nicely. There's a full mouthfeel, with a touch of slickness. The finish is spice, and little kiss of honey sweetness. If you're from the Cleveland area, this will remind you of that other Christmas Ale. Overall, it's another solid winter warmer in a city that swims in them for about two months a year.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This may be the most unexpectedly weak brew from Market Garden, and it is still good.

It has a weird look - almost no head and the fizz is more like soda, or some begian yeast or something. The aroma is similarly fruity and malty.

The taste is rich and sweet and the aftertaste is somewhat boozy. This really Is an unusual holiday brew, and as such it is recommended.

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Photo of BB1313
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Freshest by 11/18/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy deep golden with bubbles racing upwards; small white head that fades leaving great retention and solid lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of spices. Cinnamon is there with some hints of nutmeg and ginger. Some cracker malts are there with some hints of caramel. The flavors are pretty clean. More cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Lots of clove in the finish. It's pretty earthy and grainy. Solid bitterness with some hints of cracker. It's not on the sweeter side. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the thinner side of medium-bodied with very sharp active carbonation. It's fluffy and smooth. Very easy to drink.

This is a solid holiday brew. It's definitely worth checking out if you like holiday beers with cinnamon and the other usual suspects in the holiday spice department.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a very coppery-amber. Off-white head, leaves moderate lace. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, malty goodness, and some warmth in there buried deep inside. The taste hits much like the nose, very strong on cinnamon, and nutmeg, and other sugary spices. Slides down very easy with the medium-low carbonation. I mean as far as I'm concerned this beer drinks and tastes just as good as a GL X-mas ale. It's less robust than the 12 Dogs. So I'd say cleveland xmas ale award is quite the toss up between 12 dogs, GL, Brew Kettle Winter Warmer, and MK Festivus.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, ginger, mellow all spice and cinnamon. In the taste, ginger, all spice, cinnamon, and a sweet caramel like roast. A spice bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small ginger and spice like aftertaste. Big on ginger, and big spices across the board, and it hides the alcohol.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Festivas Ale is Market Gardens version of the Christmas Ale....The beer poured a nice deep amber with white head that laced. The smell included cinnemon, egg nog and spice. The taste absolutely followed the smell....I believe there was some vanilla extract in it as well. The mouthfeel was a full bodied ale with good carbonation. Overall this beer rivals the Great Lakes Christmas Ale...these two breweries in teh West Side Market (for all you old schoolers) area are going toe to toe and the winner is the beer lover cuz each is stepping up their game!!! Yeah Baby!

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Festivus Holiday Ale from Market Garden Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 47 ratings