Holiday Ale | Two Roads Brewing Company

26 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Holiday AleHoliday Ale

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by tigg924 on 01-03-2013

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 149
Reviews by Boto:
Photo of Boto
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

 350 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of kcc
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of TTripp725
2.77/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

 554 characters

Photo of far333
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

 303 characters

Photo of Jliscin
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersilio
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justme
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a whole lot of fun in a bottle. A one bottle gift from a coworker (he wouldn't part with anymore of his stach)
All the flavors of the holidays. Can't wait until next year to get my own stach

 195 characters

Photo of dacrza1
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

DATE: March 5, 2017... OCCASION: finishing the first Sunday of Lent with a cold weather brew for a cold night... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk tulip pokal... pours a dark mahogany, slightly translucent body--bubbles are small and active... head is a thick, foamy, and craggy off-white iceberg... aroma begins with berry--cranberry, cherry, deep bread malts and some yeast funk... an ambivalent scent, in all... vibrant at the teeth, flushes quickly and memorable at the throat, packing some heat with its exit... creamy to start, a bit medicinal at the finish... cherry, plum, sweet sugary esters, heady bread malts--a big dessert finish--with some residual medicinal syrup too... pungent cheese, perhaps? streaking film covers the glass as the beer drains... I find the finish cloying, the mouthfeel temporary, and the flavor combative--but this still approximates a winter warmer, and a useful one at 7.3% ABV... approaches a sherry in its flavor, but its imperfections leave it short of other holiday ales....

 1,005 characters

Photo of ThirstyLion
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two Roads Brewery is one of the premier, super fun breweries in the Northeast. Even if I tried to not buy their beers, they would manage to make their way into my refrigerator in spite of my efforts!

Christmas Ale absolutely does not disappoint. From a Cool Factor perspective, this beer is a seriously good ale. The reason I say this is because it is incredibly smooth for such a happy wonderful and complexly drinkable Holiday beer. It is a soft, subtle complement beer that belongs at the table during a serious feast.

There's no disappointing aftertaste and another sip simply waits for you as the beer sits in front of you and comes to life with marvelous happy fingers sticking to the edges of your frothy glass.

The deep, nut brownish and black bark color foreshadows plenty of honey and spices yet the taste will deceive you in the most surprising and unexpectedly pleasant way!

This is an extremely refreshing beer that just goes down so smooth that it has to be among the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of tasting during the holiday season & while eating, this offering is mild enough so that it does not overshadow all the various tastes that yoy might experience at a holiday feast.

I would definitely pair Two Roads Holiday Ale with short ribs or perhaps a nice porterhouse steak complete with all the trimmings like roasted vegetables, carrots parsnips and garlic mashed potatoes...etc!

Holiday Ale is exactly what it's supposed to be because it goes with all of the different meals that you will be eating around the holidays and the smooth easy finish and drinkability of this beer lends itself to whatever dishes you decide to put on your table for the holiday season.

There is a slight maltiness that comes through after a swallow of this ale. It's downright delightful! I think most of us would be hard-pressed to find a better beer to have with dinner than this marvelously hoppy yet ridiculously drinkable offering from Two Roads Brewery in good old Stratford Connecticut!

When you think of a Christmas Ale you think of a provincial, French, limited & hard to find beer brewed only during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Holiday Ale is all this and more because it belongs on a table that has all the trimmings & is set for a serious feast. I happened to experience my first mug of holiday ale while eating roast beef and roasted vegetables parsnips and what not. I was very happy and surprised that I could drink the beer and enjoy my food and I noticed the incredible balance of Holiday Ale.

Oftentimes a beer will detract from the food that is served but not this one because holiday is simply enhances what you eat. If you wanted to sit and talk with a friend and enjoy a nice beer I'm not sure this would be my choice but if you're going to have dinner and you want an incredibly wonderful and satisfying brew that in a very subtle way will complement what you serve, then Bob is your uncle!

There is a distinct and complex flavor profile that includes touches of cinnamon brown sugar and malts that are extremely subtle. The Lush frothy feel of this beer on your tongue will Amaze you, but only if you focus on it because otherwise the glass lowers and lowers before you even know it and then it's gone like Santa Claus when he slips down the chimney delivers your presents it disappears leaving only a few cookie crumbs as evidence that he was even there!

 3,411 characters

Photo of amongiel
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of johnwetterstrand
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mjstacker
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of KTCamm
4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

4/14...pours a dark and moody copper, light foam on top. Rich flavorful nose, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little funky. Taste is a lightly sweet malt, some pepper, background gritty bitter. Fruity. Very flavorful. Some cherry. Awesome.

 231 characters

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbhollis1180
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of seanh99
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liquorpig
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of diamondlie
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of PJCarnell
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GinjaSlice
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Holiday Ale from Two Roads Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.