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Market Garden Festivus Ale

Market Garden Festivus Ale
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Smooth, spicy (allspice, ginger & cinnamon), malty with an elegant finish thanks to caramelized wort and a bit of brown sugar, this beer is sure to make the holidays better. According to the Seinfeld model, Festivus is celebrated each year on December 23rd. Those attending Festivus may also participate in the “Airing of Grievances,” which is an opportunity to tell others how they have disappointed you in the past year, followed by a Festivus dinner, and then completed by the “Feats of Strength” where the head of the household must be pinned.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Amber pour, off white head. Aroma is toasted malt, dried fruits, spices. Nice malty flavor, lightly spiced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2014
On tap a the brewery. Poured light golden color. Wasn’t expecting that from a christmas beer. Really easy drinking. Has all the flavors of the holiday season without being overpowering like most of the other festive beers. Definitely check it out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2014
On tap in Cleveland (OH)
My last sample in a flight at Nano Brew was a beer from just down the street. Similar to style to the house beers, which is not surprising as they are owned by the same people, this started out well. Unfortunately the promise did not hold up. Next year’s batch needs some major tweaking.

Aroma / Appearance - A semitransparent caramel base is warm with a mild white fringe. Sweet gingerbread, rye, and barren fields in the dead of winter are suitably seasonal although the combination does have some flaws.

Flavor / Palate - Nutty gingerbread cookies tickle the palate. Almost immediately though it becomes sticky rye. Like the second runnings of a batch of Great Lakes Christmas Ale this shows flashes of being good but then fails to deliver. There’s no reason to order this around town unless you want the third best Christmas ale in the block.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Tap at bier markt, nose is okay nothing standout but the taste is a blend of formaldehyde and acetone with a nasty drying from the spice. Nope

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Sample at Market Garden on 12/1/12. Clear amber pour with a medium off-white head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, allspice and malt. Ginger and malt flavor with some cinnamon and dankness before a spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
This beer pours a hazy orange yellow color with thin white lacing. Cinnamon on the nose along with a little pine. There is definitely a Christmas tree feeling to this beer (certainly in a good way). A solid little winter seasonal that certainly reminds ones-self of Christmas.

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