Brewed by John Martin
Style: Imperial Pils/Strong Pale Lager
Genval, Belgium


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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle and can.
Ingredients: Water, Malt, Sugar, Hops.
In 1992, Gordon launches Finest Gold, a strong and refined beer with a typically Scottish character, combining the forces of charm and persuasion. Its origins and its strength (10% degrees of alcohol) give it its smooth taste and explosive nature. The taste of this incomparable beer is nevertheless entirely suited to the new demand of its many enthusiasts. Gordon Finest Gold is today available in 33 cl and 50 cl cans.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
altonbrownd (5173) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle at home. Sugary, hoppy scent. Quite prickly and strong alcohol taste. Sweet, fruity and spicy but way too strong due to the 10%. Not so enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BelgianBeerGal (3672) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle. Pretty average ale but it did a nice job of hiding the 10% ABV, no overpowering alcohol flavor in the palate or finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (12401) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
A golden ale with a thick creamy white head. An aroma of apples, alcohol, and light malt. In mouth, a light bubble gum malt, with light coriander and sweet malt, with some warming alcohol, and light pepperyness. Medium bodied, but cloying. Can from Bieropholie import. The rest of the can went for a glaze for a chicken dish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (7033) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 26, 2006
Draught at John Martin’s Pub, Trieste, Italy. Clear golden, medium white head. Sweet malty, pleasant hoppy and alcoholic aroma. Warming alcohol finish but overall very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
pilsnerrogge (2759) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2006
[can] Golden color. Large head, doesn’t last long though. Sweet marzipan aroma. Very sweet flavour. Too much alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2828) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2006
From the bottle. Purchased at an off-license in Brussels, Belgium.
By now I had gotten bored of Belgian ales. How is that possible I could ask myself now. Now I’m no longer surrounded by them. Whilst in Belgium I guess the more eccentric, the more leftfield a beer is the more highly regarded it would be to taste as after a while these Belgian Strong’s just seem to be clones of the last. Anyway, it was late when I tasted this. Italy just won a group qualifier in the World cup. I, my wife beside me and many Aussies and Americans on our table in our hostel bar decided it was high time to hit the streets of Brussels so I hastily took this one in. It poured a clear dull gold, highly charged yet it only managed a thin film of white that barely left any trace of evidence on the glass. Aroma of fresh baked, still warm white-bread, little else. In the mouth it has an odd touch of violet, spruce and heather in its otherwise nasty, cloyingly sweet toffee and candi-fuelled body. It’s syrupy and sticky, and a little oily in the finish. Solvent-like alcohol doesn’t help much and it reeks of stale hops, peat and toffee in the aftertaste. Bready, doughy palate that is full and a little too much to be enjoyable. Not that good at all. Just another beer out the way, sadly!!! (33cL, 15/10/07)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5342) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2006
This is a pretty good beer, I thought. Couldn’t tell it was 10%. I thought it seemed like a light triple. However, I did have this near the end of a very large tasting, where scores generally go up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2006
33 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Golden clear colour with a little weak head. Very hoppy aroma with a woody touch and some caramel too. Very tasty flavour of sweet malt, oak, caramel and alcohol. light and sweet finish. This beer reminds me of a malt liquoire added some oak flavour, not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2006
Clear bright gold body with a bit of yellow in it, very little head. A bit too cloying for me to drink too much of this, pineapple, orange in the aroma. Not my beer but drinks ok.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
yngwie (16315) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2006
Can. Pale golden, and topped by a small large-bubbled white head. Alcohol, sweet malt and fruity notes in the aroma. Flavor is much the same, but with some spicy notes in addition. Thin body and a long alcohol-dominated finsih with some spicyness. Whats the point? (060711)

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