Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Gordon Scotch Ale was born in the limpid highlands among isolated lochs and haunting Scottish castles. This brown beer, reminiscent of a dark ruby, is full of contrast - both strong and smooth. Its creamy head is delectation for the palate. This unique nectar can also be discovered under the name of Douglas Scotch Ale. Has been renamed ’Finest Scotch’ in 2006.
Note: ABV at some point from 8.6% to 8%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TorbenH (804) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2013
tan foam, brown, clear, roasty, nuts, coffee, soy sauce, oily feel, soft carbonation, medium sweetness, medium bitterness,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zimbo (525) - SCOTLAND - OCT 16, 2013
Hard to imagine this was once a benchmark of the style Hard to imagine I once so sought it out. Decent rocky magnolia head. Deep brown with some orange sparkle. Fizzy. Confected artificial musty nose. Malty. Dash of clove. Dirty quality. Dry rough end. Still have a lot of affection for this old stalwart though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackisle (583) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2013
Strong malty aroma, caramel, chocolate, hint of citrus, herbal, opaque deep redbrown, big tan head stays awhile, some lacing, malty sweetbitter, creamy texture, full-bodied, malty sweetness continues but bitterness remains for a slightly dry smooth finish, well-balanced beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ynotnitram (6) - - OCT 8, 2013 does not count
Definitely a must taste; rich in flavour (and somewhat in alcohol), delicate and smooth to the finish. A lovely head, excellent palate and colour. Now brewed in Belgium in seems, probably at Steenhuffel. Available in my local Brussels pub!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlamb (8) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2013 does not count
Brownish colour and a little muddy to look at, with a fairly low tan head. Aroma is generally malty; certainly lacks and of the refined toffee or peaty notes of a true scotch ale. The flavour is richly malty with some warmth from alcohol; well balanced and pleasant but once again a purist would say not a scotch ale. Enjoyable drink that stands well amongst a list of typical Begian beers (some of these "scotch ales" are appearing in Belgian pubs)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freretoc (563) - Besançon, FRANCE - OCT 3, 2013
Une jolie couleur brune avec une mousse fine et colorée. Une bière excellente au goût avec une jolie et ferme texture en bouche. Une note grillées et une explosion en fin de bouche.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RuneStumo (2143) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2013
18.09.2013. 0,33l Bottle. Brussel. Dark amber brown colour with white head. Very sweet aroma with lots of dark malts and brown sugar. Malty caramel character with sweet malty finish. Low on bitterness. Strong with rich body combined with sweetness and alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and without bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gueuze (314) - - SEP 19, 2013
Interessanter röstiger Antrunk, wärmendes Mundgefühl. Schmeckt ein bisschen wie auf Holzfass gereift.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dado93 (130) - ITALY - AUG 31, 2013
Beatufiul Apparence, rubin red with fine head, sweet aroma and taste with light roasted / licorice notes... Excessive caramel malt notes for my taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kingstoni (1431) - FINLAND - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle. Ruby brown color with a thin head. Nice lacing. Aroma of almond, toffee and butter. Sweet and a bit sour taste of butterscotch and licorice. Some punch from alcohol.

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