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

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RATINGS: 439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2007
A really after dinner beer. Very nice bodied, not to strong,and a lot of taste. When I go to restaurants this beer is many times the end of the meal.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle 330ml from Purvis Cellars. Masterpiece, great malty ale. Aromas of milk chocolate, caramel, and bread. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Brown, with a frothy head.

4.8
   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!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Tanned leather red-brown color. Big head floats around for a while, then subsides forming a small slick of bubbles that gently settle to the bottom of an empty glass. Malty smell with very mild turpentine/pine smell. Malt and vanilla/herb start colliding with hops. Spicy, yet smoky finish. If I were the King of Scotland.. This would be the standard.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2005
This bonnie lass of Scottish soul and Belgian strength is a real classic. This is what most British beers want to be when they grow up from their current 4% existence.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazydiamond (48) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2002
I discovered this beer in Belgium. I’m sitting in a bar where the waitress speaks only French and I order what I thought was a Trappist Ale. She brings me this beer with a special ’thistle’ goblet. I fell in love with the Strong Scotch Ale style right then & there. Very warming, low bittering (per style), sweet & carmally. I haven’t had it in years but I did bother to lug a case of it through customs when I returned to the states!!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2002
Pours dark, dark brown. Head forms easily large bubbles nested in a moderately stiff foam of smaller ones. Head lingers, but does finally dissipate to a very thin film of a head. Aroma is huge. Surprisingly strong citric hops are backed my a huge blast of rich toffe-chocolate malt. The malts hit the tongue first and quickly combine with the hops. I’m not used to a Scotch Ale being this hoppy, but it’s good. At the very end I pick up a small hint of smokiness. Very balanced. Very smooth, especially considering the smack in the face the aroma gives you.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 16, 2003
Dangerously delicious! At this ABV, you've gotta be careful or this beer'll kick your ass into next week. This chestnut-colored mega-malt is sweetly misleading. The huge rocky head looks great in the glass and this goes down as one of my favorite scotch ales.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3205) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 30, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2013 earthy, chocolate, caramel, clove, vanilla, alcohol, banana, amber, cloudy, frothy, rocky head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, creamy, oily feel, astringent, long finish,

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2497) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2003
Dark reddish brown. Rich head. Black currant and alcohol in the nose. Sweetish, malty, slightly toasted flavour. Warming finish.


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