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Gordon Xmas Ale

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Brewed by John Martin
Style: English Strong Ale
Genval, Belgium

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RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (753) - SPAIN - SEP 25, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color ambar oscuro. Sabor a malta, caramelo, ligeramente a frutos secos, alcohol.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (1824) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
Stereotypical Christmas Scotch the Belgian way, but I hasten to add this is a very commercial, filtered example which hardly stands the comparison with the many Belgian Christmas ales that are still inspired by the Scotch style but refuse to advert themselves that way. Reminiscent of the regular Gordon Scotch but sweeter, lots of cookie dough in the nose, spicier too, with more roasted bitterness in the finish. Better, but still too boring to be a really good Christmas ale, though it does seem to benefit a bit from ageing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
Een lekker kerstbier zoals een kerstbier hoort te zijn. Perfect voor in de winter te drinken

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (338) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2014
Donkerbruin bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is zoet en kruidig, caramel, chokolade, noten. Blijft lang hangen. Uitstekend bier, smaakt ook in de zomer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2303) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle at Kulminator. Vintages 2013, 2008 and 2001- Clear deep brown copper liquid with a medium off-white head. Aroma of brad, cloves, banana, raw sugar, dried fruit and pumpernickel. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of bread, clove, banana and raw sugar. Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. OK. Gets more elegant and balanced with age.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1384) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1677) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
330ml bottle @ the Fourth Shrewsbury Bottle Share April 2014, courtesy of blackhaddock. Poured into an authentic Gordon’s thistle glass and passed around the group. Very strong, dark and sweet, the general consensus was that it had a lot of Christmas Pudding flavours swirling about. Can’t say I’d ever go for this again but it was a nice contrast with the bitters and lagers thus far.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
corkyrory66 (590) - BELGIUM - APR 18, 2014
Bière qui se prétend « l’originale des cuvées de Noël »... rien que cela … Mais bien sûr même si elle était la première en date, elle n’en est pas pour autant la première en cotation ... Couleur roux foncé. Clarté nette. Bulles sur une seule colonne faible, pas vives. Mousse beige moyen à gros flocons qui baisse vite. Arômes de sucre brun (très fort), malt chocolat, pointe de cerises noires. 1ère bouche assez liquide sur du malt, une épice et une pointe de café. Arrière-bouche très courte. 2ème sur un ensemble assez hétéroclite, et de basse classe. 3ème où on descend encore de niveau, un fondu de malt, et du maïs … Arrière-bouche sans aucune valeur. La longueur est faible, morne, sans relief. On navigue en eaux troubles. La levure est inexistante, pas de refermentation … (pour une Christmas, c’est lamentable). L’alcool n’aide en rien, il est là pour la gloriole... La finale est nulle et non avenue. CONCLUSION : une banalité atroce.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KombatAle (118) - New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
330 ml bottle Brown with beige foam. Nose of caramel, dried fruits, warm alchool, dark fruits. Full bodied. Taste of dried fruits, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7616) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein kupferfarbenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, nussig, würzig, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack röstmalzig, fruchtig, würzig, Karamell, nussig, alkoholisch.


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