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


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RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 3, 2012
Aroma: fruity, almost like strawberry and/or cherry jam, spicy (probably contains cinnamon). Also a hint of caramel. Mouthfeel: big and foamy. Taste: Strong, sour and sweet. I could notice a nutty tone, like hazelnuts and such. Turns to bitter as it goes down. Finish: Ends with a firm bitter note. Overall: not a refreshing beer. It’s a warming, very flavoursome drink though. Very satisfying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiwianer (3339) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 28, 2012
schmeckt herb-bitter-alkoholisch dazu zuckrig-bitter. Danach wird es aber besser: immernoch alkoholisch aber nicht mehr so schlimm dazu süß hopfig. Das Brauwasser hinterlässt einen ganz bisschen schleimigen Eindruck. Nachgeschmack hopfig, alkoholisch, malzig. Fazit: Ein Bier mit höhen und tiefen, hat man das schlimme überwunden ist es aber recht ordentlich! Test vom 18.3.2009, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,9,8,9,12,10 - 9,70

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3772) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
Had this on-tap in 2011, still a good Xmas special! The review is however is from an earlier bottle in 2006. Poured from a 33cl brown bottle with a huge life left (20th Sept 2008) I may kep one for a while, as I got a four-pack. Anyway, it was poured into the correct Gordons Thistle Glass, one of two I bought some years ago. It looked a picture, the dark body in the base of the glass and the slightly off-white head filling the neck of the glass. The aroma is one of dark complexed secrets, mostly winter spices, such as cinnamon and cloves, sat on burnt brown breaded toast. The taste explodes in your mouth, a sweet caramel effect, almost burnt, but not really burnt, lighty toasted is a better way of saying it. The taste does linger, getting more malty and drier as the throat adjusts. I very easy to drink 8.8% Christmas beer, highly recommended by me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
undercurrent25 (1410) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
Poured into a thistle glass, looked very good. Strong Christmas pud aroma. Taste is of winter spice, brandy and dried fuit. A pourable christmas pudding which I drank on a warm summer day in May. Cheers Mike for this one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kronebryg (1055) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - APR 13, 2012
No head, but nice deep brown colour. Light nose with cupboard, chockolate and light liquorize.. medium body and length. dryish and a hint of tea but also some cinnamon and other dry spices. caramel. To dry for my taste buds but otherwise fine

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hermod (3184) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 6, 2012
33cl bottle. Poured dark brown with a frothy white head. Aroma has melted butter, caramel and spices. Flavor has anise, sweet caramel and xmas spices. Sweet, alcohol well hidden. Xmas flavor, but the aroma was not very tempting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (486) - ITALY - MAR 29, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Limpido color ambra scura con una soffice schiuma biancastra mediamente persistente. Aroma dolce molto piacevole con pesanti note di caramello e sentori di frutti di bosco, toffee e lievito. Il gusto è molto simile ma meno "profondo": è dolce e leggermente vinoso, in primis con sapori di caramello e uvetta ed è un po’ più asciutto del previsto. Il finale presenta delicate note amarognole di malti abbrustoliti che aiutano a non renderla "appiccicosa". Morbida al palato con un’effervescenza ridotta e generosamente corposa: un’ottima birra invernale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2012
Dark amber color with average size head. Sweet caramel aroma. Slightly bitter taste with fruity notes. Very sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMR (284) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2012
Pours a nice dark brown glass with big white foam head. Wonderfull beer with a nice sweet touch. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, yeast and a bit of coffee. All very well balanced and with an enorm intensity. Great mouthfeel too!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrW (420) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle 33cl. Smoky aroma with a touch of coffee and some sweetness. Darkred, not a sticky head. Sweet smoked taste, sticky feeling, some bitterness of chocolate or coffee in the aftertaste.

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