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


on tap

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RATINGS: 463   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby reddish brown with a resilient beige head. Aroma is red candies, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Flavor is mint, brown chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, red berries (especially cherries and raspberries). Finish is red berries and christmas canes. Medium body, very velvety mouthfeel, strong carbonation, to the point of making it rather prickly. Solid Christmas ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
javiercrasher (265) - Granada, SPAIN - JAN 4, 2014
De color marrón con destellos rojizos y suave espuma amarillenta que tiende a desaparecer. Aroma muy suave a malta y algo de café, fondo un poco metálico. Oleosa, con buen cuerpo y carbonatación media. En boca dulce, el alcohol se nota, pero está bien integrado, dejándose notar en la garganta con agradable calor. Mucho más cercana a una cerveza belga que a una English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiereLuc (1259) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
Bičre brunâtre aux reflets rubis avec un col de mousse moyen et une effervescence modérée. Le nez évoque les fruits műrs avec un peu de caramel sur les flancs. En bouche, c’est riche, relativement corpulent, sucré et un peu piquant (sans ętre épicé). Un réel plaisir ŕ boire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rugamu (121) - SPAIN - JAN 3, 2014
Rica cerveza con olores metalicos pero que luego no llega a notarse en el sabor. El sabor es eminentemente a cafe, muy profundo y duradero. Una cerveza que como no te guste el sabor a café puede no gustarte, aunque yo sin duda repetiría.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (9531) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle at xmas tasting. Chestnut brown, sweet toffee and caramel on nose, light carbonation, tastes sweet, caramel, bit of a harsh finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Superb retro festive label needs mentioning - I hope they never change it; deep red brown beer, little head to speak of with a few off white bubbles clinging to the edges; aroma is plum pudding, raisins, spices; taste is lovely dried fruit, brandy butter, spice, toasted malt; sweet, with a developing bitterness followed by a pleasing, almost savoury finish; most Chrismas beers are pale imitations of this; an unchanging Yuletide classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (4399) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle, 750 ml. Poured into a tulip. ABV 8.8% Deep mahogany brown colour on a body, with red ruby shades. Two fingers of light brown head, thick, with average retention. Medium lacing left on the glass. Aroma of red fruits, sugar, grapes, strong port or mayrodaphne wine notes. Taste is quite sweet, very wine like. The alcohol very well hidden, this one goes down like water. Some toasted malts too, along with toffee like flavour. Medium thick body, nice carbonation. Overall not much different than other Belgian strong ales but very good in what it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - DEC 25, 2013
330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Clear deep russet with reddish hues, nice off white head. Soft nose, some bread, caramel malt, faint floral notes and light spices. Sweet heavy malt flavor, with dark caramel and juicy ripe fruit. Low bitterness, mellow spices. Full bodied, thick but surprisingly not cloying, somewhat alcoholic but OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElManana (1672) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazelnut brown. Flat head. Nose is siruppy, bit of malt, slightly acidic, medicinal. Taste is rather pale, some alcohol, again some sirup and as good as no aftertaste that stays to linger. Quite flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (1618) - Krakow, POLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle Aroma-caramel, Appearance-dark amber, clear, white foam, Taste-medium bitterness, light sweetness, lightly sour, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish Overall-very good

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