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


on tap

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RATINGS: 465   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SimonBlok (206) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2016
33 cl bottle at home. Pours clear chestnut brown with medium beige head. Aroma: coffee, caramel, red fruits. Taste: high sweetness with low to medium bitterness. Notes of roasted malts and caramel. Texture is oily. Carbonation is flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thanatosti (1425) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2016
75 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Mitra Tiel. Dark brown with a tan head. Malty aroma with raisins and plums. Very sweet with also a vinous touch to it. Nice spicy finish. Great winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mjp12 (1316) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2016
There is enough spice in this to cut through the normal sweet malt scotch ale flavour . Great sipping by the fire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
llkc (1379) - rhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2015
duft: sdlig malt rimelig kedelig duft. smag:malt sd rosin dadler lidt kara malt

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gangstergafje (593) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
The beer has a nice look. The beer has a beautiful deep dark red color. The beer is quite clear. The beer pours a decent amount of a little bit rough almond colored foam. The bulk of the foam collapses and a little drape of foam remains on top of the beer. The smell is nice but a little bit mild. The beer has a nice alcohol aroma. I also clearly smell some roasted barley. There is also a nice fruity aroma, grapes and cherries. The taste also has a nice fruity sweetness in the front of the mouth, reminding me of fruits like grapes and cherry. Later a alcohol flavor kicks in. The finish is long and strong and contains mainly a bitter roast taste. The way the flavors follow each other is very nice. The flavors keep building from soft sweet to strong bitter. Very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjorsvdg (353) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2015
Dit kerstbier heeft een kastanjehouten kleur. Het weinige schuim trekt wat weg. De smaak is bitter-zoet. Bitter van koffie, zoet van kandij. Ook wat citrusschillen en specerijen te herkennen. Lekker rondom de feestdagen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nevalainen (499) - FINLAND - DEC 23, 2015
A clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins and brown sugar. Taste is well balanced with sweetness and alcohol. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3371) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle from the Real Ale Store, Newark. Deep Ruby colour and an off white head. Aroma deep spice and Christmas fruit. Taste toffee and fruity sweet. Slides down very nicely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GLeboutte (5) - BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2015 does not count
Trs bonne bire sucre, riche en alcool, bien placer comme toutes les bonnes choses. Couleur brun rouge fonc, un got riche et suffisamment complexe pour y revenir sans se lasser. Pourquoi "de Nol"? Je minterroge. Mais cest sr que dans la chaleur, a passerait moins bien, ou demi-bouteilles, ce qui nes pas bon pour le commerce... ////// bouder je boude Very good sweet beer, rich in alcohol, to be drunk at the right time and place like all good things. Dark red-brown color, rich taste and complex enough to return without tiring. Why "Christmas"? I wonder. But it is sure that in the heat, it would pass less, or only in half bottles, which are not good for business ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leghorn99 (205) - Livorno, ITALY - DEC 18, 2015
Nel bicchiere di un bel color mogano brillante, con riflessi ramati; la schiuma eccellente, compatta, cremosa e di buona persistenza. Il naso dolce, maltato, con spezie, frutta scura, fichi, caramello. Il sapore dolce ed inizia con sapori maltati, frutta scura, uva passa; la bevuta prosegue con una carbonazione medio-leggera ed un corpo medio. Il palato ricco di spezie, frutta scura, chiodi di garofano e cannella; finale debolmente metallico e terroso.

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