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

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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABT_S54 (209) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2014
33cl bottle served in a Delirium Noel glass. Pours a translucent dark brown which when held to the light shines a nice garnet colour. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with a nice balance of carbonation. Aroma is malt and spices. Taste is toffee, molasses and spices with quite a pronounced bitterness. Tastes like a Scottish style Belgian (ala McChouffe) with added spices. OK but not up to the other Belgian Xmas ales.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjik83 (659) - - DEC 4, 2014
************************************************** + Matig Niet mijn smaak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 12/4/2014 Total Score: 2.7
************************************************ + Matig Niet mijn smaak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (867) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Clear amber brown color, good frothy beige head, dissipates after a while, good lacing; aroma sweet malty, roasted, caramel, dough, dried dark fruits, spicy notes; taste heavy sweet, caramel; full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation; finish malty sweet, spicy notes, alcohol, in the aftertaste more and more roasted bitterness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ajes (19) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2014
Creamy light brown head. Aroma, malt, cinnamon and fruity yeast. Clear Dark red/brown color. Taste. Sweet malt, lightly toasted, raisins/proons. Fairly dry yet slightly creamy. Very good Christmas beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (5103) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle from a friend, many thanks Danie. Copper brown color with medium off-white head. Aroma of malr, fruits, Christmas spices. taste, dark malt, caramel, licorice, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, nuts. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheFoamhead (90) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
Gordon claim to be the original and first christmas beer. Thats bullshit…. But not the beer! It has a sweetish and strong overall taste, accompanied by hints of sandlewood, licorice and coffee. If one takes the lead, it’s the sweet taste of brown sugar. The alcohol is very present, giving a light sparkle in the nose and throat. The finish is bitter sweet and lasts.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sten (675) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2014
Dark beer with a off white head. Heavy malty aroma. Sweet and malty flavour with an oily texture (Bottle 33cl)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (5684) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2014
From bottle at Cardinal, DSJT 2014. Pours clear brown, big creamy off-white head. Aroma is strong thick malty. Taste is moderate sweet malty, fruits and raisins, thick oily mouthfeel.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
abemorsten (2916) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle at Cardinal during DSJT 2014. Clear deep caramel colored body. Light brown film. Caramel sauce on the nose. Heavy sweet with wet cardboard notes prominent. Full bodied. Syrupy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Valgreen (718) - DENMARK - NOV 6, 2014
Tap @ Fermentoren Aarhus. Clear dark amber, medium white head, some lacing. Malty, nutty, caramel, dark fruits. Sweet finish. Medium carbonation and bitterness.


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