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

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RATINGS: 468   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nihtila (2833) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 13, 2016
Bottle from Cornelius (with good discount after xmas). Pours dark reddish brown. Nose is prunes, dried fruits, brown sugar, caramel. Taste is spicy, wood, booze, sweet dark fruits, raisins, plums. Had lots of Belgian xmas beers at holidays and this would have been one of the weakest ones. Unbalanced and boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
seynie (342) - Tienen, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2016
Dark brown beer with a small beige head. Smell of red fruit and sugared creamy coffee. Caramel, red fruit, spices, candi sugar, latte. Looking finish with a bit more bitterness and white sugar. Well balanced

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MayumiH (879) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle at home. Sweet malts, caramel, toffee, cinnamon, nuts and dark fruit. A nice warming beer indeed.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SimonBlok (247) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thanatosti (1460) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mjp12 (1386) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
llkc (1468) - århus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2015
duft: sødlig malt rimelig kedelig duft. smag:malt sød rosin dadler lidt kara malt

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gangstergafje (667) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjorsvdg (409) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nevalainen (576) - 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.


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