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Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
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RATINGS: 467   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (7877) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2010
Dark ruby color, beige irregular head. Sweet and burned malt in the nose, hints of honey. Very bitter start, full sweet-bitter taste. Dry pleasant bitter aftertaste with a touch of caramel. Very inviting for another sip.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (13983) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2010
Bottle at Esbjerg beerfestival. Amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, hop. Flavour is sweet, malt, hop, alcohol, caramel, dried fruits. Full body. Ordinary beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2010 Bottle, at Esbjerg Beerfestival. Itís a clear, copper-colored beer with a small, beige head. Alcohol, malty sweetness, raisins in rum notes and dark caramel in the aroma. Itís full-bodied and warming in the mouth, with some dried fruits, but mostly sweet caramel. Warm, malty and slightly bitter finish. Not very much Christmas in this one, sort of like a Christmas edition of a strong euro-lager. Rating: 5-3-6-4-11-2.9. 091022

Bottle, thx to Peer. A clear, dark golden beer with a dense, beige head. Some alcohol on the nose, with grains and caramel, sugar and a fruity touch. Sticky on the palate, with caramel and grains, some bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Well, itís not a bad one, but itís not a good one either. Quite christmasy though, but I know of lots of other beers that are more beery. 101208

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (11399) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 11, 2010
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Re-rate 4/27/13: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Tom. Licorice, malt, some dark fruits, caramel. 5/3/5/3/10=2.6

Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Dror. Clear deep amber color. Very sweet aroma with caramel, molasses and fruits. Flavor is also very sweet and sugary with candies, fruits, alcohol hints and a slightly drier finish. Medium-bodied. Decent. 6/3/7/3/13=3.2

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paolo79 (1) - Borgo Priolo, ITALY - JAN 7, 2010 does not count
Tried on tap at Blackbull pub. One of my favorites christmas beers. Extremely full-bodied and potent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2010
In short: A heavy rich sweet dark ale with a lot of leafy hops. Weirdly interesting.
How: Bottle 330ml. Winter 2008/2009 (I think) . Consumed when about 1 year of age
The look: Clear dark ruby body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose sweet malts with molasses, black liquorice and the likesÖ Taste is very sweet, molasses, sweet plums, cloves, ripe bananas, white sugar, syrup of some kind, toffee, butterscotch. The beer is also very hoppy with plenty of leafy hops that almost balance the heavy sweetness. Something oily/buttery about the beer. I thought the beer was a little strange. Like some kind of buttery scotch ale with a ton of hops. I enjoyed it but I wouldnít drink more than a little bottle. Prides itself to be the beer that initiated the Christmas beer tradition. Christmas beer, why not? Belgium, making excuses to drink beer since 1836.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (20929) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Deep maroon color with a thick light tan head that lingers. Nice lacing. Aroma of toffee, dates and vanilla. Flavor is fairly complex, starts sweetish with butterscotch and progresses to malts and light spice. Reasonable body. Very nice Christmas beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ralphdot (1028) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2009
Deep ruby red with a very thin head, roasted malt and port aroma, complex taste of roast malt, toffee, coffee, almost sweet sherry, very festive, like a Christmas party in your mouth. Absolutely loved it, the commercial description says "Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews" I wish they were all this good.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3901) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2009
Bottled. Pours clear amber with a large beige head. Exelent lacings. Nose of malt spices and berries. Sweet flavour with malt, caramel and berries. Medium to full bodied. Slightly bitter finsih. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (14824) - DENMARK - OCT 31, 2009
Dark red brown body with beige head. Flavour is malt, caramel, sugar and spices.


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