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

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RATINGS: 415   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
Thanks to rcasta who brought it all the way from Porto Portugal. Great Ale, pours a dark brown with a tan head. Sweet and spicy, warms up your stomach.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcasta (839) - EL SALVADOR - AUG 16, 2008
Gracias casta desde porto hasta el salvador me ha gustado bastante porquer es un dark ale buenisimo

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6031) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2008
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est brune bourgogne avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige crémeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruitée et de céréales avec une pointe d’épices. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #1872)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3063) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2008
Dark brown color, with a creamy beige head, leaving some laces, sweet toasty, mild roasted malt nose, with some chocolatey praline accents, with some dark dried raisins, plums and dates, and candi sugar in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, fruity, toasty, roasty, chocolatey character, with a hint of molasses and candi sugar, some black coffee bean notes, sweet fruity accents of raisins, plums and dates, within a warmth mouthfel, leading towards a malty, roasty bitterness finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2941) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2008
Aroma:dark fruit,carame;.raisin tart... Appearance:Dark brown,good tan head... Flavor:dark Fruit,surgar,light oxydation...

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1482) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 30, 2008
Appearance: Very dark brown. Little head. Aroma: Fruit and malt. Maple, wood, oak, smoke. Taste: Dark fruit. Malty then hoppy. Alcohol, strong. Info: 330ml bottle, 5/1-2007, 128/500

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2008
A copper brown coloured beer. Some sweetness andraisin taste. Less than average hops. Some hints of prunes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a huge foamy head with a light brown head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some dry fruits notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt with noticeable trace of candi sugar and some dry fruits notes such as figs and plums. Body is slightly thin for the style with great carbonation and some light alcoholic phenols. Not the best Christmas Belgian style ale I have tasted but pretty good nonetheless.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
djmartelo (3) - Fatima, USA - APR 22, 2008 does not count
not a beer that i would buy again... it lack character and it doesn’t taste that good to compensate... but not that bad iether... wouldn’t ask for it in any place unless it i haven’t much choice

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbothy (1120) - Bonn, GERMANY - APR 14, 2008
Pours dark brown with a small head. Sweet, malty aroma. Vinous flavour, sweet and hot with malt and plums. Good.


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