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

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RATINGS: 465   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerViking (3909) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2009
33cl bottle bought in Belgium. Pours a deep dark red with a fine creamy head. Taste is initially sweet and creamy, with roasty malt, plums, cinnamon, drying hops, lots of alcohol, finish is dry-bitter but just a bit harsh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Defreni (2935) - Husum, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2009
Flaske: Brun øl med et lille skumhoved. Filtreret. Sød duft med en smule krydderi. Smagen er ok, alkohol rimelig skjult, men ikke en spændende øl på nogen måde.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (10712) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, hops, caramel and sugar.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2009
33cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex Scotch, balanced, yet sweet, clear, rocky head, good X-Mas brew

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wim (3526) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2009
dark brown coloured body with a off white head a spicy fruity yeasty aroma a spicy fruity yeasty taste with a alcholic herby bitter finish

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yves (2778) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2009
Brown coloured beer with small off-white head. Buttery malty and bit hoppy aroma. Full bit creamy sweet sparkling palate. Finish is sweet and herby ending dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4801) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle.Golden brown appearance.Powerful and smooth. Impressive. An excellent beer or Christmas or any other time of the year.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
From allen Black with a fizzy white head. Roasty sugar molasses dark fruit and belgian yeast aroma. Syrupy bright palate and tastes of fig and bread. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12569) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 6, 2009
Ruby with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of caramel and brown sugar. Sweet caramel and burnt sugar flavour with herbal notes

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2009
This is Belgian? Ah Scottish & Newcastle. That explains it. Not my thing really. Dark red tinted brown with a pale cream head. Malty, cardboard and metal, thinners, alcohol very present. Sweet and sugary. Berry type fruit, spices, bit cloying and nasty mouthfeel. I needed a strong drink at 5.00am, this fitted the bill and it was just for necking and thank Eric it was. Average at best.


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