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

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RATINGS: 429   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geuzelambix (243) - København, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2008
I beer that doesn’t hadle the alcohol very well. The taste is nice, but it’s partly overshadowed by the intense sweetness of the alcohol. Packed with pointy spices.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2008
33 cl bottle, dark red brown, fruity, roasted barley and malt, i belive there is a touche of gluwein taste

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Firm toasted malts harbor sweetened dried fruit in a balanced setting where sustained hop bitterness installs its leafiness for the long run.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Sturdy foam covers the apparently clear(?!) orange-tinged blood red.
-The nose is tamer and more linear than the flavor profile, which appears more expressive, but also more complex.
-The comfortable effervescence and levelled dextrins provide a well-sculpted mouthfeel.
-This is not nearly as spicy as most Belgian Kerstbiers.
-A discreet alcohol presence lets all other flavors shine.
-Some minerals seem to accompany the toastiness and light roastiness, especially in the nose.
-The sweet fruitiness is redolent of licorice, but not overly so.

Bottle; no date notched.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ghawener (1519) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
At RateBeerians Tasting, thanks to rcasta. Bottle: Nice marriage between a dopple bock and a belgian ale. Fruity and heart warming.

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 (6352) - 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 (3202) - 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 (2987) - 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 (1578) - 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


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