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

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RATINGS: 404   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.


3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7620) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle from Onlyfineales.com This poured red/amber with an off-whire head, there was also quite a noticeable amount of carbonation. A slightly metallic nose like copper coins as Loz pointed out reminded one of a canned beer. Chewy soft fudge taste, nice and full bodied, a touch sweet but a very decent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2007
[Bottle 2004] Dark brown with nice off white head. Sweet malty aroma with overripe fruits. Malty flavor with spices, brown sugar and toffee. Good balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
330ml bottle. Deep brown colouration, with a small head. Nice aroma of marzipan and fruit cake. Rich, spicy taste - sweet but not cloying. Overall, a good Christmas ale. Love the old-school label as well!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bontus (638) - Flanders, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Bottle. poured, very dark, only a little ruby shade in it. Nice beige head. Nose aroma’s are sweetness and yeast. Aroma’s of liquorice, other candy, cloves, cinnamon, anise & burnt fruits. Bitter aftertaste. Not too special, nice design though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Embrouille (2830) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 Bottled 33cl. 8.8 ABV. It pours a beautiful red beer with a nice light beige head. The nose is of raisin, caramel, cherry, berries and oak with some stuffy sitting room-like elements. Hints of dark chocolate and sorbet. Brown sugar, marshmallows, licorice and cherries in the taste. Decent lacing. Salty and slightly cloying. Spicier than the rest of the Gordon beers. Some rum-like elements. Quite a lot of cherries before a incredible salty finish with hints of fennel. An interesting beer with a nice label. Rerate: Apparent fennel, caramel, cherries, cinnamon and oak in both aroma and taste. Rather woody indeed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1332) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2007
This is such a cool time of year to live in Belgium, what with these holiday beers. You’ve gotta love the snowy pattern on the red cap foil. 33 cL enjoyed at home... Pours ruddy brown with ruby highlights, cream-colored head recedes to a frothy film. Cherries, dark chocolate and spices are swirling around in that aroma. Tastes only mildly sweet in a way that seems restrained for a Belgian, with an overly clean layer of bitterness that nonetheless offers balance and lasts. Maybe a touch clean and metallic, but still interesting. Average carbonation. More dry, hoppy character than I expected, yet warming... not bad at all.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11209) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
[Vintage 2006]
My 300th Belgian beer!!
Poured in my Trappist glass. A clear dark raisin-brown colour with a steady, creamy off-white head on top. Medium lacing. Aroma has slight roasted caramel, Belgian sugars and slight port. Nice, well-rounded mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet with a definite malty presence, bread, biscuit, caramel and burnt tones. Finish is relatively vinious with a peppery bitterness at the far end. Very warming sensation, really soothing a sore throat, I have.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Laegraid (37) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2007
Tasted 22. Nov -07. Had a sweet almost burnt aroma. I thought I could detect some hay like characteristic. The flavor disappointed a bit: It was thinner than I thought when smelling the beer, but had some spices and pepper.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MPA (829) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle (cell phone rating). Dark amber, off white head. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, caramel, some alcohol and some metal. Flavour is sweet brown and candied sugar, roasted malt with a burnt bitterness in the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14089) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2007
Dark brown with a great creamy white head. Mild aroma - light sweet & dried fruits, malts, caramel & sugar. Full bodied - very soft & sweet flavor of roasted malts - caramel/coffee & some brown sugar. Very nice!


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