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

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RATINGS: 416   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.


2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ulysse (142) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2014
Light aroma for a strong beer. Sweet metallic taste. Blood reddish brown colour. Heavy mouthful aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hednom (35) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle at home, Brown with beige foam. Full bodied. Rather bitter and long aftertaste

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (970) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 330ml bottle poured in a chalice. A: Pours a beautiful dark amber almost brown clear color. Big beige and fluffy head which dissipates quickly (but not completely) leaving many lacings around S: Smell is really barley malts. Sweet. Like a biscuit. Itís a bit fruity too, it reminds raisins. Notes of wood and, no surprise, Scotch T: Really remarkable by strong taste of roasted barley malts. Sweet upfront. Wood, raisins and a nice (really nice) hoppy and bitter end M: Heavy body and medium to low carbonation. Really molasses. Alcohol can be felt and the bitter end is a must D: Good. Well done "Scotchy" beer... [ BA Review @ 11/21/2010 ]

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (982) - SPAIN - SEP 25, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color ambar oscuro. Sabor a malta, caramelo, ligeramente a frutos secos, alcohol.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
Stereotypical Christmas Scotch the Belgian way, but I hasten to add this is a very commercial, filtered example which hardly stands the comparison with the many Belgian Christmas ales that are still inspired by the Scotch style but refuse to advert themselves that way. Reminiscent of the regular Gordon Scotch but sweeter, lots of cookie dough in the nose, spicier too, with more roasted bitterness in the finish. Better, but still too boring to be a really good Christmas ale, though it does seem to benefit a bit from ageing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1248) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
Een lekker kerstbier zoals een kerstbier hoort te zijn. Perfect voor in de winter te drinken

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (438) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2014
Donkerbruin bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is zoet en kruidig, caramel, chokolade, noten. Blijft lang hangen. Uitstekend bier, smaakt ook in de zomer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2455) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle at Kulminator. Vintages 2013, 2008 and 2001- Clear deep brown copper liquid with a medium off-white head. Aroma of brad, cloves, banana, raw sugar, dried fruit and pumpernickel. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of bread, clove, banana and raw sugar. Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. OK. Gets more elegant and balanced with age.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1514) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1880) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
330ml bottle @ the Fourth Shrewsbury Bottle Share April 2014, courtesy of blackhaddock. Poured into an authentic Gordonís thistle glass and passed around the group. Very strong, dark and sweet, the general consensus was that it had a lot of Christmas Pudding flavours swirling about. Canít say Iíd ever go for this again but it was a nice contrast with the bitters and lagers thus far.


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