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

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RATINGS: 467   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GLeboutte (5) - BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2015 does not count
Trs bonne bire sucre, riche en alcool, bien placer comme toutes les bonnes choses. Couleur brun rouge fonc, un got riche et suffisamment complexe pour y revenir sans se lasser. Pourquoi "de Nol"? Je minterroge. Mais cest sr que dans la chaleur, a passerait moins bien, ou demi-bouteilles, ce qui nes pas bon pour le commerce... ////// bouder je boude Very good sweet beer, rich in alcohol, to be drunk at the right time and place like all good things. Dark red-brown color, rich taste and complex enough to return without tiring. Why "Christmas"? I wonder. But it is sure that in the heat, it would pass less, or only in half bottles, which are not good for business ...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leghorn99 (211) - Livorno, ITALY - DEC 18, 2015
Nel bicchiere di un bel color mogano brillante, con riflessi ramati; la schiuma eccellente, compatta, cremosa e di buona persistenza. Il naso dolce, maltato, con spezie, frutta scura, fichi, caramello. Il sapore dolce ed inizia con sapori maltati, frutta scura, uva passa; la bevuta prosegue con una carbonazione medio-leggera ed un corpo medio. Il palato ricco di spezie, frutta scura, chiodi di garofano e cannella; finale debolmente metallico e terroso.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ogivlado (7109) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 15, 2015
Bottled 330ml. -at Pivkan beer fest. Slightly cloudy red/brown coloured, small off-white head, whiff of alcohol in the nose. Sweet malty, dried fruits, brown sugar and some spices with noticable alcohol in the finish. Pretty boring beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
josanguapo (989) - SPAIN - DEC 14, 2015
From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 3x01. Its surprising that the brewers of the infamous "finest" series have been able to brew this. Yummy. Just a bit more body for it to be perfect

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marko (4793) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle at Magic Beer Room, zagreb. Dark bronze color with an off white head, clear generally. Soft aroma, dates, raisin, distinct alcohol. Taste.... somewhat light raisins, sticky maltiness, deceptively light but with an unappealing finish, like burnt sugar - not not caramelized, just burnt. Ugh. Slightly sugary. So overall.. unappealing Im afraid.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nybol (1364) - DENMARK - DEC 11, 2015
Let krydret. Ellers ikke meget smag af den store alkoholstyrke. God dyb smag af malten.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bornyensis (321) - BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2015
Een zeer lekker bier, een goede smaak en schuimkraag, wel traag te drinken.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McSherman (490) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2015
Dunkelbraun, rtlich.erinnet an Cola. Mit etwas beigem Schaum. Aromen von Rstmalz, gebranntem Zucker, Nssen, Brot und Gewrzen, leicht holzig. Dabei leicht s und moderat bitter. Sehr angenehmes Weihnachtsbier. Empfehlung!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markextrae (3538) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2015
sample from draft. poured a amber to dark red colour with a tanned head. nose of sweet caramel, raisins, dark red fruits. butterscotch, taste is very sweet, cloves, earthy tones. ok

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (2578) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle bier huis ossett. Red brown ok head. Aroma caramel mollases malts taste same some fruit nice sweetness light bitter finish great balance. Nice oily mouthfeel subtle carbonation. Very good.


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