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

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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
Bottled. Amber coloured with a lasting head. Malty and sweet. Notes of dark fruits and hops. A bit too thin for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
bottle. dark amber color. roasted malty xmasy aroma and taste. very sweet. sticky mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kopestes (164) - Braine líAlleud, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2006
0,33l bottle at home. Nice deep ruby color with beige lasting head. Malt aroma. I donít know why but it was quite bitter in taste. Bitterness was so overwhelming that I didnít feel almost anything else. I will re-rate it some other time.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
GABF 2006 post-party. 11/19/1999 vintage via DenverLogan. The beer pours to a hazy dark brown body. Foamy white head. The aroma is lightly phenolic and acetonish. The flavor is spicey, similar to Anchorís OSA. Woodsy. Well balanced. Woody dry palate. Really tasty for the age.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3049) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2006
23/05/06 Clear tawny/cola like body not quite burnt caramel in the taste which gets sweeter as it goes, some cinnamon, pepper showing up for the alcohol. Malt aroma, sweet not cloying and you could have this any time not just Xmas.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2200) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
330ml bottle from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/england/ target=blank>The Beer Shop in London, England. Deep ruby in colour, lasting thin beige head, nice lacing. The aroma is of dark malts, dark fruits, cookie dough and gingerbread. The flavour is lightly bitter, gingerbread, malty, dark fruits, plums and raisins, earths, no noticable alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes with a small alcohol warmth, mild lingering bitterness. Lots of toffee and gingerbread, good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2006
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amberbrown colour. Moderate malty aroma. Nice balanced sweet/bitter flavor. Long finiosh. Oily palate.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6444) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2006
Fine christmas-brew. Dark brown, clear. Off-white head, lasting. Burnt, nutty aroma, flavor burnt and sweet. Heavy alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3545) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Dark black/brown with a froathy thick brown head. Sweet hoppy aroma. Thick sweet caramel and maple syrup like flavor.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2006
(Bottle, best before 06/12/06) Pours a clear mahogany body with a large frothy beige head and excellent cobweb lacing. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt, marzipan, and dark fruit. Flavor of toasted malt, nuts, mild hops, and some dark fruit with a somewhat chalky and bitter finish.


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