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

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RATINGS: 468   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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
borisz (407) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2009
Nice beer for December. 33CL Bottle bought at the bierkoning. Deep brown color, nice taste :).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bkurtz (1060) - MOROCCO - JAN 5, 2009
Poured deep brown/copper with a nive full head. Typical Belgian Christmas ale with sweet malts and spices. Well-made, great tasting brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2008
0.33 l bottle. Dark amber color with big creamy head. Sweet, malty and toasty aroma with licorice and almonds. Sweet flavor with aromatic, toasty and nutty maltiness, grain whisky, licorice and molasses. I used to like this a lot, but now it is too sweet and sugary, and tastes a bit like a artificial mix of extracts and alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle, Barleycorns, Nantwich. Big heavy brown colour with a dissipating yet thick off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, sour cherry. Moderately sweet and very well balanced with great hop bitterness and a pleasingly warm finish.Think this could well be the best xmas brew Ive thus far tasted. Very enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TrefwoordPunk (964) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a hazy brown with a medium tannish white head and an aroma of caramel, breadish malts and cinnamon. The taste is sweet, lots of brown sugar, toffee, ripe plums, banana and sweet winter spices. The finish is mainly sweet, with some spices in the end. Pretty good!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, spicy yeast, and cherries. Taste is spicy yeast sweet malt, caramel, and tart cherries. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
This bottle has at least a couple of years on it. We nearly opened it last winter. Pours brown with light brown edges and thin tan head. The aroma is malty sweet with loads of molasses to go along with earthiness, yeasty spice and curdled grape puree. The taste begins with even smooth dark fruitiness moving into molasses, earthiness, candi sugar and some yeasty spice. Nicely aged and tasting very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9313) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2008
750ml bottle bought at Delhaize - FoodLions in Belgium. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and malts. Taste is caramel malty, thick mouthfeel with lingering dark fruits - cherry and prunes - and candi sugar topping the whole for a sweet and yet warming boozy finish. I grew up loving all of the John Martin beers especially their Xmas beer; one that always had a good spot in our fridge.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SkyCop32 (287) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Had this one thanks to Oldrtybastrd. This pours a wonderful dark brown with the spice coming frm the glass. This tastes are from sweet to bitter, but the right amount at the right time. Good Christmas beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Retorp. Pours a dark brown to black color with a thin white head. Aroma has an earthiness to it with notes of sweet malt, spice, yeast, caramel, toffee and some hints of prunes or raisins. Flavor is malty and sweet with caramel, honey, spice, some slight notes of alcohol toward finish. Generally medium body with a pleasing malt finish.


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