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

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RATINGS: 392   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SudsMcDuff (5804) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
left this outside to get cold...i love holland...dark brown...good mellow pooling..superior lacing...sweet delicous taste..raisens, syrup,brandy, all the good stuff at Xmas...great smell, great taste..alcohol is masked to the max...a great beer that stands out.....when its minus 2 outside this warms you up!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13353) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Re-rate: Draught (2003) at DTE - DØE-evening. Dark red/brown - white head. Licorice, chokolate, redberries, fruits, light alcoholic, cherries, wine like after storing a couple of years... Old rating: (7/4/5/3/14) Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Dark red/brown - white head. Aroma: Dark fruits, dried fruits, ryebread. Taste: Dark/dried fruits, chokolate, bitterness, sharp feeling, light alcoholic. Dry and weak finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2006
Flaske delt med Theis. Rød-brun farve med et råhvidt skum. Duft: Tørrede frugter, ristet rugbrød, noget choko og alkohol. Smag: Mørke bær, tørrede frugtet, er lidt gløgg-agtig og nærmest "varm". Det er måske alkoholen som igen er noget markant. Vinder ved nærmere bekendtskab

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 l’Alleud, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2006
0,33l bottle at home. Nice deep ruby color with beige lasting head. Malt aroma. I don’t know why but it was quite bitter in taste. Bitterness was so overwhelming that I didn’t 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 (3334) - 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 Anchor’s 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 (3052) - 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 (2235) - 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 (10474) - 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.


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