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


on tap

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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8794) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2008
2008-03-08. Crisp brown body with a nice beige head. (4+) Aroma of sweet malt below toasty dusty malt, mocha notes leaning towards coffee grounds at times, burnt sugars. Sweet flavour has a number of familiar flavours that have trouble picking out as individuals. Malt, sugars, something close to but not exactly chocolate covered coffee beans. Light toasty malt. (7+) Average to medium palate. (3+) Pretty good, though a bit of a puzzler.
Bottle from Delhaize, last minute sampling session at my hostel, Brussels

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brix (647) - DENMARK - MAR 16, 2008
Tasted 2008-03-16. Pours semi clear, brown with beige head. Aroma: very sweet raisins - nuttin’ else! Flavours: A mix of raisins, coffee, cocoa, spices and medicine. Kinda weird! Not very well balanced! Drinkable though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9287) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Bottle. Sweet plum, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel aroma - very nice. Dark reddish brown with small head. Sweet plum and spice flavor up front with a strong alcohol finish - finishes a bit rough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle 0,33l. Dark brown/mahogany colored. A huge creamy head. Lot of filigrees. Aroma of spice and fruit. Rounded impression but spicy all the way. Some sweetness. A good Christmas beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JAN 21, 2008
Brown color, dense head. Aroma: Vinous, chocolate, rosted malt, caramel, dark fruits, alcohol. Complex. Palate: Dark fruits, caramel, rosted, brown sugar, alcohol, bitter finish. Complex. Very good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8860) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2008
(33cl bottle, 8.8% abv) Clear, mahogany colour with a medium-sized, light-beige foamy head with lace. Slightly dusty and sweet toast-malty nose with notes of prunes, accompanied by a metallic and slightly acidic tang. Sweet flavour, full bodied, soft on carbon. Toasty malty, slightly fruity taste with light notes of caramel; sweet and malt-accented, moderately toasted and slightly fruity finish with spicy accents and a quite low level of hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is well-embedded. Just okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5173) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Nice dark brown coloured body with a dense off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and definitely some nuts. Medium-bodied; Spicey malt up front fades to nuts, alcohol later on. Aftertaste shows complexity - a nice deep spice plus some very potent pit fruit flavours. Overall, a good beer - nothing tremendous, but finding this in a little market in Bruxelles speaks volumes. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from a small little market off Ave. Louise in Bruxelles, Belgium on 01-January-2008.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (7100) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2008
75 cl all red bottle. Dark brown color with a long lasting white head. Aroma og nuts and caramel and flavor is sweet fruit, dark caramel, chocolate and nuts. Feels very good in the mouth. A very nice beer indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Pours dark brown with an off white head. The aroma has hints of berries and spices.The flavor has a nice sweetness complimented by a good bitter aftertaste. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle. Vintage 2005. Pours a clear deep mahogny colour with a nice creamy off-white head leaving a good lacing. Sweet caramel dark fruity aroma with molasses and alcohol. Good mouthfeel. Sweet roasty caramel flavour with yeast, lots of dark fruits, prunes, malt and some liquorice. Sweet well lasting dark fruity finish.

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