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

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RATINGS: 395   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3057) - 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 (2275) - 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 (10624) - 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 (6784) - 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 (3604) - 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 (11971) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5294) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2006
Draft. Ruby brown with a tall foamy tan head. Nose is malty, fruity, and sweet with raisin and fig notes and light spice. Taste is spicy with oatmeal cookies, light figs, raisins, cocoa, sweet, creamy malt, and touches of chocolate pudding. Body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with more spicy notes, fruits, cocoa, sweet malts and a bit bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7942) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2006
Bottle from Swedish "Systembolaget" in July (yes, July) of 2005.
A very nice dark brown Christmas ale, felt a bit strange in the middle of summer, but could still feel that it would suit well at winter. A bit alcoholic in the scent and taste, but the spices balance it fairly well. Warming.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 11, 2006
Dark brown coloured with a small off white head. Very malty aroma, caramel, spicy some dark fruits, raisins. Full body, creamy, Finish is little bitter with some sweet-caramel notes, and some light alcoholic touches. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stouby (3769) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2006
Bottle, at home. Dark brown with a large light brown head, mostly diminishing, excellent lacings. Aroma moderate to heavy malty (coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit) and moderate hoppy. Flavor moderate to heavy sweet, moderate bitter. Medium to full body, creamy, soft carbonated. The alcohol is moderate to heavy.


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