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

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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - 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 (7687) - MŲlndal, 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 (2941) - 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 (3700) - Holbśk, 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
1. Bottle at the Metropolitan Centre, Bury 24/11/2001 Mid brown coloured and strong in alcohol with a honey sweet flavour. Smooth on the palate. 2. On Tap at the Borough Arms, Crewe 17/04/2005 Mid brown coloured and strong in alcohol. Spicy and fruity cherry aromas. Warming slightly dry malt finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
auderale (605) - Minot, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle, 33cl. Clear red/brown pour. Caramely, cofee flavor. I didnít enjoy this very much.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2006
[bottle from beers of europe] aroma is of dundee cake, port, raisin, spicey. full body, finish is sweet and dry.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2006
Bottle. Clear dark brown, with small off-white head. Distinct, smooth mocha aroma of fresh, dark roasted coffee and chocolate, with something like slightly sourish port in the background. Sweet malts and dark fruit dominate flavor, with a slightly hoppy alcoholic finish. Smooth. Very light carbonation. Yummy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabjork (667) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 3, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown with a minor white head. Aroma of mocha. Tha flavour is sweet with a scent of roasted coffee.


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