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

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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle. Nice dark amber and I must confess to being a bit swayed toward a 5 in appearance by the handsome glass it was served in. The aroma seems at 1st like it should be stronger but upon closer inspection it has some nice complexities along the lines of pine, maple, and brandy. Lightly spicy gingerbread flavor, pretty nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bruale (7) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Bottle dated 1973. The story of this beer is more interesting than the how it tasted. I gave this beer ratings near what others thought given the advanced age of the bottle. An actual rating would be an anomaly. The story starts with a couple who owned a bar in Algoma, WI for decades. They have both since passed on. He emigrated from Belgium, regularly vacationed there and likewise his relation would visit Algoma. My in-laws were good friends of the couple and would invite them and the visiting Belgians for a local tradition – a trout boil. Undoubtedly, beer flowed and a good time was had by all, although my in-laws aren’t beer drinkers. We would go to the couples’ bar every Christmas Eve for Tom & Jerry’s and appetizers. Sometime over the years, whether during a trout boil, Christmas Eve visit or whenever, this bottle was given to my in-laws. They recently discovered it and 30+ years later was finally opened. The label states “brewed by Scottish Brewers LTD, Edinburgh – Scotland. Imported and bottled by John Martin LTD. Everaertsstr.105 Antwerp. It poured dark brown with no head or carbonation, sour tasting wine flavor, definitely past it’s prime. It had a ring of residue at the surface inside the bottle, not a good sign, and ended up down the drain.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SudsMcDuff (5916) - .....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 (13755) - 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.

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   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 (3340) - 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 (3058) - 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.


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