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


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RATINGS: 389   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 27, 2005
Bottle, 33cl. Very good appearence. Dark brown with red hints. Beautiful beige head that leaves a nice lace. Aroma is roasted malt and brown sugar. Flavour is very strong, specially the alcohol notes. This one is a very robust beer but it lacks a little of complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
33 cl bottle. No yeast in bottom. Dark amber/brown colour with a laces rocky head. Aroma of sweet caramel, spice and some alcohol. Pleasant flavour of sweet malt combine with spice and a little bitter finish, ends up with a warm feeling from the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle. Dark colour. Aroma of honey, hops, dark fruits and alcohol. Sweet caramel flavour, more light bitterish finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (6773) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2005
Draught. White head. Very dark. Caramel aroma amd stramgely a hint of liqorice that you cannot taste. . Caramel/black currant flavor. A sweet though nice surprise. Take care.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2005
Bottle 33 cl. Red brown colour and a nice head. Sweet taste of christmas. An above average christmas ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2005
Nice bottle. Aroma is malty with little on the way of spice and a little sweetness. Taste is similar with soem darkish fruits kickin about and again very little in the way of spice. A bit disapointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2005
Red brownish color with a medium head. Very sweet taste of christmas spices and fruit. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2005
Bottled. Clear red brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet aroma with lots of spices and dried fruits and notes of honey. Very sweet flavour with notes of dried fruits, yeast, alcohol and spices. Dry yeasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2005
Dark brown color, hints of red too. Medium beige head. Medium alcohol in aroma, chocolate, toffee, spices, vinous tones too. Medium to full bodied. Mild chocolate and toffee, sweet, mildly vinous flavor with dry ending. Medium alcohol also in flavor. Nice lace in glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2005
A striking looking brew after the pour, it’s a reddish-brown with a tall fizzy tan head. Strangley, the head transforms into a creamy near-film in short order, but manages to lace the glass through the entirety of the drink. The aroma is a rich, sweet bready malt with dark, dried fruits and clues of the alcohol underneath. It’s thick, rich, and hot in the mouth. The flavor continues the sweet malt along with the fruits, a hint of smoke, and the alcohol making itself most obviously known. The finish is sweet and sticky, warm with alcohol, and a trace of earthy hop bitterness. This is the product of a masterful brewing effort, which is much appreciated.

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