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 14/20
larsga (6765) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2007
Medium light beige head; dark brown body with carbonation. Sweet aroma of licorice and burnt malts with sugary notes. Very harmonic. Fruity. Deep sweet harmonic taste of burnt licorice and syrup with light grain and fruit notes and a touch of spice. Light a light, sweet spicy stout. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Bitter spicy wood aftertaste. Some alcohol heat. Very nice, if not typically Belgian; more like a Belgian/Scottish mix. (0.33l bottle.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 A two year old aged one on tap at Kulimantor in Sept. Big notes of toffee and malt, very enjoyable. Page 190 of Michael Jackson’s only 381 out of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2007
Dark Brown with a chunky, lasting off-white head. Liquorice in the aroma, developing notes of sweet fruit and alcohol. Taste is rich and warming: plenty of alcohol, cognac, Christmas pudding, plums, muscatels, treacle toffee, candied orange peel, English custard, coffee, tiramisu, Seville orange bitterness. My Ratebeer #1000, and a very wonderful Christmas Ale worthy of a Dickens novel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jacobwennbom (356) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2007
Dark brown with medium head. Sweet with lots of bitterness in the finnish. Caramell, toffee, chocolate in the flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle. (Alc. 8.8%) Cloudy light brown (copper) color with a large good lacing ligth brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, mild coffe, milk chocolate, ( a bit like a very sweet irishcoofe with almost no whisky). Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, light alcoholic. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (19478) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear dark reddish/brown colour with a longlasting off-white head. Vinous aroma with some hints of caramel. Sweet malty caramel, toffee/chocolate flavor. Sweet warming finish with some spicy bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue)> There are some pleasant christmassy flavours here rich malts, toffee liquorice and a little spice with hints of roast. Unfortunately all of this is quite well hidden behind the sweetness and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2006
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Lowlander. Great looks, just about black with a head that vanishes just a little too swiftly. Lovely delicate yet complex beer. Almost tarty but with everything Xmas like that you would want. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (35937) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2006
33 cL bottle. Pours almost black with white short lasting head. Smell of dark roasted notes. Taste is dominated by roasted malts, elements of chocolate/coffee and liquorice. Has sweet notes and bitterness beneath the roasted taste. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (3909) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Bottle at home. Nice tangy ale. Dark amber color. Strong taste of bread. Sweet and bitter flavor. Quite bitter in the finish. Enjoyable.

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