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

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RATINGS: 392   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Very nice christmassy nose of cinnamon and spice. Looks great in the glass - dark honey treacle with a lasting creamy head. Taste of christmas pudding with brandy sauce and other good stuff. The alcohol makes itself known just a touch on the finish in a good way. Very nice indeed.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Dark mahogany red. Nose rich and darkly sweet, bit peaty and maple syrup-esque, a bit like an oversweetened scotch ale. Nice flavor, rich and sweet, spiced toffee and butterscotch. Plummy sweet. Lots of caramel and chocolate. Rather good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2105) - Brescia, ITALY - JAN 20, 2005
Dense and enough persistent foam. Red-broen color. Strong and malty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Well aged bottle. Toasted brown. Appealing aroma of aged malt, showing malt diversity and giving hints of buttery, caramel-like, toasted and burnt malt along with a touch of honey, chocolate and apples. Big, dry and chewy malt flavor (toasted bread with grape jelly) with notes of caramel, chocolate and fruit. Thanks Dr. Bill.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12541) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2004
Bottled, alc. 8,8 % (BB 05/2005)
Ruby brown color, nice brownish head. and lots of lace. Fruity aroma with raisins and plums, even a bit roasted. Starts with attacking hops then full to medium body gives plum sweetness. Then finishes with alcoholic kick. Aftertaste is warming and slightly bittersweet. Interesting and complex but a bit unbalanced.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haf (528) - Gijon, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 Cerveza fuerte que no suele gustar pero q a mi si me gusta. Cuidado con tomar varias q con tres puedes coger una buena tarrasca

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsniclas (5588) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2004
Draught at The Rover, Gotehburg, Sweden. Red ruby. Aroma from chocolate and some toffee. Warm and fullbodied. A lot of chocolate. Mmmmm.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2004
Bottle. Red ruby colour. Slight brown malt aroma. Sweet caramel, burnt sugar, an alchoholic bitterness in the aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2004
Bottle. Dark red-brown, medium sized head, fine lace. Malty, notes of cinammon, slightly rusty, bitter finish. Medium bodied. Drinkable, not outstanding.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Poured a dark amber with a very thick beige head. Very malty, sweet aroma. Light smokiness. Flavor is mostly malt. Nice.


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