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

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RATINGS: 395   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (1878) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2005
Dark brown, slim head. Malty aroma with dark fruit, chocolate and spices. Taste is very nice; malty, dark fruit, raisins, chocolate. Full bodied and warming. Great Xmas Ale, no matter I’m drinking it in June.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2005
A class performer--a holiday favorite. More Belgian than British in flavor than Gordon’s yearlong brew--but still the tell-tale hoppiness balanced with solid malt and a bit of holiday spice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
very big tight head with a nose of dark fruit and bready malt. clean vanilla and creme palate for a nice evening by the fire.

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 (2110) - 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 (12821) - 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 (5648) - 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.


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