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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5595) - 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 (3614) - 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 (23865) - 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 (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2005
A striking looking brew after the pour, itís 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. Itís 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1468) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 6 Jun 2005 (Xmas 2003 - VAT at Kulminator). I thought it was a bit strange that the first beer I have at Kulminator is Scottish. A choice of 8 or so VAT beers at Kulminator - the VAT seems to make the beer somoother. A good night and a back courtyard awaits. I think this place is better on a quiet weekday afternoon, away from the smoke. TASTING - Very sweet and slightly sour aroma (smoke effected tasting). Clear brown-red colour, with rock solid light brown head and good sheet lacing. Easy to drink sweet malt and some roasted choc flavours. Smooth and light bitterness, with lingering spiritous malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2005
Red-brown with delicate beige head. malty aroam with notes of chocolate and apple. A bit acidic. Coffee flavor with notes of licorice, alcohol, bitter chocolate and fruits. Sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Black as tar, brownish head. Extremely full-bodied and potent. Notes of roasted malt, brown sugar and licorice. But not as dry and ashy, as some Scotch Ales. A very chewy and delicious brew. 020998 and 180103

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1579) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
Sweet malt aroma. Dark brown clear colour with good head and lacing. Thick malt flavour that lingers. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2023) - 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 Iím drinking it in June.

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