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

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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2004
Bottle. The colour is clear, dark wine red with a tint of brown. The large foam is light and beige.

The smell is dry and quite heavy. There are notes of aromatic hops, iodine, dried fruits and raisins, dark bread and brandy. In other words: Quite complex.

The carbonation is a bit sharp, but it weakens fast.

The taste is loaded with alcohol and a dry burned bitterness. I noticed flavours of some strong wine, some white bread, marzipan, and dried dates. The body passes surprisingly fast. The aftertaste is sourish with a potent bitterness and a light touch of matured cheese.

An good Christmas session ale, but there might be a little too much alcohol for my taste.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Mild sweet aroma, some spice, but also wet cardboard. Stale hops in the background. Dark brown with hint of red, clear, with thick foamy light-tan lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Alcohol carbonic burn. Starts sweet with caramel and toffee, a little chocolate, and some spice. Alcohol warming, and mild bitter finish. Sweet and caramel, brown sugar in the finish. Mild sweet after with light bitter, vapory.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2004
Chestnut color with a light brown head. The taste is very sweet and malty with light notes of plums, raisins. Finishes with a slight alcohol sharpness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2004
This beer is great!! Pours a frothy light brown head on a chestnut colored body with a fine red glow. Aroma is heavy malty and fruity with lots of spices. Notes of chocolate, raisins, prunes and a warming tone of alcohol. Excellent! Flavor is full-bodied and extremely tasty. Malt, nuts, spices, dark fruits, citrus, milk chocolate. Soft, smooth and warming and really how a christmas beer should be like imo. Outstanding!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2004
Bottle bought in Belgium. Strong and dark ale, very malty, warming alcohol. Caramel/Toffee. Very nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
Had this at plan b. cph. dk. Dark red color, sweet caramel aroma and taste, full thick body, light dry bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4619) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2004
Aroma is roasted malty, soapy and bready. Cloudy, brown coloured with a lasting off-white/brown head. Good appearance. Taste is of roasted malts, quite sweet, some toffee, bread and a little fruit. Quite sticky beer. Alcohol is reasonable hidden. Better brew than expected.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Poured with a huge (> 5 fingers), brown/tan frothy head. Long lasting with lacing. Malty smelling and tasting (roasted malts, molasses and a little fruity).

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29828) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2004
A red beer with a beutiful beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of cowberries. The flavor is lovely sweet with notes of malt and roasted bread.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2010 (Bottled, 0.75l) Very dark, clear deep reddish amber with a small, lacy and lasting head. Sweetish and caramely nose with lots of dried fruit. Flavor is dried-fruity, lightly alcoholic, caramely, slightly vegetably and cardboardy. Medium to full body, warming palate with low CO2. Somewhat dull and straightforward in the "Leffe style", but certainly one of the few gems of this brewery. 6246


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