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


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RATINGS: 431   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheFoamhead (163) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
Gordon claim to be the original and first christmas beer. Thats bullshit…. But not the beer! It has a sweetish and strong overall taste, accompanied by hints of sandlewood, licorice and coffee. If one takes the lead, it’s the sweet taste of brown sugar. The alcohol is very present, giving a light sparkle in the nose and throat. The finish is bitter sweet and lasts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sten (706) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2014
Dark beer with a off white head. Heavy malty aroma. Sweet and malty flavour with an oily texture (Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (6346) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2014
From bottle at Cardinal, DSJT 2014. Pours clear brown, big creamy off-white head. Aroma is strong thick malty. Taste is moderate sweet malty, fruits and raisins, thick oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
abemorsten (3146) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle at Cardinal during DSJT 2014. Clear deep caramel colored body. Light brown film. Caramel sauce on the nose. Heavy sweet with wet cardboard notes prominent. Full bodied. Syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Valgreen (746) - DENMARK - NOV 6, 2014
Tap @ Fermentoren Aarhus. Clear dark amber, medium white head, some lacing. Malty, nutty, caramel, dark fruits. Sweet finish. Medium carbonation and bitterness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ulysse (294) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2014
Light aroma for a strong beer. Sweet metallic taste. Blood reddish brown colour. Heavy mouthful aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hednom (92) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle at home, Brown with beige foam. Full bodied. Rather bitter and long aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (1064) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 330ml bottle poured in a chalice. A: Pours a beautiful dark amber almost brown clear color. Big beige and fluffy head which dissipates quickly (but not completely) leaving many lacings around S: Smell is really barley malts. Sweet. Like a biscuit. It’s a bit fruity too, it reminds raisins. Notes of wood and, no surprise, Scotch T: Really remarkable by strong taste of roasted barley malts. Sweet upfront. Wood, raisins and a nice (really nice) hoppy and bitter end M: Heavy body and medium to low carbonation. Really molasses. Alcohol can be felt and the bitter end is a must D: Good. Well done "Scotchy" beer... [ BA Review @ 11/21/2010 ]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (1270) - SPAIN - SEP 25, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color ambar oscuro. Sabor a malta, caramelo, ligeramente a frutos secos, alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alengrin (3127) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
Stereotypical Christmas Scotch the Belgian way, but I hasten to add this is a very commercial, filtered example which hardly stands the comparison with the many Belgian Christmas ales that are still inspired by the Scotch style but refuse to advert themselves that way. Reminiscent of the regular Gordon Scotch but sweeter, lots of cookie dough in the nose, spicier too, with more roasted bitterness in the finish. Better, but still too boring to be a really good Christmas ale, though it does seem to benefit a bit from ageing.

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