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

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RATINGS: 389   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (633) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2013
DAA; Pours clear cobber with a creamy tan, lasting head. Aroma is yeasty, malty, sour, dark fruity and chocolate. Taste adds alcholic and sweets.Medium body, creamy texture. Sweet, spice, lasting Cristmas.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Shaney (2428) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2013
Rotbraun mit feiner Crema. Ein schäbiges Butteraroma liegt in der Luft, klares Fehlaroma der Marke Butterscotch, igitt! Im Geschmack ist dieses fiese Butteraroma durch die Würze nach dunklem Malz relativ gut.verdrängt. Etwas brotig und nach Karamell. Der leicht spritige Bitterhopfenabgang kann das Gesamtbild kaum noch ausbügeln. Reinfall!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (2612) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle (330 ml). Clear brown with a small off-white head and little to no lacing. Aroma is of spices, rum, toffee and alcohol. Taste is about the same with the toffee being more present. Warming spices/alcohol finish. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Sticky spices. I don’t like the rum character in that one, it makes it really hard to drink and not well balanced. It’s quite a unique profile in a Christmas beer though.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (2327) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2013
Das Bier riecht sehr schokoladig-dunkel. Der Antrunk ist vollmundig-alkoholisch, sehr süffig-cremig. Im Hauptteil breiten sich schöne Röstmalz- und Karamelaromen aus, die Süße dazu passt schön ins Gesamtbild. Der Nachgeschmack ist sehr alkoholisch geprägt, schwer, fast schon dickflüssig. Die alkoholische Süße tritt hier noch einmal zusammen mit der Karamelnote auf, eine Herbe ist bis hier kaum auszumachen. Auf der Zunge bleibt eine süßliche Karamelnote, in der an dieser Stelle die Herbe ganz leicht und angenehm zu Tage tritt.
Ein schönes Winterbier, was man schluck für Schluck genießen kann - zum "Runterkippen" ist es wegen seiner Malzigkeit eher weniger geeignet.
Test vom 17.3.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,13,10,13,12,12 - 12,00

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (5609) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2013
Draught @ Cockney Pub, Århus. Pours dark golden with a creamy offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, spices, oranges. Flavor is malt, caramel, candy sugar, little chocolate, nuts, fruity, little booze. Medium body, average carbonation, light warming alcoholic finish. 211213

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (1326) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2013
Pours a brown beer with a not very long lasting head. Smells cinnamon, malts. Tastes licorice, caramel and malts. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hansvf (137) - - DEC 21, 2013
Ruikt naar oliebollen. Bruin, heeeel dun schuim . smaakt kerstig, niet echt lekker maar ook niet vies.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
angel77 (767) - oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2013
Botella de 20, 33 y 75 cl. Tomada en varias ocasiones en 2012 la última en diciembre de 2013 en botella de 18 cl. Una belga más de navidad. Sabor dulce al principio y en final con muy poco amargor. Muy poco sabor especiado. Normal, nada fuera de lo común en el mundo belga navideño.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OwainTurner (294) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle from Belgium. Very nice indeed. Bell balanced and very tasty. A real festive treat

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (1063) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
Tap at House of Trembling Madness, York. Clear, deep reddy amber. Big head. Sweet, dark caramel. Sweet, dried vine fruits. Toffee. Some spicy dryness at the end.


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