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

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RATINGS: 429   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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JefVerstraete (1893) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2014
Dark brown colour, some beige foam. Medium carbonation. Very sweet aroma of caramel and candy sugar. Artificial bitter aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Poured a bright ruby with a thin, dense off-white head. Spicy aroma with tempered notes of toffee and molasses sweetness. Initial flavours of grassy hop, orange peal and cloves. More spiciness on the finish with nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and some grain. Lots of festive flavours all in harmony.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Yingwait (64) - Taipei, TAIWAN - JAN 14, 2014
豐厚白色泡沫&# Ale,但其實風格

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
StoutHead (804) - DENMARK - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep red color with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel and fruits. Taste is a complex mix of fruits, fruits, fruits, spices, nuts, malt, caramel and only God knows what else. Quite sweet - a bit like wine, but with a dry and bitter aftertaste. I know it’s a Christmas beer, but it sorta stands out from most other similar beers I’ve had. This is...not for me - too fruity and spicy.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrianWillum (217) - København S., DENMARK - JAN 13, 2014
Gammel Note: Serveret på flaske. Duft: 8 ud af 10. Udseende: 7 ud af 10. Smag: 5 ud af 10. Lidt for sød.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (555) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Nose is dust, chestnut, sugar, a little burnt caramel, hazelnut. Taste is toffee, caramel, sugar, peppermint clove spices butter / chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is slick It’s a surprisingly well spiced beer, the flaw is the underlying beer is a little bland and overly dry relative to the spices. As others have noted the label is beautiful.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby reddish brown with a resilient beige head. Aroma is red candies, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Flavor is mint, brown chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, red berries (especially cherries and raspberries). Finish is red berries and christmas canes. Medium body, very velvety mouthfeel, strong carbonation, to the point of making it rather prickly. Solid Christmas ale.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
javiercrasher (216) - Granada, SPAIN - JAN 4, 2014
De color marrón con destellos rojizos y suave espuma amarillenta que tiende a desaparecer. Aroma muy suave a malta y algo de café, fondo un poco metálico. Oleosa, con buen cuerpo y carbonatación media. En boca dulce, el alcohol se nota, pero está bien integrado, dejándose notar en la garganta con agradable calor. Mucho más cercana a una cerveza belga que a una English Strong Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiereLuc (1042) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
Bière brunâtre aux reflets rubis avec un col de mousse moyen et une effervescence modérée. Le nez évoque les fruits mûrs avec un peu de caramel sur les flancs. En bouche, c’est riche, relativement corpulent, sucré et un peu piquant (sans être épicé). Un réel plaisir à boire.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rugamu (111) - SPAIN - JAN 3, 2014
Rica cerveza con olores metalicos pero que luego no llega a notarse en el sabor. El sabor es eminentemente a cafe, muy profundo y duradero. Una cerveza que como no te guste el sabor a café puede no gustarte, aunque yo sin duda repetiría.


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