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

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RATINGS: 415   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElManana (518) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazelnut brown. Flat head. Nose is siruppy, bit of malt, slightly acidic, medicinal. Taste is rather pale, some alcohol, again some sirup and as good as no aftertaste that stays to linger. Quite flat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (781) - Krakow, POLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle Aroma-caramel, Appearance-dark amber, clear, white foam, Taste-medium bitterness, light sweetness, lightly sour, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish Overall-very good

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sureshpa (295) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2013
Aroma: Black cherry, forrestfruits, little booze Appearance: Brown, clear, red glow, off white head, full lace Taste: Chestnutroast, red & dark forrest fruits, dark cherry, light dry finish, little booze

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9960) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle at home, between Xmas day chores, acquired from the cellar at Kulminator - 2001 vintage, 25/12/13. Opaque dark mahogony brown with a moderate light beige covering that dissipates and retains as a pond. Nose carries a good level of oxidisation but coming through are also notes of date, prunes, toffee, fruit loaf and brown sugars. Taste comprises rich Xmas cake, dates, brown sugar, hint of cocoa, leathery old sofa, tobacco, dates, prunes, figs, dark fruit cocophany, pinch of spice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, easy drinking with a sweet closure. Overall this has held up fairly well and I enjoyed drinking it, the initial over oxidised nose gave way to a complex fruit cake of a beer in the taste. Not bad at all for the age, be interested to rate a fresh example!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (1984) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle from Beermerchants.com. Pours ruby red, off white head. Nose is big toffee, boiled sweet, barley sugar, bit cheesy, dark fruit, burnt sugar/caramel. Taste is malty, boiled sweet, caramel, burnt sugar, roasty malt, slight ripe fruit tanginess, prune, fig, slight nuttiness and in the finish there’s a touch of yeast extract, saltiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (2395) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2013
Malty aroma. Tastes malty as well, with some chocolate and caramel sweetness and some fresh spices.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (894) - 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 (2427) - 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 (3104) - 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 (3554) - 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


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