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

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RATINGS: 403   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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hansvf (174) - - 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 (1046) - 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 (338) - 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 (1591) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
euromance (18) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2013
Nice brown, red color. Caramel, herbs, but way too sweet for my taste. I really didn’t like it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bamsen78 (3310) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with airy but stable off-white head. Clear aroma of fruit , malt, cinnamon, and caramel. Sweet, malty and caramellish flavour, with fruity notes, touches of gingerbread and cinnamon, and well discernible, warming alcohol presence. Sweet finish. OK but rather boozy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gandalf39 (54) - - DEC 7, 2013
une bonne biere de noel avec des aromes toastés et un gout caramel, simple mais efficace.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2105) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2013
On tap at ’t Brugs Beertje, Brugge, Belgium. A dark brown/red coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Sweet, caramel aroma. Tastes way too sweet, caramel, dark fruit, spice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (1005) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 1, 2013
couleur noire ambree, bonne mousse blanche. Nez tres malté et café. Gout doux malté, note de grain de café, avec corps tres leger et doux avec fin de bouche au gout d’irish coffee sans note d’alcool. super

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (1097) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2013
33cl bottle from 2012. Dark reddish brown with an off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet with bitter notes. Bread, caramel, honey, banana and coffee. Quite a nice winter ale!


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