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

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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Russo (1685) - Campinas, BRAZIL - SEP 24, 2013
A clear brown color with a off-white head. Aroma is very sweet with smoked and dark fruits notes hints of caramel and roasted malt,. Flavor is pretty much the same. Medium body and carbonation. Good one!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddyBeer1 (908) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2013
Brune rougeâtre, effervescence moyenne, mousse tombe vite. Malts caramel grillés, fruits foncés, chocolat, un rien métallique, toute petite amertume sur la fin. Un peu trop sucrée...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3782) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2013
33 cl bb 07 11 2014. Magnificent pour of clear chestnut with a lasting half inch of cream and beautiful lacing. Nose of spicy apple, orange toffee, toasted nut, and dark bread. Front tastes of spicy caramel apple, raisins, dark cherry and grilled corn on the cob. Finish has chocolate, dates, orange, dark roasted grain and a touch of dry wood. Long finish has some cured tobacco. Medium-heavy body is sweet and has a smooth carbonation with just a small warmth from the mostly hidden abv. Merry Xmas indeed.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
McTapps (4347) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2013
Deep dark brown colour with low creamy head and smooth body. Nose of big malt. Taste of roasted rich malt, nuts, torf, whiskey, strong alcohol, woods, vanilla and smoke. Not that easy to drink during summer time but imaging that it would be snowing outside didn’t make the beer any better.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MichaelAwesome (4347) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2013
A tough one. Loads of syrup, sugar, sweetness, malt and some hops. Big carbo, alc in the dominance. Definitely the right beer for a cold winter night. But I had that one in July. My fault maybe. But for that moment this beer was just in the near of being awful.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (246) - ITALY - MAY 23, 2013
aspetto molto invitante..colore rosso rubino molto intenso..schiuma non eccessiva ma quanto basta. aroma esplosivo,intenso e molto caratteristico..sicuramente alcolico,ma anche molto maltato,frutta scura,lieviti molto particolari,veramente uno spettacolo..è forte ma non mi stancherei mai di annusarlo..c’è qualcosa che non riesco ad identificare,ma non iporta..aroma da 9! gusto molto particolare..alcolico quanto basta,lascia spazio al corpo ben maltato e al retrogusto amaro sul palato.. birra speciale,non da bere in tutte le occasioni viste le caratteristiche particolarmente "invadenti" ma,come indica la categoria,ogni tanto una di queste ci vuole!

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
aenima (270) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2013
English yeast aroma. Taste is caramel and slightly roasted. A little sweet. Nice reddish colour.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvikar (3505) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 30, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Tom. Pours orange to red with a beige head, aroma of toffee, honey, caramel, wood, pretty pleasant, flavor of malt, toffee, some roast, medium bodied

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (7904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, yeast and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielyabu (1201) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - FEB 3, 2013
average frothy offwhite head. good lacing. mostly diminishing. translucent average density light brown body. aroma: moderate malty, dark chocolate, mild coffee, charcoal, soy sauce. if and ff: moderate sweet bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic light alcoholic finish. presence metalizada no aroma, alcool e café no paladar, amargor pungente balanceia maravilhosamente bem, paladar lembra destilado, com sabor amadeirado também, forte aquecimento alcoólico, 140 s


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