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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.


2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
aenima (234) - 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 (3370) - 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 (7189) - 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 (1132) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanEric (978) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2013
Reddish brown, minimal white head, flat. Aroma is sweet, full boedied, some bitterness, nuts. Alcohol shows a bit up. Reasonable finish, medium body, nice with a bit sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PRJOSEA (6) - SPAIN - JAN 27, 2013 does not count
Bottle 33cl. Dark burgundy brown with big lasting off white head. Rich aroma of fruit cake caramel. Rich taste of almond, toffee, hint of licorice Alcohol present but not detrimental. Soft carbonation and rich thick mouthfeel. Awesome beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
karlsnes (47) - NORWAY - JAN 24, 2013
24.01.13 Ølkonsortiets julekalender. Uts: dyp bronsefarget, klar, rikelig beige skum, moderat kullsyre. Duft: fyldig og fokusert på malt, noe humle. Smak: fyldig, godt balansert mellom malt og humle. Varig ettersmak.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goozen (2873) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle 0,75ltr: Clear brown/ruby coloured brew with an sticky sweet taste and hints of caramel, toffee and some kind of butter.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (13144) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle from Terre de Boissons Calais. Deep clear deep ruby and brown beer with thin white head. Some strong malty aroma. Some newspaper. In mouth some toastyness. Bit of fruit. It’s ok. Easy drinking. Just got a bit of paper to it. Nah.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrMaerzen (28) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2013
Little bit of aroma only, bit of perfume/soapy. Middle of the road taste, balanced but also clearly strong in alcohol. Bitterish aftertaste, tangy.


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