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


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RATINGS: 390   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaartenRF10 (1566) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2012
Clear brown, good off-white head. Strong toffee aroma. Very surprising and interesting taste. Some sort of coffee chocolate praliné with toffee. Medium dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Temptation (220) - - NOV 19, 2012
Dark cherry colour, transparente but dense. Aromas to yeast (bread) and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel to toffee, very creamy and bodied, but not heavy. Very easy to drink and tasty. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RexTalionis (2370) - FINLAND - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle 33 cl. Pours brown in colour with a fluffy whitish head. A bit of licorice and dark chocolate in aroma with some sweet tones as toffee. Flavour of dark fruits, yeast and sweet malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10023) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2012
Bottled, 330ml, aged 4.5 yrs from Bellingers Garage, Grove, Oxon. Dark brown with off white head. Rich, fruity beer, christmas pudding, raisins on a dark malty body. Good settling down beer, some alcohol but not overly so. Smooth and soothing. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OllieBBommel (1055) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle@home, 75cl. Head: cream colored.Color: ruby brown. Aroma: laurel, honey. Taste: mild, some bitter, sweet. Palate: some bitter, mild. Overall: very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevnic2008 (7680) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2012
A brown colored beer, with a small beige head. The aroma of roasted malts with coffee. The taste of bitter coffee with some fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (3602) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2012
Possibly 2010 Vintage // at the very list // this has been on the draft list for a very long at the Kulminator and for all I know it might be the same keg they have been pouring all of this time // 33 cl. draft into one of those Gordon thistle glasses // amber, dark caramel, touch ruby, completely clear, doesn’t look like that when the glass is completely full but it is very clear, solid one finger, creamy, milky head on top // smells of quite a bit of varnish, vintage malts, Gordon “alternative” malts, dark caramel, heavy winter spices blended with liquorish // taste is varnish, anis, sherry & dash furniture, Gordon “alternative” malts, dash vintage, winter cake, liquorish & winter spices, dash fruitiness // body is dry, synthetically slick, non thick, whatever those malts are dominate this // not a bad, interesting beer from Gordon, containing elements of their king of hobo wines beers but actually working into something halfway good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lelisboa (62) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2012
Dark brown with reddish edges. It taste mainly caramel, toffee and few hints of roasted malt. Its taste equals its aroma, probably a bit reduced. Good balanced. Hops in evidence but not agressive. I recommend it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 3, 2012
Aroma: fruity, almost like strawberry and/or cherry jam, spicy (probably contains cinnamon). Also a hint of caramel. Mouthfeel: big and foamy. Taste: Strong, sour and sweet. I could notice a nutty tone, like hazelnuts and such. Turns to bitter as it goes down. Finish: Ends with a firm bitter note. Overall: not a refreshing beer. It’s a warming, very flavoursome drink though. Very satisfying.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiwianer (3319) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 28, 2012
schmeckt herb-bitter-alkoholisch dazu zuckrig-bitter. Danach wird es aber besser: immernoch alkoholisch aber nicht mehr so schlimm dazu süß hopfig. Das Brauwasser hinterlässt einen ganz bisschen schleimigen Eindruck. Nachgeschmack hopfig, alkoholisch, malzig. Fazit: Ein Bier mit höhen und tiefen, hat man das schlimme überwunden ist es aber recht ordentlich! Test vom 18.3.2009, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,9,8,9,12,10 - 9,70

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