Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.

zaf's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (291) - - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (2520) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle bier huis ossett. Red brown ok head. Aroma caramel mollases malts taste same some fruit nice sweetness light bitter finish great balance. Nice oily mouthfeel subtle carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tricksta_p (2406) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle at home. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, raisins, nuts, some candy sugar, hint of sweet dried fruits, hint of chocolate. Flavour is sweet with a light to moderate bittersweet finish. Only slightly boozy. Body is medium. Nice ’dessert beer’.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
HuldgaardRJ (170) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2015
(6) Slightly above average. This beer is sold in Sønderborg, two locations - one for 20 DKK and the other place for 35 DKK - keep your head straight - it is worth 20 DKK tops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bjarne2 (2) - - OCT 31, 2015 does not count
Dejlig juleøl, smager virkeligt godt, en god sødme. Spiritus smager ikke igennem.......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3555) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 26, 2015
Gordon Xmas 8.8% Picked up at a Carrefour Supermarket during my trip to Belgium and served in my new thistle glass I picked up at the Jeu de Balle flea market. This was less than 2€. It pours a deep ruby brown with a dense thick beige head. The nose is intensely malty with cinnamon , figs and a huge breadiness - liquid lunch yes sirree. The taste is bready, malty sweet toffee, cinnamon biscuits and candied plums in a med-thin body. Overall a nice Christmas beer for the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (497) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2015
Dark and clear ruby red with small ivory head, nice lacing. Muscat wine aroma, with raisins, dates, caramel, glacé cherries. The taste, as expected, is quite sweet - all the elements alluded to in the aroma are also reflected in the flavour. Just enough bitterness to stop it becoming excessively cloying. Full bodied, oily and hides the ABV well. This one remind me of an english barleywine with some xmas style additions. Nice winter sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (1670) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2015
330mL bottle from International Beer Collector - BB 13.08.15 Deep bronze body, some clarity, holds a dense beige head and lace. Aroma is seriously intense, very fortified-wine like indeed! Raisins, sultanas, rich caramel, burnt toffee, nougat, toasted nuts, brown sugar, dates, Christmas pudding - pretty much all things that are rich, dark and sweet! Sticky, chewy, low carbonation, long on the finish, slight warmth. Once again, port comes to mind - lovely sweet nutty, sultanas, dried fruits, lots of caramel and sticky toffee and sticky date pudding. Bitterness subdued, very sweet overall. Really nice flavour, certainly an after-dinner sort of beer - couldn’t drink a lot of it but damn tasty.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TorbenJensen (1394) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
Lovely compact creamy foam. The aroma is most marked by dark malt with a little sprinkling of nuts and licorice. The taste is something sweety in the beginning, but also a little taste of fig and dried fruit. Ells body and richness is difficult to define because of the aforementioned sweetness that unfortunately pursues taste long, and also kills the flavor impression as the aroma revealed. My best bet for a little body of this ale is something with overcooked vegetables. A somewhat confused and messy ale, which certainly is not tainted by Christmas, besides of course the overly pronounced sweetness. Belgian beer is therefore not always equal good quality (as many believe). Unfortunately, there are examples which are either neutral or abandoned and taste as it moves into a more extreme effect where it becomes too monotonous in its entirety. Towards the end we meet a little roasted malt aftertaste together with a subtle hoppy bitterness evoke the memory of the good Belgian brew a little back to life. The alcohol is 8.8%, so I think it will win new terms of taste terrain if it is stored under favorable conditions for 2-3 years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (319) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 20, 2015
F: nice brownish head and lots of lacing. C: dark ruby brown. A: malt roasted raisins and plums, brown sugar. T: medium to full body, plums and dark cherries, chocolate sweetness, aftertaste is alcohol warming and slightly bittersweet, very nice Christmas English strong ale beer and now in summer u can buy it just for 62c in some market here in Brussels. 

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
luklaer (187) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2015
It was very nice to taste all this Christmas beers, but I didn’t like this one as much as the others...

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