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

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RATINGS: 424   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (248) - - 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!


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBHansen (196) - Køge, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2015
Draught @ Hugos. Appearance: pours clear copper with very limited white head and limited lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, brown sugar, nuts, light chocolate and some herbal hints. palette: low carbonation, medium body, notable caramel sweetness, limited bitterness, medium duration and an oily texture. Overall: decent strong ale

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dnicolaescu (998) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 23, 2015
BOTTLE 33 CL. The aroma starts with loads of sticky caramel, pure sugar lollipop, cotton candy. The flavour is also mostly burned sugar, with hints of warming alcohol and spicy hops. Behind these, you can pick up some lageresque sulphury notes. As it warms up the sulphur is replaced by fruit - overripe apricot. The body is solid. The finish is spicy bitter. Quite nice.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
pricey290483 (514) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2015
bottle from beer hawk beer club not for me this one very dark in colour strong caramel in the aroma toffee on the taste quite bitter on the after taste not my style of beer so i won’t be having it again

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MatthijsE (916) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours a light brown in colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, lightly smoked and fruity. Medium carbonation and medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vidmidia (23) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - DEC 31, 2014
Espuma rala de média duração, âmbar. Límpida, escura, quase opaca. Aroma de mel e ameixas. Sabor de ameixas com toques pronunciados de café. Bem alcoólica. Retrogosto adocicado de longa duração.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Unde (437) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2014
Reddish brown colour, pretty small head on top. Aroma has berries, dried fruit, caramel and some alcohol. Taste has dried fruit, caramel, nuts, maybe chocolate, berries and ending with slight alcohol note. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (1446) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2014
Heldere roodbruine kleur met een volle kraag. Ruikt zoet, caramel, mout. Iets kruidig. Smaakt zoetig, Caramel, iets bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hub66 (176) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 27, 2014
couleur ambrée avec petite mousse beige; arômes et goût maltés, épicés avec l’alcool qui se fait un peu trop sentir

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaVillum (535) - Valby, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2014
33 cl, flaske, 8,8 % ABV, købt i Den Belgiske Ølbutik på Jyllingevej i Vanløse, 26. december 2014. Mahognifarvet og ufiltreret skotsk Ale med ungefär 2 cm tyk offwhite skumtop, som svinder til et par mm. Rolig i glasset. Aroma af rosin og brændt malt. Brændt karamel. Lidt fjern tjære og en smule røg. Belgisk ale møde skotsk ale. Bondegårdsaroma. Lakrids. Dejlig smag, som ganske fint ligger i forlængelse af mit duftindtryk "Belgien møder Skotland". En fin bittersødme og så en bitter-bitter afslutning. Smagsbilledet starter let surt og sødligt på en meget behagelig måde, hvorefter en behagelig bitterhed sætter ind. Den forstærkes gennem nydelsen og sætter et porter-agtigt eftertryk. Karboneringen er fint afstemt, et nyk under medium niveau, og mundfølelsen blød og lækker, men stadig frisk. Mellem fyldig krop. Bitter og medium lang eftersmag af lakrids. Smagte dette bryg på fad for nyligt i Hugo's Kælder i Køge, men overraskes positivt over flaskeversionen og måske den rigtige serveringstemperatur. Én af de bedste juleøl, jeg har smagt i år.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonkiedeaap (335) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle from Dranken Verheyen in Poppel. The beer has a dark ruby red color and a nice white head, with a lot of bubbles. The aroma is very complex, but with clear tones of licorice, ripe dark fruits and a hint of caramel. The taste malty and dry with tones of roasted malts with in the background some sweetness with hints of caramel and the dark fruits from the aroma. Nicely balanced btw. The finish is pretty dry, fruity and light bitter. Well done this beer, although I miss the warming alcohol in this Christmas beer.


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