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

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RATINGS: 429   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2002
Dark amber coloured beer with a big head. Sweet roasted caramelly aroma. Sweet, spicy taste. A nice beer. This beer was made in Belgium.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
very big tight head with a nose of dark fruit and bready malt. clean vanilla and creme palate for a nice evening by the fire.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
angel77 (1265) - oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2013
Botella de 20, 33 y 75 cl. Tomada en varias ocasiones en 2012 la última en diciembre de 2013 en botella de 18 cl. Una belga más de navidad. Sabor dulce al principio y en final con muy poco amargor. Muy poco sabor especiado. Normal, nada fuera de lo común en el mundo belga navideño.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tlind2 (1239) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2010
750 ml bottle. Deep copper color, off-white head. Slightly spicy aroma with herbal notes. Strong resiny flavor with alcohol. Lingering, bitter-sweet finish. Full body, medium carbonation. Improved with a bit of warmth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OllieBBommel (1197) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (1164) - SPAIN - SEP 25, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color ambar oscuro. Sabor a malta, caramelo, ligeramente a frutos secos, alcohol.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (1146) - USA - NOV 16, 2013
Drunk from 33cl bottle. Strong dark slightly sweet ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2004
Bottle. Dark red-brown, medium sized head, fine lace. Malty, notes of cinammon, slightly rusty, bitter finish. Medium bodied. Drinkable, not outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - APR 14, 2008
Pours dark brown with a small head. Sweet, malty aroma. Vinous flavour, sweet and hot with malt and plums. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Very nice christmassy nose of cinnamon and spice. Looks great in the glass - dark honey treacle with a lasting creamy head. Taste of christmas pudding with brandy sauce and other good stuff. The alcohol makes itself known just a touch on the finish in a good way. Very nice indeed.


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