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

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RATINGS: 458   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapez (1561) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2010
Bootle. Aroma of malt, cherries and nuts. Clear deep redbrown colour with huge beige head. Sweet flavour of cherries, caramelt, malt and some hops. Bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - APR 27, 2007
Deep red/brown with a fine baige head. Aroma of nuts, dust, brandy and alchohol. Flavor is extremly sweet, lots of sugar, brown sugar and a very warm alcohol finish. Looks and smells pretty good, but the flavor didnt appeal to me

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ghawener (1549) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
At RateBeerians Tasting, thanks to rcasta. Bottle: Nice marriage between a dopple bock and a belgian ale. Fruity and heart warming.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2008
A copper brown coloured beer. Some sweetness andraisin taste. Less than average hops. Some hints of prunes.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (1516) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Clear amber brown color, good frothy beige head, dissipates after a while, good lacing; aroma sweet malty, roasted, caramel, dough, dried dark fruits, spicy notes; taste heavy sweet, caramel; full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation; finish malty sweet, spicy notes, alcohol, in the aftertaste more and more roasted bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dnicolaescu (1516) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nocturne (1462) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2011
30ml bottle. Bought in September so possibly a leftover from the previous year. Dark amber with plenty of head. Musty alcohol and caramel aroma. Mouthfeel is medium verging on thin at times. Syrupy caramel and dark berries with a little heat in the finish. Not very complex or Christmassy in my opinion.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Aroma is malty/roasted with yeast and a dash of spices. Beer pours a very attractive ruby with a big off white head that is fully retained. There is some lacing. Flavor is initally malty. The finish is bitter/dry with a dash of spice. This is tasty beer. The Father of all Christmas Ales.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (1446) - USA - NOV 16, 2013
Drunk from 33cl bottle. Strong dark slightly sweet ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tlind2 (1434) - 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.


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