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

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RATINGS: 425   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12040) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2006
(Bottle, best before 06/12/06) Pours a clear mahogany body with a large frothy beige head and excellent cobweb lacing. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt, marzipan, and dark fruit. Flavor of toasted malt, nuts, mild hops, and some dark fruit with a somewhat chalky and bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (11937) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 Rerate, bottle stored for one year. Dark amber with a nice lasting offwhite head. Malty aroma, juniper berries, some fruit, x-mas spices, some toffee and figs. Flavor from figs, some pine, malty and with some alcohol, toffee and vanilla. Quite mild pleasant malty finish. (Old rating: 6/4/6/3/13)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Clear red-brown body with minimal head. Aroma is cherry, slightly sweet. Taste is cherry coke-ish and unimpressive.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11810) - DENMARK - OCT 31, 2009
Dark red brown body with beige head. Flavour is malt, caramel, sugar and spices.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11807) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle from a small shop on the south side of the south plaza where the buses come and go in Bruges. West of the red monstrosity. Pours really dark brown/black with a very foamy/cllingy beige/tan head. Mildly xmas spice aromas. Full body. Lots of flavor. Dark roasted malt and mixed spice. Creates a strong herb/spice sensation in the mouth. It’s a heavy beer. Not a great beer, but a very sturdy and acceptable beer. Lots of caramel. Lots of flavor -repeated.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (11586) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2010
Bottle at Esbjerg beerfestival. Amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, hop. Flavour is sweet, malt, hop, alcohol, caramel, dried fruits. Full body. Ordinary beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (11527) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 23, 2011
Würziger und tiefmalziger Antrunk mit spürbarem Alkoholeinfluss. Kräuterartig, die Malzigkeit wird dominanter und wird gleichzeitig auch alkoholischer. Dadurch etwas scharf wirkend, hintergründig vergoren fruchtig, in Teilen penetrant wirkend. Im Abgang stärker gewürzig werden, etwas überladen. Wenn diese Noten nachlassen, wird das Bier etwas herber. 10/10/8/9/9/9

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11391) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 6, 2009
Ruby with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of caramel and brown sugar. Sweet caramel and burnt sugar flavour with herbal notes

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11303) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2007
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
[Vintage 2006]
My 300th Belgian beer!!
Poured in my Trappist glass. A clear dark raisin-brown colour with a steady, creamy off-white head on top. Medium lacing. Aroma has slight roasted caramel, Belgian sugars and slight port. Nice, well-rounded mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet with a definite malty presence, bread, biscuit, caramel and burnt tones. Finish is relatively vinious with a peppery bitterness at the far end. Very warming sensation, really soothing a sore throat, I have.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (11071) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2006
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amberbrown colour. Moderate malty aroma. Nice balanced sweet/bitter flavor. Long finiosh. Oily palate.


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