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

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RATINGS: 411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ralphdot (994) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2009
Deep ruby red with a very thin head, roasted malt and port aroma, complex taste of roast malt, toffee, coffee, almost sweet sherry, very festive, like a Christmas party in your mouth. Absolutely loved it, the commercial description says "Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews" I wish they were all this good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (994) - USA - NOV 16, 2013
Drunk from 33cl bottle. Strong dark slightly sweet ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiereLuc (974) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
Bière brunâtre aux reflets rubis avec un col de mousse moyen et une effervescence modérée. Le nez évoque les fruits mûrs avec un peu de caramel sur les flancs. En bouche, c’est riche, relativement corpulent, sucré et un peu piquant (sans être épicé). Un réel plaisir à boire.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (971) - SPAIN - SEP 25, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color ambar oscuro. Sabor a malta, caramelo, ligeramente a frutos secos, alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
txspartan (969) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2011
I was expecting this to be average at best and found myself slightly surprised.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimplySike (962) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2012
Aroma: Herby sweet. Appearance: Clear dark amber, little head. Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Palate: thin feel, soft carbonation. Overall. Little hearby nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (949) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 330ml bottle poured in a chalice. A: Pours a beautiful dark amber almost brown clear color. Big beige and fluffy head which dissipates quickly (but not completely) leaving many lacings around S: Smell is really barley malts. Sweet. Like a biscuit. It’s a bit fruity too, it reminds raisins. Notes of wood and, no surprise, Scotch T: Really remarkable by strong taste of roasted barley malts. Sweet upfront. Wood, raisins and a nice (really nice) hoppy and bitter end M: Heavy body and medium to low carbonation. Really molasses. Alcohol can be felt and the bitter end is a must D: Good. Well done "Scotchy" beer... [ BA Review @ 11/21/2010 ]

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wolfbass (937) - Firenze, ITALY - JAN 6, 2011
Proprio vero il detto che finchè non vedi non giudicare, in effetti ho trovato questa birra alla spina in una pizzeria, e non le avrei dato una lira; invece ha un ottimo aspetto, un buon aroma e anche in bocca non è male.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddyBeer1 (925) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2013
Brune rougeâtre, effervescence moyenne, mousse tombe vite. Malts caramel grillés, fruits foncés, chocolat, un rien métallique, toute petite amertume sur la fin. Un peu trop sucrée...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rane (919) - Nibe, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2012
Bottle. Dark redbrown beer with dense medium seized beige head. Aroma sweet malt, spices and caramel. Taste sweet, spicy, caramel. A really nice beer, very much a christmas beer.


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