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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (1417) - Krakow, POLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle Aroma-caramel, Appearance-dark amber, clear, white foam, Taste-medium bitterness, light sweetness, lightly sour, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish Overall-very good

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TorbenJensen (1406) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
Lovely compact creamy foam. The aroma is most marked by dark malt with a little sprinkling of nuts and licorice. The taste is something sweety in the beginning, but also a little taste of fig and dried fruit. Ells body and richness is difficult to define because of the aforementioned sweetness that unfortunately pursues taste long, and also kills the flavor impression as the aroma revealed. My best bet for a little body of this ale is something with overcooked vegetables. A somewhat confused and messy ale, which certainly is not tainted by Christmas, besides of course the overly pronounced sweetness. Belgian beer is therefore not always equal good quality (as many believe). Unfortunately, there are examples which are either neutral or abandoned and taste as it moves into a more extreme effect where it becomes too monotonous in its entirety. Towards the end we meet a little roasted malt aftertaste together with a subtle hoppy bitterness evoke the memory of the good Belgian brew a little back to life. The alcohol is 8.8%, so I think it will win new terms of taste terrain if it is stored under favorable conditions for 2-3 years.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1406) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2007
This is such a cool time of year to live in Belgium, what with these holiday beers. You’ve gotta love the snowy pattern on the red cap foil. 33 cL enjoyed at home... Pours ruddy brown with ruby highlights, cream-colored head recedes to a frothy film. Cherries, dark chocolate and spices are swirling around in that aroma. Tastes only mildly sweet in a way that seems restrained for a Belgian, with an overly clean layer of bitterness that nonetheless offers balance and lasts. Maybe a touch clean and metallic, but still interesting. Average carbonation. More dry, hoppy character than I expected, yet warming... not bad at all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielyabu (1395) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - FEB 3, 2013
average frothy offwhite head. good lacing. mostly diminishing. translucent average density light brown body. aroma: moderate malty, dark chocolate, mild coffee, charcoal, soy sauce. if and ff: moderate sweet bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic light alcoholic finish. presence metalizada no aroma, alcool e café no paladar, amargor pungente balanceia maravilhosamente bem, paladar lembra destilado, com sabor amadeirado também, forte aquecimento alcoólico, 140 s

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElManana (1380) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazelnut brown. Flat head. Nose is siruppy, bit of malt, slightly acidic, medicinal. Taste is rather pale, some alcohol, again some sirup and as good as no aftertaste that stays to linger. Quite flat.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle. Nice dark amber and I must confess to being a bit swayed toward a 5 in appearance by the handsome glass it was served in. The aroma seems at 1st like it should be stronger but upon closer inspection it has some nice complexities along the lines of pine, maple, and brandy. Lightly spicy gingerbread flavor, pretty nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OllieBBommel (1362) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1352) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
Een lekker kerstbier zoals een kerstbier hoort te zijn. Perfect voor in de winter te drinken

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1323) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2002
Very tasty rum+xmaspud+slight smokiness. smooth, rich and spicy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thanatosti (1303) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2016
75 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Mitra Tiel. Dark brown with a tan head. Malty aroma with raisins and plums. Very sweet with also a vinous touch to it. Nice spicy finish. Great winter warmer.


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