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

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RATINGS: 465   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.


3.3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tlind2 (1534) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielyabu (1493) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (1466) - HONG KONG - DEC 25, 2014


330 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Looks: Clear deep ruby-red colour; Less than one-quarter finger head and residual soapy off-white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very sweet and quite fragrant roasted amber malt as soon as it was popped, with cranberries, cherries, caramel, sherry, light toffee, very light oxidation, strong molasses, biscuits and faint grass.

Taste: Medium sweet malt, with tasty dry roasted grains, caramel, very light toffee, cranberries, strong dry red fruits, strong sticky molasses, very light wet paper, light alcohol, strong dry biscuits, yeast, lemon, lime, quite strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Close to medium body; Very dry and biscuity palate.

Mouth Feel: Very malty Ale, strongly roasted in a fairly wholesome body. Strong red-fruits on the get go, especially cranberries and dry cherries, with fairly good caramel and toffee in the background. Sweetness is very tasty and acceptable sticky molasses-type, compliment the hops well. Strongly yeasty and dry biscuit as if this is a real liquid cream crackers! 8.8% booze is fairly light and doesn’t bite. This is a winter treat!

Hoppiness: Faint grass in nose. Expressive lemon, lime and grass in taste. Bitterness is quite strong for the style for a lasting, mid astringent bitter-sweet finish.

After Taste: Very dry after taste, fruity and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: Bought this just in time for Christmas Day, and while this may not be as comfy and warm as Fuller’s Old Winter Ale, but it’s expressive in every sense - the aroma and taste is filled with tasty roast malt, strong cranberries and red fruits, sticky molasses, hidden booze and bone dry biscuits. Very festive and perfect to go with my Stollen for a cold damp Christmas night. Merry Xmas!

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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1440) - 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.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TorbenJensen (1439) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thanatosti (1425) - Culemborg, 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OllieBBommel (1423) - 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 (1405) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
Een lekker kerstbier zoals een kerstbier hoort te zijn. Perfect voor in de winter te drinken


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