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

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RATINGS: 429   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kronebryg (1123) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - APR 13, 2012
No head, but nice deep brown colour. Light nose with cupboard, chockolate and light liquorize.. medium body and length. dryish and a hint of tea but also some cinnamon and other dry spices. caramel. To dry for my taste buds but otherwise fine

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2006
[bottle from beers of europe] aroma is of dundee cake, port, raisin, spicey. full body, finish is sweet and dry.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanEric (1101) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2013
Reddish brown, minimal white head, flat. Aroma is sweet, full boedied, some bitterness, nuts. Alcohol shows a bit up. Reasonable finish, medium body, nice with a bit sweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dnicolaescu (1089) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flemmingwillum (1069) - Nysted, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2011
Rating #539, bottle from Ølbutikken

A brown-red beer with a nice head. Aroma is peach, strawberries, cherries, yeast, and spicy hops. Rather christmasy. Flavour has christmas in it as well by presenting a basket of strawberries, cinnamon, spices and sweetness, though with some metal too. Medium palate, ok thickness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimplySike (1054) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, spicy yeast, and cherries. Taste is spicy yeast sweet malt, caramel, and tart cherries. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiereLuc (1041) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nocturne (1040) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (1031) - 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.


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