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


on tap

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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (1323) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1323) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
Een lekker kerstbier zoals een kerstbier hoort te zijn. Perfect voor in de winter te drinken

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OllieBBommel (1311) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElManana (1307) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2012
From backlog

Head: white, creamy
Colour: dark brown
Smell: spices, malts, candy sirup, chocolat, anise
Taste: overall brown strong ale with spices and anise in the flavour , oily texture , sweet end , herbal after , but good !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2002
Dark amber coloured beer with a big head. Sweet roasted caramelly aroma. Sweet, spicy taste. A nice beer. This beer was made in Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
very big tight head with a nose of dark fruit and bready malt. clean vanilla and creme palate for a nice evening by the fire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimplySike (1250) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (1220) - 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!

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