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

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RATINGS: 431   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - APR 14, 2008
Pours dark brown with a small head. Sweet, malty aroma. Vinous flavour, sweet and hot with malt and plums. Good.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nocturne (1134) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Very nice christmassy nose of cinnamon and spice. Looks great in the glass - dark honey treacle with a lasting creamy head. Taste of christmas pudding with brandy sauce and other good stuff. The alcohol makes itself known just a touch on the finish in a good way. Very nice indeed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiereLuc (1126) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kronebryg (1124) - 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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanEric (1122) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimplySike (1119) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarethYoung (1110) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flemmingwillum (1098) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElManana (1085) - 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.


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