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

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RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2004
Nice beer with an intens dark brown color and a creamy beige froth. Good aroma’s of nuts, dark malts, licorice, butter-cakes, ahorn sirup and dried fruits like apricots and dates. Good malty attack in the taste with mild hints of Sirop de Liège, nuts, burned malts, cedar-wood and a good bitterness of roasted malts. The afthertaste is mild and medium sweet with a good malty touch in the middle pallet and with a nice burned bitterness in the end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (730) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 1, 2013
couleur noire ambree, bonne mousse blanche. Nez tres malté et café. Gout doux malté, note de grain de café, avec corps tres leger et doux avec fin de bouche au gout d’irish coffee sans note d’alcool. super

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Another bottle I brought back from my October trip to Belgium. It’s dark brown in the glass with auburn highlights and topped by a frothy tan head. A malty nose, sweet spices and a faint smokiness. Rich, raisiny fruitiness blended in with sweet spices, clove and cinnamon perhaps. More dark fruit lurking below and an understated earthy smokiness or toastiness in the body. There’s a faint metallic quality in the finish and the fruitiness leaves a stickiness in the mouth. The earthy roastiness lingers in the aftertaste. It’s 8.8% ABV but you’d never know it. Very smooth and complex at the same time. Nice ale.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ha1ag (722) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2008
bottled from Carrefour in Genk, Color is dark mahagony, nose is fruity and roasted. Thick beige head, proper lacing. Aroma is fruity and bit roasted some hops. Medium body, with apparent alcohol. Aftertaste is mixd of sweet of plum and bitter of roast. Nice but lacks a proper balance

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (719) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2013
DAA; Pours clear cobber with a creamy tan, lasting head. Aroma is yeasty, malty, sour, dark fruity and chocolate. Taste adds alcholic and sweets.Medium body, creamy texture. Sweet, spice, lasting Cristmas.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2007
A very nice beer also a very good after dinner beer. Very tastefull and full taste. Tasted it from bottle as well from draft

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prokroustis (687) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JAN 7, 2011
Medium off-white head, redish brown body. Malty nutty aroma, hints of bread and cherry. Warm, full, creamy palate, nice spicy caramel like flavour. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandbeyond (684) - ISRAEL - DEC 25, 2013
330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Clear deep russet with reddish hues, nice off white head. Soft nose, some bread, caramel malt, faint floral notes and light spices. Sweet heavy malt flavor, with dark caramel and juicy ripe fruit. Low bitterness, mellow spices. Full bodied, thick but surprisingly not cloying, somewhat alcoholic but OK.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGolem (682) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle 330 ml. Pours dark copper red. Gets clearer as we drink. Medium persistant beige head. Lacing. Aroma: nice aroma of sweet cherry, along with caramel, malt, and spice (cinnamon, muscad). Awesome taste also: strong hints of caramel and malt. Well balanced sweetness and some bitterness in the end. Alcohol well hidden. Full bodied, but not long lasting. Warming sensation. Not very familiar with the style, but I did enjoy this one for sure!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabjork (673) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 3, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown with a minor white head. Aroma of mocha. Tha flavour is sweet with a scent of roasted coffee.


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