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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddyBeer1 (1009) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2013
Brune rougeâtre, effervescence moyenne, mousse tombe vite. Malts caramel grillés, fruits foncés, chocolat, un rien métallique, toute petite amertume sur la fin. Un peu trop sucrée...

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ralphdot (1004) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2009
Deep ruby red with a very thin head, roasted malt and port aroma, complex taste of roast malt, toffee, coffee, almost sweet sherry, very festive, like a Christmas party in your mouth. Absolutely loved it, the commercial description says "Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews" I wish they were all this good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (975) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
txspartan (973) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2011
I was expecting this to be average at best and found myself slightly surprised.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nocturne (970) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (963) - 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!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wolfbass (944) - Firenze, ITALY - JAN 6, 2011
Proprio vero il detto che finchè non vedi non giudicare, in effetti ho trovato questa birra alla spina in una pizzeria, e non le avrei dato una lira; invece ha un ottimo aspetto, un buon aroma e anche in bocca non è male.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rane (934) - Nibe, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2012
Bottle. Dark redbrown beer with dense medium seized beige head. Aroma sweet malt, spices and caramel. Taste sweet, spicy, caramel. A really nice beer, very much a christmas beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bkurtz (923) - PERU - JAN 5, 2009
Poured deep brown/copper with a nive full head. Typical Belgian Christmas ale with sweet malts and spices. Well-made, great tasting brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (922) - 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


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