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

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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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.


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 (679) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabjork (667) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGolem (660) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandbeyond (656) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (652) - NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
Clear dark copper. Beige head. Good lacing. Aroma and sweet taste of nuts, cherries and white dessert wine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (639) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brix (633) - DENMARK - MAR 16, 2008
Tasted 2008-03-16. Pours semi clear, brown with beige head. Aroma: very sweet raisins - nuttin’ else! Flavours: A mix of raisins, coffee, cocoa, spices and medicine. Kinda weird! Not very well balanced! Drinkable though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2004
Deep dark bronze hue with a fantastic light brown creamy head. Orange and yeasty aroma. Fantastic spice, nut, toffee and orangey flavours white a long slighly sweet finish. By far the best chrimbo ale I've had this year.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bontus (625) - Flanders, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 Bottle. poured, very dark, only a little ruby shade in it. Nice beige head. Nose aroma’s are sweetness and yeast. Aroma’s of liquorice, other candy, cloves, cinnamon, anise & burnt fruits. Bitter aftertaste. Not too special, nice design though.


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