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


on tap

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RATINGS: 438   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (1074) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle from Voldby. Pours brown/reddish with a good white head. Taste is malt, dried dark fruits, caramel, toffee, some berries. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly bitter and fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddyBeer1 (1058) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, spicy yeast, and cherries. Taste is spicy yeast sweet malt, caramel, and tart cherries. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wolfbass (1024) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ralphdot (1011) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bkurtz (1009) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
corkyrory66 (1007) - BELGIUM - APR 18, 2014
Bière qui se prétend « l’originale des cuvées de Noël »... rien que cela … Mais bien sûr même si elle était la première en date, elle n’en est pas pour autant la première en cotation ... Couleur roux foncé. Clarté nette. Bulles sur une seule colonne faible, pas vives. Mousse beige moyen à gros flocons qui baisse vite. Arômes de sucre brun (très fort), malt chocolat, pointe de cerises noires. 1ère bouche assez liquide sur du malt, une épice et une pointe de café. Arrière-bouche très courte. 2ème sur un ensemble assez hétéroclite, et de basse classe. 3ème où on descend encore de niveau, un fondu de malt, et du maïs … Arrière-bouche sans aucune valeur. La longueur est faible, morne, sans relief. On navigue en eaux troubles. La levure est inexistante, pas de refermentation … (pour une Christmas, c’est lamentable). L’alcool n’aide en rien, il est là pour la gloriole... La finale est nulle et non avenue. CONCLUSION : une banalité atroce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
txspartan (1000) - Berchem, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2011
I was expecting this to be average at best and found myself slightly surprised.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rane (974) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (953) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2012
330 ml bottle. Clear dark reddish brown colour, thin but creamy off-white head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, caramel, malt and spices. The flavour is syrupy-sweet, slightly roasted, with dark fruits and spices, and a warm, hoppy finish. Very tasty.

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