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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (903) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
bottle. dark amber color. roasted malty xmasy aroma and taste. very sweet. sticky mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - FEB 17, 2009
No 693
Rated: 16.02.2009
Bottle green, 750 ml
Appearance: Pours dark rubby brown body, very beautiful, livley and essential body colour, body texture is perfectly clear, carbonation of the body is livley, head is typical for the English Ale, creamy, off - white, beige, cappuccino like, quite nice lacing, initially head is small but firm ald long lasting.
Aroma: Very nice, characteristic aroma of English earthy hops - Challanger or Golding hops, raisin, resin, Crystalized Englis pale malt, note of butterscotch, some toasty malt accents, alcohol is perfectly hidden as for such a high amount of 8.8% abv, spicyness, coocoo candy, very pleasant and inviting, well balanced and quite strong.
Flavour: Generally strong alcoholic background what is positive as for the later flavour impression. Quite heavy gravity ale, front apart from being alcoholic is very sweet, a bit too sweet for me but apart from that it becomes very spicy especially later on and bitter, very clean aftertaste leaving floral hoppyness in nose, profound notes of resin, raisin, butterscotch, crystalized malt, toasty malt, robust, some notes of roastyness, nice bitter, hoppy aftertaste is totally nothing with too heavy, sticky sweetness on palate, finish duration is medium, dark chockolate, cacao, spearmint.
Palate: Body is full, texture is sticky, sweet, carbonation on palate is medium, finish feel is moderately alcoholic with still perfectly hidden alcohol even if the beer is warmer, spicy, clean.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MPA (860) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle (cell phone rating). Dark amber, off white head. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, caramel, some alcohol and some metal. Flavour is sweet brown and candied sugar, roasted malt with a burnt bitterness in the end.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcasta (839) - EL SALVADOR - AUG 16, 2008
Gracias casta desde porto hasta el salvador me ha gustado bastante porquer es un dark ale buenisimo

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Blom (836) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2008
Redbrown with a fine head. Aroma of roasted malt and burned bread with a sweet-bitter flavour of cherry and dried fruits.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElManana (832) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2005
Red-brown with delicate beige head. malty aroam with notes of chocolate and apple. A bit acidic. Coffee flavor with notes of licorice, alcohol, bitter chocolate and fruits. Sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TrefwoordPunk (818) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a hazy brown with a medium tannish white head and an aroma of caramel, breadish malts and cinnamon. The taste is sweet, lots of brown sugar, toffee, ripe plums, banana and sweet winter spices. The finish is mainly sweet, with some spices in the end. Pretty good!

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
corkyrory66 (809) - 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.


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