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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martinrumsam (508) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Dark burgundy brown with big lasting off white head. Rich aroma of bread fruit cake caramel. Rich taste of dark berries toffee hint of liquorice brown bread sour cherries. Alcohol present but not detrimental. Full carbonation and rich thick mouthfeel. Lovely beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
psilosophy (490) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - DEC 27, 2011
Bouteille de 33 cl, titre à 8,8%. Couleur ambrée sombre, rougeâtre, mousse correctement mais retombe assez vite. Arômes maltés et caramélisés, plutôt sucrée mais laisse une certaine amertume en finale. Texture moyennement pétillante, assez classique. Trouvée à Vanuxeem - Ploegstaert.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2012
Bottle. Clear red-brown body with a large light tan head. Aroma: caramel, bread, golden syrup. Flavour: Sweet and spicey body with a fairly significant bitter chocolate, resinous finish. Medium bodied.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (472) - ITALY - MAR 29, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Limpido color ambra scura con una soffice schiuma biancastra mediamente persistente. Aroma dolce molto piacevole con pesanti note di caramello e sentori di frutti di bosco, toffee e lievito. Il gusto è molto simile ma meno "profondo": è dolce e leggermente vinoso, in primis con sapori di caramello e uvetta ed è un po’ più asciutto del previsto. Il finale presenta delicate note amarognole di malti abbrustoliti che aiutano a non renderla "appiccicosa". Morbida al palato con un’effervescenza ridotta e generosamente corposa: un’ottima birra invernale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kumite56 (470) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Nice appearance. Tan head with lacing on a dark borwn body. Nice malty aroma but malty flavor is overly sweet and taste alot like cough syrup. Little hopp presense felt as per style. I have had better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
Thanks to rcasta who brought it all the way from Porto Portugal. Great Ale, pours a dark brown with a tan head. Sweet and spicy, warms up your stomach.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eManu (448) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 I had this beer a few time over the x-mas times and its wonderfull. I buy a six pack right away. It pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. It taste rich with a great blend of caramel and fruits, very appreaciated. Drinking this is always a good time. Excelent beer. New Review on 29 Dec. 2009. Pours a dark red brown color with a nice light tan head. Aroma of strong roasted malts, caramles and some liquorice. Flavors of roasted malts, coffee, caramels, candy and spices. A sweet and sligtly sour dry finish. Very enjoyable Xmas brew.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrW (407) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle 33cl. Smoky aroma with a touch of coffee and some sweetness. Darkred, not a sticky head. Sweet smoked taste, sticky feeling, some bitterness of chocolate or coffee in the aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
janubio (403) - SPAIN - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 75 cl. bottle. Pours a black reddish colour with a big creamy slightly brown head. Smell of cinnamon, some toasted notes, fruits and brandy and a bit of chocolate. Mouths is of liquor soaked cherries, cinnamon, caramel, liquorice with a touch of some hot spicy. Cake too. Thick mouthfeel, and, atfter all the sweetness, some warm bitter afterstate. A nice one, not the most complex.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tenghave (402) - Taastrup, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2007
Klar Brun-rød øl med tykt lysebrun skum. Duften er Sød, brødduft, maltet. Meget kraftig duft. Choklade.. Smagen er Tyk, rugbrødsagtig, sødlig Ved iltning - utrolig komplex og dejlig bitter Chokolade. Varm eftersmag og bitter


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