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

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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
StoutHead (864) - DENMARK - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep red color with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel and fruits. Taste is a complex mix of fruits, fruits, fruits, spices, nuts, malt, caramel and only God knows what else. Quite sweet - a bit like wine, but with a dry and bitter aftertaste. I know it’s a Christmas beer, but it sorta stands out from most other similar beers I’ve had. This is...not for me - too fruity and spicy.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBeer (862) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcasta (841) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TrefwoordPunk (830) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (807) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2014
Donkerbruin bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is zoet en kruidig, caramel, chokolade, noten. Blijft lang hangen. Uitstekend bier, smaakt ook in de zomer.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TorbenJensen (792) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
Lovely compact creamy foam. The aroma is most marked by dark malt with a little sprinkling of nuts and licorice. The taste is something sweety in the beginning, but also a little taste of fig and dried fruit. Ells body and richness is difficult to define because of the aforementioned sweetness that unfortunately pursues taste long, and also kills the flavor impression as the aroma revealed. My best bet for a little body of this ale is something with overcooked vegetables. A somewhat confused and messy ale, which certainly is not tainted by Christmas, besides of course the overly pronounced sweetness. Belgian beer is therefore not always equal good quality (as many believe). Unfortunately, there are examples which are either neutral or abandoned and taste as it moves into a more extreme effect where it becomes too monotonous in its entirety. Towards the end we meet a little roasted malt aftertaste together with a subtle hoppy bitterness evoke the memory of the good Belgian brew a little back to life. The alcohol is 8.8%, so I think it will win new terms of taste terrain if it is stored under favorable conditions for 2-3 years.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ha1ag (785) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2008
bottled from Carrefour in Genk, Color is dark mahagony, nose is fruity and roasted. Thick beige head, proper lacing. Aroma is fruity and bit roasted some hops. Medium body, with apparent alcohol. Aftertaste is mixd of sweet of plum and bitter of roast. Nice but lacks a proper balance

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Valgreen (760) - DENMARK - NOV 6, 2014
Tap @ Fermentoren Aarhus. Clear dark amber, medium white head, some lacing. Malty, nutty, caramel, dark fruits. Sweet finish. Medium carbonation and bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2004
Nice beer with an intens dark brown color and a creamy beige froth. Good aroma’s of nuts, dark malts, licorice, butter-cakes, ahorn sirup and dried fruits like apricots and dates. Good malty attack in the taste with mild hints of Sirop de Liège, nuts, burned malts, cedar-wood and a good bitterness of roasted malts. The afthertaste is mild and medium sweet with a good malty touch in the middle pallet and with a nice burned bitterness in the end.


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