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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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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 (803) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjik83 (801) - - DEC 4, 2014
************************************************** + Matig Niet mijn smaak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 12/4/2014 Total Score: 2.7
************************************************ + Matig Niet mijn smaak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (794) - 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.

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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ha1ag (750) - 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 (729) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGolem (728) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Another bottle I brought back from my October trip to Belgium. It’s dark brown in the glass with auburn highlights and topped by a frothy tan head. A malty nose, sweet spices and a faint smokiness. Rich, raisiny fruitiness blended in with sweet spices, clove and cinnamon perhaps. More dark fruit lurking below and an understated earthy smokiness or toastiness in the body. There’s a faint metallic quality in the finish and the fruitiness leaves a stickiness in the mouth. The earthy roastiness lingers in the aftertaste. It’s 8.8% ABV but you’d never know it. Very smooth and complex at the same time. Nice ale.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandbeyond (708) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sten (694) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2014
Dark beer with a off white head. Heavy malty aroma. Sweet and malty flavour with an oily texture (Bottle 33cl)


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