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

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RATINGS: 468   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


3.5
   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...

2.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DroolYeast (1056) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2013
Caramel malt aroma. Small very light brown head. Long lasting. Clear brown/dark amber colour. Taste is caramel malt, sour fruit (?), bitter and some metal in the end. Fills the mouth nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (1056) - 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.

3.9
   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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ralphdot (1033) - 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.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (1029) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 20, 2015
F: nice brownish head and lots of lacing. C: dark ruby brown. A: malt roasted raisins and plums, brown sugar. T: medium to full body, plums and dark cherries, chocolate sweetness, aftertaste is alcohol warming and slightly bittersweet, very nice Christmas English strong ale beer and now in summer u can buy it just for 62c in some market here in Brussels. 

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
txspartan (1018) - Berchem, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2011
I was expecting this to be average at best and found myself slightly surprised.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rane (1010) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vickey9 (999) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2015 Clear red-brown with a large white tan head. Nose is caramel, bread, cherry syrup. Taste is sweet with spices, Body is medium, carbon low, texture thin. Palate with some chocolate,resins and stout coffees. B@H

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TrefwoordPunk (958) - 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!


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