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Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
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RATINGS: 467   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bkurtz (1046) - MOROCCO - JAN 5, 2009
Poured deep brown/copper with a nive full head. Typical Belgian Christmas ale with sweet malts and spices. Well-made, great tasting brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (1040) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ralphdot (1028) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
txspartan (1014) - 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 (1005) - 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

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
josanguapo (997) - SPAIN - DEC 14, 2015
From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 3x01. Its surprising that the brewers of the infamous "finest" series have been able to brew this. Yummy. Just a bit more body for it to be perfect

2.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DroolYeast (943) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
StoutHead (942) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MPA (922) - 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.


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