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

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RATINGS: 390   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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (361) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Nose is dust, chestnut, sugar, a little burnt caramel, hazelnut. Taste is toffee, caramel, sugar, peppermint clove spices butter / chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is slick It’s a surprisingly well spiced beer, the flaw is the underlying beer is a little bland and overly dry relative to the spices. As others have noted the label is beautiful.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jacobwennbom (352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2007
Dark brown with medium head. Sweet with lots of bitterness in the finnish. Caramell, toffee, chocolate in the flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2007
1/3/05. 330ml. Belgianshop. Beer bottle brown with minimal brown head. Malty sweet aroma. Nice sweet upfront with some alcohol harshness at the end. Not as good as bush noel.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle. Dark colour. Aroma of honey, hops, dark fruits and alcohol. Sweet caramel flavour, more light bitterish finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 7, 2003
Ruby red colour, good, creamy and lasting head. Delicate aroma with just some hints of caramel and malts. The flavour is sweet, with good traces of burnt sugar, chocolate, liquorice and cherry. The sweetness is well balanced by the bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OwainTurner (299) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle from Belgium. Very nice indeed. Bell balanced and very tasty. A real festive treat

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SkyCop32 (287) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Had this one thanks to Oldrtybastrd. This pours a wonderful dark brown with the spice coming frm the glass. This tastes are from sweet to bitter, but the right amount at the right time. Good Christmas beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMR (284) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2012
Pours a nice dark brown glass with big white foam head. Wonderfull beer with a nice sweet touch. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, yeast and a bit of coffee. All very well balanced and with an enorm intensity. Great mouthfeel too!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sureshpa (277) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2013
Aroma: Black cherry, forrestfruits, little booze Appearance: Brown, clear, red glow, off white head, full lace Taste: Chestnutroast, red & dark forrest fruits, dark cherry, light dry finish, little booze

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (270) - 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.


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