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

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RATINGS: 393   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (10556) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2006
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amberbrown colour. Moderate malty aroma. Nice balanced sweet/bitter flavor. Long finiosh. Oily palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2007
[Bottle 2004] Dark brown with nice off white head. Sweet malty aroma with overripe fruits. Malty flavor with spices, brown sugar and toffee. Good balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10326) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2012
Bottled, 330ml, aged 4.5 yrs from Bellingers Garage, Grove, Oxon. Dark brown with off white head. Rich, fruity beer, christmas pudding, raisins on a dark malty body. Good settling down beer, some alcohol but not overly so. Smooth and soothing. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle. Vintage 2005. Pours a clear deep mahogny colour with a nice creamy off-white head leaving a good lacing. Sweet caramel dark fruity aroma with molasses and alcohol. Good mouthfeel. Sweet roasty caramel flavour with yeast, lots of dark fruits, prunes, malt and some liquorice. Sweet well lasting dark fruity finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10265) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2003
Aroma has porto, roasted malt and coffee. Full bodied. Caramel, coffee, apple, some roasted malt and dark chocolate in the flavor. Thick and loads of flavor. Long bitter chocolate finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10241) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2003
Bottled: Clear ruby red coloured. Off white lasting head. Malty aroma with yeasty notes. Malt, liquorice, hops, herbs and alcahol in the flavour. Has a heavy bitterness in the end. Quite nice x-mas beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (10094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2009
A deep dark clear brown ale with a thick receeding moka head. In aroma, a good caramel and molasses, with treacle notes. In mouth, a sweet caramel malt, buttery, toffee, sweet and cloying. Medium bodied. Tasted Nov. 2008. Bieropholie import.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9552) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 3, 2001
very dark brown colour, nice head, roasty caramel aroma, sweet, full-bodied, spicy aftertaste

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9371) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 14, 2008
330ml bottle - - Gallows Bird, Espoo
Beautiful deep red, luscious thick self-supporting creamy head. Rich mämmi and raisin aroma. Soft carbonation on the tongue. Initial spicy taste, but quickly a wave of very dry nuttiness - so dry it is almost papery. Aroma also shows the spice. A curious combination of the sweet, smooth, and sticky with the drying. Pleasant nutty finish. Covers 8.8% very well. Scores fairly well everywhere, but does not wow me. Definitely pretty good, just no wow.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9171) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Clear, deep mahogany ale with interesting, ink-blot lacework. The nose is of dark raisins, overripe apple, tawny port, grapefruit rind and alcohol. The flavor is of maple syrup, chocolate- covered cherries, caramel, red wine and alcohol. Odd hop profile. Just a touch on the strange side. I like strange. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and a lengthy, bitter finish. Thanks to jbrus for the bottle!


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