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

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RATINGS: 428   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11126) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle at home, between Xmas day chores, acquired from the cellar at Kulminator - 2001 vintage, 25/12/13. Opaque dark mahogony brown with a moderate light beige covering that dissipates and retains as a pond. Nose carries a good level of oxidisation but coming through are also notes of date, prunes, toffee, fruit loaf and brown sugars. Taste comprises rich Xmas cake, dates, brown sugar, hint of cocoa, leathery old sofa, tobacco, dates, prunes, figs, dark fruit cocophany, pinch of spice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, easy drinking with a sweet closure. Overall this has held up fairly well and I enjoyed drinking it, the initial over oxidised nose gave way to a complex fruit cake of a beer in the taste. Not bad at all for the age, be interested to rate a fresh example!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (11025) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2009
very beautiful clear red with a thick solid light brown head. must be filtered, but i must admit it looks super nice. mild fruity sawdusty hoppy aroma, red berries seem to dominate. flavor is red berries, cherry, wood? (is it aged??), caramel, malt, very faint "american" style hops like flavor (not sure what it is), also lots of sweetness and dark fruits. faint spices, alc sensed as a spice, strange metallic tinge to the flavor that i don’t like, but overall tasty and intersting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10986) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10800) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (10700) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10593) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10347) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10285) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10070) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 3, 2001
very dark brown colour, nice head, roasty caramel aroma, sweet, full-bodied, spicy aftertaste

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (9992) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany. Off white head. Nose of roast chestnuts, toffee, caramel and fuggles. Taste of same with artificial candi sugar and sweet malts. Medium body. Decent.


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