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

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RATINGS: 416   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PRJOSEA (6) - - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle 33cl. Dark burgundy brown with big lasting off white head. Rich aroma of fruit cake caramel. Rich taste of almond, toffee, hint of licorice Alcohol present but not detrimental. Soft carbonation and rich thick mouthfeel. Awesome beer.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hub66 (172) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 27, 2014
couleur ambrée avec petite mousse beige; arômes et goût maltés, épicés avec l’alcool qui se fait un peu trop sentir

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonkiedeaap (317) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle from Dranken Verheyen in Poppel. The beer has a dark ruby red color and a nice white head, with a lot of bubbles. The aroma is very complex, but with clear tones of licorice, ripe dark fruits and a hint of caramel. The taste malty and dry with tones of roasted malts with in the background some sweetness with hints of caramel and the dark fruits from the aroma. Nicely balanced btw. The finish is pretty dry, fruity and light bitter. Well done this beer, although I miss the warming alcohol in this Christmas beer.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rdb84 (126) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Ruby red, brownish. Frothy lasting head. Aromas: cherry bonbon, freshly mown grass, rock sugar syrup (kandij), general earth flavors. Taste largely follows the aroma, but a relatively strong bitterness permeates (roasted malts?). Sticky and sweet (cherries) in the middle. Earthy bitter aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (883) - HONG KONG - DEC 25, 2014


330 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Looks: Clear deep ruby-red colour; Less than one-quarter finger head and residual soapy off-white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very sweet and quite fragrant roasted amber malt as soon as it was popped, with cranberries, cherries, caramel, sherry, light toffee, very light oxidation, strong molasses, biscuits and faint grass.

Taste: Medium sweet malt, with tasty dry roasted grains, caramel, very light toffee, cranberries, strong dry red fruits, strong sticky molasses, very light wet paper, light alcohol, strong dry biscuits, yeast, lemon, lime, quite strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Close to medium body; Very dry and biscuity palate.

Mouth Feel: Very malty Ale, strongly roasted in a fairly wholesome body. Strong red-fruits on the get go, especially cranberries and dry cherries, with fairly good caramel and toffee in the background. Sweetness is very tasty and acceptable sticky molasses-type, compliment the hops well. Strongly yeasty and dry biscuit as if this is a real liquid cream crackers! 8.8% booze is fairly light and doesn’t bite. This is a winter treat!

Hoppiness: Faint grass in nose. Expressive lemon, lime and grass in taste. Bitterness is quite strong for the style for a lasting, mid astringent bitter-sweet finish.

After Taste: Very dry after taste, fruity and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: Bought this just in time for Christmas Day, and while this may not be as comfy and warm as Fuller’s Old Winter Ale, but it’s expressive in every sense - the aroma and taste is filled with tasty roast malt, strong cranberries and red fruits, sticky molasses, hidden booze and bone dry biscuits. Very festive and perfect to go with my Stollen for a cold damp Christmas night. Merry Xmas!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gizmo_ber (187) - Steinwenden, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2014
A little fruitiness on top of a roasted malt. Just the right amount of spice and bitterness to off set. A decent holiday ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (1804) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle at home, courtesy of Cuso. Pours brown color, lightly beige head. Aroma is sweet, spicy, dark berries, cinnamon. Taste is sweet, spicy, cinnamon, bit roasted malt, some hops.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1560) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Aroma: alcohol, intense caramel, grain and bread malts, light toasted flavours. Appearance: clear, dark brown, massive, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: intense caramel sweets progress and intensify, lively carbonation, liquorice coming up, quite long finish. Overall: very malty and sweet English Strong Ale, slightly too fizzy, missing the “Christmas” spices. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
niquillis (1218) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
On tap at Den Engel, Leek. Pours mid brown with off white head. Good chewy dark fruit and spice Xmas ale. This is what Xmas beers should taste like.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Distance_Runner (70) - BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle from Carrefour, Brussels, Belgium. Well, I got used to drink Belgian Strong Ale so this feels like a bit light ot not dense enough!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (4254) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2014
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear dark brown, red tinged, thin off-white head. Aromas of light spice, ginger, clove, strong toffee-malt notes. Taste is quite sweet, more spice. Bit sticky. Warming booziness. "It’s the most wonderful time, of the year!"


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