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

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RATINGS: 389   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.


3.3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MPA (782) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4626) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Nice dark brown coloured body with a dense off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and definitely some nuts. Medium-bodied; Spicey malt up front fades to nuts, alcohol later on. Aftertaste shows complexity - a nice deep spice plus some very potent pit fruit flavours. Overall, a good beer - nothing tremendous, but finding this in a little market in Bruxelles speaks volumes. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from a small little market off Ave. Louise in Bruxelles, Belgium on 01-January-2008.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 Bottled, blind tasting session: What happened to this beer the past 2? years? This used to be one of my favorites. So full and roasted, licorice, complex yet highly drinkable. And now? It’s so damned sweet! There’s still some cherry, plum, laurel and licorice but overwhelmed by the sweetness. Did InBev buy John Martin? Bottled, Sep 02, 3.8: Not much aroma at first due to the large head but when warming it becomes yeasty with raisins. Deep red color, light brown head, good lace. Very sweet and sugary start that even increases, light bitter start that increases as well, raisin, hint of varnish. Alcoholic feeling, sticky, warming, good body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (1975) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2003
Clear brown coloured. Malts and alcohol in aroma and flavour. Average christmas brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Poured with a huge (> 5 fingers), brown/tan frothy head. Long lasting with lacing. Malty smelling and tasting (roasted malts, molasses and a little fruity).

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2004
Bottle. Red ruby colour. Slight brown malt aroma. Sweet caramel, burnt sugar, an alchoholic bitterness in the aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2005
Nice bottle. Aroma is malty with little on the way of spice and a little sweetness. Taste is similar with soem darkish fruits kickin about and again very little in the way of spice. A bit disapointing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabjork (667) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 3, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown with a minor white head. Aroma of mocha. Tha flavour is sweet with a scent of roasted coffee.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8389) - Bochum, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2008
(33cl bottle, 8.8% abv) Clear, mahogany colour with a medium-sized, light-beige foamy head with lace. Slightly dusty and sweet toast-malty nose with notes of prunes, accompanied by a metallic and slightly acidic tang. Sweet flavour, full bodied, soft on carbon. Toasty malty, slightly fruity taste with light notes of caramel; sweet and malt-accented, moderately toasted and slightly fruity finish with spicy accents and a quite low level of hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is well-embedded. Just okay.


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