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Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
Serve in Thistle

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RATINGS: 462   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2009
The beer has a brown color with a thin offwhite head. Nice aroma of spices, chocolate and malt. Good flavor of chocolate, malt and spices. The body is light with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12294) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 6, 2009
Ruby with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of caramel and brown sugar. Sweet caramel and burnt sugar flavour with herbal notes

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (10149) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, hops, caramel and sugar.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerViking (3808) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2009
33cl bottle bought in Belgium. Pours a deep dark red with a fine creamy head. Taste is initially sweet and creamy, with roasty malt, plums, cinnamon, drying hops, lots of alcohol, finish is dry-bitter but just a bit harsh.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (14110) - DENMARK - OCT 31, 2009
Dark red brown body with beige head. Flavour is malt, caramel, sugar and spices.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2010
In short: A heavy rich sweet dark ale with a lot of leafy hops. Weirdly interesting.
How: Bottle 330ml. Winter 2008/2009 (I think) . Consumed when about 1 year of age
The look: Clear dark ruby body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose sweet malts with molasses, black liquorice and the likes… Taste is very sweet, molasses, sweet plums, cloves, ripe bananas, white sugar, syrup of some kind, toffee, butterscotch. The beer is also very hoppy with plenty of leafy hops that almost balance the heavy sweetness. Something oily/buttery about the beer. I thought the beer was a little strange. Like some kind of buttery scotch ale with a ton of hops. I enjoyed it but I wouldn’t drink more than a little bottle. Prides itself to be the beer that initiated the Christmas beer tradition. Christmas beer, why not? Belgium, making excuses to drink beer since 1836.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear, dark amber beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is sweet, malt, caramel and some English hops. The flavor is likewise sweet, caramel and English hops. The palate is sweet. Overall a good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NŘ, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2010
Pours copper with a beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel, bready malt, raisin and plum. Flavour is sweet caramel, plum and raisin.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Pours a nice reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruits, nut, hops, and a touch of wood. Flavor is smooth caramel malt, wood, and a nice hop.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2845) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Dark toffee colored, ruby tinted pour. Big puffy off-white head. Slow to fall and plenty of lacing when it decides to do so. Malty vanilla aroma with some caramel. A very slight acetic note. Taste is spot on with the aroma minus the vinegar. Very smooth sweet finish. Awesome beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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