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

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RATINGS: 404   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2008
33 cl bottle, dark red brown, fruity, roasted barley and malt, i belive there is a touche of gluwein taste

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geuzelambix (243) - København, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2008
I beer that doesn’t hadle the alcohol very well. The taste is nice, but it’s partly overshadowed by the intense sweetness of the alcohol. Packed with pointy spices.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2008
Thorups, Aarhus, DK. On tap, 211108. Reddish brown with small head. Aroma of fruit and som malt. Flavor is sweet with red berries and some caramel

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TrefwoordPunk (818) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a hazy brown with a medium tannish white head and an aroma of caramel, breadish malts and cinnamon. The taste is sweet, lots of brown sugar, toffee, ripe plums, banana and sweet winter spices. The finish is mainly sweet, with some spices in the end. Pretty good!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (4972) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2008
0.33 l bottle. Dark amber color with big creamy head. Sweet, malty and toasty aroma with licorice and almonds. Sweet flavor with aromatic, toasty and nutty maltiness, grain whisky, licorice and molasses. I used to like this a lot, but now it is too sweet and sugary, and tastes a bit like a artificial mix of extracts and alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
borisz (376) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2009
Nice beer for December. 33CL Bottle bought at the bierkoning. Deep brown color, nice taste :).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (10908) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lithilorn (246) - Covilhã, PORTUGAL - OCT 24, 2009
very dark red/brown body and tan head. caramel, brown sugar aroma. Sweet flavor of malt, little yeast and caramel. A good beer to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (5030) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2010
Dark ruby color, beige irregular head. Sweet and burned malt in the nose, hints of honey. Very bitter start, full sweet-bitter taste. Dry pleasant bitter aftertaste with a touch of caramel. Very inviting for another sip.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Abio (1628) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2010
Pours out very dark red-brown, very dark brown in the glass. Nice, big, off-white head that holds good, and sticks nicely at the glass. Earthy sour-sweet fruits at the smell. A bit metallic. Pretty good fruity-sweet taste. Spices and something earthy inside. A bit to simple, alcohol comes up pretty hard. But not bad at all!


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