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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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
borisz (374) - 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 (10686) - 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 (247) - 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 (4371) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Abio (1550) - 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!

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goozen (2875) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle 0,75ltr: Clear brown/ruby coloured brew with an sticky sweet taste and hints of caramel, toffee and some kind of butter.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hansvf (138) - - DEC 21, 2013
Ruikt naar oliebollen. Bruin, heeeel dun schuim . smaakt kerstig, niet echt lekker maar ook niet vies.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandbeyond (656) - ISRAEL - DEC 25, 2013
330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Clear deep russet with reddish hues, nice off white head. Soft nose, some bread, caramel malt, faint floral notes and light spices. Sweet heavy malt flavor, with dark caramel and juicy ripe fruit. Low bitterness, mellow spices. Full bodied, thick but surprisingly not cloying, somewhat alcoholic but OK.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6809) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein kupferfarbenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, nussig, würzig, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack röstmalzig, fruchtig, würzig, Karamell, nussig, alkoholisch.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2006
(Bottle, best before 06/12/06) Pours a clear mahogany body with a large frothy beige head and excellent cobweb lacing. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt, marzipan, and dark fruit. Flavor of toasted malt, nuts, mild hops, and some dark fruit with a somewhat chalky and bitter finish.


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