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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.


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13921) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 7, 2007
Deep brown, with liqourice and malt with a little fizz in it. linger has little coffee burnt roast

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2006
0,33l bottle at home. Nice deep ruby color with beige lasting head. Malt aroma. I don’t know why but it was quite bitter in taste. Bitterness was so overwhelming that I didn’t feel almost anything else. I will re-rate it some other time.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Laegraid (37) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2007
Tasted 22. Nov -07. Had a sweet almost burnt aroma. I thought I could detect some hay like characteristic. The flavor disappointed a bit: It was thinner than I thought when smelling the beer, but had some spices and pepper.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2009
A deep dark clear brown ale with a thick receeding moka head. In aroma, a good caramel and molasses, with treacle notes. In mouth, a sweet caramel malt, buttery, toffee, sweet and cloying. Medium bodied. Tasted Nov. 2008. Bieropholie import.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle.Pours deep amber with a small off-white head.Aroma is fruity, malty, hay, berries, licorice and alcohol.Flavor is sweet and warming with some malt and berries.Medium body, soft carbonation.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bierkrug (2131) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
330 ml bottle in Germany at home thanks to shrubber85. Pours a dark black/brown color with a foamy thick brown head. Sweet hoppy aroma. Aroma is thick sweet caramel and maple syrup like flavor. Taste is thick stick sweet alcohol and molassas. Palate is burnt coco and alcohol. Another desert beer from Belgium.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (9999) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 23, 2011
Würziger und tiefmalziger Antrunk mit spürbarem Alkoholeinfluss. Kräuterartig, die Malzigkeit wird dominanter und wird gleichzeitig auch alkoholischer. Dadurch etwas scharf wirkend, hintergründig vergoren fruchtig, in Teilen penetrant wirkend. Im Abgang stärker gewürzig werden, etwas überladen. Wenn diese Noten nachlassen, wird das Bier etwas herber. 10/10/8/9/9/9

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (3170) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Rancid straw malt aroma. Dark brown colour, fast disappearing head. Strong sweet treacle malt flavour. Sweet aftertaste. Not my type of beer but drinkable.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
POLK (2006) - Hørning, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2012
Dark amber color with average size head. Sweet caramel aroma. Slightly bitter taste with fruity notes. Very sweet.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hermod (3002) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 6, 2012
33cl bottle. Poured dark brown with a frothy white head. Aroma has melted butter, caramel and spices. Flavor has anise, sweet caramel and xmas spices. Sweet, alcohol well hidden. Xmas flavor, but the aroma was not very tempting.


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