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

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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


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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 (5027) - 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.

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   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 :).

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goozen (3174) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hansvf (191) - - DEC 21, 2013
Ruikt naar oliebollen. Bruin, heeeel dun schuim . smaakt kerstig, niet echt lekker maar ook niet vies.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandbeyond (708) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (9292) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2004
Brown reddish colour with off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some caramel. Flavor is malty with hints of the alcohol.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2004
Bottle. Dark red-brown, medium sized head, fine lace. Malty, notes of cinammon, slightly rusty, bitter finish. Medium bodied. Drinkable, not outstanding.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12072) - 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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