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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JAN 21, 2008
Brown color, dense head. Aroma: Vinous, chocolate, rosted malt, caramel, dark fruits, alcohol. Complex. Palate: Dark fruits, caramel, rosted, brown sugar, alcohol, bitter finish. Complex. Very good beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2010
33cl bottle. pours a dark ruby color with a medium off-white head. The foam is medium lasting and not very good lacing. Aroma is predominantly sweet: heavily malty with molasses and toasted sweetness. Vinous alcohol and fruits in my nose too. Flavor is strong and sufficiently complex: mostly sweet and alcoholic at the beginning turning to bitterness in the end. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, a gorgeous beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Another bottle I brought back from my October trip to Belgium. It’s dark brown in the glass with auburn highlights and topped by a frothy tan head. A malty nose, sweet spices and a faint smokiness. Rich, raisiny fruitiness blended in with sweet spices, clove and cinnamon perhaps. More dark fruit lurking below and an understated earthy smokiness or toastiness in the body. There’s a faint metallic quality in the finish and the fruitiness leaves a stickiness in the mouth. The earthy roastiness lingers in the aftertaste. It’s 8.8% ABV but you’d never know it. Very smooth and complex at the same time. Nice ale.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2152) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Pretty good beer. Had it served in a thistle glass with large, foamy, frothy, light tan head that lasted and lots of lace. Color was a clear, dark cherry wood with deep red tones. Aroma was roasty, toffee, caramel malt. Flavor was similar to nose. Great phenols. Body was a tad thin and had high carbonation. Finish was similar to taste, long, and boozy.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7575) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle at Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels. The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a medium tan head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel and spices. Rich body with a spicy fruity character and notes of figs, chocolate and sweet spices throughout. The finish is ripe fruits and sweet malts. Pretty good from start to finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (3695) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle 33cl, a clear brown beer with mow head. Nose is vinous and oude bruin like. Aroma is very sweet with smoked and dark notes, very nice caramel and dark malt notes, intense barley sugar notes, slightly smoked, cola notes, roasted notes, red fruits and dry fruit notes. A very creamy and smooth beer with roasted finish, excellent !

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrW (395) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle 33cl. Smoky aroma with a touch of coffee and some sweetness. Darkred, not a sticky head. Sweet smoked taste, sticky feeling, some bitterness of chocolate or coffee in the aftertaste.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (454) - ITALY - MAR 29, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Limpido color ambra scura con una soffice schiuma biancastra mediamente persistente. Aroma dolce molto piacevole con pesanti note di caramello e sentori di frutti di bosco, toffee e lievito. Il gusto č molto simile ma meno "profondo": č dolce e leggermente vinoso, in primis con sapori di caramello e uvetta ed č un po’ piů asciutto del previsto. Il finale presenta delicate note amarognole di malti abbrustoliti che aiutano a non renderla "appiccicosa". Morbida al palato con un’effervescenza ridotta e generosamente corposa: un’ottima birra invernale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 3, 2012
Aroma: fruity, almost like strawberry and/or cherry jam, spicy (probably contains cinnamon). Also a hint of caramel. Mouthfeel: big and foamy. Taste: Strong, sour and sweet. I could notice a nutty tone, like hazelnuts and such. Turns to bitter as it goes down. Finish: Ends with a firm bitter note. Overall: not a refreshing beer. It’s a warming, very flavoursome drink though. Very satisfying.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OllieBBommel (1040) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle@home, 75cl. Head: cream colored.Color: ruby brown. Aroma: laurel, honey. Taste: mild, some bitter, sweet. Palate: some bitter, mild. Overall: very nice.


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