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

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RATINGS: 395   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2006
33 cL bottle. Pours almost black with white short lasting head. Smell of dark roasted notes. Taste is dominated by roasted malts, elements of chocolate/coffee and liquorice. Has sweet notes and bitterness beneath the roasted taste. Very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2007
[Bottle 2004] Dark brown with nice off white head. Sweet malty aroma with overripe fruits. Malty flavor with spices, brown sugar and toffee. Good balance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rcasta (839) - EL SALVADOR - AUG 16, 2008
Gracias casta desde porto hasta el salvador me ha gustado bastante porquer es un dark ale buenisimo

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
This bottle has at least a couple of years on it. We nearly opened it last winter. Pours brown with light brown edges and thin tan head. The aroma is malty sweet with loads of molasses to go along with earthiness, yeasty spice and curdled grape puree. The taste begins with even smooth dark fruitiness moving into molasses, earthiness, candi sugar and some yeasty spice. Nicely aged and tasting very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, spicy yeast, and cherries. Taste is spicy yeast sweet malt, caramel, and tart cherries. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
From allen Black with a fizzy white head. Roasty sugar molasses dark fruit and belgian yeast aroma. Syrupy bright palate and tastes of fig and bread. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12260) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Deep maroon color with a thick light tan head that lingers. Nice lacing. Aroma of toffee, dates and vanilla. Flavor is fairly complex, starts sweetish with butterscotch and progresses to malts and light spice. Reasonable body. Very nice Christmas beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (4778) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2010
33cl Bottle, thanks Ard! Clear deep reddish brown colour, thick beige head. Aroma of sweet malts, dried fruits, some Porto or Madeira wine, light spicy, yeast. Flavour is sweet and malty, dark fruits, light spices, good balancing alcohol bitter finish with a hint of metal. Fullbodied, creamy mouthfeel. A bit St. Bernardus-like. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5179) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 31, 2011
330 ml bottle, from Řlbutikken, Copenhagen. ABV is 8.8%. Mahogany coloured beer, large off-white head. Malty aroma, notes of caramel, but also some fruity and spicy notes. Gordon / John Martin are known for some pretty sweet beers, so I braced myself to tolerate an enormous sweetness. Well, their Xmas is sweet, but not more than I’m able to handle. Very rich and malty flavour, notes of caramel, dark dried fruits and mild spices. The sweetness is to some degree balanced by moderate hops in the finish. Not a beer to go with Christmas dinner, but excellent to savour on its own, or with Christmas cookies, chocolate and fruit. Will buy again, if I can find it for Christmas.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teddybeer (2244) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 3, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 33cl bottle. Dark reddish colour almost brown with a frothy tan head, creamy. Malty aroma, nutty, sweet, caramel, licorice, dry fruits, also spicy notes are present. Flavour is similar as aroma, roasted malts, nuts, brown sugar, bready, with a final slightly bitter. Texture is oily. Carbonation is low to medium. Full bodied.


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