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Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
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RATINGS: 468   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (2599) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle bier huis ossett. Red brown ok head. Aroma caramel mollases malts taste same some fruit nice sweetness light bitter finish great balance. Nice oily mouthfeel subtle carbonation. Very good.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gangstergafje (669) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
The beer has a nice look. The beer has a beautiful deep dark red color. The beer is quite clear. The beer pours a decent amount of a little bit rough almond colored foam. The bulk of the foam collapses and a little drape of foam remains on top of the beer. The smell is nice but a little bit mild. The beer has a nice alcohol aroma. I also clearly smell some roasted barley. There is also a nice fruity aroma, grapes and cherries. The taste also has a nice fruity sweetness in the front of the mouth, reminding me of fruits like grapes and cherry. Later a alcohol flavor kicks in. The finish is long and strong and contains mainly a bitter roast taste. The way the flavors follow each other is very nice. The flavors keep building from soft sweet to strong bitter. Very well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (9779) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2002
A boozy sweet brune with atypical chocolate notes. Also present are autumn fruits as rich as Xmas pudding. The finish is quite spicy with alcohol. Happy Xmas - even in June.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 Very good in the cold, cold winter. Sweet and nice long-lasting head and dark red colour.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 6, 2003
It has a superb dark brown colour with a very nice head. It has a very (almost too) deep aroma of caramel, cream, butter and mocha. The flavour lacks of specificity and is a little bit flat. The finish is pleasant with a nice bitterness. A good beer but unbalanced between aroma and flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Bottled Deep black body. Rocky, lightly brown head. Nose of malts: coffee, straw, molasses, ... with some liquor. Malty flavour (moderately bitter, moderately sweet) of coffee and fruits (raspberry, ...). Quite complex flavour. Well balanced, interesting but not extravagant.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2003
Deep brown with big, creamy and long-lasting head. Sweet caramel, oranges, nuts and leather in aroma. Spices, chocolate, dark malt, oranges in flavour with well blanced alcohol flavour. Long warming and spicy finish with hints of syrup and chocolate. Nice x-mas beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Very nice christmassy nose of cinnamon and spice. Looks great in the glass - dark honey treacle with a lasting creamy head. Taste of christmas pudding with brandy sauce and other good stuff. The alcohol makes itself known just a touch on the finish in a good way. Very nice indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2005
Red-brown with delicate beige head. malty aroam with notes of chocolate and apple. A bit acidic. Coffee flavor with notes of licorice, alcohol, bitter chocolate and fruits. Sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2005
A striking looking brew after the pour, itís a reddish-brown with a tall fizzy tan head. Strangley, the head transforms into a creamy near-film in short order, but manages to lace the glass through the entirety of the drink. The aroma is a rich, sweet bready malt with dark, dried fruits and clues of the alcohol underneath. Itís thick, rich, and hot in the mouth. The flavor continues the sweet malt along with the fruits, a hint of smoke, and the alcohol making itself most obviously known. The finish is sweet and sticky, warm with alcohol, and a trace of earthy hop bitterness. This is the product of a masterful brewing effort, which is much appreciated.

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