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

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RATINGS: 430   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.


Grossecaisse's rating

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Grossecaisse (120) - - JAN 18, 2011
the beer is tought baby! the beer is very tought. Too tought for me. Brown


4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (91) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 20, 2015
F: nice brownish head and lots of lacing. C: dark ruby brown. A: malt roasted raisins and plums, brown sugar. T: medium to full body, plums and dark cherries, chocolate sweetness, aftertaste is alcohol warming and slightly bittersweet, very nice Christmas English strong ale beer and now in summer u can buy it just for 62c in some market here in Brussels. 

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
luklaer (144) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2015
It was very nice to taste all this Christmas beers, but I didn’t like this one as much as the others...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hamirubi (295) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2015
33cl bottle. For I follow the John Martin Gordon series with great interest, I knew I would love this Xmas too. A dark beer, which colours the glass brown to deep red. The head is beige, brown. It is sweet, fairly malt and has a great alcohol ending.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (3554) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle from Voldby, shared with Niller - pours dark brown with a reddish hue. Sweet malty aroma and taste, caramel, brown sugar, some nice dark dried fruit and spices. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (883) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle from Voldby. Pours brown/reddish with a good white head. Taste is malt, dried dark fruits, caramel, toffee, some berries. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly bitter and fruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vickey9 (679) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2015 Clear red-brown with a large white tan head. Nose is caramel, bread, cherry syrup. Taste is sweet with spices, Body is medium, carbon low, texture thin. Palate with some chocolate,resins and stout coffees. B@H

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2288) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Rated from beer log from 2009 Belgian Trip.... 2003 Vintage... Candi sugar aroma, mildly aromatic, brown caramel in color... Fairly cloudy, minimal head, flavor is sweet like a typical dubbel with minimal bitterness, not very balanced... Tastes like I’m drinking dessert, finish is sweet candi sugar... Decent beer, but not terribly complex... Hides the 8.8% very well

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBHansen (369) - Køge, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2015
Draught @ Hugos. Appearance: pours clear copper with very limited white head and limited lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, brown sugar, nuts, light chocolate and some herbal hints. palette: low carbonation, medium body, notable caramel sweetness, limited bitterness, medium duration and an oily texture. Overall: decent strong ale

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dnicolaescu (1184) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 23, 2015
BOTTLE 33 CL. The aroma starts with loads of sticky caramel, pure sugar lollipop, cotton candy. The flavour is also mostly burned sugar, with hints of warming alcohol and spicy hops. Behind these, you can pick up some lageresque sulphury notes. As it warms up the sulphur is replaced by fruit - overripe apricot. The body is solid. The finish is spicy bitter. Quite nice.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
pricey290483 (663) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2015
bottle from beer hawk beer club not for me this one very dark in colour strong caramel in the aroma toffee on the taste quite bitter on the after taste not my style of beer so i won’t be having it again


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