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

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RATINGS: 392   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2002
Great head. Sweet and caramelly aroma and flavour with some alcoholic notes. A cosy winter beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2002
Dark amber coloured beer with a big head. Sweet roasted caramelly aroma. Sweet, spicy taste. A nice beer. This beer was made in Belgium.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (6499) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 16, 2002
not dissimilar to the anchor xmas ale but with much more alcohol. very festive aroma and pudding in the mouth

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 Bottled, blind tasting session: What happened to this beer the past 2? years? This used to be one of my favorites. So full and roasted, licorice, complex yet highly drinkable. And now? It’s so damned sweet! There’s still some cherry, plum, laurel and licorice but overwhelmed by the sweetness. Did InBev buy John Martin? Bottled, Sep 02, 3.8: Not much aroma at first due to the large head but when warming it becomes yeasty with raisins. Deep red color, light brown head, good lace. Very sweet and sugary start that even increases, light bitter start that increases as well, raisin, hint of varnish. Alcoholic feeling, sticky, warming, good body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2002
Very tasty rum+xmaspud+slight smokiness. smooth, rich and spicy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2002
Very strong and malty brew, i always have to be in the mood to have beers like these, otherwise you can forget it. Very malty and strong, with a bitter finish, kind of satisfying in a way, quite a smooth body, and a bit of a punch in the face.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8036) - Leicester, 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.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 25, 2001
This beer has a beautiful amber-brown colour with a fine head and a nice lace. Its aroma is very pleasant and powerful with notes of caramel and chocolate. Its flavour is well-balanced with a nice bitterness but is slightly disappointing in comparison to the aroma. The aftertaste is long and bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2001
Chocolatey malt aroma, mahogany brown colour and Licorice/malt in the mouth. A good alcoholic winter beer which would be better bottle conditioned.


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