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

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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.


Icedwarf's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (805) - Etten-Leur, - JUL 26, 2014
Donkerbruin bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is zoet en kruidig, caramel, chokolade, noten. Blijft lang hangen. Uitstekend bier, smaakt ook in de zomer.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3343) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 26, 2015
Gordon Xmas 8.8% Picked up at a Carrefour Supermarket during my trip to Belgium and served in my new thistle glass I picked up at the Jeu de Balle flea market. This was less than 2€. It pours a deep ruby brown with a dense thick beige head. The nose is intensely malty with cinnamon , figs and a huge breadiness - liquid lunch yes sirree. The taste is bready, malty sweet toffee, cinnamon biscuits and candied plums in a med-thin body. Overall a nice Christmas beer for the price.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (466) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2015
Dark and clear ruby red with small ivory head, nice lacing. Muscat wine aroma, with raisins, dates, caramel, glacé cherries. The taste, as expected, is quite sweet - all the elements alluded to in the aroma are also reflected in the flavour. Just enough bitterness to stop it becoming excessively cloying. Full bodied, oily and hides the ABV well. This one remind me of an english barleywine with some xmas style additions. Nice winter sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Muggus69 (1553) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2015
330mL bottle from International Beer Collector - BB 13.08.15 Deep bronze body, some clarity, holds a dense beige head and lace. Aroma is seriously intense, very fortified-wine like indeed! Raisins, sultanas, rich caramel, burnt toffee, nougat, toasted nuts, brown sugar, dates, Christmas pudding - pretty much all things that are rich, dark and sweet! Sticky, chewy, low carbonation, long on the finish, slight warmth. Once again, port comes to mind - lovely sweet nutty, sultanas, dried fruits, lots of caramel and sticky toffee and sticky date pudding. Bitterness subdued, very sweet overall. Really nice flavour, certainly an after-dinner sort of beer - couldn’t drink a lot of it but damn tasty.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TorbenJensen (784) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
Lovely compact creamy foam. The aroma is most marked by dark malt with a little sprinkling of nuts and licorice. The taste is something sweety in the beginning, but also a little taste of fig and dried fruit. Ells body and richness is difficult to define because of the aforementioned sweetness that unfortunately pursues taste long, and also kills the flavor impression as the aroma revealed. My best bet for a little body of this ale is something with overcooked vegetables. A somewhat confused and messy ale, which certainly is not tainted by Christmas, besides of course the overly pronounced sweetness. Belgian beer is therefore not always equal good quality (as many believe). Unfortunately, there are examples which are either neutral or abandoned and taste as it moves into a more extreme effect where it becomes too monotonous in its entirety. Towards the end we meet a little roasted malt aftertaste together with a subtle hoppy bitterness evoke the memory of the good Belgian brew a little back to life. The alcohol is 8.8%, so I think it will win new terms of taste terrain if it is stored under favorable conditions for 2-3 years.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (164) - 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 (187) - 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 (325) - 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 (4231) - 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 (970) - 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 (744) - 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


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