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

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RATINGS: 411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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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 (424) - 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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (1788) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle at home, courtesy of Cuso. Pours brown color, lightly beige head. Aroma is sweet, spicy, dark berries, cinnamon. Taste is sweet, spicy, cinnamon, bit roasted malt, some hops.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1507) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Aroma: alcohol, intense caramel, grain and bread malts, light toasted flavours. Appearance: clear, dark brown, massive, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: intense caramel sweets progress and intensify, lively carbonation, liquorice coming up, quite long finish. Overall: very malty and sweet English Strong Ale, slightly too fizzy, missing the “Christmas” spices. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
niquillis (1195) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
On tap at Den Engel, Leek. Pours mid brown with off white head. Good chewy dark fruit and spice Xmas ale. This is what Xmas beers should taste like.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Distance_Runner (66) - BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle from Carrefour, Brussels, Belgium. Well, I got used to drink Belgian Strong Ale so this feels like a bit light ot not dense enough!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (4231) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2014
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours clear dark brown, red tinged, thin off-white head. Aromas of light spice, ginger, clove, strong toffee-malt notes. Taste is quite sweet, more spice. Bit sticky. Warming booziness. "It’s the most wonderful time, of the year!"

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABT_S54 (200) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2014
33cl bottle served in a Delirium Noel glass. Pours a translucent dark brown which when held to the light shines a nice garnet colour. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with a nice balance of carbonation. Aroma is malt and spices. Taste is toffee, molasses and spices with quite a pronounced bitterness. Tastes like a Scottish style Belgian (ala McChouffe) with added spices. OK but not up to the other Belgian Xmas ales.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjik83 (645) - - DEC 4, 2014
************************************************** + Matig Niet mijn smaak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 12/4/2014 Total Score: 2.7
************************************************ + Matig Niet mijn smaak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (857) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Clear amber brown color, good frothy beige head, dissipates after a while, good lacing; aroma sweet malty, roasted, caramel, dough, dried dark fruits, spicy notes; taste heavy sweet, caramel; full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation; finish malty sweet, spicy notes, alcohol, in the aftertaste more and more roasted bitterness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ajes (19) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2014
Creamy light brown head. Aroma, malt, cinnamon and fruity yeast. Clear Dark red/brown color. Taste. Sweet malt, lightly toasted, raisins/proons. Fairly dry yet slightly creamy. Very good Christmas beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (5079) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle from a friend, many thanks Danie. Copper brown color with medium off-white head. Aroma of malr, fruits, Christmas spices. taste, dark malt, caramel, licorice, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, nuts. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Good.


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