Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Gordon Scotch Ale was born in the limpid highlands among isolated lochs and haunting Scottish castles. This brown beer, reminiscent of a dark ruby, is full of contrast - both strong and smooth. Its creamy head is delectation for the palate. This unique nectar can also be discovered under the name of Douglas Scotch Ale. Has been renamed Finest Scotch in 2006.
Note: ABV at some point from 8.6% to 8%.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlamb (18) - - OCT 7, 2013
Brownish colour and a little muddy to look at, with a fairly low tan head. Aroma is generally malty; certainly lacks and of the refined toffee or peaty notes of a true scotch ale. The flavour is richly malty with some warmth from alcohol; well balanced and pleasant but once again a purist would say not a scotch ale. Enjoyable drink that stands well amongst a list of typical Begian beers (some of these "scotch ales" are appearing in Belgian pubs)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (2698) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2017
Bottle. Dark Brown / Ruby in colour. Sweet Malty (burnt sugar, caramel, toffee, roast malts). Fruity (dark fruits, raisins). Smooth & rich. Very sweet roast malty with bitter edge. Dry malty finish. Too sweet. Not for me. (2008)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
roldano (120) - - FEB 12, 2017
Espuma beige que se disipa bastante pronto, color granate oscuro con fina burbuja brotando constantemente, aroma dulce en nariz, sabor que va desde el dulce a las notas amargas con regusto permanente.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
johnarktor (86) - FRANCE - JAN 15, 2017
Aroma: sugary hard biscuits (those ones grandmas always give you and you hate), molasses, herbs, berries (cherry), barrel wood, nose of molasses ; Appearance: Dark reddish brown, tan/white frothy foam ; Taste: medium to heavy sweetness, low bitterness ; Palate: medium body, sirupy feel, low carbonation, sweet finish. Overall: too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ysok02 (1265) - Mons, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2016
Robe ambre, mousse crmeuse. Nez discret sur les crales, le malt, lgre note houblonne et rglisse. Bouche lattaque amre, un rtro de rglisse, une bulle discrte et une finale amre. Agrable sans plus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zilverenmaan (94) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2016
Taste of sweet liquorice and burnt malts. Aftertaste bitter. A bit watery and dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (413) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2016
Vackert rdbrun. Maltig doft med lite ntter och torkad frukt. I smaken finns en bra maltstma, ntter och torkad frukt, lite rostade toner, lite honungsstma, en fyllig beska kommer p slutet och hnger kvar lnge. En fyllig och vlbalanserad ale. Provning p De Klomp

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zilb (233) - Fontenay Sous Bois, FRANCE - NOV 12, 2016
Bue a Bruges. Biere brune a col de mousse moyen et tenue moyenne. Arome persistant de caramel. Biere tres diuce, sucree avec une pointe damertume. Un peu epicee en final mais le caramel reste dominant. Pas mal, mais meilleure dsns mes souvenirs de Bruxelles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zarrach76 (165) - Grenoble, FRANCE - OCT 30, 2016
Trs belle brune/ambre transparente, avec une mousse ivoire trs fine. Nez trs gourmand, porte par des malts superbement torrfies avec des armes de pain dpice, de viennoiseries, de sirop drable, de cassonade, de caramel, de pomme cuite, raisin sec, gele de coin, pruneau, sucre candi, banane sche,.. Lalcool soutient bien lensemble et rappelle un peu le rhum et bien sr le whisky. Superbe ! La bouche est ample, avec beaucoup de corps. La gorge sarrondit dlicatement sur les malts qui sont absolument sublimes. La carbonatation est moyenne, juste ce quil faut, et la bouche steint sur une lgre amertume des houblons persistante qui contrebalance parfaitement les malts. Lalcool est impeccable de tenu. On a limpression de dguster une bonne ptisserie lgrement chocolate avec lamertume dun zest dagrumes (orange en particulier). Cest cette amertume, propre la gentiane notamment, qui persiste au palet sur le final tout en laissant un got umami sur la langue. Un produit qui nest pas des plus complexes dans ses armes et sa structure, mais nanmoins superbe et unique dans ses saveurs et lmotion quelle procure !!! Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lukka19 (920) - Myjava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle at tasting. Amber to brown color, thick light tan head. Aroma of dried fruits, berries, honey, caramel, hazelnuts. Taste is caramely, sweet, nutty, light hoppy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wombat23 (1087) - Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Shared bottle. Clear amber, light beige head. Aroma is malty and sweet, fermenting dark fruits. Taste is very malty and very sweet. Caramel. Molasses. Not much smoke or peat, if any.

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