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


on tap

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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hrabren (1174) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 23, 2017
0.33 l bottle at MBR, Remetinec, Zagreb. Dark amber to brown, clear, creamy off-white to tan head. Very nice. Dark cherry aroma, caramel, toasted malts, roasty, light spicy. Moderate sweet, balanced, light roasty. Medium body, medium carbonation, moderate dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (10009) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2017
Bottle from Deli Belge, Sowerby Bridge. Dark reddish-brown with a thin head. Strong but not quite feeling its strength, partly through a gentle smoothness in its texture. It has rich dark malts in its taste with a sweetness here and in its nose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lisowczyk (78) - POLAND - MAR 7, 2017
Bardzo dużo słodu, karmelu i odrobina ciemnego pieczywa. Do tego rodzynki, suszone owoce, cukier kandyzowany, nuty przypraw od drożdży. Piwo o sporej pełni i słodyczy, ktrą kontruje jak na styl wysoka goryczka. Do blu klasyczna Belgia, ale to nie piwo świąteczne.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
budedou (946) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - FEB 6, 2017
Clear amber color, small white head. Alcohol, biscuit and caramel malt aroma. Begins sweet-ish with caramely notes, than turns to more alcohol with roasty finish. Medium body soft carbonation. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nathanvc (391) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2017
Pours clear brown with a red hue and lasting foamy light tan head, in a nice glass. The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel and alcohol. It tastes medium to heavy sweet, only very light bitter and spicy. Oily texture, full body and soft carbonation. Very warming but the alcohol overrules it a bit too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
roldano (131) - - JAN 16, 2017
Espuma blanca-beige que permanece, color cobrizo rojizo donde se aprecian bastantes burbujas brotar constantemente, aroma dulce que acompaa a su sabor con inicio dulce y regusto permanente.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyhallmanti (436) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2017
33cl bottle at home. Pours a clear dark brown colour with a red glow and an decent off-white head which quickly collapses to a thin layer on top and a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of malts, spices, caramel, raisins, bread, nuts. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter with a sweet and spicy finish. Notes of caramel, spices, nuts, bread, cherry, raisins, cichorei. Texture is watery, medium bodied with soft carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jybi (263) - FRANCE - JAN 5, 2017
Joyeux Nol de chez Martin ! Cest relativement un beau cadeau que nous fais cette brasserie qui ma plus dune fois due. Le relativement est cependant un point important. La bonne surprise fut davoir dgust une vritable bire de Nol respectant chaleur, suavit et pices. Cependant le manque de complexit et plusieurs dfauts nen font pas plus quune bire apprciable. Le packaging est plutt plaisant, dominante rouge et un graphisme de saison. En verre, la Gordon XMas Ale est galement apprciable, brune, parfaitement limpide, avec de jolis reflets rubis. La mousse, beige, ne nappe cependant que la surface de la bire. Le nez, est insuffisamment dvelopp mais agrable sur le pruneau, le chocolat et parsem dun brin de rglisse. A linstar, lattaque, douce, est peu aromatique avec des notes de candi, de rglisse et de caf qui se font ressentir. La seconde bouche est nettement plus intressante avec larrive de lamertume bien soutenue par lalcool avec des armes dominants de chocolat et de rglisse. Larrire bouche, sur les fruits rouges mrs, cerises et pruneaux, complte bien lensemble. Le final, dune bonne longueur, laissera quant lui davantage place la rglisse. Lhomognit globale est bonne, mme si on regrettera un sucre trop important alourdissant notamment le final. Lensemble manque par contre de complexit et on reste sur des armes trop linaires. Mais ne boudons pas notre plaisir....et joyeux Nol belgico-cossais !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lello4ever (944) - ITALY - JAN 1, 2017
Bruna con riflessi rossi, schiuma di media persistenza dal colore beige, fine e pannosa. Al naso buone note di prugne e frutta secca, uvetta, malto con una discreta vena erbacea. Bevuta positiva, il malto accompagnato da una bella speziatura intensa, tornano uvetta e frutta secca, un po di caramello. Bello il finale amarognolo che rende la birra molto equilibrata. Il corpo pieno, la carbonazione media. Scotch di quelle veramente ben fatte, nel periodo invernale pu accompagnare benissimo la serata, grazie anche ad un buon tenore alcolico.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SkillsFactory (717) - ITALY - JAN 1, 2017
Best before 01/12/2016, aperta il primo gennaio 2017. Rossa scura con riflessi arancio brillante, schiuma beige di media persistenza. Aroma di malto dorzo ed erbaceo (Saaz), leggero diacetile, liquirizia. Al palato ancora malto dorzo, e diacetile, finale caramellato, liquirizia, erbaceo e tostato con una lieve nota di cioccolato. Corpo pieno, molto carbonata.

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