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


on tap

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RATINGS: 494   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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tommann (3801) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2010
330ml bottle. Pours a dark amber with a large head. Aroma is raisin, molasses, some alcohol. Sweet start and sweet raisin finish. Warm alcohol on the finish. Full in the mouth.

Geokkjer (7627) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle.Pours deep amber with a small off-white head.Aroma is fruity, malty, hay, berries, licorice and alcohol.Flavor is sweet and warming with some malt and berries.Medium body, soft carbonation.

Despotis (222) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - DEC 7, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2011 Dark ruby beer with a nice biege head.Smell sweet,roasted malt,tobacco,pine,chocolate.Taste alcohol.sweet malt,chocolate,bread,light smoked,cinνamon.Dry salty warm finish.A nice beer.

RasmusOtt (2792) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2014 Too much malt sweetness in there for me, and I have just never been a fan of that kind of english hops. apart from this - this beer was okay. Alot of sweetness (honey syrup caramel) and malts with some spices and hops.

Pedro_Tallieu (57) - Deinze, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2010
75cl bottle shared with family. The beer has a browned body with a beige medium fizzy to creamy head that doesn’t stay long. The aroma of this beer is very sweet and warm, with hints of dark malt, sugar, caramel, spices and herbs. The taste has that same sweet and warm feeling. Definitely caramel and sugar. This is a quite strong but doesn’t taste like one. Nice beer for this time of the year.

markas101 (2468) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2010
33cl bottle, The Dram Shop, Sheffield, UK. Ruby tinged amber with a thin dough coloured head. Faint raisin and pudding aroma, sweet with more raisin and prune coming through. Very little detectable alcohol for the strength. Merry Xmas.

tlind2 (1744) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2010
750 ml bottle. Deep copper color, off-white head. Slightly spicy aroma with herbal notes. Strong resiny flavor with alcohol. Lingering, bitter-sweet finish. Full body, medium carbonation. Improved with a bit of warmth.

DeanF (2469) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2010
Well.... arriving at Gordon’s "Christmas" ale, I can only hope that they put more effort into such a drink than their regular ales! Of course, it’s only a hope..... it pours with a decent head and a brown body; rather boring. Aroma is exactly that of a barley lager, fresh and relaxing if not a little complex. The taste is barley and tin - strong but still refreshing, harsh but still drinkable. Probably Gordon’s best effort, for whatever that is worth.

lusikka (7814) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2010
Tap @ Gastropub Tuulensuu.
Pours a dark reddish brown colour with a long lasting, white and lacy head. Arom of strong cherries, honey, hops and some caramel malts. Flavour of the same elements. Medium bodied with a warming, dark fruity finish. Some citrus at the mouthfeel too. Decent brew, but nothing special.

maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2010
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a whitish head and lacing. A spicy fruity malty beer throughout with spongy fruits. Decent hopping and warming alcohol. A sipper but good with nice fruitiness.

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