overall
85
75
style
Brewed by John Martin
Style: Scotch Ale
Genval, Belgium
Serve in Thistle

bottled
available

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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2010
Pours out very dark red-brown, very dark brown in the glass. Nice, big, off-white head that holds good, and sticks nicely at the glass. Earthy sour-sweet fruits at the smell. A bit metallic. Pretty good fruity-sweet taste. Spices and something earthy inside. A bit to simple, alcohol comes up pretty hard. But not bad at all!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Another bottle I brought back from my October trip to Belgium. Its dark brown in the glass with auburn highlights and topped by a frothy tan head. A malty nose, sweet spices and a faint smokiness. Rich, raisiny fruitiness blended in with sweet spices, clove and cinnamon perhaps. More dark fruit lurking below and an understated earthy smokiness or toastiness in the body. Theres a faint metallic quality in the finish and the fruitiness leaves a stickiness in the mouth. The earthy roastiness lingers in the aftertaste. Its 8.8% ABV but youd never know it. Very smooth and complex at the same time. Nice ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapez (1563) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2010
Bootle. Aroma of malt, cherries and nuts. Clear deep redbrown colour with huge beige head. Sweet flavour of cherries, caramelt, malt and some hops. Bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (7632) - Rimini, ITALY - APR 21, 2010
33cl bottle. pours a dark ruby color with a medium off-white head. The foam is medium lasting and not very good lacing. Aroma is predominantly sweet: heavily malty with molasses and toasted sweetness. Vinous alcohol and fruits in my nose too. Flavor is strong and sufficiently complex: mostly sweet and alcoholic at the beginning turning to bitterness in the end. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, a gorgeous beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14868) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle from a small shop on the south side of the south plaza where the buses come and go in Bruges. West of the red monstrosity. Pours really dark brown/black with a very foamy/cllingy beige/tan head. Mildly xmas spice aromas. Full body. Lots of flavor. Dark roasted malt and mixed spice. Creates a strong herb/spice sensation in the mouth. Its a heavy beer. Not a great beer, but a very sturdy and acceptable beer. Lots of caramel. Lots of flavor -repeated.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zita (6275) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 2, 2010
bread, toast, roasty, dark amber, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter, very ice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Pours a nice reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruits, nut, hops, and a touch of wood. Flavor is smooth caramel malt, wood, and a nice hop.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense N, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2010
Pours copper with a beige head. Aroma is sweet caramel, bready malt, raisin and plum. Flavour is sweet caramel, plum and raisin.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (6204) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2010
Ruby brown colour. Thin residual head. Strong sugary aroma and some red fruit (perhaps cherry) comes through. Rich and predominantly sweet flavour. Bittersweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear, dark amber beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is sweet, malt, caramel and some English hops. The flavor is likewise sweet, caramel and English hops. The palate is sweet. Overall a good beer.


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