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


on tap

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RATINGS: 495   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (11981) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2009
very beautiful clear red with a thick solid light brown head. must be filtered, but i must admit it looks super nice. mild fruity sawdusty hoppy aroma, red berries seem to dominate. flavor is red berries, cherry, wood? (is it aged??), caramel, malt, very faint "american" style hops like flavor (not sure what it is), also lots of sweetness and dark fruits. faint spices, alc sensed as a spice, strange metallic tinge to the flavor that i dont like, but overall tasty and intersting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (13183) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2009
A deep dark clear brown ale with a thick receeding moka head. In aroma, a good caramel and molasses, with treacle notes. In mouth, a sweet caramel malt, buttery, toffee, sweet and cloying. Medium bodied. Tasted Nov. 2008. Bieropholie import.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2009
The beer has a brown color with a thin offwhite head. Nice aroma of spices, chocolate and malt. Good flavor of chocolate, malt and spices. The body is light with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3855) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2009
Green bottle covered with read plastic, 75 cl, best before 08/11/08, via Importations Prives Biropholie, savoured on February 28 2009; eye: copper, clear, good effervescence, voluminous beige head that falls and turns into a sheet, good lacing; nose: malt, alcohol, spices, caramel, light molasses; mouth: foamy, malt, alcohol, spices, caramel, light molasses, yeast, finale in caramel with presence of malt, rather sweet, medium body, sticky, average carbonation; overall: correct FRANAIS Bouteille verte recouverte dun film rouge, 75 cl, meilleure avant 08/11/08, via Importations Prives Biropholie, savoure le 28 fvrier 2009; il : cuivre, claire, bonne effervescence, mousse beige abondante qui tombe et se transforme en une couverture, bonne dentelle; nez : malt, alcool, pices, caramel, lger mlasse; bouche : mousseuse, malt, alcool, pices, caramel, lger mlasse, levure, finale en caramel avec prsence de malt, riche, plutt sucre, corps moyen, collante, carbonatation moyenne; en rsum : correct

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - FEB 17, 2009
No 693
Rated: 16.02.2009
Bottle green, 750 ml
Appearance: Pours dark rubby brown body, very beautiful, livley and essential body colour, body texture is perfectly clear, carbonation of the body is livley, head is typical for the English Ale, creamy, off - white, beige, cappuccino like, quite nice lacing, initially head is small but firm ald long lasting.
Aroma: Very nice, characteristic aroma of English earthy hops - Challanger or Golding hops, raisin, resin, Crystalized Englis pale malt, note of butterscotch, some toasty malt accents, alcohol is perfectly hidden as for such a high amount of 8.8% abv, spicyness, coocoo candy, very pleasant and inviting, well balanced and quite strong.
Flavour: Generally strong alcoholic background what is positive as for the later flavour impression. Quite heavy gravity ale, front apart from being alcoholic is very sweet, a bit too sweet for me but apart from that it becomes very spicy especially later on and bitter, very clean aftertaste leaving floral hoppyness in nose, profound notes of resin, raisin, butterscotch, crystalized malt, toasty malt, robust, some notes of roastyness, nice bitter, hoppy aftertaste is totally nothing with too heavy, sticky sweetness on palate, finish duration is medium, dark chockolate, cacao, spearmint.
Palate: Body is full, texture is sticky, sweet, carbonation on palate is medium, finish feel is moderately alcoholic with still perfectly hidden alcohol even if the beer is warmer, spicy, clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (17225) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are dark fruits, malt, spices and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
eManu (540) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 I had this beer a few time over the x-mas times and its wonderfull. I buy a six pack right away. It pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. It taste rich with a great blend of caramel and fruits, very appreaciated. Drinking this is always a good time. Excelent beer. New Review on 29 Dec. 2009. Pours a dark red brown color with a nice light tan head. Aroma of strong roasted malts, caramles and some liquorice. Flavors of roasted malts, coffee, caramels, candy and spices. A sweet and sligtly sour dry finish. Very enjoyable Xmas brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
borisz (407) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2009
Nice beer for December. 33CL Bottle bought at the bierkoning. Deep brown color, nice taste :).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bkurtz (1068) - MOROCCO - JAN 5, 2009
Poured deep brown/copper with a nive full head. Typical Belgian Christmas ale with sweet malts and spices. Well-made, great tasting brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2008
0.33 l bottle. Dark amber color with big creamy head. Sweet, malty and toasty aroma with licorice and almonds. Sweet flavor with aromatic, toasty and nutty maltiness, grain whisky, licorice and molasses. I used to like this a lot, but now it is too sweet and sugary, and tastes a bit like a artificial mix of extracts and alcohol.

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