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

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 500   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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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yves (3013) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2009
Brown coloured beer with small off-white head. Buttery malty and bit hoppy aroma. Full bit creamy sweet sparkling palate. Finish is sweet and herby ending dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (5382) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle.Golden brown appearance.Powerful and smooth. Impressive. An excellent beer or Christmas or any other time of the year.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
From allen Black with a fizzy white head. Roasty sugar molasses dark fruit and belgian yeast aroma. Syrupy bright palate and tastes of fig and bread. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (13578) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 6, 2009
Ruby with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of caramel and brown sugar. Sweet caramel and burnt sugar flavour with herbal notes

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2009
This is Belgian? Ah Scottish & Newcastle. That explains it. Not my thing really. Dark red tinted brown with a pale cream head. Malty, cardboard and metal, thinners, alcohol very present. Sweet and sugary. Berry type fruit, spices, bit cloying and nasty mouthfeel. I needed a strong drink at 5.00am, this fitted the bill and it was just for necking and thank Eric it was. Average at best.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (12034) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (13693) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3986) - 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

3.6
   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.


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