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

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RATINGS: 501   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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3.6
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.

3.7
saxo (18208) - Højbjerg, 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.

3.8
eManu (544) - 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.

3.2
borisz (418) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2009
Nice beer for December. 33CL Bottle bought at the bierkoning. Deep brown color, nice taste :).

3.7
bkurtz (1078) - 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.

3.2
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, 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.

3.8
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle, Barleycorns, Nantwich. Big heavy brown colour with a dissipating yet thick off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, sour cherry. Moderately sweet and very well balanced with great hop bitterness and a pleasingly warm finish.Think this could well be the best xmas brew Ive thus far tasted. Very enjoyable.

3.2
TrefwoordPunk (1163) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a hazy brown with a medium tannish white head and an aroma of caramel, breadish malts and cinnamon. The taste is sweet, lots of brown sugar, toffee, ripe plums, banana and sweet winter spices. The finish is mainly sweet, with some spices in the end. Pretty good!

3.9
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, spicy yeast, and cherries. Taste is spicy yeast sweet malt, caramel, and tart cherries. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.

3.9
Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
This bottle has at least a couple of years on it. We nearly opened it last winter. Pours brown with light brown edges and thin tan head. The aroma is malty sweet with loads of molasses to go along with earthiness, yeasty spice and curdled grape puree. The taste begins with even smooth dark fruitiness moving into molasses, earthiness, candi sugar and some yeasty spice. Nicely aged and tasting very good.


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