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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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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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4.1
Finn (7516) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle 0,33l. Dark brown/mahogany colored. A huge creamy head. Lot of filigrees. Aroma of spice and fruit. Rounded impression but spicy all the way. Some sweetness. A good Christmas beer.

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epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JAN 21, 2008
Brown color, dense head. Aroma: Vinous, chocolate, rosted malt, caramel, dark fruits, alcohol. Complex. Palate: Dark fruits, caramel, rosted, brown sugar, alcohol, bitter finish. Complex. Very good beer.

3.2
MoritzF (9851) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2008
(33cl bottle, 8.8% abv) Clear, mahogany colour with a medium-sized, light-beige foamy head with lace. Slightly dusty and sweet toast-malty nose with notes of prunes, accompanied by a metallic and slightly acidic tang. Sweet flavour, full bodied, soft on carbon. Toasty malty, slightly fruity taste with light notes of caramel; sweet and malt-accented, moderately toasted and slightly fruity finish with spicy accents and a quite low level of hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is well-embedded. Just okay.

3.3
jgb9348 (6199) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Nice dark brown coloured body with a dense off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and definitely some nuts. Medium-bodied; Spicey malt up front fades to nuts, alcohol later on. Aftertaste shows complexity - a nice deep spice plus some very potent pit fruit flavours. Overall, a good beer - nothing tremendous, but finding this in a little market in Bruxelles speaks volumes. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from a small little market off Ave. Louise in Bruxelles, Belgium on 01-January-2008.

3.8
Plovmand (8266) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2008
75 cl all red bottle. Dark brown color with a long lasting white head. Aroma og nuts and caramel and flavor is sweet fruit, dark caramel, chocolate and nuts. Feels very good in the mouth. A very nice beer indeed.

4
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Pours dark brown with an off white head. The aroma has hints of berries and spices.The flavor has a nice sweetness complimented by a good bitter aftertaste. Really enjoyable.

3.6
faroeviking (10842) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle. Vintage 2005. Pours a clear deep mahogny colour with a nice creamy off-white head leaving a good lacing. Sweet caramel dark fruity aroma with molasses and alcohol. Good mouthfeel. Sweet roasty caramel flavour with yeast, lots of dark fruits, prunes, malt and some liquorice. Sweet well lasting dark fruity finish.

3.3
Fin (10478) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle from Onlyfineales.com This poured red/amber with an off-whire head, there was also quite a noticeable amount of carbonation. A slightly metallic nose like copper coins as Loz pointed out reminded one of a canned beer. Chewy soft fudge taste, nice and full bodied, a touch sweet but a very decent beer.

3.9
KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2007
[Bottle 2004] Dark brown with nice off white head. Sweet malty aroma with overripe fruits. Malty flavor with spices, brown sugar and toffee. Good balance.

3.6
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
330ml bottle. Deep brown colouration, with a small head. Nice aroma of marzipan and fruit cake. Rich, spicy taste - sweet but not cloying. Overall, a good Christmas ale. Love the old-school label as well!


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