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

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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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luneylane (159) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - NOV 4, 2016
A bottle from lApero off licence, drunk at home. A little early, but the mercury slipped below 20 last night so why not? Bottle one month out of date, not that it would matter... Aroma: very rich, brandy, Christmas cake. Appearance: very dark brown, maybe opaque, too dark to tell. Modest, tan head. Palate: full-bodied and sticky, average carbonation, long boozy finish. Taste: very complex - plums, raisins, chocolate. Well-balanced - sweet and bitter in equal measure. Another winter classic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blueshawk (465) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - OCT 25, 2016
- dunkelrot-brunliche Farbe mit zarter Schaumbildung - intensivste Aromen nach einer malzig-karamelligen Se mit einer leichten Brotbeigabe - perfekte Carbonisierung - die Se dominiert das Bier schon sehr, wird teilweise etwas zu aufdringlich, aber nie wirklich unangenehm Fazit: Das nenne ich mal ein gutes Weihnachtsbier

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mice (932) - FINLAND - AUG 3, 2016
Kirkas, punertavanruskea olut kohtalaisella, mutta aika nopeasti katoavalla vaahdolla. Sokerinen, karamellinen ja hieman marjainen sek alkoholinen tuoksu. Maku sokerinen, alkoholinen ja marjainen. Pehmen ljyinen ja keskitytelinen suutuntuma. Yksiulotteinen, eik todellakaan jouluinen.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (10126) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 10, 2016
Tap at Sapporo Craft Beer Forest. Dark brown. Nose is caramel, fudge, raisins. Very sweet flavor, cloying. Lots of caramel and raisin. Too much for me.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Trolleo (1486) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 29, 2016
Clear amber color, small white head. Alcohol, biscuit and caramel malt aroma. Begins sweet-ish with caramely notes, than turns to more alcohol with roasty finish. Medium body soft carbonation. Okay.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (3710) - CROATIA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml at Pivkan, Zagreb. Pours amberish brown with solid beige head. Caramel, toffee, dried fruit, spicy. Medium bodied. Quite nice actually.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Syfher (407) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 5, 2016
Bottle of 33cl, in a Thistle glass; from the fridge. Well... The beer is nor good nor bad : with her deep brown colour and her creamy head, the taste is just sweet and alcohol, with a sticky aftertaste... Nope, but yes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1705) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Bottle; pours dark amber with a beige head; sweet aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, with hints of spice and booze; taste is sweet with toffee, dark fruits, caramel, and malt; finish is dry with some spice and alcohol; okay

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopverdju (1120) - BELGIUM - APR 12, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2016 12-4-2016: 3,5/5 Donker robijnrood bier met een beige schuimkraag. Geur: gedroogde vijgen, rozijntjes. Smaak: zoet, rozijnen, wat alcoholisch. Matige koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: zoet. 3-12-2 16: Donker robijnrood bier met een beige schuimkraag. Geur: licht metallisch in t begin, licht geparfumeerd (doet denken aan geurkaarsen) kruidig, Koffiecichorei, gedroogd fruit, vijgen, pruim, melkchocolade, lichtjes koffie (caf noir koekjes). Smaak: zoet - bitter, fruitig, cranberry, lichtjes koffie. Romig mondgevoel. Weinig koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: licht droog, licht bitter.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (556) - Padova, ITALY - MAR 20, 2016
Birra veramente spettacolare. Laspetto perfetto: rosso rubino molto scuro e limpido, con schiuma tra il bianco e il leggermente rosato/marroncino. Il naso buono, ma non particolarmente intenso. In bocca d il meglio di s: calda, liquorosa, avvolgente, dolce, abbastanza speziata e pulita allo stesso tempo, con sentori predominanti di ciliegia sotto spirito. Insomma, un capolavoro.


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