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


on tap

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RATINGS: 501   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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Muggus69 (2493) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2015
330mL bottle from International Beer Collector - BB 13.08.15 Deep bronze body, some clarity, holds a dense beige head and lace. Aroma is seriously intense, very fortified-wine like indeed! Raisins, sultanas, rich caramel, burnt toffee, nougat, toasted nuts, brown sugar, dates, Christmas pudding - pretty much all things that are rich, dark and sweet! Sticky, chewy, low carbonation, long on the finish, slight warmth. Once again, port comes to mind - lovely sweet nutty, sultanas, dried fruits, lots of caramel and sticky toffee and sticky date pudding. Bitterness subdued, very sweet overall. Really nice flavour, certainly an after-dinner sort of beer - couldn’t drink a lot of it but damn tasty.

TorbenJensen (1528) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
Lovely compact creamy foam. The aroma is most marked by dark malt with a little sprinkling of nuts and licorice. The taste is something sweety in the beginning, but also a little taste of fig and dried fruit. Ells body and richness is difficult to define because of the aforementioned sweetness that unfortunately pursues taste long, and also kills the flavor impression as the aroma revealed. My best bet for a little body of this ale is something with overcooked vegetables. A somewhat confused and messy ale, which certainly is not tainted by Christmas, besides of course the overly pronounced sweetness. Belgian beer is therefore not always equal good quality (as many believe). Unfortunately, there are examples which are either neutral or abandoned and taste as it moves into a more extreme effect where it becomes too monotonous in its entirety. Towards the end we meet a little roasted malt aftertaste together with a subtle hoppy bitterness evoke the memory of the good Belgian brew a little back to life. The alcohol is 8.8%, so I think it will win new terms of taste terrain if it is stored under favorable conditions for 2-3 years.

Rubin77 (2120) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 20, 2015
F: nice brownish head and lots of lacing. C: dark ruby brown. A: malt roasted raisins and plums, brown sugar. T: medium to full body, plums and dark cherries, chocolate sweetness, aftertaste is alcohol warming and slightly bittersweet, very nice Christmas English strong ale beer and now in summer u can buy it just for 62c in some market here in Brussels. 

luklaer (187) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2015
It was very nice to taste all this Christmas beers, but I didn’t like this one as much as the others...

Hamirubi (587) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2015
33cl bottle. For I follow the John Martin Gordon series with great interest, I knew I would love this Xmas too. A dark beer, which colours the glass brown to deep red. The head is beige, brown. It is sweet, fairly malt and has a great alcohol ending.

Desverger (11455) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle from Voldby, shared with Niller - pours dark brown with a reddish hue. Sweet malty aroma and taste, caramel, brown sugar, some nice dark dried fruit and spices. Very nice.

Niller (1706) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle from Voldby. Pours brown/reddish with a good white head. Taste is malt, dried dark fruits, caramel, toffee, some berries. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly bitter and fruity finish.

vickey9 (999) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2015 Clear red-brown with a large white tan head. Nose is caramel, bread, cherry syrup. Taste is sweet with spices, Body is medium, carbon low, texture thin. Palate with some chocolate,resins and stout coffees. [email protected]

baraciisch (3234) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Rated from beer log from 2009 Belgian Trip.... 2003 Vintage... Candi sugar aroma, mildly aromatic, brown caramel in color... Fairly cloudy, minimal head, flavor is sweet like a typical dubbel with minimal bitterness, not very balanced... Tastes like I’m drinking dessert, finish is sweet candi sugar... Decent beer, but not terribly complex... Hides the 8.8% very well

BBHansen (939) - Køge, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2015
Draught @ Hugos. Appearance: pours clear copper with very limited white head and limited lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, brown sugar, nuts, light chocolate and some herbal hints. palette: low carbonation, medium body, notable caramel sweetness, limited bitterness, medium duration and an oily texture. Overall: decent strong ale

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