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

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RATINGS: 479   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (308) - - MAY 23, 2013
aspetto molto invitante..colore rosso rubino molto intenso..schiuma non eccessiva ma quanto basta. aroma esplosivo,intenso e molto caratteristico..sicuramente alcolico,ma anche molto maltato,frutta scura,lieviti molto particolari,veramente uno spettacolo.. forte ma non mi stancherei mai di annusarlo..c qualcosa che non riesco ad identificare,ma non iporta..aroma da 9! gusto molto particolare..alcolico quanto basta,lascia spazio al corpo ben maltato e al retrogusto amaro sul palato.. birra speciale,non da bere in tutte le occasioni viste le caratteristiche particolarmente "invadenti" ma,come indica la categoria,ogni tanto una di queste ci vuole!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silvan7 (1145) - Samarate, ITALY - DEC 6, 2016
Bottle @ home. ramato carico con riflessi rubino. solo leggermente velata, quasi limpida. Schiuma beige fine poco persistente. Aroma complesso e piacevole non troppo intenso. Frutta rossa disidratata, uvetta e canditi, cacao in polvere cannella, zucchero candito, erbaceo da luppolo. Dolce amabile, caramellata, zuccherina, fruttata (amarene) , leggermente luppolata, lo si avverte solo nel finale. Retrolfattivo particolarmente inteso di toffee, burroso. Corposa, non molto carbonata, calda, rotonda. Meno "belga" di molte altre natalizie, tuttavia equilibrata ed armonica.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hohops (844) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2016
Appearance- very dark brown, ruby tinges. A big, thick, clingy, foamy beige head. Aroma- cherries, red wine, cherry cake, nutty hints, malty bread, raisins. Taste- cherry liqueur, blended dark fruits, sweet malts, fruitcake, sweet lengthy finish. Mouthfeel is juicy. Very easy to drink for 8.8%.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nutjes (427) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2016
33cl-fles op kerst- en winterbiertasting van H.O.P. in t Rusteel te Gullegem. U: Helder kastanjebruin met een rode gloed en een dunne lichtbruine schuimkraag. G: Karamel, gedroogd fruit, metaal, melkchocolade en chicorei. S: Gedroogd fruit, melkchocolade, chicocorei, gebrande mout en een beetje alcohol. Afdronk doet denken aan een latte macchiato. M: Semi-volmondig met een lichte carbonatie.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumore (111) - Rimini, ITALY - NOV 29, 2016
From bottle. Pours a brilliant brown (or dark copper), with limited brownish/cappuccino head. Aroma is fruits under spirits, caramel. Body is dense. Taste is sweet, steering sweet, but with bitterness coming up as you keep your sip in your mouth. Finish leaves you a pleasant bittersweet mouthfeel.

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3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (13194) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle - Toffee, fig and raisin. Deep dark brown with a decent beige head. Dark toffee notes, touches of spice and some bitterness. Lots of boozy notes which is surprising considering the not huge abv.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
palner (36) - - NOV 26, 2016
Julelsmagning. Caramel golden with light foam. Very sweet and malty, round and mild taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holsgaard (9) - Kge, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2016 does not count
Best xmas Beer ever tasted. With a taste of Carmel, Semi roasted malt with a little bit taste of chocolate. Its has a nicely look. Amber look with a white head. Overall a great beer. I tasted it at Hugos in Denmark. It has been storages 1 year. Rely nice sweet taste.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Klimaet (2137) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2016
Tap @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours clear brown with a small offwhite head. Aromas of malt, caramel, light spice, chocolate. Taste is light bitter, caramel, sweetish orange, malt, sweet berry-like notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vestergaard (1866) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2016
From tap at Fermentoren Aarhus. Pours a dark, clear amber with a small white head. Aroma has caramel malts, sweet toasty malts, nissel, pretty weak. Taste is sweet, toasty, light metallic bitterness, but in general pretty anonymous. Average to low carbonation and a medium full body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luneylane (63) - 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.


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