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

bottled
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RATINGS: 505   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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4.6
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2004
Bottle bought in Belgium. Strong and dark ale, very malty, warming alcohol. Caramel/Toffee. Very nice

3.7
Russo (2014) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2013
A clear brown color with a off-white head. Aroma is very sweet with smoked and dark fruits notes hints of caramel and roasted malt,. Flavor is pretty much the same. Medium body and carbonation. Good one!

3.5
gopherfan99 (2012) - 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

3.3
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Poured a dark amber with a very thick beige head. Very malty, sweet aroma. Light smokiness. Flavor is mostly malt. Nice.

3.3
Lunkie (1966) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
Sweet malt aroma. Dark brown clear colour with good head and lacing. Thick malt flavour that lingers. Smooth palate.

3.3
MaartenRF10 (1959) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2012
Clear brown, good off-white head. Strong toffee aroma. Very surprising and interesting taste. Some sort of coffee chocolate praliné with toffee. Medium dry.

3
hrabren (1953) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 23, 2017
0.33 l bottle at MBR, Remetinec, Zagreb. Dark amber to brown, clear, creamy off-white to tan head. Very nice. Dark cherry aroma, caramel, toasted malts, roasty, light spicy. Moderate sweet, balanced, light roasty. Medium body, medium carbonation, moderate dry finish.

4
MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Dark mahogany red. Nose rich and darkly sweet, bit peaty and maple syrup-esque, a bit like an oversweetened scotch ale. Nice flavor, rich and sweet, spiced toffee and butterscotch. Plummy sweet. Lots of caramel and chocolate. Rather good stuff.

3.7
vanvenlo (1927) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 6 Jun 2005 (Xmas 2003 - VAT at Kulminator). I thought it was a bit strange that the first beer I have at Kulminator is Scottish. A choice of 8 or so VAT beers at Kulminator - the VAT seems to make the beer somoother. A good night and a back courtyard awaits. I think this place is better on a quiet weekday afternoon, away from the smoke. TASTING - Very sweet and slightly sour aroma (smoke effected tasting). Clear brown-red colour, with rock solid light brown head and good sheet lacing. Easy to drink sweet malt and some roasted choc flavours. Smooth and light bitterness, with lingering spiritous malt.

3.5
Ysok02 (1920) - Mons, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2016
Robe brune aux reflets ambrés, mousse peu persistante. Nez assez banal sur des notes chocolatées, des fruits secs, un peu de houblon. Bouche plus intéressante que le nez avec son attaque acidulée, un coté malté qui domine, une bulle onctueuse et une finale acidulée. Une bière de Noël agréable.


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