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

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RATINGS: 498   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Retorp. Pours a dark brown to black color with a thin white head. Aroma has an earthiness to it with notes of sweet malt, spice, yeast, caramel, toffee and some hints of prunes or raisins. Flavor is malty and sweet with caramel, honey, spice, some slight notes of alcohol toward finish. Generally medium body with a pleasing malt finish.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
corkyrory66 (1802) - BELGIUM - APR 18, 2014
Bire qui se prtend loriginale des cuves de Nol... rien que cela Mais bien sr mme si elle tait la premire en date, elle nen est pas pour autant la premire en cotation ... Couleur roux fonc. Clart nette. Bulles sur une seule colonne faible, pas vives. Mousse beige moyen gros flocons qui baisse vite. Armes de sucre brun (trs fort), malt chocolat, pointe de cerises noires. 1re bouche assez liquide sur du malt, une pice et une pointe de caf. Arrire-bouche trs courte. 2me sur un ensemble assez htroclite, et de basse classe. 3me o on descend encore de niveau, un fondu de malt, et du mas Arrire-bouche sans aucune valeur. La longueur est faible, morne, sans relief. On navigue en eaux troubles. La levure est inexistante, pas de refermentation (pour une Christmas, cest lamentable). Lalcool naide en rien, il est l pour la gloriole... La finale est nulle et non avenue. CONCLUSION: une banalit atroce.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (1801) - BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2013
Drunk from 33cl bottle. Strong dark slightly sweet ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
liinis (1769) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2012
Dark red brown colour. Sweet and strong, alcohol is bit too noticeable. Anyway enjoyable and very nice for a cold winter night.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mjp12 (1734) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2016
There is enough spice in this to cut through the normal sweet malt scotch ale flavour . Great sipping by the fire.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbk, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2004
Chestnut color with a light brown head. The taste is very sweet and malty with light notes of plums, raisins. Finishes with a slight alcohol sharpness.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (1722) - 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. 

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nybol (1711) - DENMARK - DEC 11, 2015
Let krydret. Ellers ikke meget smag af den store alkoholstyrke. God dyb smag af malten.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - DEC 15, 2010
Nose is sweet malt, cane sugar, caramel, feel is mediumheavy, carb is medium, taste is weak bitter chocolate, little iron, malt, late weak alcohol

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1693) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Bottled Deep black body. Rocky, lightly brown head. Nose of malts: coffee, straw, molasses, ... with some liquor. Malty flavour (moderately bitter, moderately sweet) of coffee and fruits (raspberry, ...). Quite complex flavour. Well balanced, interesting but not extravagant.


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