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

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RATINGS: 494   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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3.5
danielyabu (1708) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - FEB 3, 2013
average frothy offwhite head. good lacing. mostly diminishing. translucent average density light brown body. aroma: moderate malty, dark chocolate, mild coffee, charcoal, soy sauce. if and ff: moderate sweet bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic light alcoholic finish. presence metalizada no aroma, alcool e café no paladar, amargor pungente balanceia maravilhosamente bem, paladar lembra destilado, com sabor amadeirado também, forte aquecimento alcoólico, 140 s

3.2
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

2.6
DroolYeast (1685) - Odder, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2013
Caramel malt aroma. Small very light brown head. Long lasting. Clear brown/dark amber colour. Taste is caramel malt, sour fruit (?), bitter and some metal in the end. Fills the mouth nicely.

2.7
mjik83 (1650) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2014
************************************************** + Matig Niet mijn smaak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 12/4/2014 Total Score: 2.7
************************************************ + Matig Niet mijn smaak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
ghawener (1609) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - AUG 17, 2008
At RateBeerians Tasting, thanks to rcasta. Bottle: Nice marriage between a dopple bock and a belgian ale. Fruity and heart warming.

2.8
weaselkenievil (1609) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2009
This is Belgian? Ah Scottish & Newcastle. That explains it. Not my thing really. Dark red tinted brown with a pale cream head. Malty, cardboard and metal, thinners, alcohol very present. Sweet and sugary. Berry type fruit, spices, bit cloying and nasty mouthfeel. I needed a strong drink at 5.00am, this fitted the bill and it was just for necking and thank Eric it was. Average at best.

3.3
JK54B (1602) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2008
A copper brown coloured beer. Some sweetness andraisin taste. Less than average hops. Some hints of prunes.

3.4
JoeinDahlem (1597) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2007
This is such a cool time of year to live in Belgium, what with these holiday beers. You’ve gotta love the snowy pattern on the red cap foil. 33 cL enjoyed at home... Pours ruddy brown with ruby highlights, cream-colored head recedes to a frothy film. Cherries, dark chocolate and spices are swirling around in that aroma. Tastes only mildly sweet in a way that seems restrained for a Belgian, with an overly clean layer of bitterness that nonetheless offers balance and lasts. Maybe a touch clean and metallic, but still interesting. Average carbonation. More dry, hoppy character than I expected, yet warming... not bad at all.

3.9
StilleStorm (1579) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2013
DAA; Pours clear cobber with a creamy tan, lasting head. Aroma is yeasty, malty, sour, dark fruity and chocolate. Taste adds alcholic and sweets.Medium body, creamy texture. Sweet, spice, lasting Cristmas.

1.9
TorbenJensen (1572) - 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.


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