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

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RATINGS: 499   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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2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjik83 (1460) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1459) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Aroma is malty/roasted with yeast and a dash of spices. Beer pours a very attractive ruby with a big off white head that is fully retained. There is some lacing. Flavor is initally malty. The finish is bitter/dry with a dash of spice. This is tasty beer. The Father of all Christmas Ales.

2.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DroolYeast (1409) - Aalborg, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (1401) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 330ml bottle poured in a chalice. A: Pours a beautiful dark amber almost brown clear color. Big beige and fluffy head which dissipates quickly (but not completely) leaving many lacings around S: Smell is really barley malts. Sweet. Like a biscuit. Its a bit fruity too, it reminds raisins. Notes of wood and, no surprise, Scotch T: Really remarkable by strong taste of roasted barley malts. Sweet upfront. Wood, raisins and a nice (really nice) hoppy and bitter end M: Heavy body and medium to low carbonation. Really molasses. Alcohol can be felt and the bitter end is a must D: Good. Well done "Scotchy" beer... [ BA Review @ 11/21/2010 ]

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ysok02 (1398) - Mons, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2016
Robe brune aux reflets ambrs, mousse peu persistante. Nez assez banal sur des notes chocolates, des fruits secs, un peu de houblon. Bouche plus intressante que le nez avec son attaque acidule, un cot malt qui domine, une bulle onctueuse et une finale acidule. Une bire de Nol agrable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle. Nice dark amber and I must confess to being a bit swayed toward a 5 in appearance by the handsome glass it was served in. The aroma seems at 1st like it should be stronger but upon closer inspection it has some nice complexities along the lines of pine, maple, and brandy. Lightly spicy gingerbread flavor, pretty nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kapusil (1359) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 12, 2016
0.33l bottle. Clear dark amber/brown body, off-white head. Aroma and taste of toast, orange zest, dark sugar and caramel. OK beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2002
Very tasty rum+xmaspud+slight smokiness. smooth, rich and spicy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2012
From backlog

Head: white, creamy
Colour: dark brown
Smell: spices, malts, candy sirup, chocolat, anise
Taste: overall brown strong ale with spices and anise in the flavour , oily texture , sweet end , herbal after , but good !

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiereLuc (1275) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
Bire bruntre aux reflets rubis avec un col de mousse moyen et une effervescence modre. Le nez voque les fruits mrs avec un peu de caramel sur les flancs. En bouche, cest riche, relativement corpulent, sucr et un peu piquant (sans tre pic). Un rel plaisir boire.


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