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

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RATINGS: 501   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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4.8
BIGALXFB (3) - hayle, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2007 does not count
SEX IN A BOTTLE THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF SCOTLAND RICH BLACK BEER COMPLEX TASTES AND AROMAS

4.8
Lele (556) - Padova, ITALY - MAR 20, 2016
Birra veramente spettacolare. L’aspetto è perfetto: rosso rubino molto scuro e limpido, con schiuma tra il bianco e il leggermente rosato/marroncino. Il naso è buono, ma non particolarmente intenso. In bocca dà il meglio di sé: calda, liquorosa, avvolgente, dolce, abbastanza speziata e pulita allo stesso tempo, con sentori predominanti di ciliegia sotto spirito. Insomma, un capolavoro.

4.7
ralphdot (1094) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2009
Deep ruby red with a very thin head, roasted malt and port aroma, complex taste of roast malt, toffee, coffee, almost sweet sherry, very festive, like a Christmas party in your mouth. Absolutely loved it, the commercial description says "Created in the thirties, Gordon Xmas initiated the tradition of Christmas brews" I wish they were all this good.

4.7
Ynotnitram (16) - - OCT 8, 2013
Definitely a must taste; rich in flavour (and somewhat in alcohol), delicate and smooth to the finish. A lovely head, excellent palate and colour. Now brewed in Belgium in seems, probably at Steenhuffel. Available in my local Brussels pub!

4.7
josanguapo (1684) - SPAIN - DEC 14, 2015
From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 3x01. Its surprising that the brewers of the infamous "finest" series have been able to brew this. Yummy. Just a bit more body for it to be perfect

4.7
Zarrach76 (270) - Grenoble, FRANCE - DEC 29, 2016
Brune translucide, avec des reflets pourpres et une mousse ocre fine sur quelques millimètres. Nez très cacao et café avec une bonne dose de miel. Du fruit, de la banane, de la poire, de la pomme, de la châtaigne, de l’amande, du pruneau, du raisin sec, des notes de cassis, de pain d’épices, de cannelle, de vanille, de zest de citron vert et d’orange... Les arômes sont gourmands et rappellent une bonne papillote pralinée. Pas d’une grande complexité cependant, le chocolat et le café prenant le dessus. Mais que c’est bon ! En bouche, la carbonatation est bonne, la texture ronde sans être huileuse et l’alcool solide sans être pesant. Les premières saveurs sont celles du café et du cacao amer, ainsi que des levures, douces et sobres. L’amertume est assez soutenue et tapisse agréablement le palet. La longueur est très bonne, le final sur le cacao et les malts bien torréfiés. On a les notes de cuir et de bois résineux qui correspondent bien aux bières de Noël épicées qu’on aime déguster. Des notes d’agrumes qui viennent picoter la langue sont aussi les bienvenues. L’alcool soutient bien l’ensemble, les 8.8% sont plutôt énergiques si on compare à d’autres bières plus alcoolisées. En conclusion, c’est une superbe bière de Noël, solide, gourmande et généreuse tout en ayant une bonne fraicheur. On n’est pas très loin du pactole... Elle rappelle bien sûr sa sœur la Gordon Scotch Ale, mais celle-ci est un poil plus sexy. Breuvage chaudement recommandé !!! Bouteille 33cl, Boissons du Monde, Saint-Égrève.

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

4.5
SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
left this outside to get cold...i love holland...dark brown...good mellow pooling..superior lacing...sweet delicous taste..raisens, syrup,brandy, all the good stuff at Xmas...great smell, great taste..alcohol is masked to the max...a great beer that stands out.....when its minus 2 outside this warms you up!

4.5
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2007
Dark Brown with a chunky, lasting off-white head. Liquorice in the aroma, developing notes of sweet fruit and alcohol. Taste is rich and warming: plenty of alcohol, cognac, Christmas pudding, plums, muscatels, treacle toffee, candied orange peel, English custard, coffee, tiramisu, Seville orange bitterness. My Ratebeer #1000, and a very wonderful Christmas Ale worthy of a Dickens novel.

4.5
GLeboutte (5) - BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2015 does not count
Très bonne bière sucrée, riche en alcool, à bien placer comme toutes les bonnes choses. Couleur brun rouge foncé, un goût riche et suffisamment complexe pour y revenir sans se lasser. Pourquoi "de Noël"? Je m’interroge. Mais c’est sûr que dans la chaleur, ça passerait moins bien, ou à demi-bouteilles, ce qui n’es pas bon pour le commerce... ////// bouder je boude Very good sweet beer, rich in alcohol, to be drunk at the right time and place like all good things. Dark red-brown color, rich taste and complex enough to return without tiring. Why "Christmas"? I wonder. But it is sure that in the heat, it would pass less, or only in half bottles, which are not good for business ...


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