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

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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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3.4
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, 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.

3.4
TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2006
Draft. Ruby brown with a tall foamy tan head. Nose is malty, fruity, and sweet with raisin and fig notes and light spice. Taste is spicy with oatmeal cookies, light figs, raisins, cocoa, sweet, creamy malt, and touches of chocolate pudding. Body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with more spicy notes, fruits, cocoa, sweet malts and a bit bitterness.

3.4
Hansen (8621) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2006
Fine christmas-brew. Dark brown, clear. Off-white head, lasting. Burnt, nutty aroma, flavor burnt and sweet. Heavy alcohol.

3.4
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
GABF 2006 post-party. 11/19/1999 vintage via DenverLogan. The beer pours to a hazy dark brown body. Foamy white head. The aroma is lightly phenolic and acetonish. The flavor is spicey, similar to Anchor’s OSA. Woodsy. Well balanced. Woody dry palate. Really tasty for the age.

3.4
bruale (7) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Bottle dated 1973. The story of this beer is more interesting than the how it tasted. I gave this beer ratings near what others thought given the advanced age of the bottle. An actual rating would be an anomaly. The story starts with a couple who owned a bar in Algoma, WI for decades. They have both since passed on. He emigrated from Belgium, regularly vacationed there and likewise his relation would visit Algoma. My in-laws were good friends of the couple and would invite them and the visiting Belgians for a local tradition – a trout boil. Undoubtedly, beer flowed and a good time was had by all, although my in-laws aren’t beer drinkers. We would go to the couples’ bar every Christmas Eve for Tom & Jerry’s and appetizers. Sometime over the years, whether during a trout boil, Christmas Eve visit or whenever, this bottle was given to my in-laws. They recently discovered it and 30+ years later was finally opened. The label states “brewed by Scottish Brewers LTD, Edinburgh – Scotland. Imported and bottled by John Martin LTD. Everaertsstr.105 Antwerp. It poured dark brown with no head or carbonation, sour tasting wine flavor, definitely past it’s prime. It had a ring of residue at the surface inside the bottle, not a good sign, and ended up down the drain.

3.4
JoeinDahlem (1604) - 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.

3.4
TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2008
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est brune bourgogne avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige crémeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruitée et de céréales avec une pointe d’épices. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #1872)

3.4
ghawener (1615) - 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.

3.4
fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle, pours very dark brown with a thin light tan/off white head. The aroma is pleasant. Honey, dark malt, licorice, and a little bit of alcohol. The mouth starts creamy with a light sweet malt background, that turns slightly bitter with some dark fruit and spice in the finish. Light alcohol burn as it warms. Nice stuff!

3.4
mjs (7778) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2008
Bottle at Hilpeä Hauki, Helsinki, on 2008-11-14. Deep amber and clear. Cherry aromas and port wine in nose. Full bodied, sticky and sugary palate with little carbonation. Sweetness, roastedness, nuts, hint of chocolate and some raisin in taste. Sugary aftertaste.


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