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

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RATINGS: 496   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012
2012-12-02, bottle from Tonneau Verre, Yverdon-les-Bains, 8.8% ABV
bb 10.11.12, maybe a couple years old, 8-5-8-4-16=41

It pours a clean dark brown color, with generous beige creamy head, and nice lace. Its a good malty brew, with caramel accents, perfectly mature, with a delicate nuttiness; quite sweet but balanced, with correct bitterness.
Delicious.

2007-11-20, draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Mahogany color with red hue. It has a bit soapy aroma and some rhubarb, with good caramel flavor; light roasted malt, chocolate and rhubarb. The bitterness is a bit above its ordinary level. Balanced, very good!

2006-11-27, draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Vintage 2003, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Beautiful dark amber color; thick head. The aroma shows some age and some alcohol. What the aroma lost, the taste gained, in complexity: malt, caramel, Madeira wine, candy, Caribbean rum

2003-01-21, bottle, 2-4-8-4-15=33
Dark color, beautiful head. Unpleasant aroma: cardboard, wet paper Strong malty body, sweet, well balanced only at the end, with a sharp caramel character (and some hop).
Not complex, but robust, sweet Christmas beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tenghave (404) - Taastrup, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2007
Klar Brun-rd l med tykt lysebrun skum. Duften er Sd, brdduft, maltet. Meget kraftig duft. Choklade.. Smagen er Tyk, rugbrdsagtig, sdlig Ved iltning - utrolig komplex og dejlig bitter Chokolade. Varm eftersmag og bitter

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Finn (6824) - Troms, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle 0,33l. Dark brown/mahogany colored. A huge creamy head. Lot of filigrees. Aroma of spice and fruit. Rounded impression but spicy all the way. Some sweetness. A good Christmas beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paolo79 (1) - Borgo Priolo, ITALY - JAN 7, 2010 does not count
Tried on tap at Blackbull pub. One of my favorites christmas beers. Extremely full-bodied and potent.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pedro_Tallieu (57) - Deinze, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2010
75cl bottle shared with family. The beer has a browned body with a beige medium fizzy to creamy head that doesnt stay long. The aroma of this beer is very sweet and warm, with hints of dark malt, sugar, caramel, spices and herbs. The taste has that same sweet and warm feeling. Definitely caramel and sugar. This is a quite strong but doesnt taste like one. Nice beer for this time of the year.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMR (703) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2012
Pours a nice dark brown glass with big white foam head. Wonderfull beer with a nice sweet touch. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, yeast and a bit of coffee. All very well balanced and with an enorm intensity. Great mouthfeel too!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Superb retro festive label needs mentioning - I hope they never change it; deep red brown beer, little head to speak of with a few off white bubbles clinging to the edges; aroma is plum pudding, raisins, spices; taste is lovely dried fruit, brandy butter, spice, toasted malt; sweet, with a developing bitterness followed by a pleasing, almost savoury finish; most Chrismas beers are pale imitations of this; an unchanging Yuletide classic.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bjarne2 (2) - - OCT 31, 2015 does not count
Dejlig julel, smager virkeligt godt, en god sdme. Spiritus smager ikke igennem.......

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McSherman (609) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2015
Dunkelbraun, rtlich.erinnet an Cola. Mit etwas beigem Schaum. Aromen von Rstmalz, gebranntem Zucker, Nssen, Brot und Gewrzen, leicht holzig. Dabei leicht s und moderat bitter. Sehr angenehmes Weihnachtsbier. Empfehlung!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bornyensis (321) - BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2015
Een zeer lekker bier, een goede smaak en schuimkraag, wel traag te drinken.


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