1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Gordon Xmas - John Martin's (John Martin SA)

Not Rated.
Gordon XmasGordon Xmas

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
John Martin's (John Martin SA) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bark on 12-07-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of frontalot
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

frontalot, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Sirre
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Sirre, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Sammy, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of GRUUMSH
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

GRUUMSH, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +7.2%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2008 Gordon Christmas served on-draught into a Gordon Xmas goblet at Kulminator in Antwerp. 8.8% confirmed. Cost was 3.50 euro. Reviewed from notes taken in early July 2011.

A: Pours a two finger tinted white head of wonderful fluffy froth, great cream, brilliant thickness, and excellent retention for the ABV. Body colour is a dark red-ruby.

Sm: Dark fruit, floral hops, caramelized malt, and light cream. A delightful mild strength aroma.

T: Too much cream and vanilla. Tame restrained dark fruit. Generic floral hops. Rather muted and bland overall. I wish the flavours weren't so restrained. Complex enough, and balanced well, but built problematically.

Mf: Too wet. Very smooth, which suits the muted flavour profile.

Dr: High ABV is well hidden; it's very drinkable. Of pretty good quality. I like it, but the muted feel bothers me.

B-

kojevergas, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of JavierGC
2/5  rDev -46.4%

JavierGC, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Satyr179
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Satyr179, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Pelicanrocks, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of WilstonOreo
4/5  rDev +7.2%

WilstonOreo, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Keegan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Keegan, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of RogerDoger
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

RogerDoger, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of samEBC
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

samEBC, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +7.2%

rekel, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Zimbo
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drunk from my Traquair tankard on Christmas in Scotland, this has a pleasant smoky spicy smell in the bottle . Forms a light foamy off white big bubbly head which really thins over the course of the drink but does leave some relatively complex lacing around the medium transparent red brown body. Deep sugar y bitter tang. Fairly chewy on the palate with a degree of perfectly restarined light Christmas spice. A buttery caramel quality makes a very late but very welcome addition as the end and the various fields together build a beer which is actually greater than the sum of it parts.

Zimbo, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of educorgan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

educorgan, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Daredevil
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

strong foamy head, dark transparent color

the nose gives some hints of marsh and moss on malty notes

the palate is rich, with notes of liquorice, dark chocolate and dates, some bitternes in the finish

a beefy seasonal brew - a good heart-warmer on a cold winter night ....

Daredevil, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of spacemanvt
4/5  rDev +7.2%

spacemanvt, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of falcon1
5/5  rDev +34%

falcon1, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of drpimento
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Had it served in a thistle glass with large, foamy, frothy, light tan head that lasted and lots of lace. Color was a clear, dark cherry wood with deep red tones. Aroma was roasty, toffee, caramel malt. Flavor was similar to nose. Great phenols. Body was a tad thin and had high carbonation. Finish was similar to taste, long, and boozy.

drpimento, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of fugitive
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at Beer Factory,Athens-Greece. Color dark red with medium creamy head. Aroma caramel, spicy, cinnamon, cherries. Taste cherries, sweet, spicy, yeast, suggar. Nice beer but definitely a winter warmer. Will buy again, if I can find it for Christmas.

fugitive, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage consumed in the vlaamse reus in Wageningen
Look: the beer pours an dark amber-ruby color, with a nice fluffy brown head.
Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits and some light spices.
Taste: Quite sweet malts, caramel and dark fruits again. Aging mellowed the bitterness and spices in this brew. Raisins, Madeira and dark sugars are overpowering the hoppy spicy bitterness in the aftertaste of the fresh vintage.
Mouthfeel: Medium-carbonation, sticky mouthfeel and medium bodied.
Overall: Nice brew, aged much better than the fresh

rvdoorn, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Alcohol and malt nose. As always in this range of beer would be tempted to say. It feels as fruits (plums, cassis) macerated and a hint of liqueur fruits. Alcoholic mouth with hints bitter and spicy with a little bit of dried fruit. Finish hot with alcohol. The latter is still too present in the mouth and spoils the flavor.

ThaCreep, May 28, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Gordon Xmas from John Martin's (John Martin SA)
84 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.