Gordon Fest Beer - John Martin's (John Martin SA)

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
Formerly Gordon Xmas

(Beer added by: bark on 12-07-2004)
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Photo of patra7
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer has been renamed "Gordon Fest Beer". Same abv. and similar bottle / label design, (now by Anthony Martin instead of John Martin)

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3.84/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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-

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Zimbo
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Daredevil
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 ....

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of drpimento
3.98/5  rDev +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.

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Gordon Fest Beer from John Martin's (John Martin SA)
84 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.