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

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.24%

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John Martin's (John Martin SA) visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: bark on 12-07-2004)
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Reviews by fugitive:
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3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 22:19:10 | More by fugitive
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3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 22:00:19 | More by kojevergas
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

02-04-2013 17:24:52 | More by JavierGC
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4/5  rDev +7%

02-03-2013 17:10:21 | More by Satyr179
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-08-2013 19:05:24 | More by Pelicanrocks
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4/5  rDev +7%

12-26-2012 15:27:28 | More by WilstonOreo
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4/5  rDev +7%

12-19-2012 07:32:59 | More by Keegan
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

10-11-2012 01:06:02 | More by RogerDoger
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-21-2012 23:13:12 | More by samEBC
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4/5  rDev +7%

01-03-2012 13:50:39 | More by rekel
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 21:22:53 | More by Zimbo
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4/5  rDev +7%

12-27-2011 02:15:44 | More by educorgan
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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 ....

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:34:44 | More by Daredevil
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4/5  rDev +7%

12-12-2011 17:00:56 | More by spacemanvt
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

12-02-2011 01:31:59 | More by falcon1
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 00:24:25 | More by drpimento
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4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 11:59:29 | More by rvdoorn
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2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-28-2011 20:48:08 | More by ThaCreep
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2.23/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

this is a scotch ale

33cl into a tulip. Pours a fantastic deep copper that appears as a dark ruby red when back lite, perfectly clear. Minor off white head subsided quickly, minor lacing.

Aroma is sweeter and more vinous than most scotch ales - this being a Noël brew. Lots of malts and quiet spices.

Taste is of a scotch / dubbel meld with a surprisingly strong alcohol punch. Lacks complexity. The alcohol is far too dominant for a brew of this simplicity. Following the minor bitter finish the aftertaste is dominated again by alcohol. Nothing in the flavor says Noël. Warmth provides only a slight improvement. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Weird seeing corn listed as an ingredient of a brew from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 21:27:38 | More by impending
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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - low frothy whispy head.  Islands of lacing deep ruby brown body.  clairity is high.

S - wheat bread. Very wheaty whole wheat bread. Wheat plus wheat plus more wheat.

T - Taste has a few surprising flavors. Contrast the nose nicely.  A kind of subtle, complex, sweetness.  Not like sugar or malt or fruits much more dense and sneaky.  Middle flavors are deep spicy and ester-like. Aftertaste is mildly hoppy/oaky

M - a nice smooth syrupy sipping texture. Initially watery after warming the beer thickened up and got a little thicker.

D - smooth yummy sipping beer. However I can't find anything about this beer that makes it a seasonal beer or Xmas worthy

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 04:51:51 | More by jeranbrews
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Gordon Xmas from John Martin's (John Martin SA)
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