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Gordon Finest Gold - John Martin's (John Martin SA)

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
John Martin's (John Martin SA) visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 10-09-2005)
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3.1/5  rDev -1.3%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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2/5  rDev -36.3%

hoppecatania, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

MQ3867, Jun 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

Anatole, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%

A: The color is clear golden while the tall head is off-white and quite compact. Rich lovely lacings.

S: Alcohol and some marzipan up front. Then there is sweet bready malt and some floral hops, but also some boiled veggies.

T: Follows the smell!

M: Alcoholic and warming full body with almost no carbonation or aftertaste.

O: A very standard Euro Strong Lager.

Evil_Pidde, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of safaricook
3.19/5  rDev +1.6%

looks very pale, plenty of coarse bubbles rising to the top. foam is pretty stable for such a high alcohol beer

not much aroma but there is booze not unpleasant and sweet malts, maybe some subtle German/Czech hops

really boozy taste, sweet, light malts and some bitter aftertaste

mouthfeel is pretty much like you common pilsener, quite spritzy and light body, however there is also a little malty body

If I would rate this to style, I would give it probably a mean of 4, because it is well done. However, I do not get the idea of making such a strong beer with the limited possibilities to balance it provided by a pale lager. This style is not for me and I am definitely not going back to this.

safaricook, Jul 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

DutchBeerDrinker, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +43.3%

PaF, Mar 30, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

MiguelParreira, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +27.4%

falcon1, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
2.53/5  rDev -19.4%

Alcohol and malt nose, with a little background grains. The mouth is in the style of the rest of the line Gordon, that is to say too much alcohol, so the other flavors, if any, of course, are completely overshadowed. There is also an excessive proportion of sugar. However, the aftertaste leaves some traces of peanuts, including nuts, on the tongue, which is a tad on the level of the beer.

ThaCreep, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of benfons
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%

33cl bottle

A: orange blonde colour, almost no head,clear.

S: Almost no aroma coming up, maybe honey.

T: Alcohol is almost the only thing there, sweetness first then bitterness in the end.

M/D: carbonation is fine, alcohol is to much in your face.

benfons, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of dstc
4.5/5  rDev +43.3%

Pours a beautiful amber color with a nice white head. Head falls to a minimal one but stays. Nice lace.

Sweet malt aroma. Smells good.

Very sweet malt taste that I was not expecting. Boozy.

Full to medium bodied in the mouth. Low carbonation with an alcohol feel.

Very good. I see all bad or average reviews for this beer which makes me think there is something wrong with me but I must say, I loved this beer.

dstc, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of Suds
2.55/5  rDev -18.8%

This brew pours a crystal clear gold color with a negligible head. Its aroma is very faint, with a touch of alcohol and a little malt and grain. Not much to be impressed with. The taste is intensely sweet, with a serious alcohol warming. The sweetness is not malt-like, but instead has a somewhat unpleasant sugary quality. It's a little cloying, but not quite as bad as the extra strong euro-lagers. The mouthfeel is moderately hefty, with a somewhat creamy texture. Not bad. All in all, though, this beer is not worth trying. Extremely disappointing.

Suds, May 29, 2009
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2.2/5  rDev -29.9%

Dark golden colour, with a steady, though not very thick, head. It's very nice on the bubbles.
Smell is rather hoppy, malt, and a little florally.

Taste is not much else but strong boozy and alcohol burns: that makes for an inferior drinking experience to every serious taster: it's the classic difference between strong lagers and real ales, in my experience.
The bitter of the hop is ok, but apart from some spices theres not much to discover here.

I guess this is a beer for people who want a buzz without having to pee a lot.

RuudJH, May 01, 2009
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3.03/5  rDev -3.5%

Gordon Finest Gold pours brightly with a deep burnished gold colour. The head is low with an off-white colour, impaired retention and not much lacing.
The aroma is composed by sweet malts, grains and alcohol. The taste is very sweet and slightly woody with malts, alcohol and some hops.
The mouthfeel is unctuous and creamy with a medium to low carbonation, high alcoholic strength and a full body.
The finish is dry-bitter, almost tart and quite lingering.

Overall: an interesting beer. Quite drinkable as the alcohol is fairly well disguised. On the down side, it is too sweet, almost cloying on the palate.

AlexLMS, Oct 16, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Golden in colour, with a firm white head that persists. Low carbonation.

Very yeasty nose, reminiscent of sparkling wine. Apples, bread and floral notes of roses and spices. Interesting, yet very vinous.

A sweetish palate that is spicy and racy with slight bitterness. Some sweeter yeast notes and some tropical fruit flavours. Has a somewhat nutty malt flavour. Alcohol burn is slight, yet enough to make it apparent.

Good creaminess and balance with the bitterness, just the alcohol that stands out. Gets a little cloying over time.

Interesting brew. Not a bad beer but not one I'll be racing back for.

koolk, Aug 06, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +24.2%

Had on-tap in a brauhaus in Leuven Belgium. Very nice. The bartender told me that it's 10%ABV in bottle, but only 7.5% on-tap. Seeing that the previous reviews were all on-tap or can and less-favorable than my impression, I suspect that this beer is FAR BETTER ON-TAP.

A= very golden, nice pure-white sudsy head.

S= very present introduction to Taste.

T= slightly sweet slightly watery, modest hops but refreshing; malts presence but not bold. The malts are far more apparent and up-front in the finish.

M= nice

D= session if it's on-tap

therica, Jul 24, 2008
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2.65/5  rDev -15.6%

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance : Gold orange color, with a thin white head.
Smell : Grain and malty aromas, sweet
Taste and mouthfeel : too sweet, too alcoholic, bitter finish
Drinkability : an average beer in the lager style too strong !

thierrynantes, Mar 22, 2008
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3.35/5  rDev +6.7%

Deep golden colour, with a small head that fades very quickly. Fruity and spicy aroma, with corainder dominating. Some orange too, and maybe appricots.
Taste is a bit metalic, marzipan. Alcoholic, well balanced, but with some artificial flavour. Body is lighter than it used to be. Another one I remember being a better beer .some years ago. Disappointing.

janubio, Mar 14, 2007
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2.95/5  rDev -6.1%

Had this brought back from Belgium. It pours a deep gold color with a medium-density, not too persistent head that leaves a bit of lace. Smells a bit of sour apples with a bit of pepper. Tastes of bananas, hops, with a honey finish and a sour aftertase. Its well-carbonated, which almost doesn't go with that honey. And oddly, although it tastes of honey, its not sweet at the end, which it seems it certainly should be. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, definitely thin for deep undertones the taste has. Drinkable? OK. You'd probably settle into the flavor after a couple but on the whole I think I'd go with something like Duvel instead.

roblowther, Dec 22, 2006
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2.65/5  rDev -15.6%

Poured from a half litre can, into two Gordon Thistle glasses, I was really looking forward to drinking it. Best by date 07/2007, drank 11/2006.

Looked good, clear, sparkling and proud, with a thin wispy white head.

Not a smell to comment on really, nothing bad, just nothing!

Tasted OK, but penicillin with an alcoholic bite, came to my mind.

Nasty aftertaste which lingered, a kind of alcohol with no body to it. Very difficult to explain, but not a good feel to it.

Drinkability, made me burp, a sicky type of burp at that!

Sadly, this canned product was a total letdown, my two beautiful Thistle glasses (paid for, years ago in Belgium) will be used for other beers, I will not be trying this in a tinned form again.

BlackHaddock, Nov 03, 2006
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2.78/5  rDev -11.5%

First time I got it was in a can, it was very strong and awful, it was wheater temperature. Then, I had it on bottle and was still strong and hard to swallow, the last time was in another bottle and was pretty soft, maybe the training changed the perception. THe colour is very golden, but something orange influences the final appearance. The foam is big and very white.

nekronos, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Bierschenker
3.83/5  rDev +22%

I served it in a large tulip, the closest I had to the original Gordon thistle glass.

The beer gives a large white head with different forms of bubbles. The glass supports the head for a while, but it eventually collapses from the sides, leaving a dome in the middle. Some rough lacing remains on the glass.
The colour is a light orange gold. A lot of carbonation is visible.
Scent is strong: metallic, wet bread, alcohol, strong malt, warmed up apples, dust/chalk.
Mouthfeel is creamy and thick, refreshing = makes it go down a bit to easy at this alcohol level.
Taste contains sugar bread, strong alcohol, creamy sweetness, hop bitterness. Some yeast and citrus (mandarin) in the back.
The aftertaste is spiced up, but also corrupted by a metallic alcohol taste on the tongue.

A good beer, I’m satisfied.

Bierschenker, Jun 28, 2006
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Gordon Finest Gold from John Martin's (John Martin SA)
75 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.