Gordon Finest Platinum 12-12 | John Martin's (John Martin SA)

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John Martin's (John Martin SA)

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierschenker on 06-25-2005

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Antyk
2.39/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of FalconOne
3.22/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PaF
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of hoppecatania
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Slatetank
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%

I consumed this cold in a cup from the 50cl can.

The color is pale golden with thick white head with fine bead and copious lace. The smell is sweet and malty with light grainy odor and slight floral ester with fruit tinge and alcohol is high in the aroma. The feel has an alcohol presence with sweet malt and medium full body with moderately low carbonation creamy strong and fusel texture w/ dry alcoholic finish.

The taste is creamy and grainy with light fruity yeasty flavor and sugary taste ...there is a malt liquor type flavor with alcohol overwhelming the palate midway into the can with drying and slightly hot finish. Overall this is not very good-it is strong and starts okay probably because ithe alcohol is not as noticeable when it is colder. I consider it a fusel mess, not worth finishing the can just so you can get drunk -pure alcohol flavor. Too much alcohol For my taste there is nothing subtle about this

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Photo of Sirre
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Rumlibeers
4/5  rDev +42.3%

Photo of dcmchew
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of 77black_ships
1.07/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Actually managed to drink an entire 50 cl. can of this one after being challenged. This is what I see the bums drink when they have some extra cash in Belgium. This is a genuine fact. Drank straight from the can. Taste is a grainy, industrial strength BE pilsner with light windex citrus and over rubbing alcohol, raw and upsets the stomach easily like the other swill Gordon’s. It is an easy way to get drunk if you don’t mind being nauseous. Quite light and clean in an industrial rubbing alcohol way. XXXstrength according to the can.

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Photo of BlackSpark
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mactrail
2.14/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks nice enough in the glass, though the head can only stay up so long. Amber with a heavy, flabby body.

Quite an acidic and alcoholic flavor, masked somewhat by something not entirely unlike malt, and the flavor of pancake syrup. Not overly sweet, but there is a cloying quality like honey in the back of the throat. It's actually not totally terrible, but it's a little hard to get down.

By no stretch of imagination is this any sort of Belgian ale. Even the brewer makes no such claims except that it's "brewed in Benelux." if it matters to anyone, this is a Euro Strong Lager, a cousin to our own revolting malt liquors, but with a Continental je ne sais quois. They have the decency to explicate, in a modest perversion of the German Purity Law, that it is brewed with only water, barley malt, sugar, and hops. From the 50 cl can bought in Gent.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nose alcohol pils strong enough where cereals are also emerging. Malty palate well (at the edge of cloying) with power almost like an alcoholic liquid stripping ovens. Spicy on the palate but not result in hops but alcohol everywhere. Looks like a mix between a basic lager and spirits.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a big box store in Spain in a 750ml champagne style bottle. Nice presentation and at $7 a bottle not too spendy for what you get. I guess I could get a decent litre of vino tinto for $1, though. Pours a lot of head into my 4 oz tasting glass and it goes from 3 inches of head to one inch in about 30 seconds. Fluffy and white concave head. Definitely can taste the alcohol, respect this beer and don't drive. Light golden, somewhat sweet and fruity but nothing that specifically jumps out. As mentioned, I could get a 12% vino tinto if getting a buzz for cheap was the goal. Taste is above average, better than the local stuff, but not something to brag about. Mouth feel is good. I like the bubbles. Definitely not a session beer though, it is 12 abv! Cheers!

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Photo of Suds
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 750 ml bottle with the distinctive thistle logo, this is a typical strong euro-beer. It's a pale copper color with a simple white head. Boozy, malty aroma. Wood and whiskey are predominant, followed by a little sulfur. Not a great beer nose. The taste is sweet and a little hot and peppery. It's a strong beer, but quiet on substance. Full in body, with decent carbonation and lots of heft. This brew was a bit of a let-down.

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Photo of RuudJH
2.47/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very nice looking bottle, 0.75 l.

A: Very thin head that quickly disappears, this beer looks and sounds like apple-cider, only with less carbonation. Not very impressive.
S: gives very clear caramel/sugar, citrus, grapes, hop and yeast.
T: at first it's allmost like having champagne, the hop and yeast try to balance the very sweet taste.
M: It has got a rather evident alcohol taste, rather harsh, not to say unpleasant.
D: This beer is ok , but nothing special... if you're looking for an adventure, you could get disappointed.

A 0.75 l bottle is maybe too big, unless you share it.. I'm not sure if you want to drink so much of this in one go. To my opinion the brewer has been far to easy trying to please with the caramel.

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Photo of janubio
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked bottle. Deep golden-amber color, poor head that doesn't hold and no lace. Smell of fruits, candy, glazed fruits, marzipan, but rather artificial.
Body is lighter than it should, flavor of fruits, spices, pepper, but again rather artificial. A wannabe champagned like beer, though not absolutely bad, in fact i wouln't mind to have another for some other day.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Brussels from some night store (along with some others I didn't have in my hotel room, thank goodness). Best by mid Dec 2007, drank mid Dec 2006.

This 50cl can was poured into two Thistle glasses, both halves look good, pale gold with a thin wispy, white head.

Aroma of lemons and other citrus type fruits, slight bleach smell also.

The alcohol takes over completely, but before it does their is a hoppy flavour that is also very pronounced.

This is not an English Pale Ale, I don't know what it is either, but if you like your beers strong and getting waisted swiftly, this is your babe. It is like a good lager with an idiot dropping a double vodka in when you are not looking!

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.22/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured it in a chalice. I guessed it would have been best for a strong blond ale.
The head disappeared instantly, there wasn’t any real CO² activity to keep it going either.
A transparent golden-rusty colour.
Not a lot of scent here: heavy caramel malt and alcohol.
The taste is stronger. Again heavy caramel malt, sweet, a real shot of alcohol. You do notice this has 12% ABV. It has a slight metallic, oxidised metal element, which is not very tasty.
The aftertaste makes the alcohol come out more, the malt is pushed to the background. Mouth gets dry. Some bitterness comes up. The aftertaste lingers on.

This beer is made by the aftertaste, high alcohol, but overall a mediocre beer.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Gordon Finest Platinum 12-12 from John Martin's (John Martin SA)
Beer rating: 2.81 out of 5 with 18 ratings