ClubGonzo’s Last Minute Xmas

Last Minute Xmas by ClubGonzo, Spice/Herb/Vegetable, 7% ABV, 29.4 IBU.

ClubGonzo's Last Minute Xmas, batch no. 46.

ClubGonzo’s Last Minute Xmas, batch no. 46.

Dark beer, Christmas spices. That's all you need to make a wonderful Christmas beer. Simple and efficient!

Dark beer, Christmas spices. That’s all you need to make a wonderful Christmas beer. Simple and efficient!

A spicy dark ale – that sounds like my kind of Christmas beer!

And spicy it is! The aroma is fairly strong and dominated by Christmas spices, mainly ginger, cloves, hints of cinnamon and a touch of cardamom. And it actually reminds me a bit of a mix of the Tomtegløgg and Tomtebrygg bottles you can buy at your local Rimi. Ah, Christmas!

It has a close to black body, with a bit smaller than average, long-lived, beige head that sticks to the glass.

The flavour is strong and fits the aroma like a glove. I’m very happy with the amount of spices, I love my Christmas beers intense and spicy. The spice mix is very well balanced, none of the spices dominate. It’s a quite a sweet brew, but there is enough bitterness to balance the sweetness, and the spices freshen things up further. Finally I don’t get any overwhelming notes of anise as I often do in spiced Christmas ales, I actually doubt that there are any anise in this one at all. Splendid!

It has a pleasant mouthfeel, maybe a bit too lively carbonated initially, but it gets smoother after a while.

Conclusion: it smells and tastes like Christmas. The main drawback is that it isn’t Nøgne Ø Underlig Jul.

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      8/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    14/20
Ratebeer score: 3.7/5.0

One comment on “ClubGonzo’s Last Minute Xmas

  1. After a long row of rather similar opinions, we clash at last Terje. 😉 3,7 is way over what I would have given this beer, despite my normally more liberal score policy on Ratebeer. To my palate, the spices are slightly overwhelming and the combination comes across as very soapy and unrefined. Perhaps it’s the ginger and black cardamum seeds which interact with the hops in this one which creates that effect, I don’t know. Not a horrible beer per se, but definitely not one I will attempt to brew again. Oh well, glad you liked it anyhow! 🙂

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