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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

883 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 54
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 11-22-2001)
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer!

Pours a very murky brown with a small tan head on it. Smells of dates, brown sugar figs. All the dark fruits are there.

The taste is the gem here though. Such an easy drinker for 8.5%. The dark fruits are there but not over the top. Nice malt backbone to hold it all together.

I could drink these all night. Now this was aged 1 year and I do prefer it this way, but it's good fresh too!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 00:54:07 | More by madtowndmb1
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Artjsantos

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-07-2014 12:59:30 | More by Artjsantos
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-07-2014 03:25:36 | More by KAF
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SimonPuggle

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-03-2014 21:46:04 | More by SimonPuggle
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chuckbeaster

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750ml bottle poured into my Gulden Draak chalice. best by 20/08/14 on the bottle. so i'm drinking this just in time.

Appearance: very dark burgundy (almost the color of a pakistani spassartite garnet). two fingers of off-white head. dissipated slowly, and left a thin film on top with nice lacing.

Smell: dark fruits, sherry, belgian yeast, spices (clove, cinnamon, and maybe coriander)

Taste: dark dried fruits (prune, fig), apple/pear, roasted malts, spice (but not as much as one would expect from a xmas belgian), some candy sugar, some bready notes, and a very very slight bitter note at the end. almost no alcohol taste at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp, great carbonation, with a slightly dry finish

Overall: probably my favorite christmas belgian ale. i highly recommend this beer for both the beginner and the seasoned expert. a very complex, but balanced beer. very easy drinking, be careful!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 02:35:44 | More by chuckbeaster
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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-25-2014 23:49:53 | More by joemochas
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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-23-2014 03:25:23 | More by wrightst
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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-19-2014 17:17:05 | More by hurshybear
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cbuckl14

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-18-2014 22:33:52 | More by cbuckl14
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g1lgamesh

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-14-2014 23:18:23 | More by g1lgamesh
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corsendonk Christmas Ale has a thin, beige head, a brown, bubbly, opaque appearance, and pretty much no lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, sweet, spicy malt and fruit. Taste is of dark, sweet bread, rich, moist, fruit cake, dark fruit, sugars, and a fairly pronounced, balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly, and Corsendonk Christmas Ale finishes semi-wet and dessert like. Very little of an alcohol pick-up, here.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 21:11:59 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Cork shot out of the bottle like a rocket.

A: Pours a red-brown color that appears a brilliant ruby red color when held up to the light. Good clarity. A very healthy and creamy-looking khaki colored head displays excellent retention. Thin sheets of lacing remain.

S: Lightly burnt crust and cocoa. Molasses and dark rum. Moist fruit cake. Booze soaked fruits. Prunes, raisins, black cherries, and raisins. Subtle whiffs of ginger, clove, and pepper.

T: Brown bread and rich nutty and cocoa-esque flavors at the outset. Brown sugar. Fairly dry. Clove and nutmeg sort of spice tastes cut in. Hollow hop bitterness. Orange peel. Rummy alcohols. Fruitiness is more subdued than the nose indicated. Dry dates and figs. Tame bready and musty yeast. Dry finish of brown bread, cocoa, and some lingering spice notes.

M: Rich and decadently creamy and airy in the mouth. Sits very lightly despite its size. Gentle carbonation constantly scrubs. Warming alcohols.

O: Very lightly spiced, if it is at all. Tough to tell if the spicy flavors are the real deal or if they are just products of fermentation. Either way, they contribute favorably to a very complex and drinkable brew. Flavors are strong and even rummy at times, but the texture is so airy and silky that it goes down all too easily. A great pairing with almost any holiday dessert you can throw at it.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 17:55:14 | More by ryan1788a5
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dank203

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great Belgian dark. pours into tulip a brown to black color, lot of tan head. aromas are a bit musty and moldy with some dried fruit presence. flavors balance between sweetness of dried fruits like figs, dates, rasin, and spice notes, nut meg, brown sugar, cinnamon. medium/ full thickness

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2014 02:21:33 | More by dank203
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-10-2014 04:00:59 | More by prokopt2
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

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New York

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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Quite possibly one of the best Christmas beers around. A deep mahogany with prominent beige head. Lots going on here: dark Belgian candi sugar, dark ripe fruits, hints of dates, brown sugar, and well balanced holiday spices. Very mild cocoa in the finish. Flavors are quite well pronounced, yet delicate and complements one another. Rich mouthfeel with ample carbonation. A beautifully crafted beer perfect for a cold winter night.

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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.