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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

884 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 56
Gots: 55 | 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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oracle

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%

10 oz draft pour served in a Corsendonk Christmas Ale goblet.

Beer arrived very dark and opaque in the glass, although I've never seen a beer this dark have such a white head on it. Very unusual. Head was about 1/2 inch of bubbly and sticky foam that left fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell was quite intriguing. Lightly spicy and very fruity. It held a the faintest hint of yeast as well.

Taste was like no other beer I've tried before. I've always been a huge hop head up until now, largely drinking IPAs and Double IPAs. This beer really opened up my eyes to the possibilities that a very malty beer can be very good too. Taste was simply incredible. Sweet, like nectar, without being too sugary or syrup like. Very fruity, with orange notes and a strong carmel presence as well as many others flavors. This beer was actually so complex, I couldn't sort out all the flavors I was tasting in there.

Mouthfeel was just perfect. Light and airy. Any heavier and this wold be hard to drink. Minimal carbonation to get in the way of the flavors, but not flat.

Absolutely outstanding and highly recommended

12-20-2004 14:24:48 | More by oracle
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HeyItsChili

China

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%

A - Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Pours dark brown, slight amber glow as the light hits it hard, medium khaki head that slowly dies down.

S - Molasses, muted dark fruits, roasted malts. Everything works in concert here.

T - Malty, spices, raisins, brown sugar, candies, alcohol in the finish.

M - Crisp, medium bodied.

D - Exceedingly drinkable. Delicious.

12-28-2008 22:29:01 | More by HeyItsChili
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

For some reason, I selected this one instead of the Val Dieu or Gouden Carolus winter seasonals for my 700th review. Very pleased that I chose this one. Brought it upstairs from the cellar to see that it is corked, but not caged. A metal wire twist holds a black tab across the cork. After a couple minutes of effort, the cork disembarked with a "pop", using the thumb twiddling technique. Some gray smoke wafted out of the open bottle.
Appearance: Poured into a Konings Hoeven chalice the body is a clear, dark mahogany. The head is of a silky appearance, medium beige in color. Looks like mousse. Sheet lacing is as exceptional as for any Belgian ale I've ever seen.
Aroma: Rather complex, and extremely interesting. Banana peel leads off, followed by fig newtons, a mild hint of anise, and a plethora of fruity esters that range from tropical apricot to orange. A whiff of ethanol is barely noticed in the mix.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, like velvet. Effervescent carbonation is like a Pez candy exploding in your mouth.
Taste: I love the complexity of fruitiness going on. Dark fruits, fresh plums, rum fruitcake, spice array of anise, coriander, and ginger. A pleasant note of cherry cough syrup jumps into the middle, and adds a meek note of medicinal alcohol. Swirling in the yeast, for the final pour, adds some earthy character that reminds me of a freshly plowed vegetable garden. Finish is balanced between the tropical fruit sweetness and a mild hop and yeast twang. Wow! This is incredibly tasty.
Drinkability: Price and availability are the only impediments to drinkability. I can only dream about how good this one will be after some time in the cellar. Highly recommended.

02-12-2005 01:43:15 | More by merlin48
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Riverared

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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Stugotzo

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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bkonk10

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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yeti123

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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Dreamer

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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DeanCHS1980

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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tfsimpkins

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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Samstronaut


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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VinnyA

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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John_R_Strayer

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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dth4lf

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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wembly13

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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Fantalek

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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mlhenson

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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BMan33

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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Wamba

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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