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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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brother_kenneth

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue 5 in Roanoke VA. Poured into a snifter glass.

A- Dark red, hazy brown with little head.

S- Cherries, Belgian yeast and holiday spices.

T- Well spiced. Some nutmeg, coriander, clove, etc. Some alcohol is noticeable but it isn't overbearing. Some cherries and dark fruit are here as well. Nice carbonation, fairly light body.

O- Very nice Christmas beer! Excellent on tap, hoping to eventually find some bottles!

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 23:55:37 | More by brother_kenneth
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Beershack

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-04-2014 12:25:36 | More by Beershack
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einman

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-20-2013 02:38:58 | More by einman
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maxpower

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, pours a hazy brown color, huge frothy tan head. fruity, bready aroma smells kind of like fruit cake, matly and sweet fruity-candy like butterscotch flavors, full body, creamy thick mouthfeel, a great holiday ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2002 14:35:38 | More by maxpower
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-13-2012 11:26:09 | More by ajs4bd
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-26-2013 23:18:48 | More by randylangford
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crashoveride

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-21-2012 15:50:24 | More by crashoveride
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-31-2013 09:04:44 | More by Casey3236
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Sturmthis

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-23-2012 02:53:09 | More by Sturmthis
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-07-2012 06:41:45 | More by schopenhauerale
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-09-2012 03:36:15 | More by imperialking
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review written from my notes from last night at the bar. On tap at 6-and-Save, poured into a Piraat Tulip glass.

A: Ruby reddish hue and deep brown, with a thin white head that clung nicely to the glass.

S: Muted smell of roasted malts and spices. I'm also picking up a little bit of a yeasty presence.

T: Thick and spiced, I pick up cinnamon and candied sugar on a thick malt backbone with a moderate yeast presence and just a touch of alcohol. A good Belgian Christmas Ale.

M: Thick and bubbly at first, but falls apart in a light creamy matter in my mouth. Carbonation level is just perfect here. This beer really is shining from this aspect.

D: I will return to this... just not for my next pint (unless, of course, it was offered to me for free). The muted scents, the moderate yeast presence, and the slight touch of alcohol burn are the only things standing between this and a really BIG score from me. As such, it's good, but not perfect.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 20:22:47 | More by psuKinger
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, best before end of 07/09/08:

Pours brown with a thin tan head that soon settles to a thin cover, then a patch.

The smell is brandyish with prunish fruitiness and light herbal spicing. Some caramel and graininess mixes in in the back. Very aromatic and inviting.

The taste is of berry-like and darkish fruitiness with light herbal spicing. The background has caramel and graininess with some dark sugar candy. The sweetness is balanced by a lightly spiced yeast and some earthiness. Some warming alcohol in the finish. Stays pretty even throughout, with just a touch more maltiness as it completely warms.

Medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

As this is the third offering from this brewery, my opinion is that they don't "push the envelop", but make solid brews. This is a slower sipper than the other two - but was meant to be.
This has a complex aroma and is a tasty one to sip on in the wintery Christmas season!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 14:08:23 | More by jwc215
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage consumed winter 2008.

Pours a dark brown body with a thin head. The aroma is nutmeg, brown sugar, yeast and raisins. Flavor is a balanced blend of spice, malt, and yeast with a syrupy, full body. This is a solid holiday offering that really improves with age. Not too spicy, a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 19:04:48 | More by BradLikesBrew
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, approximately 6 years old.
Poured into a goblet.

The presentation is a typical, gorgeous belgian presentation; very dark brown, tan head that is dense and fluffy, very long lasting, leaving loads of lacing on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is delicate, tofee and chocolate, dark fruits.
A bit thinner than expected on the palate, it shows similar flavors than the aroma, but a bit too understated; all the flavors are nice and pleasant, but not in your face as I would prefer.
Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 02:05:14 | More by brdc
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 8/1/16.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of malt and dark fruit qualities.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 04:19:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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OldYoda

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a a Euro bottle (8.5 oz) into a the small souvenir snifter that came with the 6 pack. Pours a dark plum chocolate color with a one finger foamy head and minimal lacing.

Smell is complex and enticing - fruit and chocolate and anise. Malt and alcohol are strongly present but extremely well balanced.

Taste is outstanding - fruit and anise with a sweet malt backbone and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy - extremely inviting and pleasant.

Drinkability is the only question mark with this brew as it is a sipper and at this ABV one or two is more than enough.

A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 02:36:34 | More by OldYoda
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bigkahunas4

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a huge head, with a cola body. Nose was complete brown sugar goodness.

The brew was quite sweet, but had a nice biting hop to its finish. Very similar to a Belgian IPA. Feel was rather light, pretty blah.

Overall this was okay - not offensive or too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 18:45:24 | More by bigkahunas4
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Amdahl

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice read color, with loads of head. The head is clumpy and creamy in color. Plum is the first smell to hit my nose. There is also hints of raisin and many others. The taste is not quite what I was hoping for. The plum is felt on the tongue as well as sweet candy, but other flavors are not there. There is almost no lace to speak of. It is moderately-bodied. For a 8.5% beer, there is almost no problems drinking a full bottle, but there is a alcohol warming. Highly drinkable. This beer should be aged for a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 18:11:33 | More by Amdahl
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RDHerm

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, reddish brown with brown highlights. Has a thick, cream colored head that thins out very quickly, leaving a thin head that last for the duration and has excellent lacing.

Has a sweet aroma. Strong notes of yeast and dark fruits, with hints of caramel and spice

Has a surprisingly strong sweet malt flavor that was not present in the aroma. Also has strong notes of dark fruit, with hints of spice, yeast, and a little bit of hop bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit sour, which is strange, but not unpleasant.

Medium body, with a high carbonation level. Very smooth, but just a bit too bubbly.

Great taste, OK feel, and an alcohol content that's not too high make this a beer you could sip all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 04:07:35 | More by RDHerm
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joe1510

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle

Best Before 9/18/08

I was lucky enough to get this bottle as part of my Secret Santa package from Tayner, thanks a bunch Dana. As I pour a big dense head rises without any pressure. All in one creamy and rocky, sitting atop a ruby body with tiny carbonation bubbles exploding to the surface. The head leaves excellent lacing on its way down.

The aroma kicks off with a big spoonful of coriander and candied orange peel. Dark fruits abound in the background including cinnamon coated stewed plums with a bit of a spiced-cake batter. Goes together nicely and certainly brings the smells of Christmas into the room.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the expectations set forth by the aroma. The flavor, while still good, seems to be a little muddied compared to the smell. The coriander and candied orange are still involved over the top of spiced Christmas-styled cake maltiness. There's a mineralish quality running through the flavor.

I have to say the body on this beer is actually on the light side. Unfortunately, the body could stand a bit more oomph. The aggressive carbonation is what keeps this beer light and airy.

The airiness of this beer actually improves the drinkability. The body keeps on moving which leaves me wanting another sip. The spicing keeps me from indulging too much throughout the night though.

This is a quality Christmas beer no matter which way you slice things. The aroma is outstanding and immediately pulls you into all the flavors of the holiday season. Thanks again Dana!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 03:54:58 | More by joe1510
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale goblet.

A-Big, characteristic Belgian ale head, tan in color and fluffy in density, sustaining well. Hay, dark copper-brown brew.

S-Yeast and clove, along with a dense cluster of other spiciness. Sweet malt melds nicely with the spicy characters.

T-Toffee candy sweetness, slight yeasty bread, with toasty, warm spices. Along with the spice, fruit character shines through, on the lines of apple, pear, peach and nutty berry.

M-Moderate body with a fine-bubbled, medium-high carbonation.

D-A very appropriate Christmas and winter holiday beer. It certainly hits the spot with a pleasant complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 18:30:05 | More by CHSLBrew
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corsendonk Christmas Ale - 11.2 oz bottle (best by 18/9/2008) into a Corsendonk tulip.

The body shows a dark, mahogany hue with a border of crimson and ruby red in the light. An attractive, two-inch thick cap of creamy, manila-colored head forms and lasts throughout the entire session. Top notch retention and decent lacing, fueled by a steady torrent of carbonation rising from the etching at the tulip's base. The aroma has some pronounced dark fruits and spices, including dates, currant, figs, cinnamon, and wheat, but it doesn't exactly jump out of the glass and dazzle the nose like other Belgian's.

Christmas Ale is full-bodied and creamy, with notes of nuttiness, sweetbread yeast, and citrus that give way to spicy malts and dark molasses. Finishes smooth, with a slight hint of booze and raisin bread. The body is perfectly carbonated and flows well across the palate. All in all, a solid brew that I'd be happy to have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 04:46:06 | More by wagenvolks
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure what year it's from, but I'm guessing it's pretty old. Best buy year is 08

A- Poured into 16oz tumbler... thick foamy head that slowly recedes slowly and leaves nice lacing. Beer is a dark, mahogony color

S- Sweet malty smell... cinnamon, raisons, plum, brown sugar

T- Not as sweet as it smells. Starts off a bit sweet. Definately tastes raisony and/or plumy. Has a dry finish. Can detect some of the high abv

M- Full bodied with medium carbonation... leaves a bit of alcohol burn in the back of your throat

D- Would definately drink more

~ I definately think that this particular bottle has passed it's prime. I had quite a few of these last Christmas and enjoyed them even more than this one. I'll re-review when I get some more at the holidays ~

CHEERS!!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 23:18:53 | More by bbeane
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msquared36

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Muddy/dirty water appearance. Only real negative with the beer. Retains foam with moderate lacing left on glass.

Weak scent. Noticeable scent is sweet and fruity.

Well balanced and refreshing. Plum and bread at first. Finishes with moderate sweetness. Just bitter enough to counter the sweetness.

Smooth and syrupy with champaign like carbonation.

Very good beer. Comforting christmas ale without overpowering spice.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 18:48:22 | More by msquared36
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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