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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 56
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of philbe311


3.95/5  rDev -5%

Sipping with one out of a petty nifty glass that came as part of the gift set...

A - A voluminous light-to-medium khaki colored airy froth sits atop and is comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... Pretty impressive retention... The color is a medium-to-dark caramel brown... Fairly still with no noticeable carbonation... Gobs of gooey lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Lots of malty goodness... Toffee... Figs... Dates... Sticky buns... Brown sugar... A very subtle but pleasant spiciness as well highlighted by notes of nutmeg and cinnamon... A bit subdued but yet rather complex... Very inviting and warming...

T - The malty goodness is even more pronounced on the palette... Bursting at the seems with brown sugar and toffee... Sweet desert breads... A mix of dark fruits... A subtle spice kick on the finish... Perhaps a touch of booze as well... Lots of flavors linger...

M - Medium to full bodied... Slightly viscous... A bit sticky... Lightly carbonated... Coats the mouth...

D - A highly enjoyable Belgian Strong Dark Ale and holiday seasonal... Lots of good things going on in nearly ever facets with good complexity and sophistication... A nice drink to unwind with after a long day... Perhaps this one is just a bit cloying which detracts slightly from on overall solid offering...

12-05-2011 00:38:26 | More by philbe311
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.95/5  rDev -5%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, hazy reddish amber with a massive light tan head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of dried and fresh dark fruit, bready malt and an almost minerally spicing. Flavor follows, dominated by dark dried fruit, brown sugar, coriander and oxidation flavors. Finishes semi-dry with dark fruit, spicing and faint hops. Medium bodied. The bottle has a "best before" date of 2015, but serious online research does not reveal how that translates to bottling date. There is noticeable, but pleasant oxidation flavor here, so I'm curious how old the bottle is. A pleasant, but somewhat understated Belgian strong dark ale.

03-06-2013 04:48:10 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of TheEclecticGent


3.95/5  rDev -5%

This Belgian Strong Dark Ale pours a really dark amber color with a light head of carbonation. The smell to me was a light, sharp, and fruity. The taste was a sharp fermented beginning with hints of gingerbread and fruitcake (a good fruitcake)..yea I said good and fruitcake in one sentence! For a dark Belgian ale it has a light mouth feel.

12-31-2005 07:30:54 | More by TheEclecticGent
Photo of hopdog


3.95/5  rDev -5%

On tap (12/24/04). I've also had this from a bottle on multiple occasions.

Poured a medium to darker brown color with an averaged sized, off white head. Aromas of spices, fruity, and malty. Tastes of the same spices, fruty, brown sugar, and malty. I wrote down that I enjoyed this X-Mas brew.

Notes from: 7/12/04

02-04-2009 14:18:53 | More by hopdog
Photo of Iguana


3.95/5  rDev -5%

Picked this up last week in Eugene, OR at the Beir Stein. Best buy date says 06/19/06, oh well hehe. Poured a brilliant ruby red with a 1cm head that never went away into my Chimay chalice. Smell is of candied dark fruits, plums, faint hints of dark cherries, and some smell I cant identify. Taste is good, took awhile for me to pin it down, but I am getting a huge bubblegum taste in this. Kinda odd I think, never had a beer have this taste in it, not offensive, just interesting. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and its the bubblegum flavor that does this, as soon as that flavor hits my sensors the beer gets all light and fluffylike in taste. I tend to prefer a thicker belgian beer so this was kinda a putoff for me. Drinkability is good, its a solid belgian dark ale, dunno as I would get more when I can get beers I know I like for the style easier and cheaper. But its always fun to try new things.

09-29-2006 08:25:48 | More by Iguana
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -5%

This ruby brown brew is a first for me. Fizzy off-brown head stays around while the aroma is full of raisin cookies, Christmas spices, orange zest and sugar cookies. Very malty taste to this brew, sweeter than the average winter offering, smooth and milk chocolaty with a bit of a pronounced citrus kick at the end.

A very flavorful brew and surprisingly easy to drink despite the alcohol, which hides in the background.

11-15-2007 09:10:02 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of EPICAC


3.95/5  rDev -5%

I had a bottle at Kulminator in Antwerp.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy amber-brown with a fluffy brown head that slowly fades, leaving heavy lace.

Smell: Sweet cherry aroma, caramel and a light vinuous character.

Taste: Upfront there are toasty malts, with a mild roasted character. Light tartness that's reminiscent of cherries emerges in the center. The finish has some peppery spice and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Well-balanced, no character dominates over the others.

12-11-2006 02:34:51 | More by EPICAC
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -5%

12oz bottle 'best before 16/09/07' poured into a 0.5L Duvel Tulip.

A: Very Dark, slight garnet hues when held up to the light. Thick off white head, great lacing down the glass. Bubbles sit on the bottom of the glass.

S: Not strong; slight alcohol, maybe a little yeastiness and dark fruit.

T: Dark fruit and spices. Normal Belgian yeast flavors, but toned down a little. made up for by the extra bit of spice flavor.

M: Lots of carbonation, maybe too much. Nice and full though

D: Pretty easy to drink, but high alcohol content.

I feel like I haven't given this beer enough credit, maybe because I can't taste everything going on there. Marked as a beer to revisit in the future.

11-22-2006 00:45:34 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of morimech


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Best before 20/08/15 750ml bottle

Brown color with a red tint. A large head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. Large amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma consists of dark fruit, caramel, bread, and some musty grains. The aroma is the weakest part of this beer.

Nice vinous qualities in the flavor. Dark, dried fruit like dates and prunes. Some caramel and mild spice as well. Tastes festive.

The body is a little thin but has excellant carbonation. Bottle-conditioning done well.

A good holiday ale.

12-25-2012 19:24:22 | More by morimech
Photo of bluejacket74


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

12 ounce bottle with a best before end date of 9/18/2008. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a brown/ruby color with a half inch off-white head. It smells like citrus, spices, dark fruit, bread, bananas and pears. It tastes very fruity, like dark fruit, pears and bananas, and also like pepper, cloves and Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is medium/full, but a bit over-carbonated to me. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth but the high carbonation cuts down on the drinkability. Overall I think this is a decent beer, but I think it would be better if the carbonation was lower. But even then, I'd still drink it again given the chance.

06-09-2007 01:16:20 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

12oz. bottle. Dated best before 6/06.

Pours a beautiful dark brown with a fluffy tan head that lasts the duration. Lacing all over the glass.

Fairly weak aroma. Fruity and malty and maybe a little nuttiness woven in.

Nice sweet and fruity malty taste upfront with just a hint of nuttiness. Finishes fruity.

Nice body and plenty of carbonation. Belching is mandatory.

Quite easy to drink. I finished my glass with great ease and enjoyment. A fine Belgian dark ale.

12-13-2005 01:29:08 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of BeerCon5


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a deep amber color with about two fingers of off-white fluffy head that mostly remains throughout the beer.

The scent is full of fruit, citrus, and spices.

The taste is of dark fruit, some citrus, some brown sugar, cinnamon, there is hardly any alcohol presence.

Full body, a little creamy feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good beer, very nice flavor. I may add this to my list of must have holiday beers.

12-19-2011 15:48:21 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of Biscuit033


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Dark ruby with 1/2 inch head that mellows to a constant ring and great lacing throughout. Served in a Chimay goblet.

S: Yeasty and spicy(mulling spices mainly.)

T: Same as the nose with sweet candi flavors and some red fruits, alcohol and a long ginger bread finish.

M: Bubbly and slightly oily with a long spicy finish.

D: I thought that the spices worked well with the flavors of the beer but were still to strong for even another. Something that I would get once a week, perhaps, while available.

12-29-2007 00:05:18 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of paterlodie


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

BB 22-08-07. Nice apearance with beige head that lasts very well and a mahony dark brown almost black beer and clear. Nose is koreander, sweet caramellic malts, citrussy and litle sweet corn. Taste is good as it shows nice and full body, sweet but not overdone, litle spice and moderate bitterness. All together very harmonicly and balanced. Easy accesable and enjoyable christmasbrew.

02-11-2006 13:09:50 | More by paterlodie
Photo of BeerManDan


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

When poured, the color was a dark brown with a reddish hue. There was very little foam but, nice lace. The smell was the weakest link to this fine dunkel. I could pick up the malts and a hint of spice and citrus. The flavor was of a mild sour spritzy orange taste, with a hint of roasted malts and spice. A well balanced dunkel, maybe just a bit to sour in the after taste. But, still well crafted!

12-14-2004 22:27:30 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of Slatetank


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

I enjoyed a tulip of this served on tap at the Market Cross Pub in Carlise
This review is taken from notes I made.

A - Ruby, Chestnut Hue. Thin white wisp of a head.

S - Wine like, fruity esters and bready with a slighty spiced aroma.
T - Dates and sugar with a slightly alcoholic presence up front. Minimal wood essence is evident.

M - Thin and light for the amount of gravity it contains, warmth of alcohol in the finish.

D - A pleasant holiday beer, not overpowering, but substantial and nicely balanced with just enough spice and sweetness complimenting the yeasty aromas.

03-28-2007 14:21:06 | More by Slatetank
Photo of theboozecruise


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Picked up a pack of these a while back and finally getting around to a review. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.

The pour is dark brown, with maybe a hint of red in there... a light head that dissipated fairly quickly. Minimal lacing on this one.

I'm having trouble picking up a distinct smell on this one, it's fairly faint, but what I can get is typical of a Belgian dark. More malt and less fruit than usual, but that's not really a bad thing.

A nice taste to it, but nothing really exciting.

All in all a solid Belgian ale, but nothing that I'm going to seek out again.

04-30-2009 23:23:48 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of xnicknj


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

on tap at Jon's Bar and Grille - served in tulip

Deep plum, near-purple pour with a thin beige head resting on top. Fades out completely, leaving little lacing or film behind.

Rich and sweet in the nose with candied dark fruits and brown sugar. Dates, raisins and figs, soft alcohol warmth and Belgian yeast.

Malty layers of tasty sweet dark fruit, containing a mix and mash of raisins, dates and figs. Burnt sugar and Belgian yeast resting on top of a thick backbone with toasted warmth. Rich and robust, finishing a bit hot and sweet.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and a bit heavy on the tongue. This fits in well with other Belgian Christmas beers I've sampled, and while still sweet, this isn't as cloying as some others (i.e., St. Feuillien).

02-26-2013 13:25:02 | More by xnicknj
Photo of blakesell


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

This bottle has been aging in my cellar for at least three years under perfect cellaring conditions, cool and dark.

Poured from the 12oz bottle into an over sized brandy snifter.

Appearance- Beer pours a very dark hazy brown with a very light fingernail thin head that lingers for quite some time considering its small size. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass quite well and the head has a strange peninsula swirl thing going on.

Smell- This smells very nice for a Belgian strong dark. Lots of ripe figs and dates upfront with a rich malty background. A light bit of oxidation hints that I may have been storing this beer for a bit long. Very slight hops on the nose, hardly perceivable.

Taste- Rich dark fruits upfront, again the dates first, then the figs. Very malty and rich, without so many of the spices that one might expect from a Christmas ale. There are light spicings but not more than would be expected from a typical Belgian, or even Corsendonk Abbey Brune. A slight lactic tang sticks on the finish, I really feel drinking it fresher would have been a better result. Hops are slight and just enough to provide an adequate balance to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Lightly bitter, estery from the yeasts, not warming, medium full bodied, and medium in carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty nice, I'll have to try a fresher one if I find it again.

08-17-2008 21:21:32 | More by blakesell
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Deep, brownish-ruby with fluffy, off-white head. Head has terrific longevity, and there are sticky trails on the side of the glass as it recedes.

S: Unmistakably Belgian, with a peppery, clovey, dried fruit aroma. Really faint, though.

T/M: Dried, dark fruit up front (figs, dates, plums, raisins) with some spiciness. Spices don't taste obviously Christmas-y to me (pepper, clove, mint), but there is a hint of cinnamon in there. I'm not picking up anise the way others have. There is a bit of nutmeg in the finish, but the cinnamon and nutmeg are VERY subdued, in no way like a winter warmer. And the finish is mostly malty and sweet, with a little bit of an alcohol presence that comes across as slightly aluminum-like.

D: Nice cold evening beer. Not really something so unique that I'd go out of my way to get it again, but I'm glad I tried it, and it didn't disappoint.

11-19-2006 18:14:55 | More by rarevos
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Very cool little 25cl bottle. Pours a deep brown with hints of red and orange along with a soft bubbly off white head on top. Sweet candi sugar malt mixes with cloves, fresh yeast, orange citrus and a hint of pepper. I like it.

First sip brings a sweet spicy candy caramel maltiness with a meld of cinammon, cloves, pepper and a light citric fruitiness. The earthy yeast works in there as well. Quite a nice beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good strong carbonation...flows over the palate nicely. I really enjoy the flavor profile here and I easily see myself drinking a 750 of this. I'll be on the look out next year. Thanks to Cornboy for the opportunity.

04-07-2005 01:49:31 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of ianjsullivan


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Review is written from notes that were jotted down while drinking.

12: 11.2oz poured into a Duvel glass. Bottle lists ABV and DBD.

A: Dark brown, half-a-fingernail off white sits on top with decent lacing.

S: Malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, milk, and chocolate.

T: Dark fruit (raisin and plum), clove, orange peel, sugar, yeasty chocolate, and cake.

M: Heavy and very smooth.

O: The alcohol is blended well, it has wonderful flavor, and a great mouthfeel. Truly, this is an excellent beer and a great Christmas treat.

02-05-2012 00:58:22 | More by ianjsullivan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

A winter warmer brown and spicey Belgium brew. Thanks Doug Shoemaker for an extra from your Esprit order. Easy drink, hard to believe its 8.5%. Foamy initial pour. Lots of malt and some sugar. yeastiness is there. Nicely hopped. Light medium mouthfeel.

01-18-2005 04:25:02 | More by Sammy
Photo of tempest


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Had this on tap at Crescent & Vine in Astoria. It reminded me of the St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, though this was a touch more drinkable. My only complaint was that the spice dominated the aroma. The flavor was more balanced with dark fruits, caramel, coriander and citrus notes.

01-22-2011 17:42:13 | More by tempest
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Notes from 12/24/2010:

#11 - 12 beers of Christmas. 750 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: This pours a nearly opaque very dark brown color with two-fingers of off-white head that turns a bit rocky and laces very well.

S: Sweet dark fruits (plums and dates come to mind), molasses, and light yeasty spice. It is mostly one-dimensional.

T: Plums and sweet red grapes mixed with what tastes like artificial grape flavoring (like a grape juice cocktail), spicy earthiness, candi sugar, and finishing bitterness not unlike that of grape peel.

M: It has a medium-thick body with a perfect level of carbonation and a mildly sticky feel.

D: This is definitely delicious and a pleasure to drink but it is not as complex as it seemed in years past.

01-06-2011 16:28:21 | More by bucklemyshoe
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