Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk
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4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured into an Orval chalice on 11/13/12
Bottle was on clearance, so I'm guessing it's from last year.
Dark, cola brown with a one finger cap of light sandy foam. The head dissipates at a moderate rate but last once it settles onto itself. Very good lace that looks like old, frayed foam padding.
Spices and dark bread take up a good portion of the aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and herbal notions. Some darker fruits, too. Raisins, figs and hints of deep candied fruit. All told, the aroma is on the tame side.
The flavor, however, is an attention-getter. Both the spices and bread (and especially the spices) are ramped up. Heck, the spices practically sift across the palate; it's that great sort of dry spice. Fruits are less of a focal point here which keeps the beer from being sweet. Herbal hop lingerings.
The feel is robust and billowy, mainly due to the carbonation. Hints of granular underpinnings.
This is a really good beer. The late MbpBugeye told me temperature is crucial with this one; he was dead on the money. Drink this well above fridge temperature. Recommended.
11-14-2012 03:42:28 | More by Ryan011235
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass.
A - Cola brown, big off white head the is slow to leave. This lace beginning to gather on the sides.
S - Tropical fruit, juicy fruit smell, a bit of leather or tobacco on the end.
T - Beautiful, lush fruity mouth. Some cotton candy, and nice complex malt/yeast mix.
M - Creamy, medium to heavy body, nice balance.
D - A very nice offering from Corsendork.
01-05-2010 04:39:09 | More by srandycarter
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.