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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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93
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969 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 969
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 69
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Radiohannibal
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of paleoplant
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber with moderate foam. Served in a red wine glass due to a lack of glassware at Xmas party.

S: Spicy

T: Sweet flavors with some fruit; spice in the finish.

M: strong carbonation.

D: It was a good beer for celebrating a cold Buffalo night

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of balintkr
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of grover37
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of radioscooter
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Why I love Christmas part 324: "Amazing beers from breweries I don't usually care much about or for."

Corsendonk is a classic Belgian brewery that I just don't usually love the beer from. I mean, what's the point of brewing in Belgium if you're not making Quads right? (joke)

Anyway, I'm not a Blonde or really much of a trippel fan but I thought - hey it's Christmas, let's try all the Christmas Ales.

I am glad this one made it onto my list. It was recommended by the bartender lady at the Sharp Edge when I stopped by today to apparently get raped on bottles of Samichlaus. But that's a whole 'nother rant. Welcome to PA. Bend over.

Phenomenal pour and foamy, thick creamy caramel head with beautiful drapey lacing. Like a picture of how beer should look.

Aroma is medium fruity and of course, spicy.

Taste is old world malty, fruity spicy goodness with a hint of pepper. The impulse to chew it slowly is very strong. Getting the blend of creamy foam with the underlying beer right is easy and makes it so much more enjoyable.

A touch too carbonated for me, but that's probably what is making this great foam. And it seems a little heady for only an 8.5, but these are hairs we're splitting now.

"You lad, what day is it today?" "Today sir? Why it's Christmas Day!"

Would that all Christmas ales were this splendid.

Photo of Travlr
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown with a medium white head, decent lacing. Little aroma, but what's there is pleasant enough. Full mouth, very smooth vanilla flavor with a long-lasting cocoa finish. Some notes of roasted dark coffee. Second best of a nine beer tasting at Belga.

Photo of NClifestyle
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

little late for xmas, but i don't think that's a problem.
pours up extremely dark ruby color with a huge head of large bubbles, creamy top. oddly, the bubbles seem to get smaller as the head settles. lots of lace in strange patterns.
smells like a strong belgian beer, but not overpowering. sweet, yeast.
taste was quite nice. malty dark fruit, raisin and cherry, yeast and wheat. hops show up as the beer warms, but they are still pretty sweet, citrus like, with a bit of peppery spice.
mouthfeel is thick and creamy. the beer widens in the mouth, bubbles everywhere. smooth, smooth, smooth.
drinkabiliby is decent, above average, but i couldn't sip this all night. would love to have it again, much better than many belgian beers that are too tart, but it's very strong.

cheers...

Photo of Viking
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish amber body with a thin lacy head. Pretty good head retention, especially since it was rather weak to begin with. Sweet malty aroma, lightly spicy. Smooth dark fuity flavor with a strong caramel malt base. Light taste of cinnamon and maybe nutmeg add just enough character to this brew. Spices are somewhat lighter in Corsendonk's offering than in many others, but it works well.

Photo of czfreeman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out a very lovely dark-ruby-brown color. Very foamy head, long rentention. smells of christmas! malts,fruits, plums,pineapple aromas on the end. Tastes as good as it smells, rich fruit flavors coming through. The mouthfeel is very satisfying,coats the mouth with a nice long finish. Highly enjoyable brew that I will look foward to every season.

Photo of drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely, heavenly beer! A masterpiece. Pours with a nice fine head that lasts for a while but eventually mostly dissapears. Plenty of lace. Nice dark brown with strong red highlights. Spicey fruity malty nose. Good carbonation. Warming. Excellent mouth witth an extended finish.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- a very clear brown with lots of rubyhighlights throughout. OK bubbling, good head and sparse lacing throughand through. ooks more like an English Brown ale than a Belgian.

Smell- Made me think of fruit cake with a shotof brandy to warm the chest and stomach.

Taste- Starts with wet, figgy malts that subside to darker, carmalized fruits with a touch ofsome roast. Brown sugar apple plumspice to finish.

Mouthfeel-You don't se that much carbonation, bout you can feel it. Balanced and easy to drink, especially for 8.5% abv.

Photo of khrx4u
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of letsgopens
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Vintage, this Belgian pours a deep mahogany copper with a frothy beige head that holds well even when poured thin and leaves some nice lace around the glass.

Very fruity and malty. Molasses and black cherry, apple cider, spice, fig/prune/dark fruit. Some Belgian yeastiness but mostly sweet and malty.

Again sweet and very fruity. Lots of honey and a bit of a darker sweetness as well; possibly molasses or a hint of dark maple syrup. Dark fruit is again predominant with cherry and citrus. Not overly spicy but still very festive. Nicely done.

Matted but smooth mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. Very mellow and silky. This beer would certainly lend itself well to a slice of pumpkin pie or any other sweet, custard-like dessert. Certainly a great selection this holiday season.

Photo of BobZ
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Rich dark brown, virtually no head at all, but decent lacing throughout the beer.

Smell: Belgian yeast and spice dominate the nose, hints at a deep complexity.

Taste: Sweet maltiness with very pleasant spicing. Dark fruit lies beneath and a gentle hoppy bitterness is also present. A great example of a Belgian Christmas beer.

Mouthfeel: Aggressively carbonated but still pleasant on the palate.

Drinkability: Good beer but not one I could drink many of in a session.

Photo of QXSTER1
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another reason to celebrate Christmas! This ale pours a clear, deep ruby with a wispy white head. Smells of spices and a wiff of alcohol. Taste is a complex blend of earthy Belgian yeast, dark ripe fruits, subdued toffee, baking spices and subtle background hops. It all comes together in a dangerously drinkable brew. Sweetness is there but not cloying, just enough to accentuate the malt flavors.
I have found Belgian ales to be a bit cleaner on tap than refermented in the bottle and it definitely adds to the drinkability of this brew.

Photo of descartes
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown top which progresses to a redish bottom. A good half inch head.
Smell: Malty, mild spice aroma with raisan smell.
Taste: Again a slight spicey taste, you can feel the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some good carbination.

Overall: A very good winter brew, happy I bought an eight pack.

Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark chestnut brown with a 2 inch foamy/cloudy tan head that lasted a few minutes; good lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, yeast, light caramel, fruits like dates or cherry, grains, spices and light hops. Very nice nose and a fine start.

Tastes of sweet malt, sour apple, citrus (lemon or orange peel, or both), fig or dates, cherry, caramel, yeast, brown sugar, toasted grains, sherry or a sweet alcohol like rum, and a tart and almost sour finish where the fruit leaves a pucker and the sweet malt trails in an almost bitter way. The alcohol was present, but the fruits and spices muted it and helped it go down with ease. A very well balanced beer for all it's flavor complexities.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with very light to no carbonation, a medium body with a little chewy feel to it, yet it's easy to drink.

Very nice enjoyable winter ale that was sweet, fruity and delicious. As it warms up it gets sweeter and more complex, but was not too sweet. A great Christmas Ale that was a very good beer to sip and savor.

Photo of shuriyukum
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up @ the Brew Crew in Albany, NY. Came in a 4 pack.

A - The beer pours a nice dark caramel with a red hue. It has a foamy head (of which you'd expect from a belgian).

S - Mild, caramel, malty smell with a touch of yeast undertone.

T - Fruity, spicy, sweet.

M - the slight spice taste has a finish that ends mildly. The sweetness is not heavy in your mouth.

D - Sweet, smooth, and easy going down. Has notes of caramel, toasted malt.

Overall, highly recommended!

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Belgian Christmas night. 2009 vintage, and it ended up being one of the better beers of the night.

It comes with a dark roasty mahogany brown hazy color with a decent head.

Nose of light spices, very light, with some cinnamon, nutty malts, raisins, dark aged Belgian malts, and a little booze.

Taste is malty, lots of Belgian dark malts, caramel, a little brown sugar, light spices, Belgian fruity yeast with some raisin and fig, little sweetness and creamy hearty taste. A very light booze.

Mouth is medium to a little heavier bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is decent, sweetness is balanced well, not much for a boozy taste, and smooth drinking for the most part.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer indeed-Corsendonk Brown was one of the first Belgians I ever had.Pours a gorgeous deep ruby brown with a nice tan head atop.Aroma of spices-earthy and woody.Nice spicy taste-malty as well-theres a slight tartness in the finish.Good full moutfeel to it-I find the tartness a tad puckering but not in a bad way.The alchohol is well hidden I could see it sneaking up on you.A very decent example of a Belgian Dark-the neck label say "Belgian Quality" and I gotta go along with that.

Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep copper color with dark reddish highlights, very attractive head. Smell is of dark fruit (plums, figs) with a light spicy note. Taste is enormous with malt with dark fruits coming through. Finished fruity on tbh palate. A little bit of Christmas in August.

Photo of Foxman
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It came to me a rich amber brown, flashing ruby in lighter areas. A finger of creamy tan head settled slowly to soft froth islets. Dense lacing clouded the inside of the glass.

The aroma was justn a bit strained, but did eventually give up a thick malty sweetness, rife with caramel, and earthy with figs, prunes, raisins, dates, and a touch of cherry...oh, and a healthy kick of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the flavor filled out well more than the aroma, with a tasted grain sweetness leading the way, and boasting of caramel, and a raft of dried earth fruits as promised in the aroma. A slight tanginess, yeasty in nature, carried through in the middle, and is soon bested by a credible wash of alcohol. Some residual malt sweetness revisits, and then a gentle spiciness won out, prodding the finish to a mellow, warm, softly bittered legacy that leaves a crispness behind. The flavor is a complex but well blended affair that is very easy to take.

Between medium and full bodied, the grain presence is densely sweet enough to coat, but the spicy crispness keeps it from cloying.

As Christmas goes, there's no shortage of fine seasonal beers, and I will add this one to my list of preferred potables. It's righ, warm, and savory, and the end result is something to be enjoyed when the weather is nipping at your...well, something. The ABV will keep you toasty, and it is easily and wisely heeded, but it does go down in a fine way. So even though it's July, I'm anticipating the fresh release of this Noel nicety.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fatheads.

A: A copperish brown color. Gave a nice 1 finger foam head that quickly disappeared. Minimal to no lacing.

S: The smell intensified as it warmed a bit. Lots of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, dark fruit.

T: Really put together well. All the flavors marry well and is a great Christmas Belgian Ale. Lots of dark fruit, caramel and spice flavoring.

M: Gave a sweet dry finish. Made you crave more.

D: A higher ABV makes this more of a really slow sipping beer. A must drink for the holidays!

Photo of francisweizen
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was a murky brown colour with a lovely tan head of foam. The aromas were sweet, bready, malty and a bit spicy. The taste was spicy and fruity, with just a hint of booze. The mouthfeel was thick, but stil a bit watery for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and the drinkability was absolutely great!

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 969 ratings.