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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

887 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 56
Gots: 58 | 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 JeffH
4.45/5  rDev +7%

A- Deep brown with a light, quickly dispersing head
S- dried fruits, brown sugar
T- Crisp start with waves of dried, sweet fruit. Nice malt finish with a small amount of yeastiness
M- Lighter than expected with a high carbonation
O- Very good beer, looking forward to another soon

JeffH, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of CelticAleMan
4.45/5  rDev +7%

From notes:

01/28/11

A - Brownish, but is dark ruby colored when held up to light. 2 finger head. Fine creamy tan foam with unbelievable lacing.

S - Dark fruits, figs, spices (clove, coriander, nutmeg, maybe a tiny bit of anise).

T - Sweet, spicy dark fruit. Molasses, candi sugar, mild spiciness (clove and coriander), caramel, and even a little chocolate in the finish.

M - Medium, creamy and well carbonated.

O - Awesome. I could drink these regularly, without a doubt. This has to be my favorite Christmas beer.

CelticAleMan, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of ybnorml
4.45/5  rDev +7%

This is a bottle of the 2003 vintage and today is Oct 4,2004. Dark brown in color with hints of amber when the light hits it just right. Has a small beige head. The aroma hints at herbs and spices but is has predominate dried fruit plummy presence. There is a distinct chocolate taste at first. Followed by a plummy fruitiness and a smooth herb and spice finish. As it warms there is an addition of chocolate to the aroma.

ybnorml, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.45/5  rDev +7%

What a great beer!

Pours a very murky brown with a small tan head on it. Smells of dates, brown sugar figs. All the dark fruits are there.

The taste is the gem here though. Such an easy drinker for 8.5%. The dark fruits are there but not over the top. Nice malt backbone to hold it all together.

I could drink these all night. Now this was aged 1 year and I do prefer it this way, but it's good fresh too!

madtowndmb1, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Got this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a dark amber with a two-finger tan head. The head sticks around for quite a while before settling into a pancake on top of the beer. Lacing is decent.

Smells of fruits - mostly light but hints of darker ones - along with mild spices and milder yeast smells.

Tastes good. Light fruit flavors up front that segue into darker fruits and very light spices. There's a nice classic Belgian aftertaste - very sweet but not overly so.

Mouthfeel is very good. Good thickness with a grainy carbonation that does it's job very well. Smooth.

Drinkability is good. I finished this very easily and could've had another.

Overall this is a solid Christmas beer that should be in everyone's rotation.

glid02, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of watermelonman
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

This poured to a dark brown with a good head that lasted well. The lace looks good too.

The smell, taste, and mouthfeel are all very good. A dark mix of esters and malts dominate the overall flavor, with fruits coming through strong in the taste. The mouthfeel took me by surprise. It's very pleasing without being too sharp or too heavy at all. Drinkability is also very good, being both easy to drink and enticing.

watermelonman, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of nickthetick
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

A: poured into a corsedonk brewery glass and held up to the light a dark ruby red. A dirty white to light tan head that's nice and thick and very frothy. The head hangs around and leaves some lacing.

S: very spicy and a darker roasted malt sweetness. Biscuity and a little smooth hop notes.

T: sweet malt and common christmas spices, slightly roasted and big cinnamon flavor. The sweetness comes out as dried figs and plums. There isn't a whole lot of hop presence but what is there is earthy.

MF: smooth and complex, medium body. Rich and only a little effervescent.

D: a great Christmas beer at an awesome price especially when a glass is thrown in. A quick christmas buy again.

nickthetick, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of MTNboy
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

This beer poured into my glass with a lot of foamy head and formed a beautiful lace as it dissipated. It has a body full of haze and carbonation. Its coloring is a moderate brown with a reddish hue. There is a strong fruity and malt aroma with just a little spice to the nose. It has a lot of citrus esters and malt to the flavor. There is some hop bitterness but not much. It has very smooth mouthfeel with virtually no signs of it high alcohol content.

MTNboy, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a two-fingered, thick, light tan head leaving an even lace. Color is a dark, clear amber. Light-medium carbonation. Light malty/hoppy nose. Medium bodied. Starts smooth and malty, finishes with a warming touch. Excellent Christmas ale. $7.50 for a 750ml bottle.

jdhilt, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of Greggy
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

750ml --> 2 years of age

A- 1 finger thick head. Ruby/dark red body. Nice fine layer of sediment throughout the glass.

S- Big molasses, brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits. Quite malt driven.

T- Starts with a great malty sweetness, slightly medicinal spiciness, some brown sugar, molasses, and anise. The finish is long, malty, with residual spice.

M- Nice low carbonation when combined with the ABV makes for a nice full body. Alcohol is well hidden.

D- I would like to try this fresh, but I feel that as it sits at 2 years of age is quite tasty. Perfect for any winter evening.

Greggy, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

250 ml bottle into signature globe glass, best by 09/13/2014. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 3 finger dense khaki head with insane retention that reduces to a thick cap eventually. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big dark fruit, molasses, caramel, clove, cinnamon, light pepper, and spicy yeast. Very nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big molasses, caramel, raisin, candi sugar, bread, clove, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, and spicy yeast. Lingering notes of fruit, caramel, molasses, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and super smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is insanely well hiden with hardly any warming noticed at all. Drinks incredibly easily. Incredible flavor balance and complexity. Overall this is an incredible Belgian dark ale for the holiday season. So much incredible flavor balance, with super smooth drinkability. I am glad I picked up the 6 pack gift set.

superspak, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

To start I must say that I have never had a cork come off that hard before. 750ml corked and caged. Best before appears to be some time in 2006.

Pours out a dark brown color with a good size tan head. The smell is spicy and sweet. Raisins and chocolate come through for me. First sip, Wow. What a complex beer. Sweet in the beginning, spicy and crisp in the end. More raisins, nuts, earthy notes and molasses (sp?) come through. The taste is a bit dry in the end but leaves a wonderful warming. So complex and balanced at the same time which is amazing for a younger "big" beer.

Overall, delicious. I have one more bottle in the basement that is from last year. I think I will purchase a couple more to cellar as well.

CharlesRiver, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of Blakaeris
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours clear orange-mahogany in color. head is a huge pillowy tan mass with decent lacing.

Aroma is candylike sweetness with strong apricot fruitiness and peppery yeasty spices.

Taste is big, sweet and fruity. Generous apple and dark fruit notes up front. Strongly spiced with nutmeg, pepper and ginger. Midway through the caramel and orange peel make an appearance. Finish is smooth a pleasant warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with plenty of carbonation.

This is a tasty treat. Complex, but very smooth and approachable.

Blakaeris, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Beervis
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

Another beer I've been wanting to try for quite some time, and it was everything that I had hoped.

Pours a dark brown with a very thick head. Smell is of caramel, spices, and flowery hops.

Body is medium-full with flavors of spice, bright hops, and slightly candy-sweet. I was quite surprised by the hoppiness. Very easy to drink and with the higher alcohol, it really warms.

A great winter-warmer...definitely one of my favorites.

Beervis, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

In a 12 oz. brown bottle with a freshness date (of a year an half after this Christmas I might add) printed on the festive looking label, the packaging oozes the spirit of the season.

The beer poured dark amber red, with a foamy tall head that left a lot of lace. There was good bit of cloudy evidence as a result of the bottle conditioning with yeast. The aroma was very sweet like a bowl of sweet cherries drizzled with honey. The taste was boldly malty with dark skinned fruits, brown sugar, honey, cloves, and cinnamon.

Very soft and creamy mouthfeel, with just a hint of herbal hop bitterness that lingered, this was a smooth, and rich tasting beer that is worth savoring each year. Outstanding beer, and very drinkable, even at 8.5% ABV.

rajendra82, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of Radome
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%

Tasted from a 750 ml bottle bought in Madrid.

A - Beer is medium to dark brown and slightly cloudy. Some light comes through the glass when held up to a lamp. Head is just off-white, thick and fluffy and maintains that way throughout.

S - Aroma is mostly about the malt, like toasted grain and molasses. There is also a green grass note, lemon zest and maybe a hint of a spice, but I can't identify which spice. Finally, there is a hint of alcohol and an old wood smell that makes me think this may have been aged on wood. There might even be a tiny bit of smokiness.

T - The taste is also lighter than expected. Sweet, grainy malt with some light molasses and dark fruits. This is followed by a light herb/spice note and finally a sweet, very slightly boozy finish. The tastes are very complex but somehow give an overall clean, open impression, not heavy and smothering.

M - Medium body; fairly sweet and mouth-coating finish. Low to medium hops bitterness. A low level of alcohol burn. Noticeable carbonation fizz, but not distracting.

O - Although I can detect a bit of spice (possibly from yeast), this is not an overly-spiced Christmas ale that tries too hard. A supremely well-balanced beer. It is complex yet drinkable, dark and sweet yet not smothering. My hat's off to the brewers.

Radome, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

aszatk01, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of dcurrin
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

dcurrin, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

generallee, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Mugenlude
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of ADR
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Opaque and very deep brown color, a mountain of bottle-conditioned head. Laces in simple blobs, however. Very pleasant chocolate covered strawberry aroma with a little zip of yeastiness. Highly carbonated, not usually something I like, but a nice match to the malt expression of fleshy pears and decided peach tones. Finishes with more astringency but with a pop of confectioner's sugar. In some ways, this reminds me of a Dubbel that finishes like a Duvel, a fine example of complexity and the brewing art. Very nice beer...

ADR, Dec 08, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

whatname, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

freewill35, Dec 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

slasich, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

wmobley, Apr 09, 2013
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.