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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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1,041 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,041
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 70
Gots: 122 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: pezoids on 11-22-2001

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Photo of Crosling
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corsendonk Christmas came in a 750 mL corked bottle. Quite the beautiful site! This beer poured a deep opaque dark ruby with a fluffy white head with large bubble forming on the side. Nice Head retention throughout but towards the end of the beer the head shrunk to small islands floating on the liquid ruby. Nice lacing but poor for a Belgian.

The nose was full of dried grapes, sweet dark fruits, orange, clove and alcohol. A fantastic nose that hits you right away. Smelled totally delightful.

The flavor was very complex and this was an extreamly tasty beer however, the flavor didn't seem to overwhelm me. Flavors of dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, sugars and sweet cherry candies spoke well.

I enjoyed this. I want another one.

Photo of fastsrt
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 11.2 ounce bottle in chalice.
A: deep brown, nice head.
S: dark dried fruit, yeasts.
T: great, raisin, yeasts juicy malts with a sweet inviting finish, this beer is perfectly balanced,
M: this is a bit thin when compared other beers in this style category. no booze what so ever. well crafted.
D: winter warmer, such rich flavors, but i dont know about the best christmas ale i want some spice in my christmas ales. goes down like water. at 8.5% wow. I bought 2 bottles one i will bust out next christmas. but this one is is a base line I hope this one ages well.

Photo of IceAce
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 8 Oz. Bottle

Appearance: Thick collar of light tan foam with definite staying power. The beer is burnt copper and clarity is outstanding.

Aroma: Malty, spicy, and sugary all rolled up into a very enticing nose.

Taste: Grand malty brew well balanced with the sugar and spice one expects from a Belgian Holiday beer. The finish is dry and leaves a definite sweetness on the lips.

Mouthfeel: This is a BIG beer that literally assaults the palate. The brew is anything but thin and is perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: High marks in this catagory as this beer has the ability to transport the taster to a place where the weather is cold, the nights are long, and brewers keep their customers warm and cozy.

Photo of cokes
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

BB: 16 09 2004
Gorgous looking deep amber with a plump dollop of a beige head. Good retention, medium lacing.
Nose is a mixed-bag of candied belgian sweetness and musty cork notes. Rubber materializes as well. Decent, but wierd.
Taste is more subtle than expected, but lovely all the same. Begins with a caramelized peach-like essense. Fades to a oversweet butterscotch, then into a chocolate pudding. More fruits here as the plums enter with force. Becomes a little bready late, in a cinnamon-roll sort of way. Hops add little besides a dry finish.
Medium bodied. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Smooth, if perhaps on the thin side for a holiday brew.
Nevertheless, for 8+% brew, this is staggeringly drinkable....literally.

Photo of AaronRed
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find this at my local beer shop. Having never tried it before, the anticipation was almost better then the beer itself. Although the beer is wonderful; deep brown hue, with just enough spices in the armoa. A malty brew with a nice balance of citrus and winter spices. Not an overwhelming spicy beer, but one will so much flavor, that as it warms it becomes even better. Such a rich beer is prefect for this time of year.

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot date: 9/30/06...

Appears a dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. A small, light tan head slowly fades into a mild, bubbly cap and collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, nougat, and toasted almonds.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas in a decadent, flavor that reminds me of a Mars bar with raisins. Pretty tasty stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, semi sweet of caramel, and a light dry, mildly spiced finish.
Mineral characteristics make this beer stand it's own ground among the big players in Belgium. A solid Belgian Strong Dark just starting to touch on oxidation after close to 2 1/2 years in the cellar. Pretty nice!

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Arrived in a Corsendonk Christmas Ale goblet, a somewhat cloudy, dary burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki head of foam. It left behind wispy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - plum, pear and raisin with some Christmas spices, like nutmeg.

T - It hits you with bready malts and the dried fruits. Raisin comes through the storngest. Plus, there is nutmeg flavor and touches of vanilla.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a Christmas ale that does not disappoint. Fabulous on tap. It was a thrill to find it at Cafe Hollander.

Photo of mschofield
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle
Hazy Golden amber, with a red tinge, 2 finger tan head, laces in sheets.
Spicy, fruity and sweet aroma.
Very malty, and I picked up a number of tastes mainly fruit grape, chocolate, orange peel, raspberry, strawberry, cherry, and a little nutty and anise (licorice). Quite complex.
Medium to full feel, a little oily/syrupy.

Photo of Dope
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dated 17.07.16 - a best by date I assume.

A: Pours dark brown with an extremely effervescent and tall light brown head. Head fades very slowly with a big island of foam sticking around. Light fluffy chunks of lacing everywhere.

S: Smells mostly like a typical fruity BSDA. Lots of dark fruits like raisin, prunes, and grapes. Quite a bit of brown sugar sweetening it up too. Might be just a hint of nutmeg but I think it's the power of suggestion. Light cloves.

T: Loads of sweet sweet belgian candi sugar with loads of dark fruit. Candied dark fruit everywhere. Brown sugar. Has almost a cola-like character. Really kinda tastes like coke with dark fruits in it. Some light spices in the middle, cinnamon and maybe even a little nutmeg? Light cloves follow. Lightly spicy aftertaste with more dried dark fruits lingering.

M: Medium heavy - smooth and sweet.

O: This is one hell of a nice brew. Perhaps the best belgian christmas ale ever. Spices aren't out of control like most, they just provide a nice layer of complexity. Loads of awesome belgian candi sugar everywhere. Great complexity and balance. Drinkability is great as well. My only nitpicking is sometimes I get a plasticky taste in the aftertaste. It's sorta random. Maybe I should stop eating bubblewrap.

Photo of rkhaze
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red/amber with a big creamy beige head. Disappated to a collar quicker than I thought and had noticeable carbonation.
Nice spicy aroma. Clove, nutmeg, sweet malt, brown sugar and over-ripe bananas. On the verge of having a bubblegum aroma.
Bready malt and fruitcake tastes. Brown sugar, holiday spices and lots of ripe fruit of all colors. A little cloying but finishes with a slight earthy/woody flavor and a mellow bitterness. Great balance of assorted tastes. Excellent!
Light bodied with a full, round mouthfeel and lots of carbonation.
Rich, flavorful, spicy and filling.

Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle, in Corsendonk glasses. The color was a dark amber, with a good head. The smell was a strong spiced malt. The taste was very apple/raisins sweet, and very well spiced. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few more of these.

Mmm...another good holiday beer! A nice treat from a wonderful brewery that I already enjoy, and another beer I had the pleasure to split with my friend WVbeergeek.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Leffe goblet glass

Appearance - Pours a lighter brown which looks deep red upon holding up to light. The big (~ 2 finger) tan "dirty" looking head that forms upon pouring is quite persistent and lasts for about 1 min or more. The large carbonation bubbles pop slowly over time leaving a fair level of lacing.

Smell - A sweet breadiness is the first to be scented. It mixes with a yeasty dried fruit smell which eventually comes to include a bit of spiciness near the end. Right at the finish of the aroma is some alcohol, nothing too overpowering and actually quite soothing.

Taste - The taste profile follows the smell quite well. Some sweet maltiness is meet first with dried fruits mixed into the breadiness. The yeast, which is present along with the maltines,s fades toward the back end of the taste, where the alcohol and spiciness of nutmeg and cinnamon work their way in.

Mouthfeel - A good creaminess with a nice level of carbonation which tickles the tongue. This tickling is soon subdued with the lightest burn of alcohol. Very nice transitions.

Overall - A nice holiday brew to sit and sip in front of an open fireplace while relaxing and collecting your thoughts.

Photo of elinash
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an elegant red with a nice head and lacing. The aroma has a metallic hint, with hints of orange zest and spice. Mouthfeel was smooth, but the finish is a little weak, with hints of spice lingering. Nicely complex taste, sweet, toasted malt- caramel. Overall it's a mild but complex beer. Quite drinkable.

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hockeypuck
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap recently at La Cav Du Vin. This beer is a fairly clear, dark brown color. The tan head is about 1/2 inch or so when drawn. Settles to a nice, sort of bubbly surface layer with good lace. Aromas of orange and apple (or maybe plum) are present along with some spice and cinnamon. Tastewise the beer is malty upfront with the aforementioned sweet fruit and spices present and is rounded out by some fairly subtle but definite hop flavors. Has a crisp, smooth, and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Drinks very easily in the way well crafted beer should! An excellent beer! I hope to have this on-tap again soon!


Photo of Weissenheimer
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of this beer is an impressively deep, dark cherry. I picture Satan sitting on his throne drinking something like this; it's evocative of blood. It has a pretty, small, foamy whipped-cream head and oily-looking lacing that reminds me of wine legs. The smell is soft, round, and pleasant, with anise and other spices that one would expect from a Christmas ale.

The taste is nice and round, with a spiciness and butteriness that reminds me of Affligem Noel. I'm noticing just a bit of tannins, but not enough to make a significant impression. It's not as big, round, smooth, and slick as the Affligem, but then again what is? So far this is my second favorite Christmas ale.

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best By: 18/09/08

Been holding on to this one for about a year.

Poured into a Delirium tulip a nice dark mahongy color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy tan head, lots and lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of figs, raisins, and plums, also some caramel notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice dark fruits/caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is my first Corsendonk and it's very tasty, I do have another brew by them, I'm sure it will be awesome as well. Recommended.

Photo of rinhaak
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Pour a very dark brown with hints of a deep ruby red. There is a thick head that lingers for the entire glass. The pour really draws you in.

The banana aromas are smelled immediately upon popping the top of the bottle. Buttery cloves, yeasts, and brown and raw sugars are also present.

The first thing I think of when I took a sip was: "spicy." Not chili-pepper spicy, but rather full of intense warming spices: allspice, cloves, cinnamon. There is a lot of molasses and cherry syrup flavors, as well as chocolate-dipped maraschino cherries. Tootsie roll flavors seem to congregate primarily at the front of the tongue, and the cinnamon and clove spiciness was mostly at the back of the tongue. The beer evolves and becomes considerably more complex as it sits in the glass; I recommend letting it sit a good 15 minutes before all the flavors come to the fore. It finishes with a full malty gingerbread flavor that warms your soul.

Overall a fantastic Christmas beer that rivals the best. Highly recommended.

Photo of ski271
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a very large, light tan, frothy, slowly diminishing head. It has a pleasant, lightly sweet smell of perfumey wheat and Belgian yeast. Orange, clove, cherry and licorice. The taste is of big, sweet, complex malts with a moderate amount of citrus. The finish is long and warming, with all sorts of flavors still bouncing all over the place. Clove, nuts, prunes, bread… even gingerbread cookie! The mouthfeel is nice but a little on the thin side for a BSDA. This is a very complex beer that changed so many times just over the 45 minutes it took me to sip this bottle down. It’s a very intriguing beer that I can’t wait to have again. A must try.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a translucent mahogany with a thick, fine-bubbled head. The rich, malty aroma has an undertone of cloves and caramel. Flavor is malty and spicy with a caramel undertone and hints of Coca-Cola and fruit. Texture is smooth, and finish is slightly sweet and pleasing.

Photo of dcx10music
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown that shows shades of red and even purple when held up to light. Semi-small off-white head and minimal lacing. Surprisingly opaque. Very easy on the eyes.

S - A tad mild, but the actual smell is quite nice. A fruity splash of grape is balanced out nicely by a sturdy roasted malt backbone. Nice, but I wish it was a little more pungent.

T - The elements of the smell sort of reverse roles in the taste. The roasted maltiness is the most prominent flavor and is complimented by a light grape fruitiness. Quite nice.

M - Perfect, in my opinion. Rich, thick, and creamy. This kind of brew needs those qualities, and this one packs them in spades.

D - Easy to down, but a little on the filling side. I could drink 2 of these, but largely because they come in such small bottles.

Notes - A wonderful holiday brew. Its biggest weaknesses have nothing to do with the actual drink: the bottles are too small, and it's only available at Christmas. Time to stock up!

Photo of curlybird
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwhancher
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Christmas gift poured into an oversized chalice glass. Pours a slightly hazy brown amber color with nice thick off white head and okay lacing on the glass. Smells of carmelized brown sugar with dark fruit such as raisins, plum, fig, and dark poppy seeds. Has a spicy phenolic aroma with hints of black pepper. Tastes of the same carmelized brown sugar as in the nose. Seems to have a relatively significant upfront bitterness that lingers and really stings the tongue. Sweet tasting upfront with full bodied feel. Alcohol well in check. Overall, a very nice Belgian beer. Paired well with some turkey pot pie. Would be great as a winter warmer, for the holidays, or a nice celebratory beer with the corked & caged presentation.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly one of the best Christmas beers around. A deep mahogany with prominent beige head. Lots going on here: dark Belgian candi sugar, dark ripe fruits, hints of dates, brown sugar, and well balanced holiday spices. Very mild cocoa in the finish. Flavors are quite well pronounced, yet delicate and complements one another. Rich mouthfeel with ample carbonation. A beautifully crafted beer perfect for a cold winter night.

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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