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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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968 Ratings

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 69
Gots: 95 | FT: 1
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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 ryandurka
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

very perfect dark beer. kinda sweet but not too much. very nice. i would recommend this beer. its a real pleasure. bought locally so its not too hard to track down and find. perhaps the seasonal side to this beer may make it hard to find later in the year.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass.

Dark body with a crown of off-white head that has pretty good retention and leaves some great sticky lacing behind.

Definitely candied fruit in the nose here, cherries and plums. Some spices come through also, followed by a biscuity malt aroma.

The dominant and most noticeable flavor here is definitely candied fruits. Sweet, strong notes of cherry especially, but also of plum. Some spices are noticeable but not terribly strong. The most noticeable spice is anise, giving just a slight black licorice flavor. Next there is a good backbone of biscuity malt. With all the sweetness here it almost reminds me more of cake than biscuit though.

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied with a good does of carbonation. Slight prickly from all the sweet flavors.

Not bad drinkability, I certainly enjoyed my pour of the this.

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

Reviewed on 2/19/08.. Bottle. Pours a dark ruby/brown with a small light colored head. Aroma of Belgian yeasts and fruits. Tastes of apples, pears, bubblegum, spices. Strong spices in the finish. A very good, very drinkable beer. I could drink this all day...
8/4/9/4/16 (4.1/5)

Photo of bigkahunas4
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a huge head, with a cola body. Nose was complete brown sugar goodness.

The brew was quite sweet, but had a nice biting hop to its finish. Very similar to a Belgian IPA. Feel was rather light, pretty blah.

Overall this was okay - not offensive or too sweet.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Pours dark brown, slight amber glow as the light hits it hard, medium khaki head that slowly dies down.

S - Molasses, muted dark fruits, roasted malts. Everything works in concert here.

T - Malty, spices, raisins, brown sugar, candies, alcohol in the finish.

M - Crisp, medium bodied.

D - Exceedingly drinkable. Delicious.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- Dark mahogony with purple hues. Cream colored head with some lacing at the top of my glass.

S- Smell was of Christmas fruits, sugared fruitcake, and sweet molasses. The scent was very intense and pleasantly sweet.

T- Very similar to the smell. Big malts up front. "Liquid raisons," prunes, plums, dried cherries, brown sugar, sweet syrup. This is a perfect beer for after dinner to be enjoyed with a nutty cake.

M- Chewy and sticky. Medium bodied and very smooth going down.

D- Somewhat cloying due to the sweet flavors and intense fruits but otherwise easy to drink.

I loved this beer and found it to be an enjoyable experience.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, deep reddish-brown body with a well-sized, foamy, light khaki-colored head. Nice creamy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Malty, sweetish aroma smelling of molasses, brown sugar, and simple syrup -- all sorts of sweet treats. There's a strong, downright perfumy orange note in the nose, like sniffing a full shot of triple sec. Touches of spicy and light floral hints.

Taste: Sweet, dark maltiness with tastes of dark caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Slight nuttiness, maybe even some slight breadiness. As was the case with the aroma, there's that very distinct orange fruitiness. Pleasant spiciness with an extra added dash of coriander. Very, very faint floral hint. Never more than a minor bitterness present. Pinch of cocoa powder arrives late in the flavor. Finishes fruity with a lingering maltiness and hint of earthy spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty wintertime offering from Corsendonk and one I'd be happy (yes, happy) to return to next year.

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

Merry Christmas everyone.

Corked and caged bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Dark and deep amber with tons of carbonation surging around the glass, off-white head, and semi-decent lacing curled around the glass.

Smell: A nice amalgam of cookies, fruit, spiciness, and yeast. A lot of subtle complexity keeps coming out as it warms.

Taste: A good amount of darker fruit with berries, cherries, and apples coming in, along with some spiciness, some pepper, maybe some cinnamon and coriander, some cookies and sweet raw dough, and lots of subtle and balanced and intriguing spice notes. Finishes semi-sweet with lingering fruit and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full to heavier-bodied with a good creaminess and burst of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: Not sure what separates this from other BSD styles, but I do get a bit more spice I suppose. Still, a delicious sipper, and one I feel lucky to have on this Christmas day.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a 750 of this tonight (Christmas Eve) with my son and daughter. Pretty good stuff.

Moderate pour into goblets yields a two-finger off-white fading head over a walnut brown slightly hazy body. Pretty enough.

Smell is all spice: coriander, clove, allspice, a hint of cinnamon, some pepper, all over a solid hazelnut-cracker-malt foundation. Smells good!

Taste is spot-on with the smell, but there's a note of orange peal in there. Mmmm.

Mouthfeel is just a bit thinner than I would like, but appropriate for the style.

Drinkability is excellent. The 8.5% is completely hidden on the palate.

Really good beer, and very Christmas-y. I'll get more.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium brown and translucent with white head. Nose is reminiscent of holiday spices, including some brown sugar and cinammon, maybe ginger. Also bready yeasty Belgian notes are there. Palate is on the medium to light side in flavors, with a significant mineral component and light brown bread with spices. Easy drinking, and rather refreshing as well. One of the lighter Christmas ales on the shelf to be savored at the holidays.

Photo of Chinon01
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The taste of this beer is of orange, orange peel and orange Tang with yeast sizzle and noticeable hops in the finish. It also leaves a touch of cocoa around the outer back of the tongue and has a very clean finish. The mouthfeel was average and the drinkability was good.

Photo of MerkinMan
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Trappeze in Athens, Georgia.

A: Beautifully clear brown / ruby color. Nice head in a stemmed glass with flared top.

S: Christmas spices are certainly present, but not at all overwhelming. Yeasty character is also notable by smell.

T: A very nice Christmas beer that does not go overboard, nor lose its original identity behind the christmas spices. Cinnamon seems to be the most prevalent. Dark fruit notes from the yeast compliment the other spices very well.

MF: Light bodied and sparkly. Very nice.

D: One of the most drinkable christmas beers I have had this year. Recommended (especially on-tap).

Photo of gdfan47
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a very nice dark brown (you can see through it), and a nice off brown head
S- cinnamon, ginger, chocolate, hops
T- spices, the nutmeg is present and really nice lots of them, really refreshing, it has a nice hop and malt finish
M- silky smooth, just the right amount of carbonation, this beer was served on the warmer side and it really worked for this style
D- very good, I would not have guessed at the slighty higher than normal abv very nice

Photo of TheBear11D
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep dark brown, nearly black. A medium head that is off-white to creamy tan in color.

S: Scents of raisens with cinnamon topped by a background of pine and woods.

T: Brief spicy bitterness up front quickly followed by malty smoothness of fruity flavors.

M: Medium body with an abundance of carbonation that compliments the taste.

D: Smooth and bubbly. Great flavor and mouthfeel make this easy to drink.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear brown color with lot's pop to it. A nice light brown heading that settles to an off white-cream type color. I couldn't quite put my finger on the smell until I read up on it and it did smell of molasses. I taste alot of different fruit's maybe some bannana some Christmas spices. Hardly any lacing. Carbonation is very heavy but very enjoyable. I would drink this again but it is ridiculously priced at $18.00 for 4 beers.

Photo of pershan
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear, deep amber with very little head into a chalice. Didn't really detect anything in the aroma. The flavor was of sweet candy sugar and bubble gum in the foreground, with a nice hop bite and slight yeast sourness in the finish. Nice carbonation too. Seemed to be very well balanced, with no individual component dominating, which you would expect from a true Belgian strong. Much better than the Legacy Euphoria I had a few days ago.

Photo of hellbilly
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle BB 12/09/09

slightly hazy pour is maroon brown and capped by a thin tan head.

there are some floral tea-like qualities in the aroma underneath brown sugar, golden raisins, vanilla, sweet malt and cinnamon-y spiciness.

the flavor profile pretty much masks the aroma... along with some yeasty earthiness, faint chocolate and banana starch with a dry spiced finish. it is a bit sweet but definitely doable. light to medium bodied given the abv% with a smooth rich texture.

insanely easy to drink...

Photo of linnet
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big beige head, brown/reddish colour. Aroma is yeasty, malty, caramel, straw, hops. Although not very strong flavour is warming with noticable ABV, sugar, malt, dark fruit and some bitterness at the end. This beer reminds me of Chimay bleue, spices. Mouthfeel is lively with small bubbles. This beer was a nice aquaintance.

Photo of Dirty1
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4-pack of this at the Wineport in Stamford today. Since they were calling for snow tonight I thought it would be appropriate. I poured it into my Piraat tulip to enjoy.

A- It poured a nice slightly cloudy reddish brown about the color of strong brewed tea. It had a rich 2 1/2" very light tan head that stood for awhile as I let it sit to knock the chill off. It left nice rings around the glass to the bottom.

S- It smelled yummy! At first I noticed that pleasent yeasty smell you get with most Belgium beers. I also got hints of molasses and burnt sugar as well as a nice spicey tone. As it warmed a bit a fruity smell as well as some light alcohol began to emerge.

T- On the first taste I got manily that lovely Belgium yeast and some deep roasted grains and caramel with a nice light spicey. As it warmed a bit it got a lot more complex with the spice, manily clove and corriander, and a nice fruitiness coming through. The fruit was manily candied orange peel and perhaps a bit of mango or pineapple, with a nice light floral hop that came through on the back end. It also had a nice warming alcohol that was hidden pretty well.

M- It's medium body with a light carbonation. The fruity aspect gives it an almost juciy fell thats rather nice with the carbonation. It leaves a slighty coating on your tounge and a rather fruity after taste.

D- I liked this alot! I thought it was pretty complex and a good sipper on a cold night. I could easily polish off the 4- pack on a cold night! I would definatly drink this again when in the mood. Cheers!

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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 adamette
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at McNaulty's Bier Markt in Cleveland a few hours ago. Review from notes. Poured into a clear, clean snifter.

A Brown translucent body with a minimal head which dissipates within about 30 seconds. There was no signficant head after that point.

S Smell of some alcohol but nothing extreme, sweet malt but no "Christmas Spices" necessarily.

T Tastes of sweet malt with alcohol kick. A nice, strong Brown Ale with maybe some spices in the background but really nothing exceptional. I have not had their Brown Ale yet but I am thinking that those two beers have got to taste a lot alike. It will be interesting to compare the two when the time comes.

M Moderate with high ABV and some carbonation.

D Really good for this high of an ABV.

Notes: It was a real treat to find it on tap but really, for the most part it tasted like a really good Brown Ale (nothing much screamed "Christmas" to me).

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Served ontap into a Corsendonk Christmas snifter. Dark brown abbey ale with a light tan head.

S. Whiffs of dark fruits and candi sugar, some distant booze.

T. Dark plums, very ripe apples, sweet malts. Adequetly hopped to balance. Baked apple pie, brown sugar. As it warms more of the fruityness comes out.

M. Medium bodied and slightly chewey.

D. This is probably my favorite Christmas beer. I think last years was better, but that was after some aging. Nice stuff.

Photo of dstc
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby color with a big foamy tan head. Head falls very slow. Nice sticky lace. Looks awesome.

Sweet malty aroma, slightly metallic.

Thick, sweet malts in the mouth. Awesome.

Thick and smooth mouthfeel.

Excellent brew, I ran out and bought more.

Photo of Proteus93
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Josh from Beer Run... I quite enjoyed the tasting I had of this one, so this is appreciated.

A: Rusty, hazy red... quite the highlights around the sides of the glass. Stark white, foamy head. Recedes fairly slowly, leaving little patches of lace.

S: That nice, warm 'festive scent' that I pick up from a lot of these. Some nice dark fruits... plum, raisin, and some ripe fruits... apple and a touch of banana. A little breadiness... darker than anything. Very nice.

T: A spiciness of alcohol, caramel and dark fruitiness notes that add a nice element to it. Nice, sweet finish.

M + D: A little shimmer of carbonation that holds on through the mouth... it complements the medium body nicely, and the warm alcohol gives a nice smooth finish. Good stuff, and one of my favourite Christmas offerings to date.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured slowly into a tulip glass, Corsendonk Christmas ale filled the void up to the rim with a frothy tan foam. As the head fell it covered the sides with clumps of spotted lace. A thick blanket of creamy suds covered the surface of the beer all the way to the bottom of the glass. The beer itself is a clear, ruby color with a steady column of bubbles floating up from the middle of the glass.

The spicy aroma has notes of ginger and lemon peel mixed in with some bread, yeast and alcohol. Each sip of this full bodied beer is soft on the palate with a light effervescent fizz to liven up the taste. The flavor begins malty with caramel, bread and brown sugar. In the middle lemon peel, clove and pepper begin to dominate. At the end flavors of sweet dark fruit, such as cherry, black licorice and plum finish off the sip. Once gone a licorice like bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue.

This is a well balanced beer that has all the typical Belgian characteristics, with a little bit of Christmas spice mixed in.

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.