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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

884 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 56
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 01:19:31 | More by scruffwhor
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AltBock

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got the little bitty 25cl or 8.5 fl oz. bottle that comes in the Corsendonk Christmas holiday pack. The one with the glass in it. I didn't buy the pack because my local beer shop keeper broke it up. The label is a kids drawing of a beautiful Belgian Christmas morning with snow falling, a misshapen sunburst star glowing in the early morning sky, and oranges ripening on a pine tree. Wait a minute, oranges growing on a pine tree? Yes, oranges. I thinking they were suppose to be orange colored Christmas ornaments, but they are clearly oranges ripening on a pine tree in the dead of winter. I would like to know how they do that. Above the big yellow letters of "Corsendonk Christmas Ale" is the Corsendonk family crest or a just gold symbol that has something to do with Christmas. In the lower right hand corner is the word "Dark Ale" translated into 6 different languages. This beer sure gets around. On the back is a blue with gold trim label that has the US Government warning, where it was brewed, refund, a best before date, and the time it was stamped that is right next to the date. Mine was stamped best before 6/9/08. That might mean it's best before June 9th or since it's European, maybe September 6th of 2008. Either way I drank it well before it expired. Corsendonk also wrapped the bottle cap with blue paper that was annoying to get off. Everytime I look at that label, I just can't figure out how they grew oranges in the dead of winter. :-)

Appearance: When poured into an official Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass (which I obtained earlier late last year), the beer was a very Christmassy translucent pine tree green. No No, it was actually a wonderful deep dark ruby red brown color with a half inch of this off white color head of foam to it. The head of foam receded away very nicely and left a small skim of foam, foamy rings, and some spotty off white colored rings around the glass. If the head of foam was a bit whiter, it would look like the snow you would find on Christmas morning. Although the color of this beer looked nothing like a Christmas Day, I have to commend Corsendonk Christmas Ale for it's wonderful color.

Smell: To me, it really didn't smell like anything or even remotely close to anything you would find on a Christmas Day, but I really couldn't careless. I really enjoyed the fine aroma of this beer. The first aroma that came to me was dark cherries with a hint of other dark fruits behind that. Then came the dark roasted malts, Belgian yeast, a touch of sweet caramel, and the smallest drop or two of cinnamon stick at the end. OK, maybe you might find the smell of cinnamon stick on a Christmas morning, but that really doesn't instantly remind me of Christmas. The aroma reminds of a smell you find coming from a great beer and of course, this is one of them.

Taste: Again, I have to say that this taste, like the smell reminds me nothing of Christmas. I couldn't careless if it reminded me of Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the taste like I did with the aroma. It had an initial taste of dark fruits, but this time the cherries didn't stand out, it was the plum. Then came the Belgian yeast, a nip of dark roasted malts, Belgian candy sugar, cloves, and a trace of spices at the end. The Belgian yeast in the taste was a bit more potent then it was in the smell. If the taste had any orange mixed in with pine to it, then I could have put that it tasted like the tree on the label. This taste didn't remind me of Christmas morning like some, but instead it reminded me of elements you'll find a good brew.

Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied, dry, and with an alcohol taste somewhere in the background. Sometimes it was there, sometime it wasn't. It came and went as if had a mind of it's own. If you somehow took a sip the wrong way I did, you will then feel the alcohol burning sensation go all the way to your nose. Toward the bottom of the glass, I noticed that the I somehow anger the alcohol because it got violent toward my tastebuds. It must have know that I was about to finish the beer and I didn't have any more.

Drinkability: Even though it reminded me nothing of Christmas, I might have to try this beer again next Christmas season. If it tastes this good in late January, then it might taste even better in early December. I doubt it, but it's fun to think that. As you can tell, I enjoyed this beer very much and I wished that Jolly Olde St. Nick himself came down the chimney and magically turned this little dinky 8.5 fl oz. bottle to a big 750ml bottle. I still can't get over how they grow oranges on pine trees during the winter season in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 04:44:53 | More by AltBock
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 33cl bottle with my wife (guldengirl) on Saturday...our second and probably final one of these beers til next winter.

A: Deep amber with warm shades of ruby hugging the edges. A small fluffy ivory-colored head that fades to a wispy film.

S: A shot of licorice straight up the nose, sugary and spicy. Generally sweet and malty - with molasses, cloves, cinnamon and yeast. Smells like Christmas, winter and all things good in the world on a frosty evening in January.

T: Big licorice/anise flavor with ripe cherries and holiday spices. While the flavors are mostly malty sweet and spicy, the finish is a little dry and peppery.

M: Medium body/mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spices dance aggressively across the tongue and there's a slight but pleasant alcohol warming in the finish.

D: Certainly one we'll have again. Good smells & flavors, a well-crafted ale evocative of the Christmas season and our time spent in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 20:56:17 | More by msubulldog25
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big, dark-brown beer with an light-tan head. The liquid is shadowy, with faint reddish-hues when held to the light. The aroma is predominately geared toward sweet malt, assisted with a lot of competing sensations: yeast, cherries, cinnamon, bubble-gum esters, nutmeg, and a handful of other spices. The taste is sweet and characteristically Belgian. Full malt flavor with some alcohol and an abundance of fruit flavors. There’s very slight warming, and it hides its alcohol surprisingly well. Fairly high carbonation and quite full bodied. This is a complex and enjoyable winter ale. I’d seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 10:56:21 | More by Suds
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Lupin

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells and pours much like ommegang abbey ale. Lots of spices obviously present here, and a deep amber hue, but not much of anything in suspension here. I'm not sure if this really dark enough to be considered a dark ale. Poured gently into the ommegang "where brewing is an art..." flute with an appropriate head that dissipated as expected. Minimal lacing

The most blatant odor and taste upon initially tasting this brew was licorice. Something else very distinctive was definitely there, but I couldn't think of what it was. It was rather difficult to think of anything else for the first few sips, though. As my palate adjusted and the beer warmed, earthier tones revealed themselves and the other spices managed to neutralize my initial impression.

As far as Christmas ales go, this is a definite winner and I will certainly return to it next year. Spicy and dry, but without the overbearing heat/warming feel of the spices of a lot of other winter brews (affligen noel, which i enjoy heartily, comes to mind). I don't think I could enjoy more than a bottle of this, but it's definitely suited to being a wonderful starter beer for a winter session.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 02:07:23 | More by Lupin
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kingjames1

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany, with a fluffy tan head that evenly dissipates to thin lacing. I smell hints of chocolate, cinnamon & cloves, vanilla, raisins, and belgian yeasts. Taste is dark breads, caramels, christmas spices,and a tinge of hops bitterness, leaving a satisfying dryness. A very palatable mouthfeel, and very drinkable. This is perhaps the best representation of a beligan christmas i've had. Delicioius!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 00:51:16 | More by kingjames1
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CherylM

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is rich, full-bodied, dark beer which produces a lively head at first pour. It is malty and enhanced with flavors of candied cherries, almonds, cinnamon, spices. All the flavors mellow together nicely without being too sweet. It is very smooth, not a lot of carbonation, and the high alcohol content is not really noticable.. A delightful beer which I look forward to each Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 00:37:56 | More by CherylM
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle bought from belgianshop.com

Poured a deep mahogany red / brown colour... Creamy tan head poured big and foamy then faded slowly to almost nothing... very light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Very tart and spicy dark fruits (raisins, currents, prunes), molasses / dark muscovado sugar sweetness, light smokey notes, toasted maltiness, strong Belgian yeastiness, fruit loaf and alcohol soaked Christmas cake, light peppery hops, some rum hints...

Taste – Dark juicy fruits (prunes, blackcurrents, raisins), pretty noticable alcohol notes, sweet nuttiness, medicinal, some liquorice, burnt toffee sweetness, toasty malts, spicy hops, some pine notes...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... medium body...fairly drinkable even at 8.5%..

Overall - An excellent beer - pretty much how i expect Belgian Christmas beers to be... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 15:10:26 | More by mdagnew
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Big darker tan head on a clear deep amber body (can't really see through it til you hold it up to the light).
S- Spices come through first. A big malt aroma too. Also something weird comes through too. Like toothpaste or light pine cones?
T- Big malt body with a dose of spices. Some light european hops also come out. A weird lighter taste comes through (which seems very out of place) but I can't pinpoint what it is.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It's a kind of weird beer. I think their other two are a lot better. Can't see me drinking the whole bottle of this. Just some weird aromas and flavors come out of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 04:53:02 | More by BlindPig
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brick red color with a thick head. The lacing is about average. This is a pretty beer in general. The smell is fantastic. A blend of spices (nutmeg) and various fruits (almost like a fruit salad). The taste is malty with a sweet/spice finish. The mouthfeel is delicate and carbonated. This is a wonderful seasonal beer which I’d look forward to drinking during the holiday season!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 06:24:35 | More by barefootbrewer
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Bobikel

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a caged and corked 750ml bollte.

Appearance - Pours a deep clear red. A small 1/2 inch head appears and stays for quite some time. Lacing is very good.

Smell - Rigid deep maltiness, and some hops. A little soapy? Maybe infected?

Taste - Yeasty, warm, and a little cloying. Plum, and corriander.

Mouthfeel - Highly effervescent, dancing on the toung with a pleasant pointyness. A little thick.

Drinkability - Not really a sesionable drinker, nor is it a quiet-night sipper.

Overall - Fun to try, but a little dissapointing. Reminds me a little of Lefthand's "Goosinator", but with a little more depth.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 05:47:37 | More by Bobikel
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy brown color, with a nice head that stayed around for the whole glass. Laced up the entire glass! Smell was nicely spiced, nutmeg, cinnamon. Taste followed suit. Almost had a spiced rum taste to it. No hint of alcohol, and very full feeling. Again very spiced taste about it, which cuts down on the drinkability of it a bit. All said, family enjoyed it, got a couple calls of"its different". But this was a nice holiday feeling brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 02:52:44 | More by mikesgroove
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malty

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.2 oz. bottle best before 8/22/07.

Pours a brown russet color with a slight chill haze. A frothy billowing 2" light beige head sit solidly atop this wonderful smelling liquid... Nice globs and rings of lacework.

Smells like rum soaked figs and prunes. Faint cinnamon and anise scents hide behind vanilla and nutty nougat.

Hearty and fresh flavors of dark fruits and dark roasted and slightly gritty malts. The flavors are a bit rustic but all are clean and beautifully balanced; Zesty cinnamon, warming dark rum, almonds and cherries along with other faint and well-placed spices.

Mouthfeel is gorgeous; on the medium side of full bodied with fine and playful carbonation. Long flavorful and warming finish.

Drinkability is also great. I could picture myself drinking a few wide-mouth goblets of this, but I only bought this single bottle.

A fantastic a well-crafted Christmas Ale for sure. Masterfully crafted and balanced with the right amount of heft to fill and warm the belly with enough grace to be set alongside the finest holiday dinners. I'm content drinking mine right here at the computer in the same room with my son kicking his Nerf soccer ball against the wall over and over and over again, (and I'm not annoyed in the least). A wonderful Christmas offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 20:52:08 | More by malty
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IntriqKen

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, dark amber with an offwhite full finger head that takes it time melting to top-covering sticky lacing.
Aromas are caramel, both dark and light fruits, and spices like corriander, cinnamon, and clove.
Mouthfeel is initially soft on the tongue then slightly biting. Both of which could come from the tiny carbonation.
Taste is blended caramel, dark fruits, and spices. Finish is slightly bitter from the hops...sort of a citrus peel sharpness that cleanses the pallete nicely.
Aftertaste is the memory of toasted caramel and a hint of belgium yeast.
Where is the alcohol? I sense it neither in the aromas nor the taste.
This is a wonderfully complex winter brew and definitely worth seeking out.
Many thanks to numenor1 for the SS 06 package that included this.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 03:43:18 | More by IntriqKen
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass.

Appearance is deep brown with dark red hues, with a lovely off white head and some lacing. Smells of fruits, spices, and caramel. Tastes of cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg, other spices, sugar, and some smokiness. Very smooth and creamy, yet also a bit chewy. An excellent Christmas brew, looking forward to having another one next year.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2006 16:36:45 | More by HopDerek
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benmiliron

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received an 8-pk. with glass from my sister as a Christmas gift. Thanks sis!

A smoky brown tan color, good foamy head that fades quickly. Some lacing. Smells of sugar, malt, spice and all things nice. Not much hop aroma, but the bitter is there in the taste. Taste is superb. Belgian fruits, spices, yeast and malts, a bit of smoke, and candied plums. Mouthfeel is sticky with good carbonation to support. Maybe a hair too fizzy.

This is one of the best Christmas ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 20:06:30 | More by benmiliron
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jscottku21

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, this ale was quite good. Spices including cinnamon and cloves were very distinct yet not overwhelming. Extremely drinkable, although the 8.5% will surely catch up with you, I would absolutely revisit this excellent offering from Corsendonk. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2006 14:41:58 | More by jscottku21
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my St.B chalice.
Pours a dark ruby brown with only a slight head. Can catch a glimpse of light around the edging of the beer.
Smell is yeasty, with some candy sugar. There is a earthy fruit and a slight alcohol smell coming through as well.
Taste is dark ripened fruit and yeast. There is more alcohol coming through in the taste than was found in the smell.
The mouthfeel is very carbonated with a slight burn to it.
A decent holiday offering but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 02:19:30 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Shaw

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful amber in color with an equally beautiful off-white head. This beer practically glows in the proper light.

It smells of dried fruit and malt with just the hint of sourness.

The taste is very good. Notes of fruit mix with mustiness and just a bit of bitterness to create a very complex flavor.

The body is nice and chewy yet smooth and creamy as well.

Overall this is an excellent beer. I'm quite fond of the style and Corsendonk keeps my faith alive.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 05:46:32 | More by Shaw
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dgfair

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Chimay goblet, best before September 18, 2008.

A - Clear brown liquid with a reddish hue as the light comes through. Nice fluffy, cream-colored head that dissipates slowly to a nice layer.
S - Sweet sugar smell, with a hint of clove and coriander. A little bit of ripe fruit, kind of a raisin smell to it. Also a touch of an underlying earthy, woody smell.
T - Wow...ripe dark fruit, figs, raisins, a little pear perhaps, all balanced by a peppery clove flavor that keeps the fruitiness in check perfectly. Also a nice full malt flavor that comes out in the swallow as the alcohol gives a nice warming flavor in the throat.
M - A little creamy, a little bubbly, very well balanced. Feels great in the mouth and on the swallow.
D - Very nice winter Belgian ale. I would certainly like to sit around and drink a couple of these on a winter evening. Overall, a drinkable, complex, delicious Belgian ale. A great offering from Corsendonk, probably my favorite of their offerings. Stock up in the winter months while you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 04:00:58 | More by dgfair
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Westsidethreat

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazel chestnut color with depth. Khaki head is creamy and frothy. So far so good.

S: Cherry slushy, oak, burnt caramel, toast and maple.

T: Begins sweet and fruity with some serious figs, over ripe dark cherries, blueberry and raspberry. I think the next flavor I identify could be described as brown sugar bubble gum, quite nice. You can find anise, nutmeg and perhaps some coriander as well. Perhaps some lemon on the tip of the tongue too. Most of the malty backbone seems to actually be accounted for by the sugar added. Finishes with hints of apricot, peach yogurt and brown sugar.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel with just a bit of fluffiness.

D: This beer reminds me a lot of the Delerium Noel but sort of like the less alcohol cousin. Good drinkability and not too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 03:31:28 | More by Westsidethreat
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ccrida

Oregon

2.42/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on draft in a regular Corsendonk cervoise, it was a dark amber in a color with very little head or carbonation, but left behind a nice khaki lace. The aroma was mainly sweet malt and yeast, but fairly mild. The taste was immediately dominated by anise, which gave way to a nice malt backbone and a bit of fig or prune, then a slightly boozy finish. I had trouble getting by the anise, which I'll admit is far from my favorite spice, and not normally so overbearing as to turn me off from the rest of the brew. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style, and since I didn't care for the spice used, I didn't find this one to be that drinkable. I should also note that the 8.5% ABV was no less evident then some of the +10% Noels that are much more balanced. I seem to recall liking the Corsendonk Noel last year, so I'm not sure if the recipe has changed, the keg I drank from needed aged, or my palate is finer tuned, but this year it's my least favorite of any holiday beer so far.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2006 05:27:12 | More by ccrida
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cyberbmcd

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fine beer in the Belgian Ale tradition.

It pours a dark Brown with a one finger head that dissipates a little too quickly. Fine lacing and a sweet smell accompany.

It has a smooth silky mouthfeel. Starts out sweet with a blast of nutmeg then finishes with a bitter bite. you can taste the cinnamon and nutmeg and wintery spices that it's brewed with.

The champagne style cork was a nice touch as well.

Overall, this is a fine brew to sip with your family at Christmas dinner or while typing a review for beer advocate, whatever the case may be.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 03:57:14 | More by cyberbmcd
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shuriyukum

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 01:41:01 | More by shuriyukum
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a split mix case with mugghugger I ended up with 5 of these and boy are they tasty.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful mahogany caramel brown. Translucent. When back lit it showcases a red hue and loads of carbonation. The lacing slides don the walls of my snifter back in to the body but looks nice on every swirl.

Smell: Dark caramel malts, dark fruits - figs- hints of chocolate and nuts with spices of the season and hints of wood loaded in the nose as well. The aroma also allows a bit of booze to come through.

Taste: It has a unique flavor. Somewhat of a farmhouse Saison yeast character laying underneath the syrupy sweet, but inviting, caramel malt, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and more sweet brown sugar flavors. The hops and spices interplay very well malty sweet yet lively feel to this winter ale.

Mouthfeel: It has a thick full chewy yet smooth feel across the palate. Very nice.

Drinkability: This is a big beer for two back to back but I did it. That said it is no sessioner. This one is for sipping at the end of a cold night. It’ll will warm you up wonderfully.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 07:26:39 | More by Phatz
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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