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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

884 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 56
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk visit their website
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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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -5%

I had a bottle at Kulminator in Antwerp.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy amber-brown with a fluffy brown head that slowly fades, leaving heavy lace.

Smell: Sweet cherry aroma, caramel and a light vinuous character.

Taste: Upfront there are toasty malts, with a mild roasted character. Light tartness that's reminiscent of cherries emerges in the center. The finish has some peppery spice and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Well-balanced, no character dominates over the others.

12-11-2006 02:34:51 | More by EPICAC
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elinash

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

11-29-2006 02:42:17 | More by elinash
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psinderson

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

Appearance: Dark, almost ruby red. Decent off-white head.

Smell: Very minimal aroma, but mostly malt, caramel.

Taste: Complex taste, mostly fruit. I sense some molasses and cherries with a mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Much thinner than expected.

Drinkability: Decently drinkable, but taste complexity may turn off some.

11-29-2006 02:30:24 | More by psinderson
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

This is a damn good beer. All kinds of fruit going on in here, plums, figs, oranges, bananas, nice oft sweet taste. Nice head with good lacing also. Should be brewed year round, as I didn't see the coralation with winter, not all that spicey. But nonetheless, a great beer that should be drank anytime it is found.

11-25-2006 03:35:40 | More by bigdeuce
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -5%

12oz bottle 'best before 16/09/07' poured into a 0.5L Duvel Tulip.

A: Very Dark, slight garnet hues when held up to the light. Thick off white head, great lacing down the glass. Bubbles sit on the bottom of the glass.

S: Not strong; slight alcohol, maybe a little yeastiness and dark fruit.

T: Dark fruit and spices. Normal Belgian yeast flavors, but toned down a little. made up for by the extra bit of spice flavor.

M: Lots of carbonation, maybe too much. Nice and full though

D: Pretty easy to drink, but high alcohol content.

I feel like I haven't given this beer enough credit, maybe because I can't taste everything going on there. Marked as a beer to revisit in the future.

11-22-2006 00:45:34 | More by 51mmz0rz
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a very inviting stained mahogany color, with a head of yellow cream. Clear but dark. Smells of wintery spices, sweet vanilla, and sugared plums. On the palate, brisk carbonation, followed by sugared date sweetness perfectly balanced by hops and spices. The fruit character is big and juicy, but plays well with the other elements. Mouthfeel is thick but not sludgy, with great winter consistency -- meaning it sticks to the ribs but isn't a chore to get down. Light carbonation helps out here, too, as it takes some of the load off tongue when the malt bill hits. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, far superior to the other standard Corsendonk offerings in my opinion. Perfect for winter time, but an excellent Belgian any time of the year.

11-21-2006 01:40:17 | More by geexploitation
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rarevos

New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Deep, brownish-ruby with fluffy, off-white head. Head has terrific longevity, and there are sticky trails on the side of the glass as it recedes.

S: Unmistakably Belgian, with a peppery, clovey, dried fruit aroma. Really faint, though.

T/M: Dried, dark fruit up front (figs, dates, plums, raisins) with some spiciness. Spices don't taste obviously Christmas-y to me (pepper, clove, mint), but there is a hint of cinnamon in there. I'm not picking up anise the way others have. There is a bit of nutmeg in the finish, but the cinnamon and nutmeg are VERY subdued, in no way like a winter warmer. And the finish is mostly malty and sweet, with a little bit of an alcohol presence that comes across as slightly aluminum-like.

D: Nice cold evening beer. Not really something so unique that I'd go out of my way to get it again, but I'm glad I tried it, and it didn't disappoint.

11-19-2006 18:14:55 | More by rarevos
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Iguana

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -5%

Picked this up last week in Eugene, OR at the Beir Stein. Best buy date says 06/19/06, oh well hehe. Poured a brilliant ruby red with a 1cm head that never went away into my Chimay chalice. Smell is of candied dark fruits, plums, faint hints of dark cherries, and some smell I cant identify. Taste is good, took awhile for me to pin it down, but I am getting a huge bubblegum taste in this. Kinda odd I think, never had a beer have this taste in it, not offensive, just interesting. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and its the bubblegum flavor that does this, as soon as that flavor hits my sensors the beer gets all light and fluffylike in taste. I tend to prefer a thicker belgian beer so this was kinda a putoff for me. Drinkability is good, its a solid belgian dark ale, dunno as I would get more when I can get beers I know I like for the style easier and cheaper. But its always fun to try new things.

09-29-2006 08:25:48 | More by Iguana
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TheBungyo

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured very very dark, like a black hole topped with a delicious looking brown head. Lots of pretty lacing on the way down. My god the nose is SO complex. At first I got applesauce, then dried plums, followed by some burnt brown sugar and cinnamon and other spices. This is easily the most interesting beer I've ever smelled. Taste is largely the same .... the only problem is that it smells far better than it tastes. It's almost as if the smells are jockeying for position trying to dominate one another and never melding. I find it distracting. Could some age cure this? Mouth is medium.
I like this and plan to buy it again ... but only to see if the taste has melded a bit.

08-19-2006 06:40:49 | More by TheBungyo
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

12oz. bottle. A dark mahogany color with red highlights. Appeared to be clear. Light tan, large head. Smell was fantastic, raisins, port mine, molasses, caramel, dark chocolate, and some earthy/barnyard Belgian yeast. Taste was where it fell down a bit. Strong metallic notes, improving to raisins, dark fruits and chocolate. Some phenolic notes through middle. It all worked pretty well together. No hops to speak of. Medium bodied, low carbonation, drying with some alcohol warming. Overall, this beer has a lot going for it, but...many people have commented on metal in Belgians, but this is the most noticeable it has ever been for me. ABV well hidden, which made this relatively easy to drink. A pretty good beer, but not that exciting to me.

08-10-2006 13:55:20 | More by
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev -32.7%

Appearance: Red maroon body, fluffy off-white head, a slow fader. Good sticky lace.

Smell: Sweet, fruit and herbal, carmel.

Taste: Thin and buttery, this beer should be good through mid-2007, but this is rather unimpressive. The flavors are bland for the style, and the only good part is a slight vinous character. I was expecting mroe from this one.

Drinkability: Bad bottle? I doubt it, it's most likely been refrigerated since being put on the shelf. I will pass on this, hopefully othr bottles are better.

08-06-2006 03:51:30 | More by TastyTaste
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

07-11-2006 20:15:59 | More by Foxman
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haz77

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

A - Pours a very dark burgundy with an inch of tan head. This falls to a thin layer after about a minute.

S - Rum, Christmas pudding, slight metallic background, cherries, figs, plums, some toffee.

T - Begins with the fruits mentioned and some tartness before a creamy Christmas spice middle takes over. Starts to dry out towards the end and the alcohol comes through with a slight metallic taste.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium body and carbonation.

D - Not bad, but there are certainly other dark Belgians I would look towards first. Decent drinkability.

07-07-2006 13:05:55 | More by haz77
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Best by date January 2007, Sampled July 2006
Pours with a large, initially three and a half finger thick, amber-cream colored head that leaves a rocky, lace leaving texture as it slowly falls back into the beer. The beer is a dark, brownish color with a touch of amber. It shows a brilliantly clear ruby hued beer when held up to the light. Rich, aromatic notes of concentrated malt greet my nose. Notes of raisins, dates and figs mingle with sweet notes of caramel, toffee, . both a spicy note of clove and bit rum-like hot alcohol are just slightly noticed among the other notes. Overall the aroma is quite sweet and almost even a bit sticky; very desert like in its aromatics.

A creamy mouthfeel is balanced almost immediately by a tingly carbonation. The beer is not nearly as sweet tasting as the aroma would suggest, which is good as I was not sure if I was up fro a sticky brew. Notes of concentrated malt are here though. I get notes of dark caramelized fruit, notes of burnt raisins and roasted plums. Light notes of toasted malt join a hint of roasted grain. The fruit notes are what really stand out here; this brew is rich and satiating, yet actually not heavy and even a bit light and easy to drink, though I would characterize this as being light on the palate. Some spicy cola like notes are also in this beer as well as some light notes of clove. Actually the cola like note is definitely interesting, it is mostly the caramel flavors from cola, but definitely some of the spiciness is in this beer as well. This beer is quite interesting, perhaps a touch on the simplistic side, but quite good none the less.

07-04-2006 03:52:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours deep chestnut with amber highlights. Pale tan head immediately fills the glass-then settles to one finger of dense soap bubbles, retains a cap very well and leaves spotty lacing. Complex phenolic nose with dark toasted malt in the background. Dark fruit aromas like dates and plums- and light fruits like peaches. The taste is sweet toasted dark malt upfront then turns tart and phenolic through the middle. The aftertaste hints at dryness, cleansing some of the mild residual fruit sweetness and faint phenolic bite. No perceivable hops here, but this balances fine without. Low carbonation and med/full body create a velvety texture, and the tart phenol/fruitness fades with the residual sugar for a satisfying but not overpowering finish. Drinks very well for the style...everything a Belgian strong dark ale should be.

04-01-2006 05:02:27 | More by PBRstreetgang
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

1.88/5  rDev -54.8%

A - A deep Mahongany, almost black, brew with a two finger finger light brown head that has decent retention. As it dissipates, it leaves attractive, delicate rings of lacing behind.

S - Bananas, cloves, raisins, dates and caramel malt. Pleasant, but nothing fantastic.

T - Metals (tin and copper) that linger into the aftertaste. A strong raisin presence over a fainter coffee malt character with a strange chemical twinge throughout. The aftertaste is metallic and chemically bitter. Awful!

M - Simply horrendous! Extremely parching with a medium body. The chemical flavor is dessicating. After each sip I want to chug a glass of water. As a side, it is hard to separate the chemical taste from the mouthfeel.

D - Awful! Awful! Awful! I never want this again. Each sip implanted a strong suggestion to send this brew to the drain. It was not too long before I gave in to this urge. It was terrible to do, but I couldn't drink another sip of this.

02-15-2006 20:34:56 | More by mrasskicktastic
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Dense, pillowy foam; slightly off-white head. Condensed, spotted, and thin lacing with good strength. Muddy brown in color with hues of burgundy and mahogany.

Fresh, ripe vinous fruit aromatics: cherry, plum; fig, bourbon-tinged sour apple. Semi-sweet candied sugar; a touch of toffee. A great mix of fruit sweetness/tartness with a whaff of creamy chocolate.

Slightly tart, aged fruit: apple, plum, orange, pear; most predominantly fig. Creamy touch of powdered chocolate and coffee; moderately sweet, Belgian candied sugar. A hint of spice at mid sip leads to a creamy finish. Chocolate and plum with hints of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; Smooth and creamy on the palate.

A very nice flavored Belgian Brown Ale. The alcohol presence is well masked with the sweet and tart fruit qualities. Worth a taste; very warming for the winter months.

02-12-2006 22:19:46 | More by NEhophead
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paterlodie

Belgium

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

BB 22-08-07. Nice apearance with beige head that lasts very well and a mahony dark brown almost black beer and clear. Nose is koreander, sweet caramellic malts, citrussy and litle sweet corn. Taste is good as it shows nice and full body, sweet but not overdone, litle spice and moderate bitterness. All together very harmonicly and balanced. Easy accesable and enjoyable christmasbrew.

02-11-2006 13:09:50 | More by paterlodie
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CDBeerDisappear

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%

A - Dark amber brown with plenty of tan fine bubbled head. Head is, in fact spectacular. The magnificent head, of course, yields plenty of lacing.

S - Nutty malt aroma with hint of cherries.

T - First taste is sweet but it becomes more acidic as you hold it in your mouth.

M - Thin soda pop feel.

D - I am not a fan of sour tasting beer. Some people like it. I think I would not drink this again, not because it is bad but because there are so many that are better.

02-05-2006 03:49:37 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Quite similar in Conrsendonk's Brown Ale, which is esquisit, but with a better musky aroma and flavor. Also has added spices that blend with the light tartness. The color is a solid brown with a ruby tint and floating spices and yeast; otherwise fairly clear with a stubborn foamstand. Smells malty, tart, spicy, woodsy, and lightly sour--typical of Belgians. Atypical in the use of nutmeg, allspice, cinnemon, and lightly pepperred. Viscous, round body with light wine, cider fruitiness and acidic. Finishes sweet, tart, and spicy with a light dryness. Delicate and bold--a joy to drink.

02-04-2006 18:16:47 | More by BEERchitect
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deejaydan

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

Mours a ruby brown, sticky sticky lacing, and good head and retention. Aroma is raisiny, and slightly phenolic. Taste is refreshing, slight flavor of wood and a light mouth puckering, phenols are present and funky. Mouthfeel is okay, slightly dry though. Drinkablilty is ok, nothing great.

02-01-2006 03:39:30 | More by deejaydan
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quasimoto

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -27.2%

A - Dark brown with w/ little to no head

S - Spicy malts w/ molasses, honey, nutmeg and orange peel

T - Sweet malts and the orange peel. Everything else is hidden.

M - sharp carbination on the palette with a dry finish.

D - It's an o.k. holiday beer. Not my favorite, but is good enough to bring in the x-mas cheer.

01-30-2006 14:37:42 | More by quasimoto
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a deep mahogany-brown body that glows when held to the light. The head is a thick cream off-white that last and last. It has a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles to keep the head going.

S- The smell of pale malt is a base for notes of dark cherries, plumes, figs and a note of aromatic spices like ginger with a faint cinnamon. There is a perfume sweetness that ties all the aromas together.

T- There is a sweet lightly toasted malt flavor that has lots of nice complexity. Notes of pears and plums compliment the malt with a spicy hint of pepper at the finish. A faint note of apple with the carbonic bite at the finish has a good balance.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a strong fizz in the texture. There is a soft alcohol warmth that enhances the spicy finish.

D- This is a very nice winter beer. The fruit and spice flavors really give more depth to the malt without overpowering the flavors of the typical Dark Ale. Winter was made for beers like these.

01-27-2006 04:02:53 | More by rhoadsrage
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MattBrooks

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours cloudy brown with plenty of yeasty goodness floating about. Smelled like a super-strong ale, which is exactly what it is supposed to smell like. Didn't notice any other discerning smells to make this winter seem more special than others; although it could be considered that this isn't a seasonal (other than the label) because the expiration date on this bottle was 2 years from now. The taste was pleasureable, and although the alc content is high, it really didn't come off that way to me. All in all, a very good example of the style, certainly worth picking up a few more. Almost wish I could get it in the big-big bottle size the other Corsendonks come in.

01-20-2006 21:23:03 | More by MattBrooks
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%

A: Hazy and very dark, almost aphotic brown with a healthy head that crowns nicely.

S: Reminiscent of Ommegang with a touch of citrus and anise added.

T/MF: Very rich and cakey. Full bodied. Silky finnish. Big flavors of Christmas spice, chocolate, nuts, husks, and lip smacking smoke. Very big beer on the flavor. I can’t put words to how robust this one is.

D: Warming and pleasurable. Very drinkable on a cold day or any other time for this matter. This beer is not limited to the Christmas season by any means. Quite complex in interesting.

01-19-2006 18:48:47 | More by DaPeculierDane
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.