Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk
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4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a clear but fairly dark brown with a sizeable creme head. The nose is a lot of spices with dough and yeast and just a good overall funk. Hoooh! Hello spices! I'm getting figs and lots of fruit. This is almost like drinking a fruit cake. Nice and spicy and fruity. Feel has a lot of carbonation, but it doesn't really interfere with anything here. Very nice to drink. A good winter treat.
04-01-2008 13:26:14 | More by RblWthACoz
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
On-tap 12/21/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, apples, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of apples, caramel and brown sugar. Then some Belgian yeast and hearty malt character breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.
12-23-2012 00:59:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
Time and time again this beer continues to wow, me I am for certain that this beer is one of the most palatable and drinkable of all the Christmas ales, it's amazing stuff. Appearance: Mahogany amber brown in color with a lucious cocoa colored tan head, lacing is fine Belgian style lacing all the way. Aroma: Ginger, spruce tips possibly of hop origin scent, peppery zest blended with more Christmas spice accented by juicy fruit undertones, wow. Taste: Apples, raisins, and some slightly alcohol infused flavor but all in all the spices used ginger, nutmeg mild but kicks through with pure balance bringing some beer nirvana my way. Mouthfeel: Creamy textured with a medium body overall high carbonation but doesn't come off spritzy still very smooth and silky going down. Drinkability: God don't get me started I could indulge in two 750ml bottles of this fine ale effortlessly just a great Belgian Xmas ale to be shared and enjoyed with friends.
12-05-2003 12:54:37 | More by WVbeergeek
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
Presentation: 12 oz brown euro shaped bottle with a "best before end" date clearly printed.
Appearance: Very hazy with a dark brown hue ... a healthy head crowns the top of the glass.
Smell: Hints of candied citrus fruit, chocolate cake and light x-mas spices ... anise more predominant.
Taste: Very rich, medium to full in body and a very nice textured silky mouthfeel. Flavours go all over with a biggish malty palate. Citrus, fruity esters and spicy alcohol / spicy ( mostly anise ) take up the front while hints of grain, a sweetness from the alcohol and malt with hints of chocolate in the finish. A light tartness slowly fades with a light nutty taste and a ghost like smoke also.
Notes: Similar flavours to an English Plum Pudding. Warms the soul during these long cold winter days. Very flavourful and lacks no complexity ... lively yet a brew to savour. Goes down in the books as one of the greatest winter brews ever ... fantastic!
03-12-2002 10:29:45 | More by Jason
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
BBD of 12/09/09 I think, kind of blurred print
Pours an effervescent ruby red/chestnut with 3+ finger of tan colored head into my La Chouffe snifter.
S: Medicinal & phenolic notes
T: A bit of caramel, fruittyness ( dates, raisins & orange rinds) with a bit of licorice up front. A bit of booze burn as this warms; ginger, honey & cinnamon also there along with some dates. Above average head retention & lacing. Finishes dry with a bit of licorice, black currant, & tangerine, plus just a bit of herbal hops
MF: Slick, medium bodied with low carbonation
Drinks fairly easy for the abv, a bit too complex for me to stay on all night. Interesting, but not really in my wheel house, I like'em maltier. Did get better as it warmed. Completely different than any other Christmas beer I've had this year, or any other year. One to age & then I bet it really shines
12-29-2007 01:39:06 | More by russpowell
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
A color that straddles eggplant and plum, underneath a lovely tan head. Intense aromatics: raisins, plums, port, cinnamon, ginger cloves. A generous buzz on the tongue fueled by a great array of hops,and held up by solid malt base. Overall, one gets a feel of holiday breads, cakes ginger cookies. Very tasty, warming, delicious.
01-18-2003 12:57:56 | More by feloniousmonk
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Bottle opened by Thorpe. I had the St. B at dinner after this bottle, I liked this one as a Christmas ale slightly more. Beer is dark brown with a thin white head that leaves lacing on the glass, carbonation moderate.
Beer smells sweet and malty with a little bit of spice. Slight allspice.
This is a celebration ale so I don't mind the spice in the palate, its subtle and in the background rather than flogging you with it. This is a really nice beer. Its light in body, sweet and has some yeasty breadiness to it at the end. I would have it again.
11-15-2010 03:59:54 | More by drabmuh
3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
I enjoyed a tulip of this served on tap at the Market Cross Pub in Carlise
This review is taken from notes I made.
A - Ruby, Chestnut Hue. Thin white wisp of a head.
S - Wine like, fruity esters and bready with a slighty spiced aroma.
T - Dates and sugar with a slightly alcoholic presence up front. Minimal wood essence is evident.
M - Thin and light for the amount of gravity it contains, warmth of alcohol in the finish.
D - A pleasant holiday beer, not overpowering, but substantial and nicely balanced with just enough spice and sweetness complimenting the yeasty aromas.
03-28-2007 14:21:06 | More by Slatetank
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Belgian Christmas night. 2009 vintage, and it ended up being one of the better beers of the night.
It comes with a dark roasty mahogany brown hazy color with a decent head.
Nose of light spices, very light, with some cinnamon, nutty malts, raisins, dark aged Belgian malts, and a little booze.
Taste is malty, lots of Belgian dark malts, caramel, a little brown sugar, light spices, Belgian fruity yeast with some raisin and fig, little sweetness and creamy hearty taste. A very light booze.
Mouth is medium to a little heavier bodied with decent carbonation.
Drinkability is decent, sweetness is balanced well, not much for a boozy taste, and smooth drinking for the most part.
12-18-2010 03:50:13 | More by jlindros
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
2009 vintage, been cellaring. pours a redish hued sappy brown color, like a maple leaf. smells very boozy with notes of vanilla, sweet malts, and holiday spice. flavor peppers in some dried fruit tones and a big rich mouthfeel. not as carbonated as a fresh one might be, but it lends a nice mellow character here. belgian yeast floating around inside a little bit, imparting a slightly funky finish. good but not incredible holiday brew
01-21-2012 22:41:17 | More by StonedTrippin
4.7/5 rDev +13%
The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a very sweet and slightly tart malt scent. It is quite complex; full of fruitiness and a molasses aroma. The taste is great as well. It has a very smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes fruity and warm. This is an exceptional brew. It has great mouthfeel. It is a full bodied with adequate carbonation. This is a kick ass beer. It is full of flavor and aroma; a good drinker. This is one of the best Belgian beers I've ever sampled.
11-22-2004 00:32:15 | More by WesWes
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
First had: on tap I believe at Belgian Cafe, Philly, PA. This was a recent tasting at Pinocchio's, Media, PA.
Darker red-brown color, deep but clear, with a foamy khaki head that receded to a thin layer, leaving generous lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark sugars, light spice, orange blossom. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, cocoa powder, toasted bread, yeast, orange blossom, raisins, light floral hop notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth, and a pretty pleasant drink overall.
12-04-2012 07:37:08 | More by Rifugium
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Glad I got to try this one. This is my first beer from Corsendonk. Hopefully it will not be my last.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a large, rocky tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, Belgian yeast, candy sugar and a little bit of anise. Still, it doesn't have near as much of the anise/licorice flavor that some other Belgian Christmas beers have, such as Gouden Carolus Noel.
The flavor is great. I get a lot of dark fruit notes, as well as some caramel and other dark - but not roasted - malts. The beer is fairly sweet and has a nice candy sugar taste. There is a slight bit of anise in the flavor and the alcohol is very well hidden.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Belgian Christmas beer.
01-03-2011 04:03:46 | More by Mora2000
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
750 ml bottle, best before end of 07/09/08:
Pours brown with a thin tan head that soon settles to a thin cover, then a patch.
The smell is brandyish with prunish fruitiness and light herbal spicing. Some caramel and graininess mixes in in the back. Very aromatic and inviting.
The taste is of berry-like and darkish fruitiness with light herbal spicing. The background has caramel and graininess with some dark sugar candy. The sweetness is balanced by a lightly spiced yeast and some earthiness. Some warming alcohol in the finish. Stays pretty even throughout, with just a touch more maltiness as it completely warms.
Medium-bodied with soft carbonation.
As this is the third offering from this brewery, my opinion is that they don't "push the envelop", but make solid brews. This is a slower sipper than the other two - but was meant to be.
This has a complex aroma and is a tasty one to sip on in the wintery Christmas season!
12-23-2007 14:08:23 | More by jwc215
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
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
Impressive head. Pours a full brown that allows light to penetrate (clear) barely.
Deep sweet dark malty aromas.
Sweet flavor from the malt. No real noticeable balance with hop. Slight metalic taste. Full bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.
Perhaps too much of a good thing. This is a lot like eating a dessert that's too rich and too large a portion to enjoy. I can take this in small batches.
11-26-2005 01:27:37 | More by smcolw
3.68/5 rDev -11.5%
750 mL bottle,
A: Pours burgundy/brown with a light tan fizzy head.
S: Strong sugary malt, molasses, apple peel.
T: Huge malt and sugar character on the first taste, almost gingerbread like. Very sweet. Bit of dark fruit in there as well, raisin bread.
M: Overly carbonated at first, but it dies down. Medium bodied, smooth, cloying at times.
D: A good beer, just the residual sugars get to be too much, I'd rather have a 330 mL bottle next time. That said, I finished the 750 relatively quickly and enjoyed it.
01-14-2009 06:17:04 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3.53/5 rDev -15.1%
25cl Brown bottle, best before 21 Sept 2011, drank and reviewed 12 Dec 2010. Poured into a thistle shapped glass (Gordon Finest Gold).
The beer has a dark ruby red appearance, a good foaming head of tan coloured bubbles sat on top, looked good. Lacing clung onto the glass well.
The smell was fairly weak, burnt/roasted malts and some hints of smokey peat bogs!
The taste was all malts, chocolate malts mostly, the flavours all revolved around that really.
Well carbonated, almost fizzy to be honest, but not quite. The alcohol is hidden nicely and the beer is very easy to drink. I like Corsendonk beers, whoever brews them!
12-12-2010 17:12:36 | More by BlackHaddock
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1" tan colored head that lasts a while. Moderate lace paints the glass.
Smell: light chocolate, lots of malt sweetness, and a bit of fruit sweetness creates a mild but pleasant aroma.
Taste: nice malt flavor with some chocolate, a hint of spice and earthiness, prunes sweetness, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticable.
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp to start, smooth and a bit creamy at the finish. Long aftertaste.
Drinkability: a nice xmas beer to slowly sip in front of a roaring fire. Definitely worthy of a try.
12-15-2010 21:55:10 | More by Gavage
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
01/08/05- Purchased at Mollie Stones in Burlingame, CA
Presentation- 750ml bottle with no date. Poured into my Duvel glass.
Appearance- Lovely thick white head, dark brown semi cloudy pour and wonderful lacing.
Smell- Much dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates), and plenty of spices including cinnimon and ginger root.
Taste- Fairly metallic and a tad stale tasting. Plenty of raisin and date flavors. Good amount of cinnimon and a bit of dark chocolate.
Liquorice is present also. Very flavorful, but a bit cardboard stale tasting.
Mouthfeel- Fairly full and chewy consistency. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability- THis one would be a pretty darn good one except for the metallic and stale issue. It wasn't super stale, but enough to throw off the taste buds and knock it down a notch.
01-09-2005 20:56:34 | More by GClarkage
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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