Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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990 Ratings
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Ratings: 990
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 69
Gots: 105 | 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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Photo of freed
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

slipped this in with my micro-seasonals. Poured much darker and gave off a very different aroma than the others. Mahogany hue with a sligth brown fizz for head. Aroma is somewhat alcoholic and somewhat malty. Slight fruity yeast smells, but overly alcoholic.

Taste is warm, rich, and pleasing. Sweet malt, thick body, and finishing tartness from the yeast. Alcohol isn't as apparent in the taste. Makes for an easy drink, and can be drawn out over long periods of time. This 12 bottle took me 75 minutes.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer!

Pours a very murky brown with a small tan head on it. Smells of dates, brown sugar figs. All the dark fruits are there.

The taste is the gem here though. Such an easy drinker for 8.5%. The dark fruits are there but not over the top. Nice malt backbone to hold it all together.

I could drink these all night. Now this was aged 1 year and I do prefer it this way, but it's good fresh too!

Photo of Mark5252
3/5  rDev -27.7%

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

Deep amber, light brown hue, thin, yet bubble-bath like off-white head. Has a sweet, candy cane, malt-like aroma, perhaps some spices on the nose as well. Massive offerings up front, in this full-bodied masterpiece - some citrus, defining esters, sharp spices, coriander and plums are most noticeable. Tucked away are the decent winter spices, hops are quite noticeable, incredible malt-based backbone, ginger, cinammon, fresh grapes, even a burnt liked toast presence to her. The body maintains your a-typical Belgium yeasty/spicy offerings. For a winter brew, one of the best you'll find; superior in every fashion.

Photo of megahurts4
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corsendonk Christmas Ale

Served at 54 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Dark brown with a large head and lacing.

Smell: Spices and a slight alcohol tinge.

Taste: Sweet and refreshing. Very similar to other Belgian ales, but with a very faint dark chocolate and coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

Bottom line:
This is a very good beer that is well crafted. It is most definitely an after dinner beer with the sweetness to it.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/24/2010:

#11 - 12 beers of Christmas. 750 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: This pours a nearly opaque very dark brown color with two-fingers of off-white head that turns a bit rocky and laces very well.

S: Sweet dark fruits (plums and dates come to mind), molasses, and light yeasty spice. It is mostly one-dimensional.

T: Plums and sweet red grapes mixed with what tastes like artificial grape flavoring (like a grape juice cocktail), spicy earthiness, candi sugar, and finishing bitterness not unlike that of grape peel.

M: It has a medium-thick body with a perfect level of carbonation and a mildly sticky feel.

D: This is definitely delicious and a pleasure to drink but it is not as complex as it seemed in years past.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a pack of these a while back and finally getting around to a review. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.

The pour is dark brown, with maybe a hint of red in there... a light head that dissipated fairly quickly. Minimal lacing on this one.

I'm having trouble picking up a distinct smell on this one, it's fairly faint, but what I can get is typical of a Belgian dark. More malt and less fruit than usual, but that's not really a bad thing.

A nice taste to it, but nothing really exciting.

All in all a solid Belgian ale, but nothing that I'm going to seek out again.

Photo of rcjennings
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of blbarnett3
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of timoteo833
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of phisig137
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a brown mahogany color, with a two finger head. Good retention, and pretty decent lacing.

S- Licorice, spice, yeast phenols, and a slight underlying sweetness.

F- Sweet caramel malt up front, quickly washed away by waves of spice. Heavy dark licorice, anise, and fennel dominate the flavor. Finish has a touch of alcohol with the spice, making it taste almost like Sambuca.

M- smooth, creamy, and moderately thick

D- pretty good

Overall, pretty nice, although its tough to find a good bottle of it. I'd buy it again, and its well worth picking up, especially if you like licorice.

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nhindian
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Fantome tulip.

A - A careful pour yields a dark brown beer with ruby-tinged highlights. Opaque but thankfully pretty clear from sediment. I can actually see quite a bit of carbonation on the sides of the glass and lots of bubbles stick to the sides. A 3-fingered head floats on top, lasting almost the entire beer, gradually shrinking. Lacing is pretty consistent and abundant.

S - I'm actually not sure what makes this a 'Christmas' version of Corsendonk, as I'm not getting much spices from the nose, and I'm not sure if there should be. There is a bit of spiciness I'd attribute to the yeast, but it could be some light spices added. Anyway, besides that, I get grapes, raisins, tobacco, a hint of leather, some banana. Some darker fruits and sugar. Typically Belgian.

T - The first thing I can pinpoint in the taste is a rum quality, like some rum covered cherries. This is only in flavor, however, as the alcohol is incredibly well-hidden. It's then sugary and sweet, fruity and leathery, and the malts add to a biscuity dryness. Finish is long, sweet, with a tinge of alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with medium carbonation. A bit of a spicy finish lends to it being a bit dry, but the sweetness lingers as well.

D - Drinkability is high. An incredibly easy drinking beer that has great flavor to it. Would've liked the aroma to be a bit more ... bold, and maybe something to distinguish itself as necessarily 'Christmas', but I really enjoyed this one.

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

Poured into my crystal mug, the beer is a deep, clear, mahogany brown. It forms a three finger high bubbly beige head. It dissipates within five minutes into very nice lacing.
The smell is very malty and has lots of dark fruit flavor. There is some tartness in the smell, which probably stems from the yeast.
Tasting the beer, the front is very malty and is rich on caramel and brown sugar. In the middle the dark fruit flavors dominate with fig, date and plum, but being held back a little by this mellow tartness of the yeast. The finish is a mild hop, spiced with some Christmas spices.
Very nice full bodied Christmas ale, which I will buy again tomorrow for aging in my beer cellar.
A must drink for the beer advocate.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kayrex
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of santoslhalper
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a dark ruby red with a fomay beige head. The head clings nicely.

Smell: The smell burns the nostrils a little bit, but it's mostly of sticky sweet malts.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredibly well-balanced for sure, but the flavors that are there are nothing special. It's smooth as all hell, but the flavors don't live up to their expectations. The mouthfeel is creamy but medium bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a good beer, but doesn't live up to it's expectations. That doesn't take away from the fact that it's a solid brew, and an enjoyable one at that. It just seems to me there are much better beers of this style out there.

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

The beer pours Garnet red-brown with a little head that doesn't last too long and leaves a little lace. It has a smell of caramelly malt and spicey fruits along with spices. It is very up front with the alcoholic taste of fruit citrus lined with spices of other warmers. It seems a little thin but not too noticable as the complexity of the drink is what I seem focused on. It is very drinkable and at this price I will have a few more.

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

Not sure what year it's from, but I'm guessing it's pretty old. Best buy year is 08

A- Poured into 16oz tumbler... thick foamy head that slowly recedes slowly and leaves nice lacing. Beer is a dark, mahogony color

S- Sweet malty smell... cinnamon, raisons, plum, brown sugar

T- Not as sweet as it smells. Starts off a bit sweet. Definately tastes raisony and/or plumy. Has a dry finish. Can detect some of the high abv

M- Full bodied with medium carbonation... leaves a bit of alcohol burn in the back of your throat

D- Would definately drink more

~ I definately think that this particular bottle has passed it's prime. I had quite a few of these last Christmas and enjoyed them even more than this one. I'll re-review when I get some more at the holidays ~

CHEERS!!

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of taigor
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale goblet.

A-Big, characteristic Belgian ale head, tan in color and fluffy in density, sustaining well. Hay, dark copper-brown brew.

S-Yeast and clove, along with a dense cluster of other spiciness. Sweet malt melds nicely with the spicy characters.

T-Toffee candy sweetness, slight yeasty bread, with toasty, warm spices. Along with the spice, fruit character shines through, on the lines of apple, pear, peach and nutty berry.

M-Moderate body with a fine-bubbled, medium-high carbonation.

D-A very appropriate Christmas and winter holiday beer. It certainly hits the spot with a pleasant complexity.

Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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