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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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894 Ratings

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 58
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of sitarist
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, clear ruby color. There are a lot of bubbles rising up to a thick tan head. The head last for awhile before falling to an 1/8" cap that leaves rings of lacing, the lacing slowly slides back into the beer.

The aromas are sweet, fruity, and spicy. I smell hints of stewed plums, ripe red apples, grape candy, poppy roll, anise, and coriander.

The first thing I taste is spiced apples, there are hints of plum, grape candy, anise, pepper, and coriander. Its more like a punch than it is a beer.

A little to light, and a little to dry. I sure would like for the flavors to stick around a little longer.

This is a highly drinkable, and also a highly deceptive beer. The alcohol is almost undetectable. I cant believe how many times Ive passed by this one; I'm glad that I finally tried this gem.

sitarist, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into the Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass- pours an opaque nutty brown color. This beer is very active and has a two finger head with good retention and some lacing; the foam is a light tan color and creamy. It smells of yeast, malted barely and a hint of molasses and alcohol. This is a very sweet beer- it tastes much like it smells. The most wonderful part of this brew in my opinion is the full carbonation that supports the alcohol sweetness. It's very refreshing. Definitely a beer worth buying and something I would get again.

Hopdaemon39, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of iKrystin
4/5  rDev -3.8%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of csurowiec
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

csurowiec, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

agreenman19, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of MMAJYK
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Milk chocloate brown color. It is totally non transparent. The head is 1 finger of soft foam after a conservative pour. The cork was in this bottle SO tight. I almost didn't get it out.

S- The aromas of sweet dark fruits are present. Raisins, prunes, dates and figs. Also I can catch a subtle scent of banana in the nose.

T- The tastes follow very closely to the nose. Chocolate and dark fruits (raisins, figs, and purnes) are the first tastes. Also the roasted malts are very nicely thrown in. It is sweet like brown sugar on the end, but the finish is somewhat bitter.

M- Mouthfeel is high carbonation with a mild sting on the tongue.

D- Decent drinking beer. Low enough ABV for another bottle, but high enough to give you the feel you are looking for.

Overall- This is a nice Christmas offering. It is smooth and sweet, but just enough bitterness and bite to keep you interested and not overwhelm you with richness.

MMAJYK, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of gpogo
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear dark amber with beautiful ruby tint. Large tan coloured head.

A- Sweet malty aroma with typical belgian yeast smell. Dark fruity aroma.

T- Initial malty sweetness. Fruity almost tastes like coca cola? Dark fruits perhaps plums and cherries. Oddly I get a grapefruit aftertaste which is quite enjoyable.

M- Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. I especially enjoyed the taste, very interesting and like no other belgian I have had.

gpogo, Jul 01, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

GreyGhost4, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kkmiller76, Dec 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

wmobley, Apr 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

IPAFrankieH, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of blakesell
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has been aging in my cellar for at least three years under perfect cellaring conditions, cool and dark.

Poured from the 12oz bottle into an over sized brandy snifter.

Appearance- Beer pours a very dark hazy brown with a very light fingernail thin head that lingers for quite some time considering its small size. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass quite well and the head has a strange peninsula swirl thing going on.

Smell- This smells very nice for a Belgian strong dark. Lots of ripe figs and dates upfront with a rich malty background. A light bit of oxidation hints that I may have been storing this beer for a bit long. Very slight hops on the nose, hardly perceivable.

Taste- Rich dark fruits upfront, again the dates first, then the figs. Very malty and rich, without so many of the spices that one might expect from a Christmas ale. There are light spicings but not more than would be expected from a typical Belgian, or even Corsendonk Abbey Brune. A slight lactic tang sticks on the finish, I really feel drinking it fresher would have been a better result. Hops are slight and just enough to provide an adequate balance to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Lightly bitter, estery from the yeasts, not warming, medium full bodied, and medium in carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty nice, I'll have to try a fresher one if I find it again.

blakesell, Aug 17, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JT99125, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of pentathlete
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkly translucent pomegranate brown with a big Belgian head that leaves gobs of lace and never leaves, at most falling to an 1/8 inch. Nose is malty, mildly spicy with little candi or yeast coming through. I was expecting a little more "Christmas" in this one. Taste brings out more spices including mace and coriander. There are some hops toward the middle and finish. The mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. This is an easy to quaff brew that I recommend. It is reasonably priced, $7.50 for a 750ml bottle.

pentathlete, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of hreb
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently re-discovered this one at Brookline's Publick House, on draught. I subsequently picked up this 250mL mini-bottle, which I'm trying just chilled, served in a Chimay chalice. Best before end 20/08/15. Beer pours a rich brown color with an epic head of a lighter brown. Beer appears to be loaded with bubbles. Aroma is pretty subtle, but yeasty, slightly funky, and spicy. Spice ("natural" spice, that is) comes through much more in the flavor, along with a really rich body, and a mouthfeel that is definitely not too heavy for this heady brew. This Belgian is unbelievably easy drinking due to its fantastic balance and complex flavors. You'll get drunk (or broke) long before getting bored of these.

hreb, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Zekenyce, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of malty
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.

malty, Dec 24, 2006
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a thin dark bottle with festive label. Using my Corsendonk chalice. Nice and dark as it pours...with a reddish tone. Kind of murky. Very strong head...light tannish in color, creamy and thick.
Smells like dark dried fruits, slightly spicy(which was expected). A faint candy aroma as well.
GREAT TASTE! Wasn't expecting such a smooth taste. Complex. Lacing is thick and doesn't slide much at all.
I find this brew very smooth and easy to drink. A little too easy to drink...not boozy at all.
Nice beer!

ShadesOfGray, Nov 10, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one and a half fingers worth of tan dense creamy head that doesn't want to budge - eventually it fades to a quarter to half inch and stays there, dark matte mahogany color, very attractive brew.

s- lots to smell here, belgian yeast off the bat, carmelized figs, toasted bread, candied dark fruits, clove.

t- lots of dark fruits, belgian yeasts, rich malt, clove, alcohol is hidden so well here - as it warms it becomes more apparent, fig, dark cherry, alot of candied sweetness. this is one complex beer that i've had a couple times before and am really taking the time now to pick apart and review - i'm getting so much more than i had the first couple times.

m- medium bodied with some creaminess.

d- this is one drinkable belgian, i'm not sure how many i'd have just because of availability and price so one for a special night is good for me. this is a christmas ale that i'll be picking up yearly for sure.

thecarster1, Jan 01, 2010
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3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Relative to other beer from Corsendonk, this is rather uninteresting: it has a flat flavor that wants to be like the palen but doesn't quite have the muscle or the yeast. Relative to other christmas-themed beer in general, however, this is spectacular because it isn't larded with spices and herbs. It's mildly fizzy and has a decent, if understated maltiness that could use a bit of a boost in the flavor and the density. I would like to have had a bit more warmth and zing; nonetheless it's worth a single bottle. I wouldn't invest in a four-pack.

gfreed, Dec 19, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly deep brown with a creamy 2 finger head good longevity and very god lace. Wheat malt is predominate in the aroma mixed with brown sugar and spicy fruit aromas. Slight wheat malt mixed with huge amounts of brown sugar taste. Slight roasted bitterness. Spicy and slightly fruity. Could use some aging as it is a bit harsh still. Side note - I have had 4 of these in the last week and some of them had much more of a wheat malt flavor then others. Creamy. Good brew to savor by the fire this time of year.

sabrills70, Dec 18, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

h4ger, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

andthevolcano, Nov 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

ALLISON01, Nov 22, 2012
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.