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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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884 Ratings

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 56
Gots: 55 | 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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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

12-24-2006 20:52:08 | More by malty
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

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!

11-10-2009 03:34:58 | More by ShadesOfGray
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

01-01-2010 03:49:21 | More by thecarster1
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-20-2013 02:43:09 | More by GreyGhost4
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

01-11-2012 04:48:12 | More by Hopdaemon39
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3.38/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

12-19-2011 02:52:16 | More by gfreed
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

03-25-2013 02:12:47 | More by hreb
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-13-2014 17:40:00 | More by Iamjeff6
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

12-18-2005 20:27:33 | More by sabrills70
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-12-2012 10:39:24 | More by IPAFrankieH
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from the bottle into a short goblet. There is not much head except for a ring. Very active carbonation though the middle of the glass. The brew is a dark brown with reddish edges. The smell is awesome. Slightly bready with notes of dark fruit, sticky sweet brown sugar, nuts, and raisins. The taste is full, rich, and round. It starts out with a sweet caramel taste then it opens up into a floral, nutty flavor. The raisin and fruit tastes bloom throughout leaving a complex mix of flavor with every sip. As it warms the flavors become much more flowing and rich. The mouthfeel is great, no alcohol bit at all, just incredibly smooth and chewy. I never knew how great this stuff was, I bought the bottle I have now on sale from Christmas. Maybe I should buy a 3 liter next year and share it.

02-22-2007 22:09:40 | More by Rudgers73
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-20-2013 02:31:05 | More by kkmiller76
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-01-2013 10:57:39 | More by csurowiec
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-12-2012 00:53:55 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-07-2012 03:12:00 | More by andthevolcano
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4.2/5  rDev +1%

Sampled on-tap at Vintage, this Belgian pours a deep mahogany copper with a frothy beige head that holds well even when poured thin and leaves some nice lace around the glass.

Very fruity and malty. Molasses and black cherry, apple cider, spice, fig/prune/dark fruit. Some Belgian yeastiness but mostly sweet and malty.

Again sweet and very fruity. Lots of honey and a bit of a darker sweetness as well; possibly molasses or a hint of dark maple syrup. Dark fruit is again predominant with cherry and citrus. Not overly spicy but still very festive. Nicely done.

Matted but smooth mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. Very mellow and silky. This beer would certainly lend itself well to a slice of pumpkin pie or any other sweet, custard-like dessert. Certainly a great selection this holiday season.

11-07-2007 00:42:07 | More by letsgopens
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-20-2013 02:38:58 | More by einman
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into a tulip.

A- Dark mahogony with purple hues. Cream colored head with some lacing at the top of my glass.

S- Smell was of Christmas fruits, sugared fruitcake, and sweet molasses. The scent was very intense and pleasantly sweet.

T- Very similar to the smell. Big malts up front. "Liquid raisons," prunes, plums, dried cherries, brown sugar, sweet syrup. This is a perfect beer for after dinner to be enjoyed with a nutty cake.

M- Chewy and sticky. Medium bodied and very smooth going down.

D- Somewhat cloying due to the sweet flavors and intense fruits but otherwise easy to drink.

I loved this beer and found it to be an enjoyable experience.

12-27-2008 18:09:34 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-14-2012 14:57:19 | More by ryser2k
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-04-2011 18:27:24 | More by whallgren
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-05-2014 18:57:51 | More by JT99125
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

Not my favorite Christmas brew. It's pretty enough- ruby red with a pleasant looking white head. Goes down from there. Smell is so raisiny and sweet- like candied raisins, really. Taste is... the same. But more so. SO sweet, SO raisiny- it's overpowering. I feel cavitites growing. Mouthfeel is on the watery/thin side, not digging it. Overall... meh... not bad... great for a sweet tooth craving, otherwise, pass.

12-22-2005 05:46:33 | More by scooter231
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-10-2013 00:07:57 | More by Alex5
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Dark brown body with three fingers of mocha head. Retention is great and lacing is good.

S: Very sweet aromas of cinnamon, brown sugar, some gingerbread. Small scent of spice and some dark fruits.

T: Following the aroma, the taste is full of bread and sweet sugars. Not a lot of spices or fruits comes through.

M: Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Pleasing malty aftertaste and not to much alcohol come through.

D: Good beer and I'm glad I had the chance to try it. It's not to sweet, but I'd of liked to taste some more spice.

12-23-2010 21:33:40 | More by Long813
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4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

I've had this on tap and from the large bottle and found no difference in quality.
Appearance is pretty dark brown.
Pours with a huge frothy head, which settles down to almost nothing.
Smells great..malty and slightly fruit.
Taste is fantastic!...very complex, fruit, malt, anise, caramel, just enough sugar. I found this to be a very well balanced ale. Mouthfeel was medium to light..but really just right , I thought. The large bottle took my girlfriend and I about 90 minutes to drink...we just savored it like a cognac....and as it warmed, more complexity developed. Nice semi sweet -semi dry finish.

I went to the liquor store a few days later and bought the last 5 bottles they had. We really loved this ale !

12-31-2005 17:10:18 | More by Hautacam
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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