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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 71
Gots: 122 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 11-22-2001

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Ratings: 1,050 | Reviews: 559
Photo of dtivp
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium dark brown with a large two finger brownish white head that slowly dissipated into nice collar with moderate lacing.

Aroma of yeast, sweet fruits and a hint of spice.

Taste followed the nose with a sugary sweet fruits, butterscotch, yeast and a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel was medium body with lots of carbonation, very smooth and syrupy. Nice warming, however, the alcohol is well masked.

This is a very nice Belgian Ale, look forward to enjoying again.

Photo of magine
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass.

Pours a hazed dark amber with lots of ruby red tint. Huge big fluffy bubbles make up a light brownish/tan head. Lots of bubbles cascading up to make up the head. Has almost a red tint to the head, great lace and thick chunky island remain. Great looks.

Brew smells of dark fruits and yeasts. Pretty good nose.

Brew is spiced up front; lots of dark fruits balanced perfectly by a creamy head and feel. Warming alcohol and spice lingers. Very complex and very good.

A complex tasty, drinkable brew here. I have owned the glass for years and now I finally get to try the brew. It did not dissapoint; one of the best dark Belgian ales I have tried.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brick red color with a thick head. The lacing is about average. This is a pretty beer in general. The smell is fantastic. A blend of spices (nutmeg) and various fruits (almost like a fruit salad). The taste is malty with a sweet/spice finish. The mouthfeel is delicate and carbonated. This is a wonderful seasonal beer which I’d look forward to drinking during the holiday season!

Photo of Goldndomer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tvghost
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGuapo
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours to a dark amber with a foamy off-white head that takes a little bit to die, and leaves all kinds of lace on the glass. There are a lot of spices in the aroma, just like you would expect out of a Winter Celebration ale or Celebration ale. You can pick up some nutmeg and a little caramel.

The flavor is loaded with spices and yeast. It has a warming effect from the alcohol, but the flavor of alcohol is well hidden for 8.5%. this is definitely a great brew for the winter season. A whole lot of spices and a high alc. level to keep you warm on those cold days.

Photo of aubuc1
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle in to a goblet

Pours a clear ruby brown with a tightly constructed light tan head.

Malty, bready yet pruney smell.

Very bright taste. Peppery, bready yet sweet taste.

Very carbonated mouthfeel and a well drinking beer make this a Christmas delight. Not quite as good as I expected, but very good none the less.

Photo of everetends
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My last beer at Heroes Grille in Jacksonville, Al. I was kind of shocked to see it on the bottle list and I figured what the hell. The 330cl bottle ran me $7. Served up in a Chimay Goblet.

A: Poured out of the bottle comes a reddish brown body that is actually pretty clear. Has a decent amount of carbonation activity going around in here. The head is a wonderful, fluffy, one finger cloud of lightly tanned head. The head just coats the glass and throws lace all over it. The head has some pretty good lasting power, falling slowly to a quarter finger and lasting throughout. Good looking brew.

S: Fruity and sweet. Lots of fruits in this mix. Prune, fig, cherry, raisin, and orange peel. Little bit of spicy with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. More orange flavor coming through, more as a liquor. Brown sugar and molasses sweeten things up. Very nice.

T: The fruits dominate the flavor with most of it being prune and orange. There are still notes of plum, cherry and fig. Cinnamon is very light, and the spiciness is mostly clove and some nutmeg. Brown sugar once again makes its presence know. Alcohol is once again in an orange liquor flavor. Little bit of bready malt and a touch of chocolate round things off. Tasty stuff.

M: This a medium bodied brew and that comes off a bit weird considering how big the flavors and aromas are. It just takes you back a bit. Carbonation was medium and could have been a little less present, but it didn't hurt the beer for me. Alcohol was light but warming. The beer stayed sweet on the palate but wasn't cloying. Aftertaste was orange liquor and brown sugar.

D: This was a sipper because it does come across as a big beer from the bold flavors and aroma. This just resonates Christmas in flavor and aroma to almost perfection. The only negative I can give it is that the feel was a bit light. Otherwise, this is a wonderfully enjoyable beer. Glad I finally got a chance to drink it and the suprise in finding it made it that much better. I will absolutely be looking for this next Christmas to enjoy and cellar.

Photo of brentblack1
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep brown with a crimson tint under a finger of velvety head. Kind of has a warm glow from within, amber. Attractive beer.

Smells of moderate currant, plum, with a subtle hard candy-like sweetness. Good, but not as complex as I'd expect.

Taste, again, is sweet plum & raisin, other random "dark fruit" tastes, both sweet flesh & a little tart skin with a heavy booze presence. I'm wondering if there was honey in this, based on the heavy dry character. Curls up & gets spicy in the finish -- nutmeg?

Medium-full, decent carbonation, but the booze & spices kind of weigh me down. Good & bad aspects here.

Not a bad, though I can think of plenty other winter ales I'd pick over this. Not as complex & flavorful as I'd like, & that heaviness just drags.

Photo of dnichols
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was poured from a corked and capped 750 ml bottle.

A: It poured a copper tinted brown body with a one finger dense and creamy head that retained well. It had clumping and leggy lacing that fell slowly into the liquid.

S: It smelled of candy coasted caramel mats with a coating of fruity esters.

T: It was deeply and sweetly malted with lots of caramel and hints of roasted chocolate malts. The toffee like profile was complemented by prunes and cherries and hints of dark pepper.

M: It was a full bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a smooth rich presence. It finished sweet, dry and clean.

D: It was smooth, rich, and complex. It is a bit heavy and has too high an ABV to be a long session beer...but as a holiday treat it holds up well.

Photo of confer
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of mverity
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'08 and '09 bottles thanks to Masterson for bringing these. Pour a barely hazy deep brown with a faint hint of red. Nice tan collar. Almost ne head. Aroma of caramel and some faint spice. Taste is sweet caramel, tough of dirty funk and that same slight spice. '09 is slightly sweeter. Really enjoyable aftertaste. Smooth sweet and a tough of grit in the mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

Photo of Zraly
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful midnight amber. A nice off-white head sits like royalty amass the dark elixir. Pungent spice smells permeate one's nose and invite to take a taste of what must be heavan in a glass.

Rich fruitcake flavors along with dark caramel malts predominate the upfront sweet notes. Strangly crisp at a point, and a thick, luxurious finish. Sweet and full-bodied. Carbonation is supportive, but not intrusive. Winter spices manage to sing like a Christmas choir. A naunce of alcohol laps against one's palate. Banana-yeast backround plunges the depths of this ale into the rare, charted territories with high levels of complexity, strangeness and assertiveness...all at once. Beautiful.

I'm drinking this to start off my night. If my night is half as good as this, I'm in for a real treat.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/brown w/ an amazing two finger cocoa head. Very good lacing on the side of my snifter glass. Nose is cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and molasses. Very nice, although I'd like it to be a little stronger. Taste is very nice- toffee, bread, nutmeg, cinnamon and coriander, w/ a little brown sugar and molasses. Very complex in character- a step up from the nose. Feel is medium bodied w/ nice carbonation, as well as a nice aftertaste. Overall, this is a really solid brew. Probably my second favorite Christmas ale. Cheers.

Photo of BlindPig
2.94/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Big darker tan head on a clear deep amber body (can't really see through it til you hold it up to the light).
S- Spices come through first. A big malt aroma too. Also something weird comes through too. Like toothpaste or light pine cones?
T- Big malt body with a dose of spices. Some light european hops also come out. A weird lighter taste comes through (which seems very out of place) but I can't pinpoint what it is.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It's a kind of weird beer. I think their other two are a lot better. Can't see me drinking the whole bottle of this. Just some weird aromas and flavors come out of this.

Photo of rcjennings
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of watermelonman
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a dark brown with a good head that lasted well. The lace looks good too.

The smell, taste, and mouthfeel are all very good. A dark mix of esters and malts dominate the overall flavor, with fruits coming through strong in the taste. The mouthfeel took me by surprise. It's very pleasing without being too sharp or too heavy at all. Drinkability is also very good, being both easy to drink and enticing.

Photo of czfreeman
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out a very lovely dark-ruby-brown color. Very foamy head, long rentention. smells of christmas! malts,fruits, plums,pineapple aromas on the end. Tastes as good as it smells, rich fruit flavors coming through. The mouthfeel is very satisfying,coats the mouth with a nice long finish. Highly enjoyable brew that I will look foward to every season.

Photo of EPICAC
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A: A deep clear ruby hued body under a big off white head. Good retention and some lace.

S: Smells of sweet maltiness and sweet dark fruits dominate, spice character evident a long with some nice hints of chocolate that give it a sort of chocolate chip cookie character.

T: Sweet with a small roasted and slightly bitter finish, some hints of fruit here and there with even some citrus quality. Slightly medicinal in between, but nothing that hurts the brew. Could use some more of the chocolate that was hinted in the nose.

M/D: Medium to medium-full body, pretty high on the carbonation, but it balances well. This one is incredible drinkable. I popped open my first bottle of the year with a friend a couple days before Christmas, and have since made it my Christmas beer of choice, drinking it on the eve and the day of, and now the day after. This is the best Christmas ale I have had this year.

Photo of ski271
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a very large, light tan, frothy, slowly diminishing head. It has a pleasant, lightly sweet smell of perfumey wheat and Belgian yeast. Orange, clove, cherry and licorice. The taste is of big, sweet, complex malts with a moderate amount of citrus. The finish is long and warming, with all sorts of flavors still bouncing all over the place. Clove, nuts, prunes, bread… even gingerbread cookie! The mouthfeel is nice but a little on the thin side for a BSDA. This is a very complex beer that changed so many times just over the 45 minutes it took me to sip this bottle down. It’s a very intriguing beer that I can’t wait to have again. A must try.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage at Kulminator. Poured into a mini snifter. Low head and retention. Of course considering the age.  Dark, dark ruddy brown body. Aroma dominated by brown sugar, molasses, raisins, port and vanilla. Taste is malty sweet, caramel, vanilla. Low carbonation. Zero alcohol. None. This is a great example of why people have cellars. Perfect. 

Photo of sfprint
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

exp 11/27/11

A: Single finger head, hazel nut body, w rootbeer foam colored head. Micro uniform rising carbonation. Significant lacing.
S: Sweet coffee liqeur, chocolate, spices (cinnamon/nutmeg) Pretty sweet. Artificial grape.
T: Coffe and bitter chocolate but not too bitter. There is a degree of sweet and syrupyness but it sits in the perfect place and is quite nice.
M: Light numbing, fairly soft
O: Very good, nice balance as well as variety of flavors. with that said, i don't love it but others will.

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Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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