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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

883 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 54
Gots: 54 | 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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Purp1eOne

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-29-2013 01:14:20 | More by Purp1eOne
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bf7

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-02-2013 03:16:22 | More by bf7
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nakedninjaturtle

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-07-2014 04:24:49 | More by nakedninjaturtle
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brwnchrstpher

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-01-2013 02:57:49 | More by brwnchrstpher
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Cardmarauder

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-31-2012 03:00:45 | More by Cardmarauder
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jlivings757

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-12-2013 19:46:03 | More by jlivings757
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rdoggg

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-30-2013 02:34:48 | More by rdoggg
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dank203

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great Belgian dark. pours into tulip a brown to black color, lot of tan head. aromas are a bit musty and moldy with some dried fruit presence. flavors balance between sweetness of dried fruits like figs, dates, rasin, and spice notes, nut meg, brown sugar, cinnamon. medium/ full thickness

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2014 02:21:33 | More by dank203
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dqrull

Sweden

3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, thick foam, about a finger high. Little to no lace lingering on the inside of the glass, foams up really nice after some swirling, sexy.

Smell is appealing, dark fruits, yeast esters, somewhat malty and sweet, and there is some kind of spice in the back that I cant really place, nothing my palate is familiar with...

The taste pretty much delivers what the smell promised, but I find that the unknown spice is taking over a bit much at the end, and it spoils it a bit for me. As the spice surfaces though, there is a slight bitterness also, which saves the beer a little.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 18:48:41 | More by dqrull
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joemochas

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-25-2014 23:49:53 | More by joemochas
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Meerkey

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bubbly, dark caramel/toffee, umber color -muddy around the edges

S: Dark fruits -cherry

T: More dark fruits, spices, candy, sweet aftertaste that's also gets a little sour. Yummy.

M: Heavy flavor on the tongue -clean finish. Tingly.

D: Flavorful and interesting, very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 19:53:21 | More by Meerkey
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great, great look. Dark brown with a sand coloured lasting top. The smell belongs to dark, cold winter nights. In summer I advise more freshness.

S: creamy, coffee/toffee;
T: round, quite sweet but not too, caramel, it could have some more spices or hop to make it really interesting;
M: mouthfull cream and CO2; round finish.
O: nice, welldone, but not the real top in this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 16:35:39 | More by Filosoof
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oracle

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

10 oz draft pour served in a Corsendonk Christmas Ale goblet.

Beer arrived very dark and opaque in the glass, although I've never seen a beer this dark have such a white head on it. Very unusual. Head was about 1/2 inch of bubbly and sticky foam that left fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell was quite intriguing. Lightly spicy and very fruity. It held a the faintest hint of yeast as well.

Taste was like no other beer I've tried before. I've always been a huge hop head up until now, largely drinking IPAs and Double IPAs. This beer really opened up my eyes to the possibilities that a very malty beer can be very good too. Taste was simply incredible. Sweet, like nectar, without being too sugary or syrup like. Very fruity, with orange notes and a strong carmel presence as well as many others flavors. This beer was actually so complex, I couldn't sort out all the flavors I was tasting in there.

Mouthfeel was just perfect. Light and airy. Any heavier and this wold be hard to drink. Minimal carbonation to get in the way of the flavors, but not flat.

Absolutely outstanding and highly recommended

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2004 14:24:48 | More by oracle
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hogansct

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-26-2012 05:16:21 | More by hogansct
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CuttDeez

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A - A deep rustic brown body. Very big kahki light brown head that is both foamy and bubbly with lace.

S - Fruit and molassas. Great carmalized sugars and roasted sugar and good fruit profile. The beer also smells of spices of clove and cinnamon it is very easy to pick up in my opinion.

T & M & D - The taste starts out with a big malty sweet profile and tons of dark fruits - both of which meld together and work well. Then the spices and aromatics that were in the nose come through in the middle and end of the beer. The beer becomes earthen and oaky on the finish but only slightly with a little spice and malt as well. Medium boddied with slight carbination make this beer feel great.

O - Good Xmas beer and you can enjoy it any time as well. Thanks SB for hooking me up!

-Cheers

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 22:57:22 | More by CuttDeez
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kegerator

Maryland

3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not impressed with this one
pours golden with a fizzy 1 inch head that leaves as soon as it develops. smell is pepper like spice, lemon peel and some sweetness is lingering
taste was huge peppery spice, not liking that, with warmth from the alcohol its very carbonated and fizzy almost soda like.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 12:58:13 | More by kegerator
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hellbilly

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle BB 12/09/09

slightly hazy pour is maroon brown and capped by a thin tan head.

there are some floral tea-like qualities in the aroma underneath brown sugar, golden raisins, vanilla, sweet malt and cinnamon-y spiciness.

the flavor profile pretty much masks the aroma... along with some yeasty earthiness, faint chocolate and banana starch with a dry spiced finish. it is a bit sweet but definitely doable. light to medium bodied given the abv% with a smooth rich texture.

insanely easy to drink...
7/4/7/3/16/3.7

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 18:09:08 | More by hellbilly
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csrbv

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-31-2011 12:41:58 | More by csrbv
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Hex92

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, but the light will penetrate through.
S- mmm good. Smells like ginger bread, maybe fruit cake too.
T- nice strong dark ale with extra spice flavors. Not overpowering with the spice, just the right mix.
M- perfect. Just the right balance of coating on your mouth.

Overall a great beer. I will buy this one again, probably soon...since the wife tried it and wouldn't give it back....so I only got to drink half of the beer :-)

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:24:47 | More by Hex92
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NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: served very cold and this is a bitter beew and not worthy. But warmed up to proper temp and you have a very soothing brew.

a: Pours dark brown almost black with off white head. Some, but not much lacing.
s: pepery fruits.
t: Similar to smell, but with a healthy amount of sweetness. WIth a bit of the belgian flavor adding to the overall effect. Finishes with some bitterness in the back of the tonge.
m: Full bodied with champagne feel.
d: something definatly something to sip on a cold winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 04:49:38 | More by NiceGuyMike
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Charlie_Hoss

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-02-2013 18:12:16 | More by Charlie_Hoss
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CDBeerDisappear

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Dark amber brown with plenty of tan fine bubbled head. Head is, in fact spectacular. The magnificent head, of course, yields plenty of lacing.

S - Nutty malt aroma with hint of cherries.

T - First taste is sweet but it becomes more acidic as you hold it in your mouth.

M - Thin soda pop feel.

D - I am not a fan of sour tasting beer. Some people like it. I think I would not drink this again, not because it is bad but because there are so many that are better.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 03:49:37 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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ejquin

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App: Very deep red/brown, almost black with a thick white head. Good lacing.

Smell: Yeasty and phenolic, but not overly so. Not as citrusy as I expected with some underlying spice.

Taste: This bottle is about a year old now, and I think age mellowed it a bit. Not quite as bold as I expected but still nice. Very well balanced. Deep and spicy with just a tiny perception of the alcohol. Warming.

Mouth: Thick and smooth with great carbonation.

Drink: Excellent

Overall: A top notch belgian, The age most likely turned everything down a notch, but the flovors are very well in balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 23:52:41 | More by ejquin
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Asgeirr

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Corsendonk Christmas Ale pours a dark vermilion colour along with a thick crown of great posture and light brown-to-soy-like tone. The descent of the glorious crown is a slow process to behold eventually leaving a half-full apparel of lacing.

Smell: A distinct form of acridity, a mild butter 'n' floral sweetness, some soy, and a small amount of lactose.

Taste: Mild sweetness in the tone of dark fruits followed by a equally mild bitterness interspersed with caramel-to-butterscotch flavours. Occasionally the bitterness peaks and makes itself more noticed in some of the intervals, but on an finishing note, it's overall pretty timid.

Mouthfeel: Dry, delightfully round with a alert carbonation while some alcohol reveal itself in that of a warming manner.

Drinkability: Smooth and very pleasant to the palate. Mild, but not weak, more so "moderately distinct", that is to say: balanced. More please!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 18:10:12 | More by Asgeirr
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JCaweinstein

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown color, crystal cleary with lots of carbonation. Two finger creamy white head with long lasting retention. It's pretty.
I smell fruit, plums, clove, and other spices. It's a very festive smell which is very fitting.
I'm getting a deep and rich fruity flavor. It tastes of raisins, sprices, and a slight hint of hops. It's a little bready too.
This is a crisp and medium bodied and coats the mouth. It's very smooth with a nice fruity finish.
This is a very nice Christmas ale. It's complex in both flavor and aroma and feels good going down. I would buy this again next season.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 03:55:34 | More by JCaweinstein
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.