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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

975 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 975
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 69
Gots: 98 | 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 Louski
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of rdoggg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Sample: 1 bottle 2002 (aged 9 years)

A: Very brownish red (garnet-like), strong head when poured which became a nice light head during drinking, moderate internal carbonation (even after such long aging)

S: Sweet, almost floral, definite traces of alcohol, some vanilla notes, dried fruit, cherries, not incredibly fragrant, however

T: Lightly fruity, some citrus, almost a bit creamy, nice tartness and sweetness, not very bitter at all

M: Quite light in the mouth, easy to drink even at 8.5% abv, hardly any aftertaste, doesn't wear on the mouth

O: A great all-around brew, probably a bit past its peak at this point but still delicious nonetheless

Photo of lisahope27
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Poured 11.2 ounce bottle in chalice.
A: deep brown, nice head.
S: dark dried fruit, yeasts.
T: great, raisin, yeasts juicy malts with a sweet inviting finish, this beer is perfectly balanced,
M: this is a bit thin when compared other beers in this style category. no booze what so ever. well crafted.
D: winter warmer, such rich flavors, but i dont know about the best christmas ale i want some spice in my christmas ales. goes down like water. at 8.5% wow. I bought 2 bottles one i will bust out next christmas. but this one is is a base line I hope this one ages well.

Photo of heffnate77
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of gbontrag
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown ale with a reddish glow. Thick toasted head clings together then collapses in the middle talking to me in bubble-speak: Snap, crackle... "drink me. Your wife is out of town, the kids are asleep early -- indulge."
How does something so brown, that's sat in the bottle for so long, smell so fresh? It smells like a tropical greenhouse with exotic blooms drooping overhead dripping nectar and beckoning me with irresistible pheremone kisses.
Delicious. Spicy. Leaves the palate surprisingly clean. Crisp. There's good astringency, a little numbing. There's a dusting of barley flour that coats the palate with a sour twang. Tastes like spicy fruits: Fuji apples, bosc pear, asian pear, little red plums, and the list goes on.... Blood oranges, kumquats. Cookie dough: Butterscotch chip, snickerdoodle and gingersnap crackle...
I feel like a committed adultery.

Photo of soulfly1492
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of dark fruits. Caramel, molasses, good amount of alcohol. Some bitter pine and floral English hops. Good dose of darker Munich malt. some mild roasty black malt perhaps.

Appearance: Deep, near opaque purple, like a beat juice! Very large light brown head. Great retention and tons of lacing.

Taste: Dates and plums. Roasty malts. Very mild piney and floral hops. Pilsner and Munich malt bitterness. Good bit of residual sugars. Moderate alcohol flavor comes out as it warms up. Mild wortiness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation. Stinging bubbles. Medium body. Mildly warming, but fitting as this gets the Christmas Ale label.

Overall: Good Belgian Strong Dark Ale. A bit of wortiness from dark malts and a nice dose of a warming sensation.

Consumed on 4/21/2012. Bottle dated 9/13/2014.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.5 oz. bottle into a tulip; "Best by" date of 16/09/09

P: Pours a deep caramel brown, and sits dark brown with garnet, almost purple, highlights in the glass. 2 fingered light tan head is thick, and showed good retention. Not much lacing.

A: Smells of yeast, toasted biscuity malts, plums, raisins, and spices. Not as pronounced as I had hoped, but still good.

T: Starts with biscuity-flavored toasted malts, some spices, and caramel. Spicy hops pretty much stay underneath for the most part. Flavors deepen soon thereafter with the addition of dark fruits reminscent of grapes, plums, and raisins. Alcohol is subtle but present, port-like in flavor, and warms the chest quite nicely. Finish is dry, spicy, and leaves a long aftertaste to remember it by.

M: Corsendonk Christmas Ale is medium bodied, but a little too light for my personal taste with this style. It is crisp and smooth, while being moderately carbonated for a good bite on the tongue.

D: I definitely wouldn't mind having some more of these lying around. A real pleasure to enjoy this special brew on Christmas day.

Notes: This one is worth its weight in gold. Complex, flavorful, pleasurable, and overall, a very good beer. It didn't blow my socks off, but I definitely enjoyed this a lot.

Photo of Chrily
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

This baby pours an exquisite dark brown with a faint ruby tinge. The head is a medium tan that leaves streaks of Belgian lace on the glass.

This is a much maltier aroma then I would have expected. The sweet malt is quickly overtaken by a very strong alcohol presence. Nic balance.

This is not as Christmasy as I would like. However, this Belgian ale reminds me of a slightly spicy strong ale. There is a ad more bitterness in the taste than sweet. There is a pepper element that finishes assertively.

Wow. This sucker packs a wallop from the roof of my mouth through my sinus cavity. The alcohol and hop finish leave a very dramatic impression after the swallow. I really enjoyed the array of experiences this beer left on my pallate.

Not quite what I was expecting. This is a very good beer that, while not the Christmas beer I wanted, was a pleasant suprise.

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

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Deep, brownish-ruby with fluffy, off-white head. Head has terrific longevity, and there are sticky trails on the side of the glass as it recedes.

S: Unmistakably Belgian, with a peppery, clovey, dried fruit aroma. Really faint, though.

T/M: Dried, dark fruit up front (figs, dates, plums, raisins) with some spiciness. Spices don't taste obviously Christmas-y to me (pepper, clove, mint), but there is a hint of cinnamon in there. I'm not picking up anise the way others have. There is a bit of nutmeg in the finish, but the cinnamon and nutmeg are VERY subdued, in no way like a winter warmer. And the finish is mostly malty and sweet, with a little bit of an alcohol presence that comes across as slightly aluminum-like.

D: Nice cold evening beer. Not really something so unique that I'd go out of my way to get it again, but I'm glad I tried it, and it didn't disappoint.

Photo of csrbv
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Review written from my notes from last night at the bar. On tap at 6-and-Save, poured into a Piraat Tulip glass.

A: Ruby reddish hue and deep brown, with a thin white head that clung nicely to the glass.

S: Muted smell of roasted malts and spices. I'm also picking up a little bit of a yeasty presence.

T: Thick and spiced, I pick up cinnamon and candied sugar on a thick malt backbone with a moderate yeast presence and just a touch of alcohol. A good Belgian Christmas Ale.

M: Thick and bubbly at first, but falls apart in a light creamy matter in my mouth. Carbonation level is just perfect here. This beer really is shining from this aspect.

D: I will return to this... just not for my next pint (unless, of course, it was offered to me for free). The muted scents, the moderate yeast presence, and the slight touch of alcohol burn are the only things standing between this and a really BIG score from me. As such, it's good, but not perfect.

Photo of Stoutsman
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of DeadGuyRyan
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A hazy beer with a ruddy brown mahogany color to it. Great tan head that hangs around as well as the lace.

Smell: Very inviting smell with floral notes along with malt and fruits as well along with chocolate hints as well. Reminds me of the holidays.

Taste: This beer is incredible rich with out being overbearing. Subtle nuances of spices and great malt flavor I get a great sense of figs and dark raisins as well. Smells of a pudding as well.

Aftertaste: This beer went down really smooth was creamy on the palate with a flavor that lingered around for a while. I would suggest drinking this beer slowly the warmer it gets the more the taste really present themselves.

Photo of casualfan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Jcarter1221
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Longstaff
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I thought this was a decent beer that was easy to drink, but compared to other Belgian style Christmas ales, I thought this was lacking in flavor. It poured beautifully with a one inch big bubbled head. The body was dark until held up to the light then was reddish and crystal clear. The most dominate flavor was metallic, with chocolate, maltiness, and spices very subdued. Alot like their pale ale but darker with a touch of chocolate flavor. A bit thin on mouthfeel with a high carbonation level made it easy to drink. I think I would rather have Delerium Noel or N'Ice Chouffe instead.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a ruby brown color with a tan brown head that leaves spotted lacing around the glass.

Smells of holiday spices, and nutmeg.

Taste chewy up front, with caramel and nutmeg maybe some ginger, honey notes, and a warming alcohol flavor that finishes it off.

Absolutely a great beer that has so much going on it's hard to describe. I'm very impressed and I'm going to look for more to stock up on.

Photo of BWH3
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Flawless light caramel tinged brown ale with big brawny beige head. Hope you have the time to watch this head slowly dwindle into a fat ring and gorgeous lacing. Just effervescent enough. Clarity is crystal clear. My only negative is that it could be just a hair darker for a BSDA especially a seasonal specialty brew.

S: Marriage of dark fruit and banana esters. The spiciness is there but not all that robust or amazing.

T: Dark fruit (prune > raisin) and caramel sweetness dominate up front. A spicy note follows. The taste ends in a very unique toasted bread/yeast flavor that is very enjoyable. Hops seem absent, but do serve to cleanse the palate from the sweetness and bread/toast flavor.

M: Just thin enough and appropriately carbonated. Great head retention. Finish is balanced.

D: A 750mL of this amongst friends by the fire is the perfect holiday treat.

Photo of dank203
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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

Photo of cburns48
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of lockewoodfin
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mlhenson
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.