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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

884 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 56
Gots: 55 | 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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cbuckl14

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-18-2014 22:33:52 | More by cbuckl14
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KrisPaulk77

Mississippi

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

2008 bottle, poured into the Corsendonk Christmas Ale chalice.

The beer poured a deep, dark beautiful garnet, with ruby hues to the edges. The head was a massive, sand colored two finger affair, that faded away to a small cap of foam. Moderate lacing for the entire serving.
The aroma was malty and sweet, but light. Brown sugar, raisins, and citrus were noticed.
The taste was sweet, but not as sweet as the aroma. There was a noticable spice, and citrus notes, as well as candied fruits, and a slight boozy warmth. The mouthfeel was rich and filling.
I'll definately be waiting to buy the 2009 vintage of this wonderful beer. This is a wonderful beer, a true treat for the holidays, or any other time for that matter.

10-09-2009 04:35:28 | More by KrisPaulk77
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Fantalek

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-16-2012 03:25:21 | More by Fantalek
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BevMoAndrew

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured into a standard pint glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours a clear mahogany with a thick a thick, off-white froth. The nose is sweet with cinnamon, brown sugar, pie crust, baked red apples, caramel, cherry pie filling, cranberries, subtle raspberries. There is a little alcohol sweetness on the finish, but a long finish a great carbonation/mouthfeel. Overall a fantastic brew that really helps put me in the mood for cold days, warm fires, Christmas lights! One of my favorite Christmas beers to date.

11-08-2009 04:08:15 | More by BevMoAndrew
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Satyr179

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

02-03-2013 17:10:51 | More by Satyr179
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CowboyRob

Alabama

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-27-2012 15:50:25 | More by CowboyRob
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%

A: light-reddish brown, upward streaming lines of carbonation; scant light brown head; light but pervasive bands of pointillist lacing
S: malty, musky, caramel
T: apple-citrus, musky caramel
M: savory, medium-bodied
O: Pretty decent, melds together well but falls a bit short of special. The savory/musky elements might appeal to some, but I'm still looking for something with a fuller body and dry.

20oz. / Snifter / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

12-17-2013 02:23:54 | More by RandomExile
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radioscooter

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Why I love Christmas part 324: "Amazing beers from breweries I don't usually care much about or for."

Corsendonk is a classic Belgian brewery that I just don't usually love the beer from. I mean, what's the point of brewing in Belgium if you're not making Quads right? (joke)

Anyway, I'm not a Blonde or really much of a trippel fan but I thought - hey it's Christmas, let's try all the Christmas Ales.

I am glad this one made it onto my list. It was recommended by the bartender lady at the Sharp Edge when I stopped by today to apparently get raped on bottles of Samichlaus. But that's a whole 'nother rant. Welcome to PA. Bend over.

Phenomenal pour and foamy, thick creamy caramel head with beautiful drapey lacing. Like a picture of how beer should look.

Aroma is medium fruity and of course, spicy.

Taste is old world malty, fruity spicy goodness with a hint of pepper. The impulse to chew it slowly is very strong. Getting the blend of creamy foam with the underlying beer right is easy and makes it so much more enjoyable.

A touch too carbonated for me, but that's probably what is making this great foam. And it seems a little heady for only an 8.5, but these are hairs we're splitting now.

"You lad, what day is it today?" "Today sir? Why it's Christmas Day!"

Would that all Christmas ales were this splendid.

12-02-2010 01:30:19 | More by radioscooter
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86MonteSS

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%

A belgian dark ale indeed. Pours dark brownish red with a short lasting head. Smells very grassy and a little yeasty. Tastes like a basic belgian dark with a little more hops and a lot more alcoholic flavor. There's a bitter aspect to it that's very hard to describe, and I give up easy. Aftertaste is very slight.

I tried this for the first time about a year ago and must have gotten it mixed up with another beer because this time it wasn't at all what I expected. It's a good seasonal but doesn't tickle my fancy the way so many other winters have. Oh well.

12-08-2003 05:04:55 | More by 86MonteSS
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MerkinMan

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Served on-tap at Trappeze in Athens, Georgia.

A: Beautifully clear brown / ruby color. Nice head in a stemmed glass with flared top.

S: Christmas spices are certainly present, but not at all overwhelming. Yeasty character is also notable by smell.

T: A very nice Christmas beer that does not go overboard, nor lose its original identity behind the christmas spices. Cinnamon seems to be the most prevalent. Dark fruit notes from the yeast compliment the other spices very well.

MF: Light bodied and sparkly. Very nice.

D: One of the most drinkable christmas beers I have had this year. Recommended (especially on-tap).

12-23-2008 15:30:58 | More by MerkinMan
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bkaj21

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-08-2012 03:35:38 | More by bkaj21
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cozmo

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-09-2012 17:21:29 | More by cozmo
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Aiptasia

Florida

2.83/5  rDev -32%

Sampling this from a 12 oz. bottle tonight. It's an average looking Belgian specialty ale. Nothing remarkable. Fast fizzy head that fades with a little lacing. It smells like watery cinnamon raisin bagels. Taste is wet with a definite Belgian cheesy funk from the yeast, reminiscent of swiss cheese. Some fruity plum backnote tang on the back of the tongue and not much else. It's wetter tasting than a lot of Belgians and it's not overly sweet. Overall, it's ok. I don't find it quite as good as a lot of other Belgians.

01-22-2012 01:02:07 | More by Aiptasia
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pmorris71

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-08-2013 18:53:50 | More by pmorris71
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LuthersMug

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

A - Dark brown brew with a gorgeous full head. Creamy lacing.

S - Brown sugar, raisins, roasted nuts...very nice.

T - Roasted malts are very tasty. Sweet brown sugar and yeasty bread also noted. An excellent brew.

M - Creamy malts, warming alcohols, very smooth, nice blend of malts and hops.

D - Keep this one coming.

12-26-2010 03:12:54 | More by LuthersMug
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Minotaur

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

The pour on this beer is unique: into a Corsendonk Christmas glad from an 8 ounce bottle it produces an almost volcanic head the color of chimney smoke that erupts over the top of the glass. It hangs around while the beer warms and eventually settles into a half glass high lacing with a frosty skim atop the deep brown-black liquid.

The smell has an earthiness of robust malt, slightly coffee, slightly smokey and lightly citrus hops. It does not smell like your typical Gingerbread Christmas beer.

The taste is complex: deep, sour, also earthy and predominantly bitter. Unlike many Belgian christmas ales it is not syrupy or fruit-spice driven. It has a warming quality but not too alcoholic. There is a presence of Christmas spices but they are very subtle: hidden within drier malts and hop sharpness. With food (garlic spread cheese and wheat bread) a hint of sweetness comes out... but only a bit. Any adjunct sweetness here is secure and not overbearing. There is an amazing sense of balance in this beer.

It has a solid mouthfeel with lingering bitterness. I find it drinkable but not quite as smooth as could be. The carbonation seems lingering and for the type of beer it is I almost would like it to be a bit less so. But otherwise a very well rounded Christmas beer.

12-28-2009 22:57:17 | More by Minotaur
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MattBrooks

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours cloudy brown with plenty of yeasty goodness floating about. Smelled like a super-strong ale, which is exactly what it is supposed to smell like. Didn't notice any other discerning smells to make this winter seem more special than others; although it could be considered that this isn't a seasonal (other than the label) because the expiration date on this bottle was 2 years from now. The taste was pleasureable, and although the alc content is high, it really didn't come off that way to me. All in all, a very good example of the style, certainly worth picking up a few more. Almost wish I could get it in the big-big bottle size the other Corsendonks come in.

01-20-2006 21:23:03 | More by MattBrooks
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thehappybelgian

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-08-2013 04:00:50 | More by thehappybelgian
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dgfair

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into my Chimay goblet, best before September 18, 2008.

A - Clear brown liquid with a reddish hue as the light comes through. Nice fluffy, cream-colored head that dissipates slowly to a nice layer.
S - Sweet sugar smell, with a hint of clove and coriander. A little bit of ripe fruit, kind of a raisin smell to it. Also a touch of an underlying earthy, woody smell.
T - Wow...ripe dark fruit, figs, raisins, a little pear perhaps, all balanced by a peppery clove flavor that keeps the fruitiness in check perfectly. Also a nice full malt flavor that comes out in the swallow as the alcohol gives a nice warming flavor in the throat.
M - A little creamy, a little bubbly, very well balanced. Feels great in the mouth and on the swallow.
D - Very nice winter Belgian ale. I would certainly like to sit around and drink a couple of these on a winter evening. Overall, a drinkable, complex, delicious Belgian ale. A great offering from Corsendonk, probably my favorite of their offerings. Stock up in the winter months while you can.

12-20-2006 04:00:58 | More by dgfair
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Mcooly

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-24-2011 05:14:12 | More by Mcooly
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Plissken

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-22-2013 13:14:56 | More by Plissken
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SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

750ml bottle with a cork in it. I dont ever remember having to uncork a beer before. Poured a rusty, copper-brown with hints of ruby. Fizzy head at first but blows up into a nice thich frothy one that leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma is mild and floral with a tiny hint of caramel or toffee. Very nice tasting with a sweet maltiness and mild hop taste. Well balanced and does a nice job of hiding the high abv.
Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. A rare treat to get a big beer that is so smooth and drinkable.

02-06-2005 03:10:23 | More by SaunaKing
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Ecolello87

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-01-2012 05:51:51 | More by Ecolello87
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440kk

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-23-2013 03:32:07 | More by 440kk
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yeti123

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

05-30-2012 16:21:15 | More by yeti123
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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