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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,050 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 71
Gots: 122 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of deejaydan
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mours a ruby brown, sticky sticky lacing, and good head and retention. Aroma is raisiny, and slightly phenolic. Taste is refreshing, slight flavor of wood and a light mouth puckering, phenols are present and funky. Mouthfeel is okay, slightly dry though. Drinkablilty is ok, nothing great.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Hermthegerm
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Thur123
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark red color with lots of carbonation and two fingers of tan head that fade slowly. This beer looks really good. The smell is robust and malty, reminds me a little of a winter warmer. There is a slight roasted apple smell with a subtle but complex mix of spices.

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A very complex malt mixture with a slight sting at the end of spices. The overall flavor reminds me of the Allagash Double I had months ago. There is certainly a chocolate and caramel flavor without any of the weight I imagine comes with these flavors. Very light and drinkable for the ABV and I wish this was cheaper and offered in six packs.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Having this beer after a long day at the beach with the dogs, and brewing afterwards; a tripel braggot. Poured into my De Garre snifter just before we finish watching "The Last King of Scotland".

This beer has a gorgeous body. A deep redish ruby, with a big cream head. It was gone quickly, but it had good lacing.

This beer has a big fruit aroma (strawberries, et al), coupled with a dry, toasty smell as well.

The fruitiness is apparent in the taste first as well. This beer manages to produce a large amount of esters without being very phenolic. The alcohol is extremely well subdued. It has a bit of sweet spice in finish. I expected it to be a bit drier after the aroma.

Nice medium bodied beer with medium carbonation. It could be a bit more carbonated.

Exceptionally drinkable. Exceptionally flavorful. I will definitely have more of these before the winter is up.

Photo of Jcarter1221
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of gpcollen1
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a voluptuous ruby brown into it's glassware. The head quickly fades to a skim as the bubble periodically burp from teh bottom of the glass.

Aromas are sweet and lightly spicy with hints of anise and pears. To my lips it bubble gently and slide on down. Hints of raw sugar caramels with some spice that I cannot place. A bit of a twang on the finish - hoppy yet not.

Quite a delicious Christmas brew indeed. Alcohol is well hidden and each sip leaves me craving more and more.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Aschap
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tard24
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BadBadger
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark ale pours an incredibly dark color (as one would hope for). The head is foamy and plentiful, although not long lasting (a gentle swirl of the chalice will remedy this). The smell is a pleasant mixture of spices, fruits and malts. The taste is nicely balanced mixture of alchohol, citrus, spice, and malts, with no single feature being overbearing. A very enjoyable beverage. Worth celebrating the season with. Enjoy!

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of psinderson
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, almost ruby red. Decent off-white head.

Smell: Very minimal aroma, but mostly malt, caramel.

Taste: Complex taste, mostly fruit. I sense some molasses and cherries with a mild hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Much thinner than expected.

Drinkability: Decently drinkable, but taste complexity may turn off some.

Photo of Tim725
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of benmiliron
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received an 8-pk. with glass from my sister as a Christmas gift. Thanks sis!

A smoky brown tan color, good foamy head that fades quickly. Some lacing. Smells of sugar, malt, spice and all things nice. Not much hop aroma, but the bitter is there in the taste. Taste is superb. Belgian fruits, spices, yeast and malts, a bit of smoke, and candied plums. Mouthfeel is sticky with good carbonation to support. Maybe a hair too fizzy.

This is one of the best Christmas ales out there.

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

Pous a quite translucent deep mahogany/burgundy-red color. Produces a sturdy, thick beige colored head with excellent durability throughout the glass. No lacing noted.

Pleasant, but somewhat muted aromas of brandy-soaked dark fruits, sherry, ripe black cherries, dark caramel malt and brown sugar. Some faint notes of yeast, ripe banana and spices linger in the background.

Mouthfeel is well balanced with a nice full, thick chewiness along with a palate tingling spritzy carbonation.

Initial taste is that of sweet crystal malts, dark brown sugar and melted caramel candies. Flavor then seems to transcend quickly to a complex blend of ripe brandied dark fruits, licorice, cinnamon, nutmeg and dark pumpernickel bread. A dash of hoppy or herbal bitterness appears late to tame any overt sweetness. Alcohol is more apparent as glass warms, but not coarse or obtrusive in any way.

Well balanced and classy all around

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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