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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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914 Ratings

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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 66
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 ShogoKawada
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz into tiny saison glass. best before 24/09/14.

A- Nice clarity, brown in the glass but almost red in the light. Big billowy tan head that stays and stays. Nice top ring as the head settles.

S- Lots of dark bread. Ripe red apples and lots of undefined christmas spice.

t- The brown malty bread comes on strong, sweet and a bit spicy in the finish. Dark fruit is there but is pretty mellow.

M- A little warm going down, but it is enjoyable.

O- I liked it- an enjoyable and unique beer. I might have to tuck a few of these away for some emergency holiday cheer.

ShogoKawada, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the gingerman nyc. Poured into corsendonk tulip.
Deep hazy brown with thick head. Malty belgian aroma.
Slightly sweet fruity taste with malts and spices. Its pretty darn tastey and a great christmas brew...although it does leave me hangin a bit. Its missing that little something...

DrinkSlurm, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Pour a very dark brown with hints of a deep ruby red. There is a thick head that lingers for the entire glass. The pour really draws you in.

The banana aromas are smelled immediately upon popping the top of the bottle. Buttery cloves, yeasts, and brown and raw sugars are also present.

The first thing I think of when I took a sip was: "spicy." Not chili-pepper spicy, but rather full of intense warming spices: allspice, cloves, cinnamon. There is a lot of molasses and cherry syrup flavors, as well as chocolate-dipped maraschino cherries. Tootsie roll flavors seem to congregate primarily at the front of the tongue, and the cinnamon and clove spiciness was mostly at the back of the tongue. The beer evolves and becomes considerably more complex as it sits in the glass; I recommend letting it sit a good 15 minutes before all the flavors come to the fore. It finishes with a full malty gingerbread flavor that warms your soul.

Overall a fantastic Christmas beer that rivals the best. Highly recommended.

rinhaak, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Rickythejeweler, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev -3.6%

tedho21, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -3.6%

animal69, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Clear mahogany pour with two finger head and decent retention and lacing. Loads of malt in the nose with hints of brown bread, molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of dark fruit, with a bit of bubble gum and cloves emerging as it warms. The taste is much the same with prunes and sweet brown bread dominating. I'm also getting hints of toffee, tea, caramel and cloves. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but incredibly smooth and drinkable for the ABV. A very impressive Christmas beer.

beerdrifter, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -3.6%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of greg4579
5/5  rDev +20.5%

greg4579, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sipping with one out of a petty nifty glass that came as part of the gift set...

A - A voluminous light-to-medium khaki colored airy froth sits atop and is comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... Pretty impressive retention... The color is a medium-to-dark caramel brown... Fairly still with no noticeable carbonation... Gobs of gooey lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Lots of malty goodness... Toffee... Figs... Dates... Sticky buns... Brown sugar... A very subtle but pleasant spiciness as well highlighted by notes of nutmeg and cinnamon... A bit subdued but yet rather complex... Very inviting and warming...

T - The malty goodness is even more pronounced on the palette... Bursting at the seems with brown sugar and toffee... Sweet desert breads... A mix of dark fruits... A subtle spice kick on the finish... Perhaps a touch of booze as well... Lots of flavors linger...

M - Medium to full bodied... Slightly viscous... A bit sticky... Lightly carbonated... Coats the mouth...

D - A highly enjoyable Belgian Strong Dark Ale and holiday seasonal... Lots of good things going on in nearly ever facets with good complexity and sophistication... A nice drink to unwind with after a long day... Perhaps this one is just a bit cloying which detracts slightly from on overall solid offering...

philbe311, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of whallgren
5/5  rDev +20.5%

whallgren, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of tryhansen
5/5  rDev +20.5%

tryhansen, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of bdeast1
5/5  rDev +20.5%

bdeast1, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer is a chestnut brown hue with hints of sunburst orange. The head is a light tan color, leaving plenty of lacing on the goblet. The aroma offers yeast, malt, alcohol, brown sugar. The flavor is distinctly Belgian. A bit sweet, but balanced by a bready, yeast character. Spritzy carbonation and medium bodied. A solid beer. I would definitely have this again.

Huhzubendah, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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.

jayhawk73, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of nunzo
5/5  rDev +20.5%

nunzo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of RedBeerchetta
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at American Craft.

Not muc of a head, and I like head on Christmas beers.

Scent is great. Cinnamon, some citrus, biscuits. Nice, just lacking a little "breadiness" for my palate.

Taste is a bit thin, but still enjoyable. Caramel, sweet, holiday spices. Yum, but Christmas beers are my favorite and this isn't my favorite of those.

RedBeerchetta, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

uturn, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +20.5%

PaBeerLover, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of kayrex
5/5  rDev +20.5%

kayrex, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev -3.6%

touchmeimsac, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Ruck in Troy from a 2010 keg the bar aged for a year. Served in a mini-snifter.

Dark brown in color, clear ruby hues in light. Small head and no lacing.

Smells of plums, raisins and green apples.

Flavor is fruity and smooth, a bit subdued. I'm guessing its mellowed out with the age. Plum and apple notes and a lot of raisin in the flavor. A bit nutty. Faint notes of coriander-like spice, but this is definitely not a winter warmer.

Medium mouthfeel, decently carbonated. Smooth but full, with the right carbonation at the right time--I like the mouthfeel a lot, but I'm always at a loss to describe this category.

Overall this is good for the style and a good beer. I'm curious to try one that hasn't been aged. I think I'm going to pick up a 2011 bottle and compare, and add it to this review.

musicforairports, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -3.6%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.