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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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1,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,042
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 70
Gots: 122 | FT: 2
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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle into a chalice
21/08/15, which I believe is this years vintage

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish hues when held up to light. Just over 1 fingers width of light tan colored head, which takes a good amount of time to dissipate down. A thick coat of film remains throughout the entire drink, but leaves only vary sparse patches of lacing.

S: Spice is the most prominent aroma, along with some caramel and an orangey citrus. Brown sugar and nutmeg. Smells very nice, but rather tame.

T: Dried dark fruit, orange, lots of spice, a dark sweetness like brown sugar or molasses although Im not really picking up either flavor specifically, cocoa notes, a touch of hop bitterness.

M/D: Manages to pull off the creamy smoothness with concurrent biting carbonation, like only a good Belgian beer can do. Medium bodied, no hint of the ABV. Drinkability is great.

O: Overall, a very nice Christmas ale. All of the great Belgian Strong Dark's that come out this time of year is one of the many reasons winter its my favorite beer "season". This one is very good, but St. Bernardus Christmas ale still remains the king for me. This is one Ill be sure to come back to again next year.

Photo of thecheapies
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured carefully from a 250ml bottle into the a Corsendonk Christmas glass.

Looks dark red-mahogany with over an inch of lacy suds despite a very delicate pour. Looks like the holidays to me. After all, I stare at one of these every Christmas season.

Festive combination of soft and cedary spices, alcohol, and dark fruits. Nutty yeast spills into the fruits and comes out with aromas of Belgian chocolate. Nice.

Cedary spice, coriander, bakers chocolate, dried fig, roast chestnut, brandy, and spicy finish. Subtle clove and cooked apple. This beer screams Belgian Christmas to me in a classic way.

Medium to above-medium body with a spicy prickle from the carbonation. Pronounced alcohol that warms me well.

Classic Belgian ale. Enjoyable fresh and with age. Excellent late-night beer.

Photo of CowboyRob
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

On tap at Blue 5 in Roanoke VA. Poured into a snifter glass.

A- Dark red, hazy brown with little head.

S- Cherries, Belgian yeast and holiday spices.

T- Well spiced. Some nutmeg, coriander, clove, etc. Some alcohol is noticeable but it isn't overbearing. Some cherries and dark fruit are here as well. Nice carbonation, fairly light body.

O- Very nice Christmas beer! Excellent on tap, hoping to eventually find some bottles!

Photo of Dreamer
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of ALLISON01
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of rcjennings
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Ryan011235
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Orval chalice on 11/13/12

Bottle was on clearance, so I'm guessing it's from last year.

Dark, cola brown with a one finger cap of light sandy foam. The head dissipates at a moderate rate but last once it settles onto itself. Very good lace that looks like old, frayed foam padding.

Spices and dark bread take up a good portion of the aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and herbal notions. Some darker fruits, too. Raisins, figs and hints of deep candied fruit. All told, the aroma is on the tame side.

The flavor, however, is an attention-getter. Both the spices and bread (and especially the spices) are ramped up. Heck, the spices practically sift across the palate; it's that great sort of dry spice. Fruits are less of a focal point here which keeps the beer from being sweet. Herbal hop lingerings.

The feel is robust and billowy, mainly due to the carbonation. Hints of granular underpinnings.

This is a really good beer. The late MbpBugeye told me temperature is crucial with this one; he was dead on the money. Drink this well above fridge temperature. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" tan head over mahogony liquid.

S: Grapes, cherries, figs and pears.

T: Lemon, grass, cherries, figs, pears, and dark grapes.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: The hop presence in this Christmas beer sets it apart from most others. The yeast is very tasty as well.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.