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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

967 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 967
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 70
Gots: 95 | 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 touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass. Tons of smoke came out when opening it, more than I have ever seen, started to gush slowly too, but I got it in the glass in time.

A- Poured a very dark opaque reddish brown color with a massive three or more finger head. Big foamy, fluffy head with lots of big bubbles left tons of chunky lace.

S- Lots of dark cherry, raisin, belgian yeast, and spices

T- Big raisin, lots of cherry, belgian yeast, clove, medicinal notes, and metallic finish

M- Syrupy but not overly so, sticky mouthfeel, nice warming feeling, alcohol presence is there, but not overpowering. Finish of the beer lingers, sits on the palate for a little while.

O- A nice belgian strong dark ale, lots of big fruit flavors and nice spice presence. Metallic finish on the beer brings this down some for me. Overall, a really nice beer to sip on a cold night.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jmdrpi
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of heffnate77
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of bradklingel
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: I'm reviewing this beer after cellaring the bottle for close to a year.

A: Pours a dark, hazy amber with a thick beige head that laces deep into the glass. Very nice.

S: Gentle aromas of spices, cream, chocolate, and funky Belgian yeast are present on the nose. I've had this beer fresh, and after nearly a year in the bottle, the smell is much less lively and spicy. It's still pretty nice though.

T: Opens sweet and malty with notes of heavy cream, coriander, milk chocolate, caramel, red apples, spiced pears, gingerbread, and perhaps some faint suggestions of cinnamon and clove, though I doubt this ale contains either spice. The finish is long and smooth with notes of chocolate, cream, and orchard fruits underscored by mellow alcohol.

M: Relatively full-bodied, thick, and sensuous. It feels great and is very smooth.

O: I still enjoy this beer just as much as I did the first time I tried it. This is a near prefect strong dark ale.

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

Great, great look. Dark brown with a sand coloured lasting top. The smell belongs to dark, cold winter nights. In summer I advise more freshness.

S: creamy, coffee/toffee;
T: round, quite sweet but not too, caramel, it could have some more spices or hop to make it really interesting;
M: mouthfull cream and CO2; round finish.
O: nice, welldone, but not the real top in this style.

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

exp 11/27/11

A: Single finger head, hazel nut body, w rootbeer foam colored head. Micro uniform rising carbonation. Significant lacing.
S: Sweet coffee liqeur, chocolate, spices (cinnamon/nutmeg) Pretty sweet. Artificial grape.
T: Coffe and bitter chocolate but not too bitter. There is a degree of sweet and syrupyness but it sits in the perfect place and is quite nice.
M: Light numbing, fairly soft
O: Very good, nice balance as well as variety of flavors. with that said, i don't love it but others will.

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

My basement/cellar continues to unearth some gems (hopefully). This one as a Best By date of 18/09/08 but given its ABV, I should be all right.

From the bottle: "Dark Ale"; "Dark Ale refermented in bottle."

I got a finger of deep-tan head with good retention off of my very gentle pour. Color was a solid garnet with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of maple syrup, anise, milk chocolate, toffee and some mustiness. Mouthfeel was absolutely creamy and the taste was of Sugar Babies (caramel enrobed in milk chocolate) and it was MUCH more pleasant than my last encounter with those candies. I was still pre-teen, but I had had several cavities filled (and none since), but those candies ripped out the bottom two for the second time (!), the first time from Jujubes, another candy that I have not touched since. Finish was warm, not hot as the heat had had some time to die down, with a continued caramel/chocolate flavor and even some coffee on the extreme finish.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking reddish brown color, the head was fluffy and tan in color. The lacing was a little sticky and hung around for a little while. The smell of the beer has a pretty typical Belgian aroma to it, It's yeasty, sweet and has a slight roasted aroma to it. The taste of the beer has a good sweet malt character to it that's balanced with a spicy aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer gives off a pretty good warming sensation as yu drink it. Overall I think it's a good Christmas brew, worth checking out.

Photo of CuttDeez
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A - A deep rustic brown body. Very big kahki light brown head that is both foamy and bubbly with lace.

S - Fruit and molassas. Great carmalized sugars and roasted sugar and good fruit profile. The beer also smells of spices of clove and cinnamon it is very easy to pick up in my opinion.

T & M & D - The taste starts out with a big malty sweet profile and tons of dark fruits - both of which meld together and work well. Then the spices and aromatics that were in the nose come through in the middle and end of the beer. The beer becomes earthen and oaky on the finish but only slightly with a little spice and malt as well. Medium boddied with slight carbination make this beer feel great.

O - Good Xmas beer and you can enjoy it any time as well. Thanks SB for hooking me up!

-Cheers

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

From notes:

01/28/11

A - Brownish, but is dark ruby colored when held up to light. 2 finger head. Fine creamy tan foam with unbelievable lacing.

S - Dark fruits, figs, spices (clove, coriander, nutmeg, maybe a tiny bit of anise).

T - Sweet, spicy dark fruit. Molasses, candi sugar, mild spiciness (clove and coriander), caramel, and even a little chocolate in the finish.

M - Medium, creamy and well carbonated.

O - Awesome. I could drink these regularly, without a doubt. This has to be my favorite Christmas beer.

Photo of headbucket
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice deep brown color. Nice, big head with a semi-aggresive pour. Lots of lacing left on the glass as the beer recedes. This beer has some of the nicest lacing and foam left on the side of a glass that I have ever seen on a beer. After my second pour(rather aggressive) from a 750ml bottle, there was a solid, thick, and wide layer of foam/lacing left all the way around the glass.

S: the weakest part of the beer for me. It isn't bad, just very tame. grains and yeast, a bit sweet.

T: Nice dark malts, a bit of brown sugar sweetness, belgian yeast flavors, and chocolate(chocolate malt?) over a bit of fruit-citrus but not a bright hoppy citrus, it is like a light orange flavor. the dark malt/chocolate and orange/citrus flavor linger.

M: silky smooth, nice and thick without being syrupy. it is very smooth and silky, goes down very nice.

O: A great beer, probably my favorite christmas beer. This beer and Troeg's Mad Elf are my favorite Xmas beer because they aren't heavily spiced with cinnamon and similar spices/flavors that a lot of american christmas beers have. The alcohol doesn't detract at all. It is slightly evident but doesn't detract at all. I like this beer a bit more as it had warmed up, and as I get closer to the bottom of the bottle. It is malty without being overly sweet and has a great hint of fruit(orange) in it. Will pick up a few more bottles for sure before they disappear from the store I got this bottle from. This is a christmas 2010 bottle.

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

Poured a medium dark brown with a large two finger brownish white head that slowly dissipated into nice collar with moderate lacing.

Aroma of yeast, sweet fruits and a hint of spice.

Taste followed the nose with a sugary sweet fruits, butterscotch, yeast and a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel was medium body with lots of carbonation, very smooth and syrupy. Nice warming, however, the alcohol is well masked.

This is a very nice Belgian Ale, look forward to enjoying again.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

From the massive display of head to the inviting brown darkness, this ale warms you just by looking at it. Coriander, cake batter and a peppery herbal spice from the alcohol and yeast infiltrate the nostrils. Smoothness borders on silky, and crispness pops off the full body. Fruitcake of the homemade variety, chocolate-covered oranges, bitterness from the coriander and hops, and hints of carob powder and charcoal make for a very complex brew. Top shelf all the way, a bottle of this is a real treat for the taste buds. By far one of the best winter seasonals on the market.

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.