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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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883 Ratings

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 54
Gots: 54 | 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 NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: served very cold and this is a bitter beew and not worthy. But warmed up to proper temp and you have a very soothing brew.

a: Pours dark brown almost black with off white head. Some, but not much lacing.
s: pepery fruits.
t: Similar to smell, but with a healthy amount of sweetness. WIth a bit of the belgian flavor adding to the overall effect. Finishes with some bitterness in the back of the tonge.
m: Full bodied with champagne feel.
d: something definatly something to sip on a cold winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 04:49:38 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of ski271


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a very large, light tan, frothy, slowly diminishing head. It has a pleasant, lightly sweet smell of perfumey wheat and Belgian yeast. Orange, clove, cherry and licorice. The taste is of big, sweet, complex malts with a moderate amount of citrus. The finish is long and warming, with all sorts of flavors still bouncing all over the place. Clove, nuts, prunes, bread… even gingerbread cookie! The mouthfeel is nice but a little on the thin side for a BSDA. This is a very complex beer that changed so many times just over the 45 minutes it took me to sip this bottle down. It’s a very intriguing beer that I can’t wait to have again. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 19:11:52 | More by ski271
Photo of BeerBuilder


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep, dark brown with a tan head that leaves excellent lacing when sipped down. The aroma is of sweet candi sugar, malts, dark fruits and spice. The flavor is yeasty, malty and slightly sweet and spicy. Medium-full in body and smooth drinking for its strength. Nice brew. No thanks to StuBob, bob, bob, bob, bobaran for drinking half this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 23:34:16 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of BadBadger

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 20:44:13 | More by BadBadger
Photo of Hautacam


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap and from the large bottle and found no difference in quality.
Appearance is pretty dark brown.
Pours with a huge frothy head, which settles down to almost nothing.
Smells great..malty and slightly fruit.
Taste is fantastic!...very complex, fruit, malt, anise, caramel, just enough sugar. I found this to be a very well balanced ale. Mouthfeel was medium to light..but really just right , I thought. The large bottle took my girlfriend and I about 90 minutes to drink...we just savored it like a cognac....and as it warmed, more complexity developed. Nice semi sweet -semi dry finish.

I went to the liquor store a few days later and bought the last 5 bottles they had. We really loved this ale !

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 17:10:18 | More by Hautacam
Photo of TheEclecticGent


3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Belgian Strong Dark Ale pours a really dark amber color with a light head of carbonation. The smell to me was a light, sharp, and fruity. The taste was a sharp fermented beginning with hints of gingerbread and fruitcake (a good fruitcake)..yea I said good and fruitcake in one sentence! For a dark Belgian ale it has a light mouth feel.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2005 07:30:54 | More by TheEclecticGent
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light brown cola like color with a red tint and a bubbly yellow tan head.

Smells of dry bitter yeast, sweet honey, caramel and ginger.

Tasted of sour wheat, subtle chocolates, hazelnut, anis and grapefruit rind with a dry sour finish. There are some good flavors present, but they don’t seem very well blended and the predominant dryness tends to detract from some of the subtleties.

The mouth feel was thin with intense small bubbles.

This was a very disappointing discovery after having this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 19:16:07 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of drumstik


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came in a tin with a nice cartoonish christmas design. Sets the mood for the drink inside.

Pours a dark nutty brown with a nice thick off white head that grows slowly towards the top of my glass.

Smells of spices, bread, and fig with a very pleasant malty sweetness.

Taste is on par with the smell. Very dark mellow fig and malty sweetness. A perfect hint of christmas spices and that great belgian yeast sweetness. Yum!

Mouth feel is smooth with a bit of carbonation and slides down easy.

A fantastic christmas brew that is very enjoyable on a cold winter night. Heading out tomorrow to pick up some more!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 04:21:10 | More by drumstik
Photo of descartes


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown top which progresses to a redish bottom. A good half inch head.
Smell: Malty, mild spice aroma with raisan smell.
Taste: Again a slight spicey taste, you can feel the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some good carbination.

Overall: A very good winter brew, happy I bought an eight pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 09:10:10 | More by descartes
Photo of ggaughan


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this the day after Christmas at Cooper's in Scranton. What a treat and you even get to keep the Christmas glass that they served it in.

The beer is a nice thick dark brown color with a nice lacey white head. The smell is of holiday spices (nutmeg, brown sugar) and nutty. The roasted nutty flavor of this beer is really enjoyable and easy to drink. The mouthful that you get and the aftertaste are definitely a pleasure. I would have had a few more if I didn't have a few other Christmas beers on the list to try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2005 23:11:17 | More by ggaughan
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time to sample some of my Christmas booty. My girlfriend almost destroyed my stocking by ramming a four pack of these Corsendonk Christmas Ales down with all the other junk that was in there. It was a thoughtful gift though.
This beer pours flawlessly into a goblet, displaying dark walnut color and obaque body with a huge tuft of foam at the crest. Giant hunks of lacing plaster the unfilled portion of the glass. The nose is spicy and deliciously sweet with some malt in the backround. Surprisingly, there was no alcohol evident.
The taste was disappointing at first, as I was expecting an overwhelming blast of sweet malt but instead recieved mellow character and a creamy finish that is stightly astringent. Hop balance is a plus here and improves as the beer warms a little. Mouthfeel is smooth but a little thin.
Overall, another strong Christmas present from Meaghan and quality stuff from a big name Belgian brewer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 22:29:13 | More by daliandragon
Photo of filabrazilia


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This baby pours an exquisite dark brown with a faint ruby tinge. The head is a medium tan that leaves streaks of Belgian lace on the glass.

This is a much maltier aroma then I would have expected. The sweet malt is quickly overtaken by a very strong alcohol presence. Nic balance.

This is not as Christmasy as I would like. However, this Belgian ale reminds me of a slightly spicy strong ale. There is a ad more bitterness in the taste than sweet. There is a pepper element that finishes assertively.

Wow. This sucker packs a wallop from the roof of my mouth through my sinus cavity. The alcohol and hop finish leave a very dramatic impression after the swallow. I really enjoyed the array of experiences this beer left on my pallate.

Not quite what I was expecting. This is a very good beer that, while not the Christmas beer I wanted, was a pleasant suprise.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 02:34:15 | More by filabrazilia
Photo of pentathlete


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkly translucent pomegranate brown with a big Belgian head that leaves gobs of lace and never leaves, at most falling to an 1/8 inch. Nose is malty, mildly spicy with little candi or yeast coming through. I was expecting a little more "Christmas" in this one. Taste brings out more spices including mace and coriander. There are some hops toward the middle and finish. The mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. This is an easy to quaff brew that I recommend. It is reasonably priced, $7.50 for a 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 18:56:21 | More by pentathlete
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite Christmas brew. It's pretty enough- ruby red with a pleasant looking white head. Goes down from there. Smell is so raisiny and sweet- like candied raisins, really. Taste is... the same. But more so. SO sweet, SO raisiny- it's overpowering. I feel cavitites growing. Mouthfeel is on the watery/thin side, not digging it. Overall... meh... not bad... great for a sweet tooth craving, otherwise, pass.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 05:46:33 | More by scooter231
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasty, well balanced and smooth. No one thing is extra out of this world about this brew.. except maybe for the mouthfeel. Pillowy comes to mind.
I'd like to score this higher but this beer does not need my scores to validate it.
A very tasty Christmas cheer beer.Go get some.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 05:11:32 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly deep brown with a creamy 2 finger head good longevity and very god lace. Wheat malt is predominate in the aroma mixed with brown sugar and spicy fruit aromas. Slight wheat malt mixed with huge amounts of brown sugar taste. Slight roasted bitterness. Spicy and slightly fruity. Could use some aging as it is a bit harsh still. Side note - I have had 4 of these in the last week and some of them had much more of a wheat malt flavor then others. Creamy. Good brew to savor by the fire this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 20:27:33 | More by sabrills70
Photo of andjusticeforale


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This arrived in its own style glass; Big deep brown with a tan head. Carbonation was fantastic, a little more bubbly than would let a head stay around. A quick swirl brought it back.

This had a nice malty backbone, a beautiful richness and a smooth dry finish. Not much fruit or sices, but there was a nice earthiness, and tremendous drinkability. Alcohol masked fantasically.

What this lacks in overall depth of taste or complexity, it makes up in drinkability. Like a supercharged Corsendonk abbey ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2005 19:07:55 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Corsendonk Christmas Ale pours out a dark amber color with a brown head. Aroma of ginger, pineapple, raisins, and plums. Caramel and bready malt flavor with lots of spice. A little chocolate. Some tropical fruit flavors come in at the middle. Delicious Belgian yeast. Alcohol is noticable, but I wouldn't have guessed 8.5%. Medium mouthfeel. Decent drinkability. A nice Christmas time beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 01:43:20 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Dated best before 6/06.

Pours a beautiful dark brown with a fluffy tan head that lasts the duration. Lacing all over the glass.

Fairly weak aroma. Fruity and malty and maybe a little nuttiness woven in.

Nice sweet and fruity malty taste upfront with just a hint of nuttiness. Finishes fruity.

Nice body and plenty of carbonation. Belching is mandatory.

Quite easy to drink. I finished my glass with great ease and enjoyment. A fine Belgian dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 01:29:08 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of sinistrsam


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a dark brown beer with a small tan/white head. Moderate lacing and little retention. The aroma was malty and fruity with hints of raisin and alcohol. The taste was quite spicy, almost like gingerbread. Anise and very little hoppiness. Good warming feeling as the alcohol was apparent but not the best seasonal I've had recently. Not bad, but not excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2005 20:29:20 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown pour with a sizable off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin veil leaving delicate whisps of lace.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with hints of toasted nuts and maple syrup. There is a strong floral presence that adds to the sweetness.

Flavor is rich with chewy caramel, candy sugar, strawberries, apricot, and melon. Sweet but not cloying. Heavy emphasis on the berry and apricot flavors. Reminds me of Binchoise Special Reserve.

Body falls just below medium with a soft creamy texture and light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 16:43:14 | More by AlexJ
Photo of HogHill


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the contents of this 33cl bottle into a La Chouffe tulip glass. Huge pillowy off-white head, with a deep brown body that has good clarity.

Aroma is malt and dark fruits, some molasses and cherry cordial in the nose too. Evident that it's a Belgian dark with one whiff, rich.

Tastes similar to the nose, the malt hits first and then the molasses and rum-raisin kick in. Very little hop bitterness here. Little alcholol warming on the finish. Nice, this one is a sipper. Feels medium bodied, a bit velvety in the mouth, and has an average amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nice Christmas offering from Corsendonk, very affordable too, good bang for your buck.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 22:53:42 | More by HogHill
Photo of nlmartin


3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a gobblet.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark brown with copper tint. The head was fluffy solid white and towered above the beer. Thin spider web lacing remains behind on the glass.

Smell: Malty fruityness with a hint of citrus peel.

Taste: Taste as it smells.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice full bodied velvety mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is an ok beer; however, there are better beers to choose.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 06:19:03 | More by nlmartin
Photo of Gattopardo

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 4, Very dark with just a bit of reddish coloring at the bottom where the light shows (in a tulip glass). Good weighty head.

Smell: 4, Spicy and fruity aroma.

Taste: 4.5, The flavor of dark chocolate is very present, but any bitterness is balanced by hints of sweet berries. Hops and malts work together to leave a nice finish.

Mouthfeel: 4, Big body and very chewy.

Drinkability: 4.5, For such a heavy and strong beer, it is eminently smooth and drinkable, and the delicate blend of chocolate, spice, and fruit is very compelling. A wonderful and reasonably priced seasonal brew that I would welcome drinking again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2005 02:21:31 | More by Gattopardo
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark russet brown color with a fluffy tan head that dissipates to some islands but leaves plenty of lace around the glass

Smell: Dark fruits, brown sugar, a variety of holiday spices (cloves and anise) as well some orange peel

Taste: Starts out with some fragrant dark fruit and brown sugar tones with nice complexity from the spices; mid-palate the flavor dries out dramatically, and provides a nice oaky finish with some fruit still hanging around

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lot of fizzy carbonation

Drinkability: This is one lovely Holiday ale

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 23:01:29 | More by brentk56
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.