Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Ratings: 987
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 69
Gots: 106 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 11-22-2001)
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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a deep mahogany-brown body that glows when held to the light. The head is a thick cream off-white that last and last. It has a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles to keep the head going.

S- The smell of pale malt is a base for notes of dark cherries, plumes, figs and a note of aromatic spices like ginger with a faint cinnamon. There is a perfume sweetness that ties all the aromas together.

T- There is a sweet lightly toasted malt flavor that has lots of nice complexity. Notes of pears and plums compliment the malt with a spicy hint of pepper at the finish. A faint note of apple with the carbonic bite at the finish has a good balance.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a strong fizz in the texture. There is a soft alcohol warmth that enhances the spicy finish.

D- This is a very nice winter beer. The fruit and spice flavors really give more depth to the malt without overpowering the flavors of the typical Dark Ale. Winter was made for beers like these.

Photo of MattBrooks
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy brown with plenty of yeasty goodness floating about. Smelled like a super-strong ale, which is exactly what it is supposed to smell like. Didn't notice any other discerning smells to make this winter seem more special than others; although it could be considered that this isn't a seasonal (other than the label) because the expiration date on this bottle was 2 years from now. The taste was pleasureable, and although the alc content is high, it really didn't come off that way to me. All in all, a very good example of the style, certainly worth picking up a few more. Almost wish I could get it in the big-big bottle size the other Corsendonks come in.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy and very dark, almost aphotic brown with a healthy head that crowns nicely.

S: Reminiscent of Ommegang with a touch of citrus and anise added.

T/MF: Very rich and cakey. Full bodied. Silky finnish. Big flavors of Christmas spice, chocolate, nuts, husks, and lip smacking smoke. Very big beer on the flavor. I can’t put words to how robust this one is.

D: Warming and pleasurable. Very drinkable on a cold day or any other time for this matter. This beer is not limited to the Christmas season by any means. Quite complex in interesting.

Photo of NClifestyle
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

little late for xmas, but i don't think that's a problem.
pours up extremely dark ruby color with a huge head of large bubbles, creamy top. oddly, the bubbles seem to get smaller as the head settles. lots of lace in strange patterns.
smells like a strong belgian beer, but not overpowering. sweet, yeast.
taste was quite nice. malty dark fruit, raisin and cherry, yeast and wheat. hops show up as the beer warms, but they are still pretty sweet, citrus like, with a bit of peppery spice.
mouthfeel is thick and creamy. the beer widens in the mouth, bubbles everywhere. smooth, smooth, smooth.
drinkabiliby is decent, above average, but i couldn't sip this all night. would love to have it again, much better than many belgian beers that are too tart, but it's very strong.

cheers...

Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of ski271
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of BadBadger
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Photo of Hautacam
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
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 !

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of drumstik
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Photo of descartes
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of ggaughan
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of filabrazilia
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of pentathlete
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of scooter231
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of sabrills70
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of sinistrsam
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of AlexJ
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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