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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

884 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 56
Gots: 55 | 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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Aiptasia

Florida

2.83/5  rDev -32%

Sampling this from a 12 oz. bottle tonight. It's an average looking Belgian specialty ale. Nothing remarkable. Fast fizzy head that fades with a little lacing. It smells like watery cinnamon raisin bagels. Taste is wet with a definite Belgian cheesy funk from the yeast, reminiscent of swiss cheese. Some fruity plum backnote tang on the back of the tongue and not much else. It's wetter tasting than a lot of Belgians and it's not overly sweet. Overall, it's ok. I don't find it quite as good as a lot of other Belgians.

01-22-2012 01:02:07 | More by Aiptasia
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Bobikel

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -31.5%

Served in a caged and corked 750ml bollte.

Appearance - Pours a deep clear red. A small 1/2 inch head appears and stays for quite some time. Lacing is very good.

Smell - Rigid deep maltiness, and some hops. A little soapy? Maybe infected?

Taste - Yeasty, warm, and a little cloying. Plum, and corriander.

Mouthfeel - Highly effervescent, dancing on the toung with a pleasant pointyness. A little thick.

Drinkability - Not really a sesionable drinker, nor is it a quiet-night sipper.

Overall - Fun to try, but a little dissapointing. Reminds me a little of Lefthand's "Goosinator", but with a little more depth.

12-26-2006 05:47:37 | More by Bobikel
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

2.88/5  rDev -30.8%

Beautiful deep chestnut amber color with a sticky cream head that left lacing all over the chalice. Intensly sticky and clinging to anything it touched. I am not getting a lot of aroma off this. A small amount of phenolic fruitiness. The taste is crisp and spicy with heavy pepper kicks left on the tongue. The mouthfeel is very dry and a little cloying. This is a decent dark beligan, but not a memorable one.

05-24-2005 22:57:39 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -29.6%

A- Big darker tan head on a clear deep amber body (can't really see through it til you hold it up to the light).
S- Spices come through first. A big malt aroma too. Also something weird comes through too. Like toothpaste or light pine cones?
T- Big malt body with a dose of spices. Some light european hops also come out. A weird lighter taste comes through (which seems very out of place) but I can't pinpoint what it is.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It's a kind of weird beer. I think their other two are a lot better. Can't see me drinking the whole bottle of this. Just some weird aromas and flavors come out of this.

12-28-2006 04:53:02 | More by BlindPig
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -29.1%

Poured from bottle into my St.B chalice.
Pours a dark ruby brown with only a slight head. Can catch a glimpse of light around the edging of the beer.
Smell is yeasty, with some candy sugar. There is a earthy fruit and a slight alcohol smell coming through as well.
Taste is dark ripened fruit and yeast. There is more alcohol coming through in the taste than was found in the smell.
The mouthfeel is very carbonated with a slight burn to it.
A decent holiday offering but not my favorite.

12-21-2006 02:19:30 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.9%

12-07-2012 16:17:55 | More by Travcofarms
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.9%

01-04-2012 17:41:50 | More by AWS2111
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kegerator

Maryland

3/5  rDev -27.9%

not impressed with this one
pours golden with a fizzy 1 inch head that leaves as soon as it develops. smell is pepper like spice, lemon peel and some sweetness is lingering
taste was huge peppery spice, not liking that, with warmth from the alcohol its very carbonated and fizzy almost soda like.

07-14-2005 12:58:13 | More by kegerator
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Stoutsman

Kansas

3/5  rDev -27.9%

01-14-2012 21:57:33 | More by Stoutsman
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nzerbe

New York

3/5  rDev -27.9%

07-08-2013 22:17:52 | More by nzerbe
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -27.9%

03-16-2014 02:41:08 | More by Fettpopps
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.9%

12-06-2012 01:29:21 | More by Mark5252
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -27.2%

On Tap,
Corsendonk off the spout has a amberish hue hinting towards polished brown. a trace amount of dark tan foam up top, leaving squiggles around the glass that fade. Smell is pretty spicy and caramel, sweet ridden. Get alot of toffee, with some winter spice on top of some grain and a whiff of alcohol. Not all that impressive in all honesty. Taste pretty much solidifies my fears, Corsendonk Christmas really ain't about nothing. Sure it has some winter spice with caramel malt/toffee. I even get some faint applesauce taste and plum. It just comes down to, I don't like it all that much. It does not move me. The alcohol is hidden really well though, so there is that. Body is pretty dead on arrival, just feels like some life was lost on this. Medium in build, light in carby. While this was a beer I got into good beer with, it's not one that will be sticking around for me.

12-21-2011 03:47:28 | More by BARFLYB
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quasimoto

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -27.2%

A - Dark brown with w/ little to no head

S - Spicy malts w/ molasses, honey, nutmeg and orange peel

T - Sweet malts and the orange peel. Everything else is hidden.

M - sharp carbination on the palette with a dry finish.

D - It's an o.k. holiday beer. Not my favorite, but is good enough to bring in the x-mas cheer.

01-30-2006 14:37:42 | More by quasimoto
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -26.7%

Half finger head, on a clear dark amber and red body. Not much lacing. Aroma is almost nonexistent. What is there is a mild pungent and sour grape like aroma. this is a very drinkable mild dark fruit Belgian dark strong. A very safe member if the genre. Medium in body and moderate carbonation. Overall may be my least favorite in this genre. These beers should be bold, this one is weak.

12-24-2011 04:16:47 | More by kylehay2004
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CDBeerDisappear

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%

A - Dark amber brown with plenty of tan fine bubbled head. Head is, in fact spectacular. The magnificent head, of course, yields plenty of lacing.

S - Nutty malt aroma with hint of cherries.

T - First taste is sweet but it becomes more acidic as you hold it in your mouth.

M - Thin soda pop feel.

D - I am not a fan of sour tasting beer. Some people like it. I think I would not drink this again, not because it is bad but because there are so many that are better.

02-05-2006 03:49:37 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Picked up at State Line.

Pours a dark brown with some slight purple coloring. One-finger head with a slight bit of ringy lacing. There is some light foam on top throughout The nose brings some light caramel, dates, and some other dark fruits There is slight bit of roast and cream. Pretty plain.

The taste is very light roast with a bit of mild dark fruits. Very light amount of black licorice. There is also some light caramel and toffee. Medium body and light carbonation. Not a stellar brew, but pretty good.

11-15-2010 00:47:05 | More by Thorpe429
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dqrull

Sweden

3.23/5  rDev -22.4%

Pours a dark amber, thick foam, about a finger high. Little to no lace lingering on the inside of the glass, foams up really nice after some swirling, sexy.

Smell is appealing, dark fruits, yeast esters, somewhat malty and sweet, and there is some kind of spice in the back that I cant really place, nothing my palate is familiar with...

The taste pretty much delivers what the smell promised, but I find that the unknown spice is taking over a bit much at the end, and it spoils it a bit for me. As the spice surfaces though, there is a slight bitterness also, which saves the beer a little.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant.

12-10-2009 18:48:41 | More by dqrull
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AllThingsNinja

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -22.4%

This dark brown ale poured a large and retentive head that left pleasant lace upon my glass. The spicy aroma of cinnamon, ginger, and thyme was intriguing. Unfortunately, the flavor of the beer was not especially complex, and not entirely pleasant. Maybe this was a bad bottle but sour grapes flavors overpowered the chocolate and other malt notes. As the ale warmed, sweetness became a stronger presence but it never became interesting.

06-19-2004 11:20:02 | More by AllThingsNinja
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

12-20-2013 14:51:45 | More by ShanePB
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Hyhat

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

12-07-2012 00:34:43 | More by Hyhat
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thierrynantes

France

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Beer bottle (25cl.), tasted in 2005.

Appearance : black color with brown reflections. Tan foamy head.
Smell : soft caramel.
Taste and mouthfeel : Somewhat bitter, well malted, spicy notes, sweet flavors come once in the mouthful.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale. I prefer Agus or Pater.

11-26-2008 20:14:27 | More by thierrynantes
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Lebby

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

01-06-2013 06:00:08 | More by Lebby
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -21.2%

Appearance proposes a huge off-white head over a dark brown body. Aroma is quite rich, very spicy with tons of cinnamon, cardomom, thyme, sage, ginger, nuts, caramel, tobacco, chocolate and a mild alcohol touch. Quite complex and appealing. It's another story on the palate though where we have another sad case of beer whose aroma doesn't match the aroma's promises. The flavors are just not so well blended together and the balance lacks where it's just some vaguely thrown spices to stop the sweetness. Not to help anything, it's very effervescent on the tongue, almost fizzy. Finish is malty sweet and a bit unclean.

04-24-2004 03:49:03 | More by Rastacouere
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -21.2%

750ml into a couple of snifters. The brew appears a polished clear color of mahogany with a rich 2 finger topping of yellowish stained khaki head. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves a thick wall of lace sticking all over the glassware. Rising bubbles maintain a thin film across the top and a light swirl revives the cap.

The aroma has a bit of mineral and metallic elements coupled with dark burnt sugar like caramel and toffee. Some fruity hints like raisins and plums are also present mixed with a bit of herbal to medicinal quality. Across the back are some citrus zesty elements that are faintly like lemon or orange.

The taste is mutually carbonic in flavor that brings out some mineral and metallic elements. The maltiness is a bit like raisins, blended with toffee and caramel. Some herbal hops bring out a bit of medicinal aspect to this brew that lingers long inside the mouth. For being 8.5%, the alcohol is fairly well integrated.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a decent offering with a minimal zesty spiced influence that is just enough to set it off as being different from the standard belgian style strong ale. Overall not bad and it is something I would drink again if offered but not something I would have to drink to make my Christmas complete.

12-26-2012 00:15:58 | More by stakem
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.