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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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889 Ratings

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 56
Gots: 60 | 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 macster
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pous a quite translucent deep mahogany/burgundy-red color. Produces a sturdy, thick beige colored head with excellent durability throughout the glass. No lacing noted.

Pleasant, but somewhat muted aromas of brandy-soaked dark fruits, sherry, ripe black cherries, dark caramel malt and brown sugar. Some faint notes of yeast, ripe banana and spices linger in the background.

Mouthfeel is well balanced with a nice full, thick chewiness along with a palate tingling spritzy carbonation.

Initial taste is that of sweet crystal malts, dark brown sugar and melted caramel candies. Flavor then seems to transcend quickly to a complex blend of ripe brandied dark fruits, licorice, cinnamon, nutmeg and dark pumpernickel bread. A dash of hoppy or herbal bitterness appears late to tame any overt sweetness. Alcohol is more apparent as glass warms, but not coarse or obtrusive in any way.

Well balanced and classy all around

macster, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazel chestnut color with depth. Khaki head is creamy and frothy. So far so good.

S: Cherry slushy, oak, burnt caramel, toast and maple.

T: Begins sweet and fruity with some serious figs, over ripe dark cherries, blueberry and raspberry. I think the next flavor I identify could be described as brown sugar bubble gum, quite nice. You can find anise, nutmeg and perhaps some coriander as well. Perhaps some lemon on the tip of the tongue too. Most of the malty backbone seems to actually be accounted for by the sugar added. Finishes with hints of apricot, peach yogurt and brown sugar.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel with just a bit of fluffiness.

D: This beer reminds me a lot of the Delerium Noel but sort of like the less alcohol cousin. Good drinkability and not too sweet.

Westsidethreat, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of everetends
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My last beer at Heroes Grille in Jacksonville, Al. I was kind of shocked to see it on the bottle list and I figured what the hell. The 330cl bottle ran me $7. Served up in a Chimay Goblet.

A: Poured out of the bottle comes a reddish brown body that is actually pretty clear. Has a decent amount of carbonation activity going around in here. The head is a wonderful, fluffy, one finger cloud of lightly tanned head. The head just coats the glass and throws lace all over it. The head has some pretty good lasting power, falling slowly to a quarter finger and lasting throughout. Good looking brew.

S: Fruity and sweet. Lots of fruits in this mix. Prune, fig, cherry, raisin, and orange peel. Little bit of spicy with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. More orange flavor coming through, more as a liquor. Brown sugar and molasses sweeten things up. Very nice.

T: The fruits dominate the flavor with most of it being prune and orange. There are still notes of plum, cherry and fig. Cinnamon is very light, and the spiciness is mostly clove and some nutmeg. Brown sugar once again makes its presence know. Alcohol is once again in an orange liquor flavor. Little bit of bready malt and a touch of chocolate round things off. Tasty stuff.

M: This a medium bodied brew and that comes off a bit weird considering how big the flavors and aromas are. It just takes you back a bit. Carbonation was medium and could have been a little less present, but it didn't hurt the beer for me. Alcohol was light but warming. The beer stayed sweet on the palate but wasn't cloying. Aftertaste was orange liquor and brown sugar.

D: This was a sipper because it does come across as a big beer from the bold flavors and aroma. This just resonates Christmas in flavor and aroma to almost perfection. The only negative I can give it is that the feel was a bit light. Otherwise, this is a wonderfully enjoyable beer. Glad I finally got a chance to drink it and the suprise in finding it made it that much better. I will absolutely be looking for this next Christmas to enjoy and cellar.

everetends, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of ElGuapo
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours to a dark amber with a foamy off-white head that takes a little bit to die, and leaves all kinds of lace on the glass. There are a lot of spices in the aroma, just like you would expect out of a Winter Celebration ale or Celebration ale. You can pick up some nutmeg and a little caramel.

The flavor is loaded with spices and yeast. It has a warming effect from the alcohol, but the flavor of alcohol is well hidden for 8.5%. this is definitely a great brew for the winter season. A whole lot of spices and a high alc. level to keep you warm on those cold days.

ElGuapo, Jan 23, 2003
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/19/08.. Bottle. Pours a dark ruby/brown with a small light colored head. Aroma of Belgian yeasts and fruits. Tastes of apples, pears, bubblegum, spices. Strong spices in the finish. A very good, very drinkable beer. I could drink this all day...
8/4/9/4/16 (4.1/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of soulfly1492
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of dark fruits. Caramel, molasses, good amount of alcohol. Some bitter pine and floral English hops. Good dose of darker Munich malt. some mild roasty black malt perhaps.

Appearance: Deep, near opaque purple, like a beat juice! Very large light brown head. Great retention and tons of lacing.

Taste: Dates and plums. Roasty malts. Very mild piney and floral hops. Pilsner and Munich malt bitterness. Good bit of residual sugars. Moderate alcohol flavor comes out as it warms up. Mild wortiness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation. Stinging bubbles. Medium body. Mildly warming, but fitting as this gets the Christmas Ale label.

Overall: Good Belgian Strong Dark Ale. A bit of wortiness from dark malts and a nice dose of a warming sensation.

Consumed on 4/21/2012. Bottle dated 9/13/2014.

soulfly1492, May 07, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass.
Pours a beautiful mahogany color; clear with a large, durable and thick tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Perfect appearance.
Nutty and spicy, with a rather high level of carbonation that makes for a lively feel. Lightly tart, with a strong dark fruitiness, especially in the aftertaste. Flavor much better than aroma, although both evolve and improve with warming.

O: Everything comes together nicely in this beer, despite my lack of love for the yeasty aroma. Excellent and highly recommended.

chinchill, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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