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Corsendonk Christmas Ale - Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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972 Ratings

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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 69
Gots: 97 | 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 gfreed
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Relative to other beer from Corsendonk, this is rather uninteresting: it has a flat flavor that wants to be like the palen but doesn't quite have the muscle or the yeast. Relative to other christmas-themed beer in general, however, this is spectacular because it isn't larded with spices and herbs. It's mildly fizzy and has a decent, if understated maltiness that could use a bit of a boost in the flavor and the density. I would like to have had a bit more warmth and zing; nonetheless it's worth a single bottle. I wouldn't invest in a four-pack.

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a handsome beer. Ruby amber in color that is very clear. Nice carbonation with curtins of carbo bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A sight to behold. Quite a tall foam cap with ample lacing.
Aroma is rich and malty, dark. Also, candied sugar and yeast.
The taste is malty and robust with some breadiness as well. Also present is candied sugar hints of dark fruits and toffee. Drinks very easily and smooth.

Photo of bkonk10
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of taigor
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Hex92
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, but the light will penetrate through.
S- mmm good. Smells like ginger bread, maybe fruit cake too.
T- nice strong dark ale with extra spice flavors. Not overpowering with the spice, just the right mix.
M- perfect. Just the right balance of coating on your mouth.

Overall a great beer. I will buy this one again, probably soon...since the wife tried it and wouldn't give it back....so I only got to drink half of the beer :-)

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel tulip...

A: pours a hazy dark brown with a thick tan head. leaves globs of lacing here and there as it slowly settles

S: aromas of dark fruits(raisins, plums), orange peel, brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, and black pepper

T: semi-sweet with flavors of brown sugar and raisin bread. the spice really dominates the pallate here with loads of the aforementioned spices. boozy raisins and spice finish it off.

M: medium full body with a lush carbonation and an off-dry, warming finish.

Overall, a beer worthy not only as a christmas ale but would be great as a christmas gift. This is a brew to share with someone you love during the holidays.

Photo of Ralphs66
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz into tiny saison glass. best before 24/09/14.

A- Nice clarity, brown in the glass but almost red in the light. Big billowy tan head that stays and stays. Nice top ring as the head settles.

S- Lots of dark bread. Ripe red apples and lots of undefined christmas spice.

t- The brown malty bread comes on strong, sweet and a bit spicy in the finish. Dark fruit is there but is pretty mellow.

M- A little warm going down, but it is enjoyable.

O- I liked it- an enjoyable and unique beer. I might have to tuck a few of these away for some emergency holiday cheer.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the gingerman nyc. Poured into corsendonk tulip.
Deep hazy brown with thick head. Malty belgian aroma.
Slightly sweet fruity taste with malts and spices. Its pretty darn tastey and a great christmas brew...although it does leave me hangin a bit. Its missing that little something...

Photo of rinhaak
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Pour a very dark brown with hints of a deep ruby red. There is a thick head that lingers for the entire glass. The pour really draws you in.

The banana aromas are smelled immediately upon popping the top of the bottle. Buttery cloves, yeasts, and brown and raw sugars are also present.

The first thing I think of when I took a sip was: "spicy." Not chili-pepper spicy, but rather full of intense warming spices: allspice, cloves, cinnamon. There is a lot of molasses and cherry syrup flavors, as well as chocolate-dipped maraschino cherries. Tootsie roll flavors seem to congregate primarily at the front of the tongue, and the cinnamon and clove spiciness was mostly at the back of the tongue. The beer evolves and becomes considerably more complex as it sits in the glass; I recommend letting it sit a good 15 minutes before all the flavors come to the fore. It finishes with a full malty gingerbread flavor that warms your soul.

Overall a fantastic Christmas beer that rivals the best. Highly recommended.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Clear mahogany pour with two finger head and decent retention and lacing. Loads of malt in the nose with hints of brown bread, molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of dark fruit, with a bit of bubble gum and cloves emerging as it warms. The taste is much the same with prunes and sweet brown bread dominating. I'm also getting hints of toffee, tea, caramel and cloves. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but incredibly smooth and drinkable for the ABV. A very impressive Christmas beer.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ROGUE16
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of greg4579
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sipping with one out of a petty nifty glass that came as part of the gift set...

A - A voluminous light-to-medium khaki colored airy froth sits atop and is comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... Pretty impressive retention... The color is a medium-to-dark caramel brown... Fairly still with no noticeable carbonation... Gobs of gooey lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Lots of malty goodness... Toffee... Figs... Dates... Sticky buns... Brown sugar... A very subtle but pleasant spiciness as well highlighted by notes of nutmeg and cinnamon... A bit subdued but yet rather complex... Very inviting and warming...

T - The malty goodness is even more pronounced on the palette... Bursting at the seems with brown sugar and toffee... Sweet desert breads... A mix of dark fruits... A subtle spice kick on the finish... Perhaps a touch of booze as well... Lots of flavors linger...

M - Medium to full bodied... Slightly viscous... A bit sticky... Lightly carbonated... Coats the mouth...

D - A highly enjoyable Belgian Strong Dark Ale and holiday seasonal... Lots of good things going on in nearly ever facets with good complexity and sophistication... A nice drink to unwind with after a long day... Perhaps this one is just a bit cloying which detracts slightly from on overall solid offering...

Photo of whallgren
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of tryhansen
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of bdeast1
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer is a chestnut brown hue with hints of sunburst orange. The head is a light tan color, leaving plenty of lacing on the goblet. The aroma offers yeast, malt, alcohol, brown sugar. The flavor is distinctly Belgian. A bit sweet, but balanced by a bready, yeast character. Spritzy carbonation and medium bodied. A solid beer. I would definitely have this again.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/brown w/ an amazing two finger cocoa head. Very good lacing on the side of my snifter glass. Nose is cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and molasses. Very nice, although I'd like it to be a little stronger. Taste is very nice- toffee, bread, nutmeg, cinnamon and coriander, w/ a little brown sugar and molasses. Very complex in character- a step up from the nose. Feel is medium bodied w/ nice carbonation, as well as a nice aftertaste. Overall, this is a really solid brew. Probably my second favorite Christmas ale. Cheers.

Photo of nunzo
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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