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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

890 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 56
Gots: 60 | 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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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale goblet.

A-Big, characteristic Belgian ale head, tan in color and fluffy in density, sustaining well. Hay, dark copper-brown brew.

S-Yeast and clove, along with a dense cluster of other spiciness. Sweet malt melds nicely with the spicy characters.

T-Toffee candy sweetness, slight yeasty bread, with toasty, warm spices. Along with the spice, fruit character shines through, on the lines of apple, pear, peach and nutty berry.

M-Moderate body with a fine-bubbled, medium-high carbonation.

D-A very appropriate Christmas and winter holiday beer. It certainly hits the spot with a pleasant complexity.

CHSLBrew, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of kayrex
5/5  rDev +20.2%

kayrex, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of taigor
5/5  rDev +20.2%

taigor, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of BrewMaster
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottle. Served from a 750 ml corked bottle. The cork was held on by a small strap that ran across the top of the cork. It's a very interesting looking manner of securing a cork. Lot no. 131484 stamped on to the sides of the cork.

The beer poured a reddish tan with an off white, and large-bubbled head. The aroma is sweet with notes of grape and maple. The flavor has notes of white grape, caramel, nutmeg, clove, anise, bitter root, and a light heather aftertaste. There is an undue harshness to the flavor and it could certainly use some age. It is also very carbonated, almost too much.

BrewMaster, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of mickeymac
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 version: lot no. 131484. Poured from a caged and corked 750 ml bottle, it pours a deep garnet with a foamy off-white head that leaves little bubbles on top of the beer after it fades a bit. Spicy smells are backed by subtle ripe fruit sweetness. Even a slight trace of mint is noticeable. The taste is equally complex and enoyable. The hops are just enough to give it a kick as the beer hits the back of the tongue. The creamy, effervescent body just enhances the experience. Wow, this and Affligem Noel in the same week. I'm in Belgian Christmas heavan.

mickeymac, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a 750 of this tonight (Christmas Eve) with my son and daughter. Pretty good stuff.

Moderate pour into goblets yields a two-finger off-white fading head over a walnut brown slightly hazy body. Pretty enough.

Smell is all spice: coriander, clove, allspice, a hint of cinnamon, some pepper, all over a solid hazelnut-cracker-malt foundation. Smells good!

Taste is spot-on with the smell, but there's a note of orange peal in there. Mmmm.

Mouthfeel is just a bit thinner than I would like, but appropriate for the style.

Drinkability is excellent. The 8.5% is completely hidden on the palate.

Really good beer, and very Christmas-y. I'll get more.

ColoradoBobs, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of rcjennings
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

rcjennings, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of timoteo833
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

timoteo833, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Iamjeff6, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Retrieved from biegaman's cellar today and shared on the fourth day of Christmas. Somehow this beer managed to hide away well past its BB date of August 7, 2008, but it held up quite well and was very tasty.

One finger sand-tan head reduced to a stagnant film with thin, sheet lace. On closer inspection, there were numerous tiny bubble centres slowly replenished. The rich, deep brown colour revealed hints of garnet under a bright light, fingers barely visible on the other side of the glass.

The initial swirls revealed an aroma of cherry brandy, yeast, dark fruits. Taste was initially of dark and slightly sour fruits; with air there were hints of prune tort, a fair bit of caramel, molasses, candied dry cherry, overall impressions on the sweet side. Mouthfeel was superb with a silky texture, good balance with residual acidity kicking around and just enough malt. Nice long finish had muted cherry brandy and more dark fruit. Alcohol very well handled. Tasty indeed and much appreciated, thanks Jan.

ThatWineGuy, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of einman
4/5  rDev -3.8%

einman, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, from the start I knew this was going to be a special beer. Almost a medicinal aroma.

But once I tasted it, I realized what the smell and taste were. They were barleywine tastes. That boozy somewhat dark-fruitish tastes. And yes, I guess somewhat medicinal.

For me, this was very much like drinking a barleywine. A very incredibly smooth one. This one had a good bit of age. The beer is from 2008, so I'm wondering how age affected this beer.

GeoffFromSJ, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of saintwarrick
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ruby brown brew is a first for me. Fizzy off-brown head stays around while the aroma is full of raisin cookies, Christmas spices, orange zest and sugar cookies. Very malty taste to this brew, sweeter than the average winter offering, smooth and milk chocolaty with a bit of a pronounced citrus kick at the end.

A very flavorful brew and surprisingly easy to drink despite the alcohol, which hides in the background.

saintwarrick, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

6thstreetbrewpub, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of EStreet20
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much swelled cork, caged well atop a 750 ml bottle. Best before date of 07/09/08 so I'm pouring it within the window. I honestly forgot about this brew that I bought in the winter. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

According to the cork it's Batch No. 145985

A - Veeeery nice dark look. Not huge on head formation but the little head that forms stays. The beer is a beautiful red color.

S - Whole lot of fruit. Some alcohol, and a touch of yeast. Cherry like aroma on the nose.

T - A big fruity taste initially. Tiny hint of Belgian yeast but mostly big fruity flavors. Cherry flavor is most prevalant for me. Nice taste.

M - High carbonation even among all those big flavors. Very bubbly and Champagne like.

D - Very interesting and makes you want more. A good bottle to split. Could be very nice at Holiday time.

EStreet20, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep chestnut with amber highlights. Pale tan head immediately fills the glass-then settles to one finger of dense soap bubbles, retains a cap very well and leaves spotty lacing. Complex phenolic nose with dark toasted malt in the background. Dark fruit aromas like dates and plums- and light fruits like peaches. The taste is sweet toasted dark malt upfront then turns tart and phenolic through the middle. The aftertaste hints at dryness, cleansing some of the mild residual fruit sweetness and faint phenolic bite. No perceivable hops here, but this balances fine without. Low carbonation and med/full body create a velvety texture, and the tart phenol/fruitness fades with the residual sugar for a satisfying but not overpowering finish. Drinks very well for the style...everything a Belgian strong dark ale should be.

PBRstreetgang, Apr 01, 2006
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Vylo, Mar 04, 2012
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2.88/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

ALESwhatCURESya, May 24, 2005
Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funny how there are so many varying descriptions of color with this ale. Mine poured an almost clear reddish amber that has a beautiful hue to it when you hold it before light. Head was creamy and dense thanks to the work of Belgian yeast strains. Very nice fruit aroma with a subtle spiceiness. Lively mouthfeel and a smooth medium body. Flavor is a fruity malt with a peppery cherry taste. A nice belgian ale that I would drink regularly if available.

BierReise, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

YeastEnthusiast, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark copper color with a thick off white head which disappeared quickly. The smell was malty sweetness with hints of fruits and alcohol. The taste was of dark fruits and figs. The mouthfeel is heavy with minimal carbonation. Overall drinkablity is good. I liked this one. Nice beer to drink during the holidays. I'm glad I picked up the 8 pack with the glass.

Beerbuddha, Nov 11, 2007
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Travcofarms, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of sitarist
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, clear ruby color. There are a lot of bubbles rising up to a thick tan head. The head last for awhile before falling to an 1/8" cap that leaves rings of lacing, the lacing slowly slides back into the beer.

The aromas are sweet, fruity, and spicy. I smell hints of stewed plums, ripe red apples, grape candy, poppy roll, anise, and coriander.

The first thing I taste is spiced apples, there are hints of plum, grape candy, anise, pepper, and coriander. Its more like a punch than it is a beer.

A little to light, and a little to dry. I sure would like for the flavors to stick around a little longer.

This is a highly drinkable, and also a highly deceptive beer. The alcohol is almost undetectable. I cant believe how many times Ive passed by this one; I'm glad that I finally tried this gem.

sitarist, Dec 22, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jagada, Jan 05, 2013
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
93 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.