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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

883 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 54
Gots: 54 | 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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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 20:27:33 | More by sabrills70
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into the Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass- pours an opaque nutty brown color. This beer is very active and has a two finger head with good retention and some lacing; the foam is a light tan color and creamy. It smells of yeast, malted barely and a hint of molasses and alcohol. This is a very sweet beer- it tastes much like it smells. The most wonderful part of this brew in my opinion is the full carbonation that supports the alcohol sweetness. It's very refreshing. Definitely a beer worth buying and something I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 04:48:12 | More by Hopdaemon39
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-20-2013 02:43:09 | More by GreyGhost4
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YeastEnthusiast

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-16-2013 04:13:28 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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Rudgers73

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a short goblet. There is not much head except for a ring. Very active carbonation though the middle of the glass. The brew is a dark brown with reddish edges. The smell is awesome. Slightly bready with notes of dark fruit, sticky sweet brown sugar, nuts, and raisins. The taste is full, rich, and round. It starts out with a sweet caramel taste then it opens up into a floral, nutty flavor. The raisin and fruit tastes bloom throughout leaving a complex mix of flavor with every sip. As it warms the flavors become much more flowing and rich. The mouthfeel is great, no alcohol bit at all, just incredibly smooth and chewy. I never knew how great this stuff was, I bought the bottle I have now on sale from Christmas. Maybe I should buy a 3 liter next year and share it.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 22:09:40 | More by Rudgers73
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hreb

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently re-discovered this one at Brookline's Publick House, on draught. I subsequently picked up this 250mL mini-bottle, which I'm trying just chilled, served in a Chimay chalice. Best before end 20/08/15. Beer pours a rich brown color with an epic head of a lighter brown. Beer appears to be loaded with bubbles. Aroma is pretty subtle, but yeasty, slightly funky, and spicy. Spice ("natural" spice, that is) comes through much more in the flavor, along with a really rich body, and a mouthfeel that is definitely not too heavy for this heady brew. This Belgian is unbelievably easy drinking due to its fantastic balance and complex flavors. You'll get drunk (or broke) long before getting bored of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 02:12:47 | More by hreb
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andthevolcano

Delaware

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-07-2012 03:12:00 | More by andthevolcano
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Vintage, this Belgian pours a deep mahogany copper with a frothy beige head that holds well even when poured thin and leaves some nice lace around the glass.

Very fruity and malty. Molasses and black cherry, apple cider, spice, fig/prune/dark fruit. Some Belgian yeastiness but mostly sweet and malty.

Again sweet and very fruity. Lots of honey and a bit of a darker sweetness as well; possibly molasses or a hint of dark maple syrup. Dark fruit is again predominant with cherry and citrus. Not overly spicy but still very festive. Nicely done.

Matted but smooth mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. Very mellow and silky. This beer would certainly lend itself well to a slice of pumpkin pie or any other sweet, custard-like dessert. Certainly a great selection this holiday season.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2007 00:42:07 | More by letsgopens
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timoteo833

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-26-2013 04:56:35 | More by timoteo833
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- Dark mahogony with purple hues. Cream colored head with some lacing at the top of my glass.

S- Smell was of Christmas fruits, sugared fruitcake, and sweet molasses. The scent was very intense and pleasantly sweet.

T- Very similar to the smell. Big malts up front. "Liquid raisons," prunes, plums, dried cherries, brown sugar, sweet syrup. This is a perfect beer for after dinner to be enjoyed with a nutty cake.

M- Chewy and sticky. Medium bodied and very smooth going down.

D- Somewhat cloying due to the sweet flavors and intense fruits but otherwise easy to drink.

I loved this beer and found it to be an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 18:09:34 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-04-2011 18:27:24 | More by whallgren
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scooter231

New York

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 05:46:33 | More by scooter231
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-20-2013 02:31:05 | More by kkmiller76
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-12-2012 10:39:24 | More by IPAFrankieH
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Alex5

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-10-2013 00:07:57 | More by Alex5
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown body with three fingers of mocha head. Retention is great and lacing is good.

S: Very sweet aromas of cinnamon, brown sugar, some gingerbread. Small scent of spice and some dark fruits.

T: Following the aroma, the taste is full of bread and sweet sugars. Not a lot of spices or fruits comes through.

M: Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Pleasing malty aftertaste and not to much alcohol come through.

D: Good beer and I'm glad I had the chance to try it. It's not to sweet, but I'd of liked to taste some more spice.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 21:33:40 | More by Long813
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Hautacam

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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 !

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 17:10:18 | More by Hautacam
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-14-2012 14:57:19 | More by ryser2k
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clicked the review button and was taken to the login screen. Lost my entire review, so this is going to be short and sweet.

A great looking brew with lots of complex flavors; predominantly dark fruits and Christmas-type spicing.

Will absolutely seek this out again next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 01:22:41 | More by ujsplace
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csurowiec

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-01-2013 10:57:39 | More by csurowiec
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Xandrose

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-10-2014 06:47:23 | More by Xandrose
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jreitman

California

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely wonderful brew that I am glad I got to enjoy on tap. After the Kwak keg was tapped at Monk's, Tom put this sucked on and I am glad I was there for it. The Ale has all the traits you would expect from a standard dark strong ale (belgian candy sugar, nice maltiness, etc.) and adds a subtle spiciness that works incredibly well. The christmas spices do not feel "forced" like they do in a lot of winter seasonals, but seem to form a perfect complement to the base beer style. A true masterpiece IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2003 11:20:14 | More by jreitman
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HeyItsChili

China

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Pours dark brown, slight amber glow as the light hits it hard, medium khaki head that slowly dies down.

S - Molasses, muted dark fruits, roasted malts. Everything works in concert here.

T - Malty, spices, raisins, brown sugar, candies, alcohol in the finish.

M - Crisp, medium bodied.

D - Exceedingly drinkable. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 22:29:01 | More by HeyItsChili
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sponberg

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown with a lacy white head. Dark malts and spice in the nose - almost Christmas cookie like.

Very tingly mouthfeel to start (settles a bit with time), with a round chocolate and date malt base. Very firm bitterness, tastes like it's mostly due to spice rather than hops. Curacao orange and spices (clove, coriander, ginger) start to round out the flavor along with a Belgian yeastiness through the sip. Finishes with a slightly bitter malt and spice flavor that's rather enjoyable. Very drinkable to start, but to me the spices would get old after a couple.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2002 13:16:57 | More by sponberg
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TheBungyo

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured very very dark, like a black hole topped with a delicious looking brown head. Lots of pretty lacing on the way down. My god the nose is SO complex. At first I got applesauce, then dried plums, followed by some burnt brown sugar and cinnamon and other spices. This is easily the most interesting beer I've ever smelled. Taste is largely the same .... the only problem is that it smells far better than it tastes. It's almost as if the smells are jockeying for position trying to dominate one another and never melding. I find it distracting. Could some age cure this? Mouth is medium.
I like this and plan to buy it again ... but only to see if the taste has melded a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 06:40:49 | More by TheBungyo
Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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