Corsendonk Christmas Ale
Brouwerij Corsendonk

Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #11
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,377
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 10.07%
Reviews:
643
Ratings:
1,321
From:
Brouwerij Corsendonk
 
Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  96
Gots
  210
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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elnachooo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De color rojizo, con un dedo espumoso de retención media. De cuerpo medio, con textura oleosa y ligera carbonatación. Aroma a caramelo y pan. En boca destaca el caramelo a la par de frutos rojos.

Apr 18, 2021
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Beejay from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tracy for this Christmas present!

A: deep murky brown in cookie with a tan head.

S: dark bread, and raisin and a berry or wine aroma.

T: bread and caramel, with stone fruit and wine with a touch of spice in the finish.

M: medium in body with effervescent carbonation and a semi dry finish.

O: overall, just a lovely beer.

Jan 16, 2021
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light carbonation with about a medium body. Has a little bit of a slick feel to it
Aroma is malt, molasses, dark fruit,brown sugar,and fruit cake and I mean that in a good way.
Taste is mildly sweet but far from cloying. Plenty of dark fruit,malt,molasses, and what seems like a little dark chocolate.
This is way beyond average falling into world class for me

Jan 15, 2021
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Wxb1111 from Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opens with a nice Belgian strong ale aroma. Rich malty sweetness, with holiday ale flavors. Mouthfeel holds even if you drink it slowly. Alcohol is perfectly balanced. This is a classic. I hope I don’t have to wait twelve months for my next 4 pack.

Jan 09, 2021
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear mahogany-dark amber maple. Ample, rocky head; maple cream colored. Supreme retention and plus lacing.

S: Fruity malt, light brown sugar, plum and citrus smelling cocoa powder, Belgian candi sugar, stollen, vanilla, and toffee meringue cookies.

M: Med-high carbonation. Warmth is more spice than alcohol derived, but it retains a smooth feel. Finish is a bit abrupt.

T: Dark bread, molasses, fig and prune. Candied citrus peel, pandoro, persimmon icing. Bitterness is low with some herbal/citrus elements rubbing up against the pumpernickel and malty sweet flavors.

Jan 03, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-clear mahogany bottle pour with a tall, tan foam cap and an aroma of candi-sugar.
The flavor includes toffee, fig and Belgian yeast notes.
The finish is a bit sticky. This is a real treat., superb.

Jan 02, 2021
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bobv from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml. bottle.
Best Before End 18/08/18.
Over 28 months out of code.
Whatever...
...you're only as old as you feel!

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 3/4 inch light tan head over a translucent brownish amber body with some lacing. Nose of dark roasted malt, nuts, slight caramel, slight toffee, and even slighter chocolate. Taste mirrors nose fairly closely, a tad sweet and spicy with a very slight bitter finish of bitter chocolate. As it warms a bit there are definite flavors of pumpernickel and sourdough bread coming forward and staying right through the finish. Delicious! Nice feel and overall, what a treat for a lonely Christmas Day!
Cheers!!!

Dec 26, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous appearance of deep reddish-brown and a large, dense, khaki color head with great lacing. Aroma delivers a lot of ripe fruit along with the yeast and bread dough. Plenty of depth in the taste with the rich maltiness enveloping the ripe fruit and producing a moderately sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, modestly carbonated and medium-to-full bodied. Alcohol feels like it is introduced very gradually. Near perfect holiday beer.

Dec 24, 2020
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NeutroMan from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Opaque dark mahogany color with a thin tan head that persisted throughout. Lots of fruity malt sweetness on the nose - plums, raisins, tart cherries - smells like a festive fruitcake! Pleasant bready malt-forward taste with the dark fruits and warming spice and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied that might benefit from a little more heft and/or carbonation. Overall though an excellent festive winter ale.

Dec 22, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330 ml bottle dated BB 02/21/23 into the test glass.
A - Dark mahagony color, allows light to pass in ruby hues, Excellent off white frothy cap last quite a long time.
The lacing during the experience is art by itself.
S - Abbey dubble catagory, raisin brown sugar, plum, pumpernikle, Then some nutmeg, ginger, pith, and the slightest clove.
T - Steers toward the beautiful malt, belgian candi, dark fruit, dried plum, a bit of cigar tobacco. Second wave brings on the spiced elements, there is excellent yeast expression contributing fruity esters.
M - Not a hefty beer, dances across the palate, stays in the sweet lane for sure, but avoids being cloying. The finish is surprisingly dry. Linger carries the dark fruit flag forward to the next sip
O - A very good warmer, the spicy elements are in proportion to the lovely base offering.

Dec 19, 2020
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark toasty brown with a bright crimson red glint when held to the light. Tan foam rises and settles to an unbroken skim, leaving behind a web of delicate lacing.

Banana bread aromas, dry bakers chocolate and nutmeg, some nice Belgian yeast esters. Chewy banana bread, bitter walnut skins, slight booze astringency. Finishes dry and it thins out towards the end. Not overtly sweet, there are some carob and nutty notes in the beginning that don't linger long. Medium bodied with a slightly distracting astringency. Overall though, this is a nice little Belgian Xmas ale.

Dec 08, 2020
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mycousinvinny from New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thick tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a thick ring around the glass. Lots of dark fruit, caramel, and holiday spices. The flavor is much the same with the rich fruit and sweet malt jumping to the forefront. excellent holiday/ christmas brew

Nov 29, 2020
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NYNorseman from New York

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I haven't had one of these in a few years. This was one of the beers that turned me on to the craft beer scene. I sit here on a chill April night, looking at the fire basking the room in glowing warmth and I close my eyes as I drink this. It is easy to imagine that it is December and we are all waiting on a visit from Saint Nick. Corsendonk Christmas Ale is a well balanced dark ale that tastes like dark fruits, chocolate, molasses, plum, cherry and holiday revelry! I was very happy when I peered into the back cooler of my local country store and spotted a few bombers staring at me. My wife and I are watching The History Channel origins of Christmas, I found a gift for her that I had hidden away, and this Corsendonk Christmas Ale has made it Christmas in April. God bless us everyone!

Apr 17, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 8.5 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some fruits. Taste is of vanilla, malts, alcohol, some light cherries. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but I was expecting more.

Mar 04, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep, opaque brown with a large, frothy tan head that sticks around leaving lacing behind - very good looking beer.
S - Rich, bready malt and yeast along with dark fruit notes as well as some winter spices
T - Rich bready malt and yeast up front and throughout along with some notes of chocolate, dark fruits, some citrus, caramel, winter spices (nutmeg, coriander), some molasses, hints of cherry
F - Medium bodied with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. Crisp, smooth
O - A fantastic Belgian winter ale

Jan 13, 2020
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envizz1 from Pennsylvania

4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I wish it had a more interesting color so I could give it all fives because this I an outstanding beer. We missed it last Christmas but put in a reserve with our local bottle shop and there it was under the Christmas tree :-). Lovely Belgian strong ale aroma. Rich malty sweetness, with banana and fig flavors. Mouthfeel holds even if you drink it slowly. Alcohol is perfectly balanced. This is a classic. Why do I have to wait twelve months for my next?

Jan 11, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 25.4 oz (750 ml) caged bottle into a custom taster pint; bottled 08/29/21.
A: Pours a rather clear, dark copper color with a two to three finger, fluffy, mocha color head with at least a finger of long term retention, and sticky rings of lacing.
S: Slightly tangy. Aromas of cherry, cranberry, molasses, and mocha.
T: Semisweet. Flavors definitely follow the nose, with the rich malty spine front and center. Inviting and balanced.
M: Medium bodied with solid, solid carbonation. Rich, creamy, and very smooth.
O: This is an absolutely brilliant Strong Dark Ale. Easily the best I have laid hands on. Will look for it next year.

Dec 28, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Very dark chocolate brown. One finger of white head with decent retention.

Smell: Very mild cherries, treacle, and plums.

Taste: Plums, stone fruit, chocolate, vanilla. No hops noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Full, thick body with high carbonation.

Overall: An excellent ale that needs a good kick.

Dec 20, 2019
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Historiker from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A slow, leisurely pour still produced 2 inches a head that stuck around for a while, eventually yielding to beautiful lacing.

Dark reddish brown in color.

Smelled primarily of plums and stone fruit, with a faint hint of raisins.

Taste and texture are a great combo. This is a remarkably smooth beer, and tastes of sweet malts and plums/stone fruit with a (very) faint Christmas spice. While I think this could stand alone year-round (much like how Chimay began as a Christmas beer), its very nice... quite enjoyable.

Dec 17, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml cage and cork bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with 1-2 fingers of pale tan head. Aroma is malty - plum, brown sugar, bit of molasses, stone fruit. Taste of toffee, burnt sugar, dark fruits, some clove/all spice. Creamy mouthfeel on medium body, mild hint bitterness at finish. Very nice.

Mar 04, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma - Raisins, caramel, brown sugar, sweet baked bread, hint of alcohol. Tall tan head, thick and creamy, falling in 5 minutes or so to a thick cap, leaving lots of lacing behind. Dark brown color, which becomes a red wine with a back light. Feel is a bit on the thin side, but soft. Taste is as the aroma, raisins, caramel, sweet malts, with spices coming through. Aftertaste remains as with the taste, and lingers of awhile. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Jan 02, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby red with a huge tan head that refuses to give way. Great lacing. Aroma is full of dark fruit and spices. Flavor is dark brown sugar, figs, raisins and also grapes. Feel is super smooth and creamy. Overall an outstanding ale.

Dec 27, 2018
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OlaB from Norway

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark-brown color with a medium top of beige head that dissolves very quickly. Aroma is of dark malt,caramel,bread,raisins,plums, ginger, anis, corriander and brown sugar. The taste is sweet with notes of dark and dried fruits at the start with a nice malty back with notes of bread, caramel and spices. The finish has a slight bitterness while I also sense some notes of licorice that blends very good in. Aftertaste has a good lenght and strenght.
Mouthfeel is soft and oily with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A very good example of a belgian christmas ale. Enjoyable and great tasting.

Dec 22, 2018
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DanO1066 from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draught 8oz snifter at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Probably the best looking Belgian (or Belgian-inspired ale) I've encountered. Like all the Belgians I've encountered (still a fairly limited sample size) it possesses a notable nose - which in this case works for it.

Dec 19, 2018
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aged 2 years, poured from a small bottle into a glass.

Extremely rich, lots of wine and raisin notes, some spices, malty but not too much. Toasty notes. Reminds a tiny bit of Aventinus surprisingly enough.

Super smooth mouth feel. Not much hops but aging might be a factor here.

Clear mahogany brown.

Dec 18, 2018
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1321 ratings