Corsendonk Christmas Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale
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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk
Belgium
corsendonk.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by stirgy on 11-22-2001

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4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle bb 22/08/20 poured into a Corsendonk tulip glass at fridge temp and allowed to warm 8.5% ABV. The beer pours medium brown in color with prolific tan colored head. The head settles to a foamy island and ring leaving spots of lacing all down the glass. The aroma reveals sweet bread, brown sugar, dark dried fruits and cherries. The taste is semisweet breads, brown sugar and dark fruits with a firm and equalizing bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with above average carbonation and a dry finish. The alcohol is very restrained and unnoticeable in aroma or taste. Overall, very good. Very well executed and balanced BSDA. Recommended, especially if the sweetness of other Belgian beers is a concern.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the swap at our Christmas party. thanks to whomever brought it. Just a hint of haze in this dark brown liquid with a feisty tan head that persists. Rich dark malts hint of oxidation some nice dark fruits bubbly mouthfeel. Pretty tasty sipper.

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Photo of Epiktetos
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shenk87
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tcsox
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and corked bottle - it may be a bit early for a Christmas brew, but it's cold and snowy outside right now, so that's good enough for me.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves some stellar webbed lace around the glass as it gently sinks out of sight.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, some mixed Mediterranean black fruitiness, molasses, nutmeg and coriander spice, a hint of estery yeastiness, and some very subtle earthy, musty, and dead floral hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, biscuity toffee squares, fruity dates and figs, brown sugar simple syrup, a muddled earthy spiciness, faint black licorice notes, and more well-understated musty, herbal, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly tame in its palate-propping frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a small airy creaminess slowly evolving as I move through this process. It finishes off-dry, the malt and mixed frooty esters performing a slow, meandering dip into oblivion.

Overall - yup, this one certainly passes muster for provisional acceptance to 'world's best' for one of my favourite styles. It is rather complex, robust, and yet laid-back, a perfect summary of the best of European brewing. And that 16+ proof booze quotient - not a lick of its existence is bared, so I guess I'm going to have to have a nap later. Sweet dreams!

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Photo of MartyMoser
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hoponit
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Bujon
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One I have been waiting to get my filthy hands and taste buds on!

Pours a deep chestnut body with a red tinge, caramel head of a decent finger width.

Lacing is superb.

Aroma is packed with winter fruits, and a sweet caramel as per the head. A real treat inviting you to get stuck right in.....which I do!

Taste is very good indeed, complex mixture of malt, caramel, those winter spices and a little undercurrent of liquorice...delightful.

Feel is a little dry and of artificial sweeteners at first, but the palate gets accustomed by the second or third swig.

Overall an exceptional beer....... Not sure there is a need for any beer in the world other than Belgian Christmas ales.....streets and streets ahead of anything else.

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Photo of igl
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice dark brown with a good amount of tan head. Nose is malts, candy, caramel, fig, and brown sugar. There are some hints of spice. Taste is really nice. Lots of dark fruit, bread, wood, caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar. The alcohol is barely detectable, and this is super balanced and complex. Great example of the style. Overall, this is a fantastic Belgian ale.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of runeatdrink
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the corked bottle in a snifter via the Little Lady's son----Thanks Matt
This nice ale pours a rugged and dark red tinged deep mahogany with a very
nice head of off white khaki foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light pool, and
showcases some darn nice lacing. Nose of subtle dark breaded malts, light date
and fig notes, and subtle coriander and nutmeg. Flavors nail it for the style with
dark fresh baked date and raisin bread touched with brown sugar and candy malts.
Subtle cola and nutmeg mingle with a spicy coriander and light cinnamon that is
balanced and appreciable with a subtle floral hop and light warming booze.
Very nice mouth feel; medium light body, medium carbonation that makes this one
an easy drinker that is lively and delicious, and a sweet ever so subtly dry finish that
with warmth shows more fruit notes of dried cherries and light clove.

Excellent---a Christmas classic from Belgium.

Cheers

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Photo of WormGod
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ninaturner
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RRB328
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-A very dark amber color with a generous head and some nice lacing.
A-Aroma has nice gentle hints of the traditional Holiday spices, namely nutmeg, cinnamon and shortbread.
T-The taste is a very gentle and subdued Holiday spiciness, very well balanced.
M-A light bodied well carbonated ale.
O-Very pleasant, well balanced nicely done Holiday Ale.

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Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,252 ratings