Corsendonk Christmas Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale
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4.14/5
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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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Reviews:
616
Ratings:
1,240
pDev:
10.39%
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4.42
 
 
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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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Photo of Determined419
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. The appearance is a dark brown with a large billowy tan head. Yhe aroma is boozy malt with spice. The taste follows the nose.

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely clear dark garnet color with a massive four fingers of tan head. Decent lacing.

Pleasant, subdued Christmasy aroma with oak, nutmeg, cherry, fig, cinnamon and shortbread all softly present.

The taste is even more subdued, with brown bread malts and dull grassy hops most prominent, but still with a lot of depth beneath, including Belgian yeast, light wood and even lighter cherry, fig, caramel and spice notes.

On the heavier side of medium bodied with certain syrupyness cut by moderate carbonation.

This is a pleasant, dialed back Christmas Ale that brown ale fans will enjoy.

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

Photo of drews240
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Houborg1
3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of skywizzard
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluehende
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,240 ratings