Corsendonk Christmas Ale
Brouwerij Corsendonk

Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale
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From:
Brouwerij Corsendonk
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #26
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,307
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
Reviews:
645
Ratings:
683
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 07, 2022
Added:
Nov 22, 2001
Wants:
  96
Gots:
  210
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale
Notes: None
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Ratings by rarbring:
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Reviewed by rarbring from Sweden

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer is clear deep amber, a hint of copper, a tan head that leaves much lacing.

The smell is fruity, peaches, pears, sweet wine, almonds.

Tasting of syrup, sherry, preserved sweet fruits, some grassy bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, soft and a bit oily, a dry warm finish.

Can probably be matured for a while to really peak.
Dec 15, 2010
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 4.21 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.58 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.92 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Jan 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not Christmas, but I wish it was….
L: Big, foamy, even head. Looks fantastic.
S: On the sweet side. Light, caramel malt, bread dough, dark fruit, almost some wine? And a hint of hops.
T: Similar to the nose. Dark, sweet fruits upfront, then brown sugar and bready malt. There’s something citrusy in there to that adds a little…. pizaz. A hint of hoppy spice on the finish. Quite nice.
F: Smooth and crisp.
O: Very, very enjoyable. The candied dark fruits and citrus notes are a great combo. A treat.
Aug 17, 2021
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Reviewed by REDAMI from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Deep amber/red pour, pale creamy head, thinning quickly.

S - Brown bread, nuttiness, banana bread type esters.

T - Irish soda bread, light molasses, black coffee bitterness on the back.

F - Fine, sharp carbonation.

Well balanced and incredibly drinkable for a Christmas ale.
Aug 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by eric5bellies from Australia

Jul 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.56 by Jakepitbull from New York

Jun 25, 2021
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Rated by Captain68 from Russian Federation

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
91,5
Jun 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by elnachooo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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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Rated by SDD from Pennsylvania

4.91/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
My all time favorite malty beer
Mar 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.17 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Feb 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by yuno from New York

Feb 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Beejay from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Reviewed by Wxb1111 from Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 3.9 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Jan 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.35 by arzt from Germany

Dec 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.37 by David_Waterman from District of Columbia

Dec 26, 2020
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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
 
Rated: 3.98 by dansushi from New York

Dec 23, 2020
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.11 by Daniel_Mott from Sweden

Dec 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Dec 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.66 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Dec 09, 2020
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Reviewed by mycousinvinny from New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.8 by brandoneast from Texas

Sep 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by Quafftastic from Virginia

Jun 01, 2020
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Reviewed by NYNorseman from New York

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 04, 2020
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.2 by imanidiot777 from Pennsylvania

Feb 02, 2020
 
Rated: 2.7 by Avitra from Switzerland

Jan 27, 2020
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