Corsendonk Christmas Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale
BA SCORE
4.14/5
1,214 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 11-22-2001

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#1,626
Reviews:
608
Ratings:
1,214
pDev:
10.39%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

From the massive display of head to the inviting brown darkness, this ale warms you just by looking at it. Coriander, cake batter and a peppery herbal spice from the alcohol and yeast infiltrate the nostrils. Smoothness borders on silky, and crispness pops off the full body. Fruitcake of the homemade variety, chocolate-covered oranges, bitterness from the coriander and hops, and hints of carob powder and charcoal make for a very complex brew. Top shelf all the way, a bottle of this is a real treat for the taste buds. By far one of the best winter seasonals on the market.

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Photo of Emoney1975
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass.

A - Cola brown, big off white head the is slow to leave. This lace beginning to gather on the sides.

S - Tropical fruit, juicy fruit smell, a bit of leather or tobacco on the end.

T - Beautiful, lush fruity mouth. Some cotton candy, and nice complex malt/yeast mix.

M - Creamy, medium to heavy body, nice balance.

D - A very nice offering from Corsendork.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky but hazy cola brown with sediment. The pour produces a tall, 3 finger, long lasting, tan head that leaves a frosty, webby coating of lace as it recedes. Aroma is fresh cut pumpernickel, spice, yeast, fig/raisin, anise/licorice, Bakers cocoa, toffee, a little banana & faint cherry. Alcohol is well hidden for a 10% ABV. Even so the smell becomes slightly vinous as the brew warms. Taste is dark bread, molasses & faint caramel malt, earthy Belgian yeast, prune/raisin, spice, anise/licorice, cocoa, a little banana & thin hints of white fruit & cherry. Finishes dry & spicy with a shortlived, drawing bitterness. Afrertaste is a rapidly diminishing dark bread, molasses, dark fruit, alcohol & light bitterness. Alcohol is much more assertive in the mouth than the nose but remains subdued for an 8.5 ABV. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with high carbonation, alive in the mouth, grainy & prickly, lightly chewy, dry & complex. Very good but somewhat lacking when compared to St. Bernardus Christmas Ale.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much swelled cork, caged well atop a 750 ml bottle. Best before date of 07/09/08 so I'm pouring it within the window. I honestly forgot about this brew that I bought in the winter. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

According to the cork it's Batch No. 145985

A - Veeeery nice dark look. Not huge on head formation but the little head that forms stays. The beer is a beautiful red color.

S - Whole lot of fruit. Some alcohol, and a touch of yeast. Cherry like aroma on the nose.

T - A big fruity taste initially. Tiny hint of Belgian yeast but mostly big fruity flavors. Cherry flavor is most prevalant for me. Nice taste.

M - High carbonation even among all those big flavors. Very bubbly and Champagne like.

D - Very interesting and makes you want more. A good bottle to split. Could be very nice at Holiday time.

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Photo of jsgpu90
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I really enjoyed this one. The beer poured with a slight white head that remained throughout. There was a very slight alcohol taste but it was masked by hints of citrus. There was a perfect amount of carboniation that allowed for the complex flavors to come through. I will certainly buy another one if I can find it again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddich brown colr. Poured a 3 finger off-white head that slowly condenced to a big dollup. Lacing wahed down the glass in sheets.

S: Dark juicy fruits and spices. White pepper in the end.

T: Figs, raisins, plums and lots of other dark fruits. Sweet candi sugar and lingering spices combine with yeast notes.

M: Medium-to-heavy body. Medium carbonation. Thick and creamy. Alcohol

D: Flavorful and balanced. Really nice beer.

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Photo of dannyboygaga
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of babaracas
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear slightly red tinted brown with a thick, very dense and creamy in consistency khaki colored head; settles slowly leaving a sheet of thick lace down the glass. Smell: panettone (lightly yeasty bread, raisins, candied orange peel note), brown sugar, notes of cola and black cherry, mild earthiness. Taste: sugary plum, toasted and buttered raisin bread, fig; cola, clove, and orange notes. Dark fruit, toast, and mild earth in the finish. This is a great christmas beer.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown with a thick beige head.

Smell: Citrus and cloves, hint of fruity notes.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of citrus, cloves, with Malts.

Overall: Excellent beer! I can see why they call it a Christmas Ale, perfect for this time of year.

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

Photo of mattmarka1
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Served from a 330 ml (11.2 oz) Euro-brown bottle into a small pilsener glass. The label has some nice Christmas art, with a medieval-looking Madonna and child standing in a monastery. The label includes a "best before" date of August 2018. A moderate pour produces a creamy, chunky and quite sticky head of about an inch. The beer is a ruddy, yellowish-brown and fairly hazy with light carbonation.

The aroma has a sharp, cider-like tartness. The flavor is not as tart as the aroma suggests, but is nonetheless pleasantly acidic, with cherry, apple and melon notes, with balance provided by a dose of mild earthy funk, a touch of sweet tobacco, and a subtle nuttiness. The mouth feel is creamy and frothy.

This beer is quite a treat and very reasonably priced at $2.95 for the bottle, purchased at Front Street Market in Butte, Montana. I'm enjoying this during the NFL's wild card weekend. I may go back and obtain more of this for cellaring.

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

Photo of JPowell712
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of puck1225
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft poured into a snifter while celebrating Christmas in Erie, PA. A beautiful mahogany brown with a thin head but great lacing. Warm spice smell that give the impression of sweet candy. Well carbonated with licorice, sweet spice, cloves, and candied orange. Very nice beer.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lazaro
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ChaseBacon
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ryser2k
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ggaughan
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this the day after Christmas at Cooper's in Scranton. What a treat and you even get to keep the Christmas glass that they served it in.

The beer is a nice thick dark brown color with a nice lacey white head. The smell is of holiday spices (nutmeg, brown sugar) and nutty. The roasted nutty flavor of this beer is really enjoyable and easy to drink. The mouthful that you get and the aftertaste are definitely a pleasure. I would have had a few more if I didn't have a few other Christmas beers on the list to try.

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Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,214 ratings
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