Corsendonk Christmas Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 11-22-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 11/28/08 on tap at Brasserie Beck, Washington, DC.

A - Beautiful deep chestnut with a beige cap served in the Christmas Ale chalice.

S - Malt, leather, toffee.

T - Malt, toffee, dried dates and figs, almond, leather. Delicious!

M - Splendid creaminess and a soft carbonation that was made this pretty darn exceptional.

D - Hugely drinkable but it would be a bit rich as an after dinner drink. I recommend it before the meal or on its own. Very nice stuff.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Retrieved from biegaman's cellar today and shared on the fourth day of Christmas. Somehow this beer managed to hide away well past its BB date of August 7, 2008, but it held up quite well and was very tasty.

One finger sand-tan head reduced to a stagnant film with thin, sheet lace. On closer inspection, there were numerous tiny bubble centres slowly replenished. The rich, deep brown colour revealed hints of garnet under a bright light, fingers barely visible on the other side of the glass.

The initial swirls revealed an aroma of cherry brandy, yeast, dark fruits. Taste was initially of dark and slightly sour fruits; with air there were hints of prune tort, a fair bit of caramel, molasses, candied dry cherry, overall impressions on the sweet side. Mouthfeel was superb with a silky texture, good balance with residual acidity kicking around and just enough malt. Nice long finish had muted cherry brandy and more dark fruit. Alcohol very well handled. Tasty indeed and much appreciated, thanks Jan.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. It pours very dark and murky brown with a hint of red and a small head and little lacing on the glass. Much unlike the other Corsendonks that I've had in the past - better actually. The aroma was fairly spicy, but my terrible nose couldn't detect any of the scents very well (but they were there). The taste was very good. The alcohol was apparent, but barely and in a good way. There were some fruits and spices in the taste as well. I can't see gulping this beer, but as I drink it right now, the sips are heavenly. I recommend trying this beer. My rating of this beer also may be slightly skewed because I have been drinking it about an hour after having a Westvleteren abt 12 - the best beer - so my ratings may be slightly skewed.

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Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
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