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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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This Belgian strong dark ale pours a dark brown color with a slight red tint and a thick, foamy tan head. The smell is surprisingly very mild with only hints of caramel malts and some spices. The taste is more appropriate with many of the flavors typical of Belgian beers: banana bread, coriander, cloves, plums, and some spicy snap at the finish. The flavors are certainly present, but they’re still a little more subdued than what I would expect out of a Belgian beer of this color. The alcohol is noticeable, but also a little more subdued than I would guess from an 8.5% beer though it does send a nice warmth through you. The body is medium, which again is a little lighter than I would expect from the color. Not a bad beer by any means, but a little bit disappointing based on how high the rankings are. I would just like some more punch out of it, but it is still a finely crafted beer.

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Photo of Euroglot
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of newbeeraday
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fabiand
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gandres
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle to wine glass
reddish brown, clear, medium tan head quickly head goes away
Nose: malty with a hint of beries drink: berries come out
tasty, medium bitter
lively carbonation
very good beer ok to repeat, look for
Drank: April 30, 2016

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" called it "fruity with long warm, brandy-isn finish."
I also largely agree with the Bros; but rate it below theirs.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from 11.2 oz. brown bottle - best before 19/08/18

Corsendonk Christmas Ale changed the color of my tulip glass to a dark mahogany producing a generous 2-finger thick tan head. The head held well and eventually formed clingy lacing. The nose was first hit with dark fruits (i.e., plums, raisins) and brown sugar (caramel) followed by nice holiday spices. The taste matches the nose almost perfectly except the spices are more predominate. The mouth feel was crisp, smooth and had a dry finish with light warmth from the alcohol, The body and carbonation is medium .

This [true] Belgian Strong Dark Ale is one nice brew for the holidays - for that matter ANYTIME!

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Photo of LennyBound
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anze
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gobuccos
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Three finger white-brown head, very dark brown red-tinged body.

Smell: Dark fruits, marshmallow, weak spices (smells almost like Dr.Pepper), and has a light vinous quality. You can even smell the alcohol a bit, which I didn't like.

Taste: Sweet dark fruits (mainly plum), marshmallow fluff, cinnamon, pepper, and notes of wood and chocolate.

Feel: High carbonation, medium bodied, and has a noticeable alcohol bite.

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Photo of clalalive
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of misternebbie
4.89/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of jonj
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hootie159
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of erk0607
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear, effervescing red-tinged brown with a creamy beige head.

S: Dark, malty

T: Creamy, strong spices though I couldn't say which, malty, like a dark Christmas ale should

F: Slightly foamy on the tongue, not heavy per say, but a sipping beer for sure

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Photo of Cyrano41
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this just after new years. Poured a dark, opaque brown into a standard pint glass. The smell was spicy and pleasant, I didn't know what to expect from this one but it exceeded even the bar set by the other Corsendonk ales I've had. I immediately wanted another one and regretted only picking up the one in my build your own from six pack from total wine. Isn't "Give me another" the highest praise ?

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good looking pour is clear, dark brown with lasting beige pillow on top. Aroma has some spices I'm not too fond of - anise and clove. I can smell the Belgian yeast and malt I enjoy beneath, but the spice is detracting. Flavor is better, with the spices more subdued, some ripened fruits and sweet malt. Slightly thin, but smooth mouthfeel. Not sure I'll revisit this one.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours rich brown with a large head. The aroma is full of candied dark fruits, as well as clove and nutmeg. The flavor is a similar mildly sweet mix of raisin, currant, and spices. The mouthfeel is rather creamy. Overall this was a fun tipple for present opening.

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Photo of jspaner
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich, dark reddish-brown color with a thin layer of head. The smell is the usual Belgian yeasty aroma, but with spices, typical of Christmas beers. Nothing extraordinary here, it's probably what you would expect. The taste is slightly tart, and I found the spices to be over-represented. I would prefer more dark fruit flavors or mild malty flavors, but if it's there, it seems to be hidden behind the spiciness. I detect a little nutty flavor, but the spices (anise?) seem to dominate. The aftertaste is a bit bitter & tart. Overall it's a tasty dark Belgian ale, but I had hoped for more balance. The spices dominate, to the detriment of the other flavors.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,212 ratings.
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