Corsendonk Christmas Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 11-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,209
Reviews:
606
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
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90
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes from 12/12/11

A -- Deep golden brown with 1" light tan head; lots of lacing

S -- Belgian fruity yeast, raisin and pear notes

T -- Toast malty goodness, fruity yeast, raisin/currant, long aftertaste

M -- Strong carb, medium body

O -- Belgian beer + Christmas! Distinct Belgian flavors (fruity yeast, smooth toasty/lightly roasted malt, warm alcohol) with spices that balance. I could drink this over and over again!

Bottle, poured in snifter glass

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is written from notes that were jotted down while drinking.

12: 11.2oz poured into a Duvel glass. Bottle lists ABV and DBD.

A: Dark brown, half-a-fingernail off white sits on top with decent lacing.

S: Malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, milk, and chocolate.

T: Dark fruit (raisin and plum), clove, orange peel, sugar, yeasty chocolate, and cake.

M: Heavy and very smooth.

O: The alcohol is blended well, it has wonderful flavor, and a great mouthfeel. Truly, this is an excellent beer and a great Christmas treat.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer in december last year to have some Christmas beer for the holidays. I completely forgot to drink this beer and just found it in the fridge. Best before october 2012.

Poured in my Struise glass this beers starts very well. Deepdarkbrown fluid and a four finger head. Watch out for a little gusher, i had one.

Smell of sweetness and a bit of caramel from the burned malts. Some koriander and other spices.

Taste is normal for a Christmasbeer, i have had better ones than this one but also much worser ones. Just a good brew in it's league.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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2.85/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampling this from a 12 oz. bottle tonight. It's an average looking Belgian specialty ale. Nothing remarkable. Fast fizzy head that fades with a little lacing. It smells like watery cinnamon raisin bagels. Taste is wet with a definite Belgian cheesy funk from the yeast, reminiscent of swiss cheese. Some fruity plum backnote tang on the back of the tongue and not much else. It's wetter tasting than a lot of Belgians and it's not overly sweet. Overall, it's ok. I don't find it quite as good as a lot of other Belgians.

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3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, been cellaring. pours a redish hued sappy brown color, like a maple leaf. smells very boozy with notes of vanilla, sweet malts, and holiday spice. flavor peppers in some dried fruit tones and a big rich mouthfeel. not as carbonated as a fresh one might be, but it lends a nice mellow character here. belgian yeast floating around inside a little bit, imparting a slightly funky finish. good but not incredible holiday brew

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

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4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Leffe goblet glass

Appearance - Pours a lighter brown which looks deep red upon holding up to light. The big (~ 2 finger) tan "dirty" looking head that forms upon pouring is quite persistent and lasts for about 1 min or more. The large carbonation bubbles pop slowly over time leaving a fair level of lacing.

Smell - A sweet breadiness is the first to be scented. It mixes with a yeasty dried fruit smell which eventually comes to include a bit of spiciness near the end. Right at the finish of the aroma is some alcohol, nothing too overpowering and actually quite soothing.

Taste - The taste profile follows the smell quite well. Some sweet maltiness is meet first with dried fruits mixed into the breadiness. The yeast, which is present along with the maltines,s fades toward the back end of the taste, where the alcohol and spiciness of nutmeg and cinnamon work their way in.

Mouthfeel - A good creaminess with a nice level of carbonation which tickles the tongue. This tickling is soon subdued with the lightest burn of alcohol. Very nice transitions.

Overall - A nice holiday brew to sit and sip in front of an open fireplace while relaxing and collecting your thoughts.

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Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,209 ratings.
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