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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189
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half finger head, on a clear dark amber and red body. Not much lacing. Aroma is almost nonexistent. What is there is a mild pungent and sour grape like aroma. this is a very drinkable mild dark fruit Belgian dark strong. A very safe member if the genre. Medium in body and moderate carbonation. Overall may be my least favorite in this genre. These beers should be bold, this one is weak.

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Photo of Harkrank
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Pskiv
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Triples
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JustABeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of RBCORCORAN
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of defdans
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap,
Corsendonk off the spout has a amberish hue hinting towards polished brown. a trace amount of dark tan foam up top, leaving squiggles around the glass that fade. Smell is pretty spicy and caramel, sweet ridden. Get alot of toffee, with some winter spice on top of some grain and a whiff of alcohol. Not all that impressive in all honesty. Taste pretty much solidifies my fears, Corsendonk Christmas really ain't about nothing. Sure it has some winter spice with caramel malt/toffee. I even get some faint applesauce taste and plum. It just comes down to, I don't like it all that much. It does not move me. The alcohol is hidden really well though, so there is that. Body is pretty dead on arrival, just feels like some life was lost on this. Medium in build, light in carby. While this was a beer I got into good beer with, it's not one that will be sticking around for me.

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Photo of fergster75
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Jwale73
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in my St. Bernardus chalice. Best before 21/09/14 indicated on the back label. Pours a deep mahogany with a dense, fluffy, 1.5 inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a sold, quarter inch cap. Sheets of lacing appear on the tilt side of the glass leaving residual spots and strands of lacing as it disperses. Nose reminds me of concord grape jelly off the bottle pop; however this dissipates into a faint vinous quality. Yeast and a light earthy/herbal quality add a complementary component. Taste follows nose; however, I also get a slightly metallic character in the flavor profile towards the back which somewhat kills it for me. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency with a pleasant, easy carbonation and a slightly creamy texture. Overall, a decent BSD; however, the metallic flavor really negatively impacts an otherwise good brew. That said, alcohol is really well-hidden at 8.5%. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while but I have to say that I'm a little disappointed.

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Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of BeerCon5
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with about two fingers of off-white fluffy head that mostly remains throughout the beer.

The scent is full of fruit, citrus, and spices.

The taste is of dark fruit, some citrus, some brown sugar, cinnamon, there is hardly any alcohol presence.

Full body, a little creamy feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good beer, very nice flavor. I may add this to my list of must have holiday beers.

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Photo of gfreed
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Relative to other beer from Corsendonk, this is rather uninteresting: it has a flat flavor that wants to be like the palen but doesn't quite have the muscle or the yeast. Relative to other christmas-themed beer in general, however, this is spectacular because it isn't larded with spices and herbs. It's mildly fizzy and has a decent, if understated maltiness that could use a bit of a boost in the flavor and the density. I would like to have had a bit more warmth and zing; nonetheless it's worth a single bottle. I wouldn't invest in a four-pack.

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Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a handsome beer. Ruby amber in color that is very clear. Nice carbonation with curtins of carbo bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A sight to behold. Quite a tall foam cap with ample lacing.
Aroma is rich and malty, dark. Also, candied sugar and yeast.
The taste is malty and robust with some breadiness as well. Also present is candied sugar hints of dark fruits and toffee. Drinks very easily and smooth.

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Photo of bkonk10
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of taigor
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Hex92
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, but the light will penetrate through.
S- mmm good. Smells like ginger bread, maybe fruit cake too.
T- nice strong dark ale with extra spice flavors. Not overpowering with the spice, just the right mix.
M- perfect. Just the right balance of coating on your mouth.

Overall a great beer. I will buy this one again, probably soon...since the wife tried it and wouldn't give it back....so I only got to drink half of the beer :-)

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel tulip...

A: pours a hazy dark brown with a thick tan head. leaves globs of lacing here and there as it slowly settles

S: aromas of dark fruits(raisins, plums), orange peel, brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, and black pepper

T: semi-sweet with flavors of brown sugar and raisin bread. the spice really dominates the pallate here with loads of the aforementioned spices. boozy raisins and spice finish it off.

M: medium full body with a lush carbonation and an off-dry, warming finish.

Overall, a beer worthy not only as a christmas ale but would be great as a christmas gift. This is a brew to share with someone you love during the holidays.

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Photo of Ralphs66
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz into tiny saison glass. best before 24/09/14.

A- Nice clarity, brown in the glass but almost red in the light. Big billowy tan head that stays and stays. Nice top ring as the head settles.

S- Lots of dark bread. Ripe red apples and lots of undefined christmas spice.

t- The brown malty bread comes on strong, sweet and a bit spicy in the finish. Dark fruit is there but is pretty mellow.

M- A little warm going down, but it is enjoyable.

O- I liked it- an enjoyable and unique beer. I might have to tuck a few of these away for some emergency holiday cheer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the gingerman nyc. Poured into corsendonk tulip.
Deep hazy brown with thick head. Malty belgian aroma.
Slightly sweet fruity taste with malts and spices. Its pretty darn tastey and a great christmas brew...although it does leave me hangin a bit. Its missing that little something...

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Photo of rinhaak
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Pour a very dark brown with hints of a deep ruby red. There is a thick head that lingers for the entire glass. The pour really draws you in.

The banana aromas are smelled immediately upon popping the top of the bottle. Buttery cloves, yeasts, and brown and raw sugars are also present.

The first thing I think of when I took a sip was: "spicy." Not chili-pepper spicy, but rather full of intense warming spices: allspice, cloves, cinnamon. There is a lot of molasses and cherry syrup flavors, as well as chocolate-dipped maraschino cherries. Tootsie roll flavors seem to congregate primarily at the front of the tongue, and the cinnamon and clove spiciness was mostly at the back of the tongue. The beer evolves and becomes considerably more complex as it sits in the glass; I recommend letting it sit a good 15 minutes before all the flavors come to the fore. It finishes with a full malty gingerbread flavor that warms your soul.

Overall a fantastic Christmas beer that rivals the best. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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