Corsendonk Christmas Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale
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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:
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Added by stirgy on 11-22-2001

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#1,716
Reviews:
614
Ratings:
1,238
pDev:
10.39%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark copper color with a thick off white head which disappeared quickly. The smell was malty sweetness with hints of fruits and alcohol. The taste was of dark fruits and figs. The mouthfeel is heavy with minimal carbonation. Overall drinkablity is good. I liked this one. Nice beer to drink during the holidays. I'm glad I picked up the 8 pack with the glass.

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Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged for 1 year in the beer fridge.

Pours a deep red with a fizzy lingering head. Nose hints of cloves and some candy sugar. Hit on the tongue is all about the malt. Approptiately thick without being syrupy, a big plus for my tastes. Starts sweet, the candy sugar takes over, and finishes sweeter. A decadently sweet brown ale.

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Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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 Jacobob10
2.31/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle. Best before end: 8/28/2017.

Pours dark ruby/brown in color with a one-finger beige head. Minimal lacing on the glass. No aroma whatsoever. Some light spice is present but this was not what I was expecting. The flavor was a disappointment as well. Lightly sweet and spicy. Mouthfeel was thin and over-carbonated.

I'm assuming I got a bad bottle. Based on the positive reviews by others, I'm pretty certain that was the case. It was drinkable, so it didn't go to waste, but clearly off.

I was excited to share this bottle with my family on Christmas but it turned out to be a total dud. Unfortunately, I have to review it as is. I don't know if I would drop $10 on a bottle again to retry it but I'm hoping I somehow have another opportunity to do so.

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Photo of scootny
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.5 oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. A tightly carbonated head of about a finger. Spots of lace on my glass as it fades. A slightly hazy chestnut colored beverage sits with a light covering of bubbles in my drinking vessel. Mild carbonation. Stately.

Smell is of sweet burgundy, candy sugar, malt, and spice. A trace of floral hops cuts in and out. Yeasty esters mix with fusel alcohol to suggest well brandied fruitcake.

Taste is of malt, roasted sugar, and light caramel with an alcoholic edge. Toffee shows up and a blend of dark fruits and spice carry the taste to its finish. Light and clean hops cut off the sugar and alcohol train quickly. A lingering dryness with biscuits and graham crackers come after the hops and set up the next sip. Fruitcake suggested in the nose becomes real in the mouth. Superb.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy, a gentle chewyness. Carbonation is a creamyesque spritzy. A little more than you might expect from observing the glass but perfect for the brew.

Drinkability for a strong winter is surprising. Goes down easy for a liquid fruitcake. Must be the perfect hop balance and carbonation. May be the great holiday standard.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear brown body with solid head. Smell: caramelized malts, clean yeast, toastiness. Tastes of caramel, dark candi sugar, coriander, pepper, peach. Sharp carbonation and sticky body. This is a tasty, straightforward holiday Belgian beer.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light brown cola like color with a red tint and a bubbly yellow tan head.

Smells of dry bitter yeast, sweet honey, caramel and ginger.

Tasted of sour wheat, subtle chocolates, hazelnut, anis and grapefruit rind with a dry sour finish. There are some good flavors present, but they don’t seem very well blended and the predominant dryness tends to detract from some of the subtleties.

The mouth feel was thin with intense small bubbles.

This was a very disappointing discovery after having this on tap.

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Photo of thebeers
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely clear dark garnet color with a massive four fingers of tan head. Decent lacing.

Pleasant, subdued Christmasy aroma with oak, nutmeg, cherry, fig, cinnamon and shortbread all softly present.

The taste is even more subdued, with brown bread malts and dull grassy hops most prominent, but still with a lot of depth beneath, including Belgian yeast, light wood and even lighter cherry, fig, caramel and spice notes.

On the heavier side of medium bodied with certain syrupyness cut by moderate carbonation.

This is a pleasant, dialed back Christmas Ale that brown ale fans will enjoy.

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Photo of jwps214
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leinie13
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of HollyHops
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of AlexJ
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown pour with a sizable off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin veil leaving delicate whisps of lace.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with hints of toasted nuts and maple syrup. There is a strong floral presence that adds to the sweetness.

Flavor is rich with chewy caramel, candy sugar, strawberries, apricot, and melon. Sweet but not cloying. Heavy emphasis on the berry and apricot flavors. Reminds me of Binchoise Special Reserve.

Body falls just below medium with a soft creamy texture and light carbonation.

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Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of asabreed
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Merry Christmas everyone.

Corked and caged bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Dark and deep amber with tons of carbonation surging around the glass, off-white head, and semi-decent lacing curled around the glass.

Smell: A nice amalgam of cookies, fruit, spiciness, and yeast. A lot of subtle complexity keeps coming out as it warms.

Taste: A good amount of darker fruit with berries, cherries, and apples coming in, along with some spiciness, some pepper, maybe some cinnamon and coriander, some cookies and sweet raw dough, and lots of subtle and balanced and intriguing spice notes. Finishes semi-sweet with lingering fruit and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full to heavier-bodied with a good creaminess and burst of carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: Not sure what separates this from other BSD styles, but I do get a bit more spice I suppose. Still, a delicious sipper, and one I feel lucky to have on this Christmas day.

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

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

A: Hazel chestnut color with depth. Khaki head is creamy and frothy. So far so good.

S: Cherry slushy, oak, burnt caramel, toast and maple.

T: Begins sweet and fruity with some serious figs, over ripe dark cherries, blueberry and raspberry. I think the next flavor I identify could be described as brown sugar bubble gum, quite nice. You can find anise, nutmeg and perhaps some coriander as well. Perhaps some lemon on the tip of the tongue too. Most of the malty backbone seems to actually be accounted for by the sugar added. Finishes with hints of apricot, peach yogurt and brown sugar.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel with just a bit of fluffiness.

D: This beer reminds me a lot of the Delerium Noel but sort of like the less alcohol cousin. Good drinkability and not too sweet.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zimm
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Wheels2532
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Blakaeris
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear orange-mahogany in color. head is a huge pillowy tan mass with decent lacing.

Aroma is candylike sweetness with strong apricot fruitiness and peppery yeasty spices.

Taste is big, sweet and fruity. Generous apple and dark fruit notes up front. Strongly spiced with nutmeg, pepper and ginger. Midway through the caramel and orange peel make an appearance. Finish is smooth a pleasant warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with plenty of carbonation.

This is a tasty treat. Complex, but very smooth and approachable.

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Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,238 ratings