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

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Ratings:
1,213
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608
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
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Photo of mzwolinski
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color with a thin, spotty tan head. The aroma is slightly grapey at first, but darkens to a plummy fruitiness with hints of toasted malt. First flavor to hit the mouth is a candi sugar sweetness, followed by a vinous middle, and a toasty, pepper/corriander spicy finish. Light chocolate notes in the aftertaste. Fairly light bodied but hardly wimpy in terms of flavor. This is a well-balanced and nicely complex brew. Merry Christmas to me!

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Photo of alucard
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ggaughan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this the day after Christmas at Cooper's in Scranton. What a treat and you even get to keep the Christmas glass that they served it in.

The beer is a nice thick dark brown color with a nice lacey white head. The smell is of holiday spices (nutmeg, brown sugar) and nutty. The roasted nutty flavor of this beer is really enjoyable and easy to drink. The mouthful that you get and the aftertaste are definitely a pleasure. I would have had a few more if I didn't have a few other Christmas beers on the list to try.

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Photo of Greggy
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml --> 2 years of age

A- 1 finger thick head. Ruby/dark red body. Nice fine layer of sediment throughout the glass.

S- Big molasses, brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits. Quite malt driven.

T- Starts with a great malty sweetness, slightly medicinal spiciness, some brown sugar, molasses, and anise. The finish is long, malty, with residual spice.

M- Nice low carbonation when combined with the ABV makes for a nice full body. Alcohol is well hidden.

D- I would like to try this fresh, but I feel that as it sits at 2 years of age is quite tasty. Perfect for any winter evening.

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Photo of kayrex
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Mark5252
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Jack_Frost79
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of tekstr1der
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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 timoteo833
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/24/2010:

#11 - 12 beers of Christmas. 750 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: This pours a nearly opaque very dark brown color with two-fingers of off-white head that turns a bit rocky and laces very well.

S: Sweet dark fruits (plums and dates come to mind), molasses, and light yeasty spice. It is mostly one-dimensional.

T: Plums and sweet red grapes mixed with what tastes like artificial grape flavoring (like a grape juice cocktail), spicy earthiness, candi sugar, and finishing bitterness not unlike that of grape peel.

M: It has a medium-thick body with a perfect level of carbonation and a mildly sticky feel.

D: This is definitely delicious and a pleasure to drink but it is not as complex as it seemed in years past.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To start I must say that I have never had a cork come off that hard before. 750ml corked and caged. Best before appears to be some time in 2006.

Pours out a dark brown color with a good size tan head. The smell is spicy and sweet. Raisins and chocolate come through for me. First sip, Wow. What a complex beer. Sweet in the beginning, spicy and crisp in the end. More raisins, nuts, earthy notes and molasses (sp?) come through. The taste is a bit dry in the end but leaves a wonderful warming. So complex and balanced at the same time which is amazing for a younger "big" beer.

Overall, delicious. I have one more bottle in the basement that is from last year. I think I will purchase a couple more to cellar as well.

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Photo of freed
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

slipped this in with my micro-seasonals. Poured much darker and gave off a very different aroma than the others. Mahogany hue with a sligth brown fizz for head. Aroma is somewhat alcoholic and somewhat malty. Slight fruity yeast smells, but overly alcoholic.

Taste is warm, rich, and pleasing. Sweet malt, thick body, and finishing tartness from the yeast. Alcohol isn't as apparent in the taste. Makes for an easy drink, and can be drawn out over long periods of time. This 12 bottle took me 75 minutes.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber, light brown hue, thin, yet bubble-bath like off-white head. Has a sweet, candy cane, malt-like aroma, perhaps some spices on the nose as well. Massive offerings up front, in this full-bodied masterpiece - some citrus, defining esters, sharp spices, coriander and plums are most noticeable. Tucked away are the decent winter spices, hops are quite noticeable, incredible malt-based backbone, ginger, cinammon, fresh grapes, even a burnt liked toast presence to her. The body maintains your a-typical Belgium yeasty/spicy offerings. For a winter brew, one of the best you'll find; superior in every fashion.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corsendonk Christmas Ale

Served at 54 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Dark brown with a large head and lacing.

Smell: Spices and a slight alcohol tinge.

Taste: Sweet and refreshing. Very similar to other Belgian ales, but with a very faint dark chocolate and coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

Bottom line:
This is a very good beer that is well crafted. It is most definitely an after dinner beer with the sweetness to it.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a pack of these a while back and finally getting around to a review. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.

The pour is dark brown, with maybe a hint of red in there... a light head that dissipated fairly quickly. Minimal lacing on this one.

I'm having trouble picking up a distinct smell on this one, it's fairly faint, but what I can get is typical of a Belgian dark. More malt and less fruit than usual, but that's not really a bad thing.

A nice taste to it, but nothing really exciting.

All in all a solid Belgian ale, but nothing that I'm going to seek out again.

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Photo of blbarnett3
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of silverking
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of windypete
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of phisig137
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a brown mahogany color, with a two finger head. Good retention, and pretty decent lacing.

S- Licorice, spice, yeast phenols, and a slight underlying sweetness.

F- Sweet caramel malt up front, quickly washed away by waves of spice. Heavy dark licorice, anise, and fennel dominate the flavor. Finish has a touch of alcohol with the spice, making it taste almost like Sambuca.

M- smooth, creamy, and moderately thick

D- pretty good

Overall, pretty nice, although its tough to find a good bottle of it. I'd buy it again, and its well worth picking up, especially if you like licorice.

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Photo of BobZ
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Rich dark brown, virtually no head at all, but decent lacing throughout the beer.

Smell: Belgian yeast and spice dominate the nose, hints at a deep complexity.

Taste: Sweet maltiness with very pleasant spicing. Dark fruit lies beneath and a gentle hoppy bitterness is also present. A great example of a Belgian Christmas beer.

Mouthfeel: Aggressively carbonated but still pleasant on the palate.

Drinkability: Good beer but not one I could drink many of in a session.

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Photo of Svingjo
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of a six pack 250ml gift pack. Pours a dark brown colour with a thick tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a thick ring around the glass. Lots of dark fruit, caramel, and holiday spices. The flavour is much the same with the rich fruit and sweet malt jumping to the forefront. There is a slight alcohol burn but not as much as you might expect given the ABV. There also is a slight hop bitterness that is perfectly balanced. The carbonation is active but just enough to give the medium body feel a nice crispness. An awesome example of the style. One of the better winter warmers.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,213 ratings.
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