Corsendonk Christmas Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale
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4.14/5
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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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Ranking:
#1,659
Reviews:
608
Ratings:
1,218
pDev:
10.39%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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Photo of dbarny76
4.96/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of windypete
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of phisig137
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +1.2%
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 +6.8%
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 taigor
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of JPowell712
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of acbe
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of santoslhalper
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a dark ruby red with a fomay beige head. The head clings nicely.

Smell: The smell burns the nostrils a little bit, but it's mostly of sticky sweet malts.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredibly well-balanced for sure, but the flavors that are there are nothing special. It's smooth as all hell, but the flavors don't live up to their expectations. The mouthfeel is creamy but medium bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a good beer, but doesn't live up to it's expectations. That doesn't take away from the fact that it's a solid brew, and an enjoyable one at that. It just seems to me there are much better beers of this style out there.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Higravity
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours Garnet red-brown with a little head that doesn't last too long and leaves a little lace. It has a smell of caramelly malt and spicey fruits along with spices. It is very up front with the alcoholic taste of fruit citrus lined with spices of other warmers. It seems a little thin but not too noticable as the complexity of the drink is what I seem focused on. It is very drinkable and at this price I will have a few more.

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Photo of bbeane
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure what year it's from, but I'm guessing it's pretty old. Best buy year is 08

A- Poured into 16oz tumbler... thick foamy head that slowly recedes slowly and leaves nice lacing. Beer is a dark, mahogony color

S- Sweet malty smell... cinnamon, raisons, plum, brown sugar

T- Not as sweet as it smells. Starts off a bit sweet. Definately tastes raisony and/or plumy. Has a dry finish. Can detect some of the high abv

M- Full bodied with medium carbonation... leaves a bit of alcohol burn in the back of your throat

D- Would definately drink more

~ I definately think that this particular bottle has passed it's prime. I had quite a few of these last Christmas and enjoyed them even more than this one. I'll re-review when I get some more at the holidays ~

CHEERS!!

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Photo of IPAFrankieH
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale goblet.

A-Big, characteristic Belgian ale head, tan in color and fluffy in density, sustaining well. Hay, dark copper-brown brew.

S-Yeast and clove, along with a dense cluster of other spiciness. Sweet malt melds nicely with the spicy characters.

T-Toffee candy sweetness, slight yeasty bread, with toasty, warm spices. Along with the spice, fruit character shines through, on the lines of apple, pear, peach and nutty berry.

M-Moderate body with a fine-bubbled, medium-high carbonation.

D-A very appropriate Christmas and winter holiday beer. It certainly hits the spot with a pleasant complexity.

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Photo of TwoTrees
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewMaster
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottle. Served from a 750 ml corked bottle. The cork was held on by a small strap that ran across the top of the cork. It's a very interesting looking manner of securing a cork. Lot no. 131484 stamped on to the sides of the cork.

The beer poured a reddish tan with an off white, and large-bubbled head. The aroma is sweet with notes of grape and maple. The flavor has notes of white grape, caramel, nutmeg, clove, anise, bitter root, and a light heather aftertaste. There is an undue harshness to the flavor and it could certainly use some age. It is also very carbonated, almost too much.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 version: lot no. 131484. Poured from a caged and corked 750 ml bottle, it pours a deep garnet with a foamy off-white head that leaves little bubbles on top of the beer after it fades a bit. Spicy smells are backed by subtle ripe fruit sweetness. Even a slight trace of mint is noticeable. The taste is equally complex and enoyable. The hops are just enough to give it a kick as the beer hits the back of the tongue. The creamy, effervescent body just enhances the experience. Wow, this and Affligem Noel in the same week. I'm in Belgian Christmas heavan.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a 750 of this tonight (Christmas Eve) with my son and daughter. Pretty good stuff.

Moderate pour into goblets yields a two-finger off-white fading head over a walnut brown slightly hazy body. Pretty enough.

Smell is all spice: coriander, clove, allspice, a hint of cinnamon, some pepper, all over a solid hazelnut-cracker-malt foundation. Smells good!

Taste is spot-on with the smell, but there's a note of orange peal in there. Mmmm.

Mouthfeel is just a bit thinner than I would like, but appropriate for the style.

Drinkability is excellent. The 8.5% is completely hidden on the palate.

Really good beer, and very Christmas-y. I'll get more.

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Photo of Wamba
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of zp6167a
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into the Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass- pours an opaque nutty brown color. This beer is very active and has a two finger head with good retention and some lacing; the foam is a light tan color and creamy. It smells of yeast, malted barely and a hint of molasses and alcohol. This is a very sweet beer- it tastes much like it smells. The most wonderful part of this brew in my opinion is the full carbonation that supports the alcohol sweetness. It's very refreshing. Definitely a beer worth buying and something I would get again.

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Photo of Number3red
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,218 ratings
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