Corsendonk Christmas Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Corsendonk

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by stirgy on 11-22-2001

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 andthevolcano
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.88/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful deep chestnut amber color with a sticky cream head that left lacing all over the chalice. Intensly sticky and clinging to anything it touched. I am not getting a lot of aroma off this. A small amount of phenolic fruitiness. The taste is crisp and spicy with heavy pepper kicks left on the tongue. The mouthfeel is very dry and a little cloying. This is a decent dark beligan, but not a memorable one.

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

Funny how there are so many varying descriptions of color with this ale. Mine poured an almost clear reddish amber that has a beautiful hue to it when you hold it before light. Head was creamy and dense thanks to the work of Belgian yeast strains. Very nice fruit aroma with a subtle spiceiness. Lively mouthfeel and a smooth medium body. Flavor is a fruity malt with a peppery cherry taste. A nice belgian ale that I would drink regularly if available.

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

Photo of Travcofarms
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of sitarist
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, clear ruby color. There are a lot of bubbles rising up to a thick tan head. The head last for awhile before falling to an 1/8" cap that leaves rings of lacing, the lacing slowly slides back into the beer.

The aromas are sweet, fruity, and spicy. I smell hints of stewed plums, ripe red apples, grape candy, poppy roll, anise, and coriander.

The first thing I taste is spiced apples, there are hints of plum, grape candy, anise, pepper, and coriander. Its more like a punch than it is a beer.

A little to light, and a little to dry. I sure would like for the flavors to stick around a little longer.

This is a highly drinkable, and also a highly deceptive beer. The alcohol is almost undetectable. I cant believe how many times Ive passed by this one; I'm glad that I finally tried this gem.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from 11.2 oz. brown bottle - best before 19/08/18

Corsendonk Christmas Ale changed the color of my tulip glass to a dark mahogany producing a generous 2-finger thick tan head. The head held well and eventually formed clingy lacing. The nose was first hit with dark fruits (i.e., plums, raisins) and brown sugar (caramel) followed by nice holiday spices. The taste matches the nose almost perfectly except the spices are more predominate. The mouth feel was crisp, smooth and had a dry finish with light warmth from the alcohol, The body and carbonation is medium .

This [true] Belgian Strong Dark Ale is one nice brew for the holidays - for that matter ANYTIME!

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Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of iKrystin
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of alarmclock314
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A- Milk chocloate brown color. It is totally non transparent. The head is 1 finger of soft foam after a conservative pour. The cork was in this bottle SO tight. I almost didn't get it out.

S- The aromas of sweet dark fruits are present. Raisins, prunes, dates and figs. Also I can catch a subtle scent of banana in the nose.

T- The tastes follow very closely to the nose. Chocolate and dark fruits (raisins, figs, and purnes) are the first tastes. Also the roasted malts are very nicely thrown in. It is sweet like brown sugar on the end, but the finish is somewhat bitter.

M- Mouthfeel is high carbonation with a mild sting on the tongue.

D- Decent drinking beer. Low enough ABV for another bottle, but high enough to give you the feel you are looking for.

Overall- This is a nice Christmas offering. It is smooth and sweet, but just enough bitterness and bite to keep you interested and not overwhelm you with richness.

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Photo of gpogo
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear dark amber with beautiful ruby tint. Large tan coloured head.

A- Sweet malty aroma with typical belgian yeast smell. Dark fruity aroma.

T- Initial malty sweetness. Fruity almost tastes like coca cola? Dark fruits perhaps plums and cherries. Oddly I get a grapefruit aftertaste which is quite enjoyable.

M- Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. I especially enjoyed the taste, very interesting and like no other belgian I have had.

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Photo of JT99125
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of wmobley
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of malty
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.2 oz. bottle best before 8/22/07.

Pours a brown russet color with a slight chill haze. A frothy billowing 2" light beige head sit solidly atop this wonderful smelling liquid... Nice globs and rings of lacework.

Smells like rum soaked figs and prunes. Faint cinnamon and anise scents hide behind vanilla and nutty nougat.

Hearty and fresh flavors of dark fruits and dark roasted and slightly gritty malts. The flavors are a bit rustic but all are clean and beautifully balanced; Zesty cinnamon, warming dark rum, almonds and cherries along with other faint and well-placed spices.

Mouthfeel is gorgeous; on the medium side of full bodied with fine and playful carbonation. Long flavorful and warming finish.

Drinkability is also great. I could picture myself drinking a few wide-mouth goblets of this, but I only bought this single bottle.

A fantastic a well-crafted Christmas Ale for sure. Masterfully crafted and balanced with the right amount of heft to fill and warm the belly with enough grace to be set alongside the finest holiday dinners. I'm content drinking mine right here at the computer in the same room with my son kicking his Nerf soccer ball against the wall over and over and over again, (and I'm not annoyed in the least). A wonderful Christmas offering.

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Photo of blakesell
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has been aging in my cellar for at least three years under perfect cellaring conditions, cool and dark.

Poured from the 12oz bottle into an over sized brandy snifter.

Appearance- Beer pours a very dark hazy brown with a very light fingernail thin head that lingers for quite some time considering its small size. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass quite well and the head has a strange peninsula swirl thing going on.

Smell- This smells very nice for a Belgian strong dark. Lots of ripe figs and dates upfront with a rich malty background. A light bit of oxidation hints that I may have been storing this beer for a bit long. Very slight hops on the nose, hardly perceivable.

Taste- Rich dark fruits upfront, again the dates first, then the figs. Very malty and rich, without so many of the spices that one might expect from a Christmas ale. There are light spicings but not more than would be expected from a typical Belgian, or even Corsendonk Abbey Brune. A slight lactic tang sticks on the finish, I really feel drinking it fresher would have been a better result. Hops are slight and just enough to provide an adequate balance to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Lightly bitter, estery from the yeasts, not warming, medium full bodied, and medium in carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty nice, I'll have to try a fresher one if I find it again.

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

Darkly translucent pomegranate brown with a big Belgian head that leaves gobs of lace and never leaves, at most falling to an 1/8 inch. Nose is malty, mildly spicy with little candi or yeast coming through. I was expecting a little more "Christmas" in this one. Taste brings out more spices including mace and coriander. There are some hops toward the middle and finish. The mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. This is an easy to quaff brew that I recommend. It is reasonably priced, $7.50 for a 750ml bottle.

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Photo of hurshybear
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Jcarter1221
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mobrado
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a thin dark bottle with festive label. Using my Corsendonk chalice. Nice and dark as it pours...with a reddish tone. Kind of murky. Very strong head...light tannish in color, creamy and thick.
Smells like dark dried fruits, slightly spicy(which was expected). A faint candy aroma as well.
GREAT TASTE! Wasn't expecting such a smooth taste. Complex. Lacing is thick and doesn't slide much at all.
I find this brew very smooth and easy to drink. A little too easy to drink...not boozy at all.
Nice beer!

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Photo of thecarster1
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one and a half fingers worth of tan dense creamy head that doesn't want to budge - eventually it fades to a quarter to half inch and stays there, dark matte mahogany color, very attractive brew.

s- lots to smell here, belgian yeast off the bat, carmelized figs, toasted bread, candied dark fruits, clove.

t- lots of dark fruits, belgian yeasts, rich malt, clove, alcohol is hidden so well here - as it warms it becomes more apparent, fig, dark cherry, alot of candied sweetness. this is one complex beer that i've had a couple times before and am really taking the time now to pick apart and review - i'm getting so much more than i had the first couple times.

m- medium bodied with some creaminess.

d- this is one drinkable belgian, i'm not sure how many i'd have just because of availability and price so one for a special night is good for me. this is a christmas ale that i'll be picking up yearly for sure.

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Photo of gritz147
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,212 ratings.
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