Corsendonk Christmas Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale
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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale

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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 Yoann
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - Clear brown with a creamy head
S - Roasty and caramel malts with herbal hops
T - Pretty well balanced
M - Very carbonated but smooth
O - Belgian Christmas ales are a sure value !

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

Photo of farrago
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Need to be careful as a slow pour gets you three plus fingers of head, solid tan hue, looks very airy and whipped up , delicate as it pops and sizzles down to the surface, the lacing weak and without much stick. Yellowish brown liquid of above average clarity, hyper-aggressive and speedy bubbles throughout. Cola bean, vanilla bean and milk chocolate give the nose a breezy sweetness, the nutmeg, ginger styled spice shows restraint, light allusions to golden raisin and fig bolster the Italian plum and cherry notes. Medium-bodied and manages to put on weight and finish on the heavier side. More cocoa powder, molasses, ginger snap and candied orange peel, licorice and cola, at times recalls Dr. Pepper soda. Black raisin, fig to date, cherry and blackberry, more concentration than sugariness. Retronasally you get more clove and dark country bread plus witch hazel. There’s a very subtle roast which helps to dry out the finish. Carbonation is unremarkable. Don’t get overt alcohol presence. In the final analysis something seems to be missing, no definitive punctuation.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of desint
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nick_perry
3.17/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Cloudy brown color with a tan head. Smells strongly like ginger ale. Taste matches somewhat, along with notes of yeast, coriander, and dark fruits. A bit different than an American winter seasonal, but I like it nonetheless, and certainly find it interesting.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz; sale Total Wine.

It has a beautiful appearance, very nice lacing, head that remains, and a nice caramel color.

Reasonably nice aroma: Yeasty and fruity.

There is nothing about the taste that stands out, and too spicy for my tastes.

Mouth-feel: not bad, nice carbonation, medium body, on the dry side.

Overall, this is not what I am looking for in a Belgian dark strong. It was a bit disappointing.

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Photo of KevCan
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a gift pack, including 6 8.5-oz bottles and a glass, from Total Wine in Arlington, VA. Poured into the gift glass!

Look: Dark brown, massive head, and phenomenal lacing.

Smell: Classic Belgian dark ale: heavy malt, fruitcake, dark fruit, yeast. Smells like a Belgian quadruple.

Taste: Very flavorful, yet refreshing. Raisin, dark bread, yeast. Extremely drinkable.

Feel: Medium-minus body, high carbonation.

Overall: Outstanding all around.

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

Pours a hazy brown with big billowing khaki head that leaves spidery lace all over. Nose is malty and musty with dark fruits and a touch of orange peel. Taste is rich without being cloying. Syrupy fruits, malt, some raisin. Spice is subdued for the style, which is a good thing. However, it isn't as complex as some Belgians in the same range. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that didn't go too weird.

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

Photo of m_hall
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked Magnum bottle (cork is stamped "Lot 153") into a tulip glass. Pours a clear, dark garnet red, topped by a three-finger tall khaki head that falls to a thin film. Lacing is spotty.

Aromas are dominated by fruits- plum, black cherries, raspberry, vinous grape, some citrus peel, along with molasses. There's also a bright spiciness (coriander) and alcohol tang present too that lend a bit of contrast.

Flavors are contrasting but balanced: sweetness from the malts, molasses, raisin, apricot, along with notes of dried cherry and orange peel bringing a nicely offsetting tartness at the same time. Both the fruits and the citric tones open up nicely as the beer warms. These flavors meld very well and seem to go back and forth as they progress into a long, somewhat drying finish that adds subtle Christmas spices and an herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth-feel is moderately heavy, and very smooth. Alcohol is present but well controlled, subtly warming. Carbonation is fairly low, just enough to add some tingle.

Of the Christmas Ales I've tried, this one is the least overbearing with it's use of seasonal spices, using them as a supporting element to an already fine Belgian Dark Ale rather than as a gimmick. Really, even though this is a "seasonal" ale, this is an all-around outstanding Dark Ale that would be very enjoyable anytime. In addition, the fairly high alcohol and wonderfully complex flavors make this one a great candidate for cellaring (the bottle lists the Best Before date on my bottle at 07/09/19), so I may look to see if I can pick up another bottle for a vertical tasting down the road. All around, an excellent beer and a must-try if you're a fan of Christmas beers or dark ales in general.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Surprisingly low head for a Belgian. Thin ring, stray lace. Deep dark brown.

Nose of sour fruit, toffee, molasses, and nuts. Underlying sweetness.

Similar taste, sour fruit becomes raisin, which dominates an otherwise varied palette.

Pretty smooth feel, carbonation is there, but balanced out.

A remarkably complex Christmas dark. A joy to drink and even just to smell. Fans of brown ale, dubbels and winter warmers would prob like this, too.

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Photo of Alphakitty
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

A nice looking ruby red beer with a decent sized tan head. The head does dissipate fairly quickly for a Belgian beer, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell is fruity, with citrus and spice notes.

Nice and fruity up front, cherries, orange, and raisin come to mind. There is a bit of a warming spice to this, mainly cloves and pepper. Also can taste hints of Belgian candy sugar, and leaves a bit of heat at the finish.

The feel is a bit sharp, making itself felt, then smooths out going down.

Definitely a nice beer here. There's a lot of flavor, and it all mixes well. The warming makes it great for a cold day, and the spices seem to fit the holiday season. This is one I would like to have more of.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear brown colour with a good white head. Rye bread and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), clove, light tartness. Not overly sweet. This beer is very balanced. 8.5% ABV? Don't seem to be, not boozy at all. Very smooth and chewy.
A good beer but not the best Christmas ale.

On a second tasting still very balanced. Nice

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

Photo of madelf66
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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 kdivers
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drmeto
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a hazy ruby red with a medium,foamy,beige head
-low carbonation visible
-Earthy,Plums,Rose Hip,Sweet,cooked Potatoes,Cherries
-fruit Syrup.Earthy,Raisins,cooked Potatoes,Figs,Plums
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-faint Alcohol noticeable
A solid Winter Ale.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown with a thick beige head.

Smell: Citrus and cloves, hint of fruity notes.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of citrus, cloves, with Malts.

Overall: Excellent beer! I can see why they call it a Christmas Ale, perfect for this time of year.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

Look is a dark brownish red with a thin white head.

Smell is like a spiced imperial brown.

Taste is a dry roasty brown spiced beer.

Absolutely delicious. Merry Christmas.

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Photo of Curt3
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MacStinson
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,237 ratings
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