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Corsendonk Christmas Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale
BA SCORE
4.14/5
Exceptional
1,215 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,643
Reviews:
608
Ratings:
1,215
pDev:
10.39%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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193
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Ratings: 1,215 |  Reviews: 608
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Brown bodied coming off with a hazy body, you also can't forget the heavy bubbles on the body which made the head rise pretty high with a vigorous pour (maybe two finger's length) dropping quickly after one sip.

Smell: easily the weakest characteristic of this beer, with light dark grape scent and maybe a really light honey tone go with is what keeps it rated this high, the scent itself is lighter than air. Comes and goes too quickly.

Taste: Strong dark fruit feels that feel a bit bitter with a yeast undertones. It's feels sweet, sour and did I mention just slightly bitter?

Mouth: Heavy carbonation, sticky.

Overall: Picked this up randomly just because I knew I never had it before and personally I think I made the right choice. Six hundredth review and I'm still craving more...Salud!

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Photo of einman
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of kkmiller76
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spense727
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Great head and lacing
Smell - Belgian, bananas, brown sugar, a bit metallic
Taste - Very tasty with a bit of spicyness, a bitmetallic in aftertaste
Mouthfeel - Very carbonated, light
Overall - Tasty, fits style very well. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: light-reddish brown, upward streaming lines of carbonation; scant light brown head; light but pervasive bands of pointillist lacing
S: malty, musky, caramel
T: apple-citrus, musky caramel
M: savory, medium-bodied
O: Pretty decent, melds together well but falls a bit short of special. The savory/musky elements might appeal to some, but I'm still looking for something with a fuller body and dry.

20oz. / Snifter / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of rangerred
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a one finger dark tan head. Some rocky head retention along with splotchy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is rich with burnt sugar and caramel along with some toffee. Mild yeasty notes are present along with some dark fruit.

The flavor continues the burnt sugar notes along with molasses and more toffee/caramel. The dark fruit notes come through a little stronger than in the aroma and compliment the burnt sugar quite nicely. There is a definite rum/cognac dark fruit/licorice character that really makes this feel like a wintertime brew.

Overall, a very nice beer. I feel the burn sugar helps lend a bit of character to this making it more appropriate for the winter months. The Belgian yeast notes are a bit more restrained than in some other Belgian ales alowing the malt to shine through. Quite nice.

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

Pours deep brown with a light off white or tan head. Lots of clingy lace and good foamy retention.

Raisin, alcohol, nuts, cocoa powder in the nose. General maltiness and maybe even something like warm cake. Nice.

Malt, fig, bitter cocoa, dark bread, bread crust bitterness. Some spice, a little yeast, some burnt sugars, all enveloped in some bitterness and a little alcohol.

Medium full in body, with nice carbonation.

Vey nice version of the style. Highly drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Alex5
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

The had a very nice darkness, almost a prunish coloring and it allowed a deep thick cloud of a head.

The aroma had a lot of chocolate, caramel and malt but turned to a molasses sweetness. I captured a bit of fig, date and raisin.

The flavor had a molasses and sorghum character that seemed to stave off the chocolate I got in the scent. There was then the dried fruit s like prune, date, raisin and figs but the raisin seemed a little more prevalent.

The feel is very full, with a touch of sparkling carbonation that hits the throat lightly.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Ri0
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel Tulip. Bought in 2012 and aged for a year.

A - Very dark brown with a 4 finger mountain dirty white foamy head. A cap remains for the session and loads of lacing cling to the glass.

S - Very malty with sweet dark bread scents, yeast is also present. Some sweet molasses and gain. Spiced figs, and even some musty grape.

T - Sweet malts of dark bread, toast, molasses, cocoa, dark fruits, and spiced figs. Pretty complex and not overly sweet or spiced. I'm enjoying this more than expected.

M - Medium body with that is nice and smooth, even velvety. Plenty of carbonation!

O - I had no idea if would enjoy this beer, so I let it sit and age for a year to let my palate develop. I'm glad I did because it is quite good.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,215 ratings
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