Corsendonk Christmas Ale | Brouwerij Corsendonk

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Corsendonk Christmas AleCorsendonk Christmas Ale
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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

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Added by stirgy on 11-22-2001

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#3,775
Reviews:
616
Ratings:
1,243
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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Photo of VABA
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-A very dark amber color with a generous head and some nice lacing.
A-Aroma has nice gentle hints of the traditional Holiday spices, namely nutmeg, cinnamon and shortbread.
T-The taste is a very gentle and subdued Holiday spiciness, very well balanced.
M-A light bodied well carbonated ale.
O-Very pleasant, well balanced nicely done Holiday Ale.

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Photo of Determined419
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. The appearance is a dark brown with a large billowy tan head. Yhe aroma is boozy malt with spice. The taste follows the nose.

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Pours a lovely clear dark garnet color with a massive four fingers of tan head. Decent lacing.

Pleasant, subdued Christmasy aroma with oak, nutmeg, cherry, fig, cinnamon and shortbread all softly present.

The taste is even more subdued, with brown bread malts and dull grassy hops most prominent, but still with a lot of depth beneath, including Belgian yeast, light wood and even lighter cherry, fig, caramel and spice notes.

On the heavier side of medium bodied with certain syrupyness cut by moderate carbonation.

This is a pleasant, dialed back Christmas Ale that brown ale fans will enjoy.

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Photo of donzilake
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drews240
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Houborg1
3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rarigney
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skywizzard
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluehende
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Plonk
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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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Corsendonk Christmas Ale from Brouwerij Corsendonk
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,243 ratings