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RATINGS: 1203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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On the palate this silky smooth ale is predominantly malty, with smoky, spicy and citrusy notes, and a long, lingering finish that is lightly tart and malty.

Editor’s note: Sold as both Corsendonk Christmas Ale and as King’s Blue in Norway.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ST247 (386) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle @pub. Pours dark brown with off-white adhesive head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, malty. Taste is sweet, caramel, malty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
250ml bottle served in a Trappist glass. A: Pours a dark amber to brown color forming a big creamy beige head. Medium retention and many lacings left. Quite clear S: Delicious bready and fruity smell. Brown sugar, caramel malts, Belgian yeasts, dark fruits. Strong notes of dry plums and dry raisins S: Like the nose, brown bread, dark dry fruits, brown sugar, Belgian yeasts and licorice. Upfront is very sweet candy sugar. Yeasts are quite earthy. End is mild bitter M: Creamy heavy molasses body. Reasonable carbonation. Light hoppy and bready aftertaste. Warm alcohol O: Authentic Belgian ale. Well done. Very tasty and drinkable [ BA Review @ 4/4/2012 ]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (1640) - Varberg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
Flaska frĺn SB (december 2013). Rödbrun vätska med medelstort lätt smutsat vitt skum. Nöt, frukt, malt och karamell i doften. Alkoholen gömmer sig väl i smaken. Mjuk munkänsla. Medelsötma, liten beska. Smakinslag av vanilj, nöt, karamell, dadlar och citrus. Nu är det (snart) jul igen.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"figured i better get this winter ale drunk before it gets too warm. unique malt quality and feel, like the pater, but with a touch more body and the presence of some nice spices as well. dark, fruity, hint of ginger? a touch of hops and a little dry yeast in the finish. maybe the new standard for belgian christmas."

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
konungen (43) - - SEP 30, 2014
Ölen ger ett fint skum men det är också allt jag gillar med denna. Tyvärr inget för mig. Flaska från Systembolaget ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Willsaar (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Aroma after pour: roasty, nuts, smoke, raisin, Appearance: cloudy, brown, black, Head: frothy, rocky head, Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate: medium body, creamy, lively co2, with a pleasant long finish. Bought this as a "closeout" beer at a small local beer store for $7. What a great bargain. This is a great after dinner drink, just skip dessert and grab one of these! Lots of good character in this brew, the notes are complex despite the aroma bring very subtle. Is definitely buy this again.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (12260) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Reddish brown, medium white head. Little aroma. Full mouth, very smooth vanilla flavor with a cocoa finish. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2065) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
Christmas version of Corsendonck Pater, brewed by Du Bocq. Creamy, stable head, colour a dark reddish brown. Delicately sweet aroma, candied fruit, chocolate, candi syrup, caramel malts; taste likewise, candied dates in the onset, caramel malts, soft and rounded, bit of roasted bitterness in the end and in that sense again a Scotch-type beer ’in disguise’, like most stereotypical dark Belgian Christmas ales. In other words: cliché, but good.

1.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
mikske79 (1244) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 6, 2014
Ik ben een fan van kerstbieren, maar dit was echt niet mijn smaak. Een serieuze tegenvaller

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (424) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
Barnásvörös színű főzet fűszeres, sokat sejtető, selyemcukorkás, vattacukros illattal. Ízében is visszaköszönnek ezek a nyalánkságok - vagy legalábbis nem esik nehezünkre odaképzelni őket -, de korántsem eltúlzottan, mindent lehengerlően, hanem elegánsan, teret hagyva más ízeknek is, melyek krémesen, fűszeresen olvadnak össze a szánkban. Kitűnő ünnepi ital, így visszatekintve pedig azt kell, hogy mondjam, hogy számomra a karácsonyi felhozatal egyik eddig kóstolt legjobb darabja, ami viszont korántsem csak az ünnepi sörök között állja meg remekül a helyét.


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