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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2004
Very dry and strongly spiced. Loads of cinnamon, ginger, coffee and some notes of oak in the aroma. Very nice light brown creamy head. Nice flavor of christmas-spices. Very nice but strong and demanding brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Aroma is cherries, oranges, raisins, and alcohol. Appearance is a very nice brownish red color. Flavor is very chocolately. Some wintergreen mint and spiced plums. A sort of grainy and very sweet aftertaste. An Andes Mint in a liquid form. A tad too sweet but its one fine cold weather beer. Groovy!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2500) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Medium size tan head, good retention and lace. Mahogeny colored. Spicey nose, citrusy, minty. Medium body. Malty brown ale flavor with a good spice addition. A very tasty brew. Finish is medium dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2004
I enjoyed this beer. Nice dark mahogany color with a large off white head. Aroma is strong with yeast, anis and malt. Flavor has the alcohol well hidden. Slightly sweet and well balanced inthe finish. I would purchase this beer again and for me this is the acid test of palatibility. Check it out.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Dark Amber in color. Aroma is a little horsey. malty , fruity not as sweet and fruity as the brown ale. Still good

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2004
8.5oz bottle from gift set. Dark brown, nutty, dark fruits, chewy, medium bodied. Smooth, not sweet but fruity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2004
750 ml [corked, best before end 27 March 2003, drank 1/2004]: pours a burnt reddish brown, the dense, puffy head rises and falls with each pour, but never goes away and clumps into creamy patches between each sip . . . sticky aroma of licorice flavoured cotton candy, freshly baked dough, cedar, plums, granny smith apple flesh, bread pudding, and caramel. Soft, though thick on the tongue; makes the mouth water, and then finishes bone dry. Light alcohol is noticed right before sweet fruity malt flavours, yeast, gooey maple syrup and some nutty spices. Makes me want to do Christmas again . . .

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Terminus (3250) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 6, 2004
The aroma is not exactly what I wanted. Bitter smell and first taste. Spicey flavor takes hold making this not exactly what I want but it will grow on you.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ronny (100) - Arlöv, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2004
Sweet and sour aroma with hints of yeast, banana and spices, nice deep ruby colour. Complex spicey taste with orange and a light canesugar tune. Feels like a "Tripel" Suitable as a nightcap!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2004
A rich, deep, full-tasting holiday ale. Definitely one of the better X-mas ales. Pours with a good, solid, dark ruby-red color. Complex, aromatic nose. Tastes of nutmeg, all-spice and orange rinds with hints of cocoa and cinnamon. Overall, very good and filling.... can't wait until next year to have more!


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