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RATINGS: 1356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Sweet malt with the classic belgian yeast influence. Decent amount of spicyness that blended very well with the other characteristics. Nothing overpowered anything else...nicely done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2005
dark brown color - tan head. sweet malty lively tasting. slightly spicy - very good, easy to drink, reminds me alot of their dubbel. good beer here

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Bottle. Spices and raisins on the nose. Pours a dark amber with a light head. Smooth, thick, and as it slowly coats your taste buds. Coffee notes but not from Starbucks, more of a lighter roast. Great beer to sip by the fire.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3946) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 750ml bottle: Pours a large, beige, fluffy head well lasting and has a dark amber colour. Nose of malt, dried fruit (apples & citrus) and coreander. Sweet/ sour flavour with liquorice and alcohol with notes of chocolate, claws, nuts and apples. Medium to full bodiet. It has a long sweet/ sour aftertaste with a hint of hops and rowan berries. The balance is to the sweet side but that must be all right, talking about an Xmas ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - DEC 8, 2005
copper hue w/ a small head. very tasty and chewy. rather sweet but has enough complexity to justify the body. chocolatey, mmm.... reminds me of the belgian chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1549) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2005
750mL bottle. Best before end: 01/09/07. A deep ruby body with a HUGE and fluffy khaki head on top. Bananas, cinnamon, pears, cherries and cloves in the aroma. Heavy on the carbonation but a smooth medium body. A very solid malty base that features some chocolate and coffee flavors. A wheaty, fruity, tart finish with just a touch of alcohol. The finish is reminiscent of eating cumquats. Spices, especially cinnamon, are present throughout and are complimented by the high level of carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Poured an effervescent darkruby with a small fizzy off-white head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit, cinnamon, bubble gum, chocolate, and lemon. Taste is pretty dry and consists of smoked chocolate, figs, ginger, and alcohol. Long dry and smoky finish. Body is decently full but aggressively carbonated, a bit too much for my taste. Pretty tasty and smooth Belgian. My favorites are a little less dry than this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Mmmm, very very tatsty. Had at Tyler’s in Carrboro. Root beerish tasting. Brownish color.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (10085) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle: Dark amber coloured, thin, firm beige head, lacing; sweet-malty nose, traces of liquorice and coriander(?); sweetish, fruity start, drying out a bit and becoming slightly tart; sweet and a bit bitter flavour; short, malty finish with a distinct bitterness. O.K.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Excellent beer. Nice balance between the sweet intricate malt and the sublte spice. The hops present an earthiness and zippy bitterness that reminds me of Orval.


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