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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2005
On tap at Mahars. This was an amazing beer. Dark, but not too heavy on the palate, had a great belgian beer flavor with a sweet mollasses finish that really stood out, excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Draught at Tyler’s in Durham, NC. Clear ruby brown color with thin off white head. Smells of floral hops and anise. Anise comes out again in the flavor along with alcohol and a hint of fresh mint leaves. Alcohol flavor lingers in the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2005
Bottled. Clear orange brown coloured with an off white head. Aroma of anise, fruits and dried fruits. Fruity flavour of dried fruits, spices and anise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Medium-brown in color, small head. Aroma is fruity with carmel, yeast and alcohol. Slghtly sweet with multiple spices, cinammon & clove. Pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16504) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 Bottled. 75cl champagne-style. Red/amber in color. Dense, light tan head. Nice lacings. Aroma of christmas spices, sugar and cellar. Much the same in flavor. Long fruity bitter finish. (051126)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2005
bottle, 1 year old. aroma: fruity(peach, pineapple), cookie dough, molasses, dark candy and syrup. taste: malty, sweet, bitterish, spicy(cinnamon, licorice), coffee and chocolate. bitter fruity finish. nice after a year!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
EBates (5) - Maumee, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2005 does not count
Bought in eight pack of 250 ml bottles with Corsendonk Christmas glass. Color is a dark reddish-brown with a tan head that lasts a minute or two. Solid spicy fruit in the nose. Same in the flavor with a good amount sweetness and nice malt character. Reminds me of a bolder version of their Abbey Brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2005
Huge, offwhite head over clear dark ruby body. Aroma is strong, and cool, full of sweetness, stale hops, coriander, and other spices. Taste is clean and light, initially, but quickly gives way to spices (pepper, cinnamon, and who knows what else), but the mouthfeel is a little watery (possibly because of what I had before this beer). Faintly reminiscent of wine, also has some lingering burntness. Overall a good Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2005
750 ml corked "champagne" style bottle, packed in metal gift box. Now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet). Very dark reddish brown colour, slightly hazy. Moderate tan head. Very nice aroma of Christmas spices, oak, raisins, old sherry, toffee and treacle. Flavour is very malty sweet, plenty of caramel and some spices, hints of smoke, tart/bitter finish. Fizzy mouthfeel - due to the aggressive carbonation and tart finish this beer was not a "silky smooth" experience for me. I actually preferred du Bocq’s Regal Christmas to this one (haven’t tried them side by side, though). R.C. is also somewhat less expensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Pours a nice clear dark brown burgundy color with a large amount of froathy manilla head. Aroma is a little flat: slightly sweet, mellow yeast and spices, raisins, and slight sour orange scent. Flavor is sour, bananna, sour grapes, coriander with a smooth malty finish. Overall, I thought it could have been better.

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