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RATINGS: 1240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Dark browish appearance with good head that disappears slightly. It had a slight toast smell but, not much to speak of. Taste was malty with that toasted/roasted smell sneaking back in. The finish was slightly bitter but, mostly malty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Umber in color. Very slightly grey, initially thick head that diminishes to a lasting one eighth inch. I noticed some rather large and gross-looking brown chunks even on the first pour even though it definitely wasn't spoiled. Vaguely spicy nose is vinous with a note of chocolaty malt. Low carbonation, quite smooth but a bit watery. Loaded with dark malt flavor--raisin molasses. Lots of spicy esters with a hint of alcohol and bitterness in the finish. A top notch Belgian despite a few flaws.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Dark brown and murky look with a small frothy head which quickly disappears. A weak aroma of toasted marshmallows leads to the slightly bitter flavor profile. The aroma promised more than the flavor delivered. Somewhat over rated in my opinion, but not a bad beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10455) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Dark brown and hazy, with no head retnetion. Nose of caramelized candy sugar, porto, and alcool. Nice wonderful taste of sugars at first followed by torrefied malts in second, with a peak of alcool warmth and finishing with smooth hops in the end. Vanilla comes out near the end. Rich body which also varies in time, keeping the beer interesting. 8-4-8-5-16

Corsendonk Festivus 2004, on tap at Moan and Dove, Feb. 10, 2006.Dark reddish brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of prunes, candy sugar, apples and licorice. In mout, nice maderization of sugars, with nice raisin notes, light hops, sweet candi sugar, smooth and pleasant. 8-4-8-4-15

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2004
color is amber brown, head is tan and adequate and lasting. aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar and a touch of coriander. flavor is pretty fruity, not nearly as spicy with a metallic finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CEZ (399) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 20, 2004
Deep amber/brown body, thin head, and a thin lace on the glass. Fruity aroma with apples and cherries, with a spicy touch (cinnamon). Sublime sweetness deliciously balanced by a slight acidity. Warm but not too earthy, sugary yet surprisingly fresh, with a long tarty finish. Medium to full body. A classy and refined ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Spiced apples with mild hops. Very alive. Very subtle cinnamon and floral tastes as well. Good, but didn't really wow me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Pours a clear ruby topped by a large rocky tan head. The aroma is sweet and spicy with loads of citrus and caramel. A very nice heady aroma. The flavor is sweet caramel, oranges, and a tiny bit of bitterness. The body is medium with lively carbonation. The finish is protracted with some smokiness coming in at the end. A nice belgian.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Smells just like Christmas, with fresh baked pie and spice cake. Felt a bit thin and watery in the mouth, and the flavor didn't live up to the wonderful aroma.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sphinx (11) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Beautiful dark Belgian ale with . Definately a winter ale - 8.5% leans towards a barley wine taste, but more of an ale - not as sweet, and prominent malty taste. Now I taste a spice flavor or some type - clove maybe, and slightly smoky flavor too. Excellent. Goes down smooth.


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